No more “What ifs”

When we start listening to the “What ifs” we often allow our fears to take over causing us to stay right where we are. You see, once we let our brains take over it becomes difficult to see that our situation is just temporary and can be overcome. In turn our anxiety and fear increases making it more difficult to deal with the situation and see a solution. In time it may cause us to lose hope allowing depression to creep in. But the great news is, we were created for greatness. So, when we give the “What ifs” to our creator and begin focusing on what we can/will do we will overcome and accomplish remarkable things.

We have choices daily. Stay stuck and never begin anything new because what if I fail? What if I try this new diet and I do not lose any weight? What if people make fun of me? What if? This list can go on and on.

Life is messy and we have a choice to let it overwhelm our spirit and take us to dark places or to overcome it with the help of God who gives us hope, strength and guidance. Regardless of what we face our Lord is there to guide us through and give us a great life.

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.

6 thoughts on “No more “What ifs”

  1. This really challenges me, Denise. Sometimes I hold back because of the what-ifs when I know that God has all I need to enable me to do what He opens for me to do. Thank you so much for writing this truth.

  2. The whatifs and the shoulda- -coulda-wouldas can be quite crippling if we allow the evil one to lead us down that path. Fortunately, all it takes is one quick prayer for us God to take our hand and lead us back into the light.

    Hugs 🫂

    1. Agree! I do my best to listen and follow. Unfortunately, the human side of me takes over sometimes.

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