Answered Prayer

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Hello Dear Faithful Friends and Followers,

It’s been awhile since I have written for this blog consistently. I remember the days of writing every single morning and sharing…it seems like a memory now. Part of this is my schedule is a little less roomy. Another part is I think I am like Peter looking at the water, instead of the Lord, and I don’t always see clearly. I see all the obstacles- the site that needs updating, the time to write, edit, revise a post, the sharing to Social Media, the critical voices within my own head  and without, all the steps and none of the joy I used to have when I was so excited to simply share what God had shown me as I went about my days and weeks.

All that to say…here I am.

A simple share on a blog that is woefully in need of updating from a girl in the smallest state sharing as she goes, this morning’s meanderings, slightly edited, moderately revised, but absolutely imperfect, because – after all…that ‘s how I roll most days.

Without further ado, from my journal and heart this morning…may it be a blessing to you.


“If there is anywhere on earth a lover of God who is always kept safe, I know nothing of it, for it was not shown to me. But this was shown: that in falling and rising again we are always kept in that same precious love.”― Julian of Norwich

Answered Prayer

Today I am grateful. Today I realize I am not depressed or discouraged despite the circumstances surrounding this season of my life.

Today I realize the Lord’s peace holding me in a place of peace…which allows me to stand in the place I am.

Today I recognize that answered prayer doesn’t look at all as I thought it would or should but there it is…

a bit odd-not how I would have chosen, but like the morning sun when it rises; a slow, steady ascension- hope also rises and is made visible in the growing brightness of a new day.

Though circumstances beyond my control still cause me to feel sadness, still call me to feel the suffering of others-that none of us walk should alone in the dark.

As surely as the sun rises, even on cloudy days, though we cannot see see it. Still it is present. It rises and is the same sun whether it is visible, or hidden. And as surely as it rises, so does my hope.

I see the faithfulness of God and I know in my heart I’m held tight in this mystery- in this place- a taste of the promise and beauty of heaven- a sense, I am home…even now.

Even in any temporary darkness or distress, and this knowing…it is enough. He is enough. He has me- even in my insecurity he holds me securely.

He will not fail. He will not forsake me.

It is all answered prayer.


“All shall be well, and all shall be well and all manner of thing shall be well.”

― Julian of Norwich


May these words reach the one who needs hope today, In Jesus name, Amen.


How are YOU? I would love to hear who is still around in the BLOGOSPHERE…who is still reading, and/or writing in their space here in the internet space!


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Dawn Paoletta is the author of Journaling for Discovery and Delight. Her writing is included in several anthologies and her poems have been included in the Wickford Poetry and Art Exhibit and Books. Dawn is currently working on her next book. Inquiries at

6 thoughts on “Answered Prayer

  1. I admit that I have not been as faithful in reading as well as writing lately. I also miss those days that we shared our random journals and seemed to have an unending supply of new things to say every day.But life goes on…things change…our time, energies, and needs seem to fluctuate with the seasons. But one thing is constant, God is always right here beside us, in us, with us…He will NEVER leave us nor forsake us, no matter what our season of life may be. We just need to trust in Him and rely on His presence no matter what. This was an excellent post…and I do appreciate you and your heartfelt feelings shared here. Lifting you up in my prayers this morning. 🙂


  2. I so thoroughly enjoy your blog, Dawn. I understand well how our schedules morph and change into something different and we end up asking, “Hey wait. How and when did that happen?” Your words this morning resonate with me. Prayer has been a focus for me lately and it is interesting to me how often the Lord places in front of me something that relates to the study and experience of prayer life. Thank you for sharing.

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  3. Very hard time of year for so many of us, but especially this year. Thinking of you Dawn and happy you found time to write and share.


  4. Dealing with issues, several of them. Hubby has his and I have mine. Also, last week a man in our church was in a plane crash. He was on a business trip. There were four passengers, the pilot, and the co-pilot. All have succumbed to their injuries except our friend. He is a widower with three children, a son in his first year of college, and two daughters, ages 10 and 12. Please help us pray. This accident happened in Lansing Michigan. The youngest man on the flight was 27. The newscast last night told us that his wife was pregnant with their first child. Again, please help us pray.


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