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WONDERFUL EVENT & BOOK SIGNING: LUNCHING WITH THE ARTS

 

We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure. This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves.
2 Corinthians 4:7

Participating in the Chum’s Ninth Annual Spring “Lunching With The Arts” at the Rio Pinar Country Club in Orlando, Florida was an April afternoon filled with awe and appreciation for the gifts of arts and scholarship. This super day was also a wonderful literary event which allowed me an opportunity to showcase my devotional: The Blessedness of Believing, A Devotional Journey of Life’s Lessons and God’s Promises!

Oh, friends I count my blessings; meeting and being able to witness the diligence and dedication of The Orlando Chapter of Chums, Inc. and also being featured with esteemed authors: Dr. Brenda Y. Person and Dr. Elisha Delbert Gray. Truly I was in great company! It was an honor meeting the anointed painter, artist Mr. Everett Spruill (who’s deeply inspired and influenced by Romare Bearden) http://www.everettsart.ning.com. Listening to the upbeat and contemporary Jazz accompaniment of stellar musicians:Tony Wynn & Company was a great treat. They superbly serenaded the lovely guests-many adorned in festive spring hats. It was priceless to see the young readers and scholarship recipients being acknowledged for their worthy efforts. I count it a joy and honor for this delighful luncheon invitation. Thank you Lord!

Peace and Blessings, Linda Mose Meadows:
http://eyesoffaithmagazine.blogspot.com/ and the author of: The Blessedness of Believing: A Devotional Journey of Life’s Lessons and God’s Promises
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GOING HOME: A JOYFUL TRANSITION

 
Returning to hometown Buffalo to pack
However, as it is written: “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him”
— 1 Corinthians 2:9
Leaving Atlanta for Florida
April 2012 has been a rewarding month both literally and spiritually. As I glimpsed at my facebook timeline I was able to visually chronicle some highlights, but knew that that which I virtually shared was only the tip of the iceberg. There had been some amazing aha moments and I praise God for the abundance of blessings that I was able to witness and receive with our loved ones. You may wonder what does that really mean? Well, I’ll share that further in detail, just know that in my spirit I am saying, “Look what the Lord has done.”
The happening included an all too quick visit with several wonderful friends, treasured time spent with my Aunt Shirley and cousin, Zebbie in Buffalo; traveling on the road back to Georgia with Eric and then spending extended time with my Mother and Granny resulted from a simple phone call from my brother Eric who asked, “Lin what are you doing this weekend?” He’d just received the news that we had the upcoming weekend to pack up St. Mary’s Place because the closing and sale of our home would occur on the upcoming Monday. Time was of the essence.
That weekend I hopped a plane fromCentral Florida back to our beloved hometownBuffalo,New Yorkto bring closure to the sale of our home, my mother’s property and our child’s home place. This moment was much more than just transferring keys and packing some boxes- it was home and a floodgate of life lessons,memories that continue to shape us. But I had to remain focus, Eric insisted.  We were on a mission to pack and purge, so we told ourselves. This mission included and insured that the new tenants would be benefactors of  Mom’s home furnishings and appliances.God’s outstretched hands and blessings were at it again. We were instructed to not overlook returning with our Mother’s books, family keepsakes and retrieving important paperwork because the time had finally come to sell. The items we decided to leave, the new owners offered to send to her country abroad.  “Others can use them.” Her statement was  was an instant relief!
Basement-packing and purging!
Having an awesome visit with Aunt Shirley and Zebby!
My heart wasn’t so heavy then. As I began to sift through articles of clothing and rediscover with Eric mountains of papers, elementary school report cards (Mom’s included), scrap books, toys, loved one’s obituaries, funeral bulletins, greeting cards, significant artifacts and wonderful family photos I began reminiscing about so many things and  immediately knew the most import treasures were our relationships we built and the significance of these heart conncections. It then wasn’t such an emotional tussle to part with things, discard and/or share them. But the real jewel was never having to give up family, friends-our wonderful loved ones, no matter the distance and time lasp between us!
Beloved Friends…
They are fondly held in my heart. I’ll not forget to anticipate the sweet reunions that we can look forward to. And knowing us we’ll laugh and giggle out loud as we acknowledge the sustaining love and comfort of God that continually anchors us! It will be a thanksgiving- a celebratory moment to marvel at the victories won that got us from this time to that.
So now here I am friends back in Florida sitting at my kitchen table, writing, smiling, reflecting-assured and prayerful that Mama (and our family) are feeling better about this transition. In my spirit we are tremendously greatful to have evidenced God’s mercies,witness His blessings and to be a blessing to others as we embark upon a new journey, a new timetable. It’s indeed another new beginning and transition that reunited and reconnected us with all that really matters in the name of love.
Thanks be to God it’s your time to move friends!
Truly missing them all!
blessing the boats
by Lucille Clifton
(at St. Mary’s)
may the tide
that is entering even now
the lip of our understanding
carry you out
beyond the face of fear
may you kiss
the wind then turn from it
certain that it will
love your back
may you
open your eyes to water
water waving forever
and may you in your innocence
sail through this to that
Peace and Blessings, Linda Mose Meadows:
http://eyesoffaithmagazine.blogspot.com/ and the author of: The Blessedness of Believing: A Devotional Journey of Life’s Lessons and God’s Promises

ARE YOU READY FOR THE POSSIBILITIES

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“Optimism is the foundation of courage.”

