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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 ever 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.
I finally had some good news yesterday. I was told the my spine is free of any infection that has been pulling me down like a big magnate. It has taken five months to get rid of the infection. I lived in pain for most of that time.
Have you had that moment when you felt free? Did you battle pain and suffering far too long?
It is hard, at best, to go through these type of afflictions. You are faced with the unknown. You suffer through the pain each day. It is hard to be positive for those around you.
I have had my share of afflictions through the years. I had to face the unknown every time. I didn’t know if I was going live on two occasions. To be told you may die is very hard words to hear.
How did I make it through all those trials and storms?
First of all let me tell you that I wasn’t always happy about it. I had special pity parties which, of course, no one wanted to come to. I fought depression. I fought anxiety.
There was one constant however, I never gave up. I never blamed God. I used each affliction to grow and it helped me to find ways to help others who were going through similar things.
I wouldn’t call it an opportunity, but in a way it is. Try to use you afflictions to reach out to others. You will be amazed how they respond.
Usually, people are shocked that I would be so positive during this time and wonder why.
BOOM! A chance to share how God is an important part of my life.
So, I am very sorry if you are going through some trials. I am sorry you are faced with an affliction. But, try to overcome your pain, and use your moment to help someone who may not have someone like you to give them hope.
You are never alone.
You are never forsaken.
You are never unloved.
And above all….never, ever, give up!