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Tips For Surviving Quicksand

One of my biggest fears as a child was of falling into quicksand. I didn’t understand that quicksand did not exist in Livingston, Tennessee, so to me, the fear was real. What would I do if I fell in? How would I ever get out? These were the questions that plagued me for years. I was just sure that quicksand was around the lake since it was sandy near the water.

The worst thing about quicksand is that once you step in, it is really hard to find your way out. Once you fall in, it is really hard to untangle yourself. The idea of sinking deeply into the mud and muck and feeling helpless is terrible. It seems like the harder you struggle, the deeper you sink.

I was thinking about sin today; it is the worst kind of quicksand. Lying is one of the easiest quicksand sins to trap you. You might start out by telling a small, little white lie. You think it is innocent enough, and no one will get hurt. The next thing you know, you have to tell another lie to cover for the first lie. Pretty soon, you can find yourself so deep in all the lies that there doesn’t seem to be a way out.

Drugs are another quicksand trap. Many, many people have gotten hooked on drugs that were written for a medical condition. Some strong, addictive drugs can hook you before you know what has hit you, and you can find yourself looking for any way you can to get these drugs. Some people have resorted to buying from dealers, stealing, and prostituting as a means of acquiring the drugs.

How do we escape the quicksand?

BE STILL

How many times do we think “we” have to do it all? I find myself running around here and there, trying to fix one problem after another. However, the Lord tells us to Be Still. This is not easy for me, I feel the need to worry and stress, but that is not what he commanded.

In Exodus 14:13 NIV

13 Moses answered the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again.

Psalm 62:5-6 NIV

Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him. Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken.

FEAR NOT

The fear is overwhelming; how will I ever dig myself out of this circumstance? Do you think that the devil has a grip on you and that you can’t seem to shake off his hand? Are you afraid to let go, do you hold on to what you know is wrong because you are afraid what the consequences will be?

Isaiah 41:10 NIV

10 So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

DROP EVERYTHING

Drop to your knees and pray. Drop all the extra loads that you carry with you and give them over to the Lord. He will take your burdens; he already knows what they are anyway.

Psalm 5:6 NIV

6 you destroy those who tell lies. The bloodthirsty and deceitful you, Lord, detest.

Let the Lord guide you, reach for his hand, and drop to your knees in prayer. He will not forsake you in your time of need; He is with you always.

Quicksand is no longer a fear of mine. I have the tools I need to survive; I just need to remember to use them.

To GOD Goes The Glory!

Have a Blessed Sunday!

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54 Comments

  1. Wonderful post! So so true, God Bless you!

  2. Patricia Holmes says:

    I enjoy reading your posts! Thanks so much!

  3. Patricia Holmes says:

    Thank you so much! Such a blessing!

  4. YOLANDA CADENA says:

    Wonderful word of faith as always!

  5. This is wonderful. The analogies are 100% on target. I, too was was terrified of quick sand as a child (living in Concord NC). Think I saw it on a Tarzan snow or some Wild Kingdom episode. And yes sin is a definite form of quicksand. So thankful that my Saviors hand is always reaching to pull me out and with that, my prayers continue. Thank you for sharing!

  6. Elena Reina says:

    Amén…muy edificante esa reflexión

  7. Thank you for always sharing your faith with us through scripture!

  8. We often get pulled down by the quicksand of life. HE is always there to help us back up. Thank you for your reflections on The Word.

  9. Good message as always.

  10. That was wonderful 😊

  11. I just wanted to simply say
    Thank you.
    I really enjoy your blog and I especially look forward to Sunday. ❤️

  12. Nancy Whitman says:

    Thank you for your beautiful posts!

  13. So thankful for your Sunday posts. Thank you for sharing your faith.

  14. Thank you!!! I needed this!

  15. Thanks for the thoughtful post today.

  16. Beautiful, inspirational post Tania and one we all can relate to. Thought of you yesterday when shopping. I found some cuffed Joe’s jeans (on clearance 🎉) and a pair of ecru wider legged jeans. Starting to like them a little more. Tell Joe I thought of him the other day when we were doing SAT testing at school and many kids had their pajama pants on, lol. Thanks for reminding us it’s OK to say no and where our strength lies. ❤️🙏

  17. Did you grow up watching the old Tarzan movies? There was always someonee getting caught in quicksand. That’s what I immediately thought of.

