Donna R. Patrick's Blog (74)

A Painful Praise

I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world." 

(John 16:33, NLT)

Sometimes praising God is painful.  Oh, I know…

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Added by Donna R. Patrick on November 25, 2013 at 12:54am — No Comments

You Don't Know My Story OR My Song

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Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place.    2 Corinthians 2:14 …
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Added by Donna R. Patrick on November 25, 2013 at 12:52am — No Comments

I'm Not Crazy (I'm Just Walking Out My Purpose)

And so, having obtained help from God, I stand to this day testifying both to small and great, stating nothing but what the Prophets and Moses said was going to take place; that the Christ was to suffer, and that by reason of His resurrection from the dead He should be the first to proclaim light both to the Jewish people and to the Gentiles."  And while Paul was saying this in his defense, Festus said in a loud voice,…
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Added by Donna R. Patrick on November 25, 2013 at 12:30am — No Comments

Sing a Song of Worship - Worthy!

And when the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to Him who sits on the throne, to Him who lives forever and ever, the twenty-four elders will fall down before Him who sits on the throne, and will worship Him who lives forever and ever, and will cast their crowns before the throne, saying, "Worthy art Thou, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and power; for Thou didst create all things, and because of Thy will they existed, and were…

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Added by Donna R. Patrick on October 9, 2013 at 2:39am — No Comments

The Call To Worship Revisited

Happy are those who hear the joyful call to worship, for they will walk in the light of your presence, Lord.  They rejoice all day long in your wonderful reputation.  They exult in your righteousness.  You are their glorious strength.  Our power is based on your favor.  Psalm 89:15-17 (NLT)

For some of us when we hear the phrase "call to worship" it conjures up images of the…
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Added by Donna R. Patrick on October 9, 2013 at 2:28am — No Comments

The Call That Demands a Response

You shall have no other gods before me.  (Exodus 20:3)

Worship is  not just something we "do;"  it's who we are.  I've been in worship ministry several years and one thing I've come to discover is that a lot of what we call "worship" is really not worship.  I've seen some great…

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Added by Donna R. Patrick on October 9, 2013 at 2:25am — No Comments

Praise Deprivation

I will praise the LORD all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.  Psalm 146:2   As for me, I will always have hope; I will praise you more and more. Psalm 71:14 

(Both passages from the NIV)
What would you do if you knew today was your last day on earth?  A question like that usually invokes a great deal of…
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Added by Donna R. Patrick on August 11, 2013 at 3:00am — No Comments

Living In Light of Eternity (When All Hell Breaks Loose)

. . .the battle is not yours, but God's.  II Chronicles 20:15 (NKJV)

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Added by Donna R. Patrick on August 11, 2013 at 2:58am — No Comments

The Battle Is On

. . .the battle is not yours, but God's.  II Chronicles 20:15 (NKJV)
 
When the enemy comes in like…
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Added by Donna R. Patrick on August 11, 2013 at 2:54am — No Comments

Sanctify Me

. . .the battle is not yours, but God's.  II Chronicles 20:15 (NKJV)

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Added by Donna R. Patrick on August 11, 2013 at 2:51am — No Comments

Let God Do It

This is what the LORD says-your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: "For your sakes I will send an army against Babylon, forcing the Babylonians to flee in those ships they are so proud of;  I am the LORD, your Holy One, Israel's Creator and King.  I  am the LORD, who opened a way through the waters, making a dry path through the sea.   called forth the mighty army of Egypt with all its chariots and horses. I drew them beneath the waves,…
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Added by Donna R. Patrick on August 11, 2013 at 2:50am — No Comments

Comfort, Chaos, and Creativity

But He gives more grace. . .James 4:6(a)

God moves in chaos. Don't ever think He doesn't. Life will bring chaos to all of us, regardless of how saved you are, or how hard you pray. Today's devotional is for those who see so much in your spirit, but have not yet seen the physical manifestation. I know what it is to see something so plainly in your spirit, but for reasons of His own God has you waiting. It can be overwhelming.



I believe one of the reasons God…

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Added by Donna R. Patrick on May 15, 2013 at 8:46pm — No Comments

Praising God With the Wrong Spirit

Psalm 139:1(a) Lord, You have searched me and known me.  2(b) You understand my thoughts from far away.

3(b) You are aware of all my ways. 4. Before a word is on my tongue, You know all about it, Lord.   



It happens in churches all over the country every Sunday.  Yes, we're singing, clapping, playing instruments, waving hands, dancing, and saying we're enjoying Jesus.  But something's wrong:  God doesn't have all of us;…

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Added by Donna R. Patrick on May 10, 2013 at 7:27pm — No Comments

Watchman Worship

The sanctified worshiper is a spiritually sleepless worshiper. Those who are spiritually sleepless are always watching for God's movement in The Body, and in their individual lives because they understand that worship is not just a Sunday morning activity.  They understand that worship is not something we "do" but it is who we are as believers. They are also watching for enemy activity.   In Biblical history cities were…

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Added by Donna R. Patrick on May 8, 2013 at 9:53pm — No Comments

Keep Walking, Keep Standing

In every thing, give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.  I Thessalonians 5:18 (NASB)

Truth be known, we are all struggling with something.  God has His reasons for taking us down a different road than we originally planned.  First, He is God.  Second, His ways are higher than our ways.  Third, He can see much further down the road than we can.  Fourth, He loves us too much to ever send us out unprepared.  Fifth, even though we want something so badly…

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Added by Donna R. Patrick on May 8, 2013 at 9:51pm — No Comments

The Blessing Of Closed Doors

Remember the things I have done in the past. For I alone am God! I am God, and there is none like me.
Only I can tell you the future before it even happens. Everything I plan will come to pass, for I do whatever I wish. …
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Added by Donna R. Patrick on April 22, 2013 at 9:07pm — No Comments

Favor, Not Fear - Revisited

Fear not, for I am with you; Isaiah 43:5
For You, O Lord, will bless the righteous; With favor You will surround him as with a shield.  Psalm 5:12

You and I can walk in…
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Added by Donna R. Patrick on April 9, 2013 at 3:17pm — No Comments

Under His Authority

But thanks [be] to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. (2 Corinthians 15:57) (KJV)



The last place I ever want to be is outside of God's will.  When I find myself a little off center I know where to go to get back on track.  When was the last time you…
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Added by Donna R. Patrick on April 9, 2013 at 3:14pm — No Comments

The Leader Who Worships

A man who remains stiff-necked after many rebukes will suddenly

be destroyed-without remedy.  (
Prov. 29:1) (NIV) 

Why is it so important that ministry leaders develop as worshipers?  To guard against familiarity.  Those of us who have been working in our respective area(s) of ministry for a long time can run the risk of becoming too "familiar" with God, our ministry responsibilities, and our own level of spiritual growth.  When we've…

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Added by Donna R. Patrick on April 5, 2013 at 4:11pm — No Comments

Praise Him Even In The Chaos

The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, And His ears are open to their cry.Many are the afflictions of the righteous, But the Lord delivers him out of them all.    Psalm 34:15, 19 (NKJV) 

I know about chaos.  Many of you probably do, too.  And if you have not yet experienced any level of chaos in your life, keep living - you will.  An older, very wise former pastor of mine once said,…

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Added by Donna R. Patrick on April 5, 2013 at 4:08pm — No Comments

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