Prayers God Didn't Answer
In my previous story in this lovely blog of mine, I wrote about my prayers that God answered in 2018. Today, I thought it wise to share with you the ones He didn't answer because it's a fact that God doesn't always fulfil all our requests.
The first prayer, and which I consider the most important, that God didn't answer was connecting me to my future wife. I really wanted to fall in love and get engaged in 2018; to have someone with whom to walk with in this crazy journey called life.
Early in the year, I wrote what I wanted in my future wife. I first began by listing her physical traits. They are:
- Beautiful face
- Sweet voice
- Attractive hips and breasts
- Writing (which obviously means she reads)
- Singing/Playing a musical instrument
- A Christian
- Righteous (spiritual nature)
- Practises healthy living
- Unconditional love
- A good listener
- Fun/charming/good sense of humour
- Will make me laugh everyday
- Good mother/good with children
- Will support me in my pursuits/goals in life
- Will make time for me and will want the best for me in life
And as I pray for that divine connection, I am keeping in mind the advice of H. Jackson Brown Jr. in his inspiring Life's Little Instructions Book. He advised:
Choose your life's mate carefully. From this one decision will come ninety percent of your happiness or misery.My other prayer that God didn't answer this year was composing inspirational songs. It has always been my dream to produce songs that will be aired in the radio; songs that people will hum again and again as they commute to work. I did try to produce such songs in 2015 but they didn't hit; a further proof that things don't always work out as planned. But I still haven't given up on the dream.
Of late, I have been telling God daily through prayer to help me come up with a song that has a beautiful melody and inspiring lyrics. I have also been praying that He may avail money for its production and connect me to a producer who will be fun to work with. What a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer!
My dear reader, I want to let you know that I believe there's always a reason for close doors, unanswered prayers and blocked roads. And I agree with whoever said that some of God's greatest gifts are unanswered prayers. So I am not mad with God for not responding to those two requests of mine to connect me to my soul-mate and produce inspirational songs. Instead, I am just trusting that He has better things in store for me.
Before I finish my story, let me take this opportunity to wish you a refreshing festive season. May this Christmas cleanse your mind and soul of all that assaults your being and bring you to a life of renewed hope and inspiration. Adieu!
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My Answered Prayers in 2018
Wow! It seems like it was just the other day I was ushering 2018 with a prayer. And now as I write this story, the year will end in less than two weeks' time. How time flies!
This year, I developed a policy of taking God into working partnership in all my problems and activities. Today, let me share with you, my dear reader, the prayers God answered for me this year. In so doing, I hope to encourage or inspire you to commit your plans to God as well as cast your cares on Him.
Well, God has answered numerous prayers of mine since the dawn of 2018. I would have loved to tell you about them all but because time wasting is a vice, let me cut the chit-chat and tell you only about two which He answered concerning this lovely blog of mine. Only two.
As you might probably have discerned, this blog is my notebook where I record my thoughts. It's also a blackboard where I share what I learn with the world. Before the year 2016, I used to run another blog I called "Polly". The problem with that blog was that it had stories full of lies, exaggeration and plagiarism. It also didn't generate any income.
When I re-branded the blog in early 2016 with the intention of posting in it stories that are original, I tried to create a pop-up form for collecting feedback from readers like you. But oh my! That turned out to be stressful. For several days, I tried and tried to make a pop-up form that would send messages to my email address to no success. And when I turned for help in internet forums, nobody came through to my aid and several people complained I was a nuisance in the forums. Eventually, I gave up on the idea of creating a pop-up form.
This year, I decided to again give creating a pop-up form a try. Before embarking on the venture, I asked God for guidance through prayer. Then I turned to Google which directed me to a website where someone had taken the trouble to show how pop-up forms are implemented. And wa! I learnt from that website that creating pop-up forms isn't as easy as I had thought. It needs a lot of advanced coding.
Thankfully, the owner of that website had sample pop-up forms which were available for anyone to use for free. All I had to do was download the pop-up form files and then upload them to my blog. As simple as that.
But life has a way of throwing unexpected challenges at us. And that's what happened when I uploaded the files to my blog directory because they disorganized my web-pages. After three days of poring over the uploaded files which had esoteric code, I managed to trace and diagnose the sections that were causing the problem. And presto! My blog finally had a fully-functioning pop-up form. I urge you to visit the feedback page of this blog and click the blue button that asks for your feedback to see the pop-up form I am telling you about.
When I reflect on that success in having a pop-up form in my blog, I am led to strongly believe that it was God's guidance in my wanderings through the internet that made it possible. Ha! That reminds me of the following verse of one of my favourite hymns:
The other prayer God answered this year concerning this blog is having adverts in it. Back in 2016 when I rebranded the blog to what it looks like now, I tried to win advertisers to no avail. Like I sent proposal letters to several Fortune 500 companies but they went unanswered. Then when I applied for Google ads for like five times, my requests kept on getting rejected on grounds that my blog had too many photos and little meaningful content. Eventually, I gave up on Google ads.
Be my strength in hours of weakness,
In my wanderings be my guide,
Through endeavour, failure , danger,
Father be thou at my side.
In June this year, I decided to once more apply for Google ads. But before doing so, I got rid of all stories in the blog that were too short; I retained only the long ones. Then I turned to God for blessings. And when I applied for Google ads, I kept on praying for success.
At first, the Google Adsense team seemed to be taking forever to process my request. But after about six days of waiting, I was elated to receive an email from Google Adsense team that began, "Congratulations! Your account is now fully approved." How exciting! That was really God at work.
I have read testimonials of some people who have quit their jobs after putting Google ads on their websites. Some have even hired several employees with the revenue earned from the ads. Such testimonials have filled me with hope that I could also become self-reliant from earnings of the ads you are seeing in this lovely blog of mine. As I hope to make big money from those Google ads, all I am now telling God are the words of David in Psalm 90:17:
Enough about me, my dear reader. How about you? How has your year been? And in what ways has God been helpful to you? Over to you!
Lord, my God, be kind to me.
Make everything I do successful.
Yes, make it successful.
RECOMMENDATION: If you've enjoyed this story of mine on my prayers that God answered in 2018, you might also enjoy another one I wrote at the beginning of the year on "My Prayer for 2018". Just click on that link in blue to dive into the story.