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Kari Patterson

These Mountain Girls, they blew me away. I shuffled in and sat at the back, somehow feeling insecure. I would have snuck out the back, but I was the speaker – I couldn’t leave! I began to regret agreeing to come. These girls had been to hell and back–how on earth could my tame testimony touch […]

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“Ok, I love that starfish poem thing,” I started in on Jeff. He could tell a rant was coming. “And I agree–it’s worth it for one. It makes a difference for the one.  But what if it takes CRAZY agonizing effort just to get that ONE STINKING starfish back down the beach and into the water?? [&#

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She’s a little wobbly, so I take her hand in mine to help her balance. She smiles up at me. Her hair shimmers golden in the sun. Earlier she’d wanted to go outside. She’d found her coat and brought it to me, in the kitchen, standing at the stove stirring spaghetti sauce. “Can you help me?” [&#

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It already felt like trudging through invisible mud, just to get there. Last fall I’d sat with a long-time friend, and was surprised when she mentioned it: A Weekend to Remember? It sounded like more  mushy marriage motivational mumbo jumbo. Was she really recommending a canned commercialized Christian couples̵

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At the end of this post, I invited any who have not put their faith in Christ to contact me so we could talk. Recently, one dear honest seeker sought out this conversation, and her questions and faith-struggles have reminded me of this: There are few things more refreshing to me than honest seekers. I think, […]

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This post is late because I was praying. Doesn’t that sound super-spiritual?? Aren’t you impressed? Don’t be. Sometimes I feel like I’m the very worst spokesperson for about 99% of the things I teach. As you know I am a big advocate of eating well, and share often about The Plan. Yesterday, one of my

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‘When would you like to make your next appointment? We have Tuesday and Thursday available next week.” I smiled at the woman across the desk. She twitched nervously and ran her hands back and forth on the tops of her thighs, rocking back and forth. Her eyes darted around the room, trying to decide, trying [̷

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I could feel it creep up yesterday, that agitation. Agitation. I love that word. It so accurately portrays how I feel sometimes–like the washing machine churning back and forth, agitating those clothes into cleanliness. I love the word because it has negatively positive connotations (got that?). It describes a negati

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{Someone recently asked about my book-publishing process. I was so caught off guard it took me a minute to know what they were referring to!  It’s hard to believe just a year ago I was so actively and passionately seeking publication. On May 3rd I put the project to rest, embracing Death, Redefined, knowing that whe

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It was quiet on our 45-minute drive home from Salem. We’d done a Capitol field trip and visited friends and played hard and the kids were tired, sleepily gazing out the window as we pulled off the freeway and wound around the off-ramp toward our home.  I heard, quietly, in the backseat, Heidi’s little bird-chi

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I miss them so much. Every single time. With every ounce of our being Jeff and I believe I am called to continue sharing at women’s events. I sense God’s pleasure and power in my life every time. I am thrilled to see women’s lives changed, drawn to Jesus every time we gather around His Word. […]

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I promise I’ll stop talking about sin here pretty soon. Actually I won’t. But I promise we won’t focus here forever. It’s just that it’s such a mess, this sin stuff. It’s so destructive, and I watch this one dear soul in my house just reeling and grasping and dying under the weight of sin

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 Quiet play time ceased to be quiet. I heard the scuffle. Tears.  Heidi’s high-pitched, “Mommy, Dutch is being mean to me!” I called her into the loft where I was curled up on the couch, studying. I pulled her up on my lap, wrapped her up in my warmth. “What’s up, babygirl? What’s goi

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Tears stung my eyes as I read the words. You’d have thought someone ridiculed my only child, the way that MamaBear instinct rose up in me. I could physically feel my protective response—pit in my stomach, heart-rate quicken, needing to take off my fleece though the room was still cold. My face became flushed. I [

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Yesterday marked the one year anniversary of meeting “Julie.” Little did we know that that day would change us–and her–forever. I’m still waiting for the time when I can share her whole story with you, but in the meantime I was revisiting this, what I wrote right after the event. What a wild ri

