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The Prays Of A Praying Woman?

The Prays Of A Praying Woman?
Author: Pat Aman
2002REVJanuary 26, 2023

1 Thessalonians 5:17 “PRAY CONTINUALLY”

I was blessed with one of these women who prayed, as my Mama. I’m not talking about simple prayers at the end of the day and before meals; I’m talking straight forward to the point prayers.

My mama was a warrior armed with the Sword of the Word, a passionate heart, and a determined spirit.

There were two worn spots in the floor on the side of her bed, left there by her knees from years of kneeling before her Father God even when it hard for her. Her Bible had tear stains, where she cried out of her children, family and friends.

I cherish the memory of hearing her pray in her last days each night over a monitor we had in her bedroom. Praying till her last breath for her children.

Yes, we had a monitor in her bedroom so if she needed us after we helped her in bed we would hear her calling us. We were there at her beckon call, just as she did for us while children under her love and care.

She was truly a woman who prayed and she charged me to become one. Here is what I learned sitting at her knee…

Prayer was a part of her identity, not just a part of her routine.That dedication is what called her out of bed with the earliest rays of the sun to pray for her family and had her praying for anyone Father God bought before her, in her heart and mind. She prayed immediately in her kitchen, garden and wherever she was called to pray.

Mama knew prayer was powerful, not because of the one praying or the words of the prayer itself…it is powerful because Father God who heard her prayers was all powerful and He answers powerfully. The power of a praying woman isn’t in her own strength, but the result of her relationship with the Lord God Almighty.

Just as women in the Bible like Hannah, The priest Eli saw Hannah praying intensely but silently and, thinking she was drunk, rebuked her. Once Hannah explained that she was praying, the priest blessed her and asked God to grant her request. She returned home and was able to conceive. Hannah bore a son and named him “Samuel,” which means “I have asked for him from the LORD” 1 Samuel 2:20.

And let’s look at The Parable of the Persistent Widow
Luke 18: 1-8 And he told them a parable to the effect that they ought ralways to pray and not slose heart. He said, “In a certain city there was a judge who tneither feared God nor respected man. And there was a widow in that city who kept coming to him and saying, ‘Give me justice against my adversary.’ For a while he refused, but afterward he said to himself, Though I neither fear God nor respect man, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will give her justice, so that she will not beat me down by her continual coming.’ And the Lord said, “Hear what the unrighteous judge says. And will not God give justice to his elect, who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long over them? I tell you, he will give justice to them aspeedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?”

I learned from my Mama prayer is literally talking to the Father God with freedom and confidence…it’s not something to be taken lightly.

The power of a praying woman isn’t in her own strength, but her relationship with her Father God.

Women who prays continually, with focus, dedication, and intimacy are women with strength because of God’s ability to work through them.

Thank you Mama, for teaching me to pray.

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

What is Character?

What is Character?
1998/2009/rev2016rev2023

Proverbs 22: 1 “A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favor rather than silver and gold.”

God has made us to have external characteristic and internal characteristics. The external things are those part of us that everyone can see.

They are the outside part of us, how tall we are, what we look like, how good we are at music or sports or art, how well we do in our schoolwork and many other areas that others see about us. Most people place the most importance on these external things. They are very concerned about what they wear and if they have “name brand” clothing or not. They are concerned about the style and cut of their hair, about the style and cut of their hair. Many times even the brand of tennis shoes that they wear is of great importance.

It is not wrong to look sharp and wear stylish things. It is not wrong to do well in school. It is not wrong to want to do our best in football or basketball or make the cheerleading squad. These are good things to desire. But they are not the most important things about us. Part of growing up and becoming a mature man or woman is really knowing what is important and what is not important.

The really important part of you is the internal part called your character. The reason this is important is that sooner or later, what you are really like on the inside will show on the outside. If you are a liar and think you can get away with it, soon you will lie often; and you will be found out, and your character will show you for what you are. If you have much pride in some ability, soon others will notice your pride and will not want to acknowledge the ability God’s has given you.

They will not care how good you are at something, for they will not want to be around you. But if you work on your character, it will show through your life and make those external things even better.

