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WRITERS ON THURSDAYS~ A NEW PROGRAM SERIES


“I am a part of all that I have met.”
—Alfred Lord Tennyson (1809-1892); British Poet Laureate
Foundations For A Better Life Quote of the Day 10/24/08

Not that long ago my cousin Omar and I were chatting about self improvement activities we should engage in. He loves Toast Master’s and I immediately piped up that I felt that that was an excellent opportunity to learn how to be an engaging and effective speaker. That’s on my future to-do list.
Truthfully, Omar speaks quite well in my estimation and does easily engage you when he’s conversing. He loves the commrodre, challenge and mentally stimulating exercise-the personal and professonal benefits are tremendous. That must have been my divine cue-to step it up and seek out what I long to do. I agreed that I should do more by way of joining a book club, a literary society, writer’s group; something that instilled personal growth. It’s not bad for the selfesteem either. I imagined how rewarding it would be to knitted together in a literary circle. I am convinced that the very act of speaking my heart’s desire caused it to be birthed in the natural. Not exactly right away, but the realization –the birth of what I was yearning for came!
And I am delighted to share that one of the very best things I could have ever done for myself was follow-through on an invitation to join a writer’s group at Hampton’s Public Library.

In the past when an similar opportunity came knocking, I shied away. My excuses were many: the driving distance was too much, the hour too late, the day of the week inconvenient and so it went. You know how we can do when we are timid, uncertain, worried-whatever you wish to pen it-yep AFRAID! This time when the invitation was extended, I was willing (I recalled my conversation with Omar)! I told myself that no matter what other family and work responsibilities existed this was something that I really needed to do for me-join a supportive writer’s group. “Thank God I didn’t talk myself out of this wonderful gift of attending the Writers on Thursdays program series for “every writer every Thursday, every month October 2008-June 2009:” This group is held 6:30 pm EST conveniently at the:

Hampton Public Library
4207 Victoria Blvd.
Hampton,VA. 23669
(757) 727-1154

The Weekly Sessions are:
1st Thursday, Writer’s on Writing
2nd Thursday Kinship of Authors
3rd Thursday, Writers on Writing
4th Thursday, Thursday Open Mic

You’ll have the benefit of learning so much at these gatherings (acceptance and coonfirmation in this writer’s community). Meet those equally passionate about prose, their calling, their gift(s) and just enjoy the sheer synergy of being connected with other writers.

Let me encourage you to step confidently through the library doors and walk pass the book shelves-enter the meeting room (enthusiastically ) join us, there’s no prerequisites, no mandated genres, no dues/fees and no age limit; just bring an ear to hear, an accepting spirit and a heart to share with other fervent writers what’s been deposited into your spirit. Imagine, it’s absolutely free! Come on and embrace the gift!

Joyfully Submitted by:Linda Mose Meadows, author:
The Blessedness of Believing
A Devotional Journey of Life’s Lesson’s and God’s Promises
Enjoy other writings:
Click on Blessed Chronicles http://blessednessofbelieving.blogspot.com
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AN AMAZING JOURNEY ~ A PRAYER FOR GOD’S WILL

“Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them slip from your heart as long as you live.
Teach them to your children and to their children after them.”
Deuteronomy 4:9

Where will your life’s journey take you? What is burning in your soul to accomplish? What are you belieiving God for? You may ask yourself quietly, “Can God really take me there or am I fooling myself?” Well it’s up to you to trust Him or not! I strongly belieive that your second guessing is delaying the answer to your heart’s desire, your prayers.

As you map out your steps, your route, your destiny I encourage you to ask yourself some important questions. You need not have all the answers just the vigor to step out in faith. Or will you give up and let others stand in your way? Just possibly-maybe in your heart of hearts that inner voice will convince you that what you are hoping for is impossible? Find Holy scripture that speaks to your reservations. I am convinced that those negative conversations, and negative voices are not the divine that dwells within us. I implore you,don’t let the enemy rob you of your divine calling and an awesome life’s lesson that waits you. Your journey will show the world that God has equipped you to survive. God desires to inspire all of us, but especially you!

