God’s ‘P-Pod’

“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

After being on pain medications for almost 10 years, my body needed a break. Therefore, with the help of my doctors, I’ve weaned off my pain medications. God is using this new phase of my journey 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.'” (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 P’s 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.

Prayer: Lord, You do have a plan for my life. Help me to rest in You as you accomplish Your plan through me. And Lord, on those high pain days, help me take comfort in the P-Pod You’ve provided.

About the Author:
Rhonda Sawtelle lives with chronic headaches and pain due to failed back surgery syndrome. Her philosophy is “Create a positive day!” She enjoys watching football, digital scrapbooking, and reading. To read more about how Rhonda creates a positive day, even while living with pain, visit her blog: Create a Positive Day.

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Which “P” are you tempted to focus in the most? How does it keep you from experiencing the others?

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