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I thank God for my children. Yesterday was my daughter’s 28th birthday and I wanted to talk with God about her and my son.  So I searched the Bible for “children are blessings”. Psalm 37 includes this:

The Lord makes firm the steps
of the one who delights in God;

 though he may stumble, he will not fall,
for the Lord upholds him by the hand.

I was young and now I am old,
yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken
or their children begging bread.
They are always generous and lend freely;
their children will be a blessing.

Ps. 37:  23-26

Majestic Maker,

I rise in the morning to praise you and do your work, for you are the Almighty Architect of all I know – even beyond what I can see or hear.  I delight in considering how, who, what you are.  I delight in your ways and, even though I’m not a morning person, I spring from my bed to seek your will and your plan for the day.  Your colors, sounds, smells, tastes and sensations all are beauty beyond anything I could have conceived.  Amazing!

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And you gave me the ability to grow another human inside me.  And you gave me one male child and one female child.  And they are smart, capable, funny, beautiful, thoughtful, compassionate and giving humans.  I do delight in you, God.  I surely do!

Generous Giver,

My children have grown into amazing adults.  I am proud of them and I love them more than I ever would have thought possible.  Spending time with them is my most desired activity.  My reason for living is to see what will come for them.

Lord, I bring them both to you today and ask that you bless them as they have blessed my life.  I pray that you will remind them that with you, they can do anything – there truly are no limits to your power.  I pray that even if they aren’t paying attention to you, that you will watch over them closely; keep them safe and remind them to continue to make the best of decisions. Grant them joy, Lord, I beg of you.  Let them be successful, however you and they define that.  Give them enough, Lord – no one needs more than enough, and yet you are so extravagant with us that we are amazingly comfortable.

Keep their heads ‘screwed on straight’, please, Lord.  They’ve done so well this far and yet I know that any of us could lose everything in the blink of an eye.  Both of these people love enormously, observe closely, plan carefully.  Give them the ability to continue their well-lived lives.

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Sovereign Source,

You’ve given so much.  You knew what we would need and you put it and more on the earth for us.  Thank you for phones and Facebook and blogs.  Thank you for the ability to communicate.  Thank you for my life… and Chris’s and Kate’s.  Lord, I love you so much!

And I pray in Jesus’ most holy name,

Amen.

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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(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.

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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.

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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,

Amen.

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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