What A SuperBowl Game!

We are so  honored to be with you each day sharing hope. Our outreach has grown at a tremendous pace. We just past 95,500 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 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 time again for Taylor Wilkens to do his guest post. He always inspires us, and tonight he is talking about the Super Bowl.  Thank you Taylor for your insight, and wisdom.

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Super Bowl Champions 

Today is Superbowl Sunday and right now you, like most Americans, are probably getting together with a bunch of junk food to party with friends and family to watch the big game! I love the super bowl for many reasons— but the ultimate reason for me to watch is because I love good competition. After tonight one team will be crowned champion and the other will fall to second place. This level of game elevates the competition because the stakes are so high. Both of these teams have battled over the past year in the weight room, training, and competition to get to this point and now only one can be the champion. The crowning moment is hugely rewarding because of the effort put into a great victory.

Leading up to Super Bowl Sunday one thing has been ringing in my mind on a daily basis— “run in such a way as to win the prize…” It’s the summarizing verse out of 1 Corinthians 9:24-27 where Paul is encouraging the Corinthian people to walk out their faith with the highest level of excellence because at the end of this race there will be an imperishable prize for those who did not give up.  How much are you willing to fight for the prize? Super Bowl Sunday is amazing and the glory at the end of the day will be great, but temporary. All the time, energy, and effort going into only a moment of glory! I have so much respect for the coaches and athletes commitment to train and exert so much energy into becoming the best at what they do. We all have stuff in our lives that we put an exceptional amount of work into— yet at the end of all your endeavors, where will you end up? Where will your reward take you? What will be the prize of your life taken into eternity? 

“Never again will they hunger; never again will they thirst. The sun will not beat down on them; nor any scorching heat. For the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd; ‘he will lead them to springs of living water.’ And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.” Revelation 7:16-17

The conviction on my heart is to follow Jesus with my whole heart. I have pushed all my chips into the middle, and I have found no reward greater than eternal life in the kingdom of heaven with the God who loves me so much that he offered up His life as a sacrifice for mine. Not only did he take away my sin and guilt but he is preparing a place for me in his kingdom. 

I believe Jesus is calling you to himself today, you are the prize he has been fighting for and pursuing— you are never alone, and you are always loved.

Today this is a Sign of Hope, that no matter the circumstance you are in, or the breakthrough you need, God is near to you and He has “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” 

* New England Patriots won over Atlanta Falcons in overtime 34-28. 

 

Taylor Wilkins
twilkins@fca.org
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Is There Hope if lives Are Collapsing?

We have another promotion where there will be prizes. The next winner will be the person who is our 95,000th subscriber. As you found out here, it goes very fast. We average over 30 new subscribers a day. We will get there pretty fast. We just passed 91,750. 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, 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 ever 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.

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In church yesterday the Pastor asked people to raise their hands if they needed help with prayer. I looked across the congregation and there must have been thirty or forty hands up out of about three hundred.

That is pretty sad when all of those hands were hurting people for one reason or another.

I wondered, how can God’s people keep hope alive when their world is falling apart?

Are you in the same boat as all those who rose their hands?

Have you been at a place where you couldn’t go forward anymore? Couldn’t go backwards? Trapped? Did you feel you couldn’t predict what tomorrow will bring?

I have learned that the following will give me hope:

  1. Always remember God’s promises. He will not forsake you. You are not alone. God keeps in touch with you. He knows your every move, and cares for you.
  2. Recognize God’s discipline. When the storms come God allows them, but He is there to help calm them. He often allows them to have us depend on Him, and helps us to grow at the same time.
  3. Refocus your view on the big picture. God has a plan for your life. He made you in His own image. He is working on using you for His glory. It may not happen for several more years, but He will use you according to His timing not yours.

I have also learned that my best opportunity to help others is when my heart is broken, and when I am in my deepest pain. I am very sensitive to others needs, because I know what they are going through.

Remember:

You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all…never, ever, give up!

