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I’m Tired and Weak Lord!

I’m Tired and Weak Lord!
Author: Pat Aman
5/20/2019

This devotion is long. And it only tells about one-fourth of the circumstances of my journey, but I hope it helps you to hang on…

God’s got this……..

Have you ever felt this way?

I have felt this way many times. And it was not because I did not have faith in God, but my body had been ravaged with sickness and pain.

Judges 6:14-16 The Lord turned to him and said, “Go in the strength you have and save Israel out of Midian’s hand. Am I not sending you?”“But Lord,” Gideon asked, “how can I save Israel? My clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my family.” The Lord answered, “I will be with you, and you will strike down all the Midianites together.”

I had been extremely active in my younger days. I played on our church softball team. Antioch Baptist Church for many years. I was the catcher. And this is hard. You are constantly up and down. You legs and knees are working overtime. As well as your arms, catching and throwing the ball.

I was also very active in my church, teaching Sunday School, youth ministries and Girls Auxiliary. And had a full time job.

In 1976, I met my husband and we then worked together in our own business, and were involved in our community, church and even sponsored a local baseball team. They were called Aman’s Auto Parts.

I also became the women’s coach for a local community team called Archie’s Angels. Named after Mr. Archie Parrish who owned the first Drug Store in Newton Grove, NC. The drug store is now under ownership of dear friends, Thomas and Son, Joey Williford.

I also was a full-mother, as well as working alongside beside husband.

We were active in our local church and active 4-H leaders. We were awarded Leaders of the year, by Governor James Hunt for our work with youth in the state of North Carolina.

I myself, also went to seminary studies through the International Pentecostal Holiness Church and received my Mission License, Minister License, Christian Education Credentials, and Ordination Credentials. In others words many long years of studies and going through the Local Conference of the North Carolina IPHC, to take my tests. As well as going before the conference board to be accepted.

And back then you did not have computers to read and do testing on. You studies and read the books required and went personally to the conference office classroom and took your test in person.

I am not telling you this to brag, but to show you how active we were.

But, life started changing. We sold our business and my husband went to work with Best Access Systems, and now going on 31 years, he still works for the same company. I started teaching in the local county school systems.

God allowed me to also start a pre-school, school, After School Care, and Summer Camp for a local church.

But in 2002 my life started changing. I started teaching GED for a Community College. Everything was great, but then my health started changing. My colon rupture. I wore a colostomy bag for a while, but praise God, I was able to have it reversed.

But, I no longer was able to work full time, due to my body slowing down because of my chronic illnesses with my intestinal issues.

From 2004-2006, I suffer through surgeries again. I ended up living over two years with surgical MRSA, then surgical E-coli. I had open wounds that had to be packed and dressed daily. I had drain tubes from several places in my abdomen.

But, again, the grace of God bought to through.

God allowed me to physically be able to travel back and forth to Louisiana to help my sister with my mama and her declining health. And the last six months stay a majority of that time with my sister and mama. Then our precious mama made her Heavenly Journey home in October 2008.

After then my health did pretty good. I was still able to visit my sweet sister in Louisiana and help her when needed.

In 2012 my body came to a screeching halt! Life as I knew it had ceased to exist, again. I was forcing myself to go and be active, but I felt like crap… There is no other word for it…

By this point I have had a total of over 12 surgeries. Hoping that there would be no more.

But, I started seeking a doctor to see why, I had gain up to 321 pounds.

Every doctor I went too, said they would not you touch me with a ten foot pole. That there was no help for me.

But, the last doctor finally said, “I know a doctor who I think can help you. He gave me his name, I made an appointment and when I entered his office, he looked and me, and said I was walking death.

He sent me straight to the hospital for tests. And the very next morning, I went into surgery.

The surgery lasted about 10 hours. I came out of surgery a very sick women.

They told my family my stomach had adhered to my liver. And everything I ate was going out of my stomach, into my small intestines, and then returning back into my stomach a fistula. I was literally being poisoned by my own body.

I stayed in the hospital over three weeks. They did not expect me to ever leave.

And on top of this, they were giving me a medicine that was making me have hallucinations.

My daughter keep telling then, that is not my mama in that bed.

