Rarely are our prayers answered instantly. And there are good reasons for this. Divine reasons. If we could see it from God’s perspective, we’d be grateful for the journey of waiting. But our first instinct is to see it from our own limited perspective. And this leads to disappointment.

Yet those who wait for the LORD  / Will gain new strength; / They will mount up with wings like eagles, / They will run and not get tired, / They will walk and not become weary. (Isaiah 40:31 NASB)

When I was 17, one of my favorite rock stars performed in a small, nearby city. This was an opportunity I did not want to miss. Afraid that my parents would forbid it, a friend and I bought tickets and arranged transportation. I reasoned that if I had already spent my money for it, surely my parents wouldn’t stop me from going.

They did.

I cried. I cajoled. I explained that the tickets were not refundable, that my friend was allowed to go but only if she had a companion, and that I was mature enough now to handle a rock concert without getting into drugs or anything else bad that they thought might happen at the concert.

None of this mattered. The answer was still “NO.”

Although they were rightfully protecting me, I didn’t see it that way at the time. I felt old enough and mature enough and safe enough to go to a rock concert without an adult. It took me a long time to forgive them for that.

We do the same thing with God. Even when we get older and more mature, our hearts can get so fixated on a goal that sometimes we try to trick God into saying yes. Oh, we probably don’t think of it as tricking him. We know that this would be wrong. But if we assume that the only way to get what we want is to plan it ourselves, spend time and money on it, and then pray about it, we’re definitely trying to trick him (however unconscious this might be).

Have you ever prayed something like this after starting a new venture? “Oh Lord, look at the good this is doing already. You know this project is a blessing to others. But I need Your extra help now. I can’t see any reason why You wouldn’t want me to continue doing this, especially if You help me get it done.” — without asking him before you got started?

First we make up our minds about what we think is best, and then we ask the Lord to help us do what we’ve already decided is right. I’ve seen this trick used to justify getting divorced. I know people who’ve had abortions this way.

It’s manipulative, and God won’t be manipulated. And self-made agendas are always inferior to God’s plans, no matter how sensible they seem.

Sometimes we try to manipulate the truth. For example: “I know I’m supposed to get married instead of living with my sweetheart, but we really do love each other, and if it’s loving, it can’t be sinful.” But truth is unchangeable, no matter how we try to change it. Sin is destructive, no matter how we try to justify it. Including when we sin in the name of love.

Underneath the self-justification and the manipulation are the desire to be in control instead of surrendering to God, the hope of avoiding disappointment, and the prideful fear of being wrong. Ironically, in trying to get what we want outside of God’s will, inevitably we get into situations that we cannot control, we end up disappointed, and we suffer from wasted time and money or some other valued commodity. And in the process, our understanding of the Father’s protective love gets lost or damaged.

Even after we’ve matured beyond trying to manipulate God, disappointments from the past might still be affecting our relationship with Abba-Father today. To find out, ask yourself: “Am I expecting to be disappointed in my prayer requests? Or do I trust Abba-Father so much that I’m actually pleased when he says ‘no’ or ‘not yet’ to my ideas?”

The Spiritual Success Principle

God answers prayers in one of three ways: “Yes”, “Not right now”, or “I have something better in mind.” When we trust God, we gladly accept any answer he gives to us. But how do we know what his answer is? First we need to have a personal relationship with the Holy Spirit because the Father gave us the Holy Spirit to be our Helper and Teacher. When our souls are submitted to the Holy Spirit, we become able to recognize the voice of God. In addition to this, we also need friends or a spiritual director who can help us know when guidance from the Father is not just something we conjured up. (We all have the human desire to fill in the blanks of God’s messages when we don’t hear him well. This is us being in control. This is us trying to manipulate the situation.)

Jeanie describes how she hears God’s answer to her prayer requests: “I wait either for my request to be granted at a later date or for him to answer it in a totally different way. It amazes me what happens. The answer is something I never expected. Sometimes he’s changed the circumstances so the problem was eliminated, and sometimes he took me out of the situation without me having to do anything.”

Waiting on God for guidance can seem tricky. It’s so easy to mess it up. How should we do it? How do we wait without fear and anxiety but with faith and hope?

