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OPEN MIC, SELF PUBLISHING NEWS, AND AUTHORS PROMOTING AUTHORS-LIFE IS SO GOOD!

Make a joyful shout to the Lord, all you lands!
Psalm 100:1

Here’s the 411 (the scoop) friends, some burning information that I just COULDN’T KEEP TO MYSELF! There’s an opportunity to have your published work receive free publicity, garnering the exposure and an audience that awaits you! Imagine that? There are no hidden charges , fees and hoops to jump through simply reference: Authors Promoting Authors
What a fresh idea one author lifting up the name of another comrade in an effort of support through a Blog aptly titled : Author Promoting Authors. We realize that it’s one thing to write a book but quite another journey to receive an opportunity to promote our beloved work. Kudos to Tina-Sue Ducross who conceived this idea. She’s the author of the book No Shadows Left Behind.Let’s reach out to this author and also support her work.

Again for Authors Promoting Authors inquires reach Tina at: authorspromotingauthors@gmail.com . Thank you Tina for the genuine consideration and committment shown other authors. God bless you!~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Thinking about self publishing and bypassing the tradition publishing house maze? Well I believe this resource will clarify some burning questions and provide you with direction on which publishing road you’ll venture down. Thanks to Anita Harrell, Public Librarian I received this insightful article that you’ll glean excellent resources and advice from. We appreciate the love shown Anita! May God continue to show you abundantly!

Self-Publishers Flourish as Writers Pay the Tab
By MOTOKO RICH
Published: January 27, 2009
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And for those persons that reside in the Virginia Tidewater Area there’s
Word4Word Poets Open Mic Event – HRTownSquare.com at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Aromas Coffee House, 706 Town Center Drive. For more information, call 757-240-4650 or visit http://www.word4wordpoets.org. …
https://webmail.hamptonu.edu/exchweb/bin/redir.asp?URL=http://word4wordpoets.org/about/

Come on friends let’s smell the coffee @ Aromas and share a divine word!
This was provided to you in the name of an Agape Love. Lord we thank you for allowing Tina and Anita to have the heart to bless us with their wonderful gifts and resources.
Keep believing and keep moving towards the mark my friends! Doors do open for us and life is good and God does order our steps. Just place one foot in front of the other (God’s got your compass) and don’t let go of the dreams that have been planted in You! To the most high God, may His majesty and dominion and power rest rule and abide!
With tremendous joy!
The Blessedness of Believing
A Devotional Journey of Life’s Lessons and God’s Promises

WE WERE THERE FOR THE PRESIDENTIAL INAUGURATION!

His purpose was for the nations to seek after God and perhaps feel their way toward him

and find him—though he is not far from any one of us.
Acts 17:27

In my tote bag that seems to go wherever I travel that is work related are a number of heavy items, planners, calendars, makeup bag, snacks and several bills (don’t ask)! Tucked into my coverless planner are a few commemorative items from Inauguration weekend. One of the items is the pamphlet entitled “COMMEMORATIVE GUIDE TO: Riding Metro during the Presidential Inauguration Weekend.” I fondly refer to that item and my worn out metro-rail pass with President Obama’s face and inauguration date often. It’s a beautiful reminder that I was in Washington, D.C. Also, it humbles me because I really wanted to celebrate in doors at a brunch with friends and family music and great food. You know the menu: cheddar cheese baked grits, scrambled eggs, turkey sausage, mimosa, fruit salad and danish of couse, yes the whole nine yards. Instead I had eaten a donut and taken my vitamins with a glass of water and off we were into the frigid weather. So I cherish those mementos for many reasons.