They realized it finally. Narrowed down the cause, and I was able to think once again.

When the doctor came by one morning I told him I wanted to go home. They did not want me to go, but I was determined.

Now folks, God was still on His throne. He was working in the background.

My family was tired. My family was upset. They needed help. And God knew it.

We had good friends who were in the ministry. They were the Evangelist Singing Group, “Still Amazed.”

They called Joe and said that they had a couple weeks open in their schedule and they wanted to help. So, our precious friend took her time of rest, by flying up and taking care of me. And it was not an easy task.

I was not walking steady, not eating, and I was very depressed.

I felt defeat. I thought my life and ministry was over because of my chronic illness.

I was weary and tired. I was too weak and no longer as “stable are clear” minded as I used to be.

I had trouble remembering scriptures. I gave up.

But Praise God, he had other plans. He let me know that he was not finished with me.

2 Corinthians 12:9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.

God has allowed me me continue to do His work.

Coffee With Pat, is a glory to God. And writing books. Who would have ever thought I would write children’s books, and devotional books.

So, as I read in Judges tonight. I realize, when I am at my weakest, is when God is at his strongest. He is working overtime for me, and YOU!

Judges 6:14-16 we read that Gideon could only see his limitations and weaknesses in spite of God’s clear promise for strength, in so doing he failed to see how God could work through him..

Even though God promises us the tools and strength we need to serve Him, like Gideon, we often make excuses. When we remind God of our limitations we are implying that He does not know all our circumstances and challenges.

When life claps us in the face due to health or other difficult situations in our lives, God will always open another path for us to continue to serve Him.

I still have one more surgery to go through. Well, maybe not. I know God will continue to heal my body.

I am so glad the Lord opens doors for me to serve Him in my life’s journey.

It does not matter how depressed, oppressed, weak, poor, sick, or whatever the challenge we may have, God will give us the ability we need right now to help us, build others up, and share to them, His saving grace and mercy.

Devotion Written By: Pastor Pat Aman Book © 1996/2019“Coffee With Pat Daily Devotionals”and Christian Faith Publishers”

How Hard Do You Want Your Mountain Climb To Be?

How Hard Do You Want Your Mountain Climb To Be? Author: Pat Aman

I really do not know where to begin this devotion.

The last few days have been a merry-go-round of events. 

God has led me too places to help different people in their times of decisions, concerns, difficulties and circumstances. And even special occasions that should of been beautiful, but because of misunderstandings and communication turn out terrible.

Some just happened and others caused them, or bought the problems on themselves, by making a fast decision.

They did not  pray and seek God first, so events in their lives tumbled out of control.

All I can say, is this world needs Jesus. 

Yes, we all make mistakes and have hills to climb. 

Well, maybe I should say, “mountains to climb, that the peak seems out of reach.”

But, when we do not watch our step going up that mountain we slip and fall, even roll all the way back down to the bottom.”

Why does this happen?

Because we take our eyes off our Heavenly Father. We do not take the time to pray, wait and listen. 

Sometimes we miss God’s vision for our lives because we are waiting to see a lightning bolt from Heaven, when we should of been able to recognize and hear the small still voice of God.

How do we overcome these obstacles?

First decide, that you will not take your eyes off  God and the Vision He has for you. 

Second,  make a decision to spend daily time with God, listening to His voice and following God’s plans, not yours. 

I have an office/prayer room upstairs. And in my prayer room is where God can speak to me, as I sit quietly not letting TV, radio, or anything else cloud my vision or stop me hearing. 

And sometimes, I sit on the back porch, watching the Hummingbirds and praying. But, wherever I am, I make sure God has my full attention.

“Do not sit around and have a pity party too long, God has a new vision for you, so get to work.” Pastor Pat Aman

(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.”

(Genesis 28:5) I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have Promised you.”

(Isaiah 40: 28-29) Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and His understanding no one can fathom. He give strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.”

Where do you spend your quality time with God each day? 

Each day God longs for us to visit with Him. He longs for us to sit and talk with Him. And He longs for us to LISTEN. We miss out on so much, because we do all the talking and not enough listening.

This morning I was reading about Judah in the Old Testament. They like us needed a rude awakening. 

