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Servant Heart

Servants Heart
Author: Pat AH Aman
March 30, 2011-rev.November 2023/2024

If You Cannot Serve, You Cannot Lead!

This April/May 2024, had been filled with many activities at church, ministry, home and in my personal life. I have hopefully have had a Servants Heart in serving Father God, Church, Friends and Family. I have learned that no matter your age, talents, gifts, abilities, are where you are on the ladder of life, not a one matters if you do not have a heart of a Servant.

When two disciples of Jesus requested a place of prominence in Jesus’ kingdom, Jesus instructed the disciples on the true meaning of leadership—not “lord-leadership,” but servant leadership.

Then James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to him. “Teacher,” they said, “we want you to do for us whatever we ask.”

They replied, “Let one of us sit at your right and the other at your left in your glory. … ”

Jesus called them together and said, “You know that those who are regarded as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all.

For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

So, You May Ask, ” Why Am I Serving?”
How do my actions prevent me from servant leadership?

Often we announce a destination: “Here’s a vision; here’s what I want to do.” Then we use a delegating leadership style and don’t roll up our sleeves and get in there.

That’s what managing the journey is. Sure, it’s coming up with the vision and the direction, but then the vision must be implemented: coaching, supporting, giving directions, praising progress, and redirecting. Jesus did this well. I

Jesus wandered from one little town to another, and people would say, “How do you become first?” Jesus said, “By being last.”

People would ask him, “How do you lead?” “By following.”

Managing the journey of change is servant leadership. We must get our own personal accomplishments out of the way and praise, redirect, reprimand-anything it takes to help people win.

Billy Graham once said, “A person told him they were not being fed at their church. He quickly said, ‘do you take your spoon with you, when you go?’”

Too many people want the church to cuddle them. Instead of asking what your church can do for you, do something for your church.

Rather than viewing the church as a business to simply give you what you want, remember what Jesus told his disciples.

“Whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
– Mark 10:43-45

There are plenty of opportunities to serve the church.

The more you serve, the more likely you will feel like you are spiritually fed because you are putting your faith into action. And while becoming active you will meet more people. You will make new friend’s.

If you notice an area where your church is lacking or struggling, it may be time for you to volunteer to step in and fill that gap.

After all, it was probably God who brought the lack to your attention for a reason.

Before you write off a church and say you aren’t spiritually fed, take a look at what you are doing on your own to grow closer to God and what you could be doing in your church to serve others.

Blessings, Pat Aman
“Let all that you do be done with love.” I Corinthians‬ ‭16:14‬ ‭

Devotion Written By: Pastor Pat Aman Book © 1996/2024 “Coffee With Pat Daily Devotionals” “Coffee With A Little Spice Of Life” and Westbow Press a division of © Thomas Nelson and Library of Congress Control Number: 2018910976

Devotions

The Shoe Man

The Shoe Man
Author: Unknown 2015/2023/24

My alarm went off
It was Sunday again.
I was sleepy and tired
My one day to sleep in.
But the guilt I would feel
The rest of the day
Would have been too much
So I’d go and I’d pray.

I showered and shaved
I adjusted my tie.
I got there and sat
In a pew just in time.
Bowing my head in prayer
As I closed my eyes.
I saw the shoe of the man next to me
Touching my own. I sighed.
With plenty of room on either side
I thought, “Why must our soles touch?”
It bothered me, his shoe touching mine
But it didn’t bother him much.

A prayer began: “Our Father”…

I thought, “This man with the shoes
has no pride.
They’re dusty, worn, and scratched
Even worse, there are holes on the side!”

“Thank You for blessings,” the prayer went on.

The shoe man said
a quiet “Amen.”
I tried to focus on the prayer
But my thoughts were on his shoes again.
Aren’t we supposed to look our best
When walking through that door?
“Well, this certainly isn’t it,” I thought,
Glancing toward the floor.

Then the prayer was ended
And the songs of praise began.
The shoe man was certainly loud
Sounding proud as he sang.
His voice lifted the rafters
His hands were raised high.
The Lord could surely hear
The shoe man’s voice from the sky.

It was time for the offering
And what I threw in was steep.
I watched as the shoe man reached
Into his pockets so deep.
I saw what was pulled out
What the shoe man put in.
Then I heard a soft “clink”
as when silver hits tin.

