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!