“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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Tired? Depressed? Maybe it is What you Eat, or Lack of Exercise

* We are pleased to have Damon Eddy back with us for a guest blog. He is sharing a new twist on what may be causing us to battle depression, anxiety, self-doubt, low self-esteem, etc. Think about what he says and take action. I know you will better off in the long run if you do!!

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An Apple a Day. . . . . . . .

So often in our lives when things seem to not be going the way we hope we tend to blame others.  We blame our significant other, our job, the economy, tax structure, political party, or the guy that cut us off in traffic. . . . you get the idea.  We look towards others and have a TENDANCY to not look at ourselves.  However, sometimes we do look at ourselves and too often leave one important component out when we “self-evaluate”, our HEALTH. 

You might be asking the question, ‘What does health have to do with my problems with my marriage or my job.’  You may think, ‘I will exercise when I have time and the way work has been and the kids have me running here and there, I just don’t have time.’

If you are choosing to not take seriously the importance of living a healthy life and are taking very seriously the ability to generate what seem to be very good excuses than life is going to “seem to not go your way.”

So, let’s get to how this lack of healthy living may affect your life. . . . . .

Your kids want to play catch.  You’re too tired to play.  You’d rather sit on the couch, grab the remote, and check out.  Your mind is saying you should, but your body is saying no.  It’s too tired.  You just don’t have the energy.  Your wife tells you she is taking a class at the gym.  She’s excited.  However, you immediately make her feel guilty by responding with, ‘Wow, I wish I had time to work out.  Must be nice.’  Now, those you may be thinking are small things but not really.  Your kids aren’t getting the best from you as a parent and you are making your spouse feel guilty for taking initiative trying to somehow make your lack of initiative justified.  Not good. . . .

Let’s move onto a bigger issue.  How about the possibility of leaving your family earlier than you wanted, dying.  In my life I am personally aware of this tragedy watching my mother slowly die from cancer over a 3 year period to initially die in my arms one morning in our front yard.  It is ROUGH and has made me think weekly how I want to make sure I am making an effort to fight off what may be trying to take over me.  We never know when our last day will be on this Earth, but we should attempt to not race to that day by mistreating our bodies.  When we take care of ourselves, we can then take care and be a blessing to others.  If we have no energy, lying on a couch, hospital bed, or, worse, lying in a grave, how can we then reach great destinations, much less have the incredible joy of watching our loved ones reach theirs. 

Understand that I am not saying we should become a fitness junkies.  I am however saying we should eat healthy and exercise properly.  It needs to be a part of our lifestyle.  No more excuses.  It needs to be a priority.  Too many good, motivated people leave this fact out of their lives.  The result may be a shortened life that still had so much to give or one that was “lacking” because they lacked the energy to do, to live with VITALITY.  So many talented and kind hearted individuals don’t do well in their marriages, their jobs, parenting and other areas of life because they simply do not feel well. 

So, here are some action steps:  1) No more excuses  2)Clean out your pantry and refrigerator of “junk” snacks and replace them with healthy snacks (if you have kids you may be thinking, ‘They won’t eat the healthy snacks’.  As mentioned above, no excuses.  Your kids will survive. . . ) 3)   Exercise at least 3 days a week for 30 minutes or more and then increase if you can.  You need however to at least start.

No more blaming and no more excuses.  Make your health a priority.  From there you will have the energy and vitality to shine bright for Christ. 

 

Damon is the founder of PlayYourPartWell ministries and a man passionate for men’s ministry. He is the author of “Walks with Mr. Smith,” which is an inspiring parable that he hopes will encourage change in people’s lives. He is the husband of an incredibly supportive wife and the father to four wonderful children. They currently reside in Colorado.

www.playyourpartwell.com

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The Power of Goodness

The power of goodness is found in the tiny. Since the beginning, God has chosen the tiny over the large: David over Goliath, Gideon and his 300 soldiers over thouSands of Midianties, Elijah over the prophets of Baal, one sheep over 99 sheep. Spirituality is about doing the tiny work of God, little acts, small responses to God’s presence in our lives.

Because we have heard the biblical stories over and over again, we have exaggerated the size of the tiny ministry Jesus actually had. Jesus was around for 3 years and he really didn’t do all that much. He hung out with a few guys, healed a leper or 2 and a couple of lame folk and a blind guy, made some wine, helped out 3 or 4 women, raised one person from the dead, calmed down a crazy person or 2, caused a scene in the temple, and then disappeared.

Think what Jesus could have accomplished if he’d stayed on earth for 20, 30, or 50 more years.

Nope. Jesus showed up for a little while, did a few tiny miracles, said a few amazing words, and left.

But his few tiny acts changed the world forever. Tiny becomes huge when Jesus is involved.

Spiritual people are about tiny things, which is the fruit of their spirituality. The spiritual life is not a life of success; it is a life of faithfulness and it’s not easy. God does “big” things once in a while, but there is no question that the primary work of God in the world is salt-and-light tiny. God knew we would naturally be dazzled by big; that’s why Jesus told parables of the lost sheep, the lost coin, the lost son, and the mustard seed. Jesus was trying to tell us something: the spiritual life is a tiny life, filled with little decisions, tiny steps toward God, tiny glimpses of his presence, little changes and small movings, tiny successes and imperceptible stirrings.

We shouldn’t be surprised. Jesus chose not to change the world with armies, swords, legions of angels, and lightning bolts. Instead, he changed the world by rejecting fame and welcoming the infamy of a criminal’s death.

Morehead Minnesota, the home of Concordia College, lies across the state line from Fargo North Dakota, a very bleak part of the country (especially during the winter.). All year, the community anticipates Concordia’s annual Christmas concert. Each December, a huge choir and a full orchestra give a musical performance in the concert hall at the college.

Every year, the people in the community create a unique background for the concert-a 100×30 foot mosaic. Beginning in the summer, about six months before the concert, the community designs a new mosaic, rents an empty building, and the painting begins. Thousands of people, from junior high schoolers to senior citizens, paint the mosaic. They paint by number on a large scale design that has thousands and thousands of tiny pieces. Day after day, month after month, one little painted piece at a time, the picture on the mosaic gradually takes shape.

When everyone has finished painting, an artist goes over the entire creation, perfecting the final work of art. When the mosaic is completed, they place it behind the choir. It has the appearance of an enormous, beautiful stained-glass window. The weekend of the concert, those people who helped paint arrives early, along with their friends and neighbors. Throughout the building, you can hear people whispering, “See that little green spot below the camel’s foot? I painted it.”

Our tiny choices and tiny moves toward God may not seem like much. But someday you and I will stand together in the great cathedral of heaven, and up front, by Jesus, will hang the most magnificent mosaic we could ever imagine, made up of thousands and thousands of our tiny responses to God’s love in our lives.

excerpt from ‘Messy Spirituality’
by Michael Yaconelli

 

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