The sermon really bored me
To tears, and that’s no lie
It was not the same for the shoe man
For tears fell from his eyes.
At the end of the service
As is the custom here
We must greet new visitors
And show them all good cheer.

But I felt moved somehow
And wanted to meet the shoe man
So after the closing prayer
I reached over and shook his hand.
He was old and his skin was dark
And his hair was truly a mess
But I thanked him for coming
For being our guest.

He said, “My names’ Charlie
I’m glad to meet you, my friend.”
There were tears in his eyes
But he had a large, wide grin
“Let me explain,” he said
Wiping tears from his eyes.
“I’ve been coming here for months
And you’re the first to say ‘Hi.'”

“I know that my appearance
Is not like all the rest
“But I really do try
To always look my best.
“I always clean and polish my shoes
Before my very long walk.
“But by the time I get here
They’re dirty and dusty, like chalk.”

My heart filled with pain
and I swallowed to hide my tears
As he continued to apologize
For daring to sit so near.
He said, “When I get here
I know I must look a sight.
“But I thought if I could touch you
Then maybe our souls might unite.”

I was silent for a moment
Knowing whatever was said
Would pale in comparison
I spoke from my heart, not my head.

“Oh, you’ve touched me,” I said,
“And taught me, in part;
“That the best of any man
Is what is found in his heart.”

The rest, I thought,
This shoe man will never know.
Like just how thankful I really am
That his dirty old shoe touched my soul.

Matthew 25;42-46
““But when the Son of Man comes in His glory and majesty and all the angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. All the nations will be gathered before Him [for judgment]; and He will separate them from one another, as a shepherd separates his sheep from the goats; and He will put the sheep on His right [the place of honor], and the goats on His left [the place of rejection]. “Then the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father [you favored of God, appointed to eternal salvation], inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in; I was naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me [with help and ministering care]; I was in prison, and you came to Me [ignoring personal danger].’ Then the righteous will answer Him, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry, and feed You, or thirsty, and give You something to drink? And when did we see You as a stranger, and invite You in, or naked, and clothe You? And when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ The King will answer and say to them, ‘I assure you and most solemnly say to you, to the extent that you did it for one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it for Me.’ “Then He will say to those on His left, ‘Leave Me, you cursed ones, into the eternal fire which has been prepared for the devil and his angels (demons); for I was hungry, and you gave Me nothing to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me nothing to drink; I was a stranger, and you did not invite Me in; naked, and you did not clothe Me; sick, and in prison, and you did not visit Me [with help and ministering care].’ Then they also [in their turn] will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry, or thirsty, or as a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister to You?’ Then He will reply to them, ‘I assure you and most solemnly say to you, to the extent that you did not do it for one of the least of these [my followers], you did not do it for Me.’ Then these [unbelieving people] will go away into eternal (unending) punishment, but those who are righteous and in right standing with God [will go, by His remarkable grace] into eternal (unending) life.””

Devotions

Are You Ready To Meet Jesus?

Are you Ready To Meet Jesus?
Author: Pat Aman – June 4,1997 /rev2002/rev2024

Please do not get left behind. Jesus is returning in the blink of the eye. Are you ready?

I watched, “Left Behind” again tonight for the 10th plus time, since its release on 2002. I have read the series release in 1995, several times.

People knew the Word Of God, but they were too busy living their own lives. They did not have time for God. They were even attending church, even were baptized, but were just playing church. Even preachers.

I started thinking are people ready for Jesus to return to get His bride, the church? Are people ready to meet Jesus if they would take their last breathe tonight?

I hear so many say, “I got baptized.”
But, did they get saved?

Baptism is just an outer sign of an inward change.

Baptism is letting the world know you have accepted Jesus as your personal Savior and Lord.

2 Corinthians 5:17 – Therefore if any man [be] in Christ, [he is] a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

I see individuals who are attending church, but, I see no change in them. I do not see in fruit bearing.
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John‬ ‭15:1-8‬ ““I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit. You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned. If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.”
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Let’s look at the church at Laodicean. The church has nothing to commend it. Jesus begins the message with condemnation: “I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth. You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked” (Revelation 3:15-17).

Jesus emphasizes their “lukewarm,” apathetic nature three times. As a result of their ambivalence to spiritual things, Jesus would have nothing to do with them. He would “spit them out,” as the people of Laodicea would spit out the tepid water that flowed from the underground aqueducts to their city. With their apathy came a spiritual blindness; they claimed to be rich, blessed and self-sufficient. Perhaps they were rich in material things. But, spiritually, the Laodiceans were in a wretched, pitiful condition, made all the worse in that they could not see their need. This was a church filled with self-deceived hypocrites.