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Like Sports We Have to Lose Sometimes

We have a winner! We past 86,000. The winner was notified, and we have started a new promotion. The next winner will be the person who is our 90,000th subscriber. As you found out here, it goes very fast. We average over 50 new subscribers a day. We will get there pretty fast. We just passed 87,025.

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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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I just watched a women’s NCAA softball play-off game this morning. It was towards the end of the game and one team was ahead 3-0 and feeling they were moving onto the second round.

The opposing team got a few breaks with two walks and an error to load the bases. A player that hadn’t hit a homerun all season stepped up to the plate and hit a grand slam to do a walk-away winning hit.

There are two ways to look at this game. One was the team that was excited and thought they were going to win, and then lost with one pitch. Then there is the other team who were fighting for their lives and down to their last few outs and won on that same pitch.

I have been on both ends in my life. I have done a lot of stressing to the readers that life is an up and down process. Some good days and some bad days.

This softball game certainly had highs and lows for both teams. One team came out on top, and the other one felt crushed under the magnate that was pulling them down.

Have you been on the losing end of life at times? Have you had to face defeat just when you thought you were about to win?

There are things to learn from these tragedies.

My neighbor cross the street passed away at 1:45am this morning. His wish was that his daughter make it to see him. She had to travel all the way from Italy. He stayed alive until she made and then he passed.

That is a story of a loss and a victory. My friend passed away to be with the Lord, but he was able to see his daughter one more time.

We will face losses. We will face the dark days. But we will also see God’s glory in our lives if we stay strong and believe in Him.

Remember:

You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all…never, ever, give up!

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What Journey Would You Choose?

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 84,025.

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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Welcome back Lynn Mosher as our returning guest blogger. We can always be inspired by her post. This post lets us know we have choices as to what journeys we can take. Some of our choices lead to self-destruction.

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Journey of Choice

 

“Many are the plans in a person’s heart,

but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.”

Proverbs 19:21 NIV

 

Where shall we go today? To far-off lands of intrigue? To clear blue lakes? To lovely mountaintop vistas?

 

How do we get there? We arrive at our destination by the daily choices we make.

We all make good decisions. And on occasion, we also make bad ones. But, if we’re smart, we choose to make good ones because we want the good results. I know I do.

 

With all the choices that pop up like a whack-a-mole game every day, each opportunity of choosing will take me on a journey – a journey either to walk in submission to God’s will or to walk in disobedience. Each preference will have its own path with its own outcome.

 

We can choose to take the path of self-destruction or self-preservation. We can choose to take the path of negative thinking and speaking or positive thinking and speaking. We can choose to take the path of uplifting and encouraging others or tearing them down.

 

We can choose to get even with the one who stabbed us in the back, or we can choose to forgive. We can choose to be hateful to our spouse for whatever reason, or we can choose to be loving, no matter what.

 

We can make good financial, emotional, physical, or mental decisions if we so choose. We can go down the path to those good results. Or not.

 

Whether it’s a decision about our finances, our physical well-being, our relationships, or whatever, we have the opportunity to make a choice. It’s our decision. And ultimately, our journey of outcome.

 

What’s your decision path look like lately?

 

*feeling alone?

*on the brink?

*dashed dreams?

*lost?

*making a decision?

*rejoicing?

*at peace?

*in God’s Light?

 

If you’re off-track, you can easily get back on the right path. Ask for forgiveness and turn away from whatever has led you down the wrong path.

 

What does God say about His plan? “I know the plans I have in mind for you…they are plans for peace, not disaster, to give you a future filled with hope.” (Jer. 29:11 CEB)

 

Either we fit in with the Lord’s plans or we go our own way. His way is always for our benefit. Those good results. Filled with hope.

 

Is your journey of choice one that agrees with God’s choice, or is it one of your own making? What are the results of your daily decisions?

 

~Prayer: Lord, I know Your plans for me are more excellent than anything I can devise. They are for my good and my benefit. Help me to remember to consult You with each choice that confronts me every day. May my choices bring honor and glory to Your name. Amen.

 

From His feet, Lynn

 

lynnmosher.com

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