I asked God for strength, that I might achieve, I was made weak, that I might learn humbly to obey.

I asked God to take away my habit; 
It was not for Him to take away, but for me to give up.

I asked God for health, that I might do greater things, I was given infirmity that I might do better things.

I asked God to grant me patience; I learned that patience is a byproduct of tribulations; it isn't granted.

I asked for riches, that I might be happy.
I was given just enough, so that I might be wise.

I asked God to spare me pain. I was drawn closer to God, for suffering drew me apart from worldly cares.

I asked God for power, that I might have the praise of others; I was given weakness, that I might feel the need of God.

I asked God for all things, that I might enjoy life. I was given life that I might enjoy all things.

I got nothing I asked for--but everything I had hoped for. Almost despite myself my unspoken prayers were answered.

I am among all, most richly blessed.

Adapted from "The Tremendous Power of Prayer"
by Charlie Jones and Bob Kelly

God will either lighten your load or He will strengthen your back