One chain-bound child of God is too many. We will have problems in this life, but our problems should not weigh us down, they should be the stepping stone to the next glory, allowing God's grace to transform us so that we are the light of the world, growing brighter and brighter each new day.
Grace boggles the mind because it is so hard to think that we can obtain freedom and grace without "helping" Him by doing our own thing, which always ends up being a struggle for us, and probably frustrates Him.
Take diets, for instance. I can't count the diets I've started, broken, restarted, struggled through, obsessed over, and failed at, left to miserably wonder, "What is wrong with me?!" Well, nothing is wrong with ME, but everything is wrong with the way I approach the problem, because I made it my focus, and not Him.
This year, He's doing a new thing...and I'm going to let Him. He is the road to freedom, and I am going to joyfully travel that road.
When You said, Seek My face;
my heart said to You, Your face, LORD, will I seek.
Memorize this week:
16) Thus says the Lord, who makes a way in the sea
And a path through the mighty waters,
18) Do not remember the former things,
Nor consider the things of old.
19) Behold, I will do a new thing,
Now it shall spring forth;
Shall you not know it?
I will even make a road in the wilderness
And rivers in the desert.