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Thanks to my fellow book lovers who left book recommendations!
I appreciate your additions to the summer reading list.
Here’s the first installment on some books that have been on my nightstand recently.
Mayflower by Nathaniel Philbrick is the story of the Plymouth colony from its inception. This is not your run of the mill Pilgrim and Indian story commonly heard at Thanksgiving. Philbrick manages to communicate an authenticity to both the English settlers and the native Indians.  Both groups are presented in light of their humanity.  In my opinion, the strength of the book was the depiction of struggle through adversity as the Pilgrims faced challenges of forging a  life in a strange new land. I especially enjoyed the narratives that focused on Indian life, to include Squanto and his role in this time period.  Apparently Philbrick is an extraordinary historical researcher, but even with the knowledge of his expertise I still read historical material like this with a grain of salt.  One thing I fault the author with is his lack of emphasis on the importance faith had in the lives of the Pilgrims. It’s what brought them to America in the first place.
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Verdict: Not a page-turner, but I persevered.
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The Good Husband of Zebra Lane by Alexander McCall Smith is number eight in the delightful series The Number 1 Ladies Detective Agency.  Set in Botswana, Precious Romatswe  is an unlikely founder and chief detective of this sleuth organization with offices housed in her husband’s auto repair shop. Through it all Precious manages to use wisdom and common sense to solve the mysteries of the bush country.  This volume finds discontent in abundance around the agency. However, the surprising results of the case du jour reminds all involved of the good in their lives.
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Verdict: Enjoyable, light reading. Smith’s characters continue to endear themselves.  (BTW-This series is TERRIFIC on audio!)
p.s. More titles from YOU are welcome! I’ll be adding more throughout the week too.
©Brenda Pace, 2010
I found a picture this week that brought a smile.

Bedtime ritual of days gone by

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This is my dad reading a bedtime story to me. I remember this ritual with great fondness. My father instilled in me a love of books. Books held a special place in our home. Books were regarded as friends. Books were included in the budget along with food for the fridge and gas for the car. Going into my father’s study, surrounded by his books on theology, education, health, history and his beloved Agatha Christie and P.D. James mysteries I found solace, comfort and inspiration. My parents recently downsized to a smaller home, but there continues to be plenty of space for my Dad’s books. And I still find great pleasure in perusing the titles on his bookshelves.
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Thanks Dad for reading to me and for showing me what it looks like to be a life-long learner.
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I’ll be posting some thoughts this week on recent titles I’ve read. Hope you’ll share some of your book finds with me as well!  Happy reading!
Today I woke up singing an old song:

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Without Him I would be nothing,
Without Him I’d surely fail,
Without Him I would be drifting
Like a ship without a sail.
(Without Him, lyrics and music by Mylon LeFevere)
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It was most interesting when later in the day I was reading Scripture and my eyes fell on this verse:
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We must therefore pay even more attention to what we have heard, so that we will not drift away (Hebrews 2:1).
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The interesting timing aside, this scriptural exhortation captures my attention. As I ponder the words, I don’t think the author is talking about intentional drifting, but rather the neglect of our anchor—in other words, nonchalance about the Christian walk.  The Greek word for drifting used in this passage is a word picture that depicts something slipping away. I see the visual of a boat drifting away from the purposed harbor due to distraction or lack of interest.
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If I interpret this Scripture correctly, the protection to drifting away is to pay attention to what I have heard. What is that? The abridged version: the words of Christ.
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I’m in a period of transition right now. I don’t use this as an excuse, but during this time when I’m in between involvement in Christian community and a regular routine I want to be sure to pay attention to the nurture of my inner life with Christ. I’m grateful for his gentle nudging today.
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What are some signs that let you know you’re drifting in your walk with Christ?
©Brenda Pace, 2010
Today I welcome my friend Victoria Robinson as a guest blogger. Victoria is an outstanding speaker, Bible teacher and mentor to many young women. Victoria is also an avid reader and I am honored to share a book review on a recent book she has found meaningful. Thanks for sharing your insight and wisdom Victoria!

Over the years I have enjoyed many aspects of being involved in women’s ministry, and one of these is mentoring. The desire for discipleship and spiritual mothering seems to be the heart’s cry of many young women. With intentionality and lots of prayer effective intergenerational ministry can happen. It can even happen in military communities amidst all the moves and changes.  What a blessing to share with the next generation the truths of scripture and the biblical principles that compose a walk of faith!

W.O.W.!