Maybe,  I need to say like me. Yes, even I have rebelled against God, because I lost the vision, or wanted my own way, instead of what He had for me. That is called rebellion.

Just like Judah needed to be chastise, there are times maybe when we ( I ) need to be also, but instead God with all of His wisdom just opened my eyes, just as He did theirs.

(Isaiah 54:2) Enlarge the place of thy tent, and let them stretch forth the curtains of thine habitations: spare not, lengthen thy cords, and strengthen thy stakes;

God told Judah, that their vision was to small because of their pain. He told them, “You have focused on your lack.” He told them to expand their tent pegs out a few notches and live as if you have it all. Because you do. You have my undying love, My forgiveness, My power, and you have Me!”

You know I can see in myself in the same position. There have been times I needed just that kind of vision. The eye opening kind. A Word from God. Because there has been times when I just I wanted to go into my “tents” of pity and frustrating and even anger. I sit there awhile in the dark and even feel comfortable, but it does not last for long. Because God desires my companionship under a larger tent that I might expand His kingdom with Him. And as I do so, I find, the fresh breeze of new strength to deal with my self pity, frustration and anger. I feel renewed, to enlarge my vision, and have a better perspective on my life. 

Just because things did not work out in the past, does not mean, they will not work out in the future. God’s timing, is not my timing. 

So as I sit in my prayer room or on my porch and feel the cool breeze of the Holy Spirit encamped about me, as I pray and study my Bible, I know that my spiritual eyes are being open, and my vision renewed, and God is pleased.

Today, STOP!

Today, LISTEN!

Today, God wants to put you on the correct path. His path. 

But, it will be up to you, as to how hard you want your mountain climb to be.

Devotion Written By: Pastor Pat Aman Book © 1996/2019“Coffee With Pat Daily Devotionals” and “WestBow Publishers”

Being Thankful While Trying Too Find Your Tail…

Being Thankful While Trying Too Find Your Tail…

Are You Eeyore?
Author: Pat Aman
November 21,2003

We all go through junk! And, maybe I was sheltered as a child, but I never remember hearing the word drama then, as much as I do now.

It seems people live for drama in their lives. Some bring it on themselves and some get it uninvited.

The definition of drama-drama noun
dra·​ma | \ ˈdrä-mə

Definition of drama
1 a. literature : a composition in or intended to portray life or character or to tell a story usually involving conflicts and emotions through action and dialogue and typically designed for theatrical performance
b. a movie or television production with characteristics of a serious play broadly : a play, movie, or television production with a serious tone or subject
a police drama
2 literature :art, literature, or affairs
English drama
3 a: a state, situation, or series of events involving interesting or intense conflict of forces
the drama of the past week
dealing with some family drama
b: dramatic state, effect, or quality
the drama of the courtroom proceedings.

Gracious, in reading the definition, I see the words theatrical performance.

Could that be someone trying to get attention, love, and maybe someone who needs friendship, but does not know how to just be themselves.

Maybe something happened in their life that had made them feel low self esteem and they just do not know how to truly be just themselves.

People are under so much pressure to be something they are not capable of being.

When I counsel with these individuals, the first thing I do is get them to love themselves. See, if you cannot love yourself, you cannot love others.

Depression and Anxiety can also cause low self – esteems. And I am afraid to say a lot of our churches look down on people who are depressed, or going through anxiety.

Friends, life happens. Circumstances happens. Hopelessness happens.
Body changes happens.
Hormonal changes happen.

And each of these things not only need prayer, comfort and love for the individual, but sometimes they have to seek medical treatment for depression.

And there is absolutely nothing wrong or bad in seeking medical help.

As fellow Christians we should be building one another up and not looking down on someone who maybe going through depression.

Isaiah 40: 28 Do you not know?
Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. 29 He gives strength to the weary
and increases the power of the weak. 30 Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; 31 but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles( they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

I myself feel like Eeyore in the Winnie The Pooh Book. I wonder if I can be truly thankful because I have lost my tail. I have lost my way.

I asked you, can you be thankful while trying to find your tail…

Life has become so busy. When it gets too busy, I think a couple of days I lost mine.

