Believe to Achieve

You have to Believe, to Achieve.

For the first time in many years, I chose a word for the year. That word is Achieve. It is a word that laid heavy on my heart after praying about it for several days. But in choosing this word I realize that I also must believe in myself and have faith that God is with me every step of the way to accomplish my goals.

Self-doubt can sabotage any great idea. The enemy loves to feed you all the reasons you can’t. He uses them to keep you from following the path that God has set you on. Especially when you start making progress.

Failure is part of the journey but does not mean we stop and give up. Instead, we must examine the path, stop, and pray for guidance then proceed. We often find that the answers/steps to follow are right in front of us even when we stumble.

So, to Achieve, faith, hope, and trust in God are necessary. Accepting failure and understanding that it just means this path may not be the right one, but another opportunity awaits. Learning to lean on God and His guidance instead of our understanding is key to our success. I will “Achieve” as I follow the path set before me.

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.

One thought on “Believe to Achieve

  1. I know God will bless you. You wrapped it up at the end by saying we have to rely on God to achieve. I will hold onto that because I find myself trying to control things in my life. Thank you for this post.

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