We’ve heard many poems and stories about asking for something from God and getting it; only the packaging appears to be something less than what we had in mind. I especially like the verse about victory. Sometimes I think of victory as only conquering something big in my life, when true victory is an everyday occurrence through the grace of God.

God Heard and Answered  by Josephine Hope Westervelt

Did you ask the Lord for patience?   Did you plead for it in prayer,
Then tribulations great befell you   And you thought He did not care?
Oh, my child, He heard and answered,   Answered full your heartfelt prayer;
“Tribulation worketh patience, ”   That’s the gem you longed to wear.

Did you ask Him for submission?   Did you plead for it in prayer,
And such sufferings great o’ertook you   That you thought He did not care?
Ah, my dear, He heard and answered   That true prayer with bitter tear;
For we only learn obedience   By the things we suffer here.

‘Twas unselfishness you wanted,   So you asked for it in prayer,
And the sacrifice He asked for   Seemed too great for you to bear?
Ah! He cared, He heard and answered,   Answered full your earnest prayer;
For we learn to be unselfish   By the sacrifice we bear.

Did you ask the Lord for victory,   Did you plead for it in prayer,
And life’s battle surged around you,   Hid His loving face so fair?
Ah! my child, He heard and answered,   Answered your own prayer;
For we learn to be victorious,   By the daily cross we bear.

Did you ask to be made humble,   And for strength its fruit to bear;
Then the way you were tormented   Made you feel He did not care?
Well, my child, He heard and answered,   Truly answered deepest prayer;
For the humbleness He’s seeking   Comes to those who know life’s care.

We count not things we’re seeing,   But the things which are above,
For things we see are fleeting,   But above is God and love.
The big things beyond this earth life   Are unseen by us today;
But their everlasting beauty   Will be ours to keep for aye.

Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me;  for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. Matthew 11:29

Trust God for your day, ….Today

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