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Author: Les Patterson

Monday Morning Boost: Perfectly Imperfect Moms & Dads

Monday Morning Boost: Perfectly Imperfect Moms & Dads

The best moms and dads are perfectly imperfect. They stumble and they get back up. They screw up and they get back up. They try one technique, then another, give up, then try again. They love completely even though they sometimes wonder if their actions truly echo their heart. They stay up late, helping a child, or worrying about a child. They drop to their knees in prayer and stand strong in support. They wonder how they can ever do…

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Sunday Reflections – Shall We Gather At The River

Sunday Reflections – Shall We Gather At The River

Rivers have often been a place of quiet stillness for Elisa and me. One of our favorite places to go camping is Logan Canyon, right here in our backyard, where we can spend time right next to the Logan River. Shall we gather at the river? Where bright angel feet have trod With its crystal tide forever Flowing by the throne of God “Shall We Gather At The River” is a traditional Christian hymn originally written in 1864 by Robert…

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Monday Morning Boost: Reflections On Love

Monday Morning Boost: Reflections On Love

A few reflections on love in honor of Valentine’s Day. First, a little gift of prose I wrote for my love Elisa on Valentine’s Day. VALENTINE’S LOVE Good morning my love It’s Valentine’s Day A moment for sharing A moment to say I love you so much I love who I see I love who you are I love who you’ll be Your love completes me My cup overflows I’m filled to the brim You are my rose This kind of…

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Sunday Reflections – Our Heavenly Father Loves Me (Valentine’s Day Special)

Sunday Reflections – Our Heavenly Father Loves Me (Valentine’s Day Special)

Happy Valentine’s Day! Or, maybe not… Whenever I hear the song of a bird Or look at the blue, blue sky, Whenever I feel the rain on my face Or the wind as it rushes by, While Valentine’s Day for many is a day of love and romance, for many it is not. Maybe it’s because they don’t have a dedicated love interest in their life. Or maybe it’s because they simply don’t feel love. Maybe this person is you….

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Monday Morning Boost: Changing The Ugly Truth

Monday Morning Boost: Changing The Ugly Truth

Hey my friends, I missed sharing a Monday Morning Boost with you last week. It was the first time in ten years (as of Feb 21st) I have not shared my weekly thoughts. Thank you to those who asked where it was and for expressing your support and making sure I was alright. Here is the story of what happened.   UGLY TRUTHS An old “ugly truth” I believed for a long time came roaring back with vengeance while on a…

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Sunday Reflections – Take Me Home Country Roads

Sunday Reflections – Take Me Home Country Roads

“Love that view!” That’s the first thing our oldest son Cody said when we came into Cache Valley Sunday afternoon on our return trip from the Salt Lake Airport. Granted, the view of this beautiful valley we call home is always stunning when you first enter driving north out of Sardine Canyon. That spectacular view, even with a bit of inversive haze today, meant a whole lot more for Cody on his first trip back home in two and half…

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Monday Morning Boost: I Was Once Not a Natural

Monday Morning Boost: I Was Once Not a Natural

Sharing our voice, writing, speaking, or singing, may not be a natural thing for you. It’s not for me either. At one point, walking, talking and eating weren’t natural either. But I learned just like you did. By doing. We can learn and develop anything we want to. Even the most difficult tasks or skills can be learned and developed. When we focus our efforts, clarify our message, and share our story we can create a lasting impact. I can’t…

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Sunday Reflections: Consider The Lilies

Sunday Reflections: Consider The Lilies

When Roger Hoffman composed in 1980 the melody for the beloved hymn “Consider The Lilies,” the words that became lyrics immediately flowed into his mind. Consider the lilies of the field, How they grow, how they grow. Consider the birds in the sky, How they fly, how they fly. The words kept flowing till he felt he was done. But as he rose from the piano bench, he felt impressed there was more. “I was about to rise from the…

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Monday Morning Boost: Just Stop Saying Just!

Monday Morning Boost: Just Stop Saying Just!

Just Stop Saying Just! But why??? The word “just” is too often used as a bad four-letter word. Not bad as in vulgar bad. But bad as in most times when we the word “just” it’s like we feel the need to apologize for whatever we going to say. Just think (see, I did it myself) of the many time you have said “just” to justify something you don’t feel you are very good at. Or to qualify you to…

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Sunday Reflections: Prayers, Truth, & Light

Sunday Reflections: Prayers, Truth, & Light

Have you wondered if your prayers are heard? Do you struggle to know what is actually true? Do you hope for light in a personal world of darkness? I have wondered, struggled, and hoped in each of these areas. In my quest to find answers, I have sought for them. And the answers have come. Not all of them, not yet. But some answers have come and with those answers, I have found truth and I have found light. Two…

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