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FEAR NOT!

Do not fear going forward slowly, fear only to stand still
Chinese Proverb

This week has been very outstanding one for me! When my grandmother hugged me in the doctor’s waiting room, it was priceless. It’s my turn to be the shoulder she can rest upon and does it feel divine! Lord thank you! Also, I learned that I was in the spot light twice this week one with sharing my intimate thoughts on Precious Memories’ Author’s Spot Light and the other with being introduced as the featured Inspirational Author in Urban Views Weekly! Not that I.m so good and accomplished. I am learning to hold tight to my fath and wait it out! It’s a testament to the indwelling divine. So many wonderful opportunities to be realized. It’s not only me climbing, but the circle of loved ones that lifted my weary soul when I just didn’t see how! There were days an encouaging word spoken at the right time changed my heart and mind!
I am greatful to the prayer covering over my life and the many blessings that are evident! It’s really not about me but the Christ that resides in me and you! All we endure is really is for our good; it molds us for the days ahead.
Seeing my family and learning that God’s mighty and outstretched hand was readily visisble for me. It’s a gift I share with you: these spotlights becasue it’s nothing I could have orchastrated! It’s divine, straight from the throne room of heaven. I implore you to trust and confidently believe that your dreams will be birthed! God will doing exceedingly and abundantly more than you’d ever imagine. Let me be your blessed poster woman. Here are the two spotlights that speak to God’s goodness and what it means for me to be an inspirational author and columnist! I say, “Look at God!” He’s right here!

From My Heart To Yours,
Linda Mose Meadows, Your Friend In Christ!

PRECIOUS MEMORIES LAUNCHES ON-LINE BOOK STORE-THEY’RE ON THE MOVE!

Linda Pate:
A visionary with a compassionate heart for the community!

In unison let’s all say, “Go Linda, Go!” Kudos to the owner of Precious Memories Bookstore, and Linda, an accomplished woman in her own right! She’s an Essence Magazine and New York Times Reporting Book Store and the Urban Views Weekly Book Review Columnist. Watch out she’s on the move and and taking her vision to higher heights. She’s got heart and a vision for providing a helping hand to author’s as well as inspiring youth to grab hold of their dreams! I am so proud to call you my dear Sister in Christ and a wonderful friend!! It’s evident that God’s handling her business in ways she hasn’t fathomed!! The Lord is her shepherd!







May God continue to shower His riches blessings and gifts upon her!







Learn more about Pecious Memories Book Store and Linda’s community literary visions at:

The path of righteous is like the first gleam of dawn,

shining ever brighter till the

the full light of day. Proverbs 4:18

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

LIVING THROUGH GRIEF!

In Print & On-Line

Friends, Kindly Visit My

for :

June 17, 2009
Living Through Grief
Pg. 4

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.

Proverbs 3:5

Sharing in Faith,
Linda Mose Meadows, Author

The Blessedness of Believing

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

COME AND LET US DANCE, SHOUT AND SING TO THE KING OF KINGS

Awesome Photo by Matt McClure

Friends are the precious gems that God gives us!
They should be treasured!
Linda Mose Meadows

I am feeling slightly better. Several days ago my blood pressure was very elevated, and then a peristant pain in my neck developed! It had been unbearable! I thought I was experiencing a stroke. After being out of work for 2 days and several emergency room visits, I thank God I wasn’t having a stroke but severe muscle strain. I am following up with my physican. But something is happening that I am not really addressing, that’s the loss of my friend. I am grieving! She’s gone and it’s hard to accept. So I too am wondering about my demise and how fragile and speedily life moves. But more importantly I am publically acknowledging that friends are the precious gems that God gives us. Yes, they should be treasured.

My husband who’s my spiritual physician shared this Youtube video of praise & worship just a few moments ago-I followed his advice and did get up and dance. That was excellent medicine. I believe he hit the nail on head when he said that I was feeling very down because of my friend Brenda. She recently died in her sleep. My heart is truly broken and I constantly think of her life, moments we’ve shared and her sons growing up with Mike and what values and work ethic she and Lance instilled in them. Ricky reminded me that I must do something to honor her (as I’d recently referenced in my Grief article). “Honey take your own medicine!” These were the words of wisdom-some sound advice.

Friends, I am the queen of encouraging others. His advice was priceless. I must let God speak to my grieving heart and honor Benda’s life. I will do something special. She loved teaching, was an avid reader and an innovative super mother and good friend. Today, right now in this moment, I’ll worship the Lord and ask Him for guidance on how I should pay honor to my dear sister friend, Brenda McKenzie! Thank you Lord for her life and love shown! Celebration is in order!

Psalm 95: 1-7

(New International Reader’s Version)

Come, let us sing with joy to the Lord.

Let us give a loud shout to the Rock who saves us.

Let us come to him and give him thanks.

