Monday, September 21, 2009

Thorns and Roses

"Some people complain because the roses have thorns. Other give thanks because the thorns have roses." ~Unknown

I recently read this quote and it really made me stop and think about my reactions to life, or the thorns and roses in my life. What you make in life depends on your attitude. Often it is so much easier to see the thorns and forget that God gave us roses along the way.

For me, right now my thorns in life happen to mainly be centered around my relationship with Jason. The fact that he's thousands of miles away, and right now he is underway and moving even further away with every minute. On top of that there are more difficulties with long distance relationships than most people realize, especially emotionally it can be very draining.

Sometimes I start to think on nothing but the negative, and I start to get really down. Honestly, it's hard to see the positive at times. But when I allow myself to think on nothing but the impossibilities of everything then I take my eyes off of Christ and instead I turn them onto me, and that is never a good place to be. I'll admit, I spend much time on my knees, crying out to God because I have no where else to turn, and no one else upon whom I can throw all of my struggles. When I finish praying I try to think of the positives, or the "roses." When I think about that I realize that there are so many more roses than thorns. A few of those roses are the fact that God has given me a wonderful Christian man, who wants to serve God with all of his heart. Another major rose is that as of right now my family very much approves of Jason, and his family likes me too! Also, just by looking back on everything I can see how much God has worked in everything, and how He has continually guided us.

I guess what I'm trying to say is that maybe life is hard and rough, and those thorns might try to prick you, but if you take a moment to consider all the roses that God has and is giving, then everything will look brighter!


Jason A. Hunsicker said...

Thank you sooooo much for this post Hannah. This is just what I need to hear. It's been hard for me as well in this area...and you are right...the Roses far surpass the thorns in this situation. So thanks Hannah!

Rosebud said...

I echo Jason, but of course, with different situations in my mind. Roses abound if we just would look for them!

Anonymous said...

I too often concentrate on the thorns when I get "down," this is a great reminder to look for the roses!! :)

Elizabeth J. said...

Hannah, I'm praying for you and that you will continue to seek God's guiding as it seems apparent that you are. Keep Christ at the center of your life!=~) God bless.

Bethany A. said...

Great post Hannah!! Thank you for it...I too, focus on the thorns, not the roses. Your post helped me to think differently!:)