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PRICELESS GIFTS

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One of the “gift” books on work table:

 His Children by Anita Schiller, photographer and Susan Noyes Anderson, poet

there’s wisdom here the power of three

 the power of surf and sand and sea

 the power to kneel upon the ground

 the power to build on something sound

the power to feel that nothing ends the power of three

the power of friends

 the power of surf and sand and sea there’s wisdom here

the power of three

Some finds are priceless. That awesome leather bag you discover at your favorite TJ Maxx store makes you want to break out in a dance. A red dress drastically marked down and then the 75% discount on top of that was waiting just for you-oh that’s divine! The beautifully decorated brown and turquoise journal and box of humorous gift cards discovered underneathe the pile contsruction paper poking out in view for your eyes only. Or that tray of perrenials at your Home Depot that you happened upon because you needed those energy efficient bulbs, and just before you make your way to the check out line, youn dart over to garden wares. Your whistling, humming and dancing because of your garden discounts! The treasures we stumble upon when we least expect them are wonderful and so easy on our wallets. You haven’t broken the bank and the retail therapy was just what the doctor ordered.

Oh, it is really one of the sweetest feeling being able to indulge yourself when you least expect it.

I have discovered a treasure trove right there at work and there are no costs and long shopping lines. I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve walked by the table stationed next to the vending machine and rarely looked at the items on top the table. This table isn’t ornately designed, skirted with a banner, nor display. It’a like the can of cookies on top the fridge and no one notices the contents. You see the can in the same location, but seldom shake the can to examine the goodies. Try it-it really works.

Weekly there are new books on top the table. They are “freebies!” Inconspicuosly in the open! Yes, it’s really an oxymoron. In plain sight there are a several books. If you paid no attention, you’d think they were text books. Not so. These are wonderful books: word puzzles, mysteries, novels, how-to-books, cookbooks, children’s books and inspirational selections. Gently used and brand new books. One day I quickly glanced and then stopped, I was having a “Barnes & Noble” moment and just giggled with sheer delight. The identity of the book fairy is unknown.

The books are here today and then gone. But the treasure is always replenished. It’s a book lovers dream! I feel very fortunate and blessed by the donors generosity and am extremely thankful for the unexpected gifts. My personal work library has flourished-it brings me joy! In the midst of a rushed workday, I can slow down for a moment, reach for a wonderful book, learn how to create a wreathe, marvel at artwork, celebrate with a poem, or escape through the photographers’ lense and just be still and breathe because of a priceless gift.

From My Heart to Yours,

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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WHO WOULD HAVE THOUGHT? I GOT TO KNOW YOU!

Donnie McClurkin featuring Marvin L. Winans – Live in London

Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Do not depend on your own understanding. In all your ways remember him. Then he will make your paths smooth and straight.

Proverbs 3: 5-6

This morning, I was deliberately searching for an uplifting word, possibly a song, a melody something that would speak to my heart and my circumstance. As I read a students’ file, then reviewed an assignment, I stopped and paid attention to the radio. There it was so clear and accurate on the radio-one of my favorite songs by Donnie McClurkin: Who Would Have Thought! It didn’t take long, I had ownership of the song and revelation that the lyrics were my testimony.

 Hold tight to your testimonies friend, they build you and shape you and encourage you when life is especially confusing!

I have embedded this Youtube video of Marvin Winnans and Donnie McClurkin for you and hope that you’ll also have opportunity to listen and rejoice because of the truth that is resonated is timely!

Think about it friends, so many others have boosted and almost shouted, “I know Jesus!” and “I’m too blessed to be stressed!” “Yes, I am blessed and highly favored!” That might be their truth; but what of your experience? Some days you may be hard pressed to utter those sentiments. Oh, we realize that the goodness of the Lord, but the weight of the world has us pinned against the wall.

Just for an instance, reflect that you too have come through the fire and rain and yes, it was awesome grace and mercy that allowed us not to be consumed by life’s floods and fire! You are enduring, that loss you’ve overcome! We are victorious and well acquainted with God

! How do we know? It’s that genuine bounce in your step; that too much too soon responsibility that you carry, which has not caused you to loose your way; that restored joy reborn; that trouble you encounter which causes you to trust, pray and persevere; that hurried pace you move at-you’re on a divine mission ; that ________, whatever it is that has caused you to become very intimate with God!

Who would have thought, we got to know God for ourselves! Indeed you are friends with our creator! On a first name basis! You move and breathe with assurance because you too know God for yourself and never ever have to boost because in your spirit, it’s evident! It’s realized ! Go right ahead, jump shout and praise God and sing with Donnie: “I got to know him in a better way!”

Sharing In Love,

 Linda Mose Meadows, Inspirational Columnist & Author:

The Blessedness of Believing A Devotional Journey of Life’s lessons and God’s Promises (tate Publishing)

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2009 LIFE THROUGH LITERATURE FESTIVAL: AN UPLIFTING EVENT!

Poplar Lawn Park,
Sycamore Street
Petersburg, Virginia

Thanks for your support Brother Charles!
 
  
 
The Lord has done great things for us,
and we are filled with joy.”
Psalm 126:3

The Mayor of Petersburg,
The Honorable Annie M. Nickens
 

 The overcast skies had to give way to the warmth, fervor and excitement felt throughout the day for the wonderful festivities of the:

2009 Life Through Literature

held today, October 10, 2009.

Author, Linda Mose Meadows joyfully

 participated in the

 Author’s Pavillion

 Author with  the Mayor of Petersburg, VA,
The Honorable Annie M. Mickens
 

It was indeed an awesome community literary event! Kudos to City of Petersburg, Mayor Annie M. Mickens, the Petersburg Public Library System, its sponsors and a host of vendors, literary characters and some soulful entertainers!

