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Growing Older Is Not What I Expected

Growing Older Is Not What I Expected
Author: Pat Aman
July 16, 2019

Psalm 71:18
Even to old age and gray hairs, O God, do not forsake me.

Proverbs 16:31
There is honor involved in the aging process, because growing old is normally accompanied by increased wisdom and experience. “Gray hair is a crown of splendor; it is attained by a righteous life”

Nehemiah 8:10
“The Joy Of The Lord, Is Your Strength.”

Proverbs 17:22
“A Merry Heart Does Good, Like Medicine, But A Broken Spirit Dries The Bones.”

This is my prayer everyday. Lord, here I am, do not forsake me.

I was very active in my younger days, but, I feel that someone must of changed bodies with me along the way.

Yes, I have more faith and wisdom, but I also have a few more snap, crackles and pops. I also have had a few extra things added and a few taken away.

The old quote,”You are worth your weight in gold, has a completely new meaning.”

I have met people. Made friends, some good and some not so good.

I have gain a lot in my soon to be 66 years. Some things I would like to return.

I feel like that poem about the old women who sees several men a day in her golden years.

Old Folks
Author: Unknown

Old folks are worth a fortune,
with silver in their hair,
gold in their teeth,
stones in their kidneys,
lead in their feet and
gas in their stomachs..

I have become a lot more social
with the passing of the years,
some might even call me a frivolous old gal. I’m seeing five gentlemen every day!

As soon as I wake, Will Power
helps me get out of bed.
Then I go see John.
Then Charley Horse comes along,
and when he is here he takes a lot
of my time and attention!
When he leaves, Arthur Ritis shows
up and stays the rest of the day.
He doesn’t like to stay in one place very long, so he takes me from joint to joint!
After such a busy day,
I’m really tired and glad to go to bed,
with Ben Gay!

P.S. The preacher came to call the other day. He said that at my age I should be thinking about the hear-after. I told him I do, all the time.
No matter where I am,
in the kitchen or down in the basement, I ask myself, “Now what am I here after?”

Old age is a blessing from the Lord. We should never be afraid of aging.

We have confidence that we will be with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Our body may appear older, but our insides are being renewed daily. As elderly Christians never truly get old. You only get old when you stop seeking the advancement of the kingdom of God.

Isaiah 46:4 And I will still be carrying you when you are old. Your hair will turn gray, and I will still carry you. I made you, and I will carry you to safety.

Psalm 71:9 And now, in my old age, don’t set me aside. Don’t forsake me now when my strength is failing.

Old people we carry so much wisdom and they give great advice.

Job 12:12 Wisdom belongs to the aged, and understanding to the old.

1 Kings 12:6 There were some older men who had helped Solomon make decisions when he was alive. So King Rehoboam asked these men what he should do. He said, “How do you think I should answer the people?”

Job 32:7 I thought, ‘Those who are older should speak, for wisdom comes with age.’

The godly continue to bear fruit and praise the Lord.

Psalm 92:12-14 But the godly will flourish like palm trees and grow strong like the cedars of
Lebanon. For they are transplanted to the LORD’s own house. They flourish in the courts of our God. Even in old age they will still produce fruit; they will remain vital and green. They will declare, “The LORD is just! He is my rock! There is no evil in him!”

So, yes, I might have a pain here, and a few extra hairs growing in all sorts of places.

But, I got a mirror and a pain of tweezers. And I will be okay. And you will too.

So, let’s laugh and enjoy life.

Let’s keep the younger generation on their toes. And one day they too will finally figure out why we were laughing and snickering at them when they think they already know it all.

We as older seniors have earned a hazmat suit. And it is covered in gold metals.

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Someone Needs To Get A Job

Someone Needs To Get A Job
Author: Pat Aman
July 14, 2019

My mama use to say, “if someone has time to cause mischief, they have to much time on their hands. Send them to me, I will put them to work.”

I myself, am almost to the point of not watching the news, and reading Facebook.

People must have to much time on their hands.

They are licking ice cream, items in doctors offices, and spitting in drinks and food.

I do not know what is going on in the world. People want to go viral. They want a fast dollar. It has become a circus.

And being polite, well that is another entire story. Adults are rude and teaching their children by their actions.

Get upset, and just cuss someone out. And to hear a child say yes ma’am, no sir, and not even have respect to address an elder properly, on my gracious.

