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A HEART TO LOVE THEE

Love covers over all wrongs.

Proverbs 10:12

“Lord help me to have more compassion for others
and
not to only to be tolerant of some and
distant with others
but, to be loving
and
kind especially to those I have a struggle with.”

That’s what’s resonating in my spirit this afternoon friends. God knew that and blessed me with several e-messages.
Beliefnet has a very unique site which shares electronically empowering affirmations for your spiritual journeys, inclusive of a Prayer a Day. These prayers are timely!
I know it’s no coincidence, receiving a word in season!.
I am sure your concur, the Holy Spirit speaks and addresses our heart’s concerns? You are invited to also receive these spiritual nuggets, it’s yours for the asking. Simply visit the site and sign up for some very uplifting, edifying, reassuring and encouraging words (no matter your spiritual or religious beliefs). These words of wisdom and expressed love will cause you to wonder if the writers of these pieces hadn’t peaked into your thoughts or overheard your private conversations. Much of what is shared is divinely imparted, that I am convinced of. Here’s one such prayer that has spoken to my need and request:


A Heart to Love Thee

O Lord, who hast mercy upon all, take away from me my sins, and mercifully kindle in me the fire of thy Holy Spirit.Take away from me the heart of stone,and give me a heart of flesh,a heart to love and adore thee,a heart to delight in thee,to follow and to enjoy thee, for Christ’s sake.

– Ambrose of Milan (c. 339-97)

Friends, I trust you too may have a prayer regarding ( you fill in the blank) and really need the strength to love through it all? Let me encourage you, don’t become faint; stay strong-keep seeking and trusting, God will speak!

With Joy In Sharing,
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/

IT’S MEMORIAL DAY: HONORING OUR FALLEN & VALIANT SOLDIERS

The Lord says,

“I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are ever before me.”
Isaiah 49:16

It’s Memorial Day friends and many of us are enjoying picnics, sunning on the beaches, gearing up for the local concerts or just glad that it’s a day away from the daily work grind. The barbeque grills are smoking in our yards with our favorite cuts of meats and lest we not forget those yummy burgers and hot dogs with mutiple salads. But I believe the heart and soul of the day shouldn’t be overshadowed with just our picnics. Oh, please don’t get me wrong? I do really love the festivities, family and friend’s gatherings. But there is great significance in this day! Those that are connected to loved ones in the military truly understand the heartbreak of lossing a loved one serving in the military.
There are many that choose to commemorate Memorial Day in a variety of ways including attending memorial services in a collective manner or with others assembled in sacred gatherings adorning burial sites with flowers, wreathes and plaques honoring the soldiers valor. All of these jestures are in memory of their beloved who’ve died valiantly while serving their country in the United States armed services. I too wish to join in with them as this nation salutes these men and women, who are sons, daughters, mothers, and fathers that gave their lives upholding the democracy of these United States of America.

Here are two very touching accounts from Today MSNBC that honor the lives of these brave individuals. Thank you for visually bringing the point home today of the necessity to celebrate our fallen soldiers. May we never forget them and their precious sacrifice.

Grief Unites Fallen Soldiers’ Mothers

Visit msnbc.com for Breaking News, World News, and News about the Economy

Shared 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/

WAY UP: REMEMBERING WAYMAN TISDALE

You’re welcome to sign Wayman’s Guest Book at his official site.

Born: June 9, 1964(1964-06-09)Fort Worth, Texas, USA
Died: May 15, 2009 (aged 44)
Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA

You can never give up because quitting is not an option. No matter how dark it is or how weak you get, until you take that last breath, you must fight.
–Wayman Tisdale



http://www.waymantisdale.com/

http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/columns/story?page=tisdale-081203
Wayman Tisdale Remembered-Tisdale reaches for his biggest rebound

It’s evident from the many well wishers that the world renowned and accomplished jazz bassist Wayman Tisdale made a huge impression not only on the basketball courts, during his youth and then on his jazz curcuit; but with all those that he came into contact with. He had so much compassion that after he had his leg amputated, he realized that there were those not able to afford the prosthetic devices and created a foundation to help lift their financial strain. I am assured from the articles and videos I’ve viewed that his was a fun loving heart. Surely there’s a void that his family and friends now must battle through. My love goes out to them and the numerous other jazz fans that are in mourning.

This world certainly benefited from his creativity and contagious joy. When he spoke and he smiled -not many folks do that anymore. He enjoyed his Sooner’s College and NBA basketball career. But he really cherished “his first love”: music! His musical career spans the globe with the many star studded legends he share jazz festival venues with. Like the title of his CD, he too was Way Up there not only in stature but with his musical genius! He ran with the “big dogs” of contemporary jazz. His reverence and sincere humility caused him to be in awe and appreciation of many of these celebrated jazz greats. Truly he was an accomplished musician that taught himself to play bass. Take a fond look at his WAY UP youtube video and marvel at this legend!

Wayman Tisdale and Jonathan Butler

(from Athlone, Cape Town, South Africa) who is a singer-songwriter and guitarist

are sharing in a happy moment!

