How to Reclaim Your Rights

I am so  honored to be with you each day sharing hope. The outreach has grown at a tremendous pace. There are over 50 new subscribers a day. The site just past 104,825 in followers. That’s because people are searching for hope and we provide it.

I have a new promotion. The person who is the 105,000 will win some nice prizes. We are only 175 away from the next goal . 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. 🙂

Some incredible endorsements have come in. I will be sharing some of those in my next post on Monday. 

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Happy to say this is another wonderful guest blog by Taylor Wilkins, of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Taylor always hits the mail directly on the head. 

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Reclaiming your rights

Do you ever feel bad inside even when your external reality isn’t all that bad? Or how about the reversal of that– feeling good inside when everything around you is falling apart?

We have been created as complex beings! We have the ability to see, hear, touch, smell, and taste– while simultaneously experiencing internal senses such as imagination, memory, instinct, and so on. I believe the roots of all of these things are good. God created us out of his own nature when he made us. But something happened at the fall of man that twisted God’s perfect plan and spotless creation. God formed man out of clay and breathed life into him and the enemy immediately sought out to destroy it.

Unfortunately when the enemy made his first strike against humanity it was a successful one. He caused a ripple effect that echoes into our world today. It blows me away that one lie created this whole mess. It was the greatest and most strategic move in any villain has pulled off– but the story never ends with a triumphant villain! 

Where there is an evil villain an even greater hero is always near!

And like every good superhero story there has to be a damsel in distress! As Christians we are the princess awaiting the heroic prince. That’s weird for me to say as a guy, but it is difficult for me to find a more accurate depiction of what Jesus did for us. Now I could try to think of some other creative ways to explain this but I believe the best explanation comes from Colossians 2:

“And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross. He disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in him.”

Colossians 2:13-15

Now Colossians 2 is the truth about our redemption, but one thing I know is that whenever God gives us the truth the enemy will feed us a lie to try and replaced the truth. Often times feelings begin to speak louder in my life than the story of redemption. The difficulty is when the feelings come they are real! They make me feel worthless, tired, frustrated and anxious. When Paul tells us to take every thought captive and make it obedient to Christ I believe he is talking about the thoughts rethink when feelings start to overwhelm us. As Christians we have been given the kingdom of heaven. The truth is whether I’m feeling it or not God has made me royalty and his kingdom and because of that truth I have a greater hope for the future!

   Today this is a Sign of Hope, that no matter the circumstance you are in, or the breakthrough you need, God is for you and He has “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” 


Taylor Wilkins

Greater Salem Area Director
Fellowship of Christian Athletes
(503)754-3783
“Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do…” John‬ ‭14‬:‭12‬
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What A SuperBowl Game!

We are so  honored to be with you each day sharing hope. Our outreach has grown at a tremendous pace. We just past 95,500 in followers. That’s because people are searching for hope and we provide it.

We have a promotion going with prizes. The person who was our 95,000 follower will receive two nice prizes, which we will not name. (This is called a hook in writing.)

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. 

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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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It is time again for Taylor Wilkens to do his guest post. He always inspires us, and tonight he is talking about the Super Bowl.  Thank you Taylor for your insight, and wisdom.

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Super Bowl Champions 

Today is Superbowl Sunday and right now you, like most Americans, are probably getting together with a bunch of junk food to party with friends and family to watch the big game! I love the super bowl for many reasons— but the ultimate reason for me to watch is because I love good competition. After tonight one team will be crowned champion and the other will fall to second place. This level of game elevates the competition because the stakes are so high. Both of these teams have battled over the past year in the weight room, training, and competition to get to this point and now only one can be the champion. The crowning moment is hugely rewarding because of the effort put into a great victory.

Leading up to Super Bowl Sunday one thing has been ringing in my mind on a daily basis— “run in such a way as to win the prize…” It’s the summarizing verse out of 1 Corinthians 9:24-27 where Paul is encouraging the Corinthian people to walk out their faith with the highest level of excellence because at the end of this race there will be an imperishable prize for those who did not give up.  How much are you willing to fight for the prize? Super Bowl Sunday is amazing and the glory at the end of the day will be great, but temporary. All the time, energy, and effort going into only a moment of glory! I have so much respect for the coaches and athletes commitment to train and exert so much energy into becoming the best at what they do. We all have stuff in our lives that we put an exceptional amount of work into— yet at the end of all your endeavors, where will you end up? Where will your reward take you? What will be the prize of your life taken into eternity? 

“Never again will they hunger; never again will they thirst. The sun will not beat down on them; nor any scorching heat. For the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd; ‘he will lead them to springs of living water.’ And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.” Revelation 7:16-17

The conviction on my heart is to follow Jesus with my whole heart. I have pushed all my chips into the middle, and I have found no reward greater than eternal life in the kingdom of heaven with the God who loves me so much that he offered up His life as a sacrifice for mine. Not only did he take away my sin and guilt but he is preparing a place for me in his kingdom. 

I believe Jesus is calling you to himself today, you are the prize he has been fighting for and pursuing— you are never alone, and you are always loved.

