We All Need a Heart Transplant!

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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 details about the new book. Look for updates here.

UPDATE!!  In the final stages of having the book finished. Much of it is already sent off to my editor. The countdown begins!!

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Do you remember “Leave it to Beaver? (It was a family show on TV back in the 50’s) I loved that show. A family crises, but resolved by the end of the show. You moved on and all was well.

We have really changed since then don’t you think? Massive amount of divorces. Suicide rates are rising fast. Many children only have one parent.

I could say a  lot  more, but it hurts too much to even type the words.

What has happened? Why such a different world?

We fight each other! We attack, and try to make others look bad so we can look better.

We need to understand this:

Our battle are not against people, but with the forces of evil.

 The bottom line is that we all need a heart transplant. Our hearts have become corrupted. We have allowed the world to overcome us.

Friends, We are not part of this world if we truly believe. 

I understand how hard it is to try to stay out of the muck and more of life. I have been to the bottom of the pits struggling to stay alive.

Here  is what I have learned:

  1. We need to put on the armor of God. The armor is really the character and faith that you have.
  2.  We need to talk to others with gentleness and respect. What a difference this would make.
  3. Suffering for what right is hard, at best, but it is right with God.
  4. We should never be shaken or frightened. Be bold in your faith.

It is hard to catch your breath in this day and age. We are in what they call the rat race. Well, even rats rest.

We need to go back to the basic of the Bible and live by them.  The United States has been walking down the wrong path for the last eight years. Hopefully it will turn the corner and walk a new path now.

Stay the course! Talk the talk, and walk the walk. Never waver. Never give in to this world. Walk the path of righteousness, with God.

Remember:

You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all…never, ever, give up!

 

 

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Don’t Walk Your Path Alone!

We just started a new promotion. The next winner will be the person who is our 90,000th subscriber. As you found out here, it goes very fast. We average over 50 new subscribers a day. We will get there pretty fast. We just passed 89,100.  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, 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. Be looking for more details about the new book.

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It is interesting to talk to others who are struggling like you are. I am not saying I seek out people who are struggling, but I have to go to a clinic everyday to have an infusion. They put antibiotics in me to fight off an infection in my spine.

Each day I see many people. Some are much worse off than I am, others are just fighting a virus that will clear up quickly.

However, I see the pain. I see the fear, I see the frustration of feeling there is nothing they can do to stop the storm, but be there everyday.

A new patient come in yesterday. He was a strong looking man in his late 50’s. It was only his second visit. They tried to place an IV into his arm and it didn’t work the first time. They tried again. The same thing happened.

This strong looking man was slowly showing signs of hopelessness. He twisted in pain every time they tried again.

The head nurse finally came over and found a spot on his arm, and talked to him about having a PICC put into his arm. A PICC is a temporary IV that stays there until you don’t need it anymore. It can last up to  year.

The man wasn’t sure he wanted to do that, but I started sharing with him that I had gone through the very same thing. Both of my arms were black and blue from previous attempts to locate a vein.

I told him it wasn’t a scary thing to go through. They insert it under your arm and no one even knows it is there. I showed him my PICC, and he relaxed and told the nurse that is what he wanted to do.

I will be seeing him in the coming days, and I am sure he will be dong much better because of the PICC making everything go much smoother.

I would assume you have faced some scary times as well. I believe we all have to face some storms in our lives.

Don’t hide your fear. Share you feelings with others. They can give you comfort and maybe even show you how to conquer your fear.

This world is tough enough for all of us. We don’t need to try to walk our paths alone. God is there for us. Your family is there for you. Your friends are there as well.

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 All Need One Word to Focus On

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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. Be looking for more details about the new book.

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I lead a devotional this morning. I was worried that I didn’t have a good structured one that the men would relate to and respond.

The topic was for each of us there to come up with one word that they use to face life with. I had sent out an email ahead of time asking them to come with that one word.