Let us praise him with music and song.

The Lord is the great God.

He is the greatest King.

He rules over all of the gods.

He owns the deepest parts of the earth.

The mountain peaks belong to him.

The ocean is his, because he made it.

He formed the dry land with his hands.

Come, let us bow down and worship him.

Let us fall on our knees in front of the Lord our Maker.

He is our God.

We are the sheep belonging to his flock.

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=psalm%2095

Come & Let Us Sing
Israel & New Breed with Jonathan Butler

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

A CREME DE LA CREME BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION!

“The sun does not shine for a few trees and flowers,
but for the wide world’s joy.”

RADIO GOLF’s

All star and truly stellar performers:
Walter Coppage, Erik Kilpatrick ,Deidra LaWan Starnes,
Frederick Strother and Kim Sullivan.

This was the Crème De La Crème Birthday celebration!! The verdict is in, the judges have ruled and Richard D. Meadows, Jr. receives 10’s across the electronic board! He made my heart glad and I am so pleased that he placed so much loving care and consideration in providing me with an unforgettably splendid birthday celebration with a trip to Washington, D.C. to spend a star-studded wonderful day in our Nation’s Capitol.

Oh friends, I am still reminiscing about the occasion. The first stop was a matinee at the Studio Theatre to see Radio Golf written by my favorite playwright August Wilson. Outstanding! Outstanding! See it or any of August Wilson’s premier plays when they’re at a theatre near you! Sounds like a commercial right? As our friend, Craig says, “Who knew!” I love that–it makes me chuckle.

Each performer brought their A Game. There was so much to contemplate: spiritually, socially and politically? So many questions that begged to be addressed! How are we impacting our world? August Wilson challenges your frame of reference. I left with a greater appreciation for family, our heritage, the wisdom (and antics) of our elders and leaving this universe with our integrity and name in tact! Kudos to the fine actors which were the breathe, the life blood of the production. They were all stellar performers: Walter Coppage, Erik Kilpatrick, Deidra LaWan Starnes, Frederick Strother and Kim Sullivan. It felt as though I’d met new family! At the conclusion of the brilliant performances the cast provided reflections and chatted with the theatre goers. That was such a blessing and a real treat! I thought I was back at Howard University again! I shared that it was a birthday present from Ricky being at the theatre and before long we were taking photos , laughing , chatting and obtaining the cast member’s autographs. The actors were genuinely warm and engaging.

We learned from Deidra that a diner existed aptly entitled: Oohh’s & Aahh’s Soul Food Restaurant owned by Chef Oji Abbott located at 1005 U Street NW. When you’re visiting Washington, DC do stop by.

Chef Abbott and his crew have the love of cooking and hospitality down packed! His establishment serves sumptuous home cooking! The meals are prepared with the essence of Grand Mama’s love. No kidding, this is three days later and I have enjoyed my doggie bag for several work lunches. Each morsel is mouthwatering.

We then traveled down U Street and absorbed the sights and jazz sounds of Duke Ellington’s Historic U Street.

Our walking tour included the famous Ben’s Chili Bowl with the painted Panda which greets customers. I understand that business was already super, but since our President Obama has visited, it’s even better!

We wrapped up our tour with a stop at Cake Love, what’s a birthday without desert? It was time to get back on the road, as we walked back to our car, I noticed a poster with picture of the Civil War Memorial, I wanted to learn more about this monument. We found our way to the U St/African-Amer Civil War Memorial/Cardozo Metro station and to my delight there it stood perfectly carved! There are more names than we could imagine (I’ll be doing my research). What a fitting salute to our Nation’s “Colored” Civil War Veterans. The African American Civil War Memorial , it’s handsomely sculpted with the words: The Spirit of Freedom, by Ed Hamilton. This tribute gave me great pride.

We sailed home back to the Virginia Tidewater Area with the top down, (until the thunder and lightning didn’t permit it) with smiles on our faces and dancing hearts. What a super day! Love is truly grand! Thank you Lord for such a precious and wonderful husband!

But as it is written,
Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard,
neither have entered into the heart of man,
the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.
1 Corinthians 2:9 (King James Version)

Marveling at God’s Goodness,
Linda Mose Meadows, Author
The Blessedness of Believing
A Devotional Journey of Life’s Lessons and God’s Promises

NOURISH YOUR SPIRIT WITH PRAYER!

WORDS OF ENCOURAGEMENT

Our Sweet Sister Loretto is holding my devotional:
The Blessedness of Believing
A Devotional Journey of Life’s Lessons and God’s Promises.
This devotional gift was given to Sister Loretto during our visit with her in May 2009.

As God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.