Have you ever felt like Eeyore. You know the little gray patched up donkey in the Winnie the Pooh series. They lived in a beautiful 100 acre woods Eeyore use to say, “Is my tail still on?” Then he would say, “let’s have a look, and he turned slowly round to the place where his tail had been a little while ago, and then, finding that he couldn’t catch it up, he turned round the other way, until he came back to where he was at first, and then he put his head down and looked between his front legs, and at last he said, with a long, sad sigh, “I believe you’re right, Pooh, it is still there.”

Sometimes I feel the same way, I feel I have lost my tail, and cannot find it. I think that we sometimes go to that 100 acre woods, a beautiful place, but it becomes our gloomy place just like Eeyore.

When you are in that gloomy place it is hard to give praise and thanks when we feel like Eeyore that we have lost our tail.

Even though Eeyore had great compassion for others, and was always trying to help people, he still at times felt, Oh, poor me. See, he lost his love for life. He some how lost the sense of a positive attitude. His fire had gone out.

In our lives we all at times may think, I am burned out, woe is me.

We still truck along trying to do our best, but we have to continually put patches on our lives just to hold us together.

See, God speaks of this very thing in Revelation chapter two. He tells the church at Ephesus, that He knows all their good deeds, but He is getting a little disappointed in them, because they have lost their first love. “Him.”

Again, I myself sometimes feel tired, even though I keep getting up from being knock down, that my first love is getting depleted from my life. I need to get that fire back, the fire that helps build my faith up. Yes, that is when I need to get down on my knees and look up to God and find my tail.

God promises to give strength to the weary, and I tell you now, I have to stand on that promise.

So, if today, you are feeling like Eeyore, and you have lost your tail, and are sitting in your gloomy place look up to the Heavenly Father.

Yes, get back on your knees, and look up to God and say, “I think you are right God, I still have it together.”

And then begin singing, praising and thanking God and see your life turn around, as we become thankful instead of woe is me.

In others words, you may have to be like Eeyore, turn around, check things out, and see if you may have to let some things go that maybe clouding up your way.

The way God wants you to go. You may as Eeyore, have to get in a downward position on your knees, so God can show you that your tail is still on and your headed in just the way He wants you to go.

You just need to turn around and follow God with Thankfulness and Praise.

For I promise you will find you tail
-your purpose-

Devotion Written By: Pastor Pat Aman Book © 1996/2019 “Coffee With Pat Daily Devotionals”and WestBow Press a Division of Thomas Nelson Publishers

Sudden Quiet

Sudden Quiet
Author: Pat Aman

Have you ever read something and it just seemed routine, and you forgot about it shortly, and then later you read it, and wow, it popped off the page to you, and seemed so meaningful?

I mean we often are so busy, that things just don’t sink in, because our mind are going in so many different directions.

I often think this could be part of the problem not only with our relationships but with our spiritual life. We get wrapped up in everything except something that profits our soul.

Suppose for a minute we could clear our mind of the clutter. Suppose we shut off the problems filling our heads and worrying us, suppose we shut off the thinking about things we need to do, suppose we shut off thinking about others, or how upset we are or what they did, or what they should have done. Suppose we held up a mental stop sign and said Quiet everyone… I’m cleaning house. Sudden quiet.

Now… I can take time to listen for God.
Nothing else.
Just Him.

If we did this each morning, even for a brief time we would see immediate results in the way we deal with life, others, and most certainly it would give God time to impart peace into our spirit. And hope, and inspiration.
And…reassurance.

What if you made this your goal this week? Just a quiet time with God every day. Where you raised a stop sign and quieted everything in the world, but meditation upon God. And listen for that precious still small voice. Oh how we need this my friend.

Think about it, don’t you need refreshing in your spirit? Don’t you need fresh hope? Don’t you need encouragement? Well what are you waiting for? Don’t neglect the One who loves you more than anyone else does, and has the answers to all you need. Take time for God!

Wait on the Lord; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart Wait, I say, on the Lord! Psalm 27:14

Wait and hope for and expect the Lord; be brave and of good courage, and let your heart be stout and enduring. Yes, wait and hope for and expect the Lord.

But those who wait for the Lord — who expect, look for and hope in Him — shall change and RENEW their strength and power; they shall lift their wings and mount up (close to God) as eagles (mount up to the sun); they shall run and not be weary and walk and not faint or become tired. Isaiah 40:31

Remember your source of strength is Christ, you cannot run the race of life successfully without a close, enduring, daily, ongoing vital relationship with Him.

