Reach Out to the Down Trodden

We are so  honored to be with you each day sharing hope. Our outreach has grown at a tremendous pace. We just past 95,560 in followers. That’s because people are searching for hope and we provide it.

We have a promotion going with prizes. The person who was our 95,000 follower will receive two nice prizes, which we will not name. (This is called a hook in writing.)

WE HAVE A WINNER!! We will be notifying the winner by email, if they put in the right email address. I will also let you know about when the winner subscription happened, so you can know that it may be yours. 

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Doug Bolton, the founder of Signs of Hope, is writing  a new book, “Signs of Hope for the Military: In and Out of the Trenches of Life.” It reaches out the military and veterans who may be battling anxiety, fear, depression, addictions, rejections, PTSD, and many other usual suspects. There are 22 military connected suicides every day. That is almost one every hour. We need to help stop those statistics. Be looking for more details about the new book. Doug just interviewed a WWII veteran, for the book.  Fascinating! Look for updates here.

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It has been a few days since I last posted. Nothing wrong, just busier than a cat on a hot tin roof.

There are times when the world tests our souls. Too many ailments, too many bills, too many frustrations.

Day after day we trudge down our appointed path of life, which has many valleys and high mountains. It is fine when we are in the valleys of life, but OH those mountains.

Up and down; up and down. It is like a rollercoaster ride that never ends.

This leads to stress, depression, anxiety, self-doubt, hopelessness, and many other walls.

I have been on that roller coaster. I have been on a ride that has kept me reeling, and spinning. It is not fun at all. It is hard, at best, to be in a positive mood during these times.

But in a positive mood I am!! I have made a decision that all adversity happens. All storms come.

With that in mind, I try to live my life reaching out to others to help them through the storms that they face.

  • I look for a reason to go somewhere that happens to have some down trodden people. Like hospitals, nursing homes, etc.
  • While there I keep a big smile on my face, and guess what, almost every time I get a return smile. Some of those faces had never wrinkled up a smile in months.
  • I sit and talk to them. Actually, I sit and Listen to them. It seems like no one has taken time to stop and talk to them in months. They really unload, and I am so honored to be there to let them do it.
  • It is wise to usually bring something to give them. Just a simple card, one rose, a small gift card, or even just a hug.
  • God will always smile as He is looking down on your doing all of this.

It is amazing how helping others helps you as well. Smiles get returned. Hugs are mutual. Seeing one excited and happy again….PRICELESS!

Remember:

You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all…never, ever, give up!

 

 

 

 

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You’ve Come a Long Way Baby!

We are so  honored to be with you each day sharing hope. Our outreach has grown at a tremendous pace. We just past 94,990 in followers. That’s because people are searching for hope and we provide it.

We have a promotion going with prizes. The person who is our 95,000 follower will receive two nice prizes, which we will not name. (This is called a hook in writing.) The number of followers are rising fast. We are down to our last 100 before we have a winner! We are averaging close to 50 new subscribers each day. WE WILL HAVE A WINNER SOMETIME TODAY, so don’t hesitate! Click on the icon right after the title of this post to subscribe to be eligible for the prizes. 

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Doug Bolton, the founder of Signs of Hope, is writing  a new book, “Signs of Hope for the Military: In and Out of the Trenches of Life.” It will be reaching out the many military and veterans who may be battling anxiety, fear, depression, addictions, rejections, PTSD, and the many other usual suspects. There are 22 military connected suicides every day. That is almost one every hour. Doug wants to help stop those statistics. Be looking for more details about the new book. Doug Is also seeking military who would be willing to do an interview. It will be part of the book. Sharing by actual soldiers will help many others. Doug just interviewed a WWII veteran. Fascinating! Look for updates here.

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It is so exciting to see where we have come in the last eight years. In 2009 when I first started this blog, not knowing what end was up, I was ecstatic if a got just one new subscriber a day, and now we average 50 a day.

It took a lot of learning on my part on how to write a good post. I had some pretty hilarious ones at the beginning. My proofreading couldn’t prove anything. My thoughts were about my, day and what I had for breakfast, much like you see on Facebook. I thought that was cool, and it wasn’t.

I learned that I needed to talk to my readers. I needed to share with them my hurts; my disappointments; and my frustrations. That is what they really needed to hear. They came back, because they were on the same ride I was. They too have disappointments, hurts, and frustrations.

Some of you have been with me for all of those eight years. Thank you so much for that. We have both grown a lot through those years, don’t you think?

I am so honored to know that my posts may be helping someone in need.

If you are in dire straits. If you are not sure if you even want to get out of bed each day to face the world. If your world has turned into a raging storm, then stay with me. Come back and let’s talk. I have been through many storms in my life, and I know how hard it is.

