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These Thorns

Have you ever had something that was so painful in your life that you would pray and ask God to remove it, but it just wouldn’t go away. It seemed the more you prayed about it the worst it would become.

If you would speak to the mountain it shall be removed. That’s what the word says right, but sometimes that mountain just would never move. After all in order for the mountain to be removed it still has to be within His will.

Could it be the very thing that you are asking God to remove is part of your process.

Today’s Word 

grace

noun

  • the free and unedited favor of God, as manifested in the salvation of sinners and the bestow aloft blessings

We don’t even deserve God’s grace, but because of His love for us He continues to give it us anyway.

My Grace is Sufficient 2 Corinthians 12:6-10

Thorns

  • Divorce
  • Bad relationship
  • Betrayal
  • Guilt
  • Pain
  • Loss of a loved one
  • Road blocks
  • Finances
  • Church

These are just  a few of the thorns that we could be experiencing in our life, but no matter what we may be going through, His grace is sufficient for us.

God will sometimes take us through the wilderness experiences to see if we will trust Him. It could also be that when He takes you through and brings you out that no one else will be able to get the glory but Him. Everything that we go through and experience is part of God’s purpose for our life. Can we trust Him even when we can’t see?

Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee” Hebrew 13:5


Maybe our prayer should no longer be, “Lord remove these thorns”, but “Lord give me the grace to go through it”

The Lord is My Shepherd “Psalm 23”

When David was going through his valley experience he never prayed for God to take him out of it, but he prayed what God would do while he was going through it.  He knew that no matter what he had to endure that it was only temporary and that God was always with him.

As painful as thorns can be, yet the most beautiful things are produced because of the them.  Roses are one of the most beautifulest flowers in the world and it grows within thorns.  When someone wants to show affection for someone they  are normally presented with roses.

Be encouraged in knowing that no matter your thorn God is with you and that it is only temporary. Go ahead and bloom!

SONG LIST

“Safe In His Arms” Lucinda Moore

Because the Lord is my shepherd
I have everything I need
He lets me rest in the meadows grass
And He leads me besides the quiet stream
He restores my failing hands
And helps me to do what honors
That’s why I’m safe
Safe in His arms

When the storm of life is raging
And the billows roll
So glad He shall hide me
Safe in His arms

So glad, He shall hide me

Safe in His arms

Undeserving Grace

 

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Yesterday me and some of the ladies from my Life Group went to the mall to volunteer for the Angel Tree through The Salvation Army and after we were through from there we went to grab something to eat. We were sitting there talking and getting caught up with each other from the week and our waiter came over to start taking our order. I had asked him a question about a particular item that I normally get and wanted to see if I could substitute  something since I have a gluten allergy. I have been there several times, but I didn’t want to make the assumptions that they would still allow me to do so. Right off the bat the waiter was very argumentive and wasn’t really listening to what I was saying. To avoid a scene and making a big deal about it I decided to drop it and was like ok it’s cool. He still kept going on about it after I had dropped it and decided to go ask his manager. We were all in unbelief that he just did all of that. So in trying to enjoy the rest of the evening here he comes again. His approach was off, he was rude and still agrumentive. When he walked away I said yeah he just lost his tip. I am a firm believer in basing your tip off of your customer service. It took us forever before we even received our food and he didn’t even come and check on us or let us know how things were going. When we finally got our food mine was not at all how I asked for it be nor how I would normally receive it. At this point I was really unhappy with the service. The waiter came back and said so everything is good instead of asking was it good. I began to explain to him what was wrong and he immediately made an assumption and went back to our 1st conversation when what I was talking about now was totally different. Again he was being agrumentive and he wasn’t listening. At this point they would normally have their manager come over and he just walked off. One of the ladies asked one of the other waiters for the manager. The manager came over and we explained our dissatisfaction. He apologized and explained his follow up process.  The one thing that stuck out the most is when he said, “because I see potential in him instead of throwing him away I will use this as a teaching moment to train and groom him into what I see and how it should be.” Immediately my mind went to Grace. 2 Corinthians 12:9 “And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me” As we were preparing to leave one of the ladies said what should I give as a tip. I told her what to give and I told them God said grace. According to how he served us he didn’t deserve it, but neither do we. He still has to live. One lady didn’t agree due to her prior experience being a waitress, but the difference is we are in Christ and we don’t think nor approach as the world does. That doesn’t mean that we agree with his action, but that we allow God to deal with him by our acts of grace. At that moment I realized just how much God’s grace is to me. I am so undeserving of his love, his grace and his mercy, but yet he still gives it to me. To whom much is given much is required. As much as God has given to us holds the same truth that we should extend to others as we are suppose to be the mirror image of Jesus Christ.