Opportunities not obstacles

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When we stop looking at things as obstacles and begin looking at them as opportunities our outlook changes. Our minds are powerful and often stop us from taking the next step and hearing/seeing what God is leading us to do. Our minds begin to think of all the reasons why it won’t work, or this is beyond what we are capable of. It keeps us from hearing what God is telling us.

Yes, the fear is real. It can overtake our thoughts, but when we pray and listen to what God is telling us we can and often do overcome it. There is nothing we cannot do when we have God by our side. Are there times when we still make the wrong decision? Of course, but sometimes we must make mistakes so that we can progress.

The opportunities are there, and we must have the courage to take them. Even when we fail, we succeed because we learn from our mistakes. When we pray about everything, and listen to what we are being told we can succeed beyond what we think we are capable of. God is with us and He wants us to flourish. Learn to tell a better story to yourself and others.

Published by Denise Rogers

I am a wife, mother, stepmother and grandmother who enjoys spending time with family and friends, crafting, gardening, and I am learning to live with being disabled. In 2017, after my 8th thoracic spinal surgery, I lost all feeling from the waist down as well as losing my proprioception on the right side. This has made it difficult to stand without assistive devices and made it, so I am having to relearn to walk. Plus, I have another uncommon condition called Chiari Malformation Type 1 which also creates balance issues as well as many other health issues. Because of the Chiari and the spinal cord injury, I have been left with severe nerve damage which causes a great deal of pain (5 and greater on pain scale) as well as spasticity, muscle spasms, and allodynia (burning) in various areas of my body. I have endured 8 surgeries on my Thoracic Spine and will probably need more as the drain that was placed will eventually clog and require replacement. Currently, I have a spinal to pleural cavity shunt, which drains the CSF from my arachnoid cysts into my pleural cavity. Professionally, I am a retired Health Care Professional with over 26 years of experience. I have worked in the Public Health realm as well as in Long Term Care and Acute Care. I have a B.A. in Sociology with an emphasis in Social Work. It is my hope that through sharing my personal trials, experiences, and triumphs that I can help others keep moving forward. No matter what life throws at us we can always tell a better story. I know that God is with me and because of this anything is possible. His promise to be by my side every step of the way helps me to keep pushing on even when there are setbacks.

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