I pray you persevere, hold on and simply believe that what awaits you at your journey’s end or at the fork in the road was meant for your good. But you’ve got to make a move in the direction in which you’ve been ushered to go. You’ve got the power-it’s your call!

Take a look at this amazing journey of a young man named Kingsley who’s in search for an improved life. Kingsley’s journey from the Cameron to Europe gives new meaning to the word “determination”! I thank God for this photo journal that allows us to witness this young man’s struggle, but more importantly what it means not to be detered!

Take heart, continue in prayer and push on my friends! God doesn’t fail, let His love and His promises keep encouraging you in your quest to move forward. So many have overcome and you can too!

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/19227137/?story=king1

A Prayer for God’s will from St. Augustine of Hippo:

God of our life, there are days when the burdens we carry chafe our shoulders and weigh us down; when the road seems dreary and endless, the skies grey and threatening; when our lives have no music in them; and our hearts are lonley, and our souls have lost their courage. Flood the path with light, we beseech the; turn our eyes to where the skies are full of promise; tune our hearts to brave music; give us the sense of comradeship with heroes and saints of every age; and so quicken our spirits that we may be able to encourage the souls of all who journey with us on the road of life; to thy honor and glory.

Joyfully Submitted by:
Linda Mose Meadows, author
The Blessedness of Believing
A Devotional Journey of Life’s Lessons and God’s Promises

Enjoy other devotionals on the blog under: Blessed Chronicles and Renita’s Baby Love

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/19227137/?story=king1

SOMETIMES WE HAVE TO ENCOURAGE OURSELVES

You are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand.”
http://www.forabetterlife.org
—Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924), 28th U.S. President

Thanks to the quote of the day from Foundations For A Better Life. This inspirational quote also encouraged my heart. Admittedly, I am upset, yes really angry, but understand that I can’t let these frustrations hinder my goals (as I prepared for work this morning-that thought layed heavy on my mind)-yes we’ve got to speak life into our situations and encourage ourselves during those instances. I truly am internalizing that now!

I was blown away when I discovered I couldn’t enter my personal email, only to discover that hackers, thieves, and bandits whatever you wish to call these folks. My husband informed me that a relative phoned him and wondered if I were ok? I was puzzled by the inquiry and continued on with work. I then received an email which made it very clear. Apparently the hackers sent all my e-contacts a letter indicating that I was stranded in England (a place I’ve yet to visit), lost my wallet (heaven forbid) and needed a great sum of money to return to the US. The suggested way I was allegedly going to return home was by my contacts going to Western Union wiring money.

Lord knows my heart hurts just to share this nonsense! It’s a SCAM!! A LIE, FRAUD! This fabulous and elaborate tale was shared with all my family, friends, new contacts, colleagues and whoever received this contrived mess! They must still be scratching their heads! I’ve requested from HOT MAIL that this account be disabaled-certaintly I can’t use it, but I want the crooks stopped because they are sending messages with my name attached. Oh I pray that others can see through this lie!

Friends I want vindication, I want an immediate resolution, certainly I don’t want my character maligned or integrity questioned. I’ve contacted the proper authorities and taken measures to contact law enforcement, Western Union, Hot Mail, etc., etc! But the truth is: just maybe I will miss seeing the crooks apprehended, just possibly this matter of closing out my hotmail account will take longer than I had hoped for- (automated messages seem to be protocol-I’ve been unable to speak with a human being) and just possibly some unsuspecting soul is being set up now and they too will suffered through the uncertainty of having their email compromised and identity stolen!

Friends, safeguard your identity as best you can. Google sites that educate you about combating identity fraud. But more importantly know that God still sits on the throne and cares about what concerns us! Take heart, share your frustrations with Him, don’t abandon your dreams and visions. Don’t be consumed by the evil, breathe! And take comfort- trust that what the enemy meant for our demise, well God meant it for your good! Tuck this scripture in your heart and move on! We will be all right!!

