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  1. k'Care-Reena

    WHAT HAVE I ASKED FOR AND BEEN GIVEN?

    I have asked for the following and have had the pleasure of being. blessed with it as well:
    Clarity- for MY PURPOSE ad TRUE SELF
    Comprehension- Upbringing and negative thoughts
    Acceptance- for MY TRUE SELF and for those around me, especially my loved ones. I would find myself searching for an understanding WHY people ARE THE WAY they are and i finally understand it is not my JOB to figure out or empathize with. My job is to heal and support.
    Compassion- for MY TRUE SELF and for others regardless of their background, culture, history, experience etc
    SELF LOVE- influences me to recognize my self worth. With self love I am able to sustain healthy relationships with others because I value self respect therefore I give respect to others as well.

    2 years ago
  2. K
    KhaiWayne

    I have asked for a good paying part time job which I can balance with my studies and I didnt just recieve one part time job I managed to secure two. I am really grateful for that.

    2 years ago
  3. Z
    Zenith

    I was given a miracle. One of two in my life. My son with whom had been estranged from me for many years, called me out of the blue last Mother’s Day. We reunited though separated by the entire country. We had many more conversations from that point on till he went ahead with his decision to move to England in October to marry someone he had met online that lived over there. So, we parted on peaceful and loving terms. I may never see him again (the last time I saw him was 8 years ago) but the gift of peace between us was a miracle. He had been so angry for so long. Another miracle I was given was a way to heal from past hurts. An illness that proved to be a help. I am forever grateful for that. Even if I still feel the physical pain from the lingering effects of that miracle. So I guess I can say I have been given two miracles.

    2 years ago
  4. Malag

    A decaf American, and I appreciated every drop. There’s the asking where you’re buying (countless transactions) or there’s the asking where there’s no payment. On the latter, there are people close to me, and some who are not, who will give freely to me; and I hope I to them.

    2 years ago
  5. a
    anon

    Everything I have asked for I have been given or it seems to be on its way to me. The Creator of us all is the Most Merciful and Most Generous!!! <3

    2 years ago
  6. Kristi

    I’ve asked for gifts to enjoy nature- paddle-board and cross country skis. Both gifts have helped me to embrace our beautiful peaceful outdoors!

    2 years ago
  7. ryanmopo

    I have asked for space to be vulnerable, to share my struggles, and for the most part, I have been given lots of space to do so.

    2 years ago
  8. Don Jones

    There have been a couple of occasions in my life when I was completely lost. I did not know what to do and didn’t even know what I wanted. On those occasions when I was low and cold, I asked for guidance. It wasn’t a prayer, like ordering from a take out menu, “hey God, here is what you need to do”. No. I just leaned into and fell into the abyss. On those occasions I was open to Grace and guidance was provided beyond anything I could expect or conceive.

    2 years ago
  9. s
    sb

    As with most people, I have been given so much without even asking. I do pray regularly and I have often been given what I need, even if it wasn’t what I asked for in the first place!
    I have been trying to ask for help when needed instead of just saying “I’m fine”, and when I ask, help has always been willingly given – and, delightfully, has often meant as much to the helper as to me. I have found people like to be useful and to have a chance to care.
    On a more concrete note, recently I signed up for “fit mind 50” and, as part of this, I decided I would try to read totally different books from my usual. I sent a round robin email to all my family and friends asking for recommendations – and not only did I get a host of brilliant books to try (I am working my way through and, so far, I have enjoyed them all!) but it was really nice to have a catch up with everyone. I asked…and I was given.

    2 years ago
  10. Chester

    I believe much of what we ask for is ultimately provided for through a recipe, along with the required ingredients, rather than the finished product. Or potentially more like an uncut diamond that is still embedded in the surrounding rock.

    2 years ago
  11. Hot Sauce

    I almost always receive the books I ask my parents for for Christmas.

    2 years ago
  12. Linda

    A life of purpose, helping others. I am deeply grateful.

    2 years ago
  13. L
    Lauryn

    A job. It stresses me out on a daily basis, but pays me more than enough money to be comfortable.