I have had more than just a few the last few weeks asked me, “Pastor Pat, I don’t know if I’m ready to die.”

What gives the person such uncertainty that they’re not sure they are ready to die? Well it’s the thing that’s behind dying. It’s the sin and the guilt that they know of from their own life and it terrorizes consciences and hearts, bodies, flesh that knows that it’s dying. It terrorizes your body and your mind too.

Even when it’s someone else that you love, it’s a pain and a struggle because you know that the same sin that is doing that to their own body has you in its crosshairs too.

How would one know that they are ready to die?

The forgiveness of sins. The taking away of the power behind death, of the body, that’s what makes a person ready.

When the aged Simeon in the temple, right after the baby Jesus was born, held Jesus in his hands Simeon knew he was ready to die. He said “Lord, now You are letting Your servant depart in peace, …For my eyes have seen Your salvation.” (Luke 2:29-30)

Simeon held baby Jesus in his hands and he knew he was ready, at that moment or any moment to come, to go away in death but in peace. He had the forgiveness of sins in that little child.

When the Christian leaves the altar, the altar, they have received into themselves the body and blood of that same child, that grew into a man and took all our sins upon himself. He was the sinless Son of God.

“(Acts 16:31, “They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your household.””

Salvation is a gift that is made available to those who repent, believe and confess that Jesus Christ is Lord and that He died and rose from the dead to save us all. When you recieve Salvation, your life will show salvation. Through your life, people including your family will see the image of Father God in you, and they will seek the Salvation (JESUS) they see in you. As Simon said, “Lord, now You are letting Your servant depart in peace, …For my eyes have seen Your salvation.” (Luke 2:29-30))
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“If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” Romans‬ ‭10‬:‭9‬ ‭

This gift cannot be earned through good deeds or by simply being “good”
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from
yourselves, it is the gift of God. Ephesians 2:8

It is a matter of faith (acting out on what you believe according to God’s Word concerning salvation).

Please pray this prayer, if you want to be saved.

Father God,
I come to You in the Name of Jesus. Your Word says, “But everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” (Acts 2:21). I am calling on You. I pray and ask Jesus to come into my heart and be Lord over my life according to Romans 10:9, 10. “If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.

For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved.” I do that in this very moment. I confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, and I believe in my heart that God raised Him from the dead. In Jesus Name Amen”

1 Thessalonians 5:2 for you know very well that the day of the LORD will come like a thief in the night.

Revelation 16:15 @″Look, I come like a thief! Blessed is the one who stays awake and remains clothed, so as not to go naked and be shamefully exposed.”

1 Thessalonians 5:4-5 But you, brothers and sisters, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief. You are all children of the light and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness.

1 Corinthians 15:51.Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed- in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality. When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.

ARE YOU REALLY READY??????

Devotion Written By: Pastor Pat Aman Book © 1996/2024 “Coffee With Pat Daily Devotionals” “Coffee With A Little Spice Of Life” and Westbow Press a division of © Thomas Nelson and Library of Congress Control Number: 2018910976

I Wish We’d All Been Ready
Jordin Sparks with “I Wish We’d All Been Ready” is a ballad from the soundtrack of the movie “Left Behind”. In the lyrics of “I Wish We’d All Been Ready”, Jordin laments that not everyone was ready to “leave” this world as they still had things to do and conflicts to resolve. The song was written and previously released by artist and writer, Larry Norman in 1969

I Wish We’d All Been Ready

Life was filled with guns and war
and everyone got trampled on the floor, I wish we’d all been ready

Children died the days grew cold
a piece of bread could buy a bag of gold, I wish we’d all been ready

There’s no time to change your mind the son has come and you’ve been left behind a man and wife asleep in bed she hears a noise and turns her head he’s gone I wish we’d all been ready

Two men walking up a hill
one disappears and one’s left standing still I wish we’d all been ready

There’s no time to change your mind the son has come and you’ve been left behind life was filled with guns and war and everyone got trampled on the floor, I wish we’d all been ready

Children died the days grew cold
a piece of bread could buy a bag of gold I wish we’d all been ready

There’s no time to change your mind how could you have been so blind the father spoke the demons dined the son has come and you’ve been left behind

You’ve been left behind
You’ve been left behind…

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Devotions

Do Not Play Games With people’s Lives! It Hurts! Deep Wounds Take A Long Time To Heal!

