DECEMBER 1, 2013 – BEAUTIFUL THORNS – Have you ever had to face things in life that make you say, “Ouch!”? Here’s just one of the many amazing things about our precious Lord, He turns our “ouch” into a beautiful thorn!  As you travel up a long stem red rose, you are going to pass thorns along the way, before you reach the beautiful red rose petals. As we walk through this life we are going to face thorns – ouch – but if we can realize how beautiful that thorn can actually be, our ouch can actually produce beauty in our life. Here are some beautiful thorn verses in The Word of God: 2 Cor 12:7-10 And lest I should be exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelations, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I be exalted above measure. Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me.And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong. (NKJ)