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 103,000 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. 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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“Let Me Know What I Can Do For You?”

We are so  honored to be with you each day sharing hope. Our outreach has grown at a tremendous pace. We just past 96,625 in followers. That’s because people are searching for hope and we provide it.

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. 

We are starting a new promotion and the winner will be the person who is the 100,000 subscriber. That is a huge milestone for us. More details later. 

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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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I have seen this happening many times. A person is hurting. Another person is there with them. The hurting person shares their hurts, and the other person says, Let me know what I can do for you, and then walks away. Nothing happens. the hurting person is still hurting. The other person has forgotten all about the conversation before the day is over.

Unfortunately we live in a society like this today. No one seems to care. No one wants to get involved. No one likes talking about serious things with a friend.

Let me share a parable with you:

A man is driving along a curvy road and loses control of his car. He goes over the embankment and crashed into a tree.  The car is starting to catch on fire. Another man comes by and sees the car. He shouts, Let me know what I can do to help. 

Really?

What is that parable telling us? It is saying that we need to take action and do it now.

That leads up to another parable by a man much more saintly than I am. Our own Jesus Christ.

There was a man who was walking along on a road to Jerusalem. It was a dangerous road. There were many robbers and thieves who attack there.

The man was attacked by thieves. They beat him, and tore off all of his clothes. They left him there to die.

A priest came walking by and saw the man. He went to the other side of the road to avoid the man. Another man came by, and he also crossed to the other side to avoid the man.

Then a Samaritan came by and felt pity for the man. He went to help him. He bandaged his wounds, took him to the nearest Inn and cared for him while he recovered.

He even told the Innkeeper to keep track of any monies the man owed and he would come back and pay all of it.

Which person are you? Would you cross to the other side of a road to avoid a hurting person? Would you tell them, Let me know what I can do,” but keep going?

Reach out to the downtrodden. Help those who suffer. Be a good Samaritan. You will be happy you did and so will God.

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 Left Him for Dead

We are so  honored to be with you each day sharing hope. Our outreach has grown at a tremendous pace. We just past 94,525 in followers. That’s because people are searching for hope and we provide it. We have a new 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 rises fast. We are averaging close to 30 new subscribers each day. 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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I was reminded of our need to reach out last Sunday at my church service. The theme was helping those in need. The story was based on the parable “The Good Samaritan.”It is about a near death experience.

Let me share that story in brief so you can understand where I am coming from:

There was this infamous road from Jericho to Jerusalem. Many walkers were attacked and robbed.

One day as a man was walking to Jerusalem, he was attacked. They stripped him of his clothes, took all his possessions, beat him up and left him dying on the road.

A priest came along. He saw the man hurting. He crossed to the other side of the road to avoid the man. Another man came by. He also saw the man, crossed to the other side to avoid him.

Then a Samaritan come along. He saw the man. He went over to him, and bandaged his wounds.  He also took him to an Inn near by to be with him while he recuperated. When he left, he told the Innkeeper to let him know of any expenses the man had, and he would pay for it.

Which one are you? When you see a panhandler, do you cross the street to avoid him? If there is a car stopped on the freeway with their emergency lights blinking do you stop?

If you are the Good Samaritan, God bless you! There aren’t many of them around.

We need to take an inventory on our priorities. We need to reach out to others in need. They can’t help themselves, but we can.

Help them, and it bring a smile to their face. It will also bring a smile to your face and God’s.

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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