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permission granted by Renita Shadwick to use photo-
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 Cr 2:9
This wonderful photo taken by our friend, Stephanie captures the essence of faith! Immediately what comes to my mind is:
Not only during biblical times, but today it’s evident that our faith in God garners unimaginable outcomes! Spiritual growth, material needs, restoration, deliverance, prosperity, renewed creativity, revival and untold blessings are in store for us, no matter what station of life we find ourselves in! I encourage you to place no limitations on God’s abilities -don’t tie His hands with limitied thinking. Instead, conceive in your mind, believe in your heart and anticipate the good that will come forth! See it! In a matter of time your heart’s desire will be realized! Our lovig God will allow it to unfold! The Holy Scripture: 1 Corinthians 2:9 assures us of that!
Yes, it’s time to give birth a new reality!
So my friends, confidently go on and do as this sweet little bowler did, knock the pins of life down and celebrate your strike!
Yes, celebrate and be thankful for God’s awesome presence in your life!
“Hey _____ (fill in your name) and Neta, your team is up! ” “It’s your turn to bowl!”
We trust as we love, and where we love.
If we love Christ much, surely we shall trust Him much
Thomas Benton Brooks

No good thing will be withheld from them that walk uprightly.
O Lord of hosts, blessed is the man that trusteth in thee
Psalm 84 : 11-12

Shared With Great JOY!
Linda Mose Meadows, Urban Views Weekly Columnist
and Inspirational author of:
The Blessedness of Believing
A Devotional Journey of Life’s Lessons and God’s Promises
(Tate Publishing, Nov. 2007)


Awesome Artwork by Mr. Everna Taylor, Artist/“pictorial story teller”

“Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement.
Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.”
—Helen Keller (1880-1968); author, lecturer, activist

Thanks Sounds of Blackness and Helen Keller, you’ve once again opened the eyes of my heart regarding having an optimistic spirit. It’s a “can do” spirit, it’s embracing the unseen, having the faith, the will, the tenacity to accomplish what’s been planted in your heart to do! I’ve just referenced Encarta and here’s the definition:

op·ti·mism [ óptə mìzzəm ]

1. tendency to expect best: the tendency to believe, expect, or hope that things will turn out well
2. confidence: the attitude of somebody who feels positive or confident
3. philosophy doctrine that our world is best: a philosophical doctrine, first proposed by Leibnitz, that ours is the best of all possible worlds
4. philosophy belief in power of good: the belief that things are continually getting better and that good will ultimately triumph over evil

I love it, love it, because that’s who I’m daily striving to be in the midst of my daily living, an optimist! There’s a mandate God has placed over each of us. Good things in our lives will come to fruition. Friends, I really like acknowledging that evident spirit in others- it’s the twinkle in their eyes, the glide in their steps, the upright posture that just can’t be ignored! Is that you I see paving the way? If you said , “No not really.” Go on look in the mirror, take a bow, blow a kiss at the wonderful creation -this divine creature staring back at you! Yes, surely there’s that conquering, overcoming spirit deep within?

Last week I met some very unique folks ( i.e. Lauren, Audrey, Everna and John), which I contend exhibit a bright outlook, that optimistic persona and joy for life. This exuberance spills over into their work.
These remarkable people are visionaries on a mission to live out their passions. And, I might add they are very hopeful about their endeavors-I really appreciate that quality! They are a recent business owner, an artists whose setting his own standards, young musicians which love their craft, a recent gifted college grad and an phenomenal songstress! They are right around the corner, literally! Their shops/studios/and restaurant are located in the Tidewater Community (downtown Phoebus, Virginia).
Possibly you’ll stop by their studio, treat yourself to an evening of jazz, book your next meeting or grab a bite to eat and savor the realization that as an optimist we live by faith, not by sight! Entreat yourself to a new experience, venture out, reach forward and trust that God’s good is also on your horizon.

Phoebus Ultra Lounge Restaurant
31 East Mellen St.
Hampton, VA. 23669
John Vann, General Manager – Has a heart for doing great business!

Mr. Everna Taylor, Artist/ passionate “pictorial story teller”


Singing Sensation- Neo Soul, Jazz Artist

myspace.com/1nstrmnt or facebook under her name( Audrey Charity)

Super Key Boardist Extraordinaire!

Ms. Lauren Adams

We live by faith not by sight.

2 Corinthians 5:7

Shared With Great JOY!

