What Can Help Me Through a Tough Day?

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 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.  

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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

  1. I have learned that your side of the story isn’t always the best side.
  2. I have learned that when people are trying to help-let them.
  3. 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.
  4. I have learned that you don’t need to tell anyone your ailments. They have enough of their own.
  5. 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.
  6. I have learned that good friends are worth all the gold in the world.
  7. I have learned that tough love is sometimes needed actually help someone.
  8. If have learned that you do not have to try to cure the world and everything in it. God is in charge.
  9. I have learned that some of our choices are wrong. Learn from them and adjust.
  10. I have learned that hope shines bright in the darkness of light. (Learned from Sara Young: Author of Jesus Today.)
  11. 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.
  12. I have learned that not everything that looks hopeless really is.
  13. I have learned I can only control things I can control. Good Yogi Berra line but mine just the same.)
  14. I have learned that hope is the only four letter word that over comes anxiety, fear, or depression.
  15. 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.)
  16. I have learned that I cannot avoid trials, but they often help me grow.
  17. I have learned that the innocence of a little child can brighten my day.
  18. I have learned that in every season and in every change in life, God is there.
  19. I have learned that I should never forget God’s promises.
  20. I have learned of a place where sin and shame are powerless.
  21. I have learned at God’s Name Mountains roar and crumble.
  22. I have learned that this world is great, but heaven is greater.

 

 I hope these things I have learned will help in some way.

Remember:

You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all…never, ever, give up!

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The Old Rugged Cross

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 102,500 in followers. That’s because people are searching for hope and we provide it.

We are starting a new promotion. The person who is our 105,000 will wins some nice prizes. 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. 

+ 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. 🙂 

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We have our regular guest blogger for the second month of each month here tonight. She has a perfect post for the Easter season. She talks about one of my favorite songs. The Old Rugged Cross.

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The Old Rugged Cross

I cannot sing and cry at the same time. Therefore, I never sing “The Old Rugged Cross.” You see, I had a precious grandmother whom I adored. She loved to sing the old hymns, loud and off-key. And that hymn was one of her favorites. I can still hear her voice ringing in my memory. Jesus has been listening to her sing for the last 56 years. I’m sure she sings much better now.

George Bennard, a Methodist evangelist, wrote the first verse of “The Old Rugged Cross” in 1912 and finished the hymn one year later. It is said that during one of his revival meetings, Bennard suffered ridicule when some youths heckled him. After which, he experienced a life struggle.

I’m sure you’re familiar with the first verse and chorus…

On a hill far away stood an old rugged cross,
The emblem of suff’ring and shame;
And I love that old cross where the dearest and best
For a world of lost sinners was slain.

Refrain:
So I’ll cherish the old rugged cross,
Till my trophies at last I lay down;
I will cling to the old rugged cross,
And exchange it some day for a crown.

The One dying for the world’s sins carried a rugged crossbeam that fateful day…

A large, jeering crowd, intermingled with a great many mourners, moved toward Golgotha’s hill on the Via Dolorosa (the Way of Grief). A man, whipped beyond recognition, stumbled in agony under the weight of His crossbeam.

So disfigured and injured was He that the soldiers “laid hold on one Simon, a Cyrenean…and on his shoulders they put the cross, for him to carry it behind Jesus.” (Luke 23:26 Weymouth)

Jesus said to His disciples…

“If anyone desires to come after Me,

let him deny himself,

and take up his cross,

and follow Me.”

(Matt. 16:24 NKJV)

Matthew Henry wrote, “In taking up the cross, we must follow Christ’s example, and bear it as he did.”

Is it our heart’s desire to trail behind in the footsteps of Jesus so that we deny ourselves, take up our cross, and follow Him daily? I say as Paul did, “I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death.” (Phil. 3:10 NIV)

My heart has been to Golgotha’s hill. The agony of that cross pierced the depth of my soul. My life received the precious blood of salvation poured out at the foot of that cross, washing me with the Savior’s forgiveness, cleansing me of all my sins.

