Thursday, July 8, 2010

Thankful Thursday ~ God's Sufficiency

As I sat outside this morning reading God's word, I was so thankful for the peacefulness that surrounded me. The birds were singing, the temperature was very moderate with the sun shining brightly, and our golden retriever Lucy was lolling in the grass.  It is easy to be thankful in such a setting, but the words I read in 2 Corinthians 12:1-10 reminded me that I can also be thankful for the difficulties in my life. Some of them come and go, and one in particular is chronic and has been my "thorn in my flesh" for many years.  Sometimes, as I go through trials, I tend to want to just get through them and then I thank God for removing them. But Paul was thankful IN them; in fact, he "delighted in weakness, insults, hardships, persecution and difficulties." And then he said, "For when I am weak, then I am strong."

So today, I want to thank God for the physical pain that slows me down and reminds me that He is my strength. I share this not to draw attention to my condition, but to emphasize that because of it, He is my sufficiency. He is all I need each day and He promises me:
"My grace is sufficient for you,
for My power is made perfect in weakness."
2 Corinthians 12:9

Thank you, Lord Jesus, for being everything I need. You provide for me abundantly, but YOU are my great provision. When I go through trials, I thank you for Your grace and mercy to see me through them. I thank You for the witness of Paul's words, that I may see the Son in the difficult times as well as the good.  Thank You for loving me so much that You suffered and died for me and for all mankind, that we all might live eternally with You. Amen.

Yes, I have much to be thankful for today; God's sufficient and abundant grace!

Please join Lynn at Spiritual Unequal Marriage for Thankful Thursday.


Jackie said...

St Peter's Women's Fellowship
Bringing women to and sustaining faith

To the Church of God which is in Corinth, to all who are called to be God's holy people, who belong to him in union with Christ Jesus, together with all people everywhere who worship our Lord Jesus Christ, their Lord and ours: May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace. Cor 1 v 2-3

This is the passage which we chose for the Women's Fellowship page on the Church website.

Peace and love be with you.

Jackie, Surrey, UK.

Elisa said...

Thanks for the reminder. I have had headaches since a long time! I can't stand them and I usually complain. I find it very very difficult to be joyful or even thankful when I have them. They bring out the worst in me. I do want to try to be more thankful, because I know I don't have it THAT bad...there are many people who suffer from worse things. God bless!

Denise said...

Amen, bless you.

Karen said...

Laurie, this is such a wonderful post of thanks...your grateful heart has touched mine today.....

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for posting this, Laurie! We all need this reminder......God is to be praised in the good and the bad and in our struggles, we can find joy as we continue to thank and praise God. Keeping our eyes on the SON will bring peace indeed. God bless you! Thanks so much for sharing your personal insight. (((hugs)))0

Heather @ Marine Corps Nomads said...

God definitely uses the difficult times and the times of pain to bring us closer to Him IF we allow Him to work in us.

Chronic illness and pain are difficult, but praise the Lord that He provided a beautiful example for us in Paul. The Lord has used him to provide encouragement to many men and women.

May you have a wonderful weekend.

LisaShaw said...

Hi Laurie,

You have such a beautiful and tender heart. I'm sure that is SO pleasing to the LORD. Beautiful message and I said a prayer for you and your family.

Much love!

Sherry @ Lamp Unto My Feet said...

THank you for sharing this! It was just what I needed as I suffer from chronic pain. I need to lean on Him...