That entire day was a reality check. The crowds, the occasion, the journey, the mission and its significance. But honestly I grumbled because I just didn’t want the experience- this awe inspiring day in that way. Heavy coat, hat, boots, leggings, scarfs etc. I would be totally misrepresenting my “sainthood” if I told you that I wanted to be out in the Antarctic air. I even said, “Hey I hear they are inviting people into the Capitol and we can visit our Representatives’ Office.” That fell on deaf ears-no takers! My husband retorted”Oh yeah, I bet.”
My husband more than me seemed to have had it all mapped out mentally on how we would get eventually to the National Mall for the inauguration festivities. I gladly reminded him that many of the metro stations that traditionally lead to the National Mall had been cordoned off for security reasons. We rose very early in the morning followed my cousin Camille into Washington, D.C. to park our car at Aunt Juanita’s (I felt that was smart)and then from there we caught the metro rail to get in the vacinity of the mall. Sounds simple enough I know. The metro ride was packed, you could feel the energy of those anticipating a memorable occasion. I smiled but really wondered what awaited us. The police officers along our walking route pointed us in the direction we should travel. When I say I have no idea how many blocks or miles we journeyed, I am not kidding. We even walked through a tunnel, singing, and shouting with the crowd “Obama!” Prior to the tunnel trek we came to an abrupt halt, there were a sea of people everywhere not being allowed to proceed. And suddenly the crowd moved and I was separated for a split second from my folks-that didn’t feel too assuring.
I kept thinking I need to be at Crampton Auditorium at Howard University indoors, possibly other Alum might be present. At any rate my friends we were able to bypass the shoulder to shoulder barricades, we walked many more miles, and even witnessed two elderly women making their way through the crowds, young people carrying-waving flags, vendors with gobs of paraphernalia, and streams of folks moving about, just moving.
A tour guide stood in the middle of the street, clapping for us and encouraging us as though we were in a marathon, “You’re almost there, straight ahead”! I laughed and said, “Yeah that’s what we were told back there.”
We both laughed but I really was sincere.
When we finally arrived near the Washington Monument there lines wrapped around the structure, families running and playing with there children, while people were drawing closer to the massive screens celebrating, cheering, smiling, taking photos and hugging. It was an atmosphere of exuberance, harmony, and love. I felt better, warmer if that were possible. God would have it that there stood a lone tree near the jumbo-trone that we’d remain anchored to. My husband leaned on the tree and I leaned on him and witnessed history in the making! We drank our hot chocolate and chatted with the folks around us. This was remarkable people from all around the world. One woman commented that her husband was grumpy, my husband shared that I had been the same. After the swearing in ceremony we headed to Howard University-our metro stop was the Shaw/Howard University stop.When I was a student there was no metro, we then began a serious sojourn up the hill.

It was a day of many firsts. I am so glad that I can say, “We were there!” Yes my feet were icesicles, but my heart was bursting with joy. My camera wouldn’t cooperate, but thank God for Ricky and Taylor’s cell phone cameras. Also I’ve included photos from Essence Magazine’s Obama watch –some of which we witnessed on the jumbo-trone and at Howard University.

Thank you Jesus for all the stellar photographers and more importantly for an extraordinary day witnessing President-elect Barak Obama becoming our 44th US President Barak Obama. Aretha really sang didn’t she!

One final note about this life’s lesson is that when we sulk our way through a moment, an occasion where we ought to be celebrating from start to finish we’re depriving ourselves of some real joy and probably making our loved ones unhappy, not to mention ourselves. Notice I didn’t use the word miserable? I realize that’s not our intention, but it does happen!) I see it now, but I can only glance at the mementos and photos and wished I had not been so absorbed with my celebrating in the manner I had hoped for. This is an occasion I can not relive.

Next time I promise, I’ll know better. In the meantime I’ll find my Inauguration Button and show it off and gladly share with any one that questions it’s origin and announce, “Yep I was there for the presidential inauguration!” In my spirit I’ll know I almost missed out and had it not been for my husband’s vision I would have not witnessed this day firsthand.

Maybe I’ll see you during one of the White House tours and greet our First Family with pride, wearing my button of course.

