The Chaplain and I are in the Show-Me state this week. Yesterday we traveled a loooonnnggg stretch of Highway 60. Unfortunately, we ran into a little detour…

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Road closed to cross the Mississippi!

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Apparently, the recent storms washed out part of our route. Our sweet little GPS girl “recalculated” and soon we were crossing the mighty Mississippi river.

Crossing over the Mississippi River into Missouri

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Our detour led us to a landmark in rural Missouri: Lambert’s Cafe, ‘only home of throwed rolls.’ It was time for lunch, so we decided to experience the culture.

Lambert's in Sikeston, MO

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The rolls were quite good, as were the homestyle vegetables we sampled. The photo below doesn’t quite do the rolls justice. The brown blob is an unappetizing rendering of very delicious apple butter. Yeah, them there throwed rolls was pretty good. The little detour proved to be interesting and filling. I love me a good road trip–what about you?

Caught one and ate it!

©Brenda Pace, 2011

Our Saviour kneels down and gazes upon the darkest acts of our lives.

But rather than recoil in horror, he reaches out in kindness and says,

‘I can clean that if you want.’

And from the basin of his grace, he scoops a palm full of mercy and washes our sin.

– Max Lucado

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image via istockphoto.com

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One of the required books I had to read for a recent class is titled Overcoming the Dark Side of Leadership (McIntosh and Rima). The basic premise of the book is that we all have a dark side or shadow to our personality. Described as “a natural result of human development. (The dark side) encompasses the inner urges, compulsions, and dysfunctions of our personality that often go unexamined or remain unknown to us until we experience an emotional explosion” (22). The bad news is, the ‘dark side’ is always with us. The good news is, the dark side can be a blessing in disguise when it drives us to cry out to God for His grace and we learn to depend upon Him in our weakness.

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The dark side of me is no surprise to God. I recoil in horror to think of my often-ugly heart. But, I take comfort in the picture of him reaching down in His mercy to cover the darkness with His light.

©Brenda Pace, 2011

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I know people who actually like to clean. I admire these people. They enjoy the process, as well as, the outcome of this domestic activity. In most things I’m a process kind of girl, but when it comes to cleaning just give me the outcome. There’s nothing like the smell and gleam of clean!

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My new fave to use when cleaning (tranlation: when I am shamed into cleaning), is Mrs. Meyers Clean Day products in the Basil scent. Who can resist cleaning supplies that are labeled “aromatherapeutic?” Read the label further and find these words, “The BASIL herb has a cool, crisp scent that is said to revive the senses, clear the head and CALM the nerves.” If only! I don’t buy into all that marketing jargon, I just like the smell! Happy cleaning!

©Brenda Pace, 2011


Patience is more than a virtue for long lines and slow waiters.

Patience is the red carpet upon which God’s grace approaches. ~Max Lucado

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A red carpet for God’s grace? This is a new twist on patience.

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Patience…that too often illusive fruit of the Spirit.

Patience…that character trait I lose too easily.

Patience…that virtue which serves as a gauge to my spiritual depth.

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I heard an excellent message yesterday on the topic of patience. The message served as a reminder of the indicator patience is to spiritual growth.  The pastor reminded his listeners that patience involves a change in perspective. Patience means asking “what” instead of “why” about my circumstances, because it requires the understanding that God is always at work. “Patience is a calm endurance based on the certain knowledge that God is in control.”  The circumstances that require patience are as Max Lucado says, opportunities for God’s grace to appear.

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The Chaplain and I have had an ideal opportunity to grow in patience as we wait for our home to be built (update soon!). The process is almost complete (the house…not the patience!), but yesterday’s message was  a timely prompt to view this long wait through the lens of patience. Are you feeling impatient about something today? Roll out the red carpet and look for God’s grace!

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“May you be strengthened with all power according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy” (Colossians 1:11 ESV).

©Brenda Pace, 2011