On the assumption that there is no board rule against talking about our relationship with God and in response to a board member's inquiry in the Biblical Self Defense thread I am starting a thread to talk about how God has answered prayer. Feel free to join in if you have a story to share of God's grace and mercy in your life. I'll begin with a very brief version of this story and add several more later. When I was a teenager I was dating a girl who was lovely from another town (I'll call her K). She was the best friend to a girl in my school (M) who was dating my best friend. M and I went to the same school. Our significant others went to other schools. Eventually I began to have feelings for M. In honor of my best friend I could not act on them. There is no way I would betray my friend to poach on his girlfriend. Especially when I had a girl already. At wits end on how to honorably resolve it, knowing that it was beyond my power to resolve on my own - I prayed "Dear God, if it is within your will please act in this however you feel is right, I leave it in your hands." Within one week I had received a letter from my girl asking to change our exclusive relationship to one where "we could see other people" and M had broken up with my friend. She was a free agent. My friend was no longer in a relationship with her. My girl had basically asked for an out of our relationship and I had agreed. I asked M out. She accepted. 5 years later we were married and we remain married over for over 20 years. I took no action to end my relationship with K. I took no action to end the relationship with M and my best friend (we are still friends). There is no explanation to my mind except God's direct answer to my plea for help. I'll add another example of God's grace and mercy in my life tomorrow.