Tricia Patterson Ministries

CHAPTERS

C H A P T E R S
We so often describe different times in our lives as chapters or seasons. Sometimes we can’t see the beginning and ends of chapters clearly until we look back. However, this trip right here, has been a marker I’ve been looking towards that is acting as a page break into the next chapter of our lives.

When we left for this trip, Joy and I still lived in Waco. As we leave this trip, we’re heading back to move out of our house in Waco and head on to Tulsa!

Endings and beginnings of new chapters in our lives are full of jumbled emotions, and I am not a pro at handling it. BUT, I am so thankful to head into each and every chapter with these people.

I keep remembering that God’s plans are much better than mine, and just because they may look a little different that doesn’t mean they aren’t EXACTLY what God has always intended. We’ve got to trust Him in every single chapter of our lives, simply because HE IS TRUSTWORTHY.

Grateful to be walking out of one chapter and into another after this refreshing and memorable vacay with my favorite people in the world. ❤️

{New Vlog} Igniting the Fire through the Word of God

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Ever felt a little stagnant in your spiritual life? I know I go through those seasons sometimes, and I always find that when I’ve neglected simple spiritual disciplines, my spiritual life loses it’s power and passion.

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be discussing some of these simple disciplines that ignite the fire in our spiritual life.

This week I discussed IGNITING THE FIRE THROUGH THE WORD OF GOD.

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Antioch College Service – The Unwasted Life Pt. 1

I had the PRIVILEGE of speaking at the college service at Antioch Community Church. I would love for you to listen to the message.

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{New Vlog} Igniting the Fire through Prayer

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Ever felt a little stagnant in your spiritual life? I know I go through those seasons sometimes, and I always find that when I’ve neglected simple spiritual disciplines, my spiritual life loses it’s power and passion.

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be discussing some of these simple disciplines that ignite the fire in our spiritual life.

This week we discussed IGNITING THE FIRE THROUGH PRAYER. I hope you take some time to watch and hear from one of my wisest friends, Skylar Worley.

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Cultivating a Life of Joy In 8 Simple Ways

We all desire to live a life marked by joy, but the circumstances of life can trip us up and get us off course at times.

Dear friend,

There is a big difference between circumstantial-happiness and the life-lasting joy that is available through Jesus Christ. I am currently entering a season that is not necessarily conducive to circumstantial-happiness. So, I completely understand if you’re in a place in your life that is bringing you down. I’m there too. I’m in the midst of a major transition in my life. My husband is starting a new job where he will be traveling a lot, we’re moving from the place where we’ve built our lives for the past 10 years, and life feels very uncertain, scary, and lonely at times. So, I get it!

When I polled my friends about what devotional they’d like for me to write, the overwhelming majority said “CULTIVATING A LIFE OF JOY!” Immediately after this clear call to write on cultivating joy, I entered into an emotional state that was very joy-less. I thought, “WHO AM I TO WRITE ON JOY?” And, that’s where the Lord began teaching me. He showed me that these truths I’m about to share with you will be my lifelines throughout this next season in my life. I am walking this road with you. I am not feeling joyful, but I am choosing joy.

I have learned throughout the years that joy is 100% a choice. It is not a personality trait. It is not an emotion. It is a choice of attitude. Even when joy doesn’t make sense, we choose to rejoice in the Lord. We do not rejoice in our circumstances, because sometimes our circumstances are just not joy-worthy. We rejoice in our Lord in the midst of difficulties, in the midst of struggles, in the midst of pain, because it’s in those moments that others see God working in and through us. Why choose joy? Because by choosing joy, we point to God’s power in our lives. By choosing joy, we choose to glorify God. By choosing joy, we shine a light in this dark world. By choosing joy, we proclaim the overwhelming victory we have in Christ.

THAT is why choosing joy is worth it. So let me give you 8 simple ways to cultivate joy in your life.

Love,

Tricia

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Freedom, Rights, and Entitlement

R I G H T S

Every time the 4th rolls around, I start meditating on freedom, slavery, rights, oppression, and all the things in between. I confess, I always feel convicted about the way I take my FREEDOM for granted.

I think about the way so many of us live such entitled lives. We cling to our rights with hearts of entitlement rather than humility. This isn’t a political or patriotic topic about freedom and rights, but I truly believe this heart of entitlement is a spiritual problem.

I’m praying that the Holy Spirit will keep my heart sensitive to the magnitude of my freedom and give me the humility that should overflow from the realization of the rights I possess. May we use our freedom to advance the Gospel and be the voice for those who are oppressed and enslaved.

I love this quote by Peter Marshall:
“May we think of freedom, not as the right to do as we please, but as the opportunity to do what is right.”

I pray that I will have the attitude of Christ Jesus, who did not cling to His rights as GOD, but humbled himself to DEATH, even death on the cross.

Spirit, give me a heart like Jesus. One that doesn’t cling to my rights in entitlement, but one who lays my life down for the sake of the Gospel.

If Jesus, the only one truly entitled to any rights could humble himself in this way, I think I should too…❤️❤️❤️

When Loneliness Stings

I wrote what I’m about to share several weeks ago, but I didn’t post it because…well, it’s very raw, very vulnerable, and it was very fresh. Today, I’m in a better place, and I felt prompted to share these words for someone else who might be feeling the same way.

