Crazy storms here in Middle Tennessee!

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Schools are cancelled.

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Power lines down.

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A sense of anxiety is swirling along with the wind as people remember the damage of the storms and flood of last year.

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Praying for safety…

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Praying for peace…

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Praying for storms to diminish and calm to reside inside and out.

Have you ever thought of problems as “perspective-lifters?”

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Sarah Young’s words in her powerful little devotional Jesus Calling says problems can either take us up or down.

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“You can lash out at the difficulty, resenting it and feeling sorry for yourself. This will take you down into a pit of self-pity.

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Alternatively, the problem can be a ladder, enabling you to climb up and see your life from (God’s) perspective. Viewed from above, the obstacle that frustrated you is only a light and momentary trouble. Once your perspective has been heightened, you can look away from the problem altogether” (Jesus Calling, 121).

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What’s your view today? Are you in a pit, or on a ladder?

I tend to agree with these words by A.W. Tozer:

I do not mind telling you that within me I find the Easter message and the reality of the Resurrection more beautiful and glorious than the Christmas scene. Christmas tells us that Jesus was born; that He was born for the humiliation of suffering and death and atonement. But Easter is the radiant and glory-filled celebration of Christ’s mighty triumph over the grave and death and hell! When Easter comes, our voices are raised in the triumphant chorus: The three sad days had quickly sped; He rises glorious from the dead! There is the real beauty! This is more than the beauty of color; more than the beauty of outline or form; more than the beauty of physical proportion. In the living Christ is the perfection of all beauty; and because He lives, we too shall live in the presence of His beauty and the beauties of heaven, forever!” - A.W. Tozer

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A Few Easter Highlights…

My favorite 10 year old spotted these Resurrection Eggs at the Bible bookstore. She thought they would be a great addition to our family Easter traditions. She was right!

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Each egg holds a symbol of the story of Easter.

The accompanying booklet has the story and scriptures of Jesus riding a donkey on Palm Sunday

to the empty tomb on Easter day.

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My favorite 7 year old found a Lego rabbit that belonged to his dad many years ago.

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Our Easter table was complete with  handmade placecards by a very creative 10 year old…

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some delicious cupcakes for desert…

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and a centerpiece of lovely iris blooms found by surprise in the corner of the yard!

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These three made Easter extra special this year!

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We celebrated Easter AND the 1st birthday of a very sweet Little Princess!

It was a blessed Easter weekend in Pace family land.

How was your Easter weekend?

“Before we can begin to see the cross as something done for us (leading us to faith and worship),

we have to see it as something done by us (leading us to repentance)…

As we face the cross, then, we can say to ourselves both

I did it; my sins sent Him there,’ and ‘He did it; His love took Him there.’”

John Stott

Leg-go heels by Finn Stone

These Lego shoes caught my eye and made me think about some possibilities.

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If I had these babies on my feet…

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…would I be more likely to connect with others?

…would I stop procrastinating, snap to it and get more accomplished?

…would I be prompted to build someone up instead of tear someone down?

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Can you add other positive choices that might be encouraged by wearing these shoes?

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Wouldn’t it be nice if all it took to bring about positive change meant wearing the right shoes?

©Brenda Pace, 2011

image from istock.com

It is a great thing to know the season for speech and the season for silence.

(Seneca, Roman dramatist, philosopher, & politician, 5 BC – 65 AD)

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My little space in the blogosphere has been silent for a while. It’s been a busy few months filled with a few significant events. I haven’t had time or energy to add more words to those I’ve been required to write or speak.

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When I looked on the calendar I realized during this season of silence I missed the one-year anniversary of this blog. I started blogging to practice the discipline of writing on a semi-regular basis (emphasis on semi-regular).

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The focus of my blog posts may seem a bit haphazard, but the themes have fallen out in areas of personal interest: transition, leadership, family and those serendipitous and delightful views of life along the way.  Even though the purpose was more for my personal discipline and record, I must admit I agree with Jon Acuff author of Stuff Christians Like that comments to a blogger are like tips to a waiter.

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Thanks to all who have offered “tips” whether here or on Facebook. Your comments have communicated the message of Proverbs 16:24: Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.

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The companionship of friends on this journey has made the view that much sweeter.  I look forward to another year of sharing the view from here and I hope you will stop by and be part of the conversation.

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I hereby call an end to my schedule-imposed season of silence!

©Brenda Pace, 2011