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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/

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