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Molly and I had a particularly difficult afternoon one day this week. She was testing every limit, I had multiple deadlines I was trying to meet, and we were both tired. We ventured out of the house for a change of scenery and I’m not sure that was the best idea. I pretty much wanted to leave her in a parking lot by the time we were done with our errands. {I didn’t leave her, obviously!} By the time we got home and fought some more about dinner, a bath, how many books at bedtime, etc. we snuggle in her bed for prayers.

After we said our normal prayers, I suggested we say extra prayers: for my patience and her listening. She readily agreed.

Without prompting, she looked at the ceiling and said, “God, help me listen to my Mommy.”

Then she looked at me expectantly and said, “Now it’s your turn to ask.”

I died. I mean, how sweet is that? So I immediately asked God for patience with Molly and to remember that she is growing and learning. She won’t do that without testing her limits and I *know* that. I just sometimes need a little help accepting it.

And I’m glad I prayed for patience because then she got out of the bed three times and needed to be tucked back in. But I did it gladly, with a smile.

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Answered Prayers

This week has been an amazing week for so many people I know. Sometimes I wonder about the power of prayer; more specifically, how my prayers can affect someone’s health or the outcome of an event. A few years ago, I changed how I pray and now, instead of simply asking for someone’s cancer to disappear or another person to get a certain job, I try to pray for the people in my life to get what they need and to stay strong in the face of adversity or to find peace during a rough patch.

I’m sure it depends on who you ask, but I do know that any prayers are better than none.

Anyway, I’ve been praying hard recently. A former student of mine is being treated at St. Jude’s for Leukemia. Also, a friend’s one-year old daughter was having major surgery to correct a diagnosis of craniosynostosis.

That’s big stuff. Add to the mix a friend who had a baby and another friend who’s trying to have a baby and all our friends and family and I felt like I was asking God for a lot. But He delivered.

John’s scans came back and there is no Leukemia in his body.

Kim’s daughter had a successful surgery and Mallory is recovering well.

Jessica delivered a perfect baby girl on Wednesday. My niece and nephews are healthy. Molly is happy and healthy, too.

Sometimes, all the goodness in this life overwhelms me and I can’t even begin to feel grateful enough.

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