I started the devotion, still not sure what was going to happen, and then one man said, “I just couldn’t come up with one word. My two words are commitment and discipline.” Another man spoke up and said, “Those two words go perfectly together, and shouldn’t be separated.”

All around the table each man said his word and explained why he thought that word was important to hm. The final list of words that came up were:

  • Commitment
  • Discipline
  • Delight (In the Lord)
  • Appreciation
  • Simplicity
  • Love
  • Follow (Two men had this as their word. It stresses that we follow God.)
  • Confidence
  • And my word was perseverance.

Each of these words have special meaning in different ways to each of the men. I will explain my word in more detail for you so you can see how some of the conversations went.

Perseverance is a word I have had for  many years. I say it to myself when anything scary, and “sticky,” comes my way. I remind myself that perseverance is  a word God loves as well. (There are over twenty references to the word perseverance in the Bible. My favorite is Romans 12:12. “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.”)

I shared with the men three examples of how the word has spread to other members of my family.

  1. My son Greg and I had lunch recently and he brought up how he thought I was such a good example to others because of my perseverance. I, of course, was somewhat perplexed, because I wasn’t sure what I was doing that showed that.
  2. My daughter sent me a text once that said, “Dad, you are a tremendous example to my two daughters. You persevere through all pain, and trials you face.” I again was wondering what I really do to show that.
  3. My other son and I were on a fishing trip. He is a retired colonial from the Army. “Dad, you are one tough dude! You always hang in there and persevere when you face storms in your life.”

I guess I finally got the message! If all three of my children, on separate occasions think I am good at persevering there must be some truth to it.

They each also shared how I was strong through six major surgeries. They felt it was important when I was upbeat, and the one who was consoling others when I was about to go into surgery. They mention how I reached out to people who had gone through the same things.

Perseverance.

Webster’s dictionary says:

To persist in pursuing something in spite of obstacles or opposition.

What is your one word? What word do you focus on to help you through each day? Think a while about this, and write down your one word and abide by it. Never waver. Never think it doesn’t work for you. Stand strong with that word, and you will be able to use it to reach out to others who may be struggling.

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 All Have Our Own Cross to Bear.

We have a winner! We past 83,000. The winner will be notified, and we will start a new promotion. The next winner will be the person who is our 86,000th subscriber. As you found out here, it goes fast. We average over 50 new subscribers a day. We are now at 83,475.

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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. Be looking for more details about the new book.

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Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.

Matthew 16:24

I was at a men’s breakfast this morning and one of the men reminded us of the above verse. What woke me up from what my friend said was, “Notice it says take up YOUR cross. It doesn’t say take up the cross of Jesus.”

That has been rattling in my brain ever since I got home.

We all have our own crosses to bear:

  • In order to grow spiritually, our faith will be tested. We have to engage in situations were we depend on God and depend less on our own strength. If we try to face this world with our own strength, Dr. Phil would be asking us, “How is that working for you? We can’t face to world alone.
  • In order to grow our relationships with others, we must consider other people’s needs above our own. At the breakfast, one of the members broke down with tears in his eyes telling us the his two children are gay. He had never told us that in all the years we have met. He went on to say he could be overcome with resentment, but he has reached out even more to his children and loves them unconditionally.
  • In order to grow emotionally, we have to learn from others who are hurting. We need to “Walk in their shoes.” Sometimes we must feel pain, disappointment, or even loss, to be able to comfort others.
  • In order to grow mentally, we need to seek out new learning, and engage with others who know more than we do. That is what our morning breakfast is all about. We have around twelve men every Tuesday come together and share our spiritual love for each other. We lean on each other for wisdom. We share our own thoughts to try to help someone who is struggling.

These all can be heavy loads. They are the cross we bear. We carry this burden for the sake of others.

Think on this…Why carry the load yourself? You already have a burden. Let God carry the load.

” The distance between where I am and where God wants me to be might be my willingness and ability to tolerate pain.”

Craig Groeschel

 

Remember:

You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all…never, ever, give up!

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