Proverbs 12:11

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Those who work their land will have abundant food,
    but those who chase fantasies have no sense. - Proverbs 12:11

Dear Lord,

Help me to be diligent about my daily responsibilities and to work the "fields" I have in front of my instead of frittering away precious time daydreaming about quick fixes and quick get rich schemes.   You promise here that if I work hard at using the blessings you have already given me, you will see to it that I am taken care of. I don't want to chase fantasies.  I want to cooperate with you and work with what you have given me.  Help me to be active in work and prudent in the use of my blessings.  

Amen

Pastor Don Patterson

Hard work pays off with the fruit of contentment as well as the fruit of labor.  

Proverbs 11:3

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The integrity of the upright guides them,
    but the unfaithful are destroyed by their duplicity.  - Proverbs 11:3

Dear heavenly Father,

So often I am tempted to think that my life is guided by opportunities and my ingenuity at seizing them.  But when I think this way I lose a grip on maintaining my character and often become manipulative in my thoughts and approach.  Help me to remember that my integrity formed around your truth and love are the proper guide in every situation.  I want to be an upright person in all areas of my life instead of simply trying to get ahead of everyone else.  Help me to be honest, humble, loving and generous in every situation and toward every person. 

Amen

Pastor Don Patterson 

Integrity makes us a whole person even when troubles threaten to break us.  


John 15:5,8

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I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples. - John 15:5,8

Dear Jesus, 

Spiritually speaking I cannot do anything that truly bears spiritual fruit without you and your word.  But many times I try to run on my own wisdom, strength and opinions.   I can tell that when I am in your word daily learning and growing how I am ready to face each situation with spiritual insight.  I just seem to "get it" from the beginning.  I don't struggle so much in confusion and can more easily do the right thing even when it's hard.  Help me to remember to feed on your word this week so I am healthy and fruitful every moment.  

Amen

Pastor Don Patterson 

God's word waters the soul and bears fruit for everyone one around us.  

John 11:25

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die. - John 11:25

Dear Jesus,

These are the most comforting words that are a tremendous blessing at the most difficult time, when I lose a loved one or face my own passing.  They are the hops that decorates every dark and fearful moment of my live.  Even if I die, I will live in heaven and see those who have fallen a sleep in you.  Help me to enjoy this beautiful good news that you have rescued me from death while I struggle now to get through each day.  

Amen

Pastor Don Patterson

Christ's hope is simple, powerful and peaceful. 


Romans 12:1-2

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Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. - Romans 12:1-2

Dear God,

Help me to dedicate everything about me to your service.  Your son lived his whole life for me.  It would give me great joy to do the same for him.  Give me the wisdom to avoid the self serving messages I hear every day from the world.  Renew my mind with brain vitamins from your word that guard and protect my heart.  Give me the the power to tell myself "no." when I am feeling I want to be first. Help me always have faith filled motives for everything I do. 

Amen

Pastor Don Patterson

We love because he first loved us. 

Romans 13:1,7

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Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Give to everyone what you owe them: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor. - Romans 13:1,7

Dear Jesus, 

It amazes me to think that you are actively using government officials in my personal life. I have such a tendency to separate what you do through your word from what you do through government.  But for you it is one in the same.  You are actively using both to shape my life.  On this day when we remember the life of our former president George H.W. Bush, I thank you for the way you used him to strengthen our economy, protect us from our enemies and to preserve our freedom to worship and spread your good word.  Thank you for the way you led him and his wife, Barbara, to honor the office with the dignified life they led both publicly and privately.  More than anything else, thank you for giving him your salvation so that today in addition to all the earthly accolades, he is hearing the angels of heaven and all the saints, singing praise to God for saving his soul.  Comfort his family with this unseen truth as they grieve over losing him for the rest of their earthly journey.

Amen

Pastor Don Patterson 

A dignified president who preserves freedom is a great treasure for all of us.  

1 Kings 4:30-32

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Solomon’s wisdom was greater than the wisdom of all the people of the East, and greater than all the wisdom of Egypt. He was wiser than anyone else, including Ethan the Ezrahite—wiser than Heman, Kalkol and Darda, the sons of Mahol. And his fame spread to all the surrounding nations. He spoke three thousand proverbs and his songs numbered a thousand and five. - 1 Kings 4:30-32


Dear Heavenly Father,

Solomon asked for wisdom and you gave it to him, just like that.  I want wisdom too.  I have learned a lot of wisdom from your word especially from Solomon and his writings but I am asking now that you give me more wisdom so I use my life for the greatest cause, the greatest good in the greatest way.  I need your wisdom to navigate the troubled waters in relationships and to figure out how to order my schedule so I don't stay busy about trivial things.  I need your wisdom to tell the difference between forgiveness and indifference, between godly tolerance and licentiousness.  I need your wisdom to know how to find peace when disappointment keeps knocking on my door.  I need your wisdom in a hundred more ways that only you see. By grace please visit me with your Holy Spirit and give me wisdom to live my life as you always intended it to be lived. 

