Do Not Forget Our Military at Christmas

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Doug Bolton, the founder of the blog, Signs of Hope, which is at, has written 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, 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. Doug sent off his mini proposal to an agent who is very interested in his concept. We will update you when we hear more. 


It is only three more days until Christmas. Many of us have all our Christmas shopping done. The plans for the family gatherings are in place. There will be times of joy, sharing, and love, when the families get together.

Now, think about the people who are in the military and won’t be home with their loved ones. I had to go through that when I was serving my country in Korea. It was cold a dreary at the Christmas I spent with many other soldiers.

We did what we could to cheer each together up, but in the end, the emptiness and loneliness, crept into our souls, since we knew that our loved ones back home were spending quality time together, and we weren’t.

Don’t forget the thousands of military who are serving overseas right now. Pray for them, and keep them in your thoughts. I was told this very morning that there are 20,000 to 30,000 military just in Korea alone.

Have yourself a very Merry Christmas, but please do not forget those who are away helping us to have the freedom to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas, the birth of Jesus Christ.

Remember if you are in the  military:

You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all…never, ever, give up!

A Book Can Transport You Into Another World

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*Update: 12-22-13. I have have over one half of my share of the book done. We still don’t have a publishing date yet, but stay tuned to see what is happening. I will try to have an update often. 


I am finding more time to write on this site lately. It could be because God is telling me I need to spend ore time with you here.

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Only three more days until Christmas. I had a wonderful day today. My granddaughter turned eighteen today. It is now past the shortest day of the year, and we can look towards longer days and summer. I also bought the last of my Christmas presents today. A perfect storm for what I needed.

Are you caught up in the rush of Christmas? Have you forgotten what the true meaning of Christmas is? It is the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ, and it is the time of giving.

When I was out shopping today, there were tons of cars trying to find that one parking spot. God was good to me, because as I turned one corner in the lot there was a lady ready to pull out. It was right next to the entrance to the store I wanted to go in.

I am always thinking of buying books for people. I did that again today. I know that it can be a lasting present, and the enjoyment goes on for a long time.

Books may be moving to different forms like digital, or in tablets, but for me the hard copy is the true way to read a book. I do have a Kindle, and I have many books on it, but my shelves are full of books that I bought, and acquired an autograph from the author that wrote the book. That is one of the benefits of being an author. We look out for each other.

Books can transport you to another world. They can give you visions of beauty. They can scare you out of your wits. The unknown is lurking on that next page.

Think about buying a book for someone today. They will enjoy it , and you will know that they have gotten something they will remember you by every time they see the book.



You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all…never, ever, give up!

You Are Not Unloved

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Most of us can give thanks for all the plentiful food, and “things,” we have. There are those who aren’t so lucky. There are those who live in their cars, or under bridges.

Many of these people are children, who go to school during the day, and then sleep in an alley at night.

What can we do to help these people. It is the holiday season, but these people don’t feel the spirit of joy that others have. They may not have any presents to open on Christmas Day. They may not any food to eat as well.

So, what can we do:

  • Go to your local mission where the homeless spend their nights and invite one or to of them to you big feast with you family. Yes, there will be some raised eyebrows. Yes, some will try to convince you it is the wrong thing to do, but do it anyway, and you will bring joy into someone’s life.
  • Go to the bridges in your area and give out some of your old clothing to those who are cold, and need warmth. You would probably take them to Goodwill anyway, and this way you know the person that got them really needed them.
  • Give out you change at those at street corners. I know, many of them aren’t that bad off, but which ones? You don’t know who is conning you, or really need help. Just give out some change to everyone on the streets this holiday season.

These don’t impose on you that much, but your gesture will go a long ways towards helping someone who really is in need.


You are not alone.

You are not forsaken.

You are not unloved.

And above all…never, ever, give up!