God answers our prayers in the manner He believes will serve us best. Sometimes, the answer is hard to understand, especially when the answer given is not what was asked for. But--in due time, our Merciful Savior always gives us more and better than we prayed for. Have faith that He listens. Prayers are always answered.
Remember that with God's help, we can also help ourselves. We can indulge in the God-given comforts of Earth. It's possible to minimize stress by practicing deep breathing, by walking for exercise, and by talking with family and friends. And--it helps to partake in a bite--or a bit more--of His "Divinely Delicious" chocolate for comfort. Chocolate delivers a bunch of antioxidants and feel-good chemicals to the brain as well as comfort to the taste buds. We bet that God approves of using a bit of His chocolate to help us out! So--we added favorite recipes for chocolate comfort between the stories.
Pray a lot. Trust God. And--it's O.K. to have a bite of God's comfort-giving chocolate now and again.
Then, don't forget to give praise and thanksgiving for His blessings.
Rosemarie Gortler, a Licensed Professional Counselor, is a freelance writer who has been published in The St. Anthony Messenger and other periodicals. She is also the co-author of a five-volume religious book series for children published by Our Sunday Visitor. The Ten Commandments for Children, the fourth in that series, was a 2008 second place award winner from the Catholic Press Association of the United States and Canada.
Diane Carroll Vogel, a retired English teacher, is a freelance writer who has won awards from the Virginia Press Women and National Federation of Press Women. Her articles have appeared in Pauses, the Virginia English
Bulletin published by the Virginia Association of Teachers of English Language Arts, and Town & County magazine published by The Free Lance-Star.
Sallie Bachar is the author of Autumn Gold- a Season of Hope. She is a freelance writer and a journalist for the Catholic Herald of Superior Wisconsin. Sallie is also the editor of a quarterly publication, Pauses... An Oasis for Today's Catholic Woman. Her work has appeared in Liguorian and other Christian Publications.
Rosemarie and Sallie met at a Writers' Workshop in Wisconsin, Sallie's home state. Diane and Rosemarie live in the same Virginia neighborhood and are members of their church Women's Guild. Prayer, Faith and a Bit of Chocolate came about because of the women's growing friendship, a collective desire to share stories of everyday miracles, and a fondness for chocolate.
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Published February 11, 2013
by First Edition Design Publishing.
Religion & Spirituality, Cooking.