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Tied Up In Knots



Expression – ‘to tie oneself (up) in knots’

In the Merriam-Webster dictionary it says;

1. to cause problems for oneself from being too careful, trying too hard, etc

2. to become very upset or worried


I have what my doctor/physician loves to add to all my paperwork when giving me letters and referrals to specialists as ‘hypertension’ and although health explanations refer to it as raised blood pressure, I am regularly told by many, to ‘not stress’!


As much as I would love to step up and do just that, I find it increasingly difficult to snap my fingers and make it so!d up in knots! When showing concern for an individual or situation I would rational that I am responsible for assisting in the outcome so what do I need to do to fix this or make it better and then my thinking process follows suit…


Am I stressing? No, but then what does this do on the inside of me?


In Matthew 6:31 it says ‘do not worry or be anxious..’ and in Matthew 6:34 it says ‘do not worry about tomorrow…’


There is a story told…

One night a snake, looking for food, entered a carpenter’s workshop. The carpenter, who was a rather untidy man, had left several of his tools lying on the floor. One of them was a saw.

As the snake went round and round the shop, it climbed over the saw, which gave it a little cut. At once, thinking that the saw was attacking it, the snake turned around and bit it so hard that its mouth started to bleed. This made the snake very angry. So the snake decided to roll around the saw as if wanting to suffocate it with his whole body. As the snake squeezed the saw the snake got hurt even more. Because of that, the snake thought it had to attack harder so it squeezed even more. This went on until one of them lost the battle.


I have found the word of God is very good for instruction in my life and over the years I have on many occasions verbally claimed that word over a physical situation and found God has stepped in to bring about a powerful outcome but in this area of my physical (unseen) wellbeing, how do I not allow my insides to get tied up in knots across my everyday circumstances and be anxious for nothing as the word of God asks of me?


Around the world, over the last few years, we have been totally anxious about everything it would seem – our own personal health, family, friends, loved ones, and much more. We have had to say farewell to many that we will miss not seeing again, farewell to ways of doing things that previously brought us much joy, and farewell to the thought of something up ahead that may not be possible any longer.



Finding joy in our every day is helpful, something my husband prays for me every evening before we go to sleep so what is joy for me?


Lately, my husband and I have been reading conversation cards to each other over some mealtimes together and these questions have been very instrumental in helping us share what we are grateful for in our lives and what we now see at this stage/season is important to us!


Today is my dad’s birthday and although he is no longer with us physically, I am grateful for his input of work ethic and exemplify standing on the word of God for his life. My Mum and Dad were both very diligent in praying for everyone and everything needed for our extended family, and I am more than indebted to them for ‘ALL’ their prayers that have been heard (and answered) by my heavenly Father over the years.



JOY currently for me is hearing my grandkids laugh with me over silly conversations after school.

JOY is having the opportunity to demonstrate simple pleasures to the next generation for them to enjoy as well.

JOY is participating in activities that bring a smile to family and friends.


‘For to me, to live is Christ (He is my source of JOY, my reason to live) and to die is gain (for I will be with Him in eternity).’ – Philippians 1:21 AMP



I have read about the ‘Celtic knot’ – a symbol of love and eternity, with no beginning and no end. Jesus is referred to in Revelation 22:13 as ‘the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end’.


I think that I would rather have my insides not be knotted up in angst but if ‘knotted’ for whatever reason, by Jesus being my center and have that knot be totally consumed with His love, that I may be able to walk in that every day and not be worried but grateful in all things! 😊


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