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Share Your Many Pain and Hurts With Others

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Another whining day. I have been living with tremendous pain for awhile lately.

  1. I have a right leg that is very painful, and I can hardly walk at times.
  2. My lower back is a mess. Can’t stand for more than five minutes.
  3. My left should has a tendon that is in the wrong place and I get sharp pain if I move my arm in a certain way.

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Other than that I am doing fine!!

So how do I handle all of this pain. When I meet with someone and they tell my they have any of the three afflictions above, I share with them how God is with me to ease the pain. He gives me strength and perseverance.

That is called witnessing. It is a nature for me, and I am somewhat glad that I am able to do that.

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How do you handle you pain and other afflictions? Do you not want to share with other people about it.?

Try being positive and sharing with others how God is helping you through you pain. I have seen many smiling faces when I do that. It also make you feel good, because you are helping someone.

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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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Help is There for Those Veterans Who Are Suffering.

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I have been doing way too much ranting and I apologize for that. I am so frustrated with how our country is moving in the wrong direction.

I promise to share signs of hope today, which is the title of my blog.

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I am writing a new book called, Signs of Hope for the Military: In and Out of the trenches of life.

It is a book written just for my fellow veterans from the military. It reaches out to those who suffer from PTSD, TBI, depression, wounds, etc.

I have had many wonderful endorsements from leaders in the military. One I am especially proud of the following endorsement:

Endorsement

Doug is a veteran turned counselor, blogger, and prayer warrior.  His most recent book provides the ammunition that we need to turn the tide in the battle against PTSD and suicide.

Doug Bolton’s “Signs of Hope for the Military: In and Out of the Trenches of Life” is a powerful tool in the battle against PTSD. He provides the insights that we…. that you need to stem the tide of hopelessness that many of our veterans and first responders experience.

Doug is a counselor and author, but most importantly an “encourager” who knows the daily pain and discouragement that so many experience.  You can feel Doug walking beside you acknowledging the hurt and depression.  But at the same time that he validates what you are feeling, Doug provides down to earth guidance and encouragement to move you forward.

Most importantly, Doug “walks the talk.”  Whether through his blogs or his leadership in several veteran’s organizations, Doug is engaged in this battle daily.  He is a founding member of the board of directors of Victory for Veterans actively encouraging the Board and senior leaders to raise funds and provide the tools so desperately need in the battle against PTSD.

Jim Jaeger, Brig Gen, USAF ret.

Jim Jaeger is a retired USAF Brigadier General and was the founding President of Arete Incident Response.  He continues to fight cybercrime as Partner and Senior Cyber Strategist at Arete .

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General Jaeger read the book and was very impressed.

I will be sharing more endorsements in future posts.

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If you suffer with any afflictions like above. Know that God is there for you. He knows your hurts, your disappointments, or fears.

He will guide you down the right path, and hold you in His arms, with love.

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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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Discouraged and Sad? Your Faith Will Overcome the Fear.

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The Bible says that when you are weak, then you are strong. Doesn’t sound right does it?

It is true though. When we, as Christians are down and out, we turn to God and He gives us strength.

Thoughts:

  1. God doesn’t choose the few who are qualified, he Qualifies the the few that He chooses. (Peter, David, Paul)
  2. We need to grow completely dependent on God.
  3. Know that you have been called by God to do greatness.
  4. Truth faith will not happen without facts to go by.
  5. True faith takes us beyond mere facts to trust.

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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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What to Do When Someone Calls You a Bad Name.

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A friend called me an audiophile this morning. I didn’t know how to receive that. Was it a slam, or a compliment? I looked it up in a dictionary and it is good thing. It is a person who as a great interest in high fidelity reproductions. In other words. I like music.

I had a big sigh of relief when I saw that.

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Have you had someone call you a name and you had to look it up in a dictionary? Was you upset until you found out what it meant?

We have all been called something that we may like from time to time.

What should we do about it if it isn’t pleasant?

  1. Remember you were made by a loving God.
  2. Never let others try to label you.
  3. Do not strike back with your own bad words.
  4. Tell them you will pray for them.

I told one guy I would pray for him after he called me a not so nice name, and he blew up saying, “Do not pray for me a get out of my face.!” I turned and started to walk away. As I left I told him I would pray for him anyway.

He didn’t say anymore.

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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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Feel For the People in Maui, Hawaii. Did Our President Turn His Back?

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Thinking of the people in Maui. It is so sad the losses they have occurred. Many deaths and rising. Homes lost.

There is a dire need for all of us to pray for them at this time.

