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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I Feel the Tightening of The Tentacles

For one of our promotions you have to have subscribed and have a valid email address for us to connect with, to award you your prizes. 

We are growing very fast. Thanks to all of you who have been joining us.  

WE HAVE A WINNER! We were promoting a huge event for us. It was to surpass 80,000 subscribers. We did that at 2:49am Pacific time! We were giving away prizes to the person who was our 80,000 subscribers. He has been notified. If he doesn’t respond all the prizes will be moved forward to our next promotion. We will give him a week.

Not to worry… we are staring a new promotion. The next winner will be the one that gets us to 83,000. It will go fast as we have been averaging close to 60 new subscribers a day. There are nice prizes, so don’t miss out, subscribe today. Just click on the icon right after the title to do that.

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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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A thick fog hovered over the city. It was hard to see. It felt like you were entombed in a cocoon.
Now that is  a great start to a fiction book. In reality, there really is a thick fog.  I am inside nice and warm, but I can imagine the feelings while trying to function out on the street.
I have felt like I was trapped before. I felt the tightening of the tentacles around me. You get that feeling when we feel you are not in control.
It can be many things. It could be you just lost your job. It many be that you just left the doctor’s office and had a bad lab test. It is even possible you just lost a loved one.
These trials and storms come into our lives unwanted. They seem like long lost relatives who say they are coming to visit (for just a few days.)
These trials and storms tear at our inner core. They cause depression, anxiety, fear, hopelessness, self-doubt, and many more of the usual suspects.
I have so many afflictions in my life. I am going into the hospital next Wednesday to have a cardio version done one my heart. That is when they shock your heart. They will put me in la la land before they do the procedure.
Will I be nervous? A little. They say the shock is like getting kicked in the chest by a mule.
Will I face doubt? A little. I have had this same procedure done four other times and my A-Fib has come back every time, but my cardiologist wants to try again.
Are you facing too many trials and storms right now? Do you sometimes wish you could stay in bed all day and not face the world. They are many people in that same boat with you.
My thoughts on this is that I turn all my anxiety, doubt, fear, and worry over to God. He has huge shoulders, and will be there holding my hand next Wednesday while I got through the procedure. That is very comforting.
I have a chapter title in my first book “Signs of Hope: Ways to Survive in an Unfriendly World,” called, “Worry is the dark room where negatives develop.” That is so true. We allow worry to overcome so much we are yelling, “The sky is falling!”
Don’t spend another day letting all the negative stuff build up and pull you down like a huge magnate. Let God be your guide each day, and He will help you go down your paths, even if some may be not so much fun.
Remember:
You are never alone.
You are never forsaken.
You are never unloved.
And above all…never, ever, give up!
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Do You Like Pleasant Surprises?

We tried to give away a prize a couple weeks ago, but the winner never returned our email telling them they had won. They had won because they were the 70,000 subscriber. What we will now do is give those same prizes to the person who is the 71,000 subscriber. We now have 70,570, so we have a little ways to go. We hope to keep growing every day, so if you haven’t already subscribed please do now. You just click on the icon right after the title to do that. _________________________________________________________________
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 soldiers 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. He just got back from a writer’s conference and had some very positive meetings with some agents who are interested in taking him on as a client for his new book. He will up date you as he finds out more.
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Do you like pleasant surprises? I sure do.
I went out to lunch earlier today with my daughter, two grandchildren, and my wife. It was a birthday lunch from my daughter to me. The meal was wonderful, and then the girls talked about leaving because grandma was buying their school clothes for them. An annual event.
I jokingly asked where should I shop? I said I could go to my alma mater sports store for the Oregon State Beavers, which was in the shopping center. My wife pulled out a card for me, because we weren’t together on my birthday. Inside the beautiful card was a gift certificate for, you  guessed it, the OSU sports store.
I couldn’t believe it. I talked about wanting to go there, and my wife just happened to have a gift certificate for that very store?
Have you had pleasant or not so pleasant surprises happen to you? Has someone made your day when you really needed it, or did someone cause dark clouds to form on a day you thought was going well?
Sudden changes in our day can be a positive or a negative. What we need to do is to keep an even flow no matter what happens. If it is a pleasant happening, thank God for it. If it is not so pleasant, thank God for it.
You say, “What, did you say to thank God no matter what kind of day I have?”
That is exactly what I am saying. God is happy when you are happy, but He is also there during your storms, and wanting to hold you hand. We need to thank Him for being there no matter is happening to us.
I realize it is hard to be thankful when some things happen, but if we stay strong we will help others who see us not wavering. It is one of the best ways to witness without ever saying a word.
Remember:
You are never alone.
You are never forsaken.
You are never unloved.
And above all…never, ever, give up!
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Why do we Waste so Much of Our Lives Being negative?

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The latest exciting news is that we have passed the 1.3 million mark in total hits for our site. That is impressive, and you are the ones that did it.

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This book has words of hope, not only from this site, but personal thoughts from Doug Bolton the author, and an administrator of this site. You can order a hard book or eBook by clicking on the Amazon Icon on the right.

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Why do we waste so much of our lives being negative? We complain about not making enough money. We wish we could be in a better home. We don’t want to look like we need help. We think life owes us much more.

The truth is that life is tough and then we die. I know that sounds very harsh. I heard that phrase for the first time way back in the day when I was a teacher. Another fellow teacher made the remark, and it knocked me for a loop. I challenged him for saying that, and he just laughed, and said, “You need to face reality.”

As the years went by I saw what he meant. I lost several friends to cancer or heart attacks. I saw people I loved in pain. I was in pain myself with six major surgeries.

So, you probably think I have reason to be negative.

The answer to that is I don’t have a reason to be negative.

God didn’t promise us a rose garden, or rose colored glasses. He even warned us about the thorns of life. God allows us to face adversity to give us more strength in life.

Does that sound like it is unfair of Him to do that? It may if you are a non-believer. You would probably curse God for all of your calamity. You would wonder why this God would allow such pain.

I learned why in 2001. I was at the end of my rope, and was considering checking out of this hotel called earth. I was bitter. I was thinking that no one cared. So, on March 31st 2001, I was sitting in my Ford explorer crying out to God. “I can’t take this anymore!” There was a sudden calmness in the air, and I felt comfort coming to me. It was as if God was saying, “It’s about time you came back to me. Now let me carry you the rest of the way.”

I thought God was far away. I didn’t call to Him. So, I decided that if I felt that way it was I that moved away.

That day I was at the end of my rope, but I didn’t realize that the rope I was holding on to was really the hem of God’s robe.  He was there all the time waiting for me to get to the point where I had to rely on Him for help.

God cares!

Remember:

You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all…never, ever, give up!

 

 

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