For example, if you are a giving and caring person from your heart, others around will be happy for you when something good happens to you. If you are self-centered and only think of yourself, others will not be happy and glad for you when something good happens.

The reason that people sometimes do not have friends is because their inner character is not pretty or smart. What we are on the inside will sooner or later always show to others.

Just remind yourself of what is really important. Stop and think of ten bad attitudes, and then think of ten good attitudes. After you think about these attitudes it will be obvious which attitudes are of God and which are of the flesh. If we are to grown in our character and “Be conformed to the image of Jesus” by the Holy Spirit working in us, we must remember some very important things.

We must desire to be like Jesus and consciously choose to “walk in the spirit”.
We must recognize that from time to time we will “fall back” and choose to give in to the desires of the flesh. We must not be discouraged by this but use those times to determine that we have an even greater desire to be like Jesus.

When we do give in to the desires of the flesh, we must realize that we have sinned and confess our sin to God. He promises in I John 1: 9 that if we confess our sins to Him, He will “forgive us and cleanse us from all unrighteousness”
After we have received forgiveness, we need to ask God to fill us with His Spirit and Guide us in the way we should go.
If we are conscious of these things, we can be sure that God will be at work making us more and more like Jesus. We will want of live a life that we will be filled with love for others, and with peace and joy in our hearts, longsuffering and patience when things do not go our way, gentleness and goodness in our attitudes toward others and faithfulness when God wants to use us to do something good. When we have these things, we will not have to suffer guilt, anger, rebellion and all those other attitudes and feelings that continually hurt us and others. We will be free to be all God wants us to be.

When we read the story of Noah, we read that the people in Noah’s time were living in the flesh and did not desire to seek after God. It was not long before God destroyed them all, for their hearts were sinful and wicked. Noah and his family were not perfect, but God say in Genesis 6:8 that “Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord”

Noah is a good example for all of us. God does not expect us to be perfect, but He does want us to learn to walk in the Spirit and to desire to become like Jesus. When this is our desire, He promises to bless us in many ways. One of God’s promises to Noah was that He would never again destroy the earth with a flood.

But God does tell us many times that if we continue to walk in the flesh which is sin, and have no desire to learn to walk like Jesus, there will be consequences in our lives that are not good. Just as your parents might give you consequences of punishment for misbehavior, so does God warn us of consequences of allowing ungodly character to be a part of our lives.

Think now about your character. What is there about your character do you need to change?

What are the good things about your character?

Read the verses below and they will help you answer the two questions above.
Proverbs 6:16-19
16 These six things the LORD hates, Yes, seven are an abomination to Him:
17 A proud look, A lying tongue,
Hands that shed innocent blood,
18 A heart that devises wicked plans, Feet that are swift in running to evil,19 A false witness who speaks lies, And one who sows discord among brethren.

Proverbs 10:12 Hatred stirs up strife, But love covers all sins.

Proverbs 11:2 When pride comes, then comes shame; But with the humble is wisdom.

Proverbs 12:A good man obtains favor from the LORD, But a man of wicked intentions He will condemn.

Proverbs 15:29The LORD is far from the wicked, But He hears the prayer of the righteous.

Proverbs 19:23 The fear of the LORD leads to life, And he who has it will abide in satisfaction; He will not be visited with evil.

Proverbs 28:13-14 13 He who covers his sins will not prosper, But whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy. 14 Happy is the man who is always reverent, But he who hardens his heart will fall into calamity.

Blessings, Love and Prayers,
Pastor Pat

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……….
Pat Aman article was Published in Virtue Magazine 1998

Devotions

Take Father God’s Hand

Take Father God’s Hand
Author: Pat AH Aman

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

Give Me My Doll Back NOW!!!!!

I recall reading a story, about a little girl whose older brother, was teasing her and took her doll. She screamed give me my doll back. But to no avail, the older brother ran with her doll. She continue running after him and screaming, give me my doll. The all of a sudden her daddy drove up in the yard. She ran to her dad, took him by the hand and went to
where her brother was. Then holding her dad’s hand, she looked at her brother and said, ” GIVE ME MY DOLL!” Her brother thrust the doll into her hands instantly.

