Unanswered Prayers

Yesterday morning I had an awesome run. I definitely got a ‘runner’s high’ about halfway through. I haven’t been feeling well lately, I came down with a head cold last Thursday. I told myself that I would do at least six miles, and if I wasn’t up for anymore then I would head home. Six miles is my ‘minimal number’ of miles that I typically run each day. So I knew I could do it, I just planned to take it easy & just enjoy being outside. (Does being outside make anyone else feel SO much better when they are sick???)

Well, around five miles something just came over me. I just really wanted to run today. Run until my heart’s content. A long run just sounded SO good, and I felt like it’s what I NEEDED. Not only to clear my head of sickness, but just to think. Have some ‘me time.’

Being a Mom having any ‘me time’ is a rare thing, and that’s ok, but our morning runs is my ‘me time.’ Gabriella plays with her toys in the stroller, usually falls asleep, and I just run.

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Sounds silly, but honestly I love this part of the day. I feel like it’s time I get to spend with Gabriella, even though she is snoozing. Once she wakes up we usually go to the park so she can swing. Smile

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Something that I don’t discuss on here often is religion. I know that religion & politics are topics that really should not be discussed in a social situation, but there is a topic I really want to bring up. Feel free to skip this part if you don’t want to hear about my personal beliefs regarding God & religion.

I wanted to mention how much I LOVE my Thursday Bible study. The women that I meet with are such STRONG, inspirational people. Not only do I feel like I’m growing spiritually, but it’s also so nice to meet with other Moms who are going through similar situations or have been through the situation & can offer suggestions & advice.

While discussing our devotionals this week, the topic of unanswered prayers came up. It’s often a thought that we don’t think about. I mean who remembers to say ‘thank you’ to God for NOT answering a prayer request?

I know for me personally, I had really never thought about it. Remember that high school or college boyfriend that you prayed to God about? The one that you would do ANYTHING for to make the relationship work? I know I do, and I think most women can relate to that in one way or the other.

It really put things into perspective. If God had answered my prayers, I would not have the wonderful family that I have today.

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I wouldn’t have my little G baby, and I probably would have never met my best friend, my husband.

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(they melt my heart)

It’s EASY to say ‘thank you’ for answered prayers. Getting the new job, positive changes in your health, making it through a day you thought was impossible, & many other things. But what about all of those prayers that God said ‘No’ to. At the time you may have been mad or upset. I know I have, I even pushed away from God for a while.

Now I have to just remind myself that when I do get a ‘no,’ that He may have a better future for me. As I was doing my devotional Monday night, I happened to stumble upon this verse:

“In their hearts humans plan their course,
but the Lord establishes their steps.”
Proverbs 16:9

I think He may have directed my eyes to that verse for a reason. God knows our future. He has everything outlined for us. Even in times of despair & heartache, He knows what He is doing and you have to trust in Him.

And I just want to end with a verse for a song I still love, ‘Unanswered Prayers’ by Garth Brooks.

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

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23 thoughts on “Unanswered Prayers

  1. I love this. I believe that everything happens for a reason, so when prayers go unanswered, I try to remember this.

  2. that was our wedding verse. I still think of it everyday! You know i love this post! ❤

  3. We too often think of what we don’t have. Need to think of what we do. Great post!
    Emma @ a mom runs this town

  4. Great post, my friend. 🙂

  5. I was definitely in need of that reminder 🙂

  6. Thank you for sharing. I’m a Christian too. X

  7. What an absolutely beautiful post. I honestly don’t even know where to start my comment. I’m glad you posted this and what a great reminder for anyone at any life stage.

    I also love your new photo on the side. I’ll be embarrassed if it’s not really new but it is really gorgeous. Baby G is cute as always. 🙂

  8. Love this post! I even screen shot the bottom of it with the verse and song so I can reread it over and over without hunting it back down on your blog everytime I need a reminder! 🙂 Have a great day Holly! And G! 🙂

  9. Thank you for writing this post. You are SO right. It got me thinking about my own unanswered prayers. And all I can say is I’m SO thankful that HE is in control and not me. Boy, what I would’ve missed out on if I’d gotten my way. That verse is one of my favorites. Thank you for a great reminder and a new perspective.

  10. Great Post! I don’t think you EVER need to apologize for sharing your faith. That’s your light. You shine, let it out lady! 🙂

  11. Great Post! I jotted down the verse also…it is definitely one I need to keep in my mind as I am such an extensive planner sometimes I forget He is in control!

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