Thorns and Strength

In 2 Corinthians 12, Paul tells us he had visions and revelations from the Lord. He doesn’t say what the visions and revelations were only that they were so astounding they cannot be expressed in words and no human is allowed to tell.(1-4) Then he tells us he was given a thorn in the flesh to keep him from becoming proud. (7b) He begged the Lord to take it away but the Lord said,”My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” Paul then tells us he is glad to boast of his weakness so the power of Christ can work through him.(8-9)) Paul learned when he was weak, then he was strong.(10b)

I am nothing like Paul. I have never been given visions or revelations, there is nothing about the Lord I am not allowed to talk about, but I have a thorn in the flesh that keeps me thorny-dragon-387217_640from becoming proud.  It’s not a disease, it won’t kill me. It is just a physical anomaly that can be painful but usually just bothersome and sometimes embarrassing. No one can tell anything is different about me by looking at me but there are times it is obvious I feel unwell. And unlike Paul, I continually ask to have this “thorn” taken from me, not just three times but over and over. I know I am weak and during a bad spell, I don’t feel the power of Christ resting on me. Oh, how I want to be like Paul!

There are times that I stand strong and weather the storm but there are as many times I am weak and I just go home, lock the door, and feel sorry for myself. I am blessed to know Jesus and He doesn’t leave me alone in my self-pity. He reminds me;

A joyful heart is good medicine. But a broken spirit dries up the bones.
Prov 17:22 nas

Let all that I am praise the LORD; may I never forget the good things he does for me.
He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases.
Ps 103:2-3

You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you,
all whose thoughts are fixed on you!
Isa 26:3

I don’t write this for sympathy or to make myself sound like I am so good and holy.  I write it to encourage you.  I think we all have a thorn of some sort. It may be physical, mental, emotional; caused by disease, an accident, trauma, circumstances, financial or family problems, whatever is chronic or continuous. My hope is that you will know that you are not alone. There are many who are hurting and none need be alone. Call on Jesus, He is never too busy to take your call, there is never a busy signal, you will never be put on hold, and never disconnected. Talk to Jesus and all will be well with your soul.

Blessings this day of grace,
patricia

All scripture unless otherwise noted
from New Living Translation
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When You Hear His Voice

There are times when I don’t know where I am going or what I am doing. Times when I feel I don’t have a thing to offer. Times when I feel like I cannot take another step. This can happen when I am not taking care of my body; not eating right, not getting any exercise, not enough sleep or too much sleep. I know what to do to change these things and with some discipline get things back to where they need to be. It’s not easy but I can do it all by myself.

However, there is another reason for my loss of focus and my weariness. When I make “me” the center of my world. When “me” becomes the only one I listen to. When “me” is most important and nudges Jesus to second place “me” gets lost in simple everyday life. I know what I need to do to get back on track and with discipline, I can do it. It’s not easy and I cannot to it all by myself.  I need direction, refreshment, and restoration. I don’t need to go far to find it.

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The LORD will guide you continually, giving you water when you are dry and restoring your strength. You will be like a well-watered garden, like an ever-flowing spring.
Isa 58:11

When I rely only on myself there is confusion and disquiet within me, when this happens on the inside anger and melancholy show on the outside. Not pretty and definitely not reflecting the image of Jesus to others.

I need to be reminded who is in control.
But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace.
Ro 8:6b

I need to be reminded of the promise that Jesus does speak to us.
That is why the Holy Spirit says, “Today when you hear his voice,
Heb 3:7a
All we have to do is listen.

Blessings this day of grace,
patricia

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Isaiah 26:9 niv

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Sometimes when we love someone and are apart from them
we feel adrift and alone and we ache with the desire to be with them.
Though the Lord is not far from us we often feel there is a distance
that separates us that is too great to cross.
Yet, the more we yearn for Him the more we long for Him
the closer we are to Him for He draws near to those who desire Him.

Does your heart sometimes ache for the Lord?
Where do you think He is at those times?  Where are you?

Blessings this day of grace,patricia (2)

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Isaiah 26:8 msg

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There is no need for us to always rush along the path.
The Lord’s path is a place with much to discover.

We are not walking an uncharted path.
If we take the time to look around we may be surprised

by the signs the Lord has posted for us. 

Is it difficult for you to slow down and enjoy the scenery?
Will you take some time this week to meander along His path?
What has the Lord put on the path for you to discover?

Blessings this day of grace,patricia (2)

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Isaiah 26:7 hcs

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Our roads may be bumpy and filled with potholes and boulders,
but when we trust in God and live as He wants us to
He will make the most difficult of roads easier to travel.
Staying on the path with Him gets us to His house.

Wherever you are going have you asked God to show you which road to take?

Blessings this day of grace,patricia (2)

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