Worry Never Gains us One More Breath of Life

I am back from a trip to Wisconsin. (That is  a state in the United States, for those of you who live in another country.) It was a relaxing, but grueling trip of getting up very early every day to go onto the next adventure.

I am back now, and should be posting on a regular basis.


One of the amazing things we saw was while we were in the Glacier National Park. (Look this up through Google. You will also be amazed.)

We were able to see a mother brown bear and two cubs, walking along the  road we were traveling on. They ran up the hill when they saw us coming. We also saw mountain goats, and big horned sheep.

These weren’t at a zoo. They were in the wild, and it seems so different when you see them there.

Of course there were the Glacier Mountains as well. They were as high as 10,000 feet above us as we drove through them. Majestic doesn’t seem to be enough to describe them.

All of this was placed here by our God. God doesn’t make mistakes and He sure didn’t here.


I mentioned at one time that I was going to start sharing excerpt from my book, “Signs of Hope: Ways to Survive in an Unfriendly World.” I will be sharing an excerpt today.  The book reaches out to those who suffer from anxiety, fear, depression, addictions, self-doubt, or hoplessness. This is Chapter 12:



                                 WORRY IS THE DARK ROOM

                                WHERE NEGATIVES DEVELOP






Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.

—James 1:12

I had  A real dream the other night, and it was a western. It had me tossing and turning until the outcome unfolded.

The wonderful thing about dreams is that no matter how terrifying they are in the beginning, they almost always turnout for the good in the end. You notice that you never quite get caught by the monster that is chasing you.

Isn’t it fun when you are flying and you can see everyone below you? I just flap myarms, and I fl y. (OK, I know you’re thinking, “This guy is crazy!”)

How about the fact that you are the hero and you always save the day? Everything is wonderful. That is how life can be if you follow God. It doesn’t pay to worry, have anxiety and be full of fear. It doesn’t pay to be full of shame. It doesn’t pay one cent tobe gossiping all the time. My dream is an example of that.

The characters:

The good guys: Matthew, Mark, John

Stranger on a white horse

The bad guys: Anxiety, Gossip, Shame, Death

Matthew, Mark, John and the Stranger—the four good guys—were riding on their horses through Sin City towards the Not OK Corral. Hiding from them were Anxiety, Gossip, Shame and Death—the four bad guys. They didn’t want the good guys to findthem and stop the harm they were doing. They had control of all the people in the city and they wanted to keep control. Matthew, Mark and John were riding on brown horses because that was what they rode in those days. The Stranger was riding on a white horse.

The good guys were not gunslingers, they were Bible-slingers. The good guys got down off their horses and went searching for Anxiety, Gossip, Shame and Death.

Matthew found Anxiety leering around a corner trying to see where everyone was. Anxiety had a worried look on his face. He kept looking everywhere in fear—in back of him and in front of him. He didn’t know what to do.

Anxiety (aka worry) can be caused by a doctor’s appointment that holds the results of a blood test. It can be wondering if you can pay this month’s bills. It could be from a dispute you had with your wife. Whatever the case, from stage left comes Matthew, who says to Anxiety: “Don’t worry about anything, instead pray about everything. Tell God what you need and thank Him for what He has done” (taken from Philippians 4:6).

Anxiety felt like a ton of weight had been taken off his shoulders, and he left the Not OK Corral much happier. Anxiety was gone.

Mark was looking for Gossip. When he found him, Gossip was talking so fast Mark couldn’t understand him. Gossip said, “Did you see Clem at the Horse’s Breath Saloon? He said he would never take another drink, and I just saw him walk in there!”

Gossip can ruin a person’s life. Talking about someone behind their back can only spread hurt and can cause unwanted hardship.

Mark put his hand over Gossip’s mouth and said: “As charcoal to embers and as wood to fi re, so is a quarrelsome man for kindling strife. The words of a gossip are like choice morsels; they go down to a man’s inmost parts” (Proverbs 26:21–22).

Gossip was dumbfounded and was unable to speak further. He went away with a swollen tongue and was gone. There was no more gossip.

John found Shame hiding in a closet because he was so ashamed of what he had done all his life. He didn’t want anyone to see him this way.

Shame is often the last fatal nail in the heart of a person who is hurting from something they did in the past. Turn anything you are ashamed of over to God, and He will wipe it out of His books.

John felt pity for him and said, “If you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name”

(1 Peter 4:16).

Shame rose and came out of the closet. He was a different man. He felt self-worth. He felt he was loved. He wanted to learn more about God. After this, Shame was gone. There was no more shame.

Then the Stranger went right to where Death was, for He knew where everyone was, and what they were doing every second of the day.

Death was a hideous creature. He was caring a sword and had a look on his face that would melt anyone who looked into his eyes.

He really was the leader of this gang. There was fire coming out of his ears, and he laughed a chilling laugh. (This is the part where I was tossing, and turning!) He said, “You may have calmed the rest of my gang, but you have no power over me. Everyone has to die, and I will wait until they come to me.”

Yes, death will happen to all of us, but if we are under God’s protective wing, we do not have to fear death. It is just a stepping stone to be with our heavenly Father. You can be assured that the angels are waiting for the moment you are ready to be with theLord. It is like a parent anticipating a newborn. The angels will say, “Cool, here comes another one to be with us in heaven.”

The Stranger took off His cloak, and uncovered his head. It was Jesus. Jesus walked up to Death and said, “Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” (1 Corinthians 15:55).

Death spun around in pain and, weaker but still standing,turned back toward Jesus. Jesus said, talking to God: “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me” (from Psalm 23:4). Death began to wither and fell to the ground. He had no more power over people any longer.

