Mary Jo Brown: Ask and you shall receive
Nowadays I find that I don’t ask for things like I used to. When I think of something that I need to ask for, it seems that something else comes up that takes up my time and energy, so that by the time I think of it again, the moment has passed. Sometimes I forget completely what it was I needed or wanted to know until quite a while later. Whether it is advice, information, a request for something I need or help doing something, the thought will simply leave my mind.
Recognizing people can be a problem especially if they have been gone for a while but I can usually figure out who they are by something they say or talk about. I don’t ask personal questions as a rule, but there are times I am given that information anyway. The information I’m interested in mostly is news of family and events that are going on around town.
There are times that I realize that the person I am listening to just needs to talk to someone about what’s going on in their lives at that time. They will ask my opinion of a situation or how I would handle it, what I would or would not do. Answering these questions is not easy to do and must be handled with care and tact.
Most of my questions, requests and needs are aimed at my daughters since I know them so well and don’t feel like I’m putting them in a spot. To ask is not a guarantee that you will get what you requested. Life holds no garuntees, but if you don’t ask you will never know. Even when I pray and place a request in front of the Lord, I know that although he will answer, it won’t necessarily be the one I want — sometimes it’s yes, sometimes it’s no and sometimes it’s not right now. What I ask him for most often is the strength to see the day through and be able to do things correctly in my thoughts, words and deeds. I want to be able to help others in anyway I can no matter how big or small. He always answers my prayers, for no matter what my day brings I always manage to make it thru whatever life hands me.
Life is a learning experience and every day I know if I ask, I will receive in his way, so we just need to take that leap of faith and ask.
Happy Birthday wishes go out to Dottie Reynolds, Wanda Monthieth, Jean Muhme, Alexis Veerman and Airoughn VanGrandt.
Get well and speedy recovery wishes to all who are in the hospital or at home, thinking of you and hope you get to feeling lots better soon.
The Active Seniors of Moffat County (formerly AARP) will meet at 2 p.m. on Monday at Sunset Meadows I in the dining room.