With our God we shall do valiantly!

Written By: Pat Aman June 4, 2009
©1996/2019
Coffee With Pat Ministries and WestBow Publishers/Division of Thomas Nelson..

How Big Is God In Your Life?

How Big Is God In Your Life?

Author: Pat Aman

When I read Joni Erickerson Tadda’s book, there was a story she told about when she went to Africa on a mission trip. When she arrived she met an African Woman who said, “Joni welcome to Africa, where our God is so much bigger, because we need Him more.”

WOW, It made me stop and think. God is just as big in our life, as we let Him be. God also wants to do big things in our lives. We just sometimes do not let Him. God wants us to take a step of faith, so He can bless us. ..

He wants to be BIG, in our lives.

Deuteronomy 28:1-14, is one of the chapters of the Bible that tells us just how God wants to bless us. 

He says, ” Now it shall come to pass “IF” you diligently obey the voice of the Lord your God, to observe carefully all His commandments which I command you today, that the Lord your God will set you high above all nations of the earth. And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, because you obey the voice of the Lord your God.”

Then the word goes on to tell us that we will be blessed in the city, the fruit of our body will be blessed, our baskets will be full, our enemies will be defeated, God will cause our storehouse to be blessed and everything we set our hands too, and everyone will call us blessed, and the Lord will open His good treasures to give to you, and it will rain on your land, and the Lord will make you the head and not the tail, (PRAISE GOD), and you will be above and not beneath, if you will just heed the commandments of the Lord your God, and observe all these things.

I paraphrased the scripture, but you need to get your Bible down and read the entire 28th chapter, because it also tells you what will happen if you do not keep His commandments.

How much do you need God today? How big do you want God to be in your life? Do you want Him enough, to keep His commandments and do His will and work? Are you ready to be blessed?

Just let God take you in His arms and give you all He wants to. Do not stop God from blessing you today.

Again, how big is God, in your life? Do you need Him more? I know I do.

Blessings, Love and Prayers,

Pastor Pat Aman

Also, please know that: I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with Joy. Philippians 1: 3-4

I end each message with “My Blessings, Love & Prayers,” I truly mean that, and I pray for each of you every morning and evening.

(Nehemiah 8:10)

“The Joy Of The Lord, Is Your

(Proverbs 17:22)

“A Merry Heart Does Good, Like Medicine, But A Broken Spirit 

Devotion

Written or Posted By: Pastor Pat Aman Book “Coffee With Pat Daily

Devotionals” 

Study Notes: The New King James Bible

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Reach The Top – Run A Good Race

Reach The Top – Run A Good Race
Author: Pat Aman..

“For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing.”
‭‭II Timothy 4:6-8

There once was a bunch of tiny frogs,…
who arranged a running competition.

The goal was to reach the top of a very high tower.

A big crowd had gathered around the tower to see the race and cheer on the contestants…

The race began…

Honestly: No one in crowd really believed that the tiny frogs would reach the top of the tower.

You heard statements such as:

“Oh, WAY too difficult!!”

“They will NEVER make it to the top.”

“Not a chance that they will succeed. The tower is too high!”

The tiny frogs began collapsing. One by one…

Except for those, who in a fresh tempo, were climbing higher and higher..

The crowd continued to yell,

“It is too difficult!!! No one will make it!”

More tiny frogs got tired and gave up…

But ONE continued higher and higher and higher… This one wouldn’t give up!

At the end everyone else had given up climbing the tower. Except for the
one tiny frog who, after a big effort, was the only one who reached the top!

Then all of the other tiny frogs naturally wanted to know how this one frog managed to do it?

A contestant asked the tiny frog how he had found the strength to succeed
and reach the goal?

It turned out, that the winner was DEAF.

The wisdom of this story is:

Never listen to other people’s tendencies to be negative or pessimistic…

Because they take your most wonderful dreams and wishes away from you —
the ones you have in your heart!

Always think of the power words have.

Because everything you hear and read will affect your actions!

Therefore: ALWAYS be… POSITIVE!