    2 years ago
  14. John T

    I usually don’t ask but am getting into the habit of it now. Part of letting go of my ego.

    2 years ago
  15. Carol

    I found today’s question troublesome. I felt it was asking me to perform in some way. I thought of the country song, “I thank God for unanswered prayers.” Kahlil Gibran in his book “The Prophet” speaks at length about the roles joy an sorrow play in our lives. No one escapes them and I guess the thing I asked for most and received was and still is the strength to navigate the journey. The thing I learned from this almost 80 year journey is the importance of being kind to myself and others. I share Naomi Shibab Nye’s poem, Kindness below.
    KINDNESS
    Before you know what kindness really is
    you must lose things,
    feel the future dissolve in a moment
    like salt in a weakened broth.
    What you held in your hand,
    what you counted and carefully saved,
    all this must go so you know
    how desolate the landscape can be
    between the regions of kindness.
    How you ride and ride
    thinking the bus will never stop,
    the passengers eating maize and chicken
    will stare out the window forever.
    Before you learn the tender gravity of kindness,
    you must travel where the Indian in a white poncho
    lies dead by the side of the road.
    You must see how this could be you,
    how he too was someone
    who journeyed through the night with plans
    and the simple breath that kept him alive.
    Before you know kindness as the deepest thing inside,
    you must know sorrow as the other deepest thing.
    You must wake up with sorrow.
    You must speak to it till your voice
    catches the thread of all sorrows
    and you see the size of the cloth.
    Then it is only kindness that makes sense anymore,
    only kindness that ties your shoes
    and sends you out into the day to mail letters and purchase bread,
    only kindness that raises its head
    from the crowd of the world to say
    It is I you have been looking for,
    and then goes with you everywhere
    like a shadow or a friend.

    2 years ago
    1. Mica

      Yes, Carol – Kindness – the Dalai Lama’s religion! I have a little quilted banner that says KINDNESS. In return, I made a little quilted banner that said TEAMWORK. I pictured the recipient, an awesome volunteer quilter, getting her volunteers together for teamwork – it turned out she took the word from the Wonder Pets song! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UdkgWxdIs5U

      2 years ago
      1. Carol

        Mica, I watched the video. It was precious. I remember a nun who told the story about how she taught young children the importance of teamwork. She divided the class into four groups and told one group, “You are the right arm; Told another group, “You are the left arm.” Told the 3rd group, “Your are the right leg.” and told the last group, “You are the left leg.” Then she told the first group to walk across the room and get a book for her. They started to comply, and she said, “Wait a minute. You can’t walk. You have no legs.” I’m sure you get the gist.

        2 years ago
        1. Mica

          Sweet! I was amazed that the Teamwork video was only 17 sec

          2 years ago
    2. Nancy

      HI Carol, I so enjoyed your sharing.

      2 years ago
      1. Carol

        Thanks for your message.

        2 years ago
  16. Mica

    Amazon wish list comes to mind 😜but I don’t tend to have much on mine, being able, fortunately, to get myself most of what I want that comes from Amazon.
    An Easter visit with my daughter! I try not to ask for things, but I raised the possibility, and it happened : ) 🥰🥰[= my daughter & me]

    2 years ago
    1. Chester

      Indeed great things happen when we raise possibilities. Thanks for sharing!

      2 years ago
  17. Toni

    An appointment with a vet today. Please pray for my cat Oliver. I took a stool sample to be checked out yesterday. I pray that the results tell what’s going on and the proper treatment is given. The area is difficult parking. So yesterday I prayed for a spot and got one close by and today I will pray the same. Ask and it is given according to God’s will is one of my favorite scriptures. When I have asked for clarity in the past I have gotten it. I can’t manipulate God or anyone else and I won’t want to but I know that the scriptures say our hearts are deceitful and beyond cure and the only one who can rescue us is Jesus Christ. So I ask for pure motives or clarity and always get it. I don’t ask for stuff but I do ask for help in relationships and wisdom and the power to do what’s best for me and for others. I blow it often but I don’t blame anyone. It’s all part of the process of growth and change. Thy will not mine be done. Is the best prayer even though I may not always be happy about it. I can’t go against my conscious and don’t know myself fully so I pray to be lead in always when I’m not stubborn about what I (the little me) wants.

