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Thankful for Thorns

There was once a godly woman who lived in my little town. She was twice widowed and confined to a wheelchair, yet had the sweetest Christian spirit.

Most days, Mrs. Frieda never ventured outside her home, but friends lined up to see her or called her on the phone. People flocked to this dear sister because she had the “Peace that passes all understanding” ( Philippians 4:7).

Most of us can probably think of a fellow believer who stayed grateful to God despite challenging circumstances. There’s something extra special about the unshakeable faith of God’s holiest servants.

So what’s the secret?

I never asked Mrs. Freida, but she surely would have pointed me to biblical passages such as Colossians 3:1-3, about the life that is “hidden with Christ in God,” or Psalm 91:1 where David rested in the “shadow of the Almighty.”

Remain in me, and I will remain in you.

Jesus- John 15:4 (NIV)

If other followers of Christ kept faith in God–no matter what–then you and I can too! We have the same resources available to us as the Apostle Paul, who thanked God for his “thorn in the flesh.”

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.

Paul- 2 Corinthians 12:9 (NIV)

Kind reader, any experience which draws us closer to God is a good thing. By His grace may we say in our frailty, “Lord, thank you for this thorn!”

🙏❤️

Portions of this post first appeared as This Thorn, on February 17, 2021.

By davidsdailydose

I'm just a regular guy who was
tempted to lose all hope but did not. It was God who made the difference.

50 replies on “Thankful for Thorns”

Thank you, Beth. As I wrote those words I thought of some difficult things I’ve gone through that ended up helping me grow in Christ. At the time, I said, “God, this is no good.” But He knew better. I always appreciate your contributions! God Bless!

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Thank you David for sharing Mrs. Freida’s legacy of gratitude. Your paraphrase of Paul’s words in Corinthians resonated greatly -“Kind reader, any experience which draws us closer to God is a good thing. By His grace may we say in our frailty, “Lord, thank you for this thorn!”

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Thorns really sting! Mrs. Frieda sounds like an inspiration. Faith in the finished work of Jesus who took the crown of thorns for us, with forgiveness coming from his lips gives us quite an example! Thank you for this thought provoking post. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours, David!

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I feel the same, Manette Kay. It reminds me of the saying, “Don’t try to copy what your heroes did, but seek what they sought.” Of course, Jesus Christ is the biggest hero ever. I hope you have a blessed Thanksgiving. As you say, “Jehovah Bless you.”

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We’ve been blessed to have friends like that, too, Pastor Pete. These are the kind of dear brothers and sisters where every conversation you have with them has something to do with Jesus. Happy Thanksgiving to you, as well!

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David, this post reminds me of Romans 5:3 ” …suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. …” To witness someone who embodies this is a wonderful testament to the power of faith and God.

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Amen! “They figured out how to lean.” The song you mentioned goes perfectly with this post. One of my favorite Hemingway quotes says, “The world breaks everyone and afterward some are strong at the broken places.” May this be true for us. God Bless!

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What a beautiful reminder, David! All the way around – the value of thorns, and that we can use the same amazing resources as those sweet souls who’ve figured out how to lean. Reminds of the old song, “Learning to Lean (on Jesus).”

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This is inspiring, brother! George could easily stay home and rest; no one would blame him for missing outreach meetings. But there he is—proving God’s strength is perfect. May we do the same! Blessings. 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿

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A wise person once said, “Our struggles are a bit like belly buttons, everybody has one and they’re all different.” 🙏May God continue to guide and guard the Berry Bunch. 🇬🇧

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A lovely meditation David. It reminds me of a story I heard on Sunday at church about an old man named George who struggled badly with mobility issues, walking with two sticks. Yet he attended his churches outreach gospel meetings taking folk with him. He saw one neighbour of his give his life to Jesus, on which he said, “isn’t it amazing what God can do with an old cripple like me!” That story really touched my heart as did your post today brother, God bless you today.

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