Look in a Mirror. You See God’s Image

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 103,300 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 1,700 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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Life is hectic! Life is too fast! Life seems to be leaving me in the dust!

Do any of those statements fit you? I know your pain. The earth seems to be spinning way too fast. There have been times when I felt I want to let loose and allow the world to throw me off of this planet.

Before I actually check out of this hotel called earth, let me share some things with you:

  • I have said this meaning times, but all storms stop and then there is the Son!
  • Everytime I face adversity I seem to grow. Though it is very hard, I am stronger.
  • When I see someone else who is hurting and I reach out to help them, its seems to help  me as well. If I bring a smile to their face, I have one on my face too.
  • If I fall into the muck and mire of life, God is always there to pull me out.

We need to know who saved us, and how He defines we are. Do you know who you are under God’s love?

Genesis 1:26-28

Let me put it this way. God created everyone of us in His own image. He doesn’t make mistakes. He created you for a reason.

You are very special. He didn’t create you like any other creature. We weren’t created to look like the animals of the forest. We weren’t even created to look like angels. We are totally created in God’s image.

We are more like God than any living thing.

Cling to this. Never feel you are inferior to anyone. God created man and woman and said there were create equal.

When you look in the mirror realizes that you are looking at God’s image. Be thankful he went as far as to create you in this 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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We will all Walk Under the Arc of Victory Some Day

Last Sunday the Pastor of our church had a closing prayer. As I closed my eyes I saw an image that was incredibly clear. It was an arc. It wasn’t just any arc, it was the Arc de Triomphe! I was able to see it in person when I traveled to Paris, France last May.

I couldn’t understand why I saw this “vision,” so clearly. Then God told me about how many famous people walked under that arc, in victory. General Patton, Hitler, and many other military leaders.

They all had a powerful victory, and God was saying that we all will be able to walk under the arc of victory when we go to be in heaven with Him.

We as Christian warriors will have our day of victory. Jesus made that happen for us at the cross.

We all have our days when we aren’t sure about victories. We think everything is going dark on us. The adversity and trials seem to mount and try to overcome us.

Please understand: ” There is a day when your darkness will change to light.”

There is another wall we often face that slows our victories. We, of course, agree with God. But when He places us in a spot where we don’t want to give up something very dear to us that we love (an idol) then we shake our heads and go on.

God’s answer to this is, ” If you love me, you WILL keep my commandments.” 

We all have our one thing we cling to. Our one thing that we don’t want to give up. Because of this we live with guilt of the past failures. We have one sin we can’t shake or maybe don’t even want to.

My suggestion is that there will never be a clear conscience in our lives. Remember, however that the blood of Jesus, who died for you, cries much louder than any bad memories, or failures from you past that haunts you.

Think on this:

  • All our sin has been rolled up into one little bag and hung on the cross with Jesus. It is gone, and God has completely written it off of His books.
  • When you star feeling the guilt overcome you, just know that this is Satan working over time. He will do what ever He can to sway you, and make you feel like a failure.
  • The Power of God is much stronger, higher, wider, and deeper than any trial or adversity you may face.
  • If you live in peace with what you are doing, but it is outside of God’s guidelines, it is a deception.

So stop wallowing in the muck and mire Satan has thrown you into and walk tall. You are a person who has a worthy future ahead of you.

Cling to the promises that God has given you. Jesus His Son has said. ” I will never forsake you. I will never leave you!”

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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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A.C. Green, the Iron Man of the NBA

Michael Clark is supposed to be posting tonight, but he is ill. Please pray for God’s healing power in his life.

I agreed to take his place and do two nights in a row. I have no problem covering for such a Godly man as Michael.

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This will be a very different post tonight. I am going to switch styles, and pull away from our usual posting style. I am going to talk sports tonight. Stay with me, you will see Biblical truths even as I speak about sports.

I went to a Men’s Conference in Salem, Oregon tonight, and was very blessed.

The guest speaker was A.C. Green. Some of you may not know that name so let me tell you about him.

A.C. went to high school at Benson Tech, in Portland, Oregon where he played basketball. He wasn’t much of an athlete when he came to Benson. He was only 5’10 inches tall. However when he came back to school as a sophomore he was 6′ 3 inches. He had grown 5 inches in one year. People began to notice him, but he still wasn’t a stand-out player. Then in his junior year he grew to 6′ 6 inches. Colleges started buzzing about him then. By the time he was a senior, he was 6′ 9 inches, and his team won the state championship.

Ralph Miller, the legendary coach at Oregon State University, offered him a full scholarship, and A.C. accepted it. A.C’s Career at OSU was amazing to say the least. By his senior year he was named the Pac-10 player of the year, and the team was ranked number one in the nation for most of the year.

He still holds records for the most rebounds and is close to the top in many other records at OSU. He was drafted by the L A Lakers in 1985, and he proceeded to win three NBA Championship rings with them.

His first week as a rookie he announced to the rest of the players that he was a virgin, and proud of it.

A.C. said he became a Christian when he was 16 years old. He did this in a little town in eastern Oregon, called Hermiston. This town is famous for its wonderful watermelons.

A.C. said he was sitting with a tough crowd, and it was very hard to separate from his peers to go forward on the day he became a Christian. But because he did it in front of this tough crowd, he was emmediatley respected, and admired.

Let’s back up to his college playing days for a minute. I officiated high school football for 30 years, and I was the white hat, (leader) of a crew that worked at game at the OSU football stadium that was called Parker Stadium at the time. I took the crew out to dinner afterwards at one of the favorite hang-outs in Corvallis called The Big O. When we were through eating, and was walking out, I noticed a bunch of young men eating in a side banquet room. I peeked in and there was the whole OSU men’s basketball team eating at a big table together, EXCEPT for A.C. He was at a side table by himself reading a Bible. He was, and still is, a shining example to others on his commitment to God.

Here are some quotes from A.C. tonight to think on: 

  • I  didn’t know what footsteps to follow in high school.
  • God has a plan for you.
  • The devil knows all the buttons to push to sway you.
  • The devil is a liar; a misguided, foolish, fallen, angel.
  • I have a faith that doesn’t easily waver.
  • Our God is more powerful, stronger, more capable to handle all of your adversity. Hand it over to Him.
  • In times of disaster, the blameless will not wither. Psalms 37: 18, 25.
  • Sometimes give the ball to someone else and let them score. ( The last shall be first)
  • God not only knows every hair on your head he also knows your name.
  • I purposely walked the straight and narrow while I played in the NBA.

These are wonderful words to live by. A.C. purposely walked the straight and narrow path when he played in the NBA. He was named The Iron Man, by his peers, because he played 1192 straight games during his 15 year run as a player. He was named to the NBA all star team.

Can you imagine how hard this must have been in an environment of glamour, and parties all the time? This man never wavered. He never slipped. He walked the path God had for him, and has been a shining example for the rest of us as Christians.

I can’t wait until tomorrow morning. A.C. will be speaking again. I know God’s using him to speak to all of us to be leaders, not as men, but as fellow Christians.

This was his closing remarks tonight:

“Jesus has done so much for me, and I want to show Him my appreciation and my love for Him. That comes through spending time with Him, then by doing what He asks me to do. I want to be obedient to Him and to serve others as he blessed me to do.”

 

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