Do Not Play Games With people’s Lives!
It Hurts! Deep Wounds Take A Long Time To Heal!
Author: Pat Aman

They came and said to him, “Teacher, we know that you are a truthful man and that you are not concerned with anyone’s opinion.”Mark 12:14

It is for certain there are people who play games with peoples lives. And it hurts!

People use all kind of excuses to only have you around at their convenience.

I do not know about you all, but, my husband and I cherish the people God blessed us with to take under our arms of love. We do not choose to love them today and hate them tomorrow. We do not just have them when we want then for convenience. And we have never understood people who live their lives treating others like objects you put away in storage when you do not need them.

I do not know about you, but we hate being shut up in a closet out of sight, until someone needs us. We do not like playing games with people we love and invest our hearts and souls into them unconditionally.

I found out that usually when this happens, it is because others are maybe going through things that they think someone will judge their actions. They are maybe even embarrassed by their actions. When God placed you there to help lift you them up. You are there to help pick them up and love them.

But, when you comfort them they make everything your fault. They twist every word you say into what they want to hear and not what you really meant in love. They will tell you, you interfered. When in reality you just love them to much and they did not understand your love.

The world is filled with opinions about what others should or should not think and do. With rare exception, most people are on the alert for others’ opinions about themselves. I’ve noticed this in certain comments: “You’ll think this is crazy…” or “I’m sure he thinks that…”

Jesus did not let the opinions of others affect him, especially when they consisted of lavish affirmation or hostile disapproval. Imagine if he had caved into what others decided about his teaching and actions. Instead, Jesus remained authentic and honest, showing by example that the judgments of others need not define our lives. The authentic quality we bring to our daily behavior is what counts. Today, let us be attentive to how much we allow others’ opinions to influence how we live.

Let’s not throw away the life line of love that Father God blessed you with.

After a while that life line gets weakens from the pulling and letting go of over casting and one day may break when you really needs it.

Remember to cherish, and love others as Father God loves us.

“If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing. Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”
‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭13:3-5, 7-8, 13‬ ‭

Devotion Written By: Pastor Pat Aman Book © 1996/2021 “Coffee With Pat Daily Devotionals” “Coffee With A Little Spice Of Life” and Westbow Press a division of
© Thomas Nelson and Library of Congress Control Number: 2018910976………. my husband and I cherish the people God blessed us with to take under our arms of love. We do not choose to love them today and hate them tomorrow. We do not just have them when we want then for convenience. And we have never understood people who live their lives treating others like objects you put away in storage when you do not need them.

I do not know about you, but we hate being shut up in a closet out of sight, until someone needs us. We do not like playing games with people we love and invest our hearts and souls into them unconditionally.

I found out that usually when this happens, it is because others are maybe going through things that they think someone will judge their actions. They are maybe even embarrassed by their actions. When God placed you there to help lift you them up. You are there to help pick them up and love them.

But, when you comfort them they make everything your fault. They twist every word you say into what they want to hear and not what you really meant in love. They will tell you, you interfered. When in reality you just love them to much and they did not understand your love.

The world is filled with opinions about what others should or should not think and do. With rare exception, most people are on the alert for others’ opinions about themselves. I’ve noticed this in certain comments: “You’ll think this is crazy…” or “I’m sure he thinks that…”

Jesus did not let the opinions of others affect him, especially when they consisted of lavish affirmation or hostile disapproval. Imagine if he had caved into what others decided about his teaching and actions. Instead, Jesus remained authentic and honest, showing by example that the judgments of others need not define our lives. The authentic quality we bring to our daily behavior is what counts. Today, let us be attentive to how much we allow others’ opinions to influence how we live.

Let’s not throw away the life line of love that Father God blessed you with.

After a while that life line gets weakens from the pulling and letting go of over casting and one day may break when you really needs it.

Remember to cherish, and love others as Father God loves us.

“If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing. Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”
‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭13:3-5, 7-8, 13‬ ‭

Devotion Written By: Pastor Pat Aman Book © 1996/2024 “Coffee With Pat Daily Devotionals” “Coffee With A Little Spice Of Life” and Westbow Press a division of
© Thomas Nelson and Library of Congress Control Number: 2018910976

Devotions

Get Up!

