1. I asked God to send me his friends ... He sent you.

2. I asked God to take away my pain.   God said, No.
      It is not for me to take away, but for you to give it up.

3. I asked God to make my handicapped child whole.
      God said, No.
      His spirit is whole, his body is only temporary.

4. I asked God to grant me patience.   God said, No.
      Patience is a by-product of tribulations;
      it isn't granted, it is earned.

5. I asked God to give me happiness.   God said, No.
      I give you blessings, happiness is up to you.

6. I asked God to take away my pain.   God said, No.
      Suffering draws you apart from worldly cares
      and brings you closer to me.

7. I asked God to make my spirit grow.   God said, No.
      You must grow on your own, but I will prune you
      to make you fruitful.

8. I asked for all things that I might enjoy life.   God said, No.
      I will give you life so that you may enjoy all things.

9. I asked God to help me LOVE others as much as He loves me.
      God said..............Ahhh, finally! You have the idea.

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10. I prayed to God for a bicycle, but that's not how God works.
      So, I stole a bicycle and asked God for forgiveness.