This story made me think, if we are facing something that requires more strength and courage and coping ability than we feel we have, take heart.

Even in the most turbulent storms of our lives, we can run to our Father God, take Him by the hand, and He will lift us up. He will give us the strength to face the most difficult times in our lives.

I know that there are times when satan tries to steal our joy, peace, contentment and love, but when these times come, just grab Father God by the hand and take Him with you to face satan. Then in the strength of your Father God, just tell satan he must give back to you in Jesus Name what he has tried to steal from you. Remember, our, Father God, is right beside us, holding our hand. So, satan has to let go of our life.

Again, remember, we just need to scream at satan and tell him to give us
GIVE US OUR DOLL BACK RIGHT NOW, IN JESUS NAME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

“When satan comes knocking at your door, just ask Jesus to answer the door
for you.”

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

For Such A Time As This….

For Such a Time as This 

Author: Pat Aman

February 2009rev2023

It is often easy for us to read too much into a situation. It is equally

easy to miss God’s hand right in front of your face working in your, or

my, life.  Being at peace with God, not struggling or chaffing against the yoke He has made for you will help make you more aware of the still small voice of the Spirit speaking to you, or me. 

Esther 4:13-17, Then Mordecai told them to reply to Esther, “Do not imagine that you in the king’s palace can escape any more than all the Jews “For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place and you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows whether you have not attained royalty for such a time as this?” Then Esther told them to reply to Mordecai,  “Go, assemble all the Jews who are found in Susa, and fast for me; do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my maidens also will fast in the same way. And thus I will go in to the king, which is not according to the law; and if I perish, I perish.” So Mordecai went away and did just as Esther had commanded him. 

Esther is Queen of the Empire.  She had been taken from the home of her Uncle Modecai as a young lady to the court of the King.  She had cried and lamented, and wondered why God had abandoned her. Slowly, God must have shown her that she was not alone.  She found favor with the man in charge of preparing the ladies to meet the King. He orchestrated things for her,

with God holding the strings to be sure. And then she finally met this

heathen King, and found him to be interesting, if not charming. She was

invited back, and ‘found favor with the King’. In other words, he fell in

love with her, and she with him. It was probably the last thing that she

expected. Then Haman’s wretched plan to destroy the nation of Israel was put into action, and Esther found herself paralyzed with confusion and fear. It was then that her Uncle once again came with a dose of reality to shake her from her inaction. We need friends like this, who are willing to get in our faces and rattle us when it needs to be done. Modecai saw the hand of God in the life of Esther when he uttered, “And who knows whether you have not attained royalty for such a time as this?” God holds individuals and nations in His hands. He moves them carefully so that those who are watching can see His hand at work. 

Esther 5:1-3 Now it came about on the third day that Esther put on her

royal robes and stood in the inner court of the king’s palace in front of

the king’s rooms, and the king was sitting on his royal throne in the

throne room, opposite the entrance to the palace. And it happened when the king saw Esther the queen standing in the court, she obtained favor in his sight; and the king extended to Esther the golden scepter which was in his hand. So Esther came near and touched the top of the scepter.  Then the king said to her, “What is troubling you, Queen Esther? And what is your request? Even to half of the kingdom it will be given to you.” 

It is not unthinkable that Esther had not seen the King for some time.

She may have even wondered if she had fallen out of favor with him. To

enter the Throne Room unbidden was to literally invite death. Esther had asked for prayer and fasting to prepare for the moment when the doors to the Throne Room opened and she walked through the door. She knelt as soon as she was clear of the doorway and waited for the response from the King. When the King extended the scepter, he had spared her life.  His response was very tender. He may have felt badly that he had not shown her enough

attention lately with all the duties of running the kingdom. He was

willing to grant her request up to half of his kingdom. This would have

literally made this woman his equal. To say that she had found favor with

the king would be to say that the Atlantic Ocean is a lot of water. 