Get Up and Knock Your Giants Down
March 11, 2019 – 3:26 am
Revised 2024
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.

We must remember what,
Philippians 2:10-11, says….
that in the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven and things on earth and things under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

God made his name greater than every other name so that every knee will bow to the name of Jesus.

Luke 10:17 – “And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name.”

A person’s name is a summary of his or her character. Whenever a name is mentioned ,a demand is made on the power inherent in that name. Therefore, whenever the name of Jesus Christ was mentioned by the disciples it was as though Jesus was present in their midst in the fullness of His almighty power . Demons had no option but to obey. It was the power in the name of Jesus and the disciples’ faith that made the demons subject unto the disciples.

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, in the mighty name of Jesus!

For we have power over our enemies, Satan and every demon of hell, by the power of the name of Jesus.

Joyfully, In The Master’s Service
Blessings, Prayers and Love,
Pastor Pat

Devotion Written By: Pastor Pat Aman Book © 1996/2024 “Coffee With Pat Daily Devotionals” “Coffee With A Little Spice Of Life” and Westbow Press a division of © Thomas Nelson and Library of Congress Control Number: 2018910976

Devotions

I’m Tired and Weak Lord!

I’m Tired and Weak Lord!
Author: Pat Aman
5/20/2019/rev2024

This devotion is long. But, the best is yet to come at the end of the devotion. This devotion 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, Lay 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. And now my Doctorate in Theology and Biblical Counseling.

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 36 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, In 2002 they removed 15 inches of my colon, an I wore a colostomy bag for a while, but praise God, I was able to have it reversed.
But because of this surgery, I with through several more surgeries and infectious diseases.

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. . In this surgery the doctor had to repair my small intestines from letting food go back into my stomach. He had to bypass a large amount of my small intestines, and while the exploratory surgery was taking place, he found my liver had adhered to my stomach. He also was looking at the dead stomach, and staples from previous surgery in 1982. So, he repaired what he could to save my life. I died on the operating table, but, Father God said, no not today. So He gave my life back to me. But, 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 to 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 slaps 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.

They say, I have one more surgery to go through. Well, maybe not. I know Father 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.

But, now as on 1/1/2024, I am going strong. Now at 70 years young, I may not be in full speed, but, I am moving along.

With the help of Father God and trying to eat healthy I have lost over 140 pounds. I have been able to keep the weight off for the last 5 years. Some may look at me and say, “Pat you need to lose a few more pounds.” But, see Father God knows what my body needs and He gives me the ability to continue His Work.

And through Fathers God’s mercy and grace, I still travel and do Ministry.

We go to Restoration Church where I am blessed to be the Senior Citizens Pastor. S.W.A.T. Team (Servants With A Testimony,) and we are constantly going places and enjoying being a testimony for the younger generation.

In the last 3 years we have taken from 15-50 individuals on trips. We have gone on day trips enjoying the Beauty of North Carolina’s History. And we have gone on 5 days adventures to Pennsylvania and Kentucky to see the Amish Country and to the Creation Museum and Noah’s Ark.

And this year going back to Pennsylvania for a new adventure of the county side we did not see. And experience more old traditions of the Amish Order. And of course my favorite will be seeing the Live production of Daniel at the Site and Sound Theater.

I am honored our church supports us as we gather monthly with of Senior Adults from several churches in our area to feed the community Senior Adults and Fellowship together.

My children tell me, “mama, we love that you are in a church that is helping you to continue to minister and is keeping you young.

Oh, an as you all know, we have a new grandson who just turned 9 months old, so we need to be healthy and live a long time. I tell everyone when I turn 100, I am going to sky dive. Of course piggy back. LOL

BUT, again, this devotion is to let you know to keep going. Don’t Stop!

As I mentioned above, I realize, when I am at my weakest, is when God is at his strongest. He is working overtime for me, and YOU!

Father God has work for us to do.

Devotion Written By: Pastor Pat Aman Book © 1996/2024 “Coffee With Pat Daily Devotionals” “Coffee With A Little Spice Of Life” and Westbow Press a division of © Thomas Nelson and Library of Congress Control Number: 2018910976…

Devotions

“Faith As The Grain Of The Mustard Seed”

“Faith As The Grain Of The Mustard Seed”
June 24, 2015/rev2019/rev2023
Author: Pat Aman

I have learn that when you step out on faith, God can do great and mighty things.

