New Book Release: Surrounded by God’s Blue Sky: Christian Affirmations for Chronic Pain
A challenging few months of dealing with the pain of fibromyalgia and my autoimmune disease prompted me to write this book, Surrounded by God’s Blue Sky: Christian Affirmations for Chronic Pain. Every day I was feeling frustrated, anxious, and angry about how much pain I was in. I felt bruised in so many places. I wasn’t sleeping well. And it was hard to stay positive.
Writing Christian affirmations and illustrating simple nature scenes and creatures proved to be the remedy I needed. I was able to write positive self-talk statements and focus on God’s message as I read my Bible. I stayed busy with sketching and painting His beautiful creations. I was growing in my faith and my perspective on my pain was shifting. Taking charge of my pain and not letting it overtake my life was powerful. My anger began to subside, and I felt a sense of calm take over me.
I’m so happy to share this book with you. Surrounded by God’s Blue Sky: Christian Affirmations for Chronic Pain is full of encouragement to help you deal with difficult days you may have with your pain. I have included Scripture references as they relate to each affirmation. Journal prompts are included to help you explore your relationship with pain, your daily life, hopes and dreams, and more.
Often “stuck” indoors because of pain, it can be challenging at times to fully appreciate God’s creations. Gratitude is powerful though. By sketching and painting, you can still experience this beautiful world, just differently. I have included a mini art lesson so you can create your own watercolor nature sketch and begin a collection of images to have on hand to look at and appreciate on those tough days.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me. I love hearing from you! Feel free to send an email just to say hello, too. Don’t forget to follow me on Facebook where I share photos and articles, news, and updates. I pray this book is helpful to you and that you can grow in your faith, just as I have. If you would like a free PDF sample of this book along with a special Nature Photo Walking Guide I have created, you can get that by subscribing to Susan’s SideNotes, my monthly email newsletter. The Guide is related to the mini art lesson in the book on creating your very own watercolor nature sketch. If you create sketches, please feel free to share those, too!
Today I want to share with you one of my favorite pieces from my new book Ukulele Expressions: Ocean Adventure. Dancing Seaweed is in the alternate tuning of Open F Minor which is fCFG# and a capo is placed on the third fret. You can view an example of the piece on my YouTube channel here.
This Etude is played with just the picking hand on open strings, just like all the pieces in the Ukulele Expressions books. There are many benefits to playing with just the picking hand including giving your fretting hand a much-needed break, focusing on the sound of the open strings, increasing speed, and improving dexterity. It’s also helpful when you just need to get out of a rut.
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Enjoy your playing!
Instrumental ukulele music that is played with one hand…
Dancing seaweed, beautiful jellyfish…
Would you like to experience these ocean wonders and sounds?
The second book in the Ukulele Expressions series takes you to the ocean where you will have a rich playing experience. The ten musical pieces (Etudes) are designed to increase your fingerpicking skills while exploring standard and alternate tuning and using a capo. You will just be using one hand, on open strings. You will be amazed at the sounds that are possible! Special information is included on mindfulness and ocean conservation as well.
Dive into this ocean adventure today….the water is waiting for you…
ebook and Paperback are available.
I am offering a free PDF sample of my book Ink Sketches for Wellness: Poems on My Life with Invisible Disabilities. You will be able to view three sketches and corresponding poems from the book. The PDF is at the bottom of this post.
I created these poems and ink sketches in response to the frustration of living with invisible disabilities. I have experienced so many different medical situations, feelings, emotions, and even glimmers of hope. It is my hope you will see the (dark) humor in these sing-songy, rhythmic poems and apply some humor to your own situation. Sometimes, when we’re on a rollercoaster to wellness, all we can do is laugh!
As mentioned in an earlier post, I have been creating videos of these poems – with my ukulele! You can check out my Invisible Disability Poetry Playlist on YouTube here.