The rest of the story is a set of twisting ironies that end up with Haman hung on the gallows he had built for Mordecai. Mordecai was remembered by the King who was trying to be bored to sleep by having the King’s Chronicles read to him. Esther’s nationality had remained unknown to both the King and Haman, until the telling moment when Haman was undone in his

own jealousy while expecting to be promoted in political power. But the

hand of God is seen over and over again as the exiled nation of Israel is

saved when there was no human recourse. I have seen in Biblical stories, my own life and even the news, how God allows all other resources to be exhausted, that then He quietly steps in to direct the course of a individual or a nation. In those times, only He can lay claim to the honor and glory of the moment. 

Are you struggling today? Caught in between a rock and a hard place? Stop, take a breath and look around.  Look for the hand of God leading you and orchestrating the events around you.  Who knows, but that you have been lead to right where you are, for such a time as this. 

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

Jesus Gave Us His Heart

Jesus Gave Us His Heart
Author: Pat Aman

1 John 4:19 We love him, because he first loved us.John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

1 John 4:16 And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.

I love reading, and I love history. I try to study the religious views of other denominations. The more I study, I receive more knowledge of the Holy Scriptures.

But, the one thing I know with all my heart is just as we sing in the song I learned as a child.

“Jesus Loves Me This I Know,
For The Bible Tells Me So…….”

You may asked. “What does it mean to give Jesus my Heart?”

Accepting Jesus into your heart is simply accepting his way of living, loving, and leading our lives. When Jesus came to earth we believe that he was God in the flesh. And so when we talk about accepting Jesus, that means that we are being saved from being trapped in sin, which results in eternal punishment. And it’s that faith in Jesus that saves us by his grace. He died and rose again just to pay the price for our sins. Salvation doesn’t come from our good deeds or by doing anything special, it’s a free gift from God just because He loves us so much. We need to turn away from our sins, believe that Jesus is God’s Son and our Savior, and submit to Him as Lord of our lives. By doing so, we receive salvation and eternal life.

If you want to give Jesus your heart today, it is a simple, but everlasting gift. Just asked Him for this gift by praying, “Jesus, I believe that you are the Son of God and Savior of the world. I believe that you died for my sins and rose from the dead. I believe that through your sacrifice, I am a new person. Forgive me for my sin and fill me with your Spirit. Today, I choose to follow you for the rest of my life as Lord of my life. In Jesus Name, Amen.”

How awesome is that! Now what are the next steps?

First, tell another Christian that you accepted Jesus in your life. It’s something to celebrate!

Second, find a local church community to get plugged into. Doing life together is what will help you grow.

Third, try to read the Bible and spend time in prayer every day. If you don’t have a Bible, let us know, we can buy you one.

And finally, get baptized. Check out the next time your church is offering baptisms. It’s a biblical thing to do. Basically an it is outward expression of an inward decision. So that’s what it means to accept Jesus into your heart and the next steps to take once you do.

Enjoy the story and poem below-

A few years ago I read this story is St. Margaret.

While St. Margaret Mary Alacoque (the 17th century Visitation nun) did much to spread devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus in its modern form, a number of medieval saints nurtured devotion to the love of Christ and his Blessed Heart.

St. Catherine of Siena (the fiery 14th-was one—particularly notable—such saint.

In 1370, when Catherine was 23 years old, Jesus answered one of her most fervent prayers. Catherine had been asking that the Lord would take her heart, that is, her very will, and replace it with His own. One day, while she was praying, “Create a clean heart in me, O God, and renew in me a steadfast spirit” (Psalm 51), it is said, “Jesus appeared to Catherine.”

It seemed to her that her Jesus presented himself to her, opened her left side, took out her heart and carried it with him, so that in reality she no longer perceived it in her chest. Some days later, Jesus returned to Catherine, again in a vision.

Suddenly she saw herself surrounded by a light from heaven, and amid this light, the Savior appeared to her, bearing in his sacred hands a heart of vermilion hue and radiating fire. Deeply affected with this presence and this splendor, she prostrated herself on the ground. Our Lord approached, opened anew her left side, and placed in it the heart which he bore. Jesus gave to Catherine his own heart. So intimate was Catherine’s union with Christ that she shared his heart. A scar on her side, where Jesus had withdrawn her heart, was subsequently visible and attested to by Catherine’s closest companions.

