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Christian Blog resilience

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 Living courage

Jump In!

Our middle son has always been a bit of a daredevil. One day my sister-in-law, a former life guard, coaxed him into the shallow end of a swimming pool. He must have been about three years old.

Standing near the edge, she entreated with outstretched arms—thinking he would be wary—when he suddenly jumped right in! Bloop… She missed the catch and he went under. However, when she fished him out a split second later, he came up laughing like a hyena.

I remember thinking, “That fearless little guy had no doubt his aunt would look out for him.”

Why don’t I trust God like that?

Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.

Hebrews 11:6

Our son had never ventured into anything bigger than a bathtub before that day. Yet he went for it. Somehow, he knew it was a done deal; all he had to do was make the leap.

I’ll be “Captain Obvious” here and point out the parallel. God stands near the edge of the shallow (or not so shallow) end of a pool of faith. With arms outstretched He entreats us to jump into a new experience with Him.

Do we take the plunge?

Come on, let’s go! We’ll come up laughing like a cackle of holy hyenas (Psalm 126:3).

Here are a few of my favorite “Jump In!” scriptures. Please share one of yours.


“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. (Isaiah 41:10 – NIV)

“Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart, all you who hope in the Lord.” (Psalm 31:24 – NKJV)

“I sought the Lord, and he answered me; He delivered me from all my fears.” (Psalm 34:4 NIV)


Thanks to John at rockroad.blog for the idea that became this post. He’s a brother in Christ, and a master of the life story niche. Please check out his blog; it’s worth the read!

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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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