What Image do You Feel You have?

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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.


I mentioned in my last post that I would be sharing some endorsements for my new book, Signs of Hope for the Military: In and Out of the Trenches of Life. I am not doing this to flaunt my own self image. I am doing it to show you what might be in the book.

I am so honored to have these following endorsement for a book that will be reaching out to our veterans who may be suffering from PTSD, TBI, depression, being homeless, wounded, etc. I hope it gives them a better self image.


Many of my fellow veterans are suffering from wounds, mental anguish, and loneliness. This book is an ideal book to reach out and help veterans. It shares thoughts and ideas on how to cope in this not so friendly world. I personally know Doug Bolton the author, and I highly recommend this book.

George Woodruff
WWII and Korea veteran

Carollton, Georgia

Although ‘Signs of Hope for the Military: In and Out of the Trenches of Life’ wasn’t written for men only, it brings honesty and openness to veterans, and military personnel about feeling ok to express fears and emotional challenges in a difficult world.  US Army Retired Veteran, Mr. Douglas Bolton brings his personal stories to life in a way we all can relate to and gives a big “you’re ok” for revealing our shortcomings and encourages us to open up and talk.  A must read for those seeking healing and forgiveness from ourselves and those wanting a fresh look on life.

Steve Durgin, Founder & CEO with Victory For Veterans Foundation.

Huntington, Beach California



In the current conditions of our military, there is a need to find realistic affordable sources to reach out and help our veterans and current military. Signs of Hope for the Military: In and Out of the Trenches of life, is that source. Doug Bolton spends many chapters on showing the veterans and military ways to cope in this not so friendly world.  Sadly, he feels and knows of the pain from his volunteer service and sacrifices for our great country first hand. Being a seasoned registered nurse and a battlefield Air Force flight nurse, I have seen many young men and women coming home sick, injured wounded and highly depressed. This book is a must for many. I highly recommend this book without hesitation to all those who have served and currently serving.  I am also advocating for the loved ones and families to read this read, as well.

Colonel Dona Iversen

NYC, New York



Learn from the best, Douglas Bolton, U.S. Army Veteran who has written a great book for all veterans, active duty service members of all branches, military families, friends and non-veterans. It provides a thorough understanding, knowledge, and the real stories among those who have served and their families that complement today’s American Veterans.  Signs of Hope for the Military: In an Out of the Trenches of Life can make a big difference in today’s understanding of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and its effects.  As the daughter of Vietnam Marine Veteran that suffered all of his life with PTSD and then finally ended his own life, it will make a big difference in your life as you read the personal stories.  This author does a great job of creating a sense of urgency by calling it a “must-read,” and ends with a powerful “call to action” for the reader.

Bella L. Burroughs

Daughter of WWII Veteran


There are several more, which I will share in further posts. Again, I am so honored to have all these incredible people take time to say something about the book. It gives out a good image of what the reader might see.

If you are floundering and seeking hope. If you don’t feel your self worth is enough. If you feel you would rather stay in bed than face life. Has your image as you see it not been good? Know that God is with you. Know that He loves you. Know that He will hold your hand and see you through the day.


You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all…never, ever, give up!

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Tomorrow May Never Come

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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.
Each day is a precious day. We often take them for granted. We always say, “I can do that tomorrow. I can go on my dream trip next year.”
However, as our family found out this week, there may not be another precious day. Our brother-in-law died suddenly and his service was on Tuesday.
As I sat there at the service, I remembered his love for life. I remembered his love for travel. He had just sent out cards to the whole family announcing we were all going to Florida together in 2017.
He seemed to be doing fine the last time the family gathered. Then cancer attacked him and he was gone within weeks.
Never put things off that are important to you. Never feel like you have a lot of time to reach for that dream you have always had.
Take time to love your immediate family and extended family. They are your pillars of strength when you need them.
Got an idea that could be great? JUST DO IT!
I feel that I have been living each precious moment to the fullest, but I have been told I have congestive heart failure, and my time is limited. I get up each day and I am thankful that God has given me another day. I think of my children each and everyday. I either text them or call them often.
I tell my wife thank you for everything she does for me when I am ill, and need help. She has been my nurse, doctor, pharmacist, care giver, and loving wife for many years now, since they discovered my heart problems.
Think about your life. Have you done all the things you wanted to do? What is stopping you from doing them? Why aren’t you having a “bucket list,” and marking off each thing you have done.
Today is a new day. Tomorrow may not come. Enjoy your life to the fullest.
You are never alone.
You are never forsaken.
You are never unloved.
And above all…never, ever, give up!
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We Can Find God’s Comfort in the Times of Pain

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* 10-10-13 …Update on our new book, ” Signs of Hope: For the Weak Days.” .

