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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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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It is Always Darkest Before the Dawn

I am seeking prayer for my partner Michael Clark. He has a very serious surgery coming up soon, and he is preparing for that. He asked that not much be said about his ailment. Michael has never wanted to draw attention to himself. Just pray for God’s healing hand in Michael’s life.

He hasn’t been well, and that is why you haven’t seen his posts lately. Stay with us. I know you love Michael’s inspirational posting. I do too. God willing, he will back soon much stronger and uplifting us once again.

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What do we do when someone we love us hurting and we fear we may lose them?  We have all been there. I lost my father in 2001, and I felt like I had just gotten close to him when he passed away. Why did he have to leave when I loved him, after many years of being distant with him?

You have been there, I am sure.  Have you, or do you have someone you love very much that is battling for their lives?

Where can we go for help during this time?

There is a very simple answer and that is to turn it all over to God and seek His mercy. But what does that do for your own thinking process? You are also hurting. You are also feeling the pain of your loved one.

It has been proven that when someone is very ill, the people around them have a huge affect of them just from their attitude, and outlook.

If there is a person who is very ill, and everyone around them is sad  and expecting the worst, that person will not have much will to fight. They will be saddened just from seeing their loved ones in pain.

Think on this:

  • It has been proven that prayer makes a difference in patients. Many a doctor has said that because the family prayed there was a better chance for the patient to survive.
  • Making someone that is ill smile has a tremendous affect on their will to survive.
  • If you show happiness to someone, it is contagious.
  • Persevering  through trials makes you much stronger for the next storm.
  • Where two or more people pray together God will be with them.

Try to be positive around someone you love who is ill. You will be surprised how much it makes a difference to them. Your bright  approach seeps into their soul and brightens their day.

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Michael… if you read this, know that there are thousands of people praying for you, and wish the very best for you. Be strong, and know that God is holding your hand throughout this trial. We all pray for a complete recovery, and that you will come back soon stronger than ever. We look forward to your inspiring, thought provoking posts.

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Only one

I’m sure most of you have read the poem penned by Edward Everett Hale which says:

I am only one,
But still I am one.
I cannot do everything,
But still I can do something;
And because I cannot do everything,
I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.

Long ago, Zechariah the prophet, warned against “despising the day of small things.” Just because you cannot do “big” things doesn’t mean you can’t serve the Lord. In fact, my guess would be that if more Christians would quit waiting around and looking for a “big” way to serve the Lord, and would get busy in small ways (e.g. giving a cup of water in the name of the Lord), much more good could be accomplished than is presently being accomplished.

So, you’re just one? I don’t want to hear what you can’t do, tell me what you can do!

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