And it is not just the non-churched, but people who call themselves God fearing children if God, talking so rudely, my heart hurts.

How can we expect to raise a generation of children and youth to obey God’s Word and live a life of wholesomeness, if we as adults are not living a Godly life, in front of our children.

People going to church does not make you a Christian, no more than sitting in your garage, makes you a car.

And being Baptize does not save you. Baptism is just an outside sign of an inner change. It is telling the world. I have been saved, and I am making a change in my life.

The only way to make sure if you see Heaven, is through the saving mercy, blood and grace of Jesus Christ. You must go by the cross.

So, Which Road of Life Will You Choose?

Choosing God’s Road Will Make The Rough Spots Easier To Walk.

Romans 1:16, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek.”

Romans 2:12, “For as many as have sinned without law will also perish without law, and as many as have sinned in the law will be judge by the law.”

Romans 3:23, “For all have sinned and come short of the Glory of God.”

Romans 6:23, “For the wages of sin in death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Romans 10: 8-13, 17, “But what does the scriptures say?’ The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith which we preach): that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the Scripture says, “Whosoever believes in Him will not be put to shame.” For there is no distinction between the Jew and the Greek, for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him. For whosoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

St. John 3: 16-17, ” For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.”

II Corinthians 5: 17, “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away, behold all things have become anew.”

II Corinthians 7:1, “Therefore having these promises beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in fear of God.”

If you have read the scriptures and you would like to ask Jesus to come into your heart, pray this prayer aloud with me.

Father God, I love you. The scriptures say with the heart I believe and with my mouth confession is made. Now, I repent of my sins and ask you to forgive me. Come into my heart right now and save me. I believe that you sent your Son Jesus, who died on the cross for me. His blood was shed for me, that I will now spend eternal life with you in Heaven. I believe that in three days Jesus arose from the dead to give me victory over my sins. I believe now that I am a new person, and all the things I did in the past is gone, to be remember no more. I thank you now for writing my name in the Lamb’s Book of Life. I thank you for saving my soul from the pits of hell. Now mold me into what you want me to be. In Jesus Name I Pray Amen and Amen

The one and only help for this generation is God. He is our only hope and refuge.

“This I recall to my mind, Therefore I have hope. Through the LORD’s mercies we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness.

The LORD is good to those who wait for Him, To the soul who seeks Him. It is good that one should hope and wait quietly For the salvation of the LORD.”
‭‭Lamentations‬ ‭3:21-23, 25-26‬ ‭

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Chose Your Battles Carefully

Chose Your Battles Carefully
Author: Pat Aman

Isaiah 41:10-13
So, do not fear, for I am with you. Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I wi l l uphold you with my righteous right hand. “All who rage against you will surely be ashamed and disgraced; those who oppose you will be as nothing and perish. Though you search for your enemies, you will not find them. Those who wage war against you will be as nothing at all. For I am the LORD your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.

“Choosing your battles will help you win the war. So, choose them in prayer. Quote: Pat Aman

Proverbs 26:17 “He who passes by and meddles in a quarrel not his own Is like one who takes a dog by the ears.”
When I read these two scriptures, I realize in the first one, God is saying, “Hey, why are you fighting this battle? I already have it covered.”
And the second scripture, I actually laughed, because only God would of had David say it so plain.

In others words. Why waste your time with non-sense?

Many times you may have inserted yourself into a situation that, looking back, you wish you would have never done. You may have never grabbed a dog by the ears, but you probably would guess that what would follow would not be good.

There are battles in life that you should get involved with and battles that you should not.

So choose your battles carefully. If you haven’t been invited to participate by all parties or it doesn’t directly affect you, you should pause.

Just maybe you need to step back and look at the situation in which you are about to get involved?

Is there a situation in which you are already involved that you may need to remove yourself?

Yes, we all find ourselves in those positions. Why? Because we jumped before we thought.

We face external and internal battles daily.

The examples below are just simple, but you will get the idea.

Example: This is a personal battle I had myself. Internal
“Pat, do you reach for the Diet Caffeine Free Dr. Pepper, or a cold glass of water?”

My mind war…
Well, it is diet.
It is caffeine free.
It is just a soft drink, no sugar and no caffeine!
Let’s see ingredient’s:
Carbonated water
Caramel color
Phosphoric avid
Natural and Artificial flavors
Sodium benzoate

Now other choice….
Ingredient’s: water from a system, that family bought me which water goes through seven purification levels.