Adventure, yes indeed, possibly the many trails and the countless steps needed to arrive at the destination all count for our good! I am sure President Obama and First Lady Michelle would agree!
‘May the Lord bless you and protect you.May the Lord smile on you and be gracious to you.May the Lord show you his favor and give you his peace.’
Numbers 6:24-26

We’re In His Hands!
Peace & Love,
Linda Mose Meadows, Author
The Blessedness of Believing
A Devotional Journey of Life’s Lessons and God’s Promises
http://blessednessofbelieving.blogspot.com/

TODAY’S PROMISE FROM THE BIBLE

Today’s Promise from the Bible

Thou [art] my hiding place and my shield:
I hope in thy word. Psalm 119:114

REFLECTION
The Lord promises to protect us from the attacks of our enemy, the Devil. It is in God’s Word that we find the salvation that gives us hope to live.
http://promises.blueletterbible.org/

DAY BY DAY GRACE

The Ongoing Grace of God
I will put My law in their minds, and write it on their hearts… it is good that the heart be established by grace. (Jeremiah 31:33; Hebrews 13:9)
Shared in Love,
Linda Mose Meadows, Author
The Blessedness of Believing
A Devotional Journey of Life’s Lessons and God’s Promises

ANNIVERSARY BOOKSIGNING AT BARNES & NOBLE NEW TOWN SHOPS IN WILLAMSBURG, VA.

God is so wonderful, I am living out my dream and it’s only the beginning!
January 24th, 2009 was the anniversary of my very first booksigning ever!
(Ricky is my beloved photographer)
Barnes & Noble in Williamsburg is where it all started. Great start wouldn’t you agree? The managers and staff greeted me with open arms then and this past Saturday was again a delightful atmosphere! There were no exceptions.
I was greatful for the opportunity to return, excited about the possibilities of meeting new book lovers, being able to share my devotional with a transparent heart (a lot less nervous) and prayerfully conveying a sincerity that once the devotional was introduced certainly one would want it to compliment there own inspirational library. I was greeted with enthusiasm but not everyone rushed to the counter to make a purchase. But, I understand that’s the nature of a booksigning. I had many well wishers, and some that promised if they could they would purchase it and others agreed to return to the store at a future time. And to my delight there were those that brought my devotional, this really made my heart leap for joy. So my friends it seems to balances out. I just regret not having favors and some yummy desert for everyone.
God does what He does and that’s sometimes placing us front and center with the pure motive of sharing his truths and promises ( He simply needs elects a willing vessel)-I hope I fulfilled His mission and didn’t disappoint Him? I conversed, commensurated, laughed, talked probably a little too loud when I was really thrilled and listened. Yes, I even silently prayed. It’s apparent now as I share this, that God was holding my hand the entire afternoon. I am trusting that I was exactly where he intended me to be a year later after the publication and booksigning of: The Blessedness of Believing A Devotional Journey of Life’s Lessons and God’s Promises!
Nevertheless I am continually with You;
You hold me by my right hand.
Psalm 73:23
It’s another year my friends and I am delighted to be an author on a divine misssion. (Instead of writing another post I just thought why not place this entry with the inital invitation. Hope you didn’t mind?) I am greatful for those the Lord sent my way and the wonderful Saturday afternoon spent at my favorite bookstore-Barnes & Nobles. Hope to see you there again in the near future. Maybe next time we can share some wonderful chocolate chunk cookies and some icey drinks when we celebrate your milestones. Blessings to you!
YOU ARE INVITED TO COME AND MEET
LINDA MOSE MEADOWS
INSPIRATIONAL AUTHOR OF :

January 2008 ~This was a dream come true for me!

My first booksigning!

THE BLESSEDNESSOF BELIEVING

A DEVOTIONAL JOURNEY OF LIFE’S LESSONS AND GOD’S PROMISES

Time: January 24, 2009 from 2pm to 4pm

Location: Street: 5101 Main St.

City/Town: Williamsburg, VA 23188
Contact Info: 757-564-0687

Event Type: Book, Signing
Organized By: Tate Publishing
With Great JOY!
Linda Mose Meadows, Author
The Blessedness of Believing
A Devotional Journey of Life’s lessons and God’s Promises
http://blessednessofbelieving.blogspot.com/