From thence on, Catherine repeatedly speaks of being on fire with his love. Catherine would say, “So intense is the fire that burns within me, that mere material flame seems a cold, dead thing by comparison, fit to freeze rather than to warm a person.” It was said, “Catherine was so close to Christ and she anticipated receiving holy Communion with such joy that people could hear her new heart beating.”

For Catherine, the heart of Christ is ablaze. His fire is consuming and total. Christ’s supernatural strength and consolation is stronger than anything that can be felt on this side of eternity. The fire of love, given to Catherine through her sharing of Christ’s heart, prompted Catherine’s extraordinary service to her neighbor. Her love for others would be so conformed to the love of Christ that she notices in herself a desire to even die for her neighbor.

ONE HEART
Author: William G. Carrington
7/26/1996

Among your small possessions
In a place all by itself
There’s a gift I one time gave you
One heart upon your shelf

This gift takes little space up
And it’s never in the way
I’d guess you never notice it
As you go about your day

You never have to move it
It goes every where you are
Just hovers in the background
But always not too far

And if you need some comfort
When things are not quite right
Take out the heart I gave you
It’ll get you through the night

No matter where life’s road leads
If fortune’s promise proves untrue
One thing you’ll take beyond this life is, The heart I gave to you.

Devotion Written By: Pastor Pat Aman Book © 1996/2022 “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……..

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Be And Imitator Of Your Father God

Being An Imitator
Author: Pat AH Aman

Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. Ephesians 5:1-2.

I pray each of you will have a wonderful weekend.

What does imitators of God mean?

To be Imitators of God requires one to show evidence that demonstrates God-like characteristics in one’s daily life: “Imitators of God” display the characteristic of universal treatment:

Matthew 5:45 says that: That God makes the sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.

First we are His children. We have His DNA. His blood runs through our veins. This Means that we should look, act and love the way God loves.

Second, we are the Aroma of Christ. We should smell like Him. We should be able to walk in a room and the room light up with the fragrance of God Himself.

So, if we are not showing love and stinking up every thing we touch or every room we enter, maybe just maybe we need to get re-washed in the blood of Jesus.

Maybe we need to asked ourselves, ” are we washed in the Blood, in the soul cleansing Blood of the Lamb.

Just as children imitate their natural parents, Believers are called to imitate God. We are to follow Christ’s example. As we imitate Christ, we grow in our love and surrender to God our Father just as natural children grow in their ability to imitate, love, and follow their earthly parents.

We want to live in such a way that people are brought closer to Jesus Christ because of how we live our lives demonstrating His love.

Are our garments spotless are they white as snow?

Are we washed in the Blood of the Lamb?

Blessings, Love and Prayers,
Pastor Pat Aman

Have you been to Jesus for the cleansing pow’r?
Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?
Are you fully trusting in His grace this hour?
Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?

Refrain:
Are you washed in the blood,
In the soul-cleansing blood of the Lamb?
Are your garments spotless? Are they white as snow?
Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?

Are you walking daily by the Savior’s side?
Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?
Do you rest each moment in the Crucified?
Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?

When the Bridegroom cometh will your robes be white?
Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?
Will your soul be ready for the mansions bright,
And be washed in the blood of the Lamb?

Lay aside the garments that are stained with sin,
And be washed in the blood of the Lamb;
There’s a fountain flowing for the soul unclean,
Oh, be washed in the blood of the Lamb!

Bible Verse: NJJB
Song written by: Elisha A Hoffman 1876

Devotion Written By: Pastor Pat Aman Book © 1996/2022 “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……….

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T-BoneSteaks, Yellow Roses and Grief

T-Bone Steaks,Yellow Roses and Grief
Devotional Author: Pat Aman
November 8, 2005

This was sent to me and I feel as the Holiday Season is apon us, we need to take the time to give the gift of love to someone. That someone may even be a stranger.