We had a big splurge of devotions turned in the last few of days, and we are about half way to finishing the book. My co-author Dennis Booth is now able to send several a day after having some computer problems. We should be moving quickly now.
We haven’t set a timeline as to when the book will come out yet.  

(Keep  Looking here for more updates.)


It seems like I spend most of my posts talking abut pain and suffering. To make it even more interesting for you, it is usually about my own pain and suffering.

On October 7th I went into surgery for a bone spur on my neck. It was suppose to be a routine out patient surgery where most people would go home the same day. Not this guy. I wanted to eat the great hospital food!

I got to the hospital to check in for my surgery, and they couldn’t find my paper work. The reason for that is I was scheduled for the same surgery earlier in the year and they had to cancel it, because I had to have a root canal surgery three days before that surgery. So I had to have that surgery before I could have this surgery!

They found the paper work and began to prep me in the hospital pre-op. The nurse that was hooking me up to an IV couldn’t find the vein she was looking for. She decided to move to another spot, and when she pulled out the needle blood came gushing out from my arm. Luckily she didn’t panic and got the bleeding stopped, and found another good vein on my hand.

Then the anesthesiologist came in and told me that I had intubation problems and he was going to numb my throat. That was the most horrible part of the whole surgery process. He sprayed my throat and tongue. It was very effective and everything went numb in my mouth. He then told me to swallow all the spray! It, of course, tasted awful, and I nearly lost it all into a container.

The surgery itself, went very smooth. I was dealing with the pain, and nausea that comes with the after surgery times. The doctor came in and said he wanted me to stay the night. He just wanted to be safe, and had me observed by some very nice nurses, and yes, the food was good.

I am not sure why I unloaded my story to you, besides the fact that I am very close to my readers. (A little too close maybe?)

How about your life? Have you had to face a lot of pain and agony?

We all face our times of going through a storm. It could be a surgery just like I have gone through. It may be a loss of a loved one. It might be a lost job. All of these mental or physical pains and many more that I could mention have happened in lives all over the world.

What can we do about it? Well, nothing can be done to stop the pain from happening until something is done to correct it, but God is there during your storm to help calm it. You notice I didn’t say He would actually stop the storm; I told you he would help calm it.

God allows pain in our lives to help us grow stronger. He allows pain to have us depend more on Him.

Don’t ever think God doesn’t care. He loves each of us very much. He made us in His own image, and He sent His only Son to die for our sins. Not too many fathers would do that.


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 Believe in Miracles? Check This Out!

I mentioned on Facebook that I would be doing a post on miracles tonight.

Do you belive in Miracles? Have you witnessed one? Make a comment to this post if you know of a miracle that has happened. Some of them will be shared in a future post, with your name shared if you agree to let us do that.

I was at a breakfast this morning, and the Holy Spirit really brought out some wonderful stores from the men.

I am sharing three true stories with you now:

  • One of the men there said he had a friend that was on the operating table, and had gone into cardiac arrest. The doctors and nurses were frantic as they tried to revive him. They tried the shock treatments several times and there was still a flat line. The doctor noted the time, pronounced the man dead, and walked out. He started to take off his working uniform, but he had a funny feeling. For some reason he felt he should go back and try the shock treatment one more time. He walked back in the operating room and told the team to hook the man back up and try to shock him again. They all thought the doctor was crazy. He insisted, and they shocked the man one more time. The flat line disappeared, and the man’s heart started beating again. He is alive today because of a “feeling,” the doctor had.
  • Another one of the men out the breakfast table shared that his brother was once on life support is wasn’t expected to live much longer. My friend was summoned to Bend, Oregon to make a decision as to if they should pull the plug on his brother or not. My friend was ready to go  when he came down very ill. He couldn’t go the day they wanted him to come. He felt better a few days later, and called to say he was coming. The doctor was very excited on the phone and said, “I have no idea what happened, but your brother suddenly improved. He is off life support, and getting all his color back. It has to be a miracle.” If my friend had left on the first day he was supposed to, he may have pulled the plug too soon.
  • A third man at the table, was traveling over the Cascade Mountain pass recently, and the road was full of black ice. That is ice you can’t see, but is very dangerous. My friend lost control of his car, and was spinning right towards an on coming semi truck. My friend said he felt he was going to die at that moment. He tried to straighten out the car but it didn’t respond. This was a blessing because the car did its own correction and missed the semi by inches. After he came to a stop he saw that the car was in neutral. He then knew that if it had been in gear, he would have turned the car in the wrong direction. He never recalls putting the car in neutral.

These are all true stories that have happened to some of my own friends. All at the same table this morning.  I have my own stores about how God has spared me.

Our God is a powerful, compassionate, God. He can cause miracles in anyone’s life. Never give up! Always pray! God is there and listening.



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