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Exciting news! We have a new book on the way that I am writing with Dennis Booth, from New South Wales, Australia. It will be called, “Signs of Hope: For the Weak Days.” (Working Title.) It is a compiling of posts that Dennis and I have been doing on my blog at: www.dailysignsofhope.com. There are 0ver 55,000 followers on that site, and it is because so many people are seeking hope and it is provided there.

*Update: 2-7-14. 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. 

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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.

This Site will have two functions:

  • Share with you what the latest news is on my writing, and new books that are coming out.
  • Write words of hope at the end of each of my post that you can have to help you through those cloudy and stormy days.

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I am very excited to share that my book, Signs of Hope: Ways to Survive in an Unfriendly World,” has received a national award. The award is from The Reader’s Favorite Awards. I also received a 5 star review from them. (Makes a nice sticker on my book!)

I also entered a competition called MARsocial Author of the Year Award. There were 168 entrants. I didn’t think I would do well, because the majority of the entries were fiction, and my book is non-fiction. This competition is like American Idol except it is for authors.

I was very amazed when they announced the top 80 and I was one of them. I thought the was very nice of them to let me hang around for the second round of cuts. Well, I was even more amazed when I found out I had made it to the top 40. I felt I had accomplished about as much as I could. Wrong! I had another announcement that I had made it to the top 20!  I actually began to believe in my work and the possibilities.

Just last week the competition ended and a miracle occurred. I was named runner-up! Out of 168 entrants I was runner-up! Remember, I am a non-fiction writer and I passed up dozens of fiction authors.

The winner is now the executive producer of a new movie in the making called, “Disturbed.” She deserved it when I read her book.

Why am I “bragging,” and telling you all of this? There was a time when I didn’t even think I was worth a cent. I thought I wanted to check out of this hotel called earth. I was full of self-pity and doubt.

God changed that for me by taking me by the hand and pulling me out of the muck and mire I had allowed myself to get into. I found out I didn’t need to have self-pity. Besides, people don’t like coming to your pity parties. It gets very old real quickly.

Always keep this in mind:

  • God is never far away. If he seems that way, guess who moved.
  • God loves you very much. You are His child.
  • If you let God guide you, the skies the limit.
  • Take on the dream you felt could never be accomplished and do it today!!

Remember:

You are never alone.

You are never forsaken,

You are never unloved.

And above all…never, ever, give up!

If you are Facing in the Right Direction, Keep walking!

I just checked the stats for this site as far as total hits and average hits each day.

The total hits for the first two months of 2011 is 34,640. The total hits for all of 2009 was 5,271.

The average daily hits for this site last week was 925, It was 350 in 2009.

That means many more of you are coming to this site, and reading what I have.

That also means I need to post more often. You don’t like coming back and seeing the same things all the time.

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Think on this:

  • If you are facing in the right direction, all you have to do is keep walking. God has taken care of all of your past, warts and all.
  • Are you discouraged? Recognize; Remove; and Replace. Recognize what your discouragement is, remove it, and replace it with positive thoughts.
  • Never let Satan plant words in your mind that you are a failure. God has a plan for you, and He is the one that will hold your hand and lead you.

I Wanted to Check out of this Hotel Called Earth

I will be changing the format on my author site. I need to get back to sharing with you about my book, Signs of Hope: Ways to Survive in an Unfriendly World.

In about two weeks the book will be officially in the marketplace.

It has been a hard, long road I have traveled to get to this point. I started writing, Signs of Hope: Ways to Survive in an Unfriendly World, almost ten years ago. It will be ten years next March.

Why did I start writing the book? I am glad you asked.

I was at the end of my rope. I didn’t see the light at the end of the tunnel. I felt the ship sinking and I didn’t have a life jacket.

I was having weekly pity parties, and no one was showing up to help me celebrate.  I was fighting self-doubt, anxiety, fear, failure, depression, hopelessness, and the many other usual suspects.

I was ready to check out of the hotel called earth.

I was in a school parking lot on March 31st 2001 sitting in my Ford Explorer considering suicide. I didn’t want to face the trails of life any more.

I had retired from teacher, and was going from one job after another searching for something that I could feel good about after retirement. Nothing was working for me. I failed at each job I partook in. I even started my own business of find funds for businesses when they needed some while waiting for their invoices from costumers to come in. That failed because I couldn’t see taking money from them when they desperately needed cash at that time.

Every job I tried I needed to try to convince people of getting something they may not need. I worked at a department store in the housewares department. I sold pots and pans, coffeemakers, knifes, etc. I was pretty good at it. I even earned a seven day free trip to a health spa for me and my wife because of my efforts.

One Christmas Eve, I was working the late shift. I noticed that there weren’t any women shopping in my area. It was all guys desperately looking for something for their wives at the last minute. I had a field day. I came up to a guy and asked him if I could help him, and he said, Yes! please find something for my wife for christmas. I can’t think of anything! I saw dollar signs in my head, and directed him to the sets of pans. I convinced him his wife would love a $500.00 set of new pans.

There were several men just like him wandering around, lost in my section. I sold something to eveyone of them. I set a record for sales that night. They bought from me because I was  a man and they trusted me.

I went home that night and wondered, What have I done? I sold a bunch of men something their wives probably didn’t need just so I could make another sale. I was very upset with myself, and quite the job a couple of weeks later.

( Men…never buy your wife something for the kitchen at Christmas. Go down to the jewelry department. You will be rewarded much more if you do that.)

So I went on like this, going from one job after another in sales. The last sales job I had was in leasing, and the same nightmare was forming while doing that. I was trying to have someone lease something when it may be better to buy it outright.

I hit rock bottom on March 31st. I drove to that parking lot I told you about. I was sobbing so much I could hardly see out the window of the rig. I stopped and parked, and was on verge of doing something very drastic.

I finally cried out to God, “I can’t take this anymore!” There was a sudden calmness inside my rig, and in me. The air even seemed different. It was as if God was saying, “It is about time you came back to me. Now let me carry you the rest of the way.”

The rest is history. I started writing Signs of Hope: Ways to Survive in an Unfriendly World, a couple of weeks later.

It took me almost ten years to get my thoughts down, and organized. There were doubts along they way. Satan did every he could to stop me, but I prevailed, and now you have to chance to read my story and learn for yourself how to survive in a not so friendly world.

I hope you will read it and let me know what you think of it. I have been blessed with some very impressive endorsements written in the book. I have had many authors and important people in the publishing world recommend the book.

You can preorder Signs of Hope: Ways to Survive in an Unfriendly World, and save 27% by going to www.winepresspublishing.com. Go to the top and click on “bookstore.” Write in the search area, “Signs of Hope.” That will take you right to my book page. The book will only cost $14.59 there for a short time, and then it will be $19.99 once it is public. Take advantage of that now.

God bless you nad NEVER give up. Fight back the attacks of Satan and turn to God to supply you with all the armor you need to survive.