I know which one is healthy and healing, but, I do not always chose the correct one. Instead I fight a constant battle, I should not be fighting.

Drink the water, Pat!!!

Then let’s look at an external battle.

My husband works out of town 95% of the time. He eats out every night.
When he comes home, he wants a home cook meal.

Then here I am. I eat at home all the time, so, I want to go out to eat.

Now, this could be a big battle between the two of us. But, we have chosen our battle.

We chose to respect one another.

I cook most of the time for him when he is at home. I try to cook the good country foods he likes to enjoy.

But, we also go on a date night when he is home. He takes me out to eat for at lest for one special meal of my chose.

So, this next week, practice closing your battles. Whether, job, family, husband, wife, are children.

Asked yourself, is it worth my time, energy, are my emotional and spiritual peace of mine?

Then, step back and make the right choice.

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Don’t Get Constipated

Don’t Get Constipated
Author: Pat Aman…

I made a statement to a friend yesterday, that sometimes we get full of IT!

That we sometimes need to take a good dose of laxative. In other words a laxative from the word of God.

When we do this He will stir our insides around and everything will soon work out. Then we are cleaned out and feel a lot better about our circumstances.

(Psalm 51:10-13) says, “Create in me a clean heart O God. And renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me away from Your presence, and do not take Your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, and uphold me by Your generous Spirit. Then I will teach transgressors your ways, and sinners shall be converted to You.”

This scripture says a lot. Sometimes when we get so bedded down with life, we need a good working out from the Lord.

Now you know what I mean. When we get well, I just going to say it, constipated we feel miserable. We take some medication and we get worked out and we feel better.

There are times in our life, we think that we are in control. We can handle everything ourselves. We do not need God to help us solve our problems and troubles.

How many times have you prayed for God to take care of a circumstances, then the minute you say Amen to your prayer, you know the prayer you ask God to handle it.

You then get up off your knees and try to tell God how it needs to be handled. You start worrying about it. You have picked the situation back up into your hands and taken it back from God.

When we do this, we soon become unhappy. We become stressed. We become constipated. That is when we need to get in the word and down on our knees and take a good dose of God’s laxative. Then when He works it out, we will feel a lot better. Not so bloated and making ourselves and everyone around us miserable.

Today, take the time to pray and read the word and see all the (crap) God will bring out of you as you empty yourself in Him. He can take it and nothing we do smells to strong for him.

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America Strong

America Strong
Author: Pat Aman…

America lost its innocence. After Pearl Harbor was attacked, the country of Japan knew that they had made a mistake. The Emperor of Japan said,” I am afraid that we have awakened a sleeping giant.”

Today, again, this sleeping giant needs to be awakened.

Americans are fighting among themselves. We are killing each other.

We must seek God and His ways.

The Bible says that we are held accountable for our treatment of our brothers and sisters (blood and spiritual).

God expects us to demonstrate a forgiving and expressive love to those who have wronged us.

(Romans 12:19-21) says, “Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay”, says the Lord. “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; If he is thirsty, give him drink; for in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”

In Genesis 4:9, when Cain killed Abel, God cursed Cain for what he had done. God will take of our enemies if we will follow in His path of righteousness.

We also need to stop and think about America. Are we as Americans following the path of righteousness? Are we living a godly life?

(2 Chronicles 7:14) says, “If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”

(Jeremiah 24:6-7) say, “For I will set my eyes on them for good, and I will bring them back to this land; I will build them and not pull them down; and I will plant them and not pluck them up. The I will give them a heart to know Me, that I am the Lord; and they shall be My people, and I will be their God, for they shall return to Me with their whole heart.”

There needs to be a spiritual Revival in America.

We need to make sure that we personally know God as our personal Savior.

In the book of Revelations we read about the things to come. Wars and rumors of wars. We just need to make sure we are ready to meet God when He gets ready to call us home.

The Flag-The Red, White and Blue
Written By: Rev. Patricia Aman
Copyright 2000

As I look at the American flag through my classroom window do I really see freedom? I see red stripes that stand for the blood that was lost in wars to give me my freedom. I look at the blue field that is the foundation of the stars, which stand for loyalty to our country, and I see white stripes in which stands for purity and a sinless country. The stars are shining states leading the world in peace, yes freedom.

