I asked God to take away my habit.­

God said, No.­ It is not for me to take away, but for you to give it up.­

I asked God to make my handicapped child whole.­

God said, No.­ His spirit is whole, his body is only temporary­

I asked God to grant me patience.­

God said, No.­ Patience is a byproduct of tribulations;it isn't granted, it is learned.­

I asked God to give me happiness.­

God said, No.­ I give you blessings; Happiness is up to you.­

I asked God to spare me pain.­

God said, No.­ Suffering draws you apart from worldly cares and brings you closer to me.­

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.­

I asked God for all things that I might enjoy life.­

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

I asked God to help me LOVE others, as much as He loves me.­

God said..­.Ahhhh, ­ finally you have the idea.