Today this is a Sign of Hope, that no matter the circumstance you are in, or the breakthrough you need, God is near to you and He has “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” 

* New England Patriots won over Atlanta Falcons in overtime 34-28. 

 

Taylor Wilkins
twilkins@fca.org
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Forget the Bad; Focus on the Good

We have another promotion where there will be prizes. The next winner will be the person who is our 95,000th subscriber. As you found out here, it goes very fast. We average over 30 new subscribers a day. We will get there pretty fast. We just passed 91,100. 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, 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.

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Proverbs 12:5 tells us anxiety causes depression, but a kind word cheers it up.

I paraphrased that, but  it means to focus on the good in life, and don’t allow anxiety and depression overcome you.

Are you there? Do you have too many bad days? Does it seems like the dark clouds are always there?

I have had my share of those kind of days in my younger years. I even felt like I wanted to stay in bed and not face the world. I allowed the dark side to control me and pull me down like a huge magnate.

We don’t need to go through that. We don’t have to fight for our mentality every day. We can do things to avoid the depression and the anxiety.

Let me first share some of the Bible people who fought anxiety and depression:

Abraham- He was very anxious because God had promised him children and he didn’t have any yet and he was getting very old. God in His perfect timing provide a son for him, and Abraham was totally dedicated to God through all of his trial.

David- feared for his life for several years. He lived with daily anxiety and depression. He had to live in caves for fear that Saul would kill him. David went on to be the king and God loved him dearly saying David was man after his own heart.

Paul- He had more afflictions than most people could endure. He was shipwrecked more than once. He was anxious every day, and he fled from the cities fearing they would kill him. He pleaded with God to help him with his afflictions and God said, “ My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.” (2 Corinthians 12:9 KJV) Paul went on to be one of the best disciples that God ever used.

So, you and I need to remember who is in charge. GOD IS IN CHARGE!

Having trouble controlling your anxiety and depression? Turn them over to God because HE IS IN CONTROL!

You don’t have to carry that burden. You don’t have to take this world on alone. Let God guide your paths, and depend on Him to protect you during your storms.

Remember:

You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all…never, ever, give up!

 

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This May Change Your Life

Our thanks to all of you who have been subscribing to our site. It has been tremendous. We just passed 69,410 subscribers. Big milestone for us! We look forward to many more of you joining us in the future. Our goal is to reach 70,000 by the end of the year.

Why is this happening? We provide daily words of encouragement and hope. Many of you come here to find help with anxiety, fear, depression, addictions, self-doubt, hopelessness and the many other usual suspects.

Help us to keep growing by subscribing yourself if you haven’t already. You can do this by clicking on the icon right after the title to do that.

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We are coming up with some promotion for when we reach 70,000! It will be a give-a-way. So start subscribing like crazy. The 70,000th subscriber will be receiving a prize!

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We welcome back Dennis Booth as a guest blogger. He is our regular third Sunday guest. He shares inspirational posts for us to read.

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I want to take you on a journey today that may well change your life…for the better….but it will require you to do things you may not have done before.

This journey begins with a preface because it sets the scene for what will follow and you have to do your level best to believe what you are about to hear because then the rest will be easy for you and you will know hope like never before…not only for now but for the rest of your life and thereafter.

Sometime ago when I was out of work I spent much time reading the Bible and praying…it seemed to settle me in a time when I could easily have been frustrated.

But God knows where we are at and one day as I was praying I felt in my Spirit a voice (non-audible) say to me to stop and put the Bible day that lay on my chest and listen for I would hear the voice of Christ.

Naturally I assumed I was hearing my own wish and so went on praying and got the same response two more times until I realized perhaps something was happening…so I just sat back, eyes closed and then for about 5-10 minutes I heard the audible voice of Christ.

I know that sounds farfetched but let me tell you when it was finished I had tears streaming down my face, tears of absolute joy and wonderment for the voice I heard was one of so much strength, yet it seemed to assume tones that were almost as rich as the colours of a rainbow.

It was strong yet gentle and compassionate and I could not remember after what I had been told except the last words…”you will not hear my voice again until you enter the Kingdom of Heaven”.

Did it matter I could not remember what was said other than that? NO! Just hearing that voice and the last words and now I can relate to a time in the New Testament when John and Peter were brought before their priestly accusers.

“When they saw the courage of John and Peter they realized they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and took note they had been with Jesus”.

We also know that Paul was taken up into heaven but could not relate adequately for those who wanted to hear about what he had seen and heard but he knew he had been with Jesus.

You see intimacy with the Lord, wanting that intimacy, brings you closer and closer to Him to a point where He gives you the boldness and courage to not be afraid of men or situations.

How then can you take that journey?

A brilliant Christian author by the name of Colin Urquhart wrote a book called Anything You Ask in which he says to really know Christ and his forgiveness, write down in a numbered list all of your sins whether you are a Christian or not then go somewhere privately and begin reading them out of the Lord.

Ask each time for forgiveness…you will not get very far before He will come to you in a very real way….and then you are to burn that list because the sins have been forgiven…then wait because I am almost certain, like me, He will do something with you, you will never forget.

 

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