I’m the kind of person who doesn’t like to sit still while waiting on God to direct me. I go knocking on doors, so to speak, to find out which opportunity God will open. This works successfully, but it usually involves wasted time while I stand in front of doors that never open. The Holy Spirit has been teaching me a better way: Think about it all you want, pray to receive clarity, and move forward when circumstances fall into place. Meanwhile, stay busy with what you already have in your life and enjoy it.

That is the Spiritual Success Principle.

Knocking on doors (looking for opportunities to fulfill your dream or reach your objective) does work as long as you don’t knock so hard that you break the door down. Or get bruised knuckles.

When circumstances begin to fall into place, we often wonder, “Is this just a coincidence? Am I reading too much into it? I need more confirmation from God before I can act on this.” The desire for confirmation is a holy one but it can also turn us into procrastinators. Again, talking it over with a good friend who is mature in faith or a spiritual director is often necessary. But in the end, the decision is yours. It’s another lesson in trusting God. Whenever you think that God might be telling you to do something, go ahead and move forward with it while asking God to redirect you if you’re misunderstanding his will.

My prayer for this is: “Father God, it seems like it’s a good idea to ___. It seems like it meets with Your approval. Therefore I’m going to act on it, but please, if ever I go in the wrong direction, grab me by the ankles so I cannot move forward without tripping. Then turn me toward the direction You want me to go.”

This is another way to apply the Spiritual Success Principle. It always works, but at the moment of tripping, we might conclude that God is failing us. Fiona felt sure that God wanted her to have a job that opened up, because “everything seemed to be falling into place perfectly.”

“But,” she bemoaned, “humiliation and failure were lined up for me instead. It wasn’t as though I wanted the job in the first place. My judgement wasn’t clouded by my own agenda or enthusiasm. The way things were happening, everything seemed to indicate that it was God’s will that I should go for it. I honestly don’t care that I did not get the job. I was disappointed because I thought that the Lord was showing me that he was leading me to a new phase in my walk with him — one where he would lead and I would know that he was nudging me in one direction or another and I would be given the grace to follow.”

One of the clues that we are following God’s plan is the passion we feel about it. Psalm 37:4 tells us to “Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart” (NIV). This doesn’t mean that he fulfills the desires of our heart as if he were a magic genie making our wishes come true. It means that he places within us the desires that he plans to fulfill. What do you feel passionate about? Where do you think that passion came from? Something in your circumstances triggered it but it originated in the passionate heart of the Father.

If everything falls into place but you don’t feel a passionate desire to do it, like what happened to Fiona, don’t move forward in it until you examine why you don’t have a desire for it. Submit yourself to the Father. Surrender to him your lack of desire. Then ask the Holy Spirit to set you on fire with a passion for it, if it is the Father’s will. If you’ve truly surrendered all of your reasons for not wanting to do it, it won’t be long before a supernatural passion for it wells up within you.

Jason discovered the Spiritual Success Principle when he applied for college. He had worked very hard during high school in order to pursue aerospace engineering. His scores were high, he took Advanced Placement courses, and he participated in clubs and sports. And with God on his side, even though there were a lot of students applying to the same university, he felt sure that he’d get in.

He waited eagerly for his letter of acceptance to arrive. When it finally did, he opened it confidently, ready to get on with celebrating his admission acceptance. But it was a rejection.

Three fellow students were accepted. Jason knew for a fact that their grades and SAT scores were not as good as his. Did the admissions department make a mistake? Did God? Jason was so disappointed and shocked that he called to ask if an error had been made. He was told that there were many good candidates, and they tried to vary which ones they accepted. He was then told to keep up his grades at whatever college he chose and then re-apply for the second semester. A number of students would drop out in the first semester and, due to his excellent record, he should have no problem getting in at that time. He even told Jason to contact him personally.

So, off he went to another college and kept up his hard work. As the semester progressed, he decided not to re-apply to his first choice, because this other college had a much higher-rated aerospace program and he had great professors who were mentoring him well. He was very happy there and realized that this is where Father God had placed him. It was such a good fit!

God is so good and so caring that he does the same type of intervention for those who are not advanced enough in faith yet to think about asking him for help. Charmaine did not have the kind of relationship she has now with the Father when she traveled into the United States to help a friend. She decided, without prayer, to apply for a six-month visa.

