What A SuperBowl Game!

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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. Doug just interviewed a WWII veteran. Fascinating! Look for updates here.

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It is time again for Taylor Wilkens to do his guest post. He always inspires us, and tonight he is talking about the Super Bowl.  Thank you Taylor for your insight, and wisdom.

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Super Bowl Champions 

Today is Superbowl Sunday and right now you, like most Americans, are probably getting together with a bunch of junk food to party with friends and family to watch the big game! I love the super bowl for many reasons— but the ultimate reason for me to watch is because I love good competition. After tonight one team will be crowned champion and the other will fall to second place. This level of game elevates the competition because the stakes are so high. Both of these teams have battled over the past year in the weight room, training, and competition to get to this point and now only one can be the champion. The crowning moment is hugely rewarding because of the effort put into a great victory.

Leading up to Super Bowl Sunday one thing has been ringing in my mind on a daily basis— “run in such a way as to win the prize…” It’s the summarizing verse out of 1 Corinthians 9:24-27 where Paul is encouraging the Corinthian people to walk out their faith with the highest level of excellence because at the end of this race there will be an imperishable prize for those who did not give up.  How much are you willing to fight for the prize? Super Bowl Sunday is amazing and the glory at the end of the day will be great, but temporary. All the time, energy, and effort going into only a moment of glory! I have so much respect for the coaches and athletes commitment to train and exert so much energy into becoming the best at what they do. We all have stuff in our lives that we put an exceptional amount of work into— yet at the end of all your endeavors, where will you end up? Where will your reward take you? What will be the prize of your life taken into eternity? 

“Never again will they hunger; never again will they thirst. The sun will not beat down on them; nor any scorching heat. For the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd; ‘he will lead them to springs of living water.’ And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.” Revelation 7:16-17

The conviction on my heart is to follow Jesus with my whole heart. I have pushed all my chips into the middle, and I have found no reward greater than eternal life in the kingdom of heaven with the God who loves me so much that he offered up His life as a sacrifice for mine. Not only did he take away my sin and guilt but he is preparing a place for me in his kingdom. 

I believe Jesus is calling you to himself today, you are the prize he has been fighting for and pursuing— you are never alone, and you are always loved.

Today this is a Sign of Hope, that no matter the circumstance you are in, or the breakthrough you need, God is near to you and He has “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” 

* New England Patriots won over Atlanta Falcons in overtime 34-28. 

 

Taylor Wilkins
twilkins@fca.org
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Too Old To Start Something New? Never!

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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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The Super Bowl is over. The people have moved on, but history was made when the oldest quarterback in Super Bowl history, Peyton Manning, was able to win his ring for being the Champion.
Makes us older people have hope don’t you think?
This should wake us up to the fact that we never are too old to do something we want to do. There are never, ” You are too old to do this,” signs.
Still have that one dream left you that you have put away, because you think you are past your prime? JUST DO IT!!! Had some thoughts that floated away, because you have failed in the past. Stop dwelling on the past, and hit that road running again.
I have been thinking along the same lines. Am I past my time to do something new? Is it time to sit in the rocking chair on the porch and watch the day go by?
I was about to think that until I read a report that 22 veterans were committing suicide every day. That about one every hour. So before I finish this post another precious human being will be gone. Being a veteran myself, my heart is aching right now.
I got a fire in my belly. I got back into the world of going hard to achieve a goal. I am nearing the end of my new book, “Signs of Hope for the Military: In and Out of the Trenches of Life.”
It will reach out to those who are battling PTSD. It will give hope to those who feel lonely, and lost,  in their assignment areas of the world.
It will show support to those who are facing domestic violence in the military.
It will help calm the storms of fear, anxiety, depression, and even hopelessness.
I am not sitting on the rocking chair on the porch. I am starting a strenuous task of publishing a book that will help many people. If it helps one person, it has helped me.
God has put a new goal in my life, and he is by my side directing my paths.
Get back in the race. Keep looking to the horizons for new things to see. Do more now than you have ever done. Let God also guide you on your paths. You will feel a rush of joy as you complete your journey.
Remember:
You are never alone.
You are never forsaken.
You are never unloved.
And above all…never, ever, give up!
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Are You Spinning Your Spiritual Tires?

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There are times when we feel like we are spinning our wheels. We feel we aren’t getting anywhere. It is like we are on a treadmill going as fast as we can, but getting no where.

What we can do about this is lean on others in our lives to motivate us.

Think of us as one body. Everyone attached, and needing to help the other to reach our dreams.

It is like a football team. The Super Bowl was won, because of many people. It wasn’t one player.

The Seattle Seahawks had adversity in that some of their best players were injured early in the game. They had lost some of the most important parts of their body as a team.

This showed up in the game because the New England Patriots saw there was missing players, and made many plays that went into the areas were less experienced players had to play.

In life, we think we have a pretty good movement in our own bodies, but what if we broke one of our arms, or legs like happened in the Super Bowl?

We wouldn’t be able to function nearly as well. We would struggle.

This tells us how important the people around really are. They are part of our bodies. They support us when we need help. Without their support team, we would be facing the world on our own.

Now think of others around you who may need your support. Can you step up to the plate and give them the help they need? They also need supporters, to help them function. They too will struggle if you don’t came to their aid.

We all need to look around us. If you need help, ask for it. If you see someone who needs help, reach out to them.

Remember:

You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all..never, ever, give up!

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Super Bowl Sunday is almost Here!

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The countdown is on. Only five more days until the Super Bowl for football. The excitement in mounting, and the words are flying back and forth between the two teams and fans everywhere.

Who will win? Who will be named the champion?

This kind of frenzy is not common in everyday life. We mostly go along each day doing what we have to do to survive. We go to work. We buy groceries at the store, and we pay our bills.

But this one weekend each year, everything is put on hold. Everyone has a Super Bowl party. Some just come to watch the Super Bowl ads on TV. Others wait for half-time to see the elaborate show put on each year.

All in all, it is the one time each year people wait for, and put their hopes in one game. They put their year long dreams into one game in sports.

What if we did that ourselves in our everyday lives? What if we looked at each day as the Super Bowl day of our lives? Would we wake up each day as excited as we would on Super Bowl Sunday?

Would we prepare more for each day if we knew it was a Super Day?

Well, I am telling you that everyday is a super day. Know you know it. Know you can  get up each day and be ready for the super day you deserve.

Yes, some days don’t turn out that super. Some days we are on the winning side. Some days we are on the losing side, but each day should be a challenge to us, and we should look forward to it like it was the Super Bowl.

Plan on being the winner in your daily life, but if you have a bad, dark day, learn from it and go on. Keep putting up the good fight like it was the Super Bowl. The day where you play your best, and the outcome can be a tremendous life changer for you.

Remember:

You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all…never, ever, give up!

Doug Bolton

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