Wednesday, November 10, 2010

God's "P-Pod"

November 10, 2010 marks 16 weeks since I've been off my pain medications. I know... WOW! It hasn't been easy, and not sure it will get any easier. My doctors and I continue to discuss how I'm doing and at what point medications might be needed.
God has used the past 16 weeks to teach me more about Himself and myself. Today, as I read the following quote, God provided a wonderful "P-POD" for me!

"Rejoice in the purpose, not the pain.
God has a plan for what He is allowing
in your life right now. Trust Him."
Tony Evans

As I read this.. I couldn't help but reflect on Jeremiah 29:11.
For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome. Jeremiah 29:11 (Amplified Bible)
Then God gave me this:
Purpose: God has a specific purpose and plan designed to accomplish HIS WILL (not mine).
Pain: This is one means God has chosen to accomplish His purpose in and through me.
Protection: God won't allow more than I can handle, and is allowing only what is needed to accomplish His purpose.
Positive: Knowing that God has a specific purpose, and sets boundaries, I can take refuge in God's protection, and knowing this creates a positive spirit within — and provides peace for my soul.  

The 4 Ps are all inclusive. If I focus on just one of the P's, I'll miss the peace and comfort the "pod" provides. When I take the entire "POD" that's when God can fully accomplish His will—and my soul is at peace.

If I want to create a positive day,
I MUST focus on the entire P-Pod.

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