To start answering your question first of all I have to say I don't know who or what God is but I beleive there is a greater power in our lives and it seemed when I stopped going to meetings and then totally drifted away I over-indulged in "worldy" goodness, some FANTASTIC, some not so great ... But then when I settled down and started treating myself and others around me with respect and a greater love, then my life starting forming into great bonds of happiness.
At this moment I'm really happy, (happier than I have ever been) I'm free and open about my sexuality somthing I could never happily do within the Jehovahs Witness Organisation. So I'm a gay guy living with my long term boyfriend of going on 3 years, we are buying a house together as well as the trimmings, (mmm a swimming pool for next summer) I have a new loving accepting family. We celebrate ALL the holidays with all the benifits and I feel that things like Christmas and Birthdays are somthing Wittnesses are missing out on .. they feel almost spiritual to me and my family, they are full of love and are always things to be looked forward to.
As I said before I do beleive in a God and I beleive he influences our lives if we help ourselves. I feel more blessed now than I felt when I was serving the WTS. (in fact mum and myself were not blessed at all at that time, I never saw Jehovahs hand in anything, it seemed no matter how much we needed his help and did his will as instructed by the WTS he never answered our prayers) As JW's we were always taught that the world has nothing to offer and is filled with un-loving selfish spitful people with a desire to hurt us. And I admit there does exist people like that (although people like that are involved in every walk of life) but I can think of no other place that people like that exist in a mass and that would be most religions .. In fact JWs seem nothing but judgmental, selfish, nasty, backstabbing and full of themselves and their concern to justify their love for Jehovah by making others feeling undeserving of love.
My story isn't unusual in respect to the facts that I'm completely happy in my life now that I'm free of the teachings of the WTS, you will find people from all different backgrounds here with simalar stories. So in reflection of your question ... I feel more blessed than I ever have in my life, I feel free to express myself, I feel the need to share my love and kindness to others and I feel that God like never before has given me my very hearts desire as he always promised.