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Month: May 2021

Death Has Ways of Pulling us Down Like huge Magnate

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I was posting on my other blog this morning at www.dougbolton.com, and I realized that I have lost close friends not only in the military, but in life as well.

The two in the military were in peacetime. My best buddy, who had signed up with me to go into the military, died of some kind of crude while in Korea.

The second buddy died right in my own platoon, also in Korea, He suffocated in a honey bucket. A honey bucket is where to locals put their human waste for fertilizer.

These two deaths were extremely hard on me.

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When I got out. I went back to college to be a teacher. I got a job in Albany, Oregon.

I lost three students during my career there.

The first one was a car accident. The boy had taken his mom’s car without permission and went on a joy ride. He was only 14 and had no license. As he was driving, he hit same loose gravel and went off the road. He was killed instantly.

The second student died right in front of me in the school. He had a massive brain injury. The last thing he said was, “I can’t see.”

The last one was suicide. He was a troubled kid, who kept getting into fights. I am guessing he didn’t like where he was in life, and ended it all.

So, I lost five people who I cared very much for. This doesn’t even include my own family members who have passed away.

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Have you been there? Have you lost friends and family?

You certainly are not alone. Many of us have had to face that.

How do I keep going after all the death I have seen?

  1. I thank God for each and every day I have on this earth.
  2. I love all of my family to the max.
  3. I keep in touch with old friends to see how they are doing. It cheers them up and I cheers me up as well.
  4. I pray for God’s protection which gives me peace and comfort.

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Never let the dark side overcome you into thinking the world is lost. Be strong and know God is with you. He can overcome any fears you may have. He will give you peace and comfort through the toughest of storms.

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Remember:

You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

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I was Suicidal Until God was With me.

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I told you yesterday that I had my first physical therapy for getting better balance. Well, something I had to do during the therapy injured my back. Now I am a lame duck. I will have to heal before I can go back.

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One of the things we most fear is that we are alone on this world. We feel isolated, and lost. We do not know where to go for help.

David in the Old Testament felt that way. He was suppose to be king, but Saul had other ideas. Saul was trying to find David and kill him. David ran and hid. He lived in caves, for fear he would be found and killed.

What a terrible existence.

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Have you been lost and fearful? Have you felt there was nowhere to turn to?

You certainly are not alone. Many of us have felt that fear of being alone. We have felt there was nowhere to turn to.

Let me share some thoughts that I think will give you hope and comfort.

  1. God is near in times of need. He can take care of all your worries and fears.
  2. God is sufficient in the times of need. He is capable of handling all your burdens.
  3. You need to be saying, God is mine in my time of greatest need.

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Never think you are alone. Never think God has forsaken you. He loves you and wants the best for you. You are His child.

I was alone and lost in the year 2001. I was ready to end my life. Then I realized that God was right there with me. That gave me peace and comfort. I made it through that day, and I am here today talking to you.

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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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The World Can be Overwhelming if we Let it.

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I had my first appointment for therapy today. I am going there to try to get my balance back, and give me more strength.

It was grueling. The first day they test you to see what your baseline is. I did a fast as I cloud walk. Getting up and sitting down as many times as I could in two minutes! (No helping hands.) I then had to stand for 2 minutes. Then with my eyes closed. I failed that big time.

I then had to raise one leg after I stood. I failed that on both feet.

The last test was a machine that tests your arm and leg strength. It was for only tow minutes, but it seemed like an hour.

I came home exhausted..

I have gone therapy three times, and each time he helps me tremendously to get back my strength and agility.

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Have you has days when you thought it was just too overwhelming? Did you feel exhausted way to early in the day?

Stress and fear, can wear the best of people down. It drags us down like a huge magnet.

We allow this to happen. If you thought of only positive things the stress and fear would go away.

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Another approach is to give all your stress and fear to God. He has shoulders. He loves you and will protect you whenever you need Him.

Don’t let this, not so friendly, world get you down. Leave the dark side and look for the light of Jesus.

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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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God is With You During the Good Times and the Bad

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I have been through a rollercoaster ride.

Yesterday, I went to have oral surgery on my teeth. They wanted to take two teeth out that were infected.

I got there and they started the painkiller injections. The doctor stopped when he thought he had done enough. he started chipping off some of the top of the teeth. I winched, and he said, “Need more shots!”

He gave me another one and started to pull one of the teeth out. I had pain again, so he stopped and said, “Many people have this problem. We will need to use a general anesthetic. We will reschedule you for later today.

As you know the injections are the worst of the procedure. All lost!!

I came back at the appointed time and we started over. They put me in la la land and I slept well, (Because it was my normal nap time anyway. 🙂

I woke up and they said everything went well.

It was a real joy to use the general anesthetic. I suggest you all do that.

The great thing was that I have not pain whatsoever today I am feeling good, and ready to take on the world.

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I must also suggest that I am sure God was there with me. He is everywhere right?

Knowing that He was there was very soothing to me, and helped the procedure to not overcome me.

Have you had times when you needed God to be there with you? Did your feel that He was?

Always know that He is. He is with you no matter where you are. (So be good for goodness sake.) 🙂

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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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How Do We Find Freedom in This Not so friendly World?

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There are many things that take away our freedoms:

Pain

Discouragement

losses of family

failure

sin

+There are many more than this but I think you get the message.

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A simplistic, quick answer would be God.

He will soothe your pain. He will be there for you when you are discouraged. He will cry with you when you lose a loved one. He shows you that failure is a door opening for something else.

Most of all, He will forgive your sins.

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What do we say to God to get His help?

Pray for personal guidence. Ask for His love to see you through your storms. Pray for personal protection.

The sin part is a little harder. We know when we have wronged. We know we have failed God.

This begs the question…Am I too much of a sinner to be forgiven by God? We are tempted everyday to sin. Satan loves to cause havoc in our lives. He is tempting you 24/7.

There is a beautiful verse in I Corinthians 10:13. that gives you peace and comfort.

” No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide a way of escape so that you will endure it.”

So soothing for me, and I hope it is for you as well.

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We know God will always forgive us if we ask Him.

Here is an assignment for you to think about:

How do I Make God’s thoughts my thoughts?

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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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