What does the Bible say about grief? Grief is an emotion given by God. It is a way for us to express deep sorrow and pain at a loss. Throughout the Bible we see God’s people express this deep emotion. David expressed grief throughout the Psalms. Even the disciples were grieved when Jesus told them that he would be betrayed and killed.

Psalm 34:18 Yahweh is near to those who have a broken heart, and saves those who have a crushed spirit.

Matthew 11:28-3 “Come to me, all you who labor and are heavily burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart; and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8:
“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal;�a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; a time to throw away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; a time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to throw away; a time to tear, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; a time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace.”

This sacred list from Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 represents all the seasons and the important changes of our lives. Some are happy times, others sad; some are productive while others seem wasteful; some inspire peace and others bring pain. All of them are necessary for us to learn, grow, and evolve as spiritual beings.

“Friends are Angels who lift us up, when we believe our wings have
forgotten how to fly. Pat Aman”

Here’s to T-bone steaks, yellow roses and friendship.

Please read this and then reread it. Especially the last part…

I walked into the grocery store not particularly interested in buying
groceries. I wasn’t hungry. The pain of losing my husband of 7 years was still too raw. And this grocery store held so many sweet memories.
He often came with me and almost every time he’d pretend to go off and look for something special. I knew what he was up to. I’d always spot him walking down the aisle with the three yellow roses in his hands. He knew I loved yellow roses. With a heart filled with grief, I only wanted to buy my few items and leave, but even grocery shopping was different since he had left for his enteral home. Shopping for one took time, a little more thought than it had for two.

Standing by the meat, I searched for the perfect small steak and remembered how he had loved his steak. Suddenly a woman came beside me. She was blonde, slim and lovely in a soft green pantsuit. I watched as she picked up a large package of T-bones, dropped them in her basket.. hesitated, and then put them back. She turned
to go and once again reached for the pack of steaks. She saw me watching her and she smiled. “My husband loves T-bones, but honestly, at these prices, I don’t know.”

I swallowed the emotion down my throat and met her pale blue eyes.
“My husband passed away eight days ago,” I told her. Glancing at the package in her hands, I fought to control the tremble in my voice. “Buy him the steaks.! And cherish every moment you have together.”
She shook her head and I saw the emotion in her eyes as she placed the package in her basket and wheeled away. I turned and pushed my cart across the length of the store to the dairy products. There I stood, trying to decide which size milk I should buy. A Quart, I finally decided and moved on to the ice cream. If nothing else, I could always fix myself an ice cream cone. I placed the ice cream in my cart and looked down the aisle toward the front. I saw first the green suit, then recognized the pretty lady coming towards me. In her arms she carried a package. On her face was the brightest smile I had ever seen. I would swear a soft halo encircled her blonde hair as she kept walking toward me, her eyes holding mine. As she came closer, I saw what she held and tears began misting in my eyes. “These are for you,” she said and placed three beautiful long stemmed yellow roses in my arms. “When you go through the line, they will know these are paid for.” She leaned over and placed a gentle kiss on my cheek, then smiled again. I wanted to tell her what she’d done, what the roses meant, but still unable to speak, I watched as she walked away as tears clouded my vision.

I looked down at the beautiful roses nestled in the green tissue wrapping and found it almost unreal. How did she know? Suddenly the answer seemed so clear. I wasn’t alone.
Oh, you haven’t forgotten me, have you? I whispered, with tears in my
eyes. He was still with me, and she was his angel.
Author: Unknown

Every day be thankful for what you have and who you are.