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

Joyfully Submitted by:

Linda Mose Meadows, author

The Blessedness of Believing

A Devotional Journey of Life’s Lesson’s and God’s Promises

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JON ONYE LOCKARD~GREAT & ANOINTED VISIONS



We are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works,
which God prepared in advance for us to do.
Ephesians 2:10
“The need for devotion to something outside ourselves is even more profound than the need for companionship. If we are not to go to pieces or wither away, we must have some purpose in life; for no man can live for himself alone.”
—Ross Parmenter; writer, anthropologist
Foundationforabetterlife.org

I literally felt the urgency to attend this awe inspiring art exhibit of Jon Lockard’s Reclamation, Reconstruction and Reaffirmation at Hampton University. And quickly understood why I just couldn’t conclude my work day and arrive at the exhibit fast enough! God had something wonderful in store for me and others on that particular evening! My spirit, oh my soul, my eyes, my heart delighted in this masterful work that was presented on the evening of September 26, 2008. As you entered the exhibit “Lord Take My Hand” was the first piece which clearly opened the way for guests. How appropriate –it set the stage for not only a tremendous evening but for all guests ushered into the gallery.

As I witnessed gallery guests appreciating this masterful exhibit, I too was in that number! I could feel the depth and compassion of not only the painter but easily embrace the subject matter of Reclamation, Reconstruction and Reaffirmation. I didn’t have to just appreciate the art; I could visibly witness the artist’s humbly interacting and greeting those that realized that Jon Onye Lockard was present- in the gallery. Yes friends, he was in the house! I hope his wife also felt the esteem, the admiration and the appreciation that was directed toward her amazing husband. The contemporary, “renaissance griot” was present and had so much on his mind and heart.

It was evening to become saturated with the artist and all of the pearls of wisdom he imparted. He praised his mentor John Biggers and saluted his contemporaries- their artistic works adorned the halls of the Hampton University Museum,also. For a moment he lead in praise and worship! The atmosphere was ripe with thanksgiving! He shared that he had had an opportunity to see his comrades, his teachers and mentors work in the gallery earlier that day. his heart and mind couldn’t fathom that this opportunity was being realized. This was hallow ground! We all chuckled, but understood his sincerity when he remarked that he was “afraid to go to sleep because surely I must have died and gone to heaven-I might not wake up.” He further commented, “You all have no idea!” He closed his eyes for a brief moment and I knew that He was praising God for that joy and that moment in which he was allowed to experience and to live see that day.
Truth be told we were blessed for being in his presence and Haki Madhubuti’s (Essayist, Poet, CEO and founder of Third World Press, Distinguished University Professor, founder and director emeritus of the Gwendolyn Brooks Center for Black Literature and Creative Writing and director of the Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program at Chicago State Univ ) poem which was presented to Jon Lockard resonated with that truth. Great love was expressed for Jon’s dedication to awakening our consciousness and instilling pride across the nation through his artistic master pieces.

As Jon sat on a stool the listeners were spell bound with his lecture as he shared his story through poetry, stirring gospel music, and a video chronicling our/his African and American Legacy and his interpretations of survival, love, triumph and ultimately realizing was it meant to be an artist-a painter passionate about life! Painting gave Jon’s living new meaning! Certainly this man appreciates and realizes how God has anointed him to share his gift, address the divine that resides in us and to celebrate our humanity and dignity. I felt a greater since of pride and appreciation of my African and American heritage,ancestry and can’t stop praising God for an awesome evening.

I pray you’ll have an opportunity to visit the Hampton University Museum or visit an exhibit of Jon’s work in your community.

Take a moment, behold and enjoy Visions of Destiny, Inc. http://www.jononye.com/

My prayer of thanksgiving:

Thank you Lord for providing us with Jon’s celebration of masterful art work of our humanity and his inner vision of your beauty and love towards us! May he live to know our appreciation of him and continue realize even greater goodness in his life,. Bless his wife, family and his worthy endeavors! Glory to your name! Amen.

Joyfully Submitted by:Linda Mose Meadows,
author :The Blessedness of Believing
A Devotional Journey of Life’s Lesson’s and God’s Promises
Enjoy other writings:Click on Blessed Chronicles
http://blessednessofbelieving.blogspot.com

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