Be A Light

We all have choices and sometimes we fall short, but when we stop and refocus we find that we can change our negative into a better response and outcome. With so much negativity in our world these days it is important for us to bring hope and be a light in the darkness. Allow God to use us for the good of others and draw closer to Him.

When we fall short, stop, and practice humility. Admitting we are wrong is never easy. Yet, when we are humble and vulnerable it shows those around us that we all make mistakes but that we can learn from them doing better the next time. Plus, it lends itself to forgiveness and healing.

Learn to be thankful not only in the good times but even during the challenging times. Living with gratitude and thankfulness not only helps strengthen your relationship with God, but also with others. God is with us through every situation and can bring good out of the toughest of situations. Regardless of what we face there is always something to be thankful for. ( I challenge you-the next time you are feeling overwhelmed and lost, stop, take a few moments and make a list of things and /or people you are thankful for.  If you have difficulty starting, then start by being thankful for things like, opening your eyes today, the breath you just took, etc.) Afterall, when is the last time you thanked body for doing all the things it does?

As followers of Christ it is important for us to get out of comfort zones and put ourselves out there. Yes, even those of us who are introverts, are called upon to be a light for others.  Mathew 5:16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. This is only possible when you get out of your bubble, put yourself out there and interact with others nurturing the relationships.

It is easy to lose sight and become dismayed allowing the negativity of the world overwhelm us. But we are stronger than we know. Let’s face it, we are far from perfect but through prayer we can ask for forgiveness and guidance and out Father is ready to put us back on the path to living the amazing life He has planned for us. By sharing this life with others we are able to help others live their best lives. So, be the light for others that they will also turn to and glorify out Father.

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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