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A Bouquet of Thorns?

I read a quote today that just jumped out at me...

My God, I have never thanked Thee for my thorn! 

I have thanked Thee a thousand times for my roses, 

but never once for my thorn. 

Teach me the glory of the cross I bear. 

Teach me the value of my thorns. 

Show me that I have climbed to Thee by the path of pain. 

Show me that my tears have made my rainbow.

—George Matheson (1842–1906)

Thorns protect the rose; they protect the rose from wild animals who want to devour the rose. Thorns enable a rose to grasp on and climb higher than other flowers to get needed sunshine. Thorns protect and also “perfect” the rose. 

It's so easy to be thankful when there are no “thorns” or problems weighing us down. Sadly though we all have thorns in our lives...things we don't really want to deal with...maybe even bearing them in silence.  We need to enjoy not only the "roses" in our lives but also the thorns that help to protect the roses because it is when we are going through hard times that we truly begin to experience the comfort that only the Lord can give us. In our weakness, pain, or circumstance we come to depend on God even more; often falling to our knees.

Instead of bearing our thorns in silence we need to thank God for the strength He gives us when we have problems and difficulties in our lives.

How can I thank God for my "thorn?" It’s not easy, but I do know that I have thanked Him for all the many blessings He has given me and that I need to begin to embrace this thorn.  I need to be thankful for the knowledge that maybe this thorn will make me realize how much more I need to lean on Him. 

Starting today, I need...we all need to take a little time to be thankful for the thorns in our lives, because without them we wouldn't have the beautiful roses. 

2 Corinthians 12:8-10...Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.


  1. Very good twist on a the problems and thorns that plague our lives. Good post.

    My current post is about support for military families if you have a chance to pop over.

  2. Very beautiful and so true. I know my thorn was that I was single so long and wanting to be married. I am thankful for that thorn that it lead me to my wonderful husband. Now we have a child late in life and many think she is our grandchild. So we have missed out on youth with a child, but we are so happy with her and know that this is God's plan for our lives. Thank you so much for sharing this post!

  3. Thank you for sharing these rich insights! Bless you dear sister in the Lord!! It was a joy to visit you!!

    Love~ Miss Jen

  4. Thanks so much for reminding me that God is too wise to make any mistakes!
    His grace is wonderful!
    God bless you!

  5. Beautiful thoughts Lois, and thank you for this perspective on the thorn. Yes! I too need to thank God for my thorn.

  6. This was a great devotional and oh so true. I will admit I have prayed many times for the Lord to remove some of those thorns in my life, but it is also soo true how those very thorns have drawn me soo much closer to Him. Have a wonderful week-end! HUGS

  7. Your post today is so in line with what our Tuesday morning class is studying. I hope you don't mind if I copy it and share with my sisters in Christ.

  8. Hi Sweetie, Great message! I read about praising God for the thorns a couple of weeks ago. Not easy to do, but what a sacrifice of praise, to give Him Who made the ultimate sacrifice for us, HUH?

    Love and hugs to you! Have a joyful weekend!

  9. Wow, that is so beautiful and so true.
    Thanks for sharing it with us.
    It really does make one think.
    have a great weekend.

  10. Amen--lots of truth in those words.

  11. You are absolutely right - also how can we know the good if we don't know bad? sandie

  12. Thanks for the reminder to be thankful no matter what our circumstances are.
    Hope everything is going well for your family.
    Is the colonel still in active duty? Curious to know how better to pray for you all.

  13. Hello. I am so glad to have stumbled on your blog. My real name literally translates as "blooming flower." Many times, I have whined about the kind of life I live -- having been "devoured" by a worm early on and feeling I wasn't able to "bloom" as I was meant to be -- until of course I ended up being a "Burnt Raisin" now. I am struck by the truth of what you shared in this post. As a "blooming flower" all I wanted to relish was the beauty of the world..unmindful of the thorns which stuck with me all along. Now I realized that if not for these thorns, I would have "wilted" already a long time ago.. Indeed, we have a Good God. Thank you for letting Him talk through you. =)

  14. i have had a lot of thorns to be thanking God for lately :-) i will get in praise mode....... encouraging!!

  15. Much wisdom here - thanks for sharing!

  16. Helloooooo Sunshine,
    Good to hear from you girly!!
    What a good post, and so so true.
    Those thorns are not easy to give thanks for but somehow they transform us and the situation a bit when we give thanks for them. Sounds like when God said to give thanks in all things, he must have know a lil
    secret, hmmm!! lol
    Hope all is well at your house, and that your week ahead has more roses than thorns!!
    Love ya hon, Nellie

  17. See the power of positive thoughts within you.

  18. What a wonderful post. So glad your husband is home for good.
    I hope all is well. Please pray for my nephew Jordan. He was seriously injured in Afghanistan two days ago.
    Thanks so much.

  19. Lois...Hello Sunshine girl! Thanks for this post. I am just now seeing it on March 29th..and I see you wrote it on March 3rd. spoke to me today...and I needed it, so God's timing is always good.

    I know you must be so happy that your honey is home for good! I hope you are getting lots of together time.

    I thank the Lord he heard all of our prayers and brought your man home safely!

    Love, Linda @ Truthful Tidbits

  20. Hi, Love your blog and your last post. It is so true. I have Lupus and MS and the thorns are all around me. But if you really look at it. There is a true meaning to it. I am the Rose. Very profound. Thank you for posting and sharing that quote. I wish for you to have a happy and wonderful life with your family. Bless you. :) Dottie

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  23. This "theme" has presented itself to me time and time again since July. We never ask, "Why me, God?" when the good times come, do we? Yet, it's due to His grace and mercy we have anything at all. Yes, we're to be good stewards but, all in all, it's always God's grace and mercy.
    Please tell your Colonel "thank you for serving".


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