Devotion Written By: Pastor Pat Aman Book © 1996/2022 “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

Things are Not Always as They Seem To Be…

Things are Not Always as They Seem To Be…
Author: Patricia Aman..
11/5/2007rev2922

Two of Jesus’ followers were discussing their disappointment, after His crucifixion. They did not realize that their questioner was Christ Himself:

“That same day two of them were walking to the village Emmaus, about seven miles out of Jerusalem. They were deep in conversation, going over all these things that had happened. In the middle of their talk and questions, Jesus came up and walked along with them. But they were not able to recognize who he was. He asked, “What’s this you’re discussing so intently as you walk along?” They just stood there, long-faced, like they had lost their best friend. Then one of them, his name was Cleopas, said, “Are you the only one in Jerusalem who hasn’t heard what’s happened during the last few days?” He said, “What has happened?” They said, “The things that happened to Jesus the Nazarene. He was a man of God, a prophet, dynamic in work and word, blessed by both God and all the people. Then our high priests and leaders betrayed him, got him sentenced to death, and crucified him. And we had our hopes up that he was the One, the One about to deliver Israel. And it is now the third day since it happened. But now some of our women have completely confused us. Early this morning they were at the tomb and couldn’t find his body. They came back with the story that they had seen a vision of angels who said he was alive. Some of our friends went off to the tomb to check and found it empty just as the women said, but they didn’t see Jesus.” Then he said to them, “So thick-headed! So slow-hearted! Why can’t you simply believe all that the prophets said? Don’t you see that these things had to happen, that the Messiah had to suffer and only then enter into his glory?” Then he started at the beginning, with the Books of Moses, and went on through all the Prophets, pointing out everything in the Scriptures that referred to him. They came to the edge of the village where they were headed. He acted as if he were going on but they pressed him: “Stay and have supper with us. It’s nearly evening; the day is done.” So he went in with them. And here is what happened: He sat down at the table with them. Taking the bread, he blessed and broke and gave it to them. At that moment, open-eyed, wide-eyed, they recognized him. And then he disappeared. Back and forth they talked. “Didn’t we feel on fire as he conversed with us on the road, as he opened up the Scriptures for us?””
‭‭Luke‬ ‭24‬:‭13‬-‭32‬ ‭
Scripture from The Message

Their hopes and dreams were crushed. They had believed Jesus was to be a political Messiah, and now that was not possible. As many times as He had directed their minds to a Heavenly perspective, they just didn’t get it. They thought it was all over. In actuality, something more crucial was happening here. The death of Christ, and His subsequent resurrection, procured for us the salvation we could never achieve on our own. Because of Christ’s conquering sin and the grave, those who believe in Him as Savior can spend eternity, forever with God. What appeared to be a bleak moment, became the turning point of history, irrevocably changing
two worlds, both this earthly one and the one that lasts forever.

Maybe you are going through a dark phase in your life. Right now you can see no purpose, no hope, no light. But even though we can’t always see the whole picture, Father God can. Father God sees everything, He is in control and He loves you very much. He can bring a glorious Sunday out of any “Good Friday” that we face.

Just maybe you and me as well, needs to really trust in our Father God. Not only through the most arduous times we face, but, every second of our lives. See, Father God can and will help us nenes our hope in Him. Hope that can bring good both now and eternally, out of even our most painful experiences.

And He will if we just let Him.

Devotion Written By: Pastor Pat Aman Book © 1996/2022 “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……….

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Grab The Brass Ring

Grab The Brass Ring
Author: Pat Aman
9/6/2008rev2022

Mark 4:28 For the earth yields crops by itself: first the blade, then the head,
after that the full grain in the head.

I love the short statement below from J. Martineau.

“High hearts are never long without hearing some new call, some distant
clarion of God, even in their dreams; and soon they are observed to break
up the camp of ease, and start on some fresh march of faithful service. And, looking higher still, we find those who never wait till their moral work accumulates, and who reward resolution with no rest; with whom,
therefore, the alternation is instantaneous and constant, who do the good only to see the better and see the better only to achieve it; who are too
meek for transport, too faithful for remorse, too earnest for repose;
whose worship is action, and whose action is ceaseless aspiration.“

As I read the statement above, I begin to ponder my life.

As a child I was taught the word of God in my home and at church.

My parents were great examples of God’s open book policy. “Live what you
preach.”

I started serving the Lord at a very young age, and work in the church in
all area’s. It did not matter that I was a female, I was excepted and told to reach for the brass ring. To step into the call God had on my life.