Amen

Pastor Don Patterson

Wisdom from God is pure, maturing, calming and inspiring all at the same time.  

Hebrews 1:1-2

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In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe. - Hebrews 1:1-2.

Dear Jesus,

I have experienced what the inspired writer is saying here. When I read your words they speak deep, grace filled truth into my heart. They purify my motives, establish my identity, and restore my purpose. I feel closer to my heavenly Father too. I get better discernment and peace.. I can tell that I am listening to the creator of the universe in a very personal way. thank you for having your words preserved through the four Evangelists. Help me to read, learn, mark and inwardly digest your words for the rest of my journey here.

Amen

Pastor Don Patterson

If you want to hear God's voice in your soul, read the Gospels.

Proverbs 30:7-9

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Two things I ask of you, Lord; 
do not refuse me before I die:
Keep falsehood and lies far from me; 
give me neither poverty nor riches,
but give me only my daily bread.
Otherwise, I may have too much 
and disown you and say, ‘Who is the Lord?’
Or I may become poor and steal, 
and so dishonor the name of my God. - Proverbs 30:7-9

Dear Heavenly Father,

I cannot improve on this prayer from Agur. It elevates worship of you above all things and purifies my motives in prayer and in life. Help me to sincerely pray these same words.

Amen

Pastor Don Patterson

To want God more than anything else, now that's faith.

Colossians 4:18

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I, Paul, write this greeting in my own hand. Remember my chains.Grace be with you. - Colossians 4:18

Dear Jesus,

In Paul's letter to the Colossians in the last verse he says, "Remember my chains!" I think we sometimes forget how you sent your apostles through difficult circumstances and then strengthened them to serve us in spite of their travail. Our culture teaches us that we can use difficulty to escape service. Paul didn't want to be in chains and it certainly changed his life and made it hard, but he still served you and us with whatever strength he had. Help me Lord to stay constant in prayer, active in service and steady in my devotional life regardless of what trials you allow to come my way. I also pray for all the Christians I know who are experiencing a severe trial right now. I do remember their "chains" and I ask you to relive their suffering. But also, make them strong like Paul to serve you and others right from the storm.

Amen

Pastor Don Patterson

Difficulties don't stop us from serving, they season how we serve.

Colossians 3:16

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Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. - Colossians 3:16

Dear Jesus,

Thank you for all the people you have gifted and motivated to write songs and hymns that encourage my faith and comfort my soul. Thank you also for the technology to play any spiritual song I know with the stroke of a finger on my phone. So many of these songs have helped your word fill in the gaps in my heart. They help me fellowship with you and other believers too. When I am lonely please remind my by your Holy Spirit to sing a hymn or song that will cheer me up and keep me company. Also, help me to remember to share spiritual songs with family and friends to cheer them up.

Amen

Pastor Don Patterson

God made hearts and spiritual music to fit together like a hand and glove.

Proverbs 27:5

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Better is open rebuke than hidden love. - Proverbs 27:5

Dear Lord,

Help me to remember this when I am stung by an honest critique from a friend or colleague.   Their honest assessment will help me see through my blind spots to where I need to grow and change.  It's much better than having them secretly love me but never value me enough to tell me how to improve.  Give me tough skin and a soft heart so I am pliable but not vulnerable.  Change my thoughts about critique to an honest willingness to grow, all for your glory. 
Amen

Pastor Don Patterson

Good friends will tell you like it is with an accepting smile of ownership. 

Hebrews 12:28

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Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe. - Hebrews 12:28

Dear Jesus,

I am moved by how many times you and your writers encourage us to be thankful and to live in awe of the heavenly Father.  It's mentioned in Romans 1, Philippians 2, Philippians 4, 1 Thessalonians 5 and many other places.  Thankfulness is your reasonable expectation from all of us, since you have given us life itself and the redemption of it after we threw it away.  And even though our own sin has brought on all of us an earthly expiration date, you graciously give us an eternal home that cannot be taken away.  I will live today in gratitude, peace and reverent awe that you chose me to know you and the power of your grace and promises.  My life is good because you made it, redeemed it and will preserve it in a mansion in the heavens. 

Amen

Pastor Don Patterson

Thankful awe is our proper response to the amazing gospel about heaven. 

John 4:23-34

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Jesus said to the woman at the well, "The hour is coming and now is, when the true worshipers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeks those who will worship him in spirit and in truth.  God is Spirit and they that worship him must worship in spirit and in truth." - John 4:23-34

Dear Jesus,

These words you spoke to that woman in Samaria so many years ago both haunt and help me.  It's so easy to reduce worship to outward activities while my heart is far from you.  But you challenge me to ask myself if I truly believe, if I truly want to be good, if I truly love you and the Father.  I have to admit that every day my inner worship is mixed; some for you and some for myself and this world.  I repent.  You made me and saved me.  I want to serve you with my whole heart, even when no one is looking.  I know your word and your grace.  I believe them too.  Help me fight the urge to dangerously take them both for granted and just do my own thing.  Give me the grace and love I need to smile at temptation as I kick it out of my life. 

