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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
6/15/2019

‭‭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.

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HAVE A LITTLE TALK WITH JESUS
(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
Songwriters: CLEAVANT DERRICKS
© Universal Music Publishing Group

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I Can Hardly Imagine

I Can Hardly Imagine
Author: Pat Aman
May 28, 2019

Tonight Joe and I watched the movie, “I Can Only Imagine.”

The first time I heard this song, I had to pull the car over and praise God, as tears of joy and love over-poured from my spirit.

I did not even know the meaning or heart break and restoration that the writer of the great song went though, in his life.

As we watched the movie, ‘I Can Only Imagine’ we learned that the lead singer of MercyMe, Bart Millard shares his journey which inspired the famous song. Bart’s past became a defining and controlling factor in his life. In order to become spiritually healthy, he had to recall the past: his mother’s absence, his father’s abuse, and his own leaving.

On some level, we can all resonate with Bart’s past and had hurts growing up.

Romans 14:11 11It is written: “‘As surely as I live,’ says the LORD, ‘every knee will bow before me; every tongue will acknowledge God.'”Philippians 2:9-11 9Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, 10that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is LORD, to the glory of God the Father.

So, what is God like?

First, John says that God is a father. By sending “his one and only Son,” God demonstrates that fatherhood is central to his identity and being. He has eternally existed as a Father, and the Son, Jesus Christ, has eternally enjoyed the fellowship of a good and perfect Father.

Second, John twice writes the famous words: God is love. God is not simply loving or full of love; He is love. In other words, love is not the primary thing and God secondary; “love comes from God,” meaning love can only be understood as an offspring of God’s nature.

Third, John tells us that God is for us. The Father did not wait for us to find our way to Him; we could never make it on our own, not given our sin against Him. God demonstrates his love for us—you and me and the whole world—by sending his only Son, so “that we might live through him.”

We must realize that we are adopted into our Heavenly Father’s family. But, for us to be adopted it required the sacrifice of Jesus on the Cross. Adoption came at a great cost to the Father. We were adopted by God for the same reason that any parent adopts, out of sheer love. We are adopted “in love” and “to the praise of his grace” (Ephesians 1:4-6). God is not just full of love; God is love. Love is just an expression of God being God.

In his great love, he plans adoption, pays the cost, becomes our Father, unites us to a whole family of brothers and sisters, offers us his immeasurable wealth, and gives us the assurance that nothing can separate us from him.

He is our:

  • Elohim (God)
  • Yahweh (Lord, Jehovah)
  • El Elyon (The Most High God)
  • Adonai (Lord, Master)
  • El Shaddai (Lord God Almighty)
  • El Olam (The Everlasting God)
  • Jehovah Jireh (The Lord Will Provide)
  • Jehovah Rapha (The Lord Who Heals You)
  • Jehovah Nissi (The Lord Is My Banner)
  • El Qanna (Jealous God)
  • Jehovah Mekoddishkem (The Lord Who Sanctifies You)
  • Jehovah Shalom (The Lord Is Peace)
  • Jehovah Sabaoth (The Lord of Hosts)
  • Jehovah Raah (The Lord Is My Shepherd)
  • Jehovah Tsidkenu (The Lord Our Righteousness)
  • Jehovah Shammah (The Lord Is There)

Can we even realize or imagine what it will really be like when one day we return to our Heavenly Home?

What will we do when we stand before Father God?

I myself, can only just imagine. Because Father God has shown me more grace and mercy than I deserve.

On my, I can hardly even imagine….

I Can Only Imagine
MercyMe
I can only imagine what it will be like
When I walk by Your side
I can only imagine what my eyes will see
When Your face is before me
I can only imagineSurrounded by Your glory
What will my heart feel?
Will I dance for you Jesus?
Or in awe of You be still?
Will I stand in Your presence?
Or to my knees will I fall?
Will I sing Hallelujah?
Will I be able to speak at all?
I can only imagineI can only imagine when that day comes
And I find myself standing in the Son
I can only imagine when all I would do
Is forever, forever worship You
I can only imagineSurrounded by Your glory
What will my heart feel?
Will I dance for you Jesus?
Or in awe of You be still?
Will I stand in Your presence?
Or to my knees will I fall?
Will I sing Hallelujah?
Will I be able to speak at all?
I can only imagine
Yeah, I can only imagineSurrounded by Your glory
What will my heart feel?
Will I dance for you Jesus?
Or in awe of You be still?
Will I stand in Your presence?
Or to my knees will I fall?
Will I sing Hallelujah?
Will I be able to speak at all?
I can only imagine (can you imagine?)
I can only imagineI can only imagine (can you imagine?)
I can only imagine (I can imagine)I can only imagine.
I can only imagine.©1999 Simpleville Music(ASCAP)

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Where Is The Salt?

