Untie The Knot

Untie The Knot 2

Face it.

Let God shine His light on it.

Ask yourself what it is about the memory that holds you captive.

Is it joyful?  Pain-filled?

Then thank Him or release it to Him.

You can only be free today if you’re willing to deal with yesterday.  Be courageous.  Go there and untie the knot.

Momentary discomfort can birth a lifetime of Joy!

~Shannan

Walking Forward Victorious and Loving Deeper, 2013!

God Used Kermit The Frog To Teach Me Faith

For those of you who are asking, “Where is God, and does He even hear me when I pray?”  Here’s one of my childhood stories that, to my surprise, helped answer these questions – some 24 years later.

When I was a little girl about 7 or 8 years old, a friend and I traded toys for a while.  I cannot remember the toy I gave my friend but I got to have her Kermit The Frog doll.   My motherly instinct kicked in and I had grown very attached to Kermit, I carried him everywhere I went.  I took care of Kermit.  I dressed him, fed him, and even made sure he got enough sleep.  He was my friend.  I know, I know, it’s silly but at that age and time in my life that doll was a content and happy place.  Well, it came time that my friend and her family were getting ready to move away and we had to trade our toys back.  After I gave him back, I began to beg my mom every time we went to the store, “Mommy please!  Can I have a Kermit doll?”   I begged and I pleaded, asking my mom and God for that doll, but I never did get him.

The other day I met my friend, Suzie, for dinner to catch up on what’s been happening in our lives.  She brought with her a pink bag all pretty and overflowing with tissue paper.  It was my belated birthday gift.  Yes, you guessed it!  Inside that bag was an original 1974 Kermit The Frog!  I do not recall telling her that sorry, but somewhere in our conversations she held onto my childhood reflection and found me my Kermie!  What a precious heartfelt gift.

As I was driving home that night reflecting on the evening, I realized, God answered my prayer.  The prayer I prayed when I was just a little girl, God answered.  Being that I am now an adult, it may seem the answer came a whole lot too late, but I say, He was right on time!  The laughter and deep joy I received as Suzie and I sat at the table is a priceless memory.  Suzie gave me much more than a doll.  She gave me her sincere friendship and a reason to laugh.  God heard this little girl’s heart cry so many years ago, and He knew the exact moment I would need Kermit the most.

Sometimes we cannot understand why God won’t answer our prayers.  We get mad, depressed, and our emotions come all unglued because we can’t see past this moment.  We plead with God and barter with Him, and we try to tell Him what’s best.  In our deep emotions, we fail to remember that God knows all the little details and the road that lies ahead.  He’s already got it all figured out.  That’s what He told Warren, the third week of November, 2005, as he lay in bed thinking about what was to come in the new year.  Warren got up the next morning all excited.  He had a smile extending from ear to ear.  He said, “Honey!”  “God spoke to me last night!”  “Do you want to know what He said?”  I giggled from the animation and enthusiasm on his face and said, “Yes!” with much excitement because he had never heard God speak this way before.  Warren told me how he was having a hard time falling asleep with all the thoughts running through his head.  He was laying there, anxious, and God said to him, “Warren, Don’t worry.  I’ve got it all figured out.”  God sure did.  God already knew what was about to happen just over a month later.  God knew when I was a child praying for my Kermit doll that I would need to see Him answer my simple prayer some 24 years later.  I would need a reminder of how much He cares about the little things in order to remind me just how much He cares about the heavy issues today; even if I can’t yet see the answer.

I buckled Kermit in the back seat of my car, so each time I look in my rear-view mirror I will be reminded of God’s faithfulness.

Have Faith

Can you recall a time when God reminded you of His hand on your life?  Would you be willing to share it with me now?

I love you all!
~Shannan

2/02/2008

“To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven:” ~Ecclesiastes 3