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10 Create in me a pure heart, O God,    and renew a steadfast spirit within me. (Psalm 51:10)


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The Apostle Paul had a thorn in his life. Something that was serious and more than a mere nuisance. He asked the Lord to remove it several times but the Lord reminded him that HIS grace was sufficient to endure the thorn. We don’t know specifically what that thorn was and I prefer it that way. If it were too specific we would tend to put this issue in a box with well defined borders and push it aside if our own thorns didn’t fit that mold.

My thorn isn’t usually visible. I’ve had it since I was a pre-teen. It revealed it’s horrifying head when I was about 26. I’ve dealt with it nearly all my life it seems. It’s not something I like to talk about and certainly don’t toss it out like it’s nothing. I won’t go into detailed specifics here but I just felt like “talking” about it. The thorn has influenced everything there is about me. How I view myself, my body, my mind, my abilities and the world around me in general. It cast a shadow over everyone around me – I tend to view myself through their eyes…through the lens of my thorn. In other words, I assume alot!

How did I get to the age of nearly 40 and just now realize it’s something I need to focus on until Jesus tells me otherwise? It may be that I never get completely free from this thorn but I have to find it somewhere in my faith to realize that I can deal with it only because of what He has done for me. So, if I take this thorn to the grave it’s ok because once I pass from this world into those thousand hills that Jesus roams, I’ll have broken free finally.

His grace IS sufficient enough.


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