So there was no more anxiety, no more gossip, no more being ashamed, and most importantly, no more death.

God is the final power. He controls all things. We can stop worrying about anything. Worrying and fear does not gain us one more minute in a day—and it saps our strength. Turn your anxiety, gossiping, shame and the fear of death over to Him, and He will send them on their way.

The four horsemen got on their horses and headed to the next town to see what gangs might have settled there. As they rode into the sunset, they all sang praises to God and worshipped Him.

That’s my story and I’m stickin’ to it.

To those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honor and immortality, he will give eternal life.

—Romans 2:7


Further Adventures

Have you had one of those bad guys come into your life? Have you been faced with anxiety? Has someone said something about you to someone else that wasn’t true? Do you live in shame for past sins that you cannot get out of your mind? Have you lost a loved one? Always remember that God is always there. He knows what your anxiety is. He knows about the gossip that has been spread about you. He wants you to throw away your shame, like it was a broken toy.

And remember that death has no power if your loved one was a Christian. God is the final Word. He controls everything. Lean on Him through whatever trial you are going through. You will have some storms come into your life, but God is there to help calm them for you.

Something to Ponder

Isn’t it funny how we believe what the newspapers say, but question what the Bible says?


You can see that every chapter will have a Further Adventures, and Something to Ponder at the end of each chapter. People have told me that they really like this. They read a chapter a day and then use the principles at the end of each chapter to help them through the day.

You can order this book right from this site. Just go up to the top of this page and click on “Bookstore.” There will be description of the book, and a copy of the cover there.

There is a special price going on right now so don’t miss it.

BTW…. Never, ever, give up!

99% of What we Worry About Never Happens

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This book reaches out to those who suffer from anxiety, fear, depression, addictions, self-doubt, and the many other usual suspects.

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I am still battling jet lag from my trip to Wisconsin. It was very relaxing while I traveled, but on the way home, I was already tired, and we had a two hours flight delay. Then when I got home, I was too exhausted to post on our blog. I am getting better as the time goes one, but jet lag is for real, and it has pulled me down like a huge magnate.

One of the things I noticed on my trip is that people are seeking ways to help others even though there is no crises. That is something that has come from the 9-11-01 incident. People in the terminals were letting other people sit that were elderly. They went out of their way to greet others. One person let a another person bump them off a flight, because that person had been waiting so long to get home to their loved ones.

It is too bad we have to face trials and storms to have this happen, but God allowed it to happen and now the results is more caring people and a bonding of the world, in general to never allow terrorist to bully us again into fear and chaos.

The fear of 9-11 may still be lingering in people’s minds, but they have decided that they will not let the bad guys control their lives by making them change their daily routine. I think this is what the terrorist had in mind, and in that case, they have lost.


I failed to mention above that the book, “Signs of Hope: Ways to Survive in an Unfriendly World,” is on sale on both sites right now. In the stores it is on sale for $19.99, but on our site it is only $15.99. The shipping is cut in half as well. A total savings of over $6.00.


Never let worry take over you life. The statistics show that 99% of what we worry about never happens. All you have to do is give that 01% over to God and let Him carry you the rest of the way.

Never, ever, give up!


I was Ready to Check out of This Hotel Called Earth

I want to thank a reader from Wisconsin for ordering one copy of my new book, “Signs of Hope: Ways to Survive in an Unfriendly World.” Let me know what you think of it by sending me a comment, or emailing me at doug@dougbolton.com.


I just lost a very close friend this last week to a sudden death. He was only 59 years old. He had no signs of illness. He just sat down in his recliner to take a nap, and never woke up. 

We never know when God will call us home. It doesn’t matter what your age is, there is never an assurance of tomorrow on our time line of life.  

What have you been putting off that is your dream? Do you think you have something that will benefit many people, but have put it on the back burner? Do you feel you aren’t capable of making your dream happen?

Many of us have been where you are. I had a dream over ten years ago of writing a salesman’s book on how to win more clients, and make a lot of money. I had a rough draft in my drawer, and had forgotten about it.

On March 31st, of 2001, I felt lost, full of self-doubt, and battling severe depression. I was even sitting in my rig in a high school parking lot considering if I wanted to check out of this hotel called earth. God had other plans for me and stopped me while I sat in my Ford Explorer crying my eyes out. He came into the rig and calmed the storm. It was like He was saying, ” It is about time you let me carry you the rest of the way.”

I went home and prayed, seeking why God saved my life. I instantly thought of that rough draft in my desk drawer. I pulled it out and thought, “This isn’t what I want to write about. I don’t want to try to convince anyone to be a better salesman. What good is this manuscript to me?”

Then God opened my eyes. I looked at the chapter titles and they fit perfectly into a Self Help Christian book. Each chapter said something that would cause the reader to think about what their life should be like.

One example was, ” Need Directions?” That title was asking potential salespeople if they knew what they were doing to win a client. The new thought was that people need to read the Bible to find out what they needed to do to have eternal life. Every chapter of that book was converted into the book I mentioned in the entry to this post.

I got the needed directions from God and I am here today being able to type this, because God gave me a new gift of life, and I followed His calling.

Don’t let a call from God pass you up. That dream you have is probably from God, and He is waiting for you to realize that and go for it.

Step up to the plate and hit a home run for God, using the gift He has already given you!


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I hope you will at least check out the book and read the description. I think you will see that the book helps those who suffer from anxiety, fear, depression, self-doubt, hopelessness, and the many other usual suspects.

God bless….. and never ever give up!! Continue reading “I was Ready to Check out of This Hotel Called Earth”