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The even sadder thing is the response for our president. When he was asked his thoughts on it, he said, “No comment.” Really? The people are suffering, and he said no comment?

This made me very angry. I have been to Maui, and the people there are great people like you and I. A comment like that tears them down, not build them up.

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Have you had people turn their back on you? Did you feel the hurt? If So what can we do to help with the sadness?

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  1. Don’t let anyone degrade you. They seem to have their won problems.
  2. Do not strike back. They will be the winner in that situation.
  3. I know this may be awkward, but pray for that person. They have deep problems.
  4. The most important thing to remember is that God loves you very much.

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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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There are dangerous and Fearful Times. What Should We do?

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As I look out the window here at Sun River, Oregon, I see crews cutting down trees near me. They are huge trees. It is amazing what they can do without too much danger.

Have you ever taken on some projects that were a little dangerous? Dis you fear for your life? Did it make you anxious?

We all face those kinds of days. What to do? How to handle it?

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There are two ways to handle them.

  1. Panic, and scream for help.
  2. Pray for God’s help who is there 24/7 to protect you.

Which one would you choose?

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The obvious choice for me is too always depend on God for my help. He has always been there for me during dangerous and fearful times.

I could give you a long list where He has helped me. Most was physical help through afflictions.

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Don’t allow fearful events overcome you. Cling to God’s promises like, “I will not forsake you.” Never let the dark side overcome 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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Worshipping by Faith is Recognizing God for Who He is.

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When we look at the story of Abel from Genesis 4, we can see what it looks like to worship by faith. Worship is the recognition of God for who He is, what He has done and what we are trusting Him to do in the future.

Sometimes worship is private meditation. Other times it can be a celebration. But it is always done in recognition that He alone deserves our worship because He is the only true God. Worship was established in the early chapters of Genesis as we see Abel bringing “the firstlings of his flock” to offer to God. He is viewed as a righteous man in Hebrews 11 because he gave God the best that he had. He gave to God first, honoring God’s person and position.

If you want meaning in your life, then you are going to have to learn to worship by faith. That means that you aren’t just seeking after feelings when you worship. You don’t have to feel like you want to praise Him in order to lift up your voice in worship. Truth be told, we all sometimes don’t feel much emotion in our worship. That’s okay. We do it because we need to do it. We need to worship . . . and, Scripture tells us, God seeks worshipers.

So, let’s worship by faith. Don’t make your feelings the engine. Keep them as the caboose. They’re still attached to the train, but they don’t run the show. Worshiping by faith is an investment of your time, not merely a spending of it. And good investments always pay good dividends.

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The Big Bang Theory, Is False. God Created Earth.

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Way back when I was a young man, There was a strong belief in the Big Bang Theory. The universe just started with a big bang. Way back when I was a youth as a Christian I didn’t believe that. I know that God created this world. The Bible tells us so.

As the years went by, scientist started realizing that everything they saw in the universe with their telescopes weren’t there at one time. The universe was constantly expanding. The big bang theory went out the window.

You cannot create nothing from nothing.

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Think about it. If our earth was just little bit closer to the sun we would be dead. If was just a little bit further way we would be dead. God placed us at the perfect spot.

The moon is also at the perfect spot, as are all of the planets. Big Bang Theory. I know it isn’t so.

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Cling to your faith. There will be many people trying you sway you into their thinking. Remember, the Bible is the book of truth. Use it as your only guide.

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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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COVID-19 Has Not Gone Yet. I Got it a Second Time.

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Well, I got COVID-19 AGAIN! This time it wasn’t as bad. I was OK in about three days. I got it from my wife who had been working with several ladies for their nonprofit.

I am glad I got all the shots and boosters, Hard telling what would have happened if I didn’t.

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I am amazed how many civilian people think the military gets too much funding. What if it was drastically cut? There wouldn’t be money for new weapons. The military wouldn’t get good pay.

I think is would very wrong, and probably have us lose a war.

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Summer is really here. Up in the high 80’s all this week. In the nineties next week. Now we will hear people complain that it is too hot. This is after they complained about the rain and cold.

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Be strong, and of good faith. God is always there for us. He will see us through the cold and the heat 24/7. Never give in to the darkside.

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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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Many Things Cause Pain. We need to Reach out.

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It seems that many of us suffer much from, an affliction, lost loved ones, or broken relationships.

All of these cause much pain in our lives.

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How we handle these are what define our character. We can say “poor me,” Or be an encouragement for others. I always say, it is better to have a smile than have a frown. It is much harder work to frown.

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Use that principle in your life. Don’t be a whiner, but be a friend that helps others.

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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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