DON’T LET THE FIRE GO OUT

“Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark, in the hopeless swamps of the approximate, the not-quite, the not-yet, the not-at-all. Do not let the hero in your soul perish, in lonely frustration for the life you deserved, but have never been able to reach. Check your road and the nature of your battle. The world you desired can be won. It exists, it is real, it is possible, it is yours.”
—Ayn Rand (1905-1982); novelist, screenwriter
I just love these photos of my young cousin. She makes me smile, she makes my heart flutter with joy She has the joy of the Lord, it’s evident. This is a happy child. While I enjoyed laughter and conversation in her Gradmother’s kitchen- out of the corner of my eye I saw, her leap through the air with a dancer’s precision. My Aunt said, “Linda this is all the time!” It warmed my heart and made me smile ! Immediately I thought of the Dancer Theatre of Harlem’s beautiful and accomplished dancers. The founders Arthur Mitchell and Karel Shook surely they’d light up like Christmas trees to see this energetic, alive , enthusiastic child embrace her heart’s yearning gleefully! The founders strongly believe in their motto:

It’s apparent my young cousin is thinking, compassionate and intuitive about many things. Her family has closely observed and they are in tune with her calling.

They gotten her involved in artistic, scholastic enriching , positive self esteem building activities.

And sure enough one of the Christmas gifts presented to to her was Dancer Theatre of Harlem’s Anniversary Barbie!!

Her folks sees greatness all over her. Perfect gift for this graceful dancer. Every year I get a glimpse of her maturity during my home for the holiday visit. My family is doing a great job lovingly nurturing her and ushering her through this life. I applaud her Mommie for being so attentive to her child’s cultural, social and spiritual development My young cousin’s household has creatively ignited an inferno, these flames are bold, bright and receptive for being what God has called her to be. They won’t be extinguished. She’s an honor student, a regular in the Nutcracker and also a budding violinist with a community music school.

Oh the possibilities that await her! They are endless! And God reminds me that great possibilities await all of us even in the autum years! What’s key is not to let the fire go out on our dreams and aspirations, not for our children and definetly not for ourselves!
Think for just a moment the flame that flickers in your spirit, are there embers alighting? Has the flame been doused? Is there anything smoldering in your spirit or are there simply old ashes and wet embers from the residue of life’s anguish?

Are the flames that reside in the young at heart individual that lives within your spirit, leaping?
I bet they are! What accomplishments are you aching to achieve? What dreams are you dreaming? What are you passionate about? And if given the opportunity what would you erect ?

Close your eyes for a moment and visualize and imagine yourself doing a new thing! Yes, we can conceive what we see in our hearts and minds. Yes, a new symphonic piece can be birthed. Yes, we can dance and twirl to new music allowing ourselves of letting go of past hurts, and present frustrations. Let a new you unfold as you move, breathe, leap, soar, and reach. Ask God for a new vision, call him in prayer, “Jesus” trust Him totally! Don’t let the fire go out God is whispering in our ears, “Come, come it will be just fine!”

Friends I realize that often it’s easier said than done, but I urge you to trust, place doubt on the shelf, lock and close that mental cabinet. Ask God for direction, deliverance, joy, a breakthrough, and believe it is done! The creator of the universe can be your wings and He’ll not let your fire go out! Come on let leap and dance for joy!!
With God all things are possible.~ Matthew 19:26
How Great Is Our God! We’re In His Hands!
Linda Mose Meadows, Author
The Blessedness of Believing
A Devotional Journey of Life’s Lessons and God’s Promises (Tate Publishing, Nov 2007)
http://blessednessofbelieving.blogspot.com/

THE FOUNDATION FOR A BETTER LIFE- PERSEVERANCE IS KEY!

“…. since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith.” Hebrews 12:1-3

Daily I receive an e-quote of the day and am usually moved to share. Today’s quote was no exception, I believe it’s timely. It’s a fine day, a great moment in my estimation to do just that, share with others our own moments when we persevered against all odds. I feel it in my spirit, I must PERSEVERE!

Yesterday my family and I witnessed two elderly women, each one holding the handle of a walker as they gingerly pressed their way through the streets, the tunnel, the bone chilling cold and the crowds all headed towards the National Mall for the inaguration festivities. Did I mention that the women hadn’t met prior to their both walking towards the National Mall? One of them had to initiate the helping hand and ultimatley the supportive walker. My husband commented that those sweet ladies gave meaning to the word “pressing your way.”

I am confident that we are encouraged as a community after such an historic occassion of the inauguration of this nation’s 44th President Barack Obama to also press our way-to persevere in this life time through the hardships, setbacks, the inconveniences, the hurdles, uncertainties and the tough personal tests!

