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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
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” 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

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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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