I also work in Evangelism for many years through the Lay Mission Program
and the Southern Baptist Evangelism, preaching and teaching in Georgia,
Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi, Texas, and now North Carolina.

I have help plant and grow churches for different denominations. And help
in restoring churches, and set up all the Christian Educations Programs in
several churches. I have established Summer Camps, Day Cares and School for churches, and enjoy every minute of these ministries.

Now please realize that I am not bragging about these great experiences, but I am fixing to make a point about life, my life.

Remember I give Father God all the honor and praise for allowing me to work for Him. I can do nothing except through Him and by Him.

Yes, I have held many positions and also had many titles. But they did not
mean a thing.

What was the most important is I loved God with all my heart, and I love serving Him freely, giving my complete self to Him.

But even myself now feel that I sometimes take three steps forward, and then two steps back. I even sometimes feel that maybe I am not where I need to be in my service for God, because it seems I do not have the backing of those whom are suppose to be my mentors at times. I feel I am off in right field and the ball is being hit to center field. Those are the times you can feel disrespected and challenged.

In other words, “Life can be messy. I don’t know about you, but sometimes I tell myself that being a follower of Christ or strong in faith will mean that my life is less crazy. But that’s not real. The ultimate truth is that life will throw us every which way. We’ll have moments of togetherness. And moments where we totally lose our way. We’ll have days when everything feels wonderful, and then hours later it all falls apart. We’ll turn to the sky, searching for truth, and sometimes come up empty.”

I can say, I know Father God has allowed me the honor to mentor other young Ministers. And I know I never left them off in right field. I always have given 100% of myself to the service of Father God, by having a Servants Heart.

I know I am not the only one that ever feels that way. We all have our ups and downs.

But now I am praying and believing, and as Martneau said, “High hearts are
never long without hearing some new call, some distance clarion of God,
even in their dreams. and soon they are observed to break up the camp of
ease, and start on some fresh march of faithful service.”

I feel that is where I am now. I feel Father God is about to let the internet
ministry of Coffee With Pat expand to great highs, but He is also stepping
in and moving me to a greater high of the Ministry He has for me.

I have waited on man too long to help me, and I have become disappointed, but now that I have my eyes totally on Father God, I hear Him saying go forth my daughter, and do the work I have call for you to do.

But as Paul said, ““Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
‭‭Philippians‬ ‭4:11-13‬ ‭

If you are like me, facing a new direction, remember, all we have to
do, is have enough faith to step out of the boat and walk with Jesus. We may have stayed in the boat to long. When you stay in the boat too long you just get to know the disciples, the people in the boat, but they are not your promotion. We need to step out of the boat and grow closer to Jesus, so we can clearly depend on Him and not man, so we will truly know the Ministry Work that Jesus has for us to do.

Now are you ready to step out of the boat with me, and as Jesus said to
His Parent’s, “I am about my Father’s business.

Sending to You and Your Family,

Blessings, Love and Prayers,

Pastor Pat

Devotion Written By: Pastor Pat Aman Book © 1996/2022 “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……….

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“A B C’s of Life

“A B C’s of Life”
Devotional Author: Pat AH Aman

We sometime spend so much time complaining and searching for faults in others, that we need to stop and look within ourselves.

When we let Father God fix us, we will see others like He does, with love and compassion.

“Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God. And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified. What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written: “For Your sake we are killed all day long; We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.” Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
‭‭Romans‬ ‭8:26-39‬ ‭

Although things are not perfect
Because of trial or pain
Continue in thanksgiving
Do not begin to blame
Even when the times are hard
Fierce winds are bound to blow
God is forever able
Hold on to what you know
Imagine life without His love
Joy would cease to be
Keep thanking Him for all the things
Love imparts to thee
Move out of “Camp Complaining”
No weapon that is known
On earth can yield the power
Praise can do alone
Quit looking at the future
Redeem the time at hand
Start every day with worship
To “thank” is a command
Until we see Him coming
Victorious in the sky
We’ll run the race with gratitude
Exalting God most high
Yes, there’ll be good times and yes some will be bad,
But…
Zion waits in glory…where none are ever sad!
ABC: Author Unknown