My friends presevere with Hebrews 12 tucked in your hearts. We will endure!

Enjoy the site and consider registering with The Foundation for A Better Life for e messages. I pray you are inspired by the personal accounts, podcasts, billboards, sightings, heroes and your own endurance lessons and are divinley motivated to positively impact not just your life, but those in your circle.

It’s the time of our lives to press towards the mark of the high calling!

“Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained.”
—Marie Curie (1867-1934), chemist, physicist, Nobel Prize winner

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Submitted In Love,
Linda Mose Meadows, author
The Blessedness of Believing-A Devotional Journey of Life’s Lessons and God’s Promises
http://blessednessofbelieving.blogspot.com/

‘GO, TELL MICHELLE’: WISDOM FOR THE FUTURE FIRST LADY

NOTE: This is indeed one of my favorite posts written prior to the inaguration of President Obama-I am resubmitting this as a result of a CNN interview that I’ve just learned of and wanted to share with you. Hope you enjoy this as much as I do. 🙂
The Lord gives wisdom,
and from his mouth comes knowledge and understanding.
Proverbs 2:6

You’re in for a wonderful treat. You ask what might that be? Well thanks to National Public Radio’s (NRP) Jan-07-2009, All Things Considered airing of the debut book:

Authors: Dr. Peggy Brooks- Bertram and Dr. Seals Nevergold Interview with CNN

is indeed a remarkable work by Buffalo, New York’s own Dr. Barbara Seals Nevergold and Dr. Peggy Brooks-Bertram, who are co-founders of the Uncrowned Queens Institute for Research and Education on Women at the University of Buffalo in New York have created a stellar literary work! This work will touch your heart and soul. Their recent book allows us to take an introspective look at how this nation, our communities and women are impacted by not only the dawning of the swearing in of President-elect Barack Obama which will be this nation’s 44th President; but we are especially moved to celebration of his lovely wife, Michelle.
Not only are the nation’s eyes on President-elect Barack Obama but his endearing and dedicated wife, Michelle Obama. She’s been likened to Jacqueline “Jackie” O. Kennedy, but I say give credit where credit is due. It’s evident that Mrs. Obama is her own women, in her own right! It’s her time to shine and represent! This passionate advocate of public education, human services and support for military families is also a crusader for others. She will be our nation’s first lady, an accomplished, elegant woman and mother who’s African American. A beautiful black woman whose first lady! I celebrate this new reality with so many others. She’s someone many of us can relate to. We are proud of her and applaud her accomplishments.
We’re all a buzz regarding this articulate and posed woman being a pace setter and an example for all women, especially beautiful women of color that aspire to not only follow in her footsteps, but to make an indelible mark in their own spheres. We’re realizing what seemed to be impossibility just yesterday, is now a sure possibility.

An old mother of the church might say:

“Lord look at my child!”
“You’re a great God!”
“We’re seeing the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.”

I concur with those that say Mrs. Obama represents many positives about who we are as women, and yes, especially black women-capable, competent, caring, brilliant, intelligent, forward thinker’s, women of faith, diverse, complex, exuberant and able!

God bless authors Dr. Barbara Seals Nevergold and Dr. Peggy Brooks-Bertram, which captured the hearts and minds of women in this beautiful book when they compiled, letter’s, poems and prose for Michelle. She will be blessed and encouraged by this awesome gift. It’s apparent that ringing in the heart of millions of men and women are expressions-words of support and inspiration that are ablaze-yes burning to be shared with first lady Michelle. I salute these tremendous authors and founders of Uncrowned Queens and Kings for their insight and novel idea of sharing the wisdom and love of African American Women-in our own voices!
I am making space on my book shelf now!
Well friends, I’m on my way to Border’s to purchase my book, hope to see you there!!
With tremendous joy!
Linda Mose Meadows, Author
The Blessedness of Believing
A Devotional Journey of Life’s Lessons and God’s Promises

A LESSON OF LOVE~ ACCORDING TO THE GOSPEL

Exceptional Photography by Matt McClure

Friends come, sit a while and relish this lesson of love
according to the Gospel of Jesus Christ in:
1 John 3

1 How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.

2 Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when he appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.

