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Our unanswered prayer

Have you ever prayed for something but God said No? Have you ever looked back on that prayer and been thankful that God told you No?

Those are called unanswered prayers.

Although He always listens, He doesn’t always answer our prayers in the way we wish He would. #unansweredprayers Click To Tweet

Although He always listens, He doesn’t always answer our prayers in the way we wish He would.

We turn to God and ask for piddly things, unimportant trivial things in our lives. We also pray for health, safety, happiness and actual important things in our lives. And then there are those prayers where you ask God for something so important and you pray He answers you the way you want.

our unanswered prayer

Although He always listens, He doesn’t always answer our prayers in the way we wish He would.

I have never been more thankful for this unanswered prayer. I thank Him daily for this prayer that He chose to ignore. He told me no and I am so blessed because of it.

My son was only four months old. My husband and I were blessed to have a sweet baby boy and his beautiful, three-year-old sister. Two kids. We had two blessings already. God wanted to give us more.

our unanswered prayer

When I had a hint that something was going on and I might be pregnant, I took a test. I will never forget the moment. I prayed I wasn’t pregnant. Prayed. And I know my husband was praying that same prayer.

He went out on the patio and waited. He was only out there long enough to shut the door when I called him back in. I was extremely pregnant. The test turned quickly-there was no waiting. God was ready to bless us again.

This was not a happy moment. This was an oh, my moment! This was a What are we going to do moment. This was a What is He thinking moment. We already had two children and one was only four months old.

The next step was coming to terms with this blessing God was about to put in our arms. I took care of that baby, like I had my other two, by eating healthy, and all the things you do-and don’t do while pregnant.

Nine months came and went and we had the C-section planned.

The twenty-seventh day of January. A day that changed my world–again. I had no idea how much I was about to fall in love with this little God-given angel. A healthy, gorgeous baby girl was placed in my arms and I was never so thankful. I was so thankful that He had told me no. He did not answer that prayer that I thought was so important. He chose to ignore me and give me my unanswered prayer.

our unanswered prayer

Mark and I were instantly in love with her. We couldn’t believe how pretty she was and how perfect our little girl was.

Sometimes I thank God for unanswered prayers

Remember when you’re talkin’ to the man upstairs

That just because he doesn’t answer doesn’t mean he don’t care

Some of God’s greatest gifts are unanswered prayers

We heard this song by Garth Brooks in 1990 and never knew what an impact it would have on our life.

I have always been honest with our little unanswered prayer. She has always known she was our little accident. An accident made from love. I told her this, not to hurt her but to show her how wrong we were. To let her know how much she was loved from the first moment we heard her cry. I wanted to be honest with her.

our unanswered prayer

There are things in life that happen to you that are not perfect. God never promised us a smooth ride here on Earth. He is saving that smooth ride for later. I wanted her to know that you can love something so much that you feared in the beginning.

our unanswered prayer

She has been a joy from day one. Always a sweetheart, always full of love. She has always been smart, talented and successful. She has always made us very proud with her choices and accomplishments.

our unanswered prayer

She just finished her master’s program and has landed a job! She is working with children and I know she will give them all her love and wisdom. And her big heart will help them.

our unanswered prayer

She has always had a love of horses and is happy when she has them in her life.  Although the love of her life is not a horse, she is horse-like. Tegan is a 90-pound Great Dane.our unanswered prayer

I have been so blessed to have her as a photographer on a few of my assignments, including the Magnolia Market media event, and she shot the photos for my Holl and Lane Magazine article.

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She is a brave girl.  She spent a semester abroad in London.  Without knowing a soul. All alone. She traveled and met life-long friends and studied a little.  I think. I was blessed to visit her, in London, with my oldest daughter.

We have been on many adventures together, us three girls and also with the five of us. I pray we have many more.

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Yes, we are proud of this girl and so thankful God didn’t listen to our silly prayers that day.

Some of God’s greatest gifts are all too often unanswered…

Some of God’s greatest gifts are unanswered prayers

I hope for you an unanswered prayer that brings you love and joy in your life-like our daughter has brought us.

Happy birthday, Lewis!

Love and blessings~dd

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I am a late-in-life journalist that is God-fearing, husband-loving, with three beautiful grown children. I love my dogs, my family and my friends. I love traveling and am also in the process of discovering Waco, after living 20 minutes away since 1998; it is about time! My goal is to grow and push myself daily.

4 thoughts on “Our unanswered prayer”

  1. Unanswered prayers really are amazing. They remind me that God knows best and wants the best for us. Our first baby was a bit of an unanswered prayer, but in a different way. We started feeling like God was telling us it was time to start having children and we (mostly I) fought it. I didn’t want to have a baby yet. I wasn’t ready. I was completely terrified. We prayed that the timeline would be delayed and we could hold off. But the same answer kept coming. It was time. So when I was pregnant and terrified, I prayed for relief from the fear and the anxiety, and it never came. It was the hardest period in my life so far. It was not until I got to hold Darrow in my arms that suddenly the fear was gone. And somehow experience the 9 months of pure terror has made loving this little boy even sweeter.

    1. Your beginning to motherhood sounds a lot like my ending. I have been so honest with her but I was not happy about having another child so close to my son. He was four-months old when I found out and they are ended up being thirteen-months and one-day apart. It was bad timing. But it was God’s timing so I accepted it. I am so happy I did. She has been a delight since day one and I can’t imagine not having her. Funny how things work out. We have to trust, don’t we?

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