We All Need a Heart Transplant!

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 100,070 in followers. That’s because people are searching for hope and we provide it.

In our current promotion the winner will be the person who is the 100,000th subscriber will win some nice prizes. It will go very fast. This is a huge milestone for us. 

* WE HAVE A WINNER!!! At 11:54pm last night we had the 100,000th subscriber! If you subscribed at that time, email us at doug@dougbolton.com to confirm you are the winner.+

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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. Look for updates here.

UPDATE!!  In the final stages of having the book finished. Much of it is already sent off to my editor. The countdown begins!!

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Do you remember “Leave it to Beaver? (It was a family show on TV back in the 50’s) I loved that show. A family crises, but resolved by the end of the show. You moved on and all was well.

We have really changed since then don’t you think? Massive amount of divorces. Suicide rates are rising fast. Many children only have one parent.

I could say a  lot  more, but it hurts too much to even type the words.

What has happened? Why such a different world?

We fight each other! We attack, and try to make others look bad so we can look better.

We need to understand this:

Our battle are not against people, but with the forces of evil.

 The bottom line is that we all need a heart transplant. Our hearts have become corrupted. We have allowed the world to overcome us.

Friends, We are not part of this world if we truly believe. 

I understand how hard it is to try to stay out of the muck and more of life. I have been to the bottom of the pits struggling to stay alive.

Here  is what I have learned:

  1. We need to put on the armor of God. The armor is really the character and faith that you have.
  2.  We need to talk to others with gentleness and respect. What a difference this would make.
  3. Suffering for what right is hard, at best, but it is right with God.
  4. We should never be shaken or frightened. Be bold in your faith.

It is hard to catch your breath in this day and age. We are in what they call the rat race. Well, even rats rest.

We need to go back to the basic of the Bible and live by them.  The United States has been walking down the wrong path for the last eight years. Hopefully it will turn the corner and walk a new path now.

Stay the course! Talk the talk, and walk the walk. Never waver. Never give in to this world. Walk the path of righteousness, with 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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The Raging Storms Keep Coming

We are so  honored to be with you each day sharing hope. Our outreach has grown at a tremendous pace. We just past 93,300 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.

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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. Look for updates here.

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I have been putting out  “teasers,” on all of my sites lately, because something that I am very excited about will be happening soon. What it is could change thousands of lives.

It is snowing hard outside here in Salem, Oregon U.S.A. They say there will 5-10 inches of snow by morning. Love it as long as I can watch it from my desk window here. No way I will be driving in it.

This is one storm many children look forward to. School is canceled for a couple of days. Snow will be deep to ride their sleds and have snowball fights.

I use to make snow forts right here in my home town when I was little. Huge snowball wars ensued right after it was done. I had planned ahead, and built my fort, so I was the winner just because I could hide in my fort when I was attacked.

Now I had in my home!!

It would be so nice to have some storms we really want to happen. Most of the times they are raging storms that disrupt our lives, and causes us much stress, depression, and anxiety.

It could be lack of money at the end of the month to pay all the bills. It may be losing a job, losing a loved one, or losing your sanity.

We all face the bad storms. They all come and they all go; often leaving us in the muck and mire after they leave.

Now that I have hit you up with woe stories, let me share with you how we can get through these storms, and still be standing tall:

  • Storms come but they end.
  • Storms leave scars that help us remember how to make it through the next storm.
  • When we face a raging storm, the knowledge we learn can help us to reach out to others who have been through their own storms.
  • I have learned that we must seek help when we are facing a storm. People supporting us helps us face the storm.
  • Good allows the storms, but He is there to help calm them.

If you are facing your storm right now, be strong. Stand tall. Have others with you. Have prayer warriors around you. You will find that after the storm is gone, all those people will still be by your side, for the rest of your life.

Remember:

You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all…never, ever, give up!

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Hope is Not Just a Four Letter Word

We just 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 88,800.  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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The dreaded unknown is known. The stress and worry have vanished. I now know that I am going to be OK with proper treatment.

If you have been following this blog you will have walked a rocky path with me. Three months ago, I had a possibility of cancer. A type of cancer that only allows you 3-5 more years of life.

The waiting to find out was beyond description. The tests took for ever. The doctor appointments were too far apart. Waiting, waiting, and more waiting!

My final doctor’s appointment was with an Oncologist. He would be the one to tell me about the cancer. He is the best in my home state in his field. He also is running for governor BTW. His name is Bud Pierce. If you live in Oregon, vote for him and you are voting for a long needed change.

Dr. Pierce came into the room, and sat down. He looked through all the tests previous doctors had taken. He took a pause, (that seemed to last for ever) and said, “You do not have cancer! You are cancer free!”

I was able to breath again. I had feared the worst, and got the best.

So, what I do have is an infection of the spine. It isn’t fun to say the least. Very painful and will drag on for months. I have to go in every day and have antibiotics put in me through an IV. This will be at least six weeks.

This will be my last whining for a while on my personal afflictions. I will have an update from time to time, but now I want to talk about you.

I know there are many of you who have gotten the worst news. I know there are some of you who are struggling in the muck and mire of life.

This world had become a not so friendly place. Rioting, shootings, protests, more homeless than ever.

In the United States there we have the presidential elections coming up, and no one really likes either candidate. Our country is divided in half. We stand on the other side of our fences and scream at each other.

In your own world, I hope you are doing OK. I hope you have stayed on the right path. I pray that you are standing strong, and are able to the weather the storms that come you way.

I have been in the muck and mire. I have cheated death more than once. Because of this, I am able to reach out to all of you who come here for hope. The word hope is not a four letter word that you scream at someone. It is a word you share with them and help them on their journey.

Remember:

You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all….never, ever, give up!

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Many Trials, and Storms in Our Lives

We just 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 87,900.  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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It has been a few days since I last posted due to the many hours of physical testing I have been through at the hospital, and through the doctor’s office. I haven’t had much time to breath or relax.

I will finally get some results at 4:30pm pacific time today. I will be meeting with my primary doctor who has received the results of many of the tests to see if I have cancer, infections, Tuberculosis, or a fractured spine.

Not a very fun menu to choose from, but the unknown is very hard to live with so I will take which every one it is and have us get started on the proper treatments.

If you have been in this same boat with me in your past, or are going through it now, I feel your concern. I feel you pain. I have had severe pain for over two months now.

How do we make it through these raging storms? What do we do to withstand the depression, anxiety, fear, etc.?

I have said this in other posts, but it us always good to repeat:

  • We all face storms and trials in our lives. Some are not as strong as others, but they come.
  • How we handle them is a sign of our character.
  • All storms end. All trials are over eventually.
  • I personally grow each time I face storms. I look back and learn from what I faced, and how I faced it.
  • I use what I have learned to help others who may be going through the same kind of storm.

The bottom line is that we are not alone with God in our lives. He is there through the good times, and the bad times. He never forgets us. He never turns His back on us.

I have sometimes been upset with God for allowing me to go through so many storms. I wondered if He cared. I felt alone.

Every time He reminds me He does cares, and pulls me out of the muck and mire.

He loves each and every one of us. He has no favorites. You don’t have to be someone important. You don’t have to be handsome or pretty. You don’t have to have a lot of money. He just wants you to believe and love Him and He will hold your hand through life.

Remember:

You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all…never, ever, give up!

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