3 Everyone who has this hope in him purifies himself, just as he is pure.

4. Everyone who sins breaks the law; in fact, sin is lawlessness.

5 But you know that he appeared so that he might take away our sins. And in him is no sin.

6 No-one who lives in him keeps on sinning. No-one who continues to sin has either seen him or known him.

7 Dear children, do not let anyone lead you astray. He who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous.

8 He who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work.

9 No-one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in him; he cannot go on sinning, because he has been born of God.

10 This is how we know who the children of God are and who the children of the devil are: Anyone who does not do what is right is not a child of God; nor is anyone who does not love his brother.

Love One Another

11 This is the message you heard from the beginning: We should love one another.

12 Do not be like Cain, who belonged to the evil one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his own actions were evil and his brother’s were righteous.

13 Do not be surprised, my brothers, if the world hates you.

14 We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love our brothers. Anyone who does not love remains in death.

15 Anyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life in him.

16 This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers.

17 If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him?

18 Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.

19 This then is how we know that we belong to the truth, and how we set our hearts at rest in his presence

20 whenever our hearts condemn us. For God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything.

21 Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God

22 and receive from him anything we ask, because we obey his commands and do what pleases him.

23 And this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as he commanded us.

24 Those who obey his commands live in him, and he in them. And this is how we know that he lives in us: We know it by the Spirit he gave us.

REFERENCE: Bible Gateway 1 John 3 (New International Version – UK)

The Gospel of Jesus Christ Shared in Love by:

Linda Mose Meadows, Author
The Blessedness of Believing A Devotional Journey of Life’s Lessons and God’s Promises
http://blessednessofbelieving.blogspot.com/

I THANK GOD FOR WONDERFUL MEN & FATHERS

A Happy Daddy”
My Brother Steve with his youngest daughters

To him who is able to keep you from falling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy—
Jude 1:24 (NIV)

In this age of glorified “playas” and pimps, so-low/solo, and down-low men-the ne’er-do-well (dregs), I am grateful for fathers, real men that love their families and openly express and demonstrate what love, nurturing and character-building qualities resemble. I have some of those very men in my family; my cousins, my brothers, my male friends whether they have children or not, yes they know how to care and show God’s unconditional love.

They are everyday, down to earth actively participating in the home father’s. Today’s standards would label them as exceptional! They humbly beleive they are the norm. My husband is a compassionate and concerned father. He’ll quickly come to an adult’s rescue and if it’s one of the children, he’ll go the extra mile to lend a helping hand. He assists with homework, effortlessly bakes amazing meals and drives miles to Shaw University and North Carolina A&T to return Mike or Missy to college, or drop by to see how “things” are progressing for them. He emails teacher’s to get an idea about the progress his children are having in school.
Yes, love is the universal language of a concerned and dedicated father. Often it not the material goods, the dollars ( although it’s often a necessity) but it the humorous and serious conversations, the time spent, the wisdom imparted and the demonstrated efforts that make the rough spots smooth.
And so my friends when I read President Obama Barak’s letter to his daughters:
‘What I Want for You — and Every Child in America’ By President-elect Barack Obama, Parade Magazine Publication Date: 01/14/2009 I understood immediately it wasn’t just his words to his young daughters, but words for all of us children of the world. Words which bathed us, and reminded us and admonished us of our calling to reach beyond our selves and to embrace a mission that not only honors, self and family but builds another.

I simply want to say as a woman, a daughter and a mother and a global citizen –father’s your words, your love shown and your very acts dedicated to our well being are appreciated and honored. We look in your eyes and know what loving affirmation is! I praise God for you and pray his mighty blessings in your lives.

With tremendous joy!

