Reframe your thoughts

Have you ever doubted yourself because your situation/struggle seems too great to overcome and then you decided I can…? Then before long the struggle/situation changes, and you accomplished what you thought was impossible?

When we change our negative thoughts of “I can’t or there is no way out” into positive ones the accomplishments we can reach are endless. Every time, I have doubted myself and forgotten my ability to overcome I become paralyzed. Yet, I know that with God by my side nothing is impossible. Fear is usually at the base of all doubt. But when we pray about it, allow God to take over and reframe our thoughts wonderful things begin to happen.

Personally, I have experienced this many times over. For example, when I lost the ability to feel my legs and had relearn to stand and walk for the 3rd time, I started out doubting. Yet here I am today able to stand and walk again. Another example of this is I never thought I would be able to drive a car again. But with lots of prayer, practice, and the use of hand controls I am able to drive and have regained my ability. The only thing that kept getting in my way of correcting the situation was fear which caused doubt.

Yes, our struggles are real and if we let them, they can paralyze us, or we can turn them into opportunities. Our minds are powerful and when we allow the negative thoughts to overpower us, we often feel like there is no way out. But when we take a moment and begin to reframe our thoughts the fog begins to lift, and we start moving forward again. So, start today off by praying, reframing your negative thoughts, and begin moving forward.

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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