Would you like to create your own ink sketch and poem? I have included some information on creating your own works in this article of mine that is published on The Mighty. Anyone can write or sketch about their experiences. You don’t have to be a fancy artist or experienced writer! In addition to the tips in the above article, I have created a Rollercoaster to Wellness MindMap that is designed to give you a starting point. Sometimes, starting is the hardest part, but in my experience, once you start it’s difficult to stop!
You can download the Rollercoaster to Wellness MindMap below. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to send me an email at Contact@CreatedBySusan.com. And if you would like to receive more great content like this as I create it and be informed on new book releases, you can subscribe to my monthly newsletter, Susan’s SideNotes, here.
I have composed five new songs for kids that can be played with just one hand! One Hand Many Melodies has instructions so that you can learn how to play this way along with “doodle prompts” for each song to stretch your imagination as you exercise your fingers!
Tune your ukulele to G-C-E-A and get ready to play! You can download the FREE PDF below.
This file is also available under the new tab on the menu. This is a Printer-Friendly version. If you have any questions or comments, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
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Last year, I started a project but never quite followed through on it. My poem “Death to Noisy Eyeballs” was made into a video as I spoke the words and played the ukulele. Now, I am finally starting a collection.
I think anyone who shares the pain, frustration, sadness, and anger over something like chronic illness and invisible disabilities, could use a good laugh, so I will continue to share the videos as I create them.
Humor can be found in the darkest of situations, which is the theme of my book Ink Sketches for Wellness: Poems on My Life with Invisible Disabilities. A new cover was recently designed for the book as I’m always learning new ideas and techniques for my books.
You can check out the videos here, on YouTube. This link will take you to the Invisible Disability Poetry playlist I have started. I look forward to creating more!
You can find the book on Amazon here.
Do you write poetry or play the ukulele? Have you ever thought about combining them? I would love to hear about it! Send me an email or comment!
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I have composed a special musical piece (Etude) for Ukraine and the people praying for Ukraine right now. I want to share the music so you can play this as well, and share it as you wish. This is played with only your picking hand on open strings, using an alternate tuning on a low G ukulele, in the same style as the Etudes in my book Ukulele Expressions. You can view a special video of this Etude on YouTube here.
To download the free PDF just click on the button below. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to send me a message.
I am offering a free PDF download of sample content from I Am a Gifted Musician: Affirmations for New Players of Music when you sign up for my monthly newsletter. This will give you a nice feel for the entire book. You will be downloading five illustrations with the corresponding affirmations and journals prompts. I am also including the Foreword and Introduction. This information is also available on the “Look Inside” feature on the Amazon listing. To purchase the entire paperback or eBook, visit the Amazon listing here.
My latest book is now available. “I Am a Gifted Musician: Affirmations for New Players of Music” is full of color illustrations of various musicians with their instruments, affirmations (positive self-talk statements), and journal prompts for self-discovery. Have you ever felt really down and discouraged as a new musician? Let this book be a motivating tool. Work your way through the journal prompts and affirmations and see that you really are a gifted musician!
This is a fun book for any new musician or even a seasoned pro. Linda MacFarlane also provides a very valuable perspective in the Foreword. You can order your copy at the link in the blue “Buy on Amazon” button below. Feel free to contact me with any questions!
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I have composed a special Ukulele Expressions Holiday Etude in celebration and adoration of the winter sunshine we savor so much this time of year. This piece is in standard GCEA tuning and is played on the open strings with only your picking hand, just like the pieces that are in Ukulele Expressions – Illustrated Ukulele Fingerstyle Etudes for the Picking Hand.
You can download the PDF of Winter Sunshine below. I sincerely hope you enjoy your holiday season and enjoy every moment of sunshine and warmth this winter. (This piece is not in the book; it’s a holiday bonus!) View a special photo video montage, full of beautiful winter scenes, on the Ukulele Expressions YouTube channel here. Subscribe to stay up to date with new releases!