Thank you all for your replies. While it was not the big resounding "Definitely yes, all of the things you mentioned will absolutely, without a doubt come to you." that I was hoping for, the explanations I was given still seem to me, encouraging. As a matter of fact, if the replies were like the quote above, it would probably just make me even more skeptical. The posts while indivudally different, seemed to echo a more or less uniform message that I'm not going to attempt to summarize or reiterate. I think I understand. If I try to put it in words, I may just confuse myself more.
I am still interested if anyone else has anything to say about this, or wants to relate their own experience.