If the Lord "delights" to bless me and wants to answer my prayers (and I believe that He does)...then am I just not seeing how He blesses me? Am I missing what's right in front of my face?
I know blessings are there; I can even enumerate a lengthy list of what the Lord has done for me recently. But for some reason, I cannot always identify the Lord's blessings--especially for prayers I've prayed for a long time. For example, I have prayed myriad times about my marital status and what I can do to change that. I know the Lord has heard my prayers and has blessed me but not in the way I expected (e.g. blessing me with a new job that requires a lot of travel, which means I have NO TIME to date...not sure how that moves me any closer to what I desire). How can I see that what is occuring in my life is actually moving me toward the ultimate blessing I desire?
How does the Lord manifest Himself in your life?
How do you recognize blessings, tender mercies, miracles? What is His "signature" that enables you to know these things are from Him?
How are you able to recognize the connection between what you prayed for and what the Lord has done, especially when the blessing doesn't seem to be related to your original prayer?
Please post or email me your answers. I'm very interested in learning how the Lord works in your lives; hopefully that will help me better identify His hand in my life.