If we walk the path together, we should be able to help each other.

God is my strength, and my fortress.

Remember:

You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all…never, ever, give up!

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Help! The Sky is Falling!

We have a winner! We past 83,000. The winner was notified, and we will start a new promotion. The next winner will be the person who is our 86,000th subscriber. As you found out here, it goes very fast. We average over 50 new subscribers a day. We just passed 85,175.

If you haven’t already subscribed please do by clicking on the icon right after the title of this post.

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Doug Bolton, the founder of Signs of Hope, has written a new book, “Signs of Hope for the Military: In and Out of the Trenches of Life.” It will be reaching out the many military and veterans who may be battling anxiety, fear, depression, addictions, rejections, and the many other usual suspects. There are 22 military connected suicides ever day. That is almost one every hour. Doug wants to help stop those statistics. Be looking for more details about the new book.

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Usually we have Jeannie doing a guest blog on this day, but Jeannie has asked to be released, because she has so many things going on in her life. She has been a blessing, and many people found the hope they needed.

Thank you Jeannie for your service to God.

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Sun is shining. Going to be a beautiful day. All seems well today.

Then you notice that you forgot your billfold at home and you are driving without any license. You turned on the wrong street and you are going to be late for work. You also forgot your outline for the presentation you are giving today in the conference room.

Have you had one of those kinds of days. Everything looks good and then the world collapses around you?

It is called life,  my friend.

I have certainly had some of those days. I hope it isn’t today, because I am suppose to drive my wife to the airport. I have checked everything I am suppose to get ready and everything looks in place. Only time will tell.

So, what are we to do when things we didn’t expect happen. The ole phrase around to guys groups is PUNT!

Kick the football and take your chances.

Not a very good way to go.

I have found that I need to start each day by giving it to God. I ask for guidance. I ask for wisdom. I ask for perseverance when things don’t work out too well.

Some may think they can face this world without God. In most cases that doesn’t work out as well as they would want.

I suggest you also give all your worries, hurts, pain, frustrations, self-doubt over to God each day. Let Him take over your load. Let Him guide you down your path.

God has plans for each and every one of us. That means He has one for you as well. Spend a few minutes each day listening to God through your devotions. I mean still and listen, like He tells us to do in the Bible.

Life may seem rosy at times, but be aware that the darkness of clouds comes more often than we would like. Be aware that God is there to help you through the darkness, and lean on Him.

He knows you better than anyone on this earth. He created you.

Remember:

You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all…never, ever, give up!

 

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We Need to Persevere During the Storms

We have a winner! We past 83,000. The winner was notified, and we will start a new promotion. The next winner will be the person who is our 86,000th subscriber. As you found out here, it goes fast. We average over 50 new subscribers a day. We just passed 84,890.

If you haven’t already subscribed please do by clicking on the icon right after the title of this post.

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Doug Bolton, the founder of Signs of Hope, has written a new book, “Signs of Hope for the Military: In and Out of the Trenches of Life.” It will be reaching out the many military and veterans who may be battling anxiety, fear, depression, addictions, rejections, and the many other usual suspects. There are 22 military connected suicides ever day. That is almost one every hour. Doug wants to help stop those statistics. Be looking for more details about the new book.

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Perseverance: To persist in pursuing something in spite of obstacles or opposition.

This is my word I have up on my cupboard door above my computer. I have been around the block a few times, and while walking that path, I have faced many obstacles.

Quadruple by-pass surgery. Gall bladder surgery. Three back surgeries. Achilles tendon surgery. Five cardio versions (Shock) to my heart. Two ablations of the heart. Battling A-Fib of the heart.

(And….a partridge in a pear tree.)

I could be crying in my beer right now, but since I seldom drink beer, that wouldn’t help. I may even want to stay in bed all day and not face this not so friendly world.

Instead I persevere.

I keep facing the storms. I keep going through the trials. Why? Because I know God is with me. I know He is there to help calm the storms. I know He has a purpose for all of these walls forming around me. I know He wants me to use these ailments to help others that may be going through the same things.

How about you? Have you had more than you share of storms, or trials? Has it been a long road to walk? Do you feel that there is no hope?

God wants you to know that you are not alone. He knows your pain. He knows your frustrations. He doesn’t make them go away, but like I said above, He is there to help calm them.

Perseverance should be a key word in your life like it is in mine. I wouldn’t be here if I didn’t have perseverance. I would have given up a long time ago. I would have slithered away like a snake into the bushes and never seen again.

But I still trod along. I am still positive about life. I still tell others about hope through this blog.

If you ever feel lost. If you ever feel like you are an island by yourself, know that God is with you. He loves you. He made you in His image and has a purpose for you.

Remember:

You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all…never, ever, give up!

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