“We both expected immigration to allow me a six-month stay, as was the usual. I was given three.” She felt disappointed but, “As it turned out, because of personality differences, I was more than happy to return home after the three months.”

While she was packing to fly to the US, the Holy Spirit told her not to take along her gold jewelry. But she dismissed the message as just her own imagination. In less than a month they were stolen. Even this became a blessing in Abba-Father’s loving hands. “I know now,” she says, “that I was being stripped of worldly attachments.” Detachment from worldly goods enables us to become more attached to God. This too is an example of the Spiritual Success Principle.

Today’s Exercise: Part 1

Think of a time when you felt disappointed by God. Write the story of what happened.

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Every child experiences the disappointment of wanting something, wishing for it with all their heart, and not getting it. We learn disappointment at a very young age. The baby who is hungry and not immediately fed experiences disappointment. The toddler who cries to be held and is ignored by well-meaning but busy and distracted parents experiences disappointment and, deep down, never forgets.

When my children were growing up, Ralph and I believed that it’s important and holy to sacrifice the income of one of the parents (me) to raise the children and be there for them when they are not in school. When our finances got frighteningly tight and the children were old enough to mind themselves for a couple of hours after school, I took a job as a staff writer for my diocese’s weekly newspaper. But when David and Tammy’s grades began to slip and we noticed other clues revealing that my absence was making a difference, I quit the job. Ralph and I trusted God to help us pay the bills — and he did, somehow, of course.

I took up freelance writing, giving me lots of time to spend with the kids. The rule was: If Mom is working at her typewriter (or later, her computer) and you need her attention, respect her needs and wait. She will get back to you shortly.

But David didn’t understand it that way. He didn’t want to wait, so he felt rejected and neglected. Even though he soon got the attention he sought, what he remembered later was the rejection.

In our relationship with God, we feel the same child-to-parent disappointment. Every prayer that goes unanswered the way we want it to and as fast as we want it to reinforces the experience of rejection, neglect, and disappointment. Even though we know that God has a better plan, the feelings of rejection and disappointment can sneak up on us and undermine our closeness to Abba.

In the heat of the moment, frustration takes over. We’re tired of dealing with problems that we had hoped God would miraculously fix by now. This feeling makes it easy to forget the promises of God. We forget the miracles that happened in the past. We forget the blessing-filled attention that he gave us. If we could shut out the disappointment to recall previous times of his divine intervention, our faith and our patience would get a boost.

Parents disappoint their children usually because they understand something that the children do not. Perhaps a child keeps begging to go on an expensive vacation to Disney World and you know that the family cannot afford it. How do you feel? You want to give it to your child, you want to see all of your children happily enjoying the sights and sounds and rides of Disney entertainment. But you know that it would mean sacrificing their enrollment in Catholic school or some other benefit that’s more valuable than enjoying a few days of entertainment.

In our relationship with Abba-Father, it’s healing to remember that God knows more and understands more than we do about whatever it is we are wishing for, dreaming of, and hoping for. He always wants what is best for us. And, like we do when we have to disappoint our own children, he feels the disappointment with us. Like every good parent, our Heavenly Daddy wants to see us enjoying the sights and sounds of a well-lived earthly life.

The difference between hoping and wishing

When you experience the kind of disappointments that come with suffering, do you get angry at God? This anger means that you believe in him and trust him and you’re surprised that he has apparently let you down. It means that you feel close enough to him to hope for a good outcome.

Hope is not wishful thinking. It’s the awareness of God’s goodness and expecting to be able to enjoy that goodness. Hope means celebrating what is certainly going to happen before it happens. This certainty comes from realizing the bigger picture, i.e., the biggest picture of all: The Father sent the Son to us so that we can get to Heaven and spend eternity with him, and he gave us the Holy Spirit to help us while we’re still on Earth. In other words, the Father cares so much about us that he gives us everything we need to experience his goodness forever.

He’s telling you, “Look! I am bigger than any and all of the problems you’re suffering!”

He cares about you more than anyone else ever could. He cares about everything that’s bothering you, even you more than you do yourself. He is infinitely more powerful and more insightful and more clever than you are and has a much better idea of how to resolve your problems.