And above all: Be DEAF when people tell YOU that you cannot fulfill your dreams!

Always think: God and I can do this!

Most people walk in and out of your life……but FRIENDS leave footprints
in your heart.

Devotion Written By: Pastor Pat Aman Book © 1996/2019, “Coffee With Pat Daily Devotionals” and Christian Faith Publishers

Bible Verses came from: Holy Bible Application

STOP PLEASE! I am dizzy…And it is hot…

STOP PLEASE! I am dizzy…

I want to use part of a devotion I wrote in 2011. I feel someone needs to read and know that God is in control. After you read the short story, I will do my best to put my two cents in, so you will realize that God loves us and He is doing what He knows it takes to make up into a beautiful image of God, himself.

Ephesians 2:1‑10
“For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do

Tea Cup ….
Author Unknown

Love this story or not, you will not be able to have tea in a tea cup again without thinking of this.

There was a couple who took a trip to England to shop in a beautiful antique store to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary. They both liked antiques and pottery, and especially teacups. Spotting an exceptional cup, they asked “May we see that? We’ve never seen a cup quite so beautiful.

As the lady handed it to them, suddenly the teacup spoke, “You don’t understand. I have not always been a teacup. There was a time when I was just a lump of red clay. My Master took me and rolled me pounded and patted me over and over and I yelled out, “Don’t do that.” “I don’t like it!” “Let me alone.”

But He only smiled, and gently said, “Not yet!”

Then WHAM! I was placed on a spinning wheel and suddenly I was spun around and around and around. “Stop it! I’m getting so dizzy! I’m going to be sick!” I screamed.

But the Master only nodded and said quietly, ‘Not yet.’

He spun me and poked and prodded and bent me out of shape to suit Himself and then He put me in the oven.

I never felt such heat. I yelled and knocked and pounded at the door. “Help! Get me out of here!” I could see him through the opening and I could read His lips as He shook His head from side to side, ‘Not yet’.

When I thought I couldn’t bear it another minute, the door opened. He carefully took me out and put me on the shelf, and I began to cool. Oh, that felt so good! “Ah, this is much better,” I thought.

But, after I cooled He picked me up and brushed and painted me all over. The fumes were horrible. I thought I would gag. ‘Oh, please, Stop it, Stop’, I cried.

He only shook His head and said. ‘Not yet!’.

Then suddenly He put me back in to the oven. Only it was not like the first one. This was twice as hot and I just knew I would suffocate. I begged. I pleaded. I screamed. I cried I was convinced I would never make it. I was ready to give up. Just then the door opened and He took me out and again placed me on the shelf, where I cooled and waited and waited, wondering “What’s He going to do to me next?”

An hour later He handed me a mirror and said ‘Look at yourself.’

And I did. I said, ‘That’s not me; that couldn’t be me. It’s beautiful. I’m beautiful’!!!

Quietly He spoke, ‘I want you to remember,’ He said. ‘I know it hurt to be rolled and pounded and patted, but had I just left you alone, you’d have dried up.

I know it made you dizzy to spin around on the wheel, but if I had stopped, you would have crumbled.

I know it hurt and it was hot and disagreeable in the oven, but if I hadn’t put you there, you would have cracked.

I know the fumes were bad when I brushed and painted you all over, but if I hadn’t done that, you never would have hardened. You would not have had any color in your life. If I hadn’t put you back in that second oven, you wouldn’t have survived for long because the hardness would not have held. Now you are a finished product. Now you are what I had in mind when I first began with you.'”

Now let me try to explain the above lesson.

I know you, as well as myself, questions why we go through things that we do not understand. And just when we think we have made it through, another journey begins… And we thought we had just succeeded at the first journey.

Well, to be honest with you, we probably never will understand, here on earth…But, we must have the faith to know that God is preparing us for the journey ahead of us. We are just on assignment here on earth. We are here to do a work for God, our Heavenly Father. One day we will return to our home in Heaven.

As for myself, I hope God will be able to say,”His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.” Matthew 25:21

First we must know that God knows what He’s doing for each of us. He is the potter, and we are His clay. He will mold us and make us and expose us to just enough pressures of just the right kinds that we may be made into a flawless piece of work to fulfill His good, pleasing and perfect will.