But then behind a cloudy glaze I see something else. I see fifty stars not shining so bright. America has lost its shine. We have more violence than any other country its size in the world. Our schoolyards are full of guns and violence and bloodshed, not blood shed in freedom, but in violence. Even with our unlimited technology and our great scientific minds we have nearly half of our children graduating school with a below level I.Q.

Could all this be happening to our children because we have allowed discipline, prayer and the Bible to be removed from our homes and schools?

Our fore Fathers fought and shed their blood so we could have freedom. Was it all in vain?

So now as I look at the red stripes, they are getting redder with the blood of our children, it makes me want to cry. When I look at the white stripes I see drugs, pornography, killings, babies having babies, rape, incest, and hatred. Yes a country that is not sinless. I see so much sin that the white stars are slowly fading into a dingy yellow. And the blue field holding the stars the foundation is starting to lose its strength and does not stand for loyalty anymore. People are fighting each other. And for a certain dollar amount you can have someone murdered who gets in your way.

People are only so called loyal to themselves. Not to any one else and not to their country. Everyone is doing his or her own thing. No one works together anymore. Where is the loyalty in American? And where is that freedom as Old Glory waves high in the sky her head bowed low in shame. American lets stand up and take America back for our children. Let us stop anyone who stands in our way of freedom, whether it be freedom of speech, religion, life, liberty are the pursuit of happiness. Lets tell the devil and every evil occult that tries to lead our children away that we will not let you kill our children.

Parents reach down and grab your children from this horrible place we have allowed them to grow up. It is not to late for America. Lets put the Bible, prayer and discipline back in our homes and schools.

Parents begin at home by being an example to your children. Let them know they can live in a wonderful place and can succeed and grow and that there is a better way of life. A place that they will not have to be afraid anymore. Tell them about the once lost America.

Then they can stand up proudly and say, I am an American. I will fight for my country. I want my freedom and rights back and I will as my fore Fathers give my life to have it.

Then as we say the words I Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag, of the United States of American, and to the republic for which it stands. One nation under God, indivisible with liberty and justice for all, Old Glory will again hold her head up and we can look up as she waves high in the sky and say I am Proud too be an American.

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“Faith As The Grain Of The Mustard Seed”

“Faith As The Grain Of The Mustard Seed”
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, 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, disease, a wounded relationship, trouble in your home? Something else? Be encouraged! Jesus shows the way to see that mountain removed.

First, 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, 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.

See, 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.

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I Want To Be First

I Want To Be First
Author: Pat Aman

“Then the mother of Zebedee’s sons came to Him with her sons, kneeling down and asking something from Him. And He said to her, “What do you wish?” She said to Him, “Grant that these two sons of mine may sit, one on Your right hand and the other on the left, in Your kingdom.” But Jesus answered and said, “You do not know what you ask. Are you able to drink the cup that I am about to drink, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?” They said to Him, “We are able.” So He said to them, “You will indeed drink My cup, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with; but to sit on My right hand and on My left is not Mine to give, but it is for those for whom it is prepared by My Father.””
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭20:20-23‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Let’s think about this mother’s question. She was asking for great favor for her two sons.

They are full of confidence in themselves. They think they deserve this opportunity and reward. They think they can handle whatever comes.

Does this sound like us, sometimes.
We asked God for things He knows we cannot handle. He whispers to us in his soft voice, trying to lead us into the right path. But, we are stubborn and shellfish at times.

We want to act like little children who want more information than we can process and more experience than we can handle, so we act like younger siblings wondering why we can’t have the same privileges as out much older brother or sister.

While there may be a very good explanation for their mother’s question, the answer is beyond their grasp to understand. The two sons had no clue what they were signing up to do, but some day later, they would.

Do we get ahead of The Almighty God, the creator of Heaven and Earth, and try to act like we are ready to handle things ourselves?

Do we absolutely ask God for things we have no clue what we are asking?

Hum, maybe we need to not only ask, but learn too listen!

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“Who Takes Care Of Who?”

“Who Takes Care Of Who?”
Author: Pat Aman

Sometimes it’s hard to tell.

Our dog Cali for instance, makes me wonder?

Yes, we take good care of Cali. We feed her well, (people tell us that Cali eats better then we do) look after her health, (with the help of my daughter Anna, and Stage Road Animal Hospital), keep her warm in winter and cool in summer. I give her affection, play with her, and try to teach her how to live in a world of people.