Colossians 3:12

It was quite a blessing to receive an email from my Oblate Sister friend: Sister Lorraine. Her note blessed my soul, and motivated me to continue on my inspirational literary journey! I thought why not share? I pray you’ll be further encouraged in your anointing to learn and support endeavors that glorify God and take you beyond your customary circles. The Oblate Sisters of Providence are indeed in service for our Lord Jesus Christ and doing extrordinary work! I am thankful for their example of loving service.

Hi Linda,

Excuse my delay in getting in touch with you.
Since you left, Sr. Constance and I have been very busy with the events that come with the season of Spring. Many groups have come to use our
facilities for their activities. Sister and I help with the preparation
and the clean up. So, this time of the year is extremely busy. I am
letting you know this because I do not want you to think I have forgotten
you. Your presence as you touch other people is not a forgotten one and it demand joyful remembrance. ( smile.)

I view your blog and all that you wrote about the Oblate Sisters. Thank you for your time and kindness in doing that. I like your blog very much. Keep expressing the Spirit of Christ’s living in your writing. It is a ministry so needed.

Sr. Loretto is doing fine.

Peace and many
Prayers,

Sister Lorraine
Tue 6/2/2009 2:53 PM “

Wonderful women of God!
Sister Lorraine and Sister Constance

So you see my friends, the words that we speak, the words that spill out of our hearts, the words we convey to each other and write are divinely purposed to build us up and encourage us to be vigilant in our ministries. Keep spreading those exuberant words of encouragement!

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

BLOGGING WOMEN – JUNE 2009 WINNER!

Beautiful !
Whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
~I Coronthians 10:31

This is a month for many wonderful firsts for me; one of which is my being selected as an Inspirational Columnist for Urban Views Weekly and now I’ve just learned that recently my blogg: The Blessedness of Believing A Devotional Journey of Life’s Lessons and God’s Promises has been selected as one of several winners for June 2009 on :

A manually edited comprehensive directory of
some of the best blogs written by women
Once again, I am counting it all joy that the content of my blog is fresh and relevant for our times! I am honored. I know that it’s Holy Ghost inspired. I wish to keep listening for God’s voice through scripture,wonderful lyrics/music, my daily encounters and life’s lessons. I have no doubt that there’s a message of hope for all of us-especially in the midst of a struggle. I endeavor to express that sentiment and swallow my own medicine. Sometimes I just don’t care for the taste. We’ll encourage each other and keep holding up the banner of faith. Friends there is a blessing in believing!
Thank you Lord for enriching our lives, we take nothing for granted!
In Joyful Service,
Linda Mose Meadows, Author
The Blesssedness of Believing
A Devotional Journey of Life’s Lessons and God’s Promises

EXTRA! EXTRA ! READ ALL ABOUT IT, AN ANSWER TO PRAYER!

Urban Views Weekly is available to you!
URBAN VIEWS WEEKLY-A FRESH NEW LOOK INTO OUR COMMUNITY!
” God will fill your mouth with laughter
and
your lips with shouts of joy.”

Job 8:21

Hi Everybody-

I wanted to share my good news regarding my being selected as one of the newest Inspirational Columnist in the Urban Views Weekly. It’s just in my spirit to celebrate and speak, no sing and shout: “Extra, Extra read all about it!”

Read all about what you ask? More inspiration and enlightenment of course! More opporunities to spread joy, speak life and share heartfelt sentiments to encourage us not to loose heart in the struggles of our lives! I thank the Lord for my friend Linda Pate who was obedient to what the Holy Spirit placed in her heart. It started with dinner and a question: “Have you ever considered writing for a newspaper?” I’d been praying for an opportunity to make a greater impact and to further work God’s plan for my life. I’ve been waiting, hoping not really knowing the direction, nor the time a door would open on my behalf. The blessed door of opportunity was wider than I could have imagined! So you see friends, I consider my selection as a Columnist, a real honor and an divine orchastration. It’s without a doubt an answer to prayer. Ricky calls them ATP’s!
My desire started with a prayer. What are you beleiving god for?
Keep trusting, keep praying friends! God’s got so much in store for you!
I hope you’ll consider subscribing (it’s free) and becoming a part of the Urban Views Weekly family of readers. This newspaper is providing a wealth of wonderful information to enhance and enrich our spheres. And yes I’m pleased to be a contributor and a part of that endeavor. In the event you don’t see the orange mail boxes containing the newspapers in your community, simply go on-line for your weekly e-paper.

When signing- up visit:

or

http://urbanviewsweekly.va.newsmemory.com/eebrowser/frame/3_0kp/init/def_frames.php?pSetup=urbanviewsweekly&acctpg=1

on the UVW digital. Enjoy and relish the thought that if you haven’t already mentioned unsuspecting blessings-soon you too will be sharing your good news and shouting: “Extra! Extra! Come and see what marvelous things our benevolent Heavenly Father has done on my behalf ! “

Surely God’s grace has been bestowed upon us. Shout your testimony, we’re joyously anticipating !

