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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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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