My friends tells everyone that Cali behaves better then some children do.

But in return. Cali gives me the freedom to feel safe in my home. I am protected at all hours. In the darkness I can walk outside without fear. Why? Because Cali will protect me. And she knows mama is backing her up with a 38 in my pocket.

And she will either give you kisses are make you get back in your car. Not with her actions, or being aggressive, she just has a deep bark. But, it is all according to my actions, toward you.

She gives me companionship, even when I’m not good company for anyone else. It’s amazing how my low spirits can soar when a cold nose pushes against my arm and a toy finds its way into my hand.

Cali is spoiled and loves to give love and get attention. And I love and give her attention. Cali can be laid back, are ready to run and play.

She is gentle as a lamb, and loves it when the grandchildren come to visit. She will sit in her recliner and keep a tender watch over them.

She loves the children in the neighborhood, but I feel she might would be upset, if she thought any of them would be in danger.

If she sees something in the yard, she will come get us, and have us check it out.

Nothing can be out of place in the neighborhood, she will bark her deep bark until she sees we have it covered.

See, Cali’s got our back. And we try to care for her, as much as she cares for us.

So, who takes care of who? Love doesn’t keep score. I like to think that maybe I manage to give God a little something back for all the care He gives me. But I’m glad He doesn’t insist on it.

Just like Cali, knows when I do not want to talk, play, are let her sit in my lap. God also knows the times when I am feeling a little down and my Spirits are low. And just as Cali will wait for she knows that soon I will come around and play with her. God also knows that I will come around and call on Him.

Cali never leaves me, she just sits on her bed and waits.

God also never leaves me. He waits patiently for me to come back to Him. Then He loves, guides and helps me in all of my life weary times and good times.

(Isaiah 41:10) says, Fear thou not; For I am with thee……I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee…)

God is always there to help me and you, even when we do not feel worthy to be loved. He is always there to protect and watch over us.

God just like Cali, looks at our heart with His big loving eyes, and says, ““Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.””
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭11:28-30‬ ‭

Today, God is waiting on you. He is ready to work things out for you. He is ready to make you happy and laugh. So, snuggle up in the loving arms of your Father God today.

Father God, help me be the person today, that my dog thinks I am…..

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Whose Your Daddy?

Whose Your Daddy?
Author; Pat Aman

‭‭I Corinthians‬ ‭15:48-49‬ ‭“As was the man of dust, so also are those who are made of dust; and as is the heavenly Man, so also are those who are heavenly. And as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly Man.”

Colossians 1:12
(We are) giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light.

As I am thinking about Father’s Day, I want to share a story and a little history. I do not remember who wrote this story, but it is worth sharing wit you.

A Seminary professor was vacationing with his wife in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. One morning, they went for breakfast at a little restaurant, hoping to enjoy a quiet, family meal. While they were waiting for their food, they noticed a distinguished looking, white haired man moving from table to table, visiting with the guests. The professor leaned over and whispered to his wife, “I hope he doesn’t come over here.” But sure enough, the man did come over to their table.

“Where are you folks from?” he asked in a friendly voice.

“Oklahoma,” they answered.

“Great to have you here in Tennessee,” the stranger said.

“What do you do for a living?”

“I teach at a seminary,” the professor replied.

“Oh, so you teach preachers how to preach, do you? Well, I’ve got a really good story for you.”

And with that, the gentleman pulled up a chair and sat down at the table with the couple.

The professor groaned and thought to himself, “Great, just what I need–another preacher story!”

The man started, “See that mountain over there?” (He pointed out a restaurant window). “Not far from the base of that mountain, there was a boy born to an unwed mother. He had a hard time growing up, because every place he went, he was always asked, “Hey boy, who’s your daddy?” Whether he was at school, in the grocery store or drug store, people would ask the same question, “Who’s your daddy?” He would hide at recess and lunchtime from other students. He would avoid going into stores because that question hurt him so much.

When he was about 12 years old, a new preacher came to his church. He would always go in late and slip out early to avoid hearing the question, “Who’s your daddy?” But one day, the new preacher said the benediction so fast, the boy got caught and had to walk out with the crowd. Just about the time he got to the back door, the new preacher, not knowing anything about the young man, put his hand on his shoulder and asked him, “Son, who’s your daddy?”