So when life seems hard, and you are being pounded and patted and pushed almost beyond endurance; when your world seems to be spinning out of control; when you feel like you are in a fiery furnace of trials; when life seems to “stink”, try this ..

Brew a cup of your favorite tea in your prettiest tea cup, sit down and
think on this story and then, have a little talk with the Potter.

Blessings, Love and Prayers,
Pastor Pat Aman

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Get Up and Knock Your Giants Down

Get Up and Knock Your Giants Down

Author: Pat Aman…

Ephesians 6:10-18,says:”Finally, be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything,to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds! With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.

Everyone felt afraid of the Philistine giant, Goliath. He towered over nine feet tall. He wore a bronze helmet, bronze leg plates, and a bronze javelin was strapped to his back. In his huge hand, he carried a spear. The point alone possibly weighed about twenty pounds. His shield bearer walked or ran before him. Goliath told David to come here and I will give your flesh to the birds of the air and the beasts of the field. David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with a sword, spear and javelin, but I come in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.” I Samuel 17:44

Before this, young David had taken his staff in hand, stooped down, and picked up five smooth stones and placed them in a pouch. With a Shepherd’s staff in one hand and a sling in the other he approached the giant.  With one stone He flung the stone, it hit Goliath in the head and killed him.

The key to this scripture is He came in the name of the Lord.  What are the giants in your life?  How can God help you overcome them? I believe it is good not only to pray, but to turn to His Word for the answers.

There are directions and power in prayer and God’s Word.

Whatever these giants are in our lives, we must not run from them. We must face them head-on as David did with Goliath. Put on your spiritual armor and stand firm, unafraid, trusting God for strength. The exciting thing about all this is when we put on the full armor of God and obey Him, then we can stand back, call TIMBERRRR– and watch the giant fall!

Joyfully, In The Master’s Service

Blessings, Prayers and Love,

Pastor Pat 

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Sin Will Take You Further…

Sin Will Take You Further…   Author: Pat Aman

“Sin will take you further than you want to go, keep you longer than you want to stay and cost you more than you want to pay.” Quote Author: Unknown 

The following incident won the runner-up prize in the 1999 Darwin Awards:

A Vermont native, Ronald Demuth, found himself in a difficult position.

While touring the Eagle’s Rock African Safari (Zoo) with a group of thespians from St. Petersburg, Russia, Mr. Demuth went overboard to show them one of America’s many marvels. He demonstrated the effectiveness of “Crazy Glue”… the hard way.

Apparently, Mr. Demuth wanted to demonstrate just how good the adhesive was, so he put about 3 ounces of the adhesive in the palms of his hands, and jokingly placed them on the buttocks of a passing rhino. The rhino, a resident of the zoo for the past thirteen years, was not initially startled as it has been part of the petting exhibit since its arrival as a baby.

However, once it became aware of its being involuntarily stuck to Mr.Demuth, it began to panic and ran around the petting area wildly making Mr. Demuth an unintended passenger.

“Sally [the rhino] hasn’t been feeling well lately. She had been very constipated. We had just given her a laxative and some depressants to relax her bowels, when Mr. Demuth played his juvenile prank,” said James Douglass, caretaker. During Sally’s tirade two fences were destroyed, a shed wall was gored, and a number of small animals escaped. Also, during the stampede, three pygmy goats and one duck were stomped to death.

As for Demuth, it took a team of medics and zoo caretakers’ to remove hishands from her buttocks. First, the animal had to be captured and calmed down.. However, during this process the laxatives began to take hold and Mr. Demuth was repeatedly showered with over 30 gallons of rhino diarrhea.

“It was tricky. We had to calm her down, while at the same time shield ourfaces from being pelted with rhino dung. I guess you could say that Mr. Demuth was into it up to his neck. Once she was under control, we had three people with shovels working to keep an air passage open for Mr. Demuth. We were able to tranquilize her and apply a solvent to remove his hands from her rear,” said Douglass. “I don’t think he’ll be playing with Crazy Glue for a while.”