  18. Being a yes girl myself I can totally understand
    Great message!

  19. Hello! I am new to your blog. How wonderful & refreshing it is to meet another sister in Christ.
    Thank you for your uplifting words.
    Wishing you every blessing today!

  20. Ina Homer says:

    Hello Tania,
    That was such a great analogy. Thank you again for a wonderful Sunday post.

  21. Amen sister, to God be the Glory. This post hit home today, thank you for sharing the verses.

  22. Amen and Amen!!! Happy Sunday 🙏🏻❤️🙏🏻

  23. Great Sunday morning thoughts!!!!
    Always remember Easter is coming!!!
    Janet

  24. I enjoy reading your Sunday posts. This one was excellent! Yes… To God be the glory!

  25. Jane Behr says:

    Thank you, Tania, this was a welcome message. I love that you’re more than pretty clothes and a pretty face.

  26. I too had a fear of quicksand- no where to be found in Chicago also! I guess it was the many tv shows that depicted it. But what a wonderful analogy and reminder.

  27. Ginger Hiller says:

    Tania, thank you for sharing your fear and reminding us what to do when we are fearful or thinking that we are losing grip.

  28. Sheryl Gossard says:

    What a wonderful message.

  29. Shirley Kongs says:

    Amen Tania, what wonderful lovely freeing thoughts you have given to us today! Thank you. May you be blessed abundantly!

  30. So inspiring and uplifting, Tania! I look forward to your Sunday posts and reread them until the next one. Thank you so much. Blessings to you!

  31. Thank you for always weaving God into your posts. I’ve been following you for awhile now and find such inspiration. Also spent more $$ on your finds. Thank you for your dedication to your page, I enjoy it very much.

  32. Good analogy. Quicksand is awful stuff. Thank you for the message.

  33. Tammy Roark says:

    Wonderful reminder!

  34. Jenniffer Groski says:

    So many slippery slopes that can suck us in within us even knowing it. Thank you for sharing this reminder this morning.

  35. Joyce Harrison says:

    Very thoughtful🌈

  36. Thank you for this beautiful reminder.

  37. I’m so grateful for being held by His righteous right hand! 💛 Happy Sunday and have a blessed week! 🤗

  38. Your posts are inspirational. Thank you for sharing!

  39. Great message! Now the song verse “ all other land is sinking sand” is gonna be in my head all day from the old him “My hope is built.” Thank you for your Sunday message I always look forward to reading them!

    1. That is perfect! I should have included that in my post.

  40. This is such a powerful message this morning!! It took me many years to realize that I did not need to be available to everyone else except myself. Quicksand is the perfect word to describe the feeling. And, yes, prayer works.

    1. That is so hard for me since I’m a “yes” girl. I rarely turn anyone down.

  41. Kathy Huff says:

    This is so funny! I had this same fear as a child. We must have watched the same programs as children!
    I loved everything that you said. I also thought about depression as quicksand too.
    Thank you for being a beautiful witness online!
    Blessings,
    Kathy

    1. Kathy, you are right about depression. Those who have it know they have it, but they can’t pull themselves out.

  42. So funny as I had the same fear of quicksand as a kid! So irrational as there is no quick sand around here! I think I remember a story about it in Readers Digest and that’s all it took!😂

  43. Terri Bugh says:

    Excellent insight. The quicksand in our lives sure is different than the ones we imagined as a child!

  44. Sheryl Grone says:

    True on the quicksand, a fear of mine when I was younger as well, and very true about Be Still!! Thank you for the content and sharing!! Gets me back to being calm, Be Still!

  45. Good morning, Miss Tania,
    Thank you for this beautiful post. I started reading it with a chuckle because quicksand was one of my biggest fears as a child, too! As i continued to read this, I found myself nodding yes; we can become ensnared very easily. Only the Lord can free us.
    God Bless you!
    Bee

  46. Phyllis Martin says:

    Let’s not ignore the warning flags God throws up to us as we journey. Let’s listen to His voice.