Linda Mose Meadows, Columnist and Inspirational author of:
The Blessedness of Believing
A Devotional Journey of Life’s Lessons and God’s Promises (Tate Publishing, Nov. 2007). http://blessednessofbelieving.blogspot.com/


Photography by: Linda Mose Meadows
Fun Day at Virginia Beach 7/2009

So we praise God for the wonderful kindness he has poured out on us
because we belong to his dearly loved Son.
Ephesians 1:6

I will sing of the Lord’s great love forever; with my mouth I will make your faithfulness known through all generations.
Psalm 89:1

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

I am pleased to share that this is my photography. This picture was snapped at Virginia Beach this past weekend. While Ricky was assembling and then flying his Father’s Day kite, I was enjoying snapping pictures. I enjoy the many features of my new camera, and really do appreciate the revealed messages God sends my way when I am observing our daily activities. This just wasn’t an ordinary day at the beach is what I am confident the Holy Spirit is conveying.

Take a close look at the picture, what is it you see? Yes, it’s surely a fun day at the beach? But, not only do I see a little guy enjoying the water and the thrill of trying to jump over the rushing waves, but it’s apparent that a crashing stream of water is headed towards him-much too big for his little legs to handle. The little fella is really having a ball and probably can’t comprehend the possible danger. He’s too immature to understand the consequences of being in an ocean without his safety gear. But the little guy can be assured that a safety net is at arm’s length!

Love is standing by! I am not sure if it’s his “PaPa”, Papa or Grand Pop (endearing term for my Grandfather Ellsworth) or if it’s his uncle or his father! But whoever it is, it’s a father figure standing by on alert! This adult is eagerly watching and ready to intervene with a helping hand when necessary. I thought about our Heavenly Father who is watching over us continually. And, yes when we especially are in harm’s way, or in a fog; too preoccupied with the world matters to know any better. Remember being too caught –up in the moment? I do, been there and done that! Aren’t you glad that God has your back? We can trust that we are His own!

“Thank you, Jesus!” This is what my spirit is proclaiming! Your redemptive power and salvation belong to us as believers.
My friends, embrace that God is ever ready-He’s prepared to rescue and protect when need be. We are like all the children playing, twirling and jumping and surfing in the crashing waters, unaware that this world is a turbulent playground, but assured we are alright! Just know in your heart and soul God’s reaching out to you; why not allow His protection to keep you?

From My Heart to Yours!
Linda Mose Meadows, Columnist and Author
The Blessedness of Believing
A Devotional Journey of Life’s Lessons and God’s Promises


There’s joy in dancing!

Wonderful owner: Kat!

2nd Cup Restaurant and Cafe
36 Broadway
Buffalo, NY
Friends, I don’t know of many places where you can enjoy delicious cafe’ fare, learn the Tango and jam to a Latin Jazz band! Do you? Well, in the heart of downtown Buffalo, New York is a delightful, locally owned and operated business where you can do all of the above. The owners are Will and Kat Tyler they’ve got fun down to a science. They will entreat you to a very unique experience of entertainment and dining and it won’t totally empty your wallet. Not only is the food great and the customer service sweet, but the venues are super! Wednesday to Saturday’s are popping! They will host and cater your event from a tribute or a booksigning to a festive Carribean celebration-be as creative as you wish. Need music, they’ll book live bands that will have you and your guests swinging, jumping and thumping on the dance floor. Anyhow, that evening of Tango dancing was off the fun richter scale and there was no cover charge. We danced the night away with new acquaintances, attempted some new dance moves and munched on some scrumptuous food. In between the musical selections we quenched our thirsts with peach and tropical smooties and laughed our hearts happy. This was truly a great week day evening!
When I return to Buffalo the 2nd cup will certaily be one of our frequent stops! And next time maybe I’ll have a cup of chi tea with my slice of four layer chocolate cake!
Oops, almost forgot, be sure to visit their other location:
The EM Tea Coffee Cup Cafe @
80 Oakgrove Ave.
Buffalo, New York
With Dancing Feet!
Linda Mose Meadows, Author and Colunmist
The Blessedness of Believing A Devotional Journey of Life’s Lessons and God’s Promises


My devotional is at the prominent Frank E. Merriweather Library!

I am so appreciative and thankful to Mrs. Sandra Williams–Bush, the Librarian and Branch Manager for blessing me with this opportunity to encourage the heart of another reader seeking to further understand God’s promises.

Frank E. Merriweather, Jr. Library
1324 Jefferson Avenue Buffalo, NY 14208
Give thanks to the Lord for He is good.
Psalm 136:1

The Blessedness of Believing A Devotional Journey of Life’s Lessons and God’s Promises by Linda Mose Meadows can be referenced at the Frank E. Merriweather, Jr. Public Library. Yes, this has occurred in my hometown of Buffalo, New York! I am honored! This is truly a “Wow” and a “Look at God” moment for me. I am so appreciative and thankful to Mrs. Sandra Williams–Bush, the Librarian and Branch Manager for blessing me with this opportunity to encourage the heart of another reader seeking to further understand God’s promises.

