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“… I have chosen (her), and I have filled (her) with the Spirit of God, with wisdom, with understanding, with knowledge and with all kinds of skills…”

Exodus 31:2-3

Gracious God,

You have given Debbie to me as my Counselor. Only You could have known of such a perfect fit for one to help me disentangle my thoughts and become truly honest with myself. You gave her a listening heart and light-handed wisdom. You made her with a sweet sense of humor. She is the right Counsel for me.  You are amazing.

Heavenly Healer,

I pray that Thee will bless marriage today.  If it be Thy will, bless mine with Steve and make it grow stronger. Bless Debbie’s with Sean and let them continue to be open with one another. I pray for my son’s upcoming wedding. If it be Thy will, let Chris and Margaret live together in peace, joy, and honesty for many years.

Merciful Maker,

As I look at the trees and the garden outside my window, I remember that it is all from Thee. As I feel the keys on my computer, I know it came through Thy overwhelming abundance. Everything I have is from Thee and I am grateful.

I pray in Jesus’ almighty name,

To God be the Glory!

Love always,

Melissa Pazen, MSW


39w328 W. Burnham Ln, Geneva, IL  60134

Cell:  773.405.3301

LIVE INSPIRED: think boldly; love unconditionally; behave respectfully; act deliberately, kindly, justly, mercifully and humbly; forgive easily; live authentically; laugh frequently!

© Melissa Pazen, 2019

(In the US, we celebrate Memorial Day on the 4th Monday in May.  It commemorates those who have gone before us and our memories of them.  This isn’t those who went before, but it’s a memory).

Eleven (11) yrs ago this week-end, I worked this three (3) day week-end because it gave time for a cutover to a major upgrade of Windows NT Network Operating System.  I needed to look up something technical on the (relatively new to us) internet, & up popped Yahoo personals – a new invention.  I went on with my work and a few weeks later, after breaking off a 7 yr relationship, I had time/inclination to check into that stuff. 

On 7/17/2002, I met Steve Hitchens.  On 5/11/2003, we married!  Cool, huh? 

Moral o’ the story:  Never be afraid of work…  good things come from it!

Good God,

I don’t know how you  figured that one out, but you sure got it right!   Pairing people who will be compatible has never been easy; in fact some make a living at doing this…  but they are human and you are the creative energy in the universe, perfection, brilliant, indescribable!  Amazing!  I worship you.


Lord of Love,

I lift Steve up to you, eleven years later and forty pounds heavier and eleven years older (and deeper in debt!), we’re married.  We love each other and we have moments when we don’t even like each other.  We are committed to staying together and making this work!  I think that’s good.

Maker of Misery and Merriment,

I lift Steve up to you today.  I put him and our marriage in your hands.  I surrender it to you.  I ask that you make the way for him to be more comfortable; his knees hurt almost all the time; let him be willing to take treatment for the arthritis –  whichever is best.  I pray that you would soften his heart whenever it starts to harden from current/past hurts.  I pray that you would make us both less desirous of control.  I pray that you will help me to remember to be kind to him, to think of his reaction to situations and to work toward good solutions.


Remind me any way that’s effective to relax and enjoy having this wonderful man in my life!

Generous Giver,

Thank you for Steve.  Thank you for memories.  Thank you for love.  Thank you for free will and brains to make good choices and hearts that want.  Thank you.  Lord, I love you so much!

In Jesus’ name,


To God be the Glory!

© Melissa Pazen, 2013

Live Inspired:  pray continually; think boldly; dare greatly; love unconditionally; act deliberately, kindly, justly, mercifully and humbly; forgive easily; laugh frequently!

Source of Snow & Sunshine, Only you could have brought Matt & Susan together.  Only you could have created Susan, perfect in the ways you want her.  Only you could have created Matt, perfect in the ways you want him.  Only you could make Matt fall in love with Susan and make Susan in love with Matt.  You are amazing!

sunshine and snow

Lord of Love, I pray you will bring sunshine into Susan’s relationships with Matt, Sarah, Aaron, Matt’s son John, Matt’s daughter Kellie, Susan’s parents, brother and sister.  If Matt’s parents or siblings are alive, add them too.   I pray the only precipitation on their wedding day be tears of joy! Knit all these creations of yours together into a strong and loving family, wanting only the best for one another.  Remove stitches of anger, disappointment and depression if any try to knit these in.  Create a beautiful, durable fabric of all these people and their feelings and actions for one another.

knit family

Generous Giver, Thank you for marriage.  Thank you for those we love and those who love us.  These and everything more comes as an extravagant gift from you.  Amazing blessings.  I am grateful.  I love you so much!

marriage roses

In Jesus’ almighty name,


To God be the glory!

Melissa Pazen © 2013

Live Inspired:  pray continually; think boldly; dare greatly; love unconditionally; act deliberately, kindly, justly, mercifully and humbly; forgive easily; laugh frequently!

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