Friday, May 25, 2012

A love letter

The "your turn" section of my devotion today read...
Write a love note to God. List at least 10 reasons why you love Him.

Dear God,
The #1 reason I love you is because you loved me first.  I know, a little cliche, but, seriously, when I think about how you gave up Jesus, knowing he would be tortured and killed...for I am so undeserving. #2 I love you because each and every time I fail, which if we're being honest is ALL THE TIME, you still love me.  Not just love me, but forgive, without question, each.and.every.single.time.  #3 I love you because even in my undeserving state, you created for me, Brandon.  I still don't feel deserving of someone who is imperfect, yet, completely perfect for me.  Thank you.  #4  Thank you that each morning, I wake with a clean slate.  "Because of the Lord's great love we are not consumed, for his mercies never fail.  They are new every morning, great is thy faithfulness." Lamentations 3:22-23  #5  I am thankful for your creation that I can enjoy each day if I chose to do so.  I love the green landscape, I love the flowers, I love seeing my kids play in your creation, I love a warm breezy day, I also love sleeping during rain.  I love your creation.  #6  I love how you continually surprise me with your provision.  Great examples of this are how you moved us to Plainfield when you did, getting Brandon out of retail, providing resources for Nolan, providing us a support with family and friends, how you continually provide for us financially when many would tell me to go back to work. Thank you for confirming by your provision, that your heart is for a mother at home.   #7  I love you for loaning Aubrey, Adelynne and Nolan to me for whatever time period you see fit.  They are life's greatest blessing and I feel undeserving to be there mommy.  #8  I love you because during life's most difficult times, You Alone provide inner peace that is literally indescribable.  #9  I love you because of Jeremiah 29:11 "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you plans to give you hope and a future."  

You are good, you are good
When there's nothing good in me
You are love, You are love 
On display for all to see
You are light, You are light 
When the darkness closes in
You are hope, You are hope
You have covered all my sin

You God, are good, even when I don't understand.

#10 I love you God, again for loving me.  I love you God for filling the emptiness I tried to fill with other things that never even came close.  I love you God for healing my hurts.  I love you God for being my friend when life sometimes feels lonely.  I love you God because YOU are God and YOU are GOOD.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

We're thankful for great friends

1 Peter 2:8-10  "Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers a multitude of sins.  Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling.  Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God's grace in its various forms."

Brandon and I, in our almost 10 years of marriage, have always been in awe with how the Lord provides.  We've always been amazed at how He provides through the love and care of other people.  It doesn't always mean financial provision, but, when I sit back and list all the ways God has provided financially, I'm always amazed to tears.

For the most part, I've been open about how Nolan's diagnosis of Williams Syndrome, and everlasting list of specialists and appointments that are a regular occurance for him has affected us financially.  2 years ago, you would have found me in a panic attack over the laundry list of medical expenses that had come in, and in my mind I'd given up and was mentioning bankruptcy to Brandon.  In a matter of months, we'd racked up nearly $15,000 of out of pocket medical expenses (His cranial reconstruction alone was worth $200,000).  I don't throw the number out to shock or garner pity, but, rather, to declare the Lord's goodness that we are almost, nearly, medical debt free.... on a teachers salary folks!  By God's grace, this is possible by #1 My incredibly hard working husband, and #2 By God moving in the hearts of others.   I must also admit that while I was ready to toss in the towel, Brandon said, "No way, I'll work 7 days a week, 24 hours a day before we do that."  Not too long after that, the Lord provided the funds and opportunity to purchase our mowing business.  He's also moved in the hearts of others to help out.  And mostly, He's proven Himself faithful in that while we've been digging out of a hole, we've also never gone without necessities.  We've never gone without food, we've never gone without heat or AC, we've never gone without water or our home.  While it's been extremely tight with no wiggle room for much else, we're incredibly grateful and thankful.  Sorry, I'm rambling...

1 Peter 5:7  "Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you."

This is Jess....

One more recent way we're seeing the Lord provide is through a very precious friend.  We've only been friends going on a few months now, but, in some ways I feel as though I've known her all my life.  Her name is Jess, and she is a Lia Sophia jewelry consultant.  She's also madly in love with Nolan. :)  She came to me with an idea about a week ago and has taken off with it.  She is holding an almost month long jewelry party (via the web) on behalf of Nolan.  She and her husband, Nate, have a strong desire to help raise awareness for Williams Syndrome through Nolan's story.  She is also offering to donate 100% of her sales commission from this party to Nolan's past, present, and future medical expenses.  It's so hard to verbalize how grateful we are to people who are so generous and loving to our family.

This Saturday May 5th through May 13th is Williams Syndrome Awareness Week.  Below is how you can browse the jewelry and place an order.

 To place an order, please visit then click "Browse Our Jewelry". Simply type in "Megan Paschal" as the hostess, and browse the catalog & place your order. Questions may be directed to Jess Miller via facebook, email ( or phone (317-828-4165).

Saying thank you just doesn't seem enough, but, thank you.  To God be ALL GLORY for the great things He has done!

"For each new morning with its light, For rest and shelter of the night, For health and food, for love and friends, For everything Thy goodness sends."-Ralph Waldo Emerson