There’s always great reason to hope!

Psalm 23:1-6 (NIV) reinforces this:

The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
     He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
     he refreshes my soul….
Even though I walk
     through the darkest valley,
I will fear no evil,
     for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
     they comfort me….
Surely your goodness and love will follow me
     all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord

We often think of Jesus as the Good Shepherd, but remember that King David wrote this beautiful psalm long before Jesus was born. He wrote it about God the Father. Like David, we can trust the Father because he is greater than any evils we endure. He brings light into darkness, protects us in battle, and provides rest in our exhaustion.

To “dwell in the house of the Lord forever” means that, because of his love for us and our love for him, we remain in him every moment; he sanctifies every moment, engulfing every situation with his mighty presence.

Hope is the fruit of trusting in God’s love. To say, “I hope he will help me” is to say, “Of course he will help me but I can’t see the proof of it yet.”

Hope involves waiting. Hope is telling you that God has already answered your prayers. He began to take action the moment you turned to him for help. He even planned what to do about it before you knew you had a problem!

Hope is what enables us to have peace while we wait to see to the results. Hope enables us to have patience while we wait on God’s perfect timing, remembering that he cares about us and everyone else who’s involved.

Wishful thinking, on the other hand, is hoping without faith. Hope requires faith. Our hope for answered prayers is based on who God is and what his ultimate plans are and our desire to be in those plans. We cannot see the future, but we trust the One who does see the future. As Saint Paul said in Romans 8:24, “Hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have?”

To increase your hope, spend time reflecting on all the reasons why you can trust God. Go back to the second column in the Box of Differentiation that you wrote on Day 2. You will discover that you have more than enough hope to endure your current problems while God works his grand plan. Meditating  on this will give you the healing and peace that will strengthen you for the journey of waiting.

Hope produces joy. If your feeling of disappointment has not yet been converted into joy, ask for the supernatural help of the Holy Spirit.

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 15:13 NIV)

What have you longed for in prayer? Even if that prayer is never answered in your lifetime, what’s your reason for continuing to hope? In the answer to that lies a healthy, happy relationship with Abba-Father. It’s where you’re sitting on his lap and feeling loved and protected.

Abba never stops doing good for us

Our Divine Father is always helping us. He is always doing good to us and for us. But unless we can see it during times of trial and stress, it’s easy to doubt it.

When bad things happen, do you sometimes wonder: “Where is God?” Don’t trust your feelings. Trust God. Your feelings will tell you, “God has abandoned you.” Feelings change; God and his love for you never change. Love is not love if it’s not actively loving you, and because God is love, it’s utterly impossible for him to withdraw his loving presence from you.

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:38-39 NIV)

God is actively using your trials to refine and define you. Trust him. Let him turn bad into good.

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who i have been called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28 NIV)

God also intends that what you gain from your trials will influence and change the lives of others. It’s never only about us. The good that God does for us is not much good unless he multiplies it through us. Often he turns our experiences into a ministry that influences others. It might be a parish ministry, it might be an online ministry, it might be something huge, or it might be a personal ministry of using your gifts and talents with your next door neighbor. But the help that God gives through answered prayer is never intended to benefit just one person.

Don’t try to hurry the process of turning bad into good; you’ll only get frustrated because you can’t speed up the process, no matter how you try. Remember what happened to Joseph in the Old Testament (starting with Genesis 37). After his brothers dropped him into the depths of a pit to get rid of him, there was nothing he could do about it. He couldn’t climb out, jump out, levitate out, or talk his way out. All he could do was pray and wait upon the Lord.

What happened next might not have seemed like the answer to his prayers: He was sold into slavery. But in the long run (20-plus years), God’s plan was awesome. Joseph endured a lot, including unjust imprisonment, until finally he was made the Pharaoh’s overseer, in charge of the whole land of Egypt. It would be another nine years until his brothers came to him seeking food because of a famine. (Joseph had wisely ordered the storing of extra food supplies during the years of good crops.) Thus he became a sort of messiah for the Hebrew people.

Joseph learned a lot during those three decades. He grew spiritually mature. God endowed him with mystical gifts (the interpretation of dreams). Likewise, as we wait for our prayers to be answered, we need to be alert to new revelations. God always offers us amazing new discoveries. Suffering usually is rewarded with mystical gifts. These wonderful blessings are the first installments of the good that the Father pulls from bad experiences.

