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Kari Patterson

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Located in Molalla

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Sacred Mundane

When I think of effective weapons, I think of my Vitamix.  I know, sounds crazy, but for the kind of Sacred Mundane battle I face on a daily basis — that of feeding my family healthy foods prepared from scratch — there’s nothing else like this blender that’s basically a countertop lawn-mower. Wit

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I just came inside from my walk, so thirsty, and filled the mason jar full of cold water from the tap. It’s a simple routine, my daily walk up and down the driveway, but it’s great exercise, and I love the fresh air and time alone, quiet, to think. One of the things we love most […] The post

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So teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom. Psalm 90:12 It wasn’t what we expected, of course, when we planned the big family camping trip. But it was remarkable, that although we’re spread out over hundreds of miles, we would just all happen to be together, literally within […]

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I waved goodbye to the kids, walked straight to the room where I’d be staying, collapsed on the bed … and sobbed.  Gasping-for-air sobs, tears streaming, snot running, can’t-see kind of sobs, hoping no one could hear me. What NOW, Lord?  Sure, I had prepared for this conference. I had 37 pages of note

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I shifted positions on the sand, looking over my shoulder again. Where was he? The tops of my thighs were definitely red--that sad white space above the shorts-line exposed in early summer when we bravely (and a bit reluctantly) don bathing suits. I tried to hold my small paperback strategically to block the sun, glanci

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*We are camping this week, out enjoying some slow days. No bread baking, but lots of time for slow rising of hearts and souls, letting them get filled back up by God’s peace and joy as we spend time, unhurried, with Him and with each other. It reminded me of this. Praying you are able […] The post

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I read the article, another political one, and closed my eyes in the car.  “I don’t even know how to pray,” I confessed to Jeff. The urge is everywhere, “Pray for our country!” But how? Everyone has their own opinion, and it can feel dizzying at times. Then,I find myself reminded of Chris

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I’m thumbing out this post on my phone while watching my littles splash in the river, screaming as they run from a vicious dinosaur in the form of their daddy. I’m happy for the chance to bask in the sun, and as I watch, my heart is so full of gratitude for this man I […] The post

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I’ve realized something about myself the last few years: I love connecting people. Just yesterday I have a new friend over, whom I’ve only seen in person once but whom I’ve become acquainted with via text for almost a year. As we chatted, I couldn’t get another friend out of my mind, I kept thinki

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“I just don’t know how to connect with this person,” I confided to a friend. I wanted to, I wanted to build a bridge, to connect, to find common ground, but we were just so different. I honestly didn’t know where to begin, I felt like anything deeper than surface-level conversation would inevitab

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I had to laugh when I looked back at my prayer journal from five years ago.  I was praying for Jeff, that he would: Get up early Exercise I would have never imagined that now he’d be waking at 4am so he can get his triathlon training in before the kids and I wake up. Ha! I never […] The post

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Finally! I’ve heard from many of you, asking if I’d share the simple chore and cleaning system that’s been working for us. I’m sorry it’s taken me forever to get to this, here we go: It’s also taken me forever, it seems, to find a good system that works. When the kids were little I [&#

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I’ve been chewing on this verse, where Jesus says, “When you fast, do not look gloomy like the hyprocrites … When you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, that your fasting may not be seen by others but by your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will […] The p

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Sometimes it’s like I sabotage myself. Have you ever been there? It’s like, “Oh let’s see: I’m super tired and grumpy today, we’ve had a full week and we’re all a bit on edge this morning. Why don’t we go ahead and set the day on fire by doing our state achievement practice tests today?! Even […]

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I walked in just now dripping wet to get a drink. I don’t even want to dry off, the water feels so good, cool beads down my neck, my back, puddles at my feet. Now, I sip ice water and at the simple joy of thirst quenched. I can feel the water hydrating my cells almost […] The post

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I’m sorry. Again. I feel like this Spring has been a string of apologies for once again neglecting this poor blog space. We’re coming up on 9 years of consistently writing in this space, and it’s never been this hit-and-miss. *sigh* That isn’t to say I’ve been slacking. I wish faithful hous

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What have been the defining moments of your life? What experiences have forever altered the course of your life? What books, relationships, choices, events have changed your direction and brought you where you are? I can think of several, and for me some of the most powerfully influencers over the years have been books.

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The same strategy three times in a row? There was no missing this.  Isn’t God gracious? When He needs to get through to us, He makes it clear. I was feeling discouraged. Apathetic. Lethargic. Frustrated by what I saw around me, but feeling helpless to effect change. I didn’t feel like getting up early and

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I found the book last fall. Covered in brown fabric, the title inside the front cover is written in Sharpie: Prayers and Ponderings. 9/79 — 12/88. Nine years. The prayers and ponderings are mostly short. Just 1-2 pages per month to determine the focused prayers and goals for that specific season. November 1979

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“The only mothers it is safe to forget on Mother’s Day are the good ones.” ~ Ha! Isn’t that the truth? Jeff and I are so blessed to both have “good ones” in the mom department, but isn’t it true in all areas that there are those in your life who are “safe” to forget […] The post

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I have a friend who had something horrible happen to her last year: In the middle of the night, while she was peacefully sound asleep, a man broke into her house, busting down her door, stole into her room, dragged her out of her bed and into a vehicle and drove off. Isn’t that awful? […] The post

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I felt that familiar flip-flop feeling, that quick catch in my breath. Oh good grief, Kari. Really?! Yes, really. It would seem so innocuous, this thing, but it tripped up some insecurity switch and as I slipped into bed, in the safety of the darkness the tears slid down my face, onto the pillow. Why, […] Th

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I sense this urgency now more than ever. Not a panicky urgency, just a sense that time is short, that these are critical times, that “as in the days of Noah” there will be many who are oblivious to the times and be caught off guard by His coming. No, I’m not talking about stock-piling […] T

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This is from last year, and I want to say, with JOY and a grateful heart, I have been blown away by the difference in this past year, of seeing people truly step up and show up. We’ve seen almost 100% of people stick with each Bible study session, which makes my heart soar. But re-reading […] The post

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Their little eyes widened as the words sunk in: One HUNDRED times as much! We giggled to ourselves thinking of receiving back one hundred toys, or one hundred cookies, or one hundred houses or sisters or brothers. Of course the essence of this promise isn’t about calculating or counting, it’s written to conv

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Update: It’s now been 14 months of using these prayer cards each day, and I have to say: I love them! The word for me recently has been FOCUS, and these cards help me focus in prayer, on specific, scriptural things in line with God’s heart and will, to intentionally intercede for. It’s been so […]

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This past weekend I had the joy of sharing some good news with God’s women and I think He wants you to hear it too. Here it is: YOU ARE RICH. See, the enemy wants to keep you from being effective in making disciples, by making you think you don’t have what it takes. You don’t […] The post

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Well, I’m late sharing this post because … it’s a chaotic season. (ha!) Actually it’s not now, we’re slowly getting unpacked and just savoring time outside, celebrating the simplicity of bugs and nature and sunshine. We’ve just coming out of an insanely busy 6-week period, and I share

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All I can think about these days is the blessing of relationship. During our insanely busy period of moving, finishing the book, and traveling, we were carried by the faithfulness of friends. People spending days helping us move, cleaning our old house, moving our chickens for us while we were out of the country, peo

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Easter is one of my favorite times of the year. Easter gives us an opportunity to invite people to church more easily than at other times. As you probably know, many people visit church on Easter even if they don’t usually attend. That’s great. Sort of. Several years ago I heard a fabulous sermon on godly [&

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