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I’m sitting in my new house in my new town, and I feel very isolated and very alone. This house feels empty and so does my soul. I’m not writing these words as part of a pity party. I don’t write these words in hopes of your sympathy. I write these words because I know that although I feel alone, I know that I am not alone in this lonely feeling. I know that many, many others feel, have felt, or will feel this at some point. This loneliness that makes your heart sink. That feeling of isolation that makes you feel as though the wind as been knocked out of you. It’s painful. It hurts deep. It’s reality. But, I keep reminding myself that this feeling, although very real at this moment, is only temporary.

I also find deep comfort in knowing that I’m not alone in this feeling of loneliness. Not that I wish the pain of loneliness on anyone else, but I know that it’s the reality for many. I remember a friend talking about the peace and comfort we find in recognizing that we are all part of a fellowship of brokenness. We find solace in this acknowledgment. I’m acknowledging the fellowship of loneliness right now and remembering that I’m not isolated in this feeling. There are many who join me in this place. Come sit at the table with me. No judgement. No advice. Just sit. It’s ok to feel these things. We won’t stay here long.

Furthermore, and really even more powerful, I know that my Savior understands the pain I am feeling. He too was isolated. He too must have felt deep cords of loneliness strike through his soul while on earth. He knows my pain, and he knows yours.

I also hold on to the promise from Scripture that I am not truly alone. I have a God who is called Immanuel which means “God is with us.” I have a God who promises throughout Scripture that He is by my side. He is close to the broken-hearted with a special kind of closeness and comfort. I cling to that promise, even when it’s difficult to feel.

I also know that many people truly do love me, and they’re here for me. I am grateful for the bond we have through the family of God here on this earth, even though there is a very true reality to my feeling of loneliness right now. Especially in this new place. And, although I may be surrounded by loads of people, I am not truly known, and the loads of people can at times exasperate my feeling of loneliness.

Again, I am not expressing these things to seek attention. I am not expressing these feelings to find pity. I just know that God has called me to share life and truth through every season of my life, and this is my current season.

A season full of fear, but grounded in trust. A season full of loneliness, but grounded in fellowship with Christ. A season Full of feelings of loss, but grounded in the hope of expectation. A season Full of brokenness, but grounded in comfort and healing through my loving God. A season Full of weariness, but grounded in the rest I find through my compassionate Savior.

It’s a tough one, but I know I’m not alone. I’m praying that if this finds you in a place of loneliness, isolation, or pain, that you will find fellowship in our brokenness. And most of all, that you will press in to God in the midst of the reality of your pain.

❤️❤️❤️

{New Vlog} The Struggle Is Real: Facing the Battlefields of Life Through Christ’s Victory

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T H E  S T R U G G L E  I S  R E A L

As I wrap up this series on the vlog: “The Struggle Is Real” I wanted to share my heart on this subject.
“The Struggle Is Real” (my upcoming book) came from a place of intense love and a heavy burden to help teenage and college girls as the walk the difficulties of the tumultuous and trying years of middle school, high school, and college.

As a Girls’ Minister, I sat down with girl after girl struggling with a variety of circumstances, and my heart ached for each one. In my upcoming book, I tell the personal stories of girls who have struggled in the areas of FAMILY, SELF-IMAGE, BOYS, TEMPTATION, and the THOUGHT LIFE. (That’s why we’ve been covering these topics on the vlog.)

In this video, you hear the stories of some of those girl! They are real and raw. They are brave and bold. They share because they want you to know that:
**you’re not alone
**there is hope
**and Jesus will walk with you EVERY STEP OF THE WAY.

The struggle IS real. But our God? He’s even more real.

I can’t wait for you to read this book. 🙌🏼🙌🏼 Coming soon 🙏🏼

PS – I’d love to come speak on this subject at your church, with your youth group, or at your camp. PLUS, as a BONUS some of the girls who share their personal testimonies can come along to share their stories, as well. ❤️❤️

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{New Vlog} “How to Lose a Guy or Girl in 10 Ways”

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In this week’s vlog, my husband joins me as we talk about some things to look for that would make or break a relationship. We discuss the things that should make you say PEACE OUT in a relationship and some qualities that you should want!

These 10 things were major priorities that we were looking for as we dated looking for a spouse! This is a really practical vlog with some easy to tips to apply! Plus, it was really fun to film with this good looking guy!

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VLOG TUESDAY: A Godly Guy’s Perspective On Girls & Dating

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Girls, you are going to LOVE the vlog this week:
“A GODLY GUY’S PERSPECTIVE ON GIRLS & DATING”

After last week’s vlog on the Battlefield of Boys, I wanted to bring in some quality Christian guys, that could explain a guy’s perspective when it comes to girls, dating, and relationships! 👫

We talk about how Christians should date differently, what qualities a godly guy looks for, red flags, how to fight for purity, handling break-ups and MORE!

Chip Peeples and Bryan Rhodes bring some major wisdom and practical tips on dating that will be very helpful to you! You’re gonna LOVE IT!!

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