He was challeneged with cancer but never conceded to the disease. His battle concluded on May 15th, 2009. I am confident that his soul is in heaven and that his musical impact on the world will be appreciated for decades to come. “Mr. Smooth Jazz” Waymon Tisdale- is now participating in the sweetest melodies in heaven. Yes my friends, he’s way up there! We thank God for your outstanding life Wayman! Bravo to you for encouraging us to hold our heads up high. You’ve made an indelible imprint on the world!
If you desire to learn more about this extraordinary man and/or support the Wayman Tisdale Foundation which raises funds to assist amputees with the prosthetic process, which may not be covered by health insurance be sure to visit his foundation web site (simply click on his name).
With Joy In Sharing,
Linda Mose Meadows, Author
The Blessedness of Believing
A Devotional Journey of Life’s Lessons and God’s Promises (Tate Publishing, Nov. 2007)

BRING YOUR ‘A’ GAME!

“Every job is a self portrait of the person who does it.
Autograph your work with excellence.”
—Unknown
Friends, I feel encouraged to make this announcement, as it’s said from many pulpits, “I won’t be before you long.” I realize this isn’t a pulpit, but possibly this is my court side seat. Please chuckle and let me explain!
I’m compelled to say, don’t you dare discount a living soul, and that includes yourselves on what your personal outcome will be. The outcome, that’s the operative word that the Holy Spirit has impressed upon me to explore today. Yes, I am referring to the outcome for your success in reaching your goals and living out your dreams.

During my morning drive into work, I listened to my favorite TJMS- Tom Joyner Morning Show, and sure enough they were talking basketball. Because I’ve enjoyed viewing most weekday evenings Best of 7- NBA Division Finals, I paid attention to the comments. I think I know a little something about basketball now (my husband schools me on the plays and techniques). But I really do admit I’ve got a long way to learn, but I am having a great time in my living room cheering, laughing, screaming and jeering! My team is the Boston Celtics and now I recognize and know many of the player’s names. Now I say to my husband, “Hey they need to put House in the game!” “Hey they are trying to rough up Allen!” “Wait, wait why’d he shoot the ball under the rim?” “They’re double teaming Davis!” “Look out Pierce, Go Marbury, show them what you got fellas!” Oh do I have a great time viewing the games, the strategic court executions and the amazing strategy!
It’s art, yes poerty in motion!
But what’s key is, the teams must bring their Bring their ‘A’ Games, they must be driven and hungry enough to succeed! We win if we don’t give up! Sometimes the victory occurs when we least expect it.
And as I heard the radio personalities, sports jocks and commenting listeners it was apparent that no one can predict the outcome of who will win the prize, and who takes home the spoils. That’s the beauty of it all.

Ask the victorious Houston Rockets! I understand that their win wasn’t forecasted or even presumed. Oh yes, even their fans, doubted the hometown boys and the sports commentators with their facts and stats had ruled this “odd man out team! “
Hey remember the entire story hasn’t been told ! But God!!
But with God all things are possible! He’ll show you off to the world! Yesterday the Houston Rockets trounced the LA Lakers. The Lakers never anticipated being overpowered. The final score of 95 to 80 resulted.
As our friend Craig says. “Who knew?” My answer, “God surely did!”
Feel free to relive this historic game on the websites below. Friends together as we read and view the videos below, let’s tuck Mark 2 in our heart,! Be sure to bring your game face, along with your ‘A’ Game to life’s challenge.
Our ‘A’ Game attitude and a spirit of assurance are the indicators that today we’re coming with it! What is it, well my friends- it is a heart to win no matter what others may say or think! Go Rockets; Go Celtics, Go Team, Go!
Blessing s to you all!

…”May God be praised forever and ever!
He is wise and powerful. 21 He changes times and seasons.
He sets up kings.
He removes them from power.
The wisdom of those who are wise comes from him.
He gives knowledge to those who have understanding.”

Mark 2; 20.21

Sharing With Great Joy,
Linda Mose Meadows, Author
The Blessedness of Believing
A Devotional Journey of Life’s Lessons and God’s Promises (Tate, Nov. 2007)http://blessednessofbelieving.blogspot.com/

REMEMBERING GOD’S FAITHFULNESS~ A MOTHER’S DAY TRIBUTE

Johnny, Stevie , Eric and Linda’s

WONDERFUL MAMA!

“Know therefore that the Lord your God, is God;

He is the faithful God,
keeping His covenant of love to a thousand generations
of those who love Him and keep His commands”
(Deuteronomy 7:9)

Probably one of the most difficult journeys I‘ve ever taken was my faith journey with my husband and son. This wasn’t just another intimate moment at the dinner table or a ride through the park; this journey was to a place I knew nothing about. Relocating to Virginia has been more than just a physical move it became a spiritual journey as well.

This journey has taken me to a place where God has gotten our full attention. Our faith walk is now active and underway. Together my husband and I embraced a new faith walk filled with God’s promises. Eight years ago transitioning from Buffalo to Virginia was a difficult for me, my support system and loving mother weren’t in arms reach, that was tough! My mother, Clarinda is an absolute jewel- she is a devoted and caring woman. She has been there for me when my world was tumbling in; she was my reliable tutor and backup for my son when he was a little guy. Mom is often my sounding board and trusted friend. When I need sage spiritual guidance and girl talk it‘s definitely her. Her counsel is comforting, never self serving and self centered. I love her for all of that, especially her independence and conviction.