With A Greatful Heart!

Linda Meadows, Author

The Blessedness of Believing

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

http://blessednessofbelieving.blogspot.com/

JOYFUL ENCOUNTERS

A shining moment for me:
visiting my dear friend, David and his family!

David, Jackie and their brilliant rock stars !
A beautiful family!
“At times our own light goes out and is rekindled
by a spark from another person.
Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude
of those who have lighted the flame within us.”
—Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965); theologian, philosopher, physician
As I reflect on the weekend before last, it was no ordinary Memorial Day Weekend. I have a heart of thanksgiving for all that my ears heard, my eyes witnessed and my heart contained. We found ourselves in Baltimore, Maryland covering lots of territory. The agenda was to attend my favorite artist’s Open House, see my beloved friend from my Bennett High School days and wrap up with a visit to see Sister Lorretto at the convent. This was a truly rewarding and memorable weekend. We weren’t let down, for a moment it felt like a true vacation!

Celebrating the opportunity to visit with my high school friend, David and his family was an unforgettable treasure! The memories, great fish fry, the surprise appearance of our Bennett High School yearbook and laughter were an elixir! Friends the opportunity to reconnect with a dear friend and his precious loved ones really blessed our souls. They were so gracious and kind. It felt like a family reunion. David reminded me that we last time we visited each other was in 1979. I was on my way to grad school, he’d be starting college. Soon his career was being jumpstarted in news and broadcasting. It’s 2009, this is certainly evident that time is fleeting! I’ll surely have to share a post about the importance of staying connected and reaching out to those that have impacted our life for the better. We can celebrate God’s faithfulness over our life’s journey.

Friends, I contend it’s a must do in our lives. Consider reaching out to some positive friends from the past, you’ll be surprised at how revived you feel. David and I shared that it’s probable that there are more days behind us, then ahead. But, indeed we’ve got lots of living yet to do.

My favorite artist: Larry Ponch Brown

A family pose with Poncho!

In a word-exceptionable! That’s who Larry Poncho Brown is. There were missed opportunities in the past to attend Larry Poncho Brown’s Open Houses, but thank goodness not this occasion. My husband navigated our way and before long we were in Poncho’s studio eating up the goodies and marveling at his creations! Wow, what an amazing artisan! His work defies labeling! Yes, I am truly a fan. Friends, kindly visit his virtual site to wet your artistic loving taste buds. You can acquire his work online to add to your collections. If you have the opportunity to stop by his gallery once, you’ll go back again and again. He’ll graciously receive you! Maybe we’ll bump into each other at the next event?

Sister Lorraine (Educational Director) & Sister Constance (Archivist)

On July 2, 1829 the Oblate Sisters of Providence was founded by Mother Mary Lange, OSP, and Rev. James Nicholas Joubert, SS as the first congregation of women religious of African descent. This was the beginning of a legacy that has thrived over the past 179 years in 25 cities in the United States, Cuba, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic and most recently Africa.

Cousin/ Sister Loretto and my Sweetie Ricky!

Finally, meet this remarkable order of The Oblate Sisters Of Providence. They are a unique order of nuns that are of African descent. They’ve unselfishly dedicated their lives to spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ, providing solid educational opportunities and enriching the lives of those in impoverished communities in the United States and abroad for over 179 years.

Visit their website to learn of their spiritually enriching heritage. They’ve accomplished much and touched many lives. As we visited and worshipped with Sister Loretto, (our cousin), I had the distinct pleasure of meeting several more remarkable Sisters: Sister Constance and Sister Lorraine. They were warm, hospitable and genuinely joyful. I remarked that I had observed their joy.
Sister Constance smiled and replied, “Why not?” This made me chuckle and before long , we were discussing computers, education, my blog and how I’d enjoy sharing their heartfelt misssion with others.
It really touched my heart that they were so dedicated to their call, loved sharing their interests, and graciously spoke about their collective future endeavors (i.e. OSP Brick Drive for constructing addition living quarters for the sick and aging Sisters, they wish to increase the number of Friends and Volunteer Recruits, are actively seeking Support of the Lay Association, praying for the Canonization of Mother Mary Lange (founder), enhancing the educational wing for the children and maintaining the historical archives)-it was a blessing to be in their presence.
I pray your interest will be peaked regarding The Oblate Sisters of Providence; you’ll embrace their mission and get on board with them by providing your gifts and support where help is needed. I am partnering with them and hope my endeavors will make an impact. Love to all of the Sisters!

May God continue to keep David and his family, Brother Poncho and the Oblate Sisters in His perfect will.

Friends, I relish and celebrate these joyful encounters with you all.
I Pray that:

Mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance.
Jude 2

From My Heart to Yours!

Linda Mose Meadows, Author

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

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