One day when I was begging God to take action in a problem that seemed unending, he increased my faith (and patience) by inspiring me to look at the empty air in the room around me. The air was not really empty. Molecules of oxygen filled the space around me, as well as dust and human skin cells and dog dander and pollen from outdoors.

More than that, the air was filled with God himself. Suddenly I realized that everything around us is always “pregnant” with God’s activity. Like the air, we are surrounded by Abba’s goodness. Like me in my prayer chair, we are living in his helpfulness. Like a pregnancy, growth occurs while we wait. God’s plans are unseen for a while, but they are nonetheless under development.

I think one of the most disappointing verses in scripture is John 14:13. Jesus said, “I will do whatever you ask when you pray in My name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.” Whatever? How many times have you seen this not answered? I feel the sting of unanswered prayers every day.

“Come on Jesus, You promised! Let’s glorify the Father!”

Nothing changes. More disappointment.

We need new eyes.

My friend Elyse, a long-time member of my prayer support team, often tells me, “God always answers your prayers, Terry.” Really? Whenever she says that, I wonder what she sees that I don’t.

Remember what I said earlier in this chapter about the importance of having friends? Elyse is an example of that for me. When I asked her to cover in prayer a very long and difficult problem, she not only prayed for that, she also prayed for words that could lift my spirit.

She said, “Waiting on the Lord is hard to do, but his timing is always amazing to me. He certainly knows the desires of your heart. So it’s ok to release the dream into his hands, which I know you have done, and see what happens. You, dear sister, have been on an incredible and exciting journey. Of course there have been obstacles, disappointments, dreams dashed. But look at all the wonderful things God is accomplishing through your obedience and determination. His Holy Spirit is alive and well in you!”

I never saw it that way before. God had probably tried to tell me this directly, but I didn’t hear him until Elyse spoke it. I couldn’t see what God was doing in my long stretch of waiting until I saw it through her eyes.

Disappointment happens when our eyes remain fixated on our goals, our dreams or our desires. Joy happens when we put our focus back on the Lord and learn to look at each situation through his eyes. This life (this pre-heaven pilgrimage) will always have obstacles, disappointments, and dashed dreams — even when we stay completely within God’s plans, pursuing goals that he inspired. The important thing is not what is disappointing but what God is accomplishing despite the disappointments.

Blessed are those whose strength is in you,
whose hearts are set on pilgrimage.
As they pass through the Valley of Baka,
they make it a place of springs;
the autumn rains also cover it with pools.
They go from strength to strength,
till each appears before God in Zion.
(Psalm 84:5-7 NIV)

These verses describe a spiritual law that affects everyone in the Kingdom of God: We pass through the Valley of Baka on the way to greatness. The Hebrew word bakah means “to weep, to bemoan”.

Abba-Father will produce greatness from every situation that we turn over to him. We can choose to live in this greatness (which exists even before we see it), for this is where we experience his tremendous love for us. Or we can live in continual disappointment, which is a nasty-smelling waft from the pits of hell, deteriorating our friendship with the Father. It’s Satan who wants us to be disappointed, not God.

St. Augustine summed it up well: “Our Father: at this name love is aroused in us…and the confidence of obtaining what we are about to ask. …What would he not give to his children who ask, since he has already granted them the gift of being his children?”

Overcoming obstacles

There are a myriad of reasons why good goals and holy desires meet with delays and obstacles. Some have to do with the wrong decisions we have made. Some have to do with the sins of others. Some happen because we live in an imperfect world; we’re not in heaven yet. Some occur because the earth is a battlefield with demons fighting against the good that God has planned. And some are part of God’s over-arching plan.

I hate delays and obstacles. When Ralph and I built our house in 2012, we suffered from so many permit and construction delays that completing the project seemed impossible. We had to seriously discern which of above-mentioned reasons for the delays we were dealing with. Had we made a wrong decision in starting the project? The stress was enormous. The problems were potentially disastrous financially.

