I hope that my post of yesterday was helpful to a few of you. I don't know if the blog-is-sphere is consuming any of my posts, but I feel they are necessary. Not just for my sanity but for all of yours.
GOD HAS ONLY THREE ANSWERS TO YOUR PRAYERS
2) Yes, but not now
3) No, because I have something better for you”
While the 11th step teaches us to pray only for the knowledge of God's will for us and the power to carry that out, there will invariably be times when we are sure we know what's best for us and will pray for a desired result or circumstance.
This is the moment that self will has crept back in. Having momentarily forgotten that we have rarely been truly happy when we have gotten what WE wanted, what we need is a way to get back to the wisdom of the 11th step.
And this quote provides that.
By keeping these three answers in mind, we're able to release expectations from our prayers and truly surrender ourselves to God's will. Through surrender we find faith, and faith leads us to the sure knowledge that God’s will for us is always better than our own.
And when all else fails there is this:
Lord, make me a channel of Thy peace-that where there is hatred, I may bring love-that where there is wrong, I may bring the spirit of forgiveness-that where there is discord, I may bring harmony that where there is error, I may bring truth -that where there is doubt, I may bring faith -that where there is despair, I may bring hope -that where there are shadows, I may bring light that where there is sadness, I may bring joy. Lord, grant that I may seek rather to comfort than to be comforted -to understand, than to be understood -to love, than to be loved. For it is by self-forgetting that one ﬁnds. It is by forgiving that one is forgiven. It is by dying that one awakens to Eternal Life. Amen.
I hope and pray that these words ring true for you. I know they have for me in writing them.
Ernie Richardson- 954-213-3923