Photography by Linda Mose Meadows~“Chautauqua 2010”
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November 18th was my last post. I thought to myself, “What in the World!” This was the stark reality that I had fallen off my weekly blogging wagon. Sobering life events, heavy workloads, hurried weekends, and fatigue pulled me away from this joyful activity of recounting God’s goodness. But I’m feeling empowered, energetic and so much better! Thank God! I endeavor to get back in the saddle. Have you been there and done that? Allowed situations, cluttered thoughts, personalities to get in the way of your intended mission? Thank goodness that I hadn’t stopped writing all together, just not consistently blogging at my normal pace. But life can really drain and hinder progress if we aren’t alert! I wonder if our spirits shout, “Warning, warning alien experience ahead; do not yield!” What are the yardsticks that you use to measure your personal progressions? Your promising health prognosis, surviving the family dynamics, the accomplished work day rituals, the private victories, abounding the public hurdles, relief from the absence of the struggle, the long awaited promotion, the peace wrangled, the renewed confidence, the joy reborn? So many “yardsticks” to measure our lives! Thank goodness for restoration, today mine came in the form of a nap. Yesterday, it was concluding my season of working at the university. I am approaching a new season and concluding another. This is another transformative moment. It’s been a whirlwind of activities and if I hadn’t paid attention I would have missed out on my own milestones. What am I speaking about you wonder? It seems to me that often we are so busy living, being active that we miss out on the bigger picture, the important things of life.
Not too long ago I marveled at our friend’s awesome photography of the fall foliage with the beautiful blue sky of Virginia as the backdrop. It was an excellent photo; the leaves were a kaleidoscope of a splendid tapestry of Mother Nature’s colorful handy-work. Well Father Time stepped in and almost commandeered my window of opportunity to do as my friend and appreciate the wonderful of nature through my camera lens. In the nick of time the trees weren’t yet threadbare, a remnant of leaves remained. It taught me a real lesson of the importance in paying attention to the actual moments, people and activities that occupy the space I encompass. Let me encourage you friends not to loose focus by missing out on the presence of NOW- the present gifts of roaring laughter, completed assignments, scrumptious meals, connections with loved ones and answered prayers. Below are some photos and links of aha moments recently experienced that were surely yardsticks that measure the quality of my life and cause me to realize that I very much am alive and well. To God be the glory for his loving kindness and infinite wisdom. He has once again provided me a life line complete with His reservoir of love, life, hope and promise. Get your rest my friends, then get busy celebrating your life experiences, surely you to hold a divine yardstick. Remember God’s love is immeasurable!
SHARING SEVERAL OF MY YARDSTICKS OF GOD’S COMPLETE LOVE!
The love of family and friends gets us through the rough patches and gardens of life! This was a splendid Thanksgiving!
Photography by Linda Mose Meadows~“Hampton Leaves 2010”
Standing under the trees and walking through the fall leaves was truly a treat. My lunchtime walks are amazing! Witnessing this beauty was awe inspiring and to think the next day the weather drastically changed. The dramatic drop in temperature changed the landscape. What a difference a day makes.
Photography by Linda Mose Meadows~“Hampton Leaves 2 2010”
Creating a billboard in honor of my friend was the least I could do!
Writing for the International Review of African American Art about Chappelle Letman was such a joy. Finally he stood in our back door! His work was exhibited in Hampton, Va. He honored us with his presence and loving spirit! How wonderful! A remarkable sculptor with eyes of faith! http://www.values.com/your-billboards/3250
WE ARE CELEBRATING THE LAUNCHING OF EYES OF FAITH MAGAZINE TODAY!
Literally Making A Difference and Capturing the Goodness of God! Eyes of Faith Magazine published and launched by Richard D. Meadows, Jr. and Linda Mose Meadows
I had opportunity to see Jonathan Butler! I was pinching myself with other concert goers of The Dave Koz and Friends Christmas Concert held at the Ferguson Center for the Arts. What an amazing experience to see and actually chat with JONATHAN BUTLER! TRULY ANOINTED !Thank God for wonderful friends! This was a super duper Christmas gift!
We Need You Lord by Jonathan Butler
14For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15from whom his whole familya in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
20Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.
Revived & Overjoyed!
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 and Co-publisher of Eyes of Faith Magazine