Words Can Never Hurt me? Wrong!

We are so  honored to be with you each day sharing hope. Our outreach has grown at a tremendous pace. We are averaging over 100 new subscribers a day. We just past 103,200 in followers. That’s because people are searching for hope and we provide it.

We are in a new promotion. The person who is our 105,000 will wins some nice prizes. That is only 1,800 away 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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+ Update! The book has been sent to my editor recently. Now I wait and see how many red marks she will have in it. 🙂

There will be some incredible interviews with veterans in this book. Up to twenty different veterans agreed to let me ask them some very personal questions. Some answers will have you in tears.  

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“Sticks and stones can break my bones, but words can never hurt me.”

Wrong! Unless you have a bulletproof heart, words can destroy many of us.

Things we say can cause depression, anxiety, fear, failure, and thoughts of Suicide.

Birds chirp, dogs bark, but we speak and what we say has meaning both negative and positive.

Think about this:

  • You words are like an MRI. They can be the most important indicator where your heart really is.
  • Your words have to power to build up or tear down.

Don’t get me wrong, we may be doing the wrong things with what we say, but we are often on the receiving end.

I have been beaten down to the core of this earth with hurting words. I fell into the muck and mire of self pity, and almost drowned.

Let me ask you something: If you had an app that can off you hearing aides, would you do it? This pertains to me since I have hearing loss. However, they really do have a way to turn off you hearing aides, and believe I have done it before.

We wouldn’t have to worry about being verbally beaten down if we all decided that we need to change our way. We ALL need to look in the mirror and see what we don’t like, and what we do like. We need to work on fixing what we do not like.

We also need to listen to God, who knows us better than anyone else. He can guide us to be good examples to others.

As a side note, I have a couple of quotes for you to ponder:

” You are braver than you believe; stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”

“Never give up in something you want. It’s difficult to want, but it’s more difficult to regret.”

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 Can Help Me Through a Tough Day?

We are so  honored to be with you each day sharing hope. Our outreach has grown at a tremendous pace. We are averaging over 100 new subscribers a day. We just past 103,200 in followers. That’s because people are searching for hope and we provide it.

We are in a new promotion. The person who is our 105,000 will wins some nice prizes. That is only 1,800 away 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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+ Update! The book has been sent to my editor this week. Now I wait and see how many red marks she will have in it. 🙂

There will be some incredible interviews with veterans in this book. Up to twenty different veterans agreed to let me ask them some very personal questions. Some answers will have you in tears.  

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It has been a hard week for me. I am having trouble with fluids building up around my heart and in my lungs. My Cardiologist has increased my “water pills,” but it doesn’t seem to be helping too much.

This is not something new to me. I have had trouble with fluid build up for several years now. It is a part of life I would like to get rid of,  but it hangs around like long lost relatives who come visiting, unannounced, and want to stay forever.

Enough of my pity party stories for today.

How are you doing? Have you been sliding down a slippery slope? Are there days you would rather stay in bed, and not face the day? Do you seem to be taking one step forward and two steps backwards?

You are not alone, my friend. Life doesn’t always come out the way we want it each day.

So, how can we get out of the muck and mire of life and survive?

Here are some things I have learned:

What I have Learned

  1. I have learned that your side of the story isn’t always the best side.
  2. I have learned that when people are trying to help-let them.
  3. I have learned that you really aren’t on an island alone. God is everywhere. He is probably right there with you enjoying the vast oceans he has created.
  4. I have learned that you don’t need to tell anyone your ailments. They have enough of their own.
  5. If have learned that if you are hurting, the best thing you can do is go to someone else who is hurting, and help them smile and therefore you smile back.
  6. I have learned that good friends are worth all the gold in the world.
  7. I have learned that tough love is sometimes needed actually help someone.
  8. If have learned that you do not have to try to cure the world and everything in it. God is in charge.
  9. I have learned that some of our choices are wrong. Learn from them and adjust.
  10. I have learned that hope shines bright in the darkness of light. (Learned from Sara Young: Author of Jesus Today.)
  11. I have learned all the storms that come your way are for a purpose. Some will be raging storms, like health, others will be winds that you can face with perseverance.
  12. I have learned that not everything that looks hopeless really is.
  13. I have learned I can only control things I can control. Good Yogi Berra line but mine just the same.)
  14. I have learned that hope is the only four letter word that over comes anxiety, fear, or depression.
  15. I have learned that if we threw all of our problems into a pile, and saw everyone else’s we’d grab ours back. (From my daughter-in-Law whom I call princess. There’s a reason.)
  16. I have learned that I cannot avoid trials, but they often help me grow.
  17. I have learned that the innocence of a little child can brighten my day.
  18. I have learned that in every season and in every change in life, God is there.
  19. I have learned that I should never forget God’s promises.
  20. I have learned of a place where sin and shame are powerless.
  21. I have learned at God’s Name Mountains roar and crumble.
  22. I have learned that this world is great, but heaven is greater.

