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Have you ever prayed for something for so long that you almost gave up on the thought of ever receiving it? And just when you were about to abandon all expectations of ever obtaining what you’ve petitioned for, you unexpectedly get it!! 🙂

Well, it happened to me many times before and it happened again most recently!! 🙂

There are times in our lives when we plead for something so desperately that we want to receive the answer to our prayers right away—as in, now. We sometimes even make promises to our Heavenly Father thinking that it might influence His decision on how soon He would grant our request.


But we should keep in mind that when we pray, the answer may not always be ‘yes.’ He may opt to say ‘no,’ especially when He knows that what we’re asking for will have a negative impact in our lives. Even those that seem positive—such as prosperity—may become a challenge to some people who may not be able to handle it.


But there are times when He gives us an opportunity to expand our souls by making us patiently wait for the blessings we desire to have. These are the defining moments of our lives—when we can practice patience and faith as we trust that He knows better than us.

About a year ago, I was looking for something so bad that I did everything I could possibly do to find it. But for some reason beyond my comprehension, I just didn’t find what I was looking for. Months have passed and it seemed that all my search efforts have come to naught.


One day, I finally decided that I would just accept the situation and do without it. And just as I was getting comfortable with my plan on how I would handle it, a miracle happened and I was finally granted what I was pleading for!! 🙂


It’s amazing how His timetable works!!! 🙂  I have no idea what I did that made me finally qualify to receive such a wonderful blessing, but I finally received it! YayYyY!!! 🙂 And I didn’t even have to look for it anymore!! 🙂 It just sort of magically appeared in front of me; right under my very nose! 🙂 His ways are really amazing and I am most grateful!! 🙂 I must’ve done something really good to deserve this particular blessing and I hope to continue to keep myself worthy of it.


I wish that you would all be granted the righteous desires of your heart! I know that all our prayers are being heard, and that they are all being answered—sometimes immediately, but other times we just have to wait. 🙂

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Three weeks ago, I attended a professional seminar and was very pleased by the approach of the facilitator on his topic. Although the subject matter was intended for the workplace, the audience appreciated his examples that applied to people’s lives in general. He boldly declared: “Life is all about relationships!” While discussing the 3Ps for success, I was delighted that he added an additional “P” word to the renowned triad of Passion, Practice, and Persistence. He gave this fourth P its very own presentation slide and referred to it as the most important element of success—Prayer. 🙂

The facilitator made plenty of jokes during his presentation. I thought he had a good sense of humor, yet beyond his funny stories, there was a lot of truth and wisdom in his statements.

There’s this Primary song about a foolish man building his house upon the sand, and the wise man building his upon the rock. Just as another song says “sand castles fall apart when the tide comes in,” we know that when one puts up his house upon sandy foundation, it won’t be long until it will all get shattered.

Through my life’s experiences, I’ve learned that true success is not measured by anything that the eye can see or the hand can touch, for these things are deceiving. It’s as intangible as a warm feeling when we’ve done something good that made someone else happy; or the peace and contentment that we get when we hear our children’s laughter; or an honest day’s toil whether in the farm or in the office; and a joyful heart after doing what we know is right. 🙂

At the end of the day, it all boils down to the knowledge that our efforts had been blessed knowing we did the best we could with whatever it was that our Heavenly Father had entrusted to us. 🙂

 

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When I was in college, my parents gave me allowance on Mondays that I needed to budget for the rest of the week. Although the money was usually enough to pay for my tithing, meals, transportation, and other school expenses, there was one particular Friday afternoon when my budget fell short. That experience taught me a lesson I will always remember for the rest of my life. J

 

I was on my way home that day, joining the crowd of people who were trying to get a public transportation ride during the rush hour. As I reached in my pocket, I became concerned when I saw that the money left for my fare home was lacking 25 centavos.

 

Many thoughts came to my mind. I considered the possibility of walking home, although it would have taken me hours to do that and I was already very tired. I also thought of talking to the driver and letting him know my situation, although it would have been very embarrassing and I might have been asked to get off. In desperation, it even crossed my mind to just give what I had and see if the driver would say anything about it.

 

But I’m grateful that at such a young age, I was taught correct principles of honesty and faith. J

 

Amidst the rushing thoughts and hurrying crowd, I said a sincere prayer in my heart. I asked Heavenly Father to help me know what to do. Seconds after that prayer, I couldn’t believe my eyes and had to suddenly stop walking! There was a shiny 25-centavo coin on the pavement right in front of me!!! J

 

My heart leaped as I picked it up knowing that a loving Father had heard and answered my prayer almost instantly!! Some would probably say that it was a coincidence, but I think not. From that day on, I knew without a shadow of doubt that our prayers—no matter how insignificant they may seem to us—matter to Him who loves us beyond our comprehension! J

 

I’ve seen a lot of these modern miracles occur over the years in my life and in the lives of others. I’ve witnessed how people became instruments in making eternal things happen; how simple, heartfelt prayers are heard and answered almost instantly; how individuals are comforted and strengthened to bear the burdens that are placed upon their shoulders! J  

 

Let’s look around us and acknowledge these things! J Because I know from the bottom of my heart, that even in this day and age, miracles still do happen!! J

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