    2 years ago
    1. Michele

      Prayers for you and Oliver.

      2 years ago
    2. Mica

      I lit a candle for you and Oliver, Toni 🐱

      2 years ago
  18. sunnypatti48317

    Another chance… at both life and love. Ask, trust, and receive!

    2 years ago
  19. SK

    One more day to draw breath; a sunrise meant just for me. In my life I have been given so many things, experiences and opportunities that i didn’t necessarily ask for- summer camp at WSU, summer school in Scotland and traveling, a college education, a home, a husband, beautiful legacy items from my family- china, crystal, diamonds, jewelry, art work, Pendleton blankets. My parents gave me special gifts every year. I am a very fortunate woman. I got Jesus. I got love. I got.

    2 years ago
  20. Roy Howard

    I asked for a sabbatical to walk the Camino de Santiago. My Leadership Board granted that sabbatical and blessed me on my way. Six years later, the 541 miles pilgrimage remains a significant transformative time in my life.

    2 years ago
  21. EJP

    This new day with endless possibilities and opportunities.

    2 years ago
  22. V
    Vincent-Edward Ciliberti

    As Kevin aptly said, I happen to be past my seventies. Pondering back I am absolutely amazed at how much has been given without asking for. A lovely wife and kids, thus a beautiful family. All I now ask is for my kids and their off springs to be healthy.
    There is a deep sense of asking though. I happen to have a beautiful separated daughter with two grown ups and some years back she remarried, and what a change to her life and her kids. The question I keep asking is “where was God in the first marriage”

    2 years ago
  23. Trish

    I’ve asked for forgiveness & have been offered an abundance of grace by God and by those who I have caused pain. These are gifts that fill me with love and peace.

    2 years ago
  24. devy

    Finding someone to share my life with, someone to grow old with and being able to be supportive . To have a relationship that adapts and even though we both change, we still have love and understanding for each other through the good and bad times. I’ve also to be able to find ways of dealing with my anxiety . Thank you to my therapists who have given me direction and support throughout the years. To be able to retire with a pension. During an uncertain time we were downsizing and closing up. I was given the opportunity to go elsewhere in the organization and therefore able to complete my pensionable years

    2 years ago
  25. Pilgrim

    Children. Healing. A career that I loved. And as crazy as this sounds, one summer a long time ago I sat in my home office and said out loud “I really need a summer job.” And the phone rang at that moment, a former employer asking me if I could work for the summer. I practically fell off my chair. We needed the money to pay for a new roof.

    2 years ago
    1. Mica

      What a fun story, Pilgrim!

      2 years ago
  26. G
    Gregoire

    My life has been a series of blessing after blessing. I asked for a loving companion and she came into my life 43 years ago. I asked for a loving family and was given two healthy children. I asked for professional success and Financial Security and that too is given to me. Now, I am searching for deeper meaningto life. In the pain of my anxiety and depression I am discovering true love, sincere friendships, and gratefulness for all that I have been given and appreciation for the present moment.

    2 years ago
  27. Howie Geib

    Forgiveness, from so many. I get after life, you can probably sense that. I am not one to be idle by choice. And in my unbridled enthusiasm I can almost be manic sometimes, which brings a very high probability of being pretty clumsy when it comes to other people. I seem to be able now to temper that a whole lot better, but even so, very recently I went off on a tear about some crazy scheme. So in these situations I now realize my ways and mend fences pretty quick.

    2 years ago
  28. Michele

    Time off from work. My work has a generous PTO policy. Work/life balance is so important.

    2 years ago
  29. Kevin

    From the time I was young, I strove for a meaningful career. As I aged, I sought a purposeful life. Now, as I enter my seventies, I am grateful to say that I have achieved both.

    2 years ago
    1. M
      Mohd. Ram15684

      Such a heart filling story

      2 years ago
  30. Javier Visionquest

    Forgiveness. Another chance.
    It’s meant everything.

    2 years ago

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