Thursday, August 21, 2014

Today's going to be a 10!

Each morning, I decide how much of my pain medication I'm going to take. Some days I take less, and there are some days I take the full amount allowed. Today was an almost all day... it's a 10 ml day. As I was cleaning out the measuring spoon, I laughed... "Today's a 10!" 

When we think of the number "10", we usually associate that with being great, top-notch, the best of the best. Yet, taking more of the medications, means a higher than normal pain day. So, what if the pain is high today.... can't the day still be a "10"? 

I think it goes back to perspective. I can focus on the pain being so bad that I need "10", or I can focus on the idea that no matter my pain, today will be a "10". It can still be a top-notch day even if my pain is high. 

In order for me to make this day a "10", I need to make sure my focus is not on "poor me", "why me" or even the pain itself. I need to focus on the wonderful things God is doing around me and through me. 

For example, as I was looking outside my sliding door this morning, I saw the moon. Just a sliver was lit, but I could see the faded outline of the entire moon. God used that image to remind me that pain is just a very small sliver of me, and that God has much more in store for me and my life than just the small sliver of pain. I see only a very small aspect of my life. I have no idea all that God has planned, or what He will do through me. 
A gentleman as church a few weeks ago, said this to me. "You are a blessing to so many. You have no idea the ones that you've reached by your example of what God is doing in your life." I thanked him for that perspective. For I only see the small sliver and often forget the "full-moon" of my life. 

So, today will be a "10 day".... the best of the best, a top-notch day.... if I remember to keep my focus on God and what He is doing, rather than me and my pain. 

To create a positive 10-day, I need to remember that God is in control and He is greater than my pain. His plan, although I don't always understand, is one that is the best of the best to bring glory to Him. 

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Sunrise Saturday, August 16, 2014

I'm enjoying watching the sunrise from my new home. Each morning God paints a new picture as He wakes up the day.  Here are pictures of today's Sunrise. 

If you want to see a larger image, just click on one of the pictures. It will open a slide screen, so you can scroll through the images in a larger format. 

Friday, August 15, 2014

Sunrise: Friday, August 15, 2014

Sunrise from my home on Friday. Another beautiful start to a positive day! 

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Out of focus?

As I'm watching the sun rise this morning, I've noticed something. If the colors are paler and more subtle, my camera has a hard time focusing on the distant clouds. If the colors are "flashy" and bold,  then the camera has no trouble focusing. 

That made me think. How often do I lose my focus on what God is doing, when He's working in subtle and gentle ways? Do I only notice His "flashy and bold" actions? The later ones are what I see most often, for they "get my attention."  I need to open my eyes and focus on all that God is doing, especially if He’s working in the subtle and gentle ways. 

"Open my eyes to see the ·miracles [wonders] in your ·teachings [instructions; law]." Psalm 119:18 (EXB)