ROSES AMONG THORNS

March is thought of as the windy month and the "wear'n of the green" on St. Patrick's Day. March is the month our oldest son was born. March (in different years) was also the month my Mother, Sister, and Michael, my Nephew, went to be with the Lord. So March has been a month of unsurpassed joy and intense sadness for me. I have learned that we can't always have sunshine as we go down life's path, but we can always count on God's love to help us meet each challenge.

Each morning when I awake, I place my hand in God's and ask him to lead and guide me through the day. Each time I pray my heart is overflowing for the blessings that he has sent my way. I have been in the hospital over 10 times and God has helped me and blessed me every time. Each day of life is a new rebirth. A time to listen to His voice and know the direction His love would have us go. Although we struggle through the darkest hour, the Lord can enrich our lives if we draw near to Him in prayer and praise. We can leave our fears in His loving hands, serenely assured that He understands.

Matthew 11:28-29 says "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls." Don't let the troubles of life get you down, for we know that God will soon turn things around. We know through it all God has a plan. We know that all things work together for good to them that love God. Isaiah 41:10 says "Fear not, for I am with you, I will strengthen you, I will help you." When you feel sad and lonely and the tears roll down your face, turn to God and He will give you peace and joy in their place. When burdens seem to hard to bear turn to God and trust Him to give you strength for every need. Psalm 120:1 – "In my distress I cried unto the Lord and He heard me."

I have found that if we take time to share and comfort our friends, relatives and neighbors in their time of need and show them Christian love in kisses, hugs and smiles and prayers that this also helps relieve us of our own worries and troubles. You have heard that old song which says "pack up your troubles in your old kit bag, and smile, smile, smile." I say, "pack up your troubles in your old kit bag and give them to God and then they will pass away. When I come to the end of my rope, God is there to take over." Hebrews 13:5 – "For He hath said, I will never leave thee nor forsake thee."

Remember there is light at the end of the tunnel. 1st Corinthians 2:9 says "Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love Him." Some people complain because God put thorns on roses, while others praise Him for putting beautiful rose blossoms among the thorns. I want to be a person that praises God for the rose blossoms and turns the thorns over to Him. "This is the day the Lord has made: let us rejoice and be glad in it." – Psalm 118:24.

Fern McCallum

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