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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.
+ Update! The book has been sent to my editor this week. 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.
It has been a hard week for me. I am having trouble with fluids building up around my heart and in my lungs. My Cardiologist has increased my “water pills,” but it doesn’t seem to be helping too much.
This is not something new to me. I have had trouble with fluid build up for several years now. It is a part of life I would like to get rid of, but it hangs around like long lost relatives who come visiting, unannounced, and want to stay forever.
Enough of my pity party stories for today.
How are you doing? Have you been sliding down a slippery slope? Are there days you would rather stay in bed, and not face the day? Do you seem to be taking one step forward and two steps backwards?
You are not alone, my friend. Life doesn’t always come out the way we want it each day.
So, how can we get out of the muck and mire of life and survive?
Here are some things I have learned:
What I have Learned
- I have learned that your side of the story isn’t always the best side.
- I have learned that when people are trying to help-let them.
- I have learned that you really aren’t on an island alone. God is everywhere. He is probably right there with you enjoying the vast oceans he has created.
- I have learned that you don’t need to tell anyone your ailments. They have enough of their own.
- If have learned that if you are hurting, the best thing you can do is go to someone else who is hurting, and help them smile and therefore you smile back.
- I have learned that good friends are worth all the gold in the world.
- I have learned that tough love is sometimes needed actually help someone.
- If have learned that you do not have to try to cure the world and everything in it. God is in charge.
- I have learned that some of our choices are wrong. Learn from them and adjust.
- I have learned that hope shines bright in the darkness of light. (Learned from Sara Young: Author of Jesus Today.)
- I have learned all the storms that come your way are for a purpose. Some will be raging storms, like health, others will be winds that you can face with perseverance.
- I have learned that not everything that looks hopeless really is.
- I have learned I can only control things I can control. Good Yogi Berra line but mine just the same.)
- I have learned that hope is the only four letter word that over comes anxiety, fear, or depression.
- I have learned that if we threw all of our problems into a pile, and saw everyone else’s we’d grab ours back. (From my daughter-in-Law whom I call princess. There’s a reason.)
- I have learned that I cannot avoid trials, but they often help me grow.
- I have learned that the innocence of a little child can brighten my day.
- I have learned that in every season and in every change in life, God is there.
- I have learned that I should never forget God’s promises.
- I have learned of a place where sin and shame are powerless.
- I have learned at God’s Name Mountains roar and crumble.
- I have learned that this world is great, but heaven is greater.
I hope these things I have learned will help in some way.
You are never alone.
You are never forsaken.
You are never unloved.
And above all…never, ever, give up!