Linda Mose Meadows, Author

The Blessedness of BelievingA Devotional Journey of Life’s Lessons and God’s Promises

http://blessednessofbelieving.blogspot.com/

GAME CHANGING PERFORMANCE

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily hinders our progress.
And let us run with endurance the race that God has set before us.
We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, on whom our faith depends from start to finish.
[fn1] He was willing to die a shameful death on the cross because of the joy he knew would be his afterward. Now he is seated in the place of highest honor beside God’s throne in heaven. Hebrews 12:1, 2 (NIV)
Grateful is what I am and yes indeed still in awe of November 4th and now the approaching inauguration celebration on January 20th ! My spirit is celebrating! I am encouraged to continue tapping the divine within! New posibilities, new thinking, new expectations are on the horizon for all. We voted as though our lives depended on it! And as a result of this public outpouring, we witnessed an evolution of change for the better. Yes, it was a relay race, and the voters passed the baton to then Senator Barack Obama.
Now we continually here in media conversations that focus on the need for clearance and smooth transition for President-Elect Barack Obama. He’s being urged to speedily move to rectify a flat- lining economy, miserable job loss, a costly and unpopular war with military families in need, a heath insurance debacle and crumbling urban infrastructures and the beat goes on and on about what must be tackled now.
It’s aptly called the “handoff”,truly president-elect must feel as though he’s running a marathon. Clearly the baton is in his hand and the world awaits the outcome of this final leg of the race. He’s in the anchor position. But thank God for our divine anchor Jesus Christ! The irony is President- Elect is not yet sworn into his office of presidency. The people’s commitment to embracing Barack’s vision of change and hope, their resounding appearances and attendances at community rallies –and ultimately their votes were the baton. And we await the start of this race, anxiously anticipating a favorable race!

Take a look at these instructions friends for running a successful relay race. Thanks Holy Ghost, this was an eye opener for passing a relay baton and determining whether you win the race:

How to Pass a Relay Baton
By eHow Sports & Fitness Editor http://www.ehow.com/how_2106595_pass-relay-baton.html
Speed, coordination and working as a team determine whether you will win a relay race. Knowing how to effectively pass that baton is fundamental to achieving victory. There are two basic passes, and your team should be proficient at both
Difficulty: Moderately Easy
Up Sweep and Palm Down Pass
Step 1
Time it so that when the approaching runner hits the mark, the outgoing runner starts to sprint.
Step 2
Reach back with the outgoing runner’s receiving hand, arranging an inverted “V” with the hand.
Step 3
Move the approaching runner’s arm in an upward motion and place the baton in his hand. He takes the baton from the outgoing runner.
Step 4
Always run through the pass, never slowing down in the timing of the exchange.
Down Sweep and Palm Up Pass
Step 1
Coordinate the team members so when the approaching runner hits her mark, the outgoing runner starts to sprint.
Step 2
Plan for the outgoing runner to reach back with his baton in hand parallel to the track.
Step 3
Turn the outgoing runners thumb in the direction of the torso with his palm facing up shaping a “V”.
Step 4

Move the approaching runner’s arm in a downward sweeping motion as the outgoing runner places the baton in the receiver’s hand. The approaching runner takes the baton and sprints.
It’s been the exception to the rule. It’s time for a game changing performance. That President- Elect Barack must hit the ground running, not resting and not wavering. From all appearances he hasn’t has a moment to breathe and revel in the fact that come January 20th he’ll no longer be Senator of Illinois but President of the great United States. My prayer is that for just a moment he’ll rally around his family, friends, this nation and celebrate his great calling. In all of that let’s continue to bathe him prayer and cover him with God’s word and blessings as he begins to run this stretch of the lap. Friends reference step 3- his palms are facing upward, he sprints with his heart is pumping and victory is in sight! Surely we’ll win!


Prayer of Thanksgiving

Lord we thank you for this wonderful man you’ve placed among us-President- Elect Barack Obama. You’ve planted a great vision and responsibility in him. He’s the human anchorman evoking needed change for this nation and this universe. We praise and bless you for that! We are grateful that you’ve planted his feet on the foundation of your word. He has a genuine heart to seek change for the betterment of human kind, we appreciate that Lord. When his heart is overflowing with the cares of this world show him your grace and comfort.

Let us not forget that when we are weary we can rely on you Lord for divine support, stability, and a supernatural anointing. This anointing reminds us as your children that security and mainstay belong to us in you Heavenly Father.

God, we realize that you alone are the voice that beckons us to hear your instructions and strengthens us to fear not! Lord we confidently know that our hope in you is our anchor. For all the days ahead we will remember to give you all the honor, glory and praise. Amen!

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