By example, my mother has instilled in me to be a woman of hope and to desire and strive to live above mediocrity. There’s a big world with so much good to give and receive. She encourages me further to trust God, listen to my inner voice and have faith in the Holy Scripture. This is another birthday and Mother’s Day fast approaching. What gift can I possibly give a mother who has loved unconditionally and is continually been generous beyond measure to four children and now there are grandchildren and extended family? She’s traveled to Greece, walked the beaches and roads of Dakar, Senegal, road on the motor bikes in the Bahamas and tasted Swiss chocolate in Geneva, Switzerland. It’s easy to discern she appreciates life!

Mama, who like me, many years ago traveled from Washington, D.C to a place with her husband and had to quickly adapt. God was right there, even in her seasons of lack and loneliness- that was not the end! As a child I witnessed her stretch meals, beautifully create my Easter ensembles and kindergarten sneaker bag sewn by hand. My brothers and I were groomed to love learning and be respectful. She burned the midnight oil in undergrad and then graduate school. Our bed time was Mama’s study time! I remind her that she told us in no uncertain terms that, “I am not going to have dumb children, get those book bags out!” She laughs at that now. Many days she was under duress, but her loving disposition towards us never changed!

I am grateful that God kept my mother anchored when she faced hardships, especcially when my brothers and I needed her so much, when she couldn’t always lift up a prayer.

She didn’t topple over when life’s disappointments came. She continually assures me that when difficulties arise, “This too shall pass.” I marvel at my mother’s inner beauty when I think of her, speak with her and happily gaze upon her warm face. This retired English Teacher enjoys her friends and family, loves sharing books, a good scrabble game, watching Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune. If there’s a challenge she has a word for you! Spirits are lifted with her genuine loving words of encouragement. In turn, I realize now I can confidently share with my mother the gift she’s easily provided me, to :
  • WHOLE HEARTIDLY EMBRACE OUR HEAVENLY FATHER,
  • HAVE AN ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE,
  • CONTINUALLY DEMONSTRATE A FAITHFUL LOVING SPIRIT,
  • STRIVE TO MAINTAIN AN ENDURING LOVE,
  • TUCK IN MY HEART SCRIPTURES-THE SWEET LOVE OF THE LORD,
  • FOCUS ON GOD’S PROMISES AND
  • RECALL & REMEMBER THE POSSIBILITIES OF GOOD ARE INFINITE!

Friends with divine expectation, Ibelieve we can continue on our life’s journey. My dear Mama has given me the wonderful gift of God’s faithfulness. I celebrate my mother’s legacy with you who are holding God’s hand as we journey with faith in our hearts and hope in our spirits.
Sharing With Great Joy,
Linda Mose Meadows, Author
The Blessedness of Believing
A Devotional Journey of Life’s Lessons and God’s Promises (Tate, Nov. 2007)
http://blessednessofbelieving.blogspot.com/

READERS WITH ATTITUDE GIVE 5 STAR BOOK REVIEW RATING TO MY PUBLISHED DEVOTIONAL

RWA is excited to be named one of the Top 10 Book Clubs of 2008.
To read our interview with EDC Creations
The Lord gave the Word;
great was the company of those that published it.
-Psalm 68:11

This brings me such joy to share that my devotional has earned a five star rating from the book club: Readers With Attitude founded by Essence Bestselling author, Nikkea Smithers. Yes, the affirmation is exhilarating, not to mention that I am assured that my devotional: The Blessedness of Believing A Devotional Journey of Life’s Lessons and God’s Promises by Linda Mose Meadows does impact the reader to embrace God’s word, strive for a life that not only pleases God through application of his promises, but to trust that we aren’t abandoned by our Heavenly Father as we naviagate our way on this unpredicatable spiritual journey. The Lord’s loving kindess is evident in life’s valleys and summits. Believing is key!

Saturday, April 25, 2009
Reader’s With Attitude Book Review: The Blessedness of Believing

The Blessedness of Believing Author: Linda Mose Meadows
Rating: 5

This is a wonderful devotional book that will have you understanding why we must never forget how blessed we are. Believing has the power to get people through the toughest of times.

If ever you need rejuvenation in hope, this is the book to pick up! Reminders of God and his promises to never leave or forsake us is intertwined within these pages. God’s sovereignty of being yea and amen is awesome and present in this book.

You can also find great enhancements of reinforcing your beliefs. This book also helps us to pray effectively. You don’t have to read in order of the book. You can just read according to your need. There was nothing that I didn’t like about this book. Any book that helps Christians have a better relationship with God, our father (Abba) is alright with me!

Reviewer: Lawrencewww.rwabookclub.comrwabookclub@yahoo.com

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Keep Holding On To Your Dreams Friends!

Linda Mose Meadows, Author

The Blessedness of Believing

A Devotional Journey of Life’s Lessons and God’s Promises (Tate, Nov. 2007)

http://blessednessofbelieving.blogspot.com/

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