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APPRECIATING YOUR SIMPLE ABUNDANCE

Saturday, was another blessing from God. I had the opportunity to be invited as guest speaker during The Episcopal Church Women of the St. Augustine Episcopal Church’s 29th Annual Prayer Luncheon. I am so greatful for all the positive feedback and wonderful outpouring of love. It was evident from the comments and affirmation that God had touched our hearts and minds! Their theme was: Take Time to Smell The Roses and my addendum was: AKA Appreciating Your Simple Abundance.
I’ve commanded you to be strong and brave.
Don’t ever be afraid or discouraged !
I am the Lord your God, and I will be there to help you wherever you go.”
Joshua 1:9

In summation we are very busy living, too busy to smell roses and missing out on the big picture of life. Our homes , our sacred spaces are meant to be retreats and safe harbors where we dock our weary souls, tired minds, and our beleagures spirts when not another place will suffice. It’s good to have a place to rest and call home.We cherish our things and our stuff: artifacts, baskets, adornments, furnrnishing, but what’s residing in our hearts?

What’s in the corridors, the resesses of our hearts and minds- what comfortably is taking lodging at home in our hearts? These are the questions in my spirit, that cause me to reflect.
Could it be an umbrage, a resentment, a spirit of just not good enough, a buried hurt, a pain that we can’t shake? Are we being unloving or dissappointed by some life circumstance? Certainly I can’t act as though I am exempt. But hopefully a new resident has lodged in our hearts and is taking over: redemption and her children, thanksgiving and their offspring, joy and his cousins: love, adoration, celebration, forgiveness and grace?
What things are we passionate about? When do you feel most at home and who’s at the core- the center? Possibly you’ve invited Jesus!

Is anybody at home who really cares to take time and smell the roses? Well while we mull over that concern, enjoy Stephanie Miss singing Home:

In our desire to smell the roses and appreciate simple abundance let me encourage you to take inventory of your personal effects- reflect on God’s word ( find scriptures that line up with your personal effects):

  • Waxing /cleaning the floors-think about the Lord’s power and majesty (i.e. ThePsalm :5,6)
  • Communication/How we speak to each other/ God gives us clear instructions for powerful living.
  • Bags of potting soil-sowing good seeds-reap a harvest here in this life and the life to come.
  • Tool chests,with nails, hammers etc.: what relationships need to be repaired?
  • Baskest- what’s overflowing? Share your joy, your gifts, your peace, passions and time!
  • Shoes-give feet to faith! Get moving, believe and trust God to realize your dreams, your desires!
  • Dishes-what love are your serving up today?
  • Linens: be secure in God’s word! Wrap yourself up in them.
  • Music- what melody is playing in your heart?
  • Candles- we are the light of the world, we’re ambassadors for Christ!
  • Clothing-dress yourselves in the fruit of the spirit: joy, gentleness, love, meekness, peace, temperance etc.
  • Chest of drawers/dresser- what’s tucked away that needs to be pulled out and reexamined?
  • Curtains/Shades: pull back, lift up the shades and don’t be afraid to let the light of the Lord expose/ shine on the interiors of your lives.

REMEMBER! IT’S PRAYERS THAT:

Permeate the walls of our homes, prayers to the most high God that refresh our spirit and wash us brand new.

Make it tolerable to place keys in locked doors of life’s struggles that otherwise would have forever remained locked.

That cause us to love and celebrate home even with it’s imperfections.

That bathe the heart and soothe the weary for soul for just another stretch of this natural and spiritual journey.

Oh my friends, it’s a new season, its taking an honest look at our inventories and making us appreciate God/Jesus, our Lord and Savior, our relationships, nature, and the many blessings that are bestowed upon us and then it’s easy to smell the roses and appreciate the view!

From My Heart To Yours,

Linda Mose Meadows, Author
The Blessedness of Believing
A Devotional Journey of Life’s Lessons and God’s Promises
( Tate Publishing, Nov. 2007)

http://blessednessofbelieving.blogspot.com/

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LAUGHTER IS THE SUN….

“Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face.”
—Victor Hugo (1802-1885); poet, novelist, playwright
Foundation for a Better Life Quote of the Day March 16, 2009
I awoke early this morning to find that my husband was diligently writing his devotional: I Was Made for the Entire World to See . After reading it I felt like he had read my heart mail, my mind and sifted through my unspoken concerns. The words and sentiment he expressed was all mine. The Holy Ghost was right on target this morning. As I remained in bed, my prayers began to lift and then I recalled last night‘s dream of trying to convince my mother and grandmother to live with me instead of remaining “home.”


My plea was, “See it’s much too much snow and others had moved away, why not join them?” It’s really my heart’s desire that that occur along with several other family matters that are pressing me. It makes my heart anxious and my spirit down when I dwell on this. And then I remembered this wonderfully funny cartoon that Renita emailed. And sure enough the Better Life Foundation’s inspirational e-message stated that:

“Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face.”
—Victor Hugo (1802-1885); poet, novelist, playwright


It’s apparent that God is encouraging me to include laughter in my life! Could this also be your case? My spirit is wondering: “At this moment Lord?” “Laughter!” Friends, He’s spoken, “Yes right this minute!”

I believe God desires that we not only make a joyful noise, but have a content spirit and merry heart as He works things out on our behalf! Just for fun I searched laughter on blueletterbible.com and several scriptures were referenced:

Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning

and your joy to gloom.

James 4:9

Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy. Then it was said among the nations, “The Lord has done great things for them.”

Psalm 126:2

He will yet fill your mouth with laughter and your lips with shouts of joy.


Job 8:21


So, my friends I beleive that the lesson for today is: even in the midst of trials, testing’s, adversity, hardships, difficulties and misfortunes and uncertainties laughter is in order. Take a real good look; why it’s holding hands with joy! Yes; let the entire world see God’s glory in your laughter and in your heart just trust that the sun/SON (Christ Jesus) is shining on all that concerns you!

Written 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://www.blessednessofbelieving.blogspot.com/

TODAY’S PROMISE FROM THE BIBILE ~ JOHN 16:27

For the Father himself loveth you,

because ye have loved me, and have believed that I came out from God.

If you place your love and faith in the person and work of Christ Jesus, you are guaranteed the love of His Father. God does not turn away those who seek His Son. Rather, He will be faithful to reward every lover of His Son with life eternal and every spiritual blessing! Hallelujah!

Friends daily you can receive these wonderful promises clearly directed for our wellbeing , visit blueletterbible.com and sign up for these edifying messages and bask in God’s glow as you confidently reflect on His word! http://promises.blueletterbible.org/

Joyfully Sharing,
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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