Field Notes From A Prayer Warrior

A thorn in my flesh…

2 Corinthians 12:7-10

…I was given a thorn in my flesh…I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

I have a thorn in my flesh…and I was going to be all vague and everything, because I want it to be about Him, not me, and I want this blog to be about Him, not me.

But He said, “No, Shelbo, you need to be specific in your explanation, no hiding, no glossing over, be vulnerable, share the story.”

I have horrible vision issues. Really sucky. One doctor said, “Shelby, I’m sorry, you’re a fifty year old woman with the eyes of someone who’s seventy.” Yeah, doc, THANKS, not sure I needed that confirmation…I am well aware, every morning when I can’t see the clock (not just the time, but the clock itself).

Don’t get me wrong…I am so grateful for the vision I have! I am thankful for still being independent and able to drive, read, write, enjoy the beauty of His creation. Every day of sight, for me, is a mini-miracle.

One of the things that really exacerbates those issues is screen time. It’s the reason I have no TV, no computer, no Wifi, limited screen time on phone, ten minutes max on Facebook, etc.

Then He puts on my heart to write a blog…

I prayed about, okay, FOUGHT that call…for two years, dudes! I’m “discussing” (arguing) with Him, “Yeah, but…yeah, but…” like He needs some kind of insight about my situation, because, once again, He’s only all-powerful and all-knowing…

Uff da.

So, have I ever prayed for this thorn to be taken away, as Paul did?

2 Corinthians 12: 8-9~Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness…”


I can learn from others (even if they lived a couple millenia ago). I’m teachable!

If my vision was better, it would make this blog a whole lot easier…heck, it would make my LIFE easier, but I feel like, I KNOW, that’s not the point.

The point is…it has nothing to do with thorns, weaknesses, circumstances, or facts…and everything to do with Him.

So, thorns and all, I’m in.

He’s in.

We’re in.

All Him.



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