(Matthew 17: 14-20 NIV), says, ” And when they had come to the multitude, a man came to Him, knelling down to Him and saying, “Lord have mercy on my son for he is an epileptic and suffers severely; for he often falls into the fire and often into the water. So I brought him to Your disciples but they could not cure him.”Then Jesus answered and said, “O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I bear with you? Bring him here to Me.” And Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of him; and the child was cured from that very hour. Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, why could we not cast it out? So Jesus said to them, “because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, move from here to there, and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.”

God has a way for getting your need met. Your problem solved. That way is rooted in your faith’s becoming a seed.

Seed Faith. When you plant a seed of faith, God changes the nature of that seed so that it becomes a plant, and the power of life surges in that tender young plant to such a great extent that even a mountain of earth cannot stop it from pushing upward.

Jesus says our faith in God is like a seed. When we put our faith into action, that is, when we release it to God, it takes on a totally new nature. It takes on the nature of a miracle in the making.

What is the mountain in your life?

Loneliness, loss of a job, sickness, disease, a wounded relationship, trouble in your home?

Something else?

Be encouraged!

Jesus shows the way to see that mountain removed.

First, Father God says that you have a measure of faith.

(Romans 12:3 NIV) says, “For I say through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.” It is resident with you.

Second, Father God says that this faith comes alive by hearing the word of God.

(Romans 10:17 NIV) “So then faith comes by hearing, and haring by the Word of God.”

Third, God says that you can apply your faith to see your daily needs met.

How?

You do something as an act of your faith. You sow the mustard seed smallness of your faith into an action of love. . .

(Matthew 17:20 ) So Jesus said to them, “because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, move from here to there, and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.”

Then, when your faith has been planted and is growing, speak to your mountain and watch God set about its removal.
Father God hears the prayers of His children.

This is a true story that I read in Readers Digest a few years ago. There was an elderly woman who had to cross a mountain to go to church. Each Sunday and Wednesday she would walk over the mountain until she soon with age was not able to attend to the hard task. She begin to pray and ask God to remove the mountain so she could go to church. Every morning for one year she would get out of bed, go to her door and say “thank you God that you have move the mountain.” The one morning a year later she was awaken by aloud noises out side her door. She jump up, went to the door and saw a line of bull dozers and trucks. She got dress and went out side to see what was taking place. The contractor told her that they were taking the mountain down to build a mall.

Hey guess what?

God not only removed the mountain, but he gave her cement to walk on all the way to the church. Oh yea, and a place close to her house to go shopping.

Father God does not do it half way. He is a loving God. We may not understand why things happen, but God knows the whole picture.

Blessings, Pastor Pat
“Let all that you do be done with love.” I Corinthians‬ ‭16:14‬ ‭

Devotion Written By: Pastor Pat Aman Book © 1996/2023 “Coffee With Pat Daily Devotionals” “Coffee With A Little Spice Of Life” and Westbow Press a division of © Thomas Nelson and Library of Congress Control Number: 2018910976…

Devotions

The Alabaster Box

The Alabaster Box
Author: Pastor Pat Aman
5/14/1999rev2023

Have you ever just felt like throwing your hands up and screaming? If you say NO, I will pray for you because we all have felt this way at sometimes in our lives.

When building Coffee With Pat website, It seemed that there was one problem after another. Learning HTML coding was a job. I, at times become very irate over this situation. But, as I prayed and turned it over to Father God. the Holy Spirit gave me the knowledge and wisdom to finally figured it out. I finally learned the new program to work on the CWP site.

I know that some of you maybe thinking, Pat, there are people who are sick, depressed, angry, and have so many more problems and issues then you not being able to deal with a website on the computer.

Well, my answer to this is, “that is the exact reason I need to be able to post devotions and maybe say something that may help those persons in their time of despair.

Since 1996 Coffee With Pat has touched so thousands of lives for the glory of God. People have been saved, healed and even stopped from taking their lives because they came across Coffee With Pat while searching the web for an answer to their hopelessness.

