We All Need a Heart Transplant!

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 100,070 in followers. That’s because people are searching for hope and we provide it.

In our current promotion the winner will be the person who is the 100,000th subscriber will win some nice prizes. It will go very fast. This is a huge milestone for us. 

* WE HAVE A WINNER!!! At 11:54pm last night we had the 100,000th subscriber! If you subscribed at that time, email us at doug@dougbolton.com to confirm you are the winner.+

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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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Time to Help Our Veterans

We are so  honored to be with you each day sharing hope. Our outreach has grown at a tremendous pace. We just past 93,800 in followers. That’s because people are searching for hope and we provide it. We have a new promotion going with prizes. The person who is our 95,000 follower will receive two nice prizes, which we will not name. (This is called a hook in writing.) The number of followers raises fast. We are averaging close to 30 new subscribers each day. So don’t hesitate! Click on the icon right after the title of this post to subscribe to be eligible for the prizes. 

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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 will be reaching out the many military and veterans who may be battling anxiety, fear, depression, addictions, rejections, PTSD, and the many other usual suspects. There are 22 military connected suicides every day. That is almost one every hour. Doug wants to help stop those statistics. Be looking for more details about the new book. Doug Is also seeking military who would be willing to do an interview. It will be part of the book. Sharing by actual soldiers will help many others. Look for updates here.

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Something exciting happening soon.

 

This whole post is being dedicated to our men and women who have served, or are serving their country through the military.

I am a veteran myself. I know some of the pain they go through. Why am I dedicating this post to them?

22 veterans end their own lives every day! Yes, I said every day. Why? Because they are losing the battle to PTSD, depression, anxiety fear, and the many other usual suspects. Some are just tired of the pain from injuries they have had from combat.

I was deployed to Korea. I know what loneliness is. I know what depression can do to a person.

I fought depression long after I got out of the service. It got so bad that on March 21st, 2001, I was considering if I wanted to check out of this hotel called earth.

I was at the end of my rope. I had nowhere to go.

It was at the lowest point of my life that God stepped in and saved my life. He stopped me from taking my last breath, and put me to work writing and blogging.

I want to tell you a new direction I am going, and want you to be a part of it.

For months and  months I have been searching for ways to reach out to veterans to help them in some way. I have found two ways to do that:

  • I am writing a book called, Signs of Hope for the Military: In and Out of the Trenches of Life. It is nearly finished. It reaches out to those who are suffering from all the demons I mentioned above. I share my own experiences in the Military, especially in Korea, and give suggestions on how the veterans can survive in this not so friendly world. There has been lots of enthusiasm for the book. The word is spreading, and people are waiting patiently for the book.
  • I also wanted to help in other ways. I found what I was looking for through Victory for Veterans. It is a foundation that is just forming. I have been asked to be on the board for it, and I am very honored to do that. Victory for Veterans will be sending out monies to many other charities that are helping veterans. We plan to give out up to one million dollars to each charity, when we have reached our goal.

I am very excited for what this new nonprofit will be able to do. It will help those military who can’t find help anywhere else. It will help them get the much needed aide they so deserve. The slogan for our cause is: They fought for our freedom, now let’s fight for theirs. 

Some gave their all. Others will have lifelong pain from the wounds they have had to live with for us.

I am going to ask you to do one simple thing right now. I am not going to ask for money. I am not going to try to convince you of anything, but I am requesting that all 94,000 of my subscribers, right now, go to Twitter and follow @victoryvets. It is our page to get people introduced to our dream. No push for money. No trying to make you feel bad, and rush to the aide of our veterans. (Right now.) Just follow the page and stand by. We will be letting out more information out as we grow, and start to reach our veterans in any way we can.

If you are a veteran. Hope is on the way. Thank you for serving your country. Thank you for the sacrifice you have made to protect us and….

Remember:

You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all…never, ever, give up!

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Pain is a Four Letter Word

We have a new winner in our promotion adventure. The person will be notified, and receive the prizes. We move on to yet another promotion where there will be prizes. The next winner will be the person who is our 95,000th subscriber. As you found out here, it goes very fast. We average over 30 new subscribers a day. We will get there pretty fast. We just passed 90,260.  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, PTSD, 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 was a very good day yesterday. I was told by my doctor that I don’t need to have daily doses of antibiotics put in me through and IV. I have switched to oral pills.

I have a serious infection in my spin that put me in the hospital for six days, and three months of incredible pain. It is slowly subsiding, and I am able to get around a little more. I hope to be able to go walking later this week.

This storm wasn’t fun at all. I have endured many storms before, and made it through them. This time there was much more pain than I have even had before. It was tearing me down physically and mentally.

I had quadruple-by-pass surgery in 2004, but I seemed to handle it much better. It is taking as long as the surgery to recuperate from this ailment. (Four months so far.)

How did I keep going? Why didn’t I fold them like in cards, and exit? Shouldn’t I be angry with God for all the pain He allowed me to have?

  • I kept going because I knew that my perseverance will let others know to never give up.
  • Checking out of this hotel called earth was a choice, but God has more plans for me.
  • I am not angry with God. I thank Him for the suffering. Every time I think of my pain, I think of the terrible pain that Jesus had to go through when he was crucified.

I am thinking that there may be more storms I will have to face. I know that life isn’t perfect. There will be trials. There will failures and disappointments.

But, if I cling to the promises of God, I will be just fine. He is my fortress. He is my strength.

If you have been, or are going through a storm, turn to God, and let Him calm it for you. He sometimes allows them to help us grow, but He will also be there to give you strength.

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 are Surrounded by Dark Waters

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 89,600.  We have less than 400 to go. 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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What a depressing title for today’s post! It looks like there is no hope. It looks like we will soon be swallowed up by the darkness.

I am currently reading a book about the life of George Washington, and Benedict Arnold.

Early in the American revolution the British were winning many battles especially in the open waters. Their fleet of ships were much more powerful, faster, had more cannons, and much more experienced sailors. Most of the American sailors were as green as they could be with no sailing experience.

One scene from the book shares how General Arnold was surrounded by the enemy. It looked hopeless. They were closing in to blast them out of the water.

However, night time came and a thick fog came up. The darkness and the fog combined allowed the small Americans ships to slide through the enemy lines to safety.

The British were dumbfounded the next day when the American ships were nowhere in sight.

Have you been surrounded by darkness? Has there been times when you thought there was no hope?

I have been that more than once in my life. I had decided my life was through and I might as well give up.

However, I am still here writing this post. I am still fighting the darkness.

How am I able  to do that?

I finally realized I couldn’t take on this world alone. Yes, I tried. I thought I didn’t need God to guide me every day. I felt I could conquer anything on my own.

That was the biggest mistake I ever made in my life. It took a moment when I was ready to end my own life that I woke up to the fact that God was right there with me all the time. He stopped me from committing suicide, and lead me into to writing.

I am here today because God took charge, and I turned all my worries, fears, failures, and depression over to Him.

I still battle the darkness. It is always there. Satan doesn’t give up easily. He is in a mighty battle with God for each soul on this earth.

My suggestions to you are:

  • Never, ever, give up!
  • Attack that darkness by giving in to your heavenly Father who will protect you.
  • Never take on something difficult without praying to God first. God does answer prayers. He does listen.
  • I have learned that when it is the darkest, scariest, and the most depressing times, is when God is the closest. Lean on 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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