A few weeks ago, I bore my testimony at church. Everyone thought it was hilarious when I said, "if anyone is in need of blessings, come to my house, because it's raining over there!" I didn't say it to brag, I said it because it was true.
After years and years of heartbreak, trials, and bad luck, I think I'm at a point in life where I am able to easily recognize a blessing, because for so long it felt like I didn't get any. Every time I notice one, I stop and give thanks; this routine has really made me see just how blessed my life is. Sometimes it's hard to remember that blessings don't always come in the form of an answered prayer. Most of mine don't. In fact it's usually the opposite of what I want, or what I think I need that turns out to be the best blessings.
Sometimes, when I need something, really need something, and want it, and when I am living my life in accordance with the commandments of the Lord, and I'm doing everything in my power to make it happen, and then I pray, I dont' get what I'm asking for. Times like these stink, but I have to remember that I am on the Lord's time and he'll provide in His own way and at His own time.
"Some of God's greatest gifts are unanswered prayers."
But other times, when I need something, really need something, and want it, and when I am living my life in accordance with the commandments of the Lord, and I'm doing everything in my power to make it happen, and then I pray, and my prayers are answered, that is the best!
I had a prayer answered this morning, and now a $3,000.00 weight has been lifted off of my shoulders. *Sigh*