What Image do You Feel You have?

I am so honored to be with you each day sharing hope. The outreach has grown at a tremendous pace. There are over 50 new subscribers a day. The site just past 104,985 in followers. That’s because people are searching for hope and we provide it.

I have a new promotion. The person who is the 105,000 will win some nice prizes. We are only 15 away from the next goal . Some one, this week will be the winner. It goes very fast so don’t miss out.

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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 updates about the new book.

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I mentioned in my last post that I would be sharing some endorsements for my new book, Signs of Hope for the Military: In and Out of the Trenches of Life. I am not doing this to flaunt my own self image. I am doing it to show you what might be in the book.

I am so honored to have these following endorsement for a book that will be reaching out to our veterans who may be suffering from PTSD, TBI, depression, being homeless, wounded, etc. I hope it gives them a better self image.

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Many of my fellow veterans are suffering from wounds, mental anguish, and loneliness. This book is an ideal book to reach out and help veterans. It shares thoughts and ideas on how to cope in this not so friendly world. I personally know Doug Bolton the author, and I highly recommend this book.

George Woodruff
WWII and Korea veteran

Carollton, Georgia


Although ‘Signs of Hope for the Military: In and Out of the Trenches of Life’ wasn’t written for men only, it brings honesty and openness to veterans, and military personnel about feeling ok to express fears and emotional challenges in a difficult world.  US Army Retired Veteran, Mr. Douglas Bolton brings his personal stories to life in a way we all can relate to and gives a big “you’re ok” for revealing our shortcomings and encourages us to open up and talk.  A must read for those seeking healing and forgiveness from ourselves and those wanting a fresh look on life.

Steve Durgin, Founder & CEO with Victory For Veterans Foundation.

Huntington, Beach California

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In the current conditions of our military, there is a need to find realistic affordable sources to reach out and help our veterans and current military. Signs of Hope for the Military: In and Out of the Trenches of life, is that source. Doug Bolton spends many chapters on showing the veterans and military ways to cope in this not so friendly world.  Sadly, he feels and knows of the pain from his volunteer service and sacrifices for our great country first hand. Being a seasoned registered nurse and a battlefield Air Force flight nurse, I have seen many young men and women coming home sick, injured wounded and highly depressed. This book is a must for many. I highly recommend this book without hesitation to all those who have served and currently serving.  I am also advocating for the loved ones and families to read this read, as well.

Colonel Dona Iversen

NYC, New York

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Learn from the best, Douglas Bolton, U.S. Army Veteran who has written a great book for all veterans, active duty service members of all branches, military families, friends and non-veterans. It provides a thorough understanding, knowledge, and the real stories among those who have served and their families that complement today’s American Veterans.  Signs of Hope for the Military: In an Out of the Trenches of Life can make a big difference in today’s understanding of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and its effects.  As the daughter of Vietnam Marine Veteran that suffered all of his life with PTSD and then finally ended his own life, it will make a big difference in your life as you read the personal stories.  This author does a great job of creating a sense of urgency by calling it a “must-read,” and ends with a powerful “call to action” for the reader.

Bella L. Burroughs

Daughter of WWII Veteran

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There are several more, which I will share in further posts. Again, I am so honored to have all these incredible people take time to say something about the book. It gives out a good image of what the reader might see.

If you are floundering and seeking hope. If you don’t feel your self worth is enough. If you feel you would rather stay in bed than face life. Has your image as you see it not been good? Know that God is with you. Know that He loves you. Know that He will hold your hand and see you through the day.

Remember:

You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all…never, ever, give up!

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Are There Really Miracles?

We have a new winner in our promotion adventure. The person will be notified, and receive the prizes. We move on to yet 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 90,185.  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, 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.

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So good to have Dennis Booth back as a guest blogger. His blog tonight is about a subject not too many people talk about. However, you will learn from Dennis that miracles really do happen.

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When you mention the word miracle you will get looks that say:

·         “There are no such things…just coincidence”

·         “If there are why have I not seen any or why has it not happened to me?”

·         “Prove to me that it was a miracle!”

Well many follow this blog because they need and want hope in their life and if not for them for others who are close to them, be it relatives or someone they know intimately.

Now the reason I am writing about this today is because recently my path crossed that of a dear friend who I had not seen for about 10 years but whom I know not only as a strong committed Christian but an amazingly used woman of God.

Her name is Robyn Green and she has not only ministered within much of Australia but also overseas and she carries the mantle of an evangelist preacher, someone who prophesies, is used by the Lord to heal people and who has the most glorious singing voice hence her eight struck CD’s.

At the age of 11 she became blind and also paralysed from the waist down but she refused to believe she would not be healed and prayed in the hope that the Jesus she believed so fervently in even at that age would hear her and heal her…. and he did and within a few months.

So as she says she is a walking, talking example of the healing power of Jesus and now she is re-married and with her husband Anthony Beezley travels to indigenous communities in particular trying to bring hope and life to so many disadvantaged Australians.

But she also preaches, sings and heals and churches around Australia and talks of people who for years have lived with ailments and given up hope of being healed only for her to lay hands on them and set them free.

Now remember I started this story today with those three statements people might make but when you see this….a boy taken out to the front with a club foot since birth, is prayed for and his foot held as that prayer was said and those standing by watched his toes unclench and his foot become normal.

Or someone everyone in a church has known for years as needing a cane to walk with or a wheelchair to sit in, be prayed for and dispose of the same or the wheelchair and shout for joy or cry tears of joy.

Now not everyone has the capacity to see Robyn or be at one of her services but if she did not believe in the word hope, not in the way we know the word to mean “maybe, perhaps” etc” but in the way it was used in the New Testament in the Bible as “the certainty” she would not be used I believe as God uses her.

