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I asked the Lord for patience
And He gave me trying times.
I asked the Lord for perseverance
And He gave me kids that whine.
I asked the Lord for joy
And He gave me days to dread.
I asked the Lord for relief
And He taught me contentment instead.
I asked the Lord to keep me humble in His eyes
And He used trying circumstances to chip away my pride.
I asked the Lord for greatness
And He taught me how to hide.
I asked the Lord for perfection
And He laughed and said “No way.”
I asked Him for compassion
And He gave me unkind days.
I asked Him for great friendships
And He gave me lonely nights.
I asked the Lord for courage
And He made me stand up for what is right.
I asked Him for consistency
And He rocked my secure land.
I asked the Lord for kindness
And I received little at man’s hand.
So I asked Him, “What’s the deal?”
“Why can’t I have what I ask You for today?”
He said, “I am not a genie to grant your every wish.”
“I give the gifts in my own way.”
“It would do no good to simply give you everything.”
“You must be taught to listen
You must depend on Me to bring
Everything you want or wish
By teaching you to live,
A life well lived with many mistakes
And a heart that will forgive.”
“For when those kids were whiny
And when the car broke down.
And when you were lonely
And when you stood your ground,
It was then that I gave you
All you ever asked.”
“It was in the living and the learning
And sticking to your task.”
I said, “O.k.,I see now what You say
But believe me
I’ll be careful what I ask You for today.”