So, now you may understand while I have was in despair myself, when I was not able to post on the daily devotion site. I was not able to share Father God’s Word, as He had been letting me to do in the past. But, He was actually trying to show me a more accurate and easier way to reach more people, but I was making it hard. I was being stubborn. I did not want change. I wanted it to stay the old way……

See, there may have been someone out there who needs a touch from Father God’s hands and heart, and just possibly, the Word the Lord gave me to share on a certain day, or even today, touched them and turned their lives around. But, it took me (Pat) finally giving Father God permission to take me in a different direction. Father God is a gentleman and will not force us to do things, but gently guides us to realize what is best for us.

And, yes, just like you, I myself, may have needed that Word, touch, nudge from Father God, to step out of my comfort zone.

I as you, also have other things that come up in my life. I as you, have life daily situations to handle and take care of in my life.

I am one person, just human with daily things to take care of just like you do… And time seems to fly faster as I grow older. But, I just step forward, knowing Father God knows what is best for me.

I can hardly believe it is almost Christmas. I should be thinking of Mary, the mother of Jesus, but, my heart is thinking of Mary of Bethany (Mary Magdalene) annointing Jesus feet. She once was a broken person, but, Jesus touched her. Because Jesus had touched her and gave her a new life, the Holy Spirit spoke her to anoint Jesus, preparing Him for the steps He would soon take to walk the Road to Calvary.

I love the story of Jesus, Mary and the Alabaster Box.

I often tell people, “do not judge others by what you see, because you do not know what is in their Alabaster Box!”© PAA

She broke a box of ointment and poured it on Jesus. This ointment was valued at 300 pence. A pence was the daily wage of the average worker. Therefore, in modern terms, it was worth about $15,000.00. This spikenard was produced from a rare plant that grew in India. It was very expensive and many people saved for years to be able to provide this for their own funeral preparations. However, this woman, poured it out on the Lord Jesus.

A lot of preachers teach on the subject of how expenses the oil/perfume cost. Others teach that it meant Mary was giving her best, her all.

But, I think of it this way. ‘What was really in Mary’s Alabaster Box?

I like to imagine that as she broke the vessel so that she might extract every drop of ointment for use on the Lord Jesus, she was also showing Jesus every broken part of herself.

The vessel was her broken life, filled with the oil of all the hurts, sorrow, jealousy, hatred, disappointments and even happiness that she had experienced.
Yes, she had paid a great price in her life, the way she had lived, but, Jesus only saw the broken vessel as clay that He could mold into a beautiful vase. And he did not judge or smell the unpleasant odor of her sins, but the sweet smelling aroma of her love and her willingness to scarified everything to follow her Lord and Savior.

Whatever you may think about when reading this story, Mary gave all she had to Jesus for His glory! She totally opened herself up to Him. She did not try to hide one part of herself.

I wonder have we broken the Alabaster Box of our lives and poured out ourselves, every drop for Him? All the brokeness of our sinful lives.

God is seeking people who have surrendered everything they have, everything they are and everything they hope to be. He is looking for people who will assume the place of servants before Him. He is looking for those who will merely respond when He speaks to them. He is looking for those about whom He can say, “They have done what they could.”

I think of Apostle Paul also when I read this story. In 2 Timothy 4, he says,
“6 For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure is at hand. 7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 8 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.”

I feel that after Mary anointed Jesus, she also, felt the very same way that Paul did.

Are you now ready to break the Alabaster Box of your life?

Please right now, open your Alabaster Box to Jesus. He is waiting to heal you.

“And when Jesus was in Bethany at the house of Simon the leper, a woman came to Him having an alabaster flask of very costly fragrant oil, and she poured it on His head as He sat at the table. But when His disciples saw it, they were indignant, saying, “Why this waste? For this fragrant oil might have been sold for much and given to the poor.” But when Jesus was aware of it, He said to them, “Why do you trouble the woman? For she has done a good work for Me. For you have the poor with you always, but Me you do not have always. For in pouring this fragrant oil on My body, she did it for My burial. Assuredly, I say to you, wherever this gospel is preached in the whole world, what this woman has done will also be told as a memorial to her.””
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭26‬:‭6‬-‭13‬

Please, today, open the Alabaster Box of your life and pour it out to Father God. Let the blood of His Son, Jesus, bury the sinfulness of your past under His blood.

Start a new journey today.