What in the world was Mr. Demuth thinking???? I believe it is safe to saythat he wasn’t thinking at all! Lest I be too harsh and critical, though,

I have to remember all the times in my life when I have “attached” myselfto something sinful. The results were just as disastrous, and I have often found myself wondering, “What was I thinking?” The truth is, I really wasn’t thinking at all.

That’s the very nature of sin. We “attach” ourselves, thinking we canalways quit whenever we want to. We don’t even consider what the consequences will be. I appreciate this quote by an unknown author: “Sin will take you further than you want to go, keep you longer than you want to stay and cost you more than you want to pay.

“But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires andenticed. Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death.” (James 1:14-15)

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REVIVAL IN OUR SOULS…

Revival
Author: Pat Aman…

I remember growing up, at lest twice a year, we would sing the old song,
“Revive Us Again.” Why? It was time for Revival.

How sad, when we should be singing it everyday. Revive us again, Lord,
revive us again.

Then we would not have so many people jumping from one church to another, because when they finally get a true Revival within themselves, they
become a happier person and they stop running from church to church searching for something.

WOW! What a thought, people that experience true Revival and then they are ready to help build the Kingdom of God.

Yes, then they are able to reach the lost and dying world, by staying where God has them and start doing His work. Yes, because they have experienced true Revival.

I have the words to the song at the end of this devotion.

Psalm 85:6 Wilt Thou not Thyself revive us again, that Thy people may
rejoice in Thee?

Revival is one of those interesting subjects that everyone talks about, but few understand. It is for this reason that I would like to spend a little time looking at revival historically, and with a view to a response of Christian devotion.

Revival is a phrase that is applied to the spiritual state of a community.
A town is said to be in revival.

The mark or evidence of a revival is a escalation or surge in the hearts of individuals with concern over the condition of their souls.

Religious concerns, however, do not make a revival. Revival takes place when those religious concerns are married with a visitation of God’s Spirit, coming to a church, town, community or nation and awakening believers, reclaiming backsliders, and converting sinners.

This is why we can not plan revivals. The greatest misconception regarding revival is that we can have a yearly, or semi-annual revival in April or/and October. Churches fall into this trap all the time. They, in a sense, announce to the congregation that God’s Spirit will visit on this or that weekend in this or that month, and therefore, “we will be having a revival.” On Monday morning, after a planned revival, everything for the individual in the congregation is often back to normal.

This is NOT revival!

Revival is the spontaneous and unplanned, flowing of the Holy Spirit into the lives of the unsuspecting in such power, in such glory, that the world takes notice. In a revival in Windham, Connecticut in the early 1730’s the effect was so extensive, so pervasive, that there was not one household in the town that did not have a member in the local church. Every house was effected. Every person in that town and all the surrounding towns knew that something beyond human design was happening.

Are you in need of revival?

As noted above, revival awakens believers who have become comfortable in their circumstances and walk with the Lord, it reclaims backsliders, who have fallen into sinful practices and customs, and it converts sinners. Revival does these things to such an extent that in a town that experiences revival, all the bars, gaming houses, and similar dens of sin shut down their operations because there are no patrons.

Everyone of us fits into one of those above categories. We either need to
be converted, reclaimed, or awakened. Revival is not something that we can create in ourselves, but we can pray for it. Since we can’t create it, we
can attempt to “pray it down.”

Would you like to have all the people in
your town or city concerned with the state of their souls?

Well, then, revival has begun with you, for you know the value of concern for your soul. Go now to the Lord and beg Him for a special visitation of His Spirit upon you, upon your church, your town, your state, your nation!

Revive Us Again

We praise Thee, O God!
For the Son of Thy love,
For Jesus Who died,
And is now gone above.

Refrain

Hallelujah! Thine the glory.
Hallelujah! Amen.
Hallelujah! Thine the glory.
Revive us again.

We praise Thee, O God!
For Thy Spirit of light,
Who hath shown us our Savior,
And scattered our night.

Refrain

All glory and praise
To the Lamb that was slain,
Who hath borne all our sins,
And hath cleansed every stain.

Refrain

All glory and praise
To the God of all grace,
Who hast brought us, and sought us,
And guided our ways.

Refrain

Revive us again;
Fill each heart with Thy love;
May each soul be rekindled
With fire from above.

Refrain

Love, Blessings, and Prayers
Pastor Pat

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