 

 I hope these things I have learned will help in some way.

Remember:

You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all…never, ever, give up!

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Too Many Ailments Getting You Down?

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 84,850.

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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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Just when it seems you are on a roll and your health seems to be good, boom, something happens.

I have been feeling pretty good for the last month. I had a cardio version (shock) done on my heart and it got my heart back in rhythm. Well, two days ago, I woke up very tired. I thought I had a good nights sleep. I got dressed, but by 10:00am I was too tired to do anything but sit in a chair in the den.

A-Fib seems to have raised it ugly head and is knocking me down again. This means another trip to my cardiologist for another cardio version. My blood pressure is also very low 104/65, which adds to the weakness and fatigue.

I could withstand the low blood pressure if it didn’t make me very dizzy and weak. My doctor likes it to be low, but if I am not functioning well, we may have to adjust some meds.

Why am I whining to you? Why am I crying on your shoulder? It is because there are thousands of people going through the very same things. They also are also battling A-Fib. They too are fatigued, and weak.

We all have to face our storms. We all have to go through trials in our lives. God didn’t promise a rose garden, and besides there are the thorns.

What should we do during these afflictions? It would be easy to want to stay in bed and not face the world. It would be easy to give up and allow depression, to overcome us.

That is where I draw a line. I have faced many more afflictions than most people. I will not list them, but just know I have had six major surgeries.

I refuse to allow those walls to cover me up and swallow me. I will not give in to despair, and anxiety. As a matter of fact, I reach out to others who are going through the same battles, and try to sooth their pain. I want to let them know I am there for them.

I will feel better when I get my next cardio version done. The doctors will find the right level for my meds. I will go on and keep up the fight. I will finish the race. God knows my pain, and He is there to help calm the storm.

Remember:

You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all…never, ever, give up!

 

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Anxiety is Knocking at My Door

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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. Doug sent off his mini proposal to an agent who is very interested in his concept. We will update you when we hear more.

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Anxiety has knocked on my door and came in to visit. He is trying to get me all worried about the fact that I am going into the hospital in the morning to have a cardio version done. What he doesn’t know is that I have already had four of them, and know the routine. I will be fine, and I hope they are able to correct my heart beat and end my tiredness.

I have been through the wringer. For those who are too young, a wringer was part of a washing machine. When you finished washing your clothes, you ran the clothes through the wringer to get as much water out of it as you could.

That is the way I feel right now. It feels like I have been run through the wringer, and haven’t got much left in me. I had to see five doctors last week, and the path I walk is dreary and hard.

Sound like a whiner story. I guess it does, but I actually am very happy, and have faced the storms and trials sent to me without much anxiety, or fear.

Why? Because I have a God who loves me. I have a God who cares for me. I have a God who will be there for me in the morning and every other morning.

How about you? Have you had to face some tough times? Have your paths been rocky, and full of holes? Do you fear the dawn, because you don’t know what may be coming your way?

Fear not! Those two words are said many times in the Bible. It must be something that is true if it is said that many times, don’t you think?

God will not forsake you or leave you. God knows you are feeling alone. He knows you may feel unloved. However, he wants you too never, ever, give up!

I will update you in two days as to how the cardio version went. Until then, face your storms and trials with courage, and without fear.

Remember:

You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all…never, ever, give up! 

 

 

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