when we were little and one of our major obstacles was learning to tie
our shoes? Now that we are older, sometimes we wish that was our
biggest hurdle…tying my shoes this morning to get ready to take my
granddaughter to the bus stop led me to search on this…..It took me less
than a minute to tie my shoes and get her in the car, and OH if each
day life were that simple….everything taking less than a minute…..but
somedays like the article Joyce Meyer wrote below, we have many
shoestrings(all tied up in knots), having to untie them all, one at a
time just to get to the end of our day…..maybe one of your shoestrings
is patience, another possibly work related, and yet another, personal
relationships related, but we all have multiple shoestrings to get the
knots out of…..so enjoy today’s message and Be Blessed!
your life as a jumble of shoestrings all tied up in knots, each
shoestring a different color. The different shoestrings represent the
different elements of your life, such as your family, your job, etc.
jumble of knots could represent many of our lives—with everything all
knotted up. Each knot represents a problem, and the process of
untangling those knots and straightening out those problems is going to
take a bit of time and effort. It took a long time to tie all those
knots, and it will take some time to straighten them all out.
I realize from my own experience that it often seems no progress is
being made. You may feel you have so many problems that you are getting
absolutely nowhere. However, you must keep in mind that even though you
have a long way to go, you have also come a long way. The solution is to
thank God for the progress you have made thus far, and trust Him to
lead you to eventual healing—one day at a time.
One of our problems is that in our modern, instantaneous society we
tend to jump from one thing to another. We have come to expect
everything to be quick and easy. It's difficult for us to have the
patience to stick with a problem until we see a breakthrough, and that's
why we need God's help. You see, God never gets in a hurry. He never
quits or runs out of patience. He will deal with us about one particular
thing, and then He will let us rest for a while—but not too long. Soon
He will come back and begin to work on something else. He will continue
until, one by one, our knots are all untied.
If it sometimes seems that you're not making any progress, it's because
the Lord is untying your knots one at a time. It may be hard, and it
may take time, but if you will commit yourself to the process of getting
well, sooner or later you will see victory in your life and experience
the freedom you have wanted for so long. In some things I experienced
freedom in a few months or a year, but there was one area in my life
that took fourteen long years to overcome. The important thing to
remember is, no matter how long it takes, never give up, and never
quit—keep at it.
Maybe you're standing in the way of your own healing. Have you ever
asked yourself, "Do I really want to get well?" Did you know there are
people who really don't want to get well? It takes some people years to
overcome their problems…and some never do. They don't really want to
move past their problems. It seems they've become accustomed to having
those problems around, and they're just content to live with them.
Sometimes people actually get addicted to having problems. It becomes
their identity—their life. It defines everything they think, say and do.
Their life seems to revolve around their problems. If you have a
deep-seated and lingering disorder, you may be tempted to make that the
focal point of your life. But I encourage you not to give in to that
temptation. If you do, it will try to control your thinking and dominate
every conversation you have. Don't let your life be taken over by your
If you really want to get well, you'll have to stop using your problem
as a means of getting attention, sympathy or pity. When I used to
complain to my husband, he would tell me, "Joyce, I'm not going to feel
sorry for you."
"I'm not trying to get you to feel sorry for me," I would protest.
"Yes, you are," he would say. "And I'm not going to do it, because if I do, you will never get over your problems."
That used to make me so mad I could have beaten him to a pulp. We get
angry with those who tell us the truth. And the truth is that before we
can get well, we must really want to be well—body, soul and spirit. We
must want to get well badly enough that we are willing to hear and
accept the truth about our situation.
Make a vow right now that from this moment on you are not going to
waste any more of your valuable time feeling sorry for yourself and
wallowing in self-pity over things you cannot change. Promise yourself
that you'll stop using your problem as a crutch in your life. Instead,
pledge that you will untangle the knots a little at a time, while living
each day to the fullest, looking forward to what God has in store for
you as you follow Him…one day at a time.
God’s Grace, Mercy, Peace and Love be upon your lives today!