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Monday, November 24, 2008

Thank You God For This Thorn In My Flesh!

So often I am looking at my infertility as a negative thing. Don't get me wrong, I would LOVE to be pregnant, but in the spirit of Thanksgiving, I thank my Creator and Savior for this thorn in my flesh. I truly feel that God has elected me (and many of you) to endure this "cross" for a purpose and I Pray that I can adequately do that through His strength, mercy, and grace. I also truly feel as though He does have a remarkable miracle waiting ahead on this journey for me. I believe that that miracle is a precious child, who I Pray, will point to my Savior and one day be able to call Him his/her own.

2 Corinthians 12:8-10 - For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. 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. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.

Notes on verses 8 and 9 from The New Defender's Study Bible
(My Favorite Study Bible since it's purchase a year ago!)


12:8 besought the Lord thrice. Paul's prayers and spiritual gifts had brought physical healing to many others, yet he could not heal himself. God is often pleased to answer prayers for healing, but it must always depend upon the will and purpose of God for the individual. It may be best in many cases not to heal in God's infinite wisdom and in the light of eternity, and we must be content if that is so.

12:9 glory in my infirmities. We need to learn to thank God, rather than complain to God and others about our "infirmities," reproaches, "necessities," persecutions," "distresses for Christ's sake (12:10). God's strength, paradoxically, is not measured in ordinary human terms (eg., riches, physical prowess, beauty, intellect) but rather "is made perfect in weakness."


I leave you with a beautiful song that I have grown to love over the past few months. It is on the WoW 2009 cd set and it is truly lovely and I really feel as though I am in better hands. Much better than my own set of hands that cannot even type these words without God's grace and mercy.


In Better Hands

sang by: Natalie Grant

It's hard to stand
On shifting sand
It's hard to shine
In the shadows of the night
You can't be free
If you don't reach for help
And you can't love
If you don't love yourself
But there is hope when my faith runs out...
Cuz I'm in better hands now

[Chorus:]
It's like the sun is shining
When the rain is pourin' down
It's like my soul is flying
Though my feet are on the ground
So take this heart of mine
There's no doubt
I'm in better hands now

I am strong
All because of you
I stand in awe of
Every mountain that you move
I am changed
Yesterday is gone
I am safe
From this moment on...
And there's no fear when the night comes 'round
I'm in better hands now

[Chorus]

It's like the sun is shining
When the rain is pourin' down
It's like my soul is flying
Though my feet are on the ground
It's like the world is silent
Though I know it isn't true
It's like the breath of Jesus
Is right here in this room
So take this heart of mine
There's no doubt

You can't be saved
If you're not reaching out for help



(Notice the woman dealing with the loss of or the grief of never having a baby.)

3 Remarks:

Stacey

Thank you for this! It's amazing to learn to give thanks in the midst of hard times. I've been really working on that.

Btw, I love that song too! :)
Happy Thanksgiving!

sara

This is a beautiful post - thanks for sharing!

Alicia

Happy Thanksgiving! I too am thankful for the thorn in my flesh, even though it hurts alot.