The whole church got deathly quiet. He could feel every eye in the church looking at him. Now everyone would finally know the answer to the, question, “Who’s your daddy?”

The new preacher, though, sensed the situation around him and using discernment that only the Holy Spirit could give, said the following to the scared little boy. “Wait a minute! I know who you are. I see the family resemblance now. “You are a child of God.” With that he patted the boy on his shoulder and said, “Boy, you’ve got a great inheritance. Go and claim it.”

The boy smiled for the first time in a long time and walked out the door a changed person. He was never the same again. Whenever anybody asked him, “Who’s your Daddy?” he’d just tell them, “I’m a child of God.”

The distinguished gentleman got up from the table and said, “Isn’t that a great story?”

The professor responded that it really was.

As the man turned to leave, he said, “You know, if that new preacher hadn’t told me that I was one of God’s children, I probably would never have amounted to anything!” And he walked away.

The seminary professor and his wife were stunned. He called the waitress over and asked, “Do you know that man who just left that was sitting at our table?”

The waitress grinned and said, “Of course. Everybody here knows him. That’s Ben Hooper.
He’s the former governor of Tennessee!”

So, I asked you today, “Whose Your Daddy?”

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Your Plans

Your Plans
Author: Pat Aman…
June 12, 2019

Have you ever made plans, and they did not work not work out?

Oh, boy, can I raise my hands to yes on that question!

Now, I will asked you a bigger question, “did you asked God what He thought about your plans.”

I have found out the hard way, God has a sense of humor.

God seems to have a unique way of upsetting the plans we have made, when we have not taken His advice into account. He tells us in His word He is with us, and He will guide our path, if we just let Him.

“Then the word of the LORD came to me, saying: “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; Before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations.” Then said I: “Ah, Lord GOD! Behold, I cannot speak, for I am a youth.” But the LORD said to me: “Do not say, ‘I am a youth,’ For you shall go to all to whom I send you, And whatever I command you, you shall speak. Do not be afraid of their faces, For I am with you to deliver you,” says the LORD. Then the LORD put forth His hand and touched my mouth, and the LORD said to me: “Behold, I have put My words in your mouth. See, I have this day set you over the nations and over the kingdoms, To root out and to pull down, To destroy and to throw down, To build and to plant.” Moreover the word of the LORD came to me, saying, “Jeremiah, what do you see?” And I said, “I see a branch of an almond tree.” Then the LORD said to me, “You have seen well, for I am ready to perform My word.””
‭‭Jeremiah‬ ‭1:4-12‬ ‭

We get ourselves into in a mess when we leave God out of our plans.

When if we had sit down (and had a little talk with Jesus, He would have made it aright), from the very beginning.

Jeremiah 29: 11-13. 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. 12. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.

Seeking God in our lives is more than just words. It is a personal relationship.

When we are apart from God, we do not remember to take into account, everything that God would have already planned out. Things He knew that we would face. Obstacles that may occur.

We must realize God already knows about us. He knows our voice. He hears our prayers.

““It shall come to pass That before they call, I will answer; And while they are still speaking, I will hear.”
‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭65:24‬ ‭

So, if you have hit bottom, and you think there is no way out. Reach up, for God is ready to reach down and set your feet on the right path.

Psalm 49: 1-3 1. I waited patiently for the LORD; he turned to me and heard my cry. 2He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. 3He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear the LORD and put their trust in him.

This devotional is a ©1996/2019
Coffee With Pat Miniseries & WestBow a Division Of Thomas Nelson Publishers

(Cleavant Derricks)

I once was lost in sin but Jesus took me in
And then a little light from heaven filled my soul
It bathed my heart in love and it wrote my name above
And just a little talk with my Jesus made me whole

Have a little talk with Jesus tell him all about our troubles
Hear our fainted cry answer by and by
Feel a little prayer wheel turning know a little fire is burning
Find a little talk with Jesus makes it right

Sometimes my path grows drear without a ray of cheer
And then a cloud of doubt may hide the day
The mists of sin may rise and hide the starry skies
But just a little talk with Jesus clears the way
Have a little talk with Jesus…

I may have doubts and fears my eyes be filled with tears
But Jesus is a friend who watches day and night
I go to him in prayer he knows my every care
And just a little talk with my Jesus makes it right

Have a little talk with Jesus…
Find a little talk with Jesus makes it right
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