Stop the Stress, and See the Light

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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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Glad to have Dennis Booth back as our Guest blogger today. He has an unusual post on visions. We have all heard of them. He has seen one.

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Whether you believe in visions or not, whether you are a Christian or not, I am going to share something with you that I believe will talk to individuals about where they are at present and offer them hope.

Recently my wife had occasion to travel and meet up with family during which matters close to that family were discussed and which in turn provided some spirited discussion that sometimes was bordering on flared tempers.

Fair enough that happens to a lot of families but when the discussion or call it what you will is all over, in the solitude of silence and contemplation there can arise a lot of hurt, a lot of bitterness and a lot of regret.

And so this last Sunday in church I believe I received a vision (I sometimes do) and this is what I believe I saw.

It was like a Western wilderness scene in the sense that there was a lot of rocky outcrop and on the ground not uneven there were giant cacti with thorns and smaller bramble bushes.

However in the middle was a road heading into the distance through a gap in hills in front of the outcrop and cacti and through that gap there was a brightness that almost lit up the entire sky but only through that gap.

And I believe I heard this to support the vision.

Many are having divisions, quarrels, arguments, strife with those close to them and many are being drawn into these situations.

But that same many know that they want to stay out of it all because it causes them to stray away from what they know is right.

The problem is in this situation not only has there been strife to the left but it has developed into strife to the right and so one side tries to get the person over to their side but the same applies on the other side.

Yet the path/road is still there and I believe God is saying that in these situations keep your focus, your eyes on what you know is the way out….it is ahead and by staying on the path you will see light very much like the saying, “light at the end of the tunnel.”

I think too often we tend to be drawn into taking on burdens that we are not meant to carry, too often we tend to be drawn into adding to strife and argument that we never intended to happen.

We may be staying out of it all, be seen as a fence sitter but I believe God is saying come into the light through the gap, out of the wilderness and all will be well.

Dennis Booth

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Remember:

You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all…never, ever, give up!

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Fishing is Similar to Life

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What is fishing?

Hooks, worms, stringers, sun, rain, heat, cold, excitement, boredom, jokes, (very little jokes,) talking, sleeping, tempers, forgiveness, time flying, time very slow, no fun, lots of fun, alert, tired, refreshed.

Fishing is one thing, but people are priceless.

Are my son’s and daughter the greatest fisher-people on the planet, probably not, but are they the best son’s and daughter and father could have, you better believe it!

When you are fishing, catching a fish is a great triumphant moment. I love that word triumphant! any time you use it, you feel like you are standing on the highest mountain holding your victory trophy in the air. You triumph when:

  • You catch a fish.
  • Walk a mile.
  • Swim a lap.
  • Finish a project
  • Get good grades.
  • Win the race.

The list could go on forever, but the ultimate triumph is having victory over sin. Then you are triumphant with Jesus who had the triumph that exceeds all others put together, the victory over death.

When ever my boys and my son-in-law go fishing we have a contest. We have triumphs by catching the first fish, the most fish, the biggest fish, and our latest one, the prettiest fish. Each one seems small, and yet so huge to the others involved. To catch the very first fish is the greatest triumph. That means the pressure is off, and we can start having fun.

Are you waiting for that first triumph? Do you wonder if it will ever come. Well, I can answer that for you. It will! It will come and the pressure will be off. You can start having fun looking forward to all your future triumphs. Just stay strong and they will start coming.

Remember:

You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all…never ever give up!

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