It took a very long time for me to decide what to call my blog. Typically I use the words “rose” and “thorn” (both parts of my name) as my screen names. I finally settled on “The Rose’s Thorns.” I chose this for two reasons in addition to it being a spin off of my real name. They are as follows:
First, I wanted to express how God has helped me through all the challenges of life, and how He can help you too. Those are my thorns. They are my “thorns in the flesh” like what Paul describes in 2 Corinthians. Paul prayed three times for his ailment (thorn in the flesh) to go away, but he realized it served a purpose. Concerning this, he penned the words, “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.” God can use us even in our weakest, most painful moments, and actually can often use us better than if we had never gone through them.
Second, I really hope people see Jesus when they visit my page. In the book of Song of Solomon, Jesus is called the Rose of Sharon and the Lily of the Valley. His love is illustrated as “the lily among thorns.” Isaiah 53:5 says, “But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and with His stripes we are healed.” The thorns that were placed on Rose of Sharon’s head, Jesus Christ, was for me. His wounds (thorns) won salvation for you and for me.
I hope through this blog, I can in some way help another person to recognize those thorns in the flesh that God can use for His purpose. I hope I can help them to work through bitterness, and to embrace who God created them to be. I also hope that I can help someone recognize that the crown of thorns that was placed on Jesus’ head was for them. He submitted to that because He loves you so much. He will save you. All you have to do is ask. Please see the bottom portion of my Mission section if you want to know more about how to accept Jesus as your Savior.