Wonderful, wonderful is just what this day was. It was exhilarating to be in the company of such esteemed authors as: Karen Winston (Lindula Finds Joy), John Bryan (Take Me Fishing), Amina Luqman-Dawon (Afro-Americans of Petersburg), Elvetrice Parker Belches (Black America Series: Richmond), Charles Lee (Preacher Man), Walton Graham (Critter Crossing), Rev. Angel E. White (In the Beginning God) and my wonderful friend: Editor and Founder of Tools For Life, Ronette Jacobs. These authors were provided an opportunity to showcase their projects and publications. We shared our literary publishing experiences, read excerpts of our work and entertained questions. It was an opportunity to learn, share and celebrate a realized dream.

Children and adults had a ball interacting with Dr. Sesus’ Cat In The Hat and Curious George mascots. Books galore were available to everyone! It was a book lovers haven. Everyone was encouraged to take as many books as their arms could carry! No doubt Poplar Lawn Park was the perfect sight to host an upbeat family friendly event. The overall atmosphere chased the gray clouds away and graciously invited the sun to stay a while, beckoned authors to continue framing and building their works and conveyed to book lovers that The Petersburg Library has a heart purposed for literacy enrichment!

Was this community appreciative? Just ask the little boy walking with his tiger painted face, wearing his unique ballon crown and clutching his precious book? I am sure his answer is a resounding, “Yep!” Surely it was evident to on-lookers as the little guy walked with his own book glued to his little face. Friends, it’s confirmation enough for me-that books delight and enrich us!

I knew that if the festival event planners needed a report card or an indicator for sucess, they only needed to visually survey the park particpants and note that practically everyone gleefully held several books; free books of their own choosing. Books that they’d take home and call their own! I contend that indeed the 2009 Life Through Literature Festival was a super success! Job well done!

 

Shared in Joy,

Linda Mose Meadows,

 Author & Columnist:

The Blessedness of Believing

 A Devotional Journey of Life’s Lessons

And God’s Promises (Tate Publishing, Nov.2007)

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ADDING INSULT TO INJURY, REMEMBERING DEMON ALBERT

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 By Charles Rex Arbogast, AP Shoes placed atop school desks are part of a memorial to 20 Chicago Public School students killed by gunfire since last September, displayed at a rally in downtown Chicago April 1.

 

My stomach was in knots yesterday morning as I mentally recounted the horrific news heard on Black America Web of the young man; a child really, 16 year old Demon Albert an Honors student navigating his way through what must have been a living hell!

A hell, an animalistic saga which violently targeted anyone in its path. It‘s a nightmare just to hear of this victimization-the brutal beating of this beloved young man headed home.

Can you just imagine the promise and hope that Demon’s folks had for his future? And what of his own aspirations; possibly he dreamt of becoming a pharmacist, a chemist, a teacher, a musician, an anthropologist, an architect, and a loving parent? I don’t know? But I do realize that scholars are on a mission envisioning a life of promise. Yes, he was robbed of the opportunity to live out his destiny. Walking home from school?

Lord today what a tragedy! Yesterday, I opted not to watch the news clips, or Google the “bystander’s” video and then share this horror in an email. I didn’t tout my outrage and trade messages with my online friends. Instead I purposely ignored the news and went about my workday, wondering when is this madness going to end?

 This self hated; this violence, and these out of control inhumane, despicable acts that fracture and break down countless families and communities.

The violence is holding us hostage and strangling the life out of us. How could school be the wrong place! It’s disheartening, truly sad that here’s another dreaded statistic, a “man child” murdered at the hands of his peers. This must not become another urban “story” that numbs our psyches and makes us feel hopeless and indifferent.

Yes, shaking our heads in disgust and wondering what ever happened to valuing life can’t only be the answer for addressing this may lay! Our kids life shouldn’t be in vain.

 Our family faced this dreaded consequence; my step son, Courtney suffered death at the hands of another young person. This is so raw, so brutal! Oh it’s easy to get angry at the police, the schools, the government, the nebulous moral decay, the underfunded scholastic programs, the absence of what?

Well friends, you fill in the blank_______. But who’s to blame, where’s the solution? I am not sure, but our children can’t thrive in chaotic environments. Young men like Courtney and Demon, and the college kids massacred in a play ground during their summer vacation, and the young girls assaulted, and toddlers tortured and the kids tainted, in Washington, DC, Rockville, Chicago, Buffalo, Fort Worth, Peoria, West Chester County, Douglasville, and Water Town are dying in droves.

Pick up the papers, click on the news, it’s the headliner news!

I am praying pray that this nation, this community awakes and understands that although we are focused on a possible pandemic, right here and now we are plagued with an epidemic! It’s tragic and our children are dying, dying at the hands of their peers.

 This is warfare, spiritual and natural!

I am praying for a change in the land and action of a unified cause to address and eradicate this senselessness because right now it’s just insult added to injury when the victims are buried and the perpetrators are tried as adult offenders. And the bloodshed continues! Nothing good results, the pain is simply compounded.

I am praying that the Lord gives us wisdom on what to do!

Friends I want to believe we are supposed to change things for the better, not simply chant, “Stop the Violence”, then bolt our doors, and activate our burglar alarms. Maybe we could start with community organizations like Back to Basics which can point the way? It’s time!

My deepest condolences to the family and friends of Demon Albert; may God comfort you during this very difficult time.

 Shared in Love, Linda Mose Meadows, Author & Columnist

The Blessedness of Believing

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

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