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This Thorn

A recent post by CG Thelen, from 140 Character Christian, entitled Humbled by Pain spoke of Paul’s thorn in the flesh (2 Corinthians 12:7-10). “Thorns can come in all sorts of things that cause us constant pain,” wrote CG

These words brought to mind a godly woman who once lived in my little town. She was twice widowed and confined to a wheelchair, yet had the sweetest Christian spirit. Most days she never ventured outside her home. But friends and neighbors 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).

Each of us can probably think of a fellow believer who trusted God despite challenging circumstances. This leads one to ponder the unshakeable faith found in God’s holiest servants.

What’s the secret?

I never asked Mrs. Frieda, but she surely would have pointed me to 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.”

One of another friend’s favorite quips is, “Opinions are like belly buttons. Everybody has one and they’re all different.” It’s the same with thorns. And like Paul, any experience that draws us closer to God is a good thing.

“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” – 2 Corinthians 12:8 (NIV)

Another favorite blogger, who speaks in power by God’s grace, is Ruth Kirk, of Seeking God’s Face Together. Her daily poems (complete with related scriptures) are like signposts along the narrow road to heaven. Please read her offerings. They are a blessing!

By God’s grace may we say in our weakness, “Lord, thank you for this thorn.”


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Portions of this post appeared in It will Keep, which was published on July 13, 2019.

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Christian Blog Security

A Piece of the Rock

As a child, I remember a famous commercial for Prudential insurance. In the ad, a man stands out on his front porch after a tree just fell through his roof. His concerned neighbors come to investigate, but he calmly says, “It’s okay, I have a piece of the rock.” The intended message was that Prudential is strong and solid–able to handle any claim.

But an insurance company wasn’t the first to use this idea. King David wrote about it thousands of years before.

Hear my cry, O God; listen to my prayer. From the ends of the earth I call to you, I call as my heart grows faint; lead me to the rock that is higher than I.

Psalm 61:1-2

Here, we find not just a piece of the rock but peace IN the Rock–Jesus Christ. The psalmist cries out to God alone. He understands that other people cannot meet his greatest need, only the God who created him can do that.

We live in this world, but our true citizenship is in heaven (Phillipians 3:20). This can make any believer feel cut off from God, especially during difficult times. But God IS listening and He STILL delivers.

The righteous cry out and the Lord hears them; He delivers them from all their troubles.

Psalm 34:17

Not only does God hear the cry of the righteous, He rescues them Himself. He doesn’t set up a worthless customer service line (ever been there?) to create the illusion of helping people.

When it comes to his children, God takes care of everything (Romans 8:28).

Satisfaction Guaranteed.

When my spirit grows faint within me, it is you who know my way.

Psalm 142:3

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God Chose You

“You did not choose me, but I chose you.” Jesus – John 15:16a

You know the kid on every playground who’s always chosen last? That was me. I could run fast, but my hand-to-eye coordination stunk. That meant being a sought after team mate for a game of pick-up basketball was out of the question. I can still see myself waiting and waiting to be called from a shrinking pool of eager wannabes. Know the feeling?

I took a trip back in time recently–to those second string days—when fochwoman posted about how she and her friends play a charades-like game called articulate. She confessed, when they get together, everyone scrambles to pick only the best players for their team.

“Yeah, just like back in grade school,” I said to my phone out loud. But fochwoman wasn’t about to gloat over being queen of some parlor game. No, she planned to blow my mind with an idea straight from heaven.

For His team, God chooses EVERYBODY!

“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.”

Colossians 3:12

As she meditated on the scripture above, my blogger friend realized that God doesn’t just pick the best players for His team. There’s a special position for each believer!

And the greatest coach EVER even provides a free uniform! Did you catch that–where it says, “Clothe yourselves?” I once heard a sermon on this passage entitled, “The Clothes to Put On.” But I digress.

In his epistle to the Romans and also his first letter to the church at Corinth, Paul clarifies spiritual gifts. He tells the Romans, “We have different gifts according to the grace given to each of us.” (Romans 12:6a) And to the Corinthians he says, “Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.” (1 Corinthians 12:7)

In other words, God doesn’t pick the best players, He picks players best.

So chin up, dear disciple! It’s time to check back into the game. Because God chose YOU to be on HIS team; there’s even a jersey with your name on it.😇

“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine.” God -Isaiah 43:1b


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