All Veterans Should be Proud They Served Their Country

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I am proud that I served my country.

I have had people ask me why I did that. My answer is that three of my Uncles served in WWII. Two of them received the Purple Heart.

My brother also served. Then my son recently retired from the Army as a full Colonel. It is a family tradition.

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So many people do not understand that.

Why put yourself in harm’s way? Why risk permanent damage to your body like so many have?

It is because we as veterans didn’t want any other countries to take away our freedoms. We didn’t want the aggressive countries to dominate other countries.

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Update on my upcoming book, Signs of Hope for the Military: In and Out of the Trenches of Life.

I have got the “slows.” I have had some health issues and it is slowed me down from doing more work on my book. I am back at it now, and I am still trying to have the book come out this fall.

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President Biden is in way over his head. So many people attacking him from all sides. He is slowly letting his Vice president take over his duties.

One example of that is this week. Any time you and a leader from another country come to visit the White House, the President and his wife are there to greet them.

Not this time. Vice President Harris and her husband greeted the leader from Japan this week.

First time in the history of our country has this happened.

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Bed Check!

Are your days dark and dreary? Are you trying to survive in the muck and mire?

You are not alone! There are over 11,860 fellow veterans on this site, and they have your back.

However, if you are sinking in the muck and mire, GET HELP!!

Here is a toll free number to call 24/7. There are highly qualified counselors there to help you. They will not hang up on you until they know they are OK.

Never, ever, try to take on this, not so friendly, world alone!

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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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Never Feel you Can’t Accomplish Something

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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!

God is Not Dead, I Just talk to Him Yesterday

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Another shocking announcement! ( That got your attention!) “Signs of Hope: Ways to Survive in an Unfriendly World, ” is now out in eBook form. You can acquire it at all the eBook outlets. It is only $4.99 compared to $19.99 in the bookstores. You can even order it right from this site by clicking on the Amazon icon on the right.

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I have a podcast here that I did with John Kremer, the marketing guru. He invited me to share unusual places to sell books. Take a listen and hit those streets running: goo.gl/WGTF7.

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Many of us get up in the morning and wonder why we even got up. We look outside and it is dark with clouds. We feel a bit puny from a cold. We think life sucks, and try to stay away from any human contact.

OK, that was a pretty extreme case, or was it?

Do you have more cloudy days than you have sunny days in your life. Do you sometimes feel like you would rather just stay in bed?

I can truthfully say I have been there. Many years ago, (2001) I was at the bottom of the pit struggle in the muck and mire. I didn’t have any energy. I didn’t want to face anyone, or make any decisions. I was a mess, and my wife knew it. She didn’t know what to do. She would ask me what was wrong, and I kept saying back. “I don’t know?”

It is called depression, my friends. It is not a dirty word. It is not a mental illness. It can be treated with medications, and with faith in God.

It is a chemical imbalance. I fought that idea for years. I thought I was going crazy. I couldn’t function. I was letting Satan pull me down like a huge magnate. He would have had me placed on his trophy wall if God hadn’t stepped in and saved me.

On March 31st, 2001, I was sitting in my Ford Explorer,  thinking about checking out of this hotel called earth. I finally yelled out to God, “I can’t take this anymore!”

It truly was in an instant that I felt relief and a calmness that I hadn’t felt in months. It was like God said, “It’s about time you came back to Me, not let Me carry you the rest of the way.”

God never was away from me all during my storms and trails, and He isn’t today. I still face some trials and storms. We all do, but now I know that god is only a prayer away. He calms me and gives me comfort, through my prayer to Him, and the Bible.

If you are having a similar experience, I feel you need to see a doctor and tell him your symptoms. You also need to turn to God and talk to Him every day. Not just when there is a crises. Talk to Him every day!

Remember:

You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all…never ever, give up!