Frayed Knot – Faith Thoughts with Author Shirley Gould

Photo by  Shirley B

Photo by Shirley B

Don’t you love a beautiful valley in the spring when blue skies and puffy clouds create a perfect canvas for the sun’s rays, warming the day? You see daffodils in bloom, birds nesting and a carpet of green blades, perfect for a picnic.

As Christians, we refer to valleys as trials we walk through. Daily stresses can resemble the valley I’ve described. You have to pack the picnic, carry the basket, spread the blanket, fight the ants, chase the children and clean up the mess.

Five years ago my husband had encephalitis of the brain and grew critically ill. The valley we walked through resembled a journey between two towering mountains. It was dark with long, frightening shadows and bitter cold from lack of sunlight. The ground was slanted and rocky.

The experience was lonely and filled with anxiety. It reminded me of…

Psalms 23:4a NIV

“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death…”

A friend who knew of our struggle told me to, “Tie a knot at the end of my rope and hang

on.” So, I kept going and stood on promises like…

Matthew 19:26 NIV

“…With man, this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

I prayed constantly, while giving meds, changing sweaty sheets and driving to doctor appointments with him trying to get out of the truck on the interstate while we were traveling 70 mph. I had a stranger in my care 24/7.

My vibrant, amazing husband was an executive, a minister, a leader, a family man. He was dearly loved and respected. He held the highest office in our church organization for Tennessee. But, that man was missing.

After eleven months of hospital stays and panic attacks I realized the knot I was holding onto was frayed. So, what do you do when your valley is forever long? You hang onto that frayed knot and keep believing because our God is still on the throne!

After suffering for almost a year, the Lord instantly healed him. It was an amazing miracle.

So friends, take heart. When you’re in a dark valley, keep praying, draw closer to the Lord and hang onto your frayed knot because…

John 15:7 NIV

“If you remain in me and my words remain in you,  ask whatever

you wish,  and it will be given you.”

Have you had a time when you felt you were at a frayed knot?


About Michelle Lim

Author Michelle Lim is the Brainstorming/Huddle Coach with My Book Therapy Press and the Midwest Zone Director for American Christian Fiction Writers. Michelle’s romantic suspense is represented by Karen Solem of Spencillhill Associates and has gained contest recognition in the Frasier, the Genesis, and the Phoenix Rattler, winning the Genesis in 2015 for her genre. Michelle writes devotionals for The Christian Pulse Online Magazine and Putting On The New. Since her nonfiction book release, Idea Sparking: How To Brainstorm Conflict In Your Novel, through public speaking and online chats Michelle helps writers discover the revolutionary power of brainstorming to bring new life to their stories.

6 thoughts on “Frayed Knot – Faith Thoughts with Author Shirley Gould

  1. dtopliff says:

    Wow, it is wonderful to read your happy ending here.

  2. lilaskid01 says:

    Shirley, what a lovely, inspiring read. thanks for sharing

  3. Susan Hall says:

    Loved reading it Shirley I remember when you spoke about this in a service it touch me and Shelly and she referre to it from time to you my friend.

  4. m.johnson says:

    Shirley, It was a very dark and scary time. JR held onto you and you held onto God’s unchanging word. You are an amazing warrior of faith. God’s grace was so profound how He healed JR and answered the prayers of thousands across the world. Love you dear lady.

  5. says:

    Michelle, Here is another blog….blessings to you my friend. Shirley

  6. says:


    I just returned from Africa again….I am so sorry this blog didn’t reach you before I left…I’m re-sending it now.



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