Nicholas Murray Butler (1862-1947) Philosopher, Educator, Diplomat

Are you ready for the possibilities? No, it’s not just another cute cliché but for many of us, a very pertinent question. We are facing tough challenges, many of which are unspeakable.  And yes we are at the crossroads of life. It seems too costly, too time consuming for making decisions without first thinking things through. Not to mention we are tired of mistake after mistake. But stuff happens even with our best planning! Our Best plans can be consumed with the breakdown or dissolving of relationships, bumpy hurdles, mental/emotional fatigue and anguish by the cup full. Then it’s a battle against confusion ruling our thinking and earth shattering occurrences wrestling us continually. We are literally shifting our perspectives and modus operandi because of life’s uncertainties. These uncertainties with their deep rooted implications often impact us all spiritually, morally and ethically. The impact is often startling. It’s a dismantling that may forever change us. But, although it may feel like we are on shaky ground never to rebound–it’s just that a feeling! Lord knows we need to look upward and inward!

One of my favorite poets, Nathan Richardson posed the question that speaks of our willingness and readiness for change. It’s a barometer—our insight ( the indwelling Holy Spirit), a deep down mechanism that forecasts our being ready for all the possibilities of newness – new adventures, new thinking, new and positive relationships, new opportunities, and the plain newness of life! Yes, it’s vital to envision newness in the midst of chaos.

God promises that he’ll do a new thing in you and me! Thank goodness this promise is not predicated on circumstance.

Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert. Isaiah 43:19 KJV

Often we imply that we are ready for the possibilities, but we are not quite sure where to begin or which direction to move towards. The thing I know for sure is: we must place momentum and a resolute determination to get unstuck especially in our valley experiences. As Reverend William Feaster enjoys saying, “We must give feet to faith!” Yes, it’s imperative, we must initiate the spark! Let me share a wonderful moment which really clarifies this point.

We believed we’d come together for a house warming celebration, but God had so much more in store for us on Saturday afternoon. We entered the apartment complex’s Community Room with joy and anticipation. Our friend was a superb hostess that easily shared a heart of thanksgiving. The many guests bounced through the door each carrying a gift. The gifts opened revealed that they had been carefully and thoughtfully selected: lovely and ornately decorated ceramic canisters, a crystal platter etched with a swan, spunky kitchen and bath necessities and greeting cards filled with personal messages. It was Christmas in late summer! You could actually feel that what was occurring was the birth of something new. We were on the cusp, witnesses of God doing a brand new thing! In our active assembling what really resonated in my spirit, was that we were celebrating an end of a destructive relationship and applauding our friend’s fresh transition of stepping out on faith. We were spiritually looking forward with our dear friend to a better, more vibrant tomorrow! This was a very public acknowledgement that: You’ve survived a public humiliation and a broken heart but like a Phoenix here you stand! Now it’s time to move forward! Our presence and gifts applauded her resilience! But we knew in our heart of hearts that God had kept her safe and sane! We boldly declared with her that some relationships are toxic and staying in them serves no good purpose! God desires that we live in and with dignity! He’ll bring us through! And that we understand that there are soul ties and connections that will assuredly suffocate life and snuff out dreams. But with faith and the possibilities of hope we can all abound! This was a pivotal moment for all attendees. This was confirmation that fresh starts are possible and no it’s not easy! As gifts were opened several guests were prompted to openly share their personal victories, struggles and acknowledgements of God’s presence during some trying life episodes. The focus was about looking ahead to celebrating ordinary days with promising tomorrows.

You  too are not just a survivor, but an overcomer! Thank you Jesus!

Don’t you see friends, it’s time to change our gaze and realize peaceful safe havens, shore up our energy to scale and walk on new paths, witness new vistas and embrace new possibilities!   God will make the way, you first must make up your mind! I am thrilled about the anticipation of newness – assured in my heart of the new possibilities awaiting me and you! In my husband, Richard’s words:“Okay, possibilities, come on, I’m ready!” I pray your Easter week will resurrect new and great possibilities for you and all that concerns you! So the question remains, “Are you ready for the possibilities?”

Peace and Blessings,

Linda Mose Meadows:

http://blessednessofbelieving.blogspot.com/

https://blessedauthorlm.wordpress.com/

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

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