Friday, November 13, 2009

Nice Gift!

I've mentioned one of my favorite books before, but want to highlight it again.....because I received a very nice gift yesterday!
Pain Perplexity and Promotion 
by Bob Sorge is a great book!
 Last night when I checked my mail, there was an autographed copy of the book!
What a wonderful gift!!! 
 Thank you Mr. Sorge!

I recommend this book very highly. It has been an awesome help to me as I travel my chronic pain journey. There are so many potent quotes, that if I listed them all here, I'd have to write the entire book!

Here are a few of my favorite quotes.

"Job suffered, not because of what he did wrong, but because of what he did right. Had it not been for his righteousness, God would never bragged on him to Satan in the first place (see Job 1:8). It was his uncommon holiness that precipitated his trials." page 9

"In some situations, God steps back and says, 'Too easy. If I step in now, they won't glorify My name for the answer.' Thus God waits things out a bit, and lets the situation become even more critical so that there will be no question about the source when He intervenes with His sovereign deliverance. He loves to do the impossible!" page 26

And my VERY favorite quote!
"I wonder what would have happened if Job's friends, instead of talking to Job about God, had talked to God about Job." page 31

Those are just three quotes from a 177 page book. My book is full of highlighted sections and pages with post-it flags. The book is published by Oasis House.

Sometimes reading a special book or passage from the Bible can give you something to meditate on throughout the day. Meditating on positive thoughts aid you in creating a positive day. When a negative thought tries to enter your mind, focus on that passage and it will help you change your focus!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Update on Surgery Day!

To any new comers to my blog....WELCOME!  When you have time you can read through some older posts to see some amazing blessing God has given me!

I wanted to let you know about my surgery day! After my pre-op experience (see blog 6 Days and Counting; posted 11/05), I wanted to do something special for the people who helped me during my day. Using the leftover Halloween candy, I created little Create A Positive Day! gifts. Each greeter, receptionist, nurse, aid, doctor, etc, who worked on me received a gift. (Expect for the recovery area...sorry, couldn't take the treats there.)
It was so fun to spread joy to what if I was having surgery. I wanted to allow others to see God's joy in me and share that joy with them. It was a GREAT day! Dr. Dallas, just loved it! Many said, "I've never received a gift from a patient before." All the responses were very positive!

On the back of the tag was part of my Create a Happy Day poem, and my blog address. Just one way to continue to spread God's love and joy with others with whom I've come in contact.
People ask why I do things like this. I have always believed that no matter what, my job is to glorify God. For now, God has chosen chronic pain and surgeries as a way to me to connect with others. I've missed too many opportunities to share God's love with others. I really don't want to miss additional opportunities.
This was a way to share God's love with others...who doesn't like chocolate?? Plus, it was just plain fun!!! To see people smile and then those smiles spread through the various rooms was.....well just great.

Creating a positive day when your day may not hold the most positive of plans, is possible, if you remember that God gives us joy. His joy is not based on our circumstances, rather His eternal love for us!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Great quote about our Heavenly Father! 
"His sovereign plan is the best plan. That whatever I entrust to Him, He can take care of better than I. That nothing under His control can be out of control. That everything I need, He knows about every detail. That He is able to supply, to guide, to start, to stop, to sustain, to change, and to correct in His time and for his purpose!" - Charles Swindoll

Creating a positive day is all about allowing God to direct every aspect!

Monday, November 9, 2009

Day Before....

Last loads of laundry in the dryers. Still need to empty dishwasher so I can fill it with dishes from last night and this am. Might still have time to vacuum before leaving for the chiropractor.
Any blessings so far today? Yes. The laundry room has been mostly empty! That is a big help when drying the clothes. If too many dryers are going, not only does it take longer, but it costs me more money. There was only one other person doing laundry...and only one load. So, there were several empty dryers allowing more dry air to circulate....clothes dry faster.
Max can tell something is up. He can't quite figure out what I'm doing, but he knows it's not the normal routine. He likes routine...and to be honest I guess I do to. I'm such a habitual person that I do things without even thinking about it...especially in the mornings.
I'll post more later to share the additional blessings God showers on me today!

Creating a positive day can start first thing when you wake up....and/or you can create it as the day goes on! No matter what time it's never too late to create a positive day!

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Still Printing!

Today I printed 24 more pages...and the ink is still flowing! I thought for sure today I'd have to replace the color cartridge, but even though the printer is saying "too low to print" the pages came out fine.

Busy day tomorrow as I finish my to do list.....laundry in the morning and chiropractor in the afternoon. Then some time to relax before Tuesday's afternoon surgery.

Little surprises...even things like the ink cartridge continuing to print can make a positive day. It's all a matter of perspective!

Continuous supply

Yesterday, I was trying to finish a project. My ink had shown "empty" for a few days....but I really didn't want to put in a new cartridge...they are expensive. So I figured I'd see how much I could squeeze out of the empty one. Now, I know that in the past I've been able to print many pages after I get the "low" message. But I had already printed those extra pages.
I started printing my project on Saturday....and kept printing and printing....with the printer flashing "ink too low to print". I felt like the lady in the Bible where the oil didn't run out. I was able to finish printing all my project...and there seems to still be ink left! I'll print some other items today...I'll let you all know when the ink really runs out!

Once again God stepped in and kept the ink flowing. I'm very grateful that I was able to finish my project without adding more ink. Why is this such a big deal? Because it is just one more way God is providing for me. The more I can print from one cartridge the less money I need to spend on ink. That money saved can be applied to bills or other needs.

Creating a positive day is noticing the little things God does! Often the little things go unnoticed and are forgotten. Taking time to notice the little things.....make any day brighter and better!