I asked God to take away my pride. God said "No".

It is not for me to take away, but for you to give it up.

I asked God to make my handicapped child whole. God said "No".

His spirit was whole, his body was only temporary.

I asked God to grant me patience. God said "No".

Patience is a byproduct of tribulations; it isn't granted it is earned.

I asked God to give me happiness. God said "No".

I give you blessings, happiness is up to you.

I asked God to spare me pain. God said "No".

Suffering draws you apart from worldly cares and brings you closer to me.

I asked God to make my spirit grow. God said "No".

You must grow on your own, but I will prune you to make you fruitful.

I asked for all things that I might enjoy life. God said "No".

I will give you life so that you may enjoy all things.

I asked God to help me LOVE others, as much as he loves me.

God said......Ahhhh, finally you have the idea.