I have never heard her say “if it is God’s will”…she just talks to the person wanting healing, lays hands on where they are hurting if it is possible, stays with them to see if they see any difference and rejoices if they do at the moment.

But even she says sometimes healing takes time but if does happen and that is hope…so never give up if you are hurting…nowhere does it say Jesus will stop healing…believe it!

 

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We Sometimes Need toTrim Off the Bad Vines in Our life

We want to thank all the people who have been subscribing to our RSS feed on this site. It has been awesome! We just passed 41,700 subscribers. Why is this happening? Because we offer quality posts of encouragement daily. Many people who come here are searching for hope. We provide this.

We have been on the first page of the Google Search Rankings for over three years.  Help us stay on that page by subscribing today if you haven’t already. Just click on the icon right after the title to do that.

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The book, “Signs of Hope: Ways to Survive in an Unfriendly World,” is out in eBook form. Just recently we lowered the price from $4.99 to $2.99. You can find it at Amazon, and all the eBooks outlets.

The hard back is on sale for $15.99 compared to the retail price of $19.99. There is an excellent book trailer on the right under the Amazon icon that gives you more insight to the book. Just click on it and a video will start.

This book has words of hope, not only from this site, but personal thoughts from Doug Bolton the author. You can have a personal autographed copy by clicking on “Bookstore,” and ordering directly from the author.

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* 08-12-13 …Update on our new book, “Your Signs of Hope: For the Weak Days.” We have sent many devotions to the editor. We are about half way done with the book. We will have 100 when we are finished. We have a ways to go. My co-author Dennis Booth, has a new computer after his other one crashed. He is hard at it again to put together some wonderful devotions for you.

I have begun to work on the preface, forward, table of contents, and appendix. I will also start looking for people who might endorse the book.

(Keep  Looking here for more updates. We will eventually want your input as to what cover we should use, and have you share ideas with us as to what you want in the book, etc.)

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I am just coming in from watching a local tree trimmer and cutter finishing up cutting down two tress and trimming another one on our property. I was very worried about how it would look while they cut on the trees. The first tree came down, and we could now see the whole front of our house. The second tree came down, and we didn’t have to worry about leaves in our gutters anymore. The last tree has been trimmed way back, and now lets the sun light shine into our kitchen area, and looks beautiful.

That makes me think of the parable that Jesus taught us about trimming the vine in a vineyard. He said that the dead and unproductive vines needed to be trimmed so the rest could spread out and bear more fruit.

We need to look at our own lives and ask what dead vines we have, or what parts are not producing what they should.

Do you have some area of your life that is not doing as much as you would like it to do? Do you have dead spots in your heart that need trimming and healing?

God can provide all the help you need to clear out all the bad areas in your life. He can cleanse your heart. He can heal the hurt you have been going through.

Don’t waste another day suffering in pain and agony because you have some areas that you are still battling in your life. Turn all your worries over to God and let Him show you the right path to take to produce much more fruit than you could ever imagine.

It doesn’t matter what you damaged vine may be. It could be your battle with putting down that glass instead or drinking yourself into a lost land. It could be the hatred you have for a family member because they got something you felt was rightfully yours. It could even bee the fear of meeting your doctor to go over the test results he had done on you.

You could probably think of many more areas that need trimming, but God is always there. He is there during the good times and the bad. He will never forsake you or leave 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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Faith is the Substance of Things Hoped for Yet Unseen

* We are excited to have back a dear  friend that graces us with wonderful posts from time to time. Dennis Booth, who is from Austrialia, has a post tonight about having faith even though we may not see the outcome yet.

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Faith and action

 By Dennis Booth

      There is a saying…action speaks louder than words.

      I want to appropriate that in a sense in what you are about to read regarding faith because when I was first growing in my Christian walk I had well-meaning fellow travellers telling me that I wasn’t getting anywhere with prayer requests because I had no faith…or I wasn’t doing or showing anything to exemplify that faith.

      For years I have read passages that some may feel conflict.

      “Faith is the substance of things hoped for yet unseen.”

      In the English vernacular, the word hoped often means “keeping my fingers crossed….gee I wish….just maybe…etc”

      Yet if my understanding is right with regard to the Word is means certain.

      But then you get those who say your actions or your works will not get you that which you faithfully want only God can do that or conversely, others want it the other way…you have to act on something that involves faith.

      I want to take you to James 2: verses 17 and 26.

      17: “In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action is dead.”

      26: “As the body without the Spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.”

      I believe we need to see the word action is not necessarily just physical.

      I believe that action can mean changing your mental process and whilst that means activating the brain a bit differently and that might be seen as physical I think we can agree it is more mental.

      Because once you mentally accede to something then gradually the physical will change too.

     Now the second verse is so important because it tells me that we MUST have the Spirit or we are lifeless and again if you combine the two, surely you get the instant image of Jesus having arisen out of the River Jordan upon whose physical body the Spirit has fallen.

      Jesus moved in the Spirit, prayed in a faith that only He knew totally about and tried to transcend that to His disciples.

      Physicians worldwide now understand that the mind is a powerful healing organism that has much to deal with the healing of a person and that Christians for some reason, strong in their faith, heal quick and live longer.      We may not be physicians but we do have the ability to not be just faith believers in lip service but faith believers in what we believe will be an outcome.

      We need more of it in today’s world of pessimism.

      We need it more and more in a world where the old values are being thrust aside because they no longer appeal.

      We need to believe that we have the answer, singular as one person might be, and the combined weight of us as a body of believers can make an enormous difference.  

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