Therefore, I will deny myself, take up that old rugged cross, and follow Christ daily.
So I’ll cherish the old rugged cross,
Till my trophies at last I lay down;
I will cling to the old rugged cross,
And exchange it some day for a crown.

How about you? Will you deny yourself, take up your cross, and follow Jesus daily?

From His feet,

Lynn

lynnmosher.com

 

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Upcoming Interviews With WWII Veterans

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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.
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It is Monday. Usually I dread Mondays, but today, I have new vigor, and drive. Why? Because I am felling good for the first time in weeks. I woke up this morning refreshed, and free of a cough that had lingered on for a couple of weeks.
So now what? Should I head outside and hit the streets running? I don’t think so. I am just going to have another cup of coffee and get tons of writing done on my new book, “Signs of Hope for the Military: In and out of the Trenches of life.”
Where I am right now, in doing the book, is seeking interviews from veterans and current military.
I feel this will a critical part of the book, because you will be hearing from the actual people that the book was written for in the first place. You will hear their stories. You will feel their pain. You will find out what is it really like in the trenches, and after the military.
I have completed about five interviews so far, and my heart is aching. There is not one interview that didn’t tear at my heart, and I wanted to hug the person I was talking to. They cried; they withdrew under fighting shame. They shared the loneliness, and fear.
So far three of the five interviews were with soldiers from WWII. These were the most gripping stories. Stories of heroism, and purple hearts. Stories of lost buddies.
I also have had two interviews with Vietnam veterans. They shared the horror of many deaths, and sadness. One shared how he had to go in after a napalm bomb had exploded, and count the dead bodies for  reporting counts of their victories. This soldier was living very deep in his own world of guilt and shame.
Many of these interviews will be without names, by request from the soldiers. I completely understand, and I will honor that to the fullest.
Have you faced terrible moments of fear, and anxiety like these veterans have faced? Do you still fight the bad dreams of your past?
I have been there since I am a veteran myself. I have dreams of the woman I saw die on the streets of Seoul, Korea,  because no one cared or would stop to help her. I felt the frustration of not being to help her myself, because of military rules.
We need to work on forgetting the negative parts of our past, and dwell on the future, where we can change our paths to the better.
Stop living the bad dreams, and start creating new and exciting dreams. You are a person of worth. God made you in His own image. He loves you. He created you to be unique, and to do special things He has planned for you.
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 People Treat You Like Trash?

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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 wanMants to help stop those statistics. Doug sent off his mini proposal, this week to an agent who is very interested in his concept. We will update you when we hear more.
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Here is the update for my alma mater, the Oregon State University Beavers football team.
They lost again. They lost to Colorado 17-13. That puts them at 2-5 with no games in sight that they may have a chance to win. They will probably go 2-10, and not win one league game.
So how are the fans reacting. “Disgrace!,” Shameful!, Doomsday team!” There are many other attacks on those young men. There are 51 freshman on the team. They are the youngest team in the league, and the ninth youngest team in the whole nation.
It seems this is the way it is in everyday life. If you are doing well, everyone loves you, but if you fail once, the people turn against you fast.
It is a harsh world we live in. There are too many demands in the work place, and in our daily lives. We either produce or we are thrown out like yesterday’s trash.
Now that I have torn you down, I want you to know this:
  • All storms end.
  • After the storm there is the Son.
  • When we make it through a storm, we are much stronger.
  • We can use our experiences in the storm to help others who are going through the same thing.
  • God will reward those to stand strong in the storm, and stay on His path He has planned for us.
  • It won’t be easy to make it through some storms. Some storms rage and tear at our very fiber of existence, but what an great example we will be when we do stand up to the storm.

I have been through a few storms in my life. I am not saying I love facing them so I can be stronger, and braver. There were times I felt lost and alone, but I had one thin rope to always cling to, and that thin rope was the hem of God’s robe.

He was, and will always be there for me to hold my hand and help calm the storms as they come. He is our comforter, and refuge. He will be with you as well if you turn all your storms over to Him.

Remember:

You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all…never, ever, give up!

 

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