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Kari Patterson

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Located in Molalla

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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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Friday’s Reading: Matthew 26:47 – 27:51, Mark 14:43 – 15:38, Luke 22:47 – 23:49, John 18:3 – 19:37 “It is finished.” -Jesus ~ For the past few years, I’ve finished something significant on Good Friday. I didn’t set out to make this a tradition, but it is interesting

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Thursday’s Reading: Matthew 26:17-46, Mark 14:12-42, Luke 22:7-46, John 13-17   “Then all the disciples left Him and fled.” (Matt 26:56) ~ I distinctly remember a moment, years ago, when I felt abandoned by someone I love.  It was at a point when I was weak and tired. I felt exhausted and poured ou

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Wednesday’s Reading: Matthew 26:3-19, Mark 14:1-11, Luke 21:37 – 22:6, John 12:1-8   “For she has done a beautiful thing to me.” – Jesus (Matthew 26:10) ~ This past Sunday afternoon, after church, I looked around at my war-zone disaster of a house, at all the boxes waiting to be packed, at the messy

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Tuesday’s Reading: Matthew 21:23 – 26:3, Mark 11:27 – 13:37, Luke 20 – 21:36 (today’s are longer than the rest, perhaps break up into two sittings…) “And He saw a poor widow put in two small copper coins.” Luke 21:3 ~ Most days I am gaga over my kids. I love their smell, their voices, their hilarious [&

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Monday’s Reading: Matthew 21:12-22, Mark 11:12-19, Luke 19:45-46, Luke 21:37-38   “Jesus entered the temple and drove out all who sold and bought in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the money-changers and the seats of those who sold pigeons. He said to them, “It is written, My house shall b

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{I shared last week that things are a bit cray-cray at my house as we move on Saturday (tucked in between the Good Friday evening service and Easter morning service). My house looks like a bomb went off, and my to-do list is as long as my leg, BUT in the midst of this I want […] The post

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Things are officially crazy-town at my house. I’m finalizing edits on the book, we’re moving in 9 days and I have yet to pack a single box, then it’s Good Friday and Easter, then after moving we leave the country for a week. I want to help my kids transition well through this season, so […]

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I was slipping on my shoes Saturday morning when Jeff made the simple suggestion: “Why don’t you bring a bag with you?” Ah. A bag. I don’t know why I didn’t think of it before. I guess because I never actually set out to pick up trash. I just set out to walk, I never […] The post

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I recently retired my leg warmers. Yes, no more leotards and side-ponytails, I’ve officially ended my days with Jazzercise. 😉 Of course I’m kidding about the 80s apparel, but I did transition into different exercise options since we’re moving to the country, and recently I’ve just been taking w

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