In this season of being a seasoned woman I have enjoyed many enriching relationships with younger women.  There is an amazing work of God in the lives of seasoned women and younger women alike when they are committed to a mentoring relationship. Some of the young women in the women’s ministry in which I am involved  have called the older women “W.O.Ws.” W.O.W. is an acronym for Women of Wisdom!  The concept is that every woman needs a “W.O.W” in her life!
In the book Spiritual Mothering, author Susan Hunt explains the mandate, the model and the method for a mentoring relationship. Using scripture and personal testimonies, Susan encourages both the mature woman to step out in faith to mentor and the younger woman to be teachable. In Susan’s words, spiritual mothering happens when, “a woman possessing faith and spiritual maturity enters into a nurturing relationship with a younger woman in order to encourage and equip her to live for God’s glory.”
The Mandate
The central scripture for God’s mandate to mentor is from Titus 2:3-5: Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live…to teach what is good. Then they can train the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God.
The Model
The model Susan cites for mentoring is the relationship between Elizabeth and Mary, the mother of Jesus. She describes Mary’s visit to Elizabeth while pregnant with Jesus and says, “When women do for other women what Elizabeth did for Mary, I believe we will see young women burst forth in lives of praise to God.”
The Method
The method for mentoring is found in Hebrews 10:24-25:  And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
Considering one another, spurring one another on, meeting together, and encouraging one another all describe the spiritual mothering process.
Every time I receive an email or a phone call that starts with,” Momma Victoria” my heart jumps with joy and expectation for how God is going to bless both of us with more of God’s plan and God’s purpose for women!
©Victoria Robinson, 2010

Some fathers I know don’t complain about changing diapers.

I love watching my boys care for their kids.

They had a great example in their own father. Such a blessing!

Happy Father’s Day!

It’s celebration week for our family!

Today is my youngest son Joseph’s birthday.

Some words that come to mind when I think of this son:

Creative, calm, and caring

Deep, dependable, and daring

Loyal, laidback, and lovable

Hilarious, helpful, and honorable

Good, gentle and generous

Independent, interesting, and Industrious

He is all these things and more and I pray he knows today and everyday how blessed I am to be his mom.

Happy Birthday dear Joseph!

Joseph and his 'little princess'

Writing is easy:  All you do is sit staring at a blank sheet of paper until drops of blood form on your forehead.  ~Gene Fowler

I have a couple of writing deadlines looming in front of me.

Today I’m thinking it might make it more fun if I had one of these:

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Plenty of June Brides!

Last week I asked my friends on Facebook how many were June brides and received quite a few responses.  June has long been a month known for weddings and the three wedding invites I have sitting on my counter for this month confirm this fact. I attended one of these celebrations this weekend. It was a beautiful wedding for the son of dear friends. The bride was lovely, the groom was beaming, and their family and friends were supportive and obviously pleased for the happy twosome.  I was honored to sing a prayer over the couple during the ceremony as they lit the unity candle and shared communion. It was a sweet example of everything a wedding should be. I had a great time!
Our family certainly has its share of June brides. Yesterday my oldest son and his wife celebrated seven years of marriage. Today I say happy anniversary to my parents—and to my husband and me!

Stay Connected to Passion and Commitment

Seven years ago my husband helped officiate the ceremony for the wedding of my oldest son. In his exhortation to them he asked them to imagine a kite in the shape of a heart (to represent passion) attached to a string (to represent commitment). He explained that just as a kite dances in the breeze, the passion of true love desires to dance in the winds of life and relationship. Some may think the string of commitment holds this passion back, but in fact it is just the opposite. If you cut the string from a kite, it may momentarily look as though it has sprung free to experience new flight. But if you follow it long enough, you’ll eventually find the kite tangled in a tree or broken on the ground.

Keep Flying High!

To fly higher, a kite does not need to be cut free; it just needs more string. The greater the cord of commitment in a marriage, the higher the passions can fly. When you become skilled in true love, knowing how to balance both commitment and passion, your kite will dance in the winds of love, free to soar and turn loops knowing the string of commitment will keep it safe.

Your Closest Neighbor?

He went on to share the secret of marital success given to him by his precious grandmother.  She told him that if we both lived first for the Lord and then lived for each other instead of for ourselves, we would have a happy marriage. Grandma Goodyear was echoing Jesus words in Mark 12:30, 31 that teach us to: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”
For thirty-six years my closest neighbor has been my husband. He’s also been my closest friend and my greatest encourager. He’s loved me with a selfless love. I’m grateful for his Godly life and I look forward to the days ahead as we live for the Lord—together.

Happy Anniversary!

To my son and my dear daughter-in-law, to the young couple I sang to this weekend, and to my fellow June brides, I pray today your passion and commitment remain strong as you continue to grow in your love for God and for the one you married. Happy anniversary!
©Brenda Pace, 2010

One last ‘view’ of life in Atlanta…taken from our condo balcony.

Atlanta on a summer morning

Atlanta sunset

Moon over Atlanta

I have to show you this!

My friend Gay presented me with the coolest farewell gift. It’s a platter with all the ’sights’ of Atlanta depicted around the edges.  Isn’t it great?


Thanks Gay! I’ll look forward to many visits back to the great city of Atlanta! It was a terrific place to call home for the past year!

©Brenda Pace, 2010

During my husband’s military career I have dreaded many of the places we have been sent by Uncle Sam. Without fail each place becomes home and it ends up that I dread leaving. Atlanta has been no exception. Here are some of our neighborhood faves I’ll miss:

Flying Biscuit cafe is quirky but wonderful! My favorite breakfast in Atlanta.

Fried green tomatoes on Monday and Thursday, as well as, a great take out section

I ? this place!

My husband's favorite breakfast joint. I do not complain when he wants to eat here!

See why I don't complain? The asiago cheese bagel can't be beat.

Mt. Paran Church of God is a great place to worship!

I will miss the convenience of the ATL airport!