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I knew that scary sound right away.  The barky cough, the constricted gasp for breath. She hadn’t had it since she was a baby, but I remember that night. In Texas, staying a hotel, and she’d stop breathing and then gasp and cough and we sat up all night in that bathroom with the shower […]

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It seems that every year my to-do list gets longer and my reading list gets shorter. *sigh* But I will not give up! Reading is my daily food for my soul. It’s my sustenance. I can feel the difference in my life when I have not had or taken time to read good books. I […]

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“My greatest fear is not that I will fail, but that I will succeed in things that don’t matter.” ~ It’s funny how things change. How we change. Yesterday we were sorting through old photos, scrapbooking my daughter’s baby book (She’s almost 5. Dont judge.) and at times I just stopped and

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Okay, technically we’ve already crossed the year. But this little nugget has proved so valuable to me and I pray it is to you too… ~ I finished writing the little devotional on fear and sent it to Jeff. “Great,” He replied. “Let’s each write up some discussion questions to go with it.” Super.  I [R

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Every single day there are countless opportunities to look down. Down in discouragement. Down in weariness. Down in shame. There are also countless opportunities to look around. Look around at everyone else’s success. Look around at all the things we think we need. Look around at all the endless tasks and needs and respon

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My voice shall you hear in the morning, O LORD;  in the morning will I direct my prayer to you, and will look up.  Psalm 5:3 I will look up with a little sigh when she shuffles early into my room, as she does every morning. I will close the laptop and pull back the covers so she […]

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I can feel my body tense up as I say the words with forced enthusiasm: “Ok, time for school!” They say what I know they’ll say: Do we have to? And if I’m honest, that’s exactly what I’m saying in my own mind. Do we have to? It’s December and I’m tired and my feet are cold and there […]

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We’ve had a full year. Very full. So full I just about lost my mind. And so this Christmas we, as a family, have opted to slow. Stop. Enjoy. Worship. I skipped the Christmas cards this year (though I love receiving them–thank you!). I haven’t baked a single Christmas cookie. I have just a few simple [R

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Monday’s child is fair of face, Tuesday’s child is full of grace,Wednesday’s child is full of woe,Thursday’s child has far to go, Friday’s child is loving and giving, Saturday’s child works hard for a living, But the child who is born on the Sabbath Day Is bonny and blithe and good an

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{Remembering this fun trip from last year and re-reminding myself again. I always need to remember this, especially in the areas of our lives where we’re called to obey God and persevere, but we just don’t see any change, any results, any movement. Or perhaps you’re praying for someone else and don’

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I remember that 2010 Christmas so vividly. I had gotten up early. Everything was ready. The baby Jesus doll was hidden. Gifts were wrapped. Cinnamon rolls were formed, rising, ready to bake. My 4-year-old son was the first to rise. He shuffled downstairs, carrying his new Lightning McQueen car he’d received for his birt

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“Oh, I’m fine,” I answered. But she could see in my eyes that I wasn’t. What was I supposed to say? Well, I’m reeling in pain because my husband is struggling and I can’t talk to anyone about it so please don’t ask me anymore.  That would sum it up, I suppose. Almost to a one, th

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The rain pounded hard in the darkness, and I rocked. And rocked. And rocked. We were all sick, and she cried. And cried. And cried. Unable to sleep, until we finally drug the rocking chair in from the front porch. It was cold and wet from outside. Jeff draped a blanket over the top, and [...]

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 Sick this week. Really, really, really needed to give thanks and forget not His benefits! Glad for a sunny Saturday and enough energy to run around! Walk with my girl, hand in hand, to the Revival Building to visit the boys. Finishing my little writing space. Praying for His hand on that little corner, for [...]

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We talked Wednesday about why it sometimes feels creepy to talk about Jesus, and we asked God to make us more bold, finding that place between creepy and cowardly. So, here’s what this looks like for me: Jeff and I are headed back to the airport from a recent conference, and we happen (ha!) to [...]

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