Where Is The Salt?
Author: Pat Aman
5/30/2019

Colossians 4:6 Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.

What is it about salt? And how do I season speech with it? Gracious speech is sweet, yet Paul says to season it with salt.

Matthew 5:13-16 “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

If you go to one of our daughter’s home, you will find every kind of special salt. Himalayan salt you will find. Sea salt you will find. But forget about just regular old salt.

And I will not even get into, no Sugar, no Crisco Shortening.

Now you will find a butter called Ghee, or a coconut butter or shortening, but normal stuff, forget it.

Now she does have spices, yes, all the organic spices in the world. And I have learned to cook at her house using these items.

I did find out that using coconut shortening on your turkey at Thanksgiving makes the brownest sweetest tasting turkey.

But, back to the salt.

I have had to learn to measure out the correct amount of salt that she has in her house. Because you can put a little to much Himalayan-salt before you realize and when I did, there was no saving that meal. Not even by adding potatoes to the pot. But the salt added correctly, the meal had a robust taste.

We know that salt carries all the other flavors to a new level of palatability. It brings a wonderful balance to whatever we maybe cooking.

Take out the salt in any recipe and there’s something vital missing.

Let’s think about it for a second. What is it about salt? By itself, salt doesn’t taste so great. It’s too strong. Yet add it to the recipe and its power becomes the very thing which brings life to the food.

I think salt is that one Spice of God’s truth that enhances, preserves and strengthens us.

What about the words that come from our mouths?

Speech seasoned with salt will encourage or warn, it will impart life and prevent decay from setting in, or stop it in its tracks.

Think about back before the ice boxes, refrigerator, and freezers. People cured their meat with salt. They were able to hang their meat in smoke houses, and cellars as long as it was salted, which kept the meat from decaying.

When I watched my Mawmaw Wade making butter out of the sweet cream that rose to the top of cow’s milk, she always added a little salt. It was just the right amount to keep that sweet taste of butter, but enhanced the flavor of the butter.

Salt is vital to life and salted speech is too.

As children of our Heavenly Father, we need to be “salty” in a world that is falling apart from the decay of sin.

Our message is sweet. God forgives, He loves, He brings eternal life. Yet these wonderful truths exist in an awful context of death and decay which we must not ignore by only speaking graciously. We must add salt.

Do you add the correct amount of salt to your vocabulary?

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Coffee With Pat Miniseries & Christian Faith Publishers

Devotions

There Is Only One Of Me!

Have you ever felt like there needed to be three of you. I think that is how I have felt since March.

I have been so busy, that I am beginning to wonder, do I still have a bed at my house? I would love to find out.

Someone said to me this week,”how do you have the time to study and prepare devotions?”

Answer: I take the time. If I did not take the time to spend with my Father God, my life would be in turmoil.

Yes, there are times like today when devotions maybe repeated. But, that is when I feel maybe someone, yes, even myself needs to read it again.

Remember, without your time with Father God, would be like not taking a bath for days. You would begin to stink bad.

Nicodemus
Author: Pat Aman

(Isaiah 9:2) says, “The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death upon them hath the light shines.”

John 3 tells us that Nicodemus first came to Jesus under the cover of darkness, a questioner: “Who are you really? How can a man be born again?” Jesus answered his questions, and raised more. But John does not say that Nicodemus believed.

Perhaps he mulled the questions and answers over, for John 7 tells us he defended Jesus when other Pharisees accused him: “Does our law judge a man without first giving him a hearing and learning what he does?” But John still does not say he believed.

Then, unexpectedly, John 19 shows Nicodemus performing an act of great faith. When Joseph of Arimathes took Jesus’ body down from the cross, Nicodemus came with expensive spices and helped anoint the body for burial.

According to Hebrew law this made him unclean, he could not celebrate Passover. Further, it publicly identified him with Jesus when even the disciples had fled.

I wonder when Nicodemus decided to believe in Jesus, in a blinding moment, or by a slow process of growth?

John’s way of telling the story of Nicodemus shows me that when we first believe is not what really matters. What matters is that we, like Nicodemus, finally arrive at Jesus, to offer our wealth, our reputation and our service.

Judging people is a fault in this world today. People read the papers, watch TV, the internet, and of course the gossiping mouths and believe everything without seeking the truth.

I feel that we do not need to judge someone until we walk in their shoes. Maybe even meet with the person that we are judging and find the true facts about the story. Then we would learned the truth as well as find out that the person is doing greater things in the community that is helping people.

So before you judge someone, remember God tell us that we should not judge our brother and sister, but lift them up in the Holy Love of God. Remember one day you may fall, and it just may be the person you have judged and torn down, that will be there to lift you up.

This devotional is a ©1996/2019
Coffee With Pat Miniseries & Christian Faith Publishers