Amen

Pastor Don Patterson

On any given moment we can fall away from grace or come back to it.  

1 Thessalonians 5:17

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Give thanks in all circumstances for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus. - 1 Thessalonians 5:17

Dear Jesus,

On Thanksgiving Day I recount all the many blessings you have sent my way and I smile.  It's one day that I stop to count them.  It occurs to me that on every other day I can learn to smile too, if I will only count all my blessings from you.  The biggest is your grace that forgives and protects me from my sins and the evil one who wants to ruin me.  Then you add family, friends, my loving church, a government that protects freedom, and an economy that keeps rebounding.  Oh Lord Jesus, thank you for being my God and Savior and for giving me the privilege to share in life on your planet for a short while.  And thank you for promising that by grace when it is all done, I will enter the new world in heaven where no circumstances with challenge my thankfulness.  You are an amazing Savior. 

Amen

Pastor Don Patterson

Gratitude is the oil that makes our hearts run smoothly in all circumstances.

Proverbs 10:29

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The way of the Lord is a refuge for the blameless, but it is the ruin of those who do evil. - Proverbs 10:29

Dear Lord,

I often face situations where I am not sure what to do.  Do I go this way or that?  Do I say this or that?  Or do I just keep my mouth shut?  I find comfort in this little word that if I will seek your ways and do what you would do or what you tell me to do, then that choice can be my refuge.  I can know in my conscience that I let you have the situation because I only did what you asked me to do.  The results are up to you.  This faith filled way of deciding what to do frees me from the responsibility that manipulation brings.  Oh Lord, help me apply this wisdom to all my relationships and every arena in which I find myself.  

Amen

Pastor Don Patterson

Do what God wants and you will find out in time that you want it too. 

Psalm 1:1-3

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Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the word of the Lord, and who meditates on his word day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither, whatever they do prospers.- Psalm 1:1-3

Dear Heavenly Father, 

Help me to turn off the TV whenever I realize that I am sitting with mockers.  Give me a Bible verse every day on which to meditate.  Speak to me from your world so my own loneliness doesn't drive me to seek the company of empty thinkers.  I want the strength of your word holding up my brain when the hard times come so I can prosper and bear fruit for others even though I must suffer for a little while.  Give me yourself through the word you plant in my heart. 

Amen

Pastor Don Patterson

God wants to be your close friend.  That's why he gave you his book. 

Galatians 3:15

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If you bite and devour each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other. - Galatians 3:15

Dear Jesus,

It is way too easy to fall into critical thinking and begin to have negative feelings about others based upon my my own independent survey of how I think they are doing.  It can even get to my lips if I am feeling particularly comfortable around someone who will listen.  I get what James is saying.  It's too easy to bite and devour one another with criticism.  Who am I to set myself up as the judge and jury of everyone else.  Help me to live with grace in my heart for everyone and to be quick to forget what I perceive as their weaknesses.  Give me a rich measure of discernment from your Holy Spirit that enables me to see things as they really are and still be encouraging to the people around me.

Amen

Pastor Don Patterson


When we encourage someone else, we both are changed for the better. 

1 Peter 2:15-16

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For it is God’s will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish people. Live as free people, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as God’s slaves. - 1 Peter 2:15-16

Dear Jesus,

Your words are powerful all by themselves, but it's an unquestionable reality that your actions have made them even more penetrating for all of us.  You perfectly walked the walk that you talked.  I know that your amazing life and innocent death are my salvation but I still want to live a good life.  I want to be gentle, generous and spineful.  (as opposed to spineless)  I want the prating fools that say all Christians are hypocrites to take pause when they observe me living and move among them.  I hope my demonstrative love will make them long to have what I have because all I have is you and your perfect grace.  I can share your grace with them like a spiritual fountain of youth.  I am free to live however I want because I am saved and therefore I want to live a grace driven life.  Help me Lord Jesus. 

Amen

Pastor Don Patterson

Jesus' salvation is so wonderful you can live in total freedom as a voluntary good person. 

Romans‬ ‭13:7‬ ‭

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Give to everyone what you owe them: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor.”‭‭- Romans‬ ‭13:7‬ ‭

Dear Jesus,

On this Veterans Day I am moved with great appreciation for all the men and women who have dedicated their lives to the preservation of freedom and the protection of our nation. If it were not for them my life would be drastically different. Thank you for graciously giving me a benevolent government, troops that protect and don’t exploit us, and law enforcement that we trust instead of fear. Bless military families everywhere with extra grace. Help them as they live apart so we can live in peace. Protect their marriages and inter generational relationships. Make them strong in their faith and loving in their demeanor. And when their work makes them see things that will haunt them later, visit them with your Spirit and show them that they are forgiven, and will someday be in heaven where these chaotic forces of evil will never affect them again. 

Amen

Pastor Don Patterson

The military of any nation are its earthly guardian angels.