The holidays are past, but I have had time to reflect and thought I would share some thoughts.
We should have joy around the holidays, but some don’t think so. They have to face their relatives.
From that I learned that we need to have a family mentality.
We need need to be related by faith, family, caring. If we do that and more, we are a family that is glorious.
Yes, we have some relatives that we have differences with. When they come to visit it seems like they know what buttons to push to make us angry.
How do we deal with that?
Even if there is a problem with one of the relatives, we need to know that they have needs just like we do. We need to calmly sit with them and seek out the problems and try to find ways to help.
This should cause a miracle. They will be glad someone cares, and they will look at you in a whole new way.
I Have learned to pray for them.
I am so angry sometimes that this is very hard. If I can just spend 30 seconds praying for them that would be a good start. Then stretch it out to 35 seconds, and so on. I realized the more I prayed for them the less I was angry. It should be like daily exercise. The more you pray the stronger you become.
Try this out and let me know how it goes. Show me other ways I can reach out to those I sometimes find unpleasant.
There is much happening causing me to roll fast on finishing my second book, “Signs of Hope for the Military: In an Out of the trenches of Life.” All I have left are a few interviews with veterans who have been in the trenches. Their stories will warm your heart. They will cause you to cry, and wanting to help them.
You can go to http://www.dougbolton.com to see the progress.
You should always remember:
You are never alone.
You are never forsaken.
You are never unloved.
And above all…never, ever, give up!