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Ye ask, and receive not

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    bruce
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    In Science and Health it says “That which we desire and for which we ask, it is not always best for us to receive. In this case infinite Love will not grant the request.” Sometimes God’s greatest blessings are unanswered prayers. Who knows what anguish is avoided and what blessings received when human will is left unfulfilled. It may not be easy to rejoice at these times, but it is a point of growth when we can. There is a Master-builder with His master plan. Our part is to lovingly trust Him. God made man satisfied and man’s satisfaction is with Him; to want something apart from God is not man-like.

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    Susanne
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    Thank you, Bruce. I have found that trusting God with my desires is infinitely more effective than trying to self-will my way through life. Because that’s a recipe for disaster!

    “Thoughts unspoken are not unknown to the divine Mind. Desire is prayer; and no loss can occur from trusting God with our desires, that they may be moulded and exalted before they take form in words and in deeds.” S&H, page 1

    It’s actually far more restful to contemplate and lean on God…than to try and figure out how I’m going to do whatever needs to be done. When I realize I’m not doing anything because all power lies with God and all I have to do is listen for His guidance, then things will progress… things get done… time is saved not doing things I shouldn’t be doing! And then I can see that things always worked out better than I could have imagined.

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