Our Good Father had foreknown what would happen. In his great love for us, he gave clear signs at the very beginning that the decision was good and all would end up well. One such sign was the unlikely event of both the land surveyor and the scientist from the Environmental Protection Agency showing up at the same time. The property’s owner gave us only two weeks to investigate whether or not to purchase the land. Our builder informed us that the EPA would take a month to get out there. But when the scientist showed up at the same time as the land surveyor, which made his job easier, Ralph and I knew that God’s hand was in it. Remembering this is what gave us the courage to persevere with hope during every delay and obstacle.

Here is one very valuable lesson that I learned from the experience; I pass it on to you to multiply the blessing: An obstacle is just a temporary problem seeking God’s solution.

 The good of waiting

Nearly every answered prayer requires waiting. Disappointment comes from expecting the wait to be as short as we wish it could be.

We’re always waiting for something, right? Life is full of one wait after another and multiple waits simultaneously. Waiting feels like a bad thing, because we wait with impatience. Impatience comes from the worry that our worst fears might be realized or that disappointment will be the end result or that when good does happen, it won’t be good enough.

Another problem with waiting, for many people, is the tendency to blame ourselves for the delay or (worse) for never getting the help that’s needed. The reasoning goes like this: God is good, so if my prayers are still not answered, it’s because I’m the one who is not good. I shouldn’t feel disappointed in God because the delay is my fault. I have disappointed God by being not good enough. The bad situations are the result of making a bad decision or they are a punishment for my past laziness or sins.

Stop that train of thought! This is Satan accusing you. He wants you to feel discouraged and, at the same time, keep your focus on yourself instead of God. The truth is: Even if you committed the worse sin in the world, if you repented of it, God is not blinded by it. If you pray with a spirit of love and with good (holy) motivations, you are praying like a saint.

As Charmaine’s story illustrates, we don’t have to be perfect to receive God’s help. (It’s impossible anyway, so why let the devil trick you into feeling bad about your imperfections?) God’s responsiveness to your prayer requests is not controlled by your decisions and your behaviors. God’s helpfulness is not dictated by how good you are.

Love is not love if it’s not actively loving you, and because God is love, it’s utterly impossible for him to withhold from you the answer to your prayers. Unanswered prayers are not dead prayers. Unanswered prayers are not evidence that God doesn’t care (although the devil wants you to think he’s uncaring). Unanswered prayers are merely answered prayers still waiting for time to catch up to reality. The reality is: God began working on a plan for many blessings to result from your prayer request before you even began to pray about it, and he will surely see it through to completion. In the meantime, you’re only waiting for time to catch up to this reality.

The belief that waiting is bad is a misconception. Waiting is actually a good thing! Even heaven waits. This seems odd because, in eternity, time as we know it is meaningless. In eternity, all is “now”. And yet, those who have gone there before us are waiting for the time when we will join them. Saints pray for us and wait with us for the fruits of their prayers.

Since everything in heaven is good, waiting must be good.

“The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” (2 Peter 3:9 NIV)

The author of this verse was referring to the promised Second Coming of Christ, but we can learn from it an important principle about waiting: In every promise that God has made, waiting is always beneficial. More people will benefit. More lessons will be learned. More blessings will be given to us during the wait.

Abba-Father gives us the Holy Spirit to teach us how to overcome the obstacles and to guide us to the goal. Wallowing in disappointment and all the negative feelings that come with it only paralyzes us. Relying on the Holy Spirit makes even the biggest of (divinely inspired) dreams come true in Abba’s perfect timing.

When Ralph and I built our house, we knew it wasn’t God who put up the obstacles. Since we had seen the Father’s loving hand in the start of the project, we pushed forward and, with inspired guidance from the Holy Spirit, found our way around and over every obstacle. In October of 2012, we moved into our new home. Two weeks later, my parents moved into it, too, so that we could become their caregivers.

As it turned out, some of the obstacles were blessings in disguise, because they forced us to change some of the original design plans. The changes created a better environment for sharing the house with my parents. Abba-Father had taken our house plans and adapted them without waiting for us to ask him to do it. He knew that we didn’t have the foresight to ask.

Today’s Exercise: Part 2

Revisit what you wrote in Part 1 of today’s exercise. Look again at your description of a time when you felt disappointed by God. Next, name some of the blessings that came from that trial.

Abba-Father is so caring!

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