Devotion Written By: Pastor Pat Aman Book © 1996/2023 “Coffee With Pat Daily Devotionals” “Coffee With A Little Spice Of Life” and Westbow Press a division of © Thomas Nelson and Library of Congress Control Number: 2018910976a

Devotions

A Fortune In Friendships

A Fortune In Friendships
Author: Pat Aman
April 22, 2014/rev2023

A true friend looks at a chipped or broken vessel, as perfect and beautiful Vase, molded into a Master Piece of Art. Quote: © Pastor Pat Aman

Proverbs 17:17
A friend loves at all times—–

“Just A Bag Of Clay Balls”

A man was exploring caves by the seashore. In one of the caves he found
a canvas bag with a bunch of hardened clay balls. It was like someone had rolled clay balls and left them out in the sun to bake.

They didn’t look like much, but they intrigued the man, so he took the bag out of the cave with him. As he strolled along the beach, he would throw the clay balls one at a time out into the ocean as far as he could.

He thought little about it, until he dropped one of the clay balls and it cracked open on a rock. Inside was a beautiful, precious stone!

Excited, the man started breaking open the remaining clay balls. Each contained a similar treasure. He found thousands of dollars worth of jewels in the 20 or so clay balls he had left. Then it struck him.

He had been on the beach a long time. He had thrown maybe 50 or 60 of the clay balls with their hidden treasure into the ocean waves. Instead of thousands of dollars in treasure, he could have taken home tens of thousands, but he had just thrown it away!

It’s like that with people. We look at someone, maybe even ourselves, and we see the external clay vessel. It doesn’t look like much from the outside. It isn’t always beautiful or sparkling, so we discount it.

We see that person as less important than someone more beautiful or stylish or well known or wealthy But we have not taken the time to find the treasure hidden inside that person.

There is a treasure in each and every one of us. If we take the time to get to know that person, and if we ask God to show us that person the way He sees them, then the clay begins to peel away and the brilliant gem begins to shine forth.

May we not come to the end of our lives and find out that we have thrown away a fortune in friendships because the gems were hidden in bits of clay. May we see the people in our world as God sees them. I am so blessed by the gems of friendship I have with each of you. Thank you for looking beyond my clay vessel.

Devotion Written By: Pastor Pat Aman Book © 1996/2023 “Coffee With Pat Daily Devotionals” “Coffee With A Little Spice Of Life” and Westbow Press a division of © Thomas Nelson and Library of Congress Control Number: 2018910976……….

Devotions

Merry Christmas To You

During the Christmas Season, I will be sharing poems I have written through the years. I also like to share special Christmas stories, and I hope you enjoy each of them.

Each poem is © of “Coffee With A Little Spice Of Life” and Westbow Press a division of Thomas Nelson and Library of Congress Control Number: 2018910976

Merry Christmas
Pastor Pat AH Aman

Merry Christmas To You
Written By: Patricia Aman December 7, 2013

Luke 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

Written By: Patricia Aman December 7, 2013 © 2013 by Coffee With Pat

Christmas shopping is big business, it seems,
Filling little children with visions and dreams.
There are Christmas decorations inside and out,
But that is not what Christmas is really all about.

Things have changed from a bright star in the Heavens above
To bright shining lights of red and green bulbs,
And from Angels proclaiming the news of a birth,
To say “Merry Christmas” must be not even be heard.

But, I have decided to declare the Good News,
And tell everyone my Christmas views.
I will say “Merry Christmas” to each and all,
With a smile on my face and love in my heart,
I’m going to tell each and every part.

I, like the Angels, will sing and proclaim His birth,
Like the wise men, who bought him gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.
And, just like the shepherds who followed the star that night,
Because they were amazed at how it shone so bright!

And I will tell how they found Him,
In a little town of Bethlehem.
And that He was lying in a feeding trough on hay,
Because Joseph and Mary could find no place to stay.

Then I will share an important part,
That we must understand with all our hearts,
That Jesus was born on earth, just to die on a cross,
So our souls would not be lost.

So, if you happen to see me on the street,
Or in the mall, on a shopping spree.
Yes, I will smile and share the excitement of the year with you,
For I enjoy the lights and trees, and sitting on Santa’s knee, too.

And as we wave and say our goodbyes,
You will see a childlike glow in my eyes,
For I will say with all the love in my heart,
“Jesus loves you, and I do too.”
So, “Merry Christmas”, I will say to you.

Devotion and Poem Written By: Pastor Pat Aman Book © 1996/2020 “Coffee With Pat Daily Devotionals” “Coffee With A Little Spice Of Life” and Westbow Press a division of Thomas Nelson and Library of Congress Control Number: 2018910976…