It’s heartwarming to know that my devotional now resides in a public, state of the art architectural treasure. The Merriweather Library houses an exciting collection of literary/audio works inclusive of an African American Resource Room, adult and youth reading rooms, a technology training lab, and an auditorium. This impressive, 20,000 square foot facility is designed by the distinguished Architect Robert Traynham Coles. Its artful African motif is located at the corner of Jefferson Avenue and Utica Street. Not only is the building striking, but the notable and extraordinary works which promote community-wide literacy and empowerment are ongoing!

Friends, it brings me sweet joy to know that the former North Jefferson Library which I visited constantly with my (then elementary school aged) son has built an outstanding facility which remains on the East Side of Buffalo, NY. If you desire to freely peruse through my inspirational devotional, and other stimulating works, await your eager heart. I surely hope that God will speak to your circumstance. My devotional awaits you among other local authors in the William A. Miles Center for African and African-American Studies.

There’s no place like home! I am celebrating, humming probably off key and believing that with God all things are possible!

From My Heart to Yours!
Linda Mose Meadows, Author
The Blessedness of Believing A Devotional Journey of Life’s Lessons and God’s Promises


Love covers over all wrongs.
Proverbs 10:12
“With love close your eyes and hold on tight to your heart.” My eyes scanned those words and my heart immediatley smiled. Those words were in my junk email. Had I not been curious today, I would have missed this. What was such an important message doing there? Well, I almost missed these ardent words!
How important those words were to me today, God only knows! After reading the content, I suspect you’ll agree! Here’s a timely blog post written by my husband:
A “fatherless son” and a son without a father, all in one
lifetime. It is kind of strange that I have been without a father for so long
and this year and I mean just this year he come back into my life. He has always stood in the shadows of my life. I have to admit he did come to some events: A little league football practice, eighth grade graduation, twelve grade graduation, embalming school graduation and that is about where it stopped until I was married in 1998. In ten years I have seen him for a total of 10 hours and no I am not blessed to at least have a father. I mean I am, but wow. Currently, he is having a difficult time with his health and in rehab for it. So he is a fragile, older man. I don’t think he has the energy to resist beign a father any longer.

He is one of the nicest people you would ever want to meet,
so I ask the question why wasn’t he nice to me?

I know a lot of people and they are very nice to me. I have
men who have stepped in all my life and carried on the role of father the best they could. They have taken me to games and events and let me share with their families as if I was a son. The only thing wrong with this scenario is that you are not a son, and my own hang-ups kept me from feeling worthy. That is a good way to describe it, I have never felt worthy of having a father other than my own.

My father, he was nice to everyone; all my friends regard
him as a cool dude. Cousin Chucky would always say “your dad is a cool dude.” Well, I did not want a cool dude I wanted and needed a dad.

This year I am letting him connect with me and next week I
will spend time with him, maybe not a lot but it will be quality time. I have to remember he is my father and due respect. I won’t be disrespectful I believe I will be cautious. I am used to guarding my heart.

So on this Father’s Day I remember my son who I miss dearly.
It is not that my other children are not vitally important. I have three
daughters and two sons and my sons have dads. But the son who was killed was my first child and he made me a father. My son Torrie always had Elijah his grandfather who I know he feels like was his dad. He had Phil his biological father and as he grew into a man really began to connect with Phil and then Phil all of a sudden died. He died a young man. Mike has his dad Mike. I have many other little fellows I regard as sons.

My son Courtney allowed me to take long walks in a stroller,
spend long hours at the park and be a father to him. I remember the day he was born, I spent hours looking at him and it was as if we were talking from day one. He was a talker and if he didn’t have something to talk about, he would make up something. He had a vivid imagination. He could entertain you with his questions and more so with his answers. We had dogs’ together, fish together and his favorite, ice cream together. He was always asking you did you “re-nemamba” something as if he was older. I remember Courtney with the greatest joy. Albert Raboteau expresses it as a Sorrowful Joy. I am so sorry he is gone but he
brought such great joy to my life. I am going to conclude with this; my daughter and I are going to see India Arie this evening and one of my favorite songs she sings is Good Morning. “Listen” to the words or read them.

Good morning silence
Good morning to myself
morning to the pain in the center of my chest It’s crazy how much I missa simple
good morning kiss

Good morning independence or is it loneliness?
I know I
said I wanted this but I have regretsI pray for God’s will to be done The very
next day you were gone

Good morning to the harsh realities of life We made a
promise to stay But destiny got in the way

Good morning acceptance
Good morning inner strength
I’m loving every moment even the strain

It’s crazy how much I miss
a simple good morning kiss
It’s crazy how much I’ve missed
Now it’s time for me to live

Good morning optimism
Good morning to my faith
morning to the beginning of a brand new day

I know that God’s will be done
So I lay down my pain and
I’m moving on

I know that God’s will be done.
So it’s a good morning
after all

Written by: Richard D. Meadows, Jr.

Shared in Love,
Linda Mose Meadows , Inspirational Columnist & Author:
The Blessedness of Believing
A Devotional Journey of Life’s Lessons and God’s Promises

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