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A HEART TO LOVE THEE

Love covers over all wrongs.

Proverbs 10:12

“Lord help me to have more compassion for others
and
not to only to be tolerant of some and
distant with others
but, to be loving
and
kind especially to those I have a struggle with.”

That’s what’s resonating in my spirit this afternoon friends. God knew that and blessed me with several e-messages.
Beliefnet has a very unique site which shares electronically empowering affirmations for your spiritual journeys, inclusive of a Prayer a Day. These prayers are timely!
I know it’s no coincidence, receiving a word in season!.
I am sure your concur, the Holy Spirit speaks and addresses our heart’s concerns? You are invited to also receive these spiritual nuggets, it’s yours for the asking. Simply visit the site and sign up for some very uplifting, edifying, reassuring and encouraging words (no matter your spiritual or religious beliefs). These words of wisdom and expressed love will cause you to wonder if the writers of these pieces hadn’t peaked into your thoughts or overheard your private conversations. Much of what is shared is divinely imparted, that I am convinced of. Here’s one such prayer that has spoken to my need and request:


A Heart to Love Thee

O Lord, who hast mercy upon all, take away from me my sins, and mercifully kindle in me the fire of thy Holy Spirit.Take away from me the heart of stone,and give me a heart of flesh,a heart to love and adore thee,a heart to delight in thee,to follow and to enjoy thee, for Christ’s sake.

– Ambrose of Milan (c. 339-97)

Friends, I trust you too may have a prayer regarding ( you fill in the blank) and really need the strength to love through it all? Let me encourage you, don’t become faint; stay strong-keep seeking and trusting, God will speak!

With Joy In Sharing,
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/

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/

MOVING TOWARDS OUR DESTINY WITH KNOWLEDGE THAT GOD’S GRACE IS SUFFICIENT

Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.
Romans 12:11
Moving towards our destiny with knowledge that God’s grace is sufficient! That’s what I’d sum up Prophetess Juanita’s message for me on Saturday. What an awesome surprise to witness Dr. Juanita Bynum at the Hampton University Convocation Saturday evening. So much has been said and reported about Dr. Juanita Bynum that the average person I am sure would not have been able to withstand that mental and physical pressure cooker experience she recently endured. In my estimation time has revealed an even more ardent warrior for winning souls for Christ.
She has spoken and it is evident that her spirit is resilient! Her sermonic messages and music indicate that her soul remains anchored in the Lord. Dr. Juanita Bynum has managed to beautifully handle the criticism, constant media bombardment and personal assaults and yes, the continuous scrutiny that was meant to harm her not help her. But God fights our battles and she remains truthful to her calling of empowering others through the gospel of Jesus Christ! She is our valiant poster person. She’s blessed and triumphant! My heart is glad about her ability to move ahead!
To God’s testament there she stood this past Saturday, pouring out her soul, espousing the attendees at the Hampton University Convention Center to trust God to take us through hurts and disappointments to the other side. It is true that our trials can be traumatic, but we don’t have to be strangled on defeat or die from them. Prophetess Juanita Bynum reinforced her teaching points with personal testimonies and the Holy Scripture to get the listener to understand and appreciate God’s plan and the necessity required in order to move from our brokenness to victorious living. She further demonstrated the importance of abandoning tradition mindsets that are steeped in religion and tradition. Instead she maintains that we understand our need should be to embrace spirituality rather than religion. Spirituality builds a solid relationship with the Lord. It’s a firsthand intimate knowledge of who we are in relationship to God. We can then move from strictly knowing Him as a distant father figure to the lifter of our souls, our heavenly “daddy.” He desires to loves us and covers us with his strong arm of protection!

Her teaching emphasized the importance of praying to the Lord and honestly sharing our hearts which usher us to a level of thanksgiving – with joyful praise and worship which makes the devil’s efforts of our demise, simply futile. The enemy and his agenda is impenetrable around and through God’s supernatural force field or as scripture reminds us is our hedge of protection. The enemy’s efforts are halted; he can’t ever enter the Holy of Holies.

I sensed that prophetic revelation occurring all the more on Saturday evening. It was such good spiritual food. Surely there was an awakening for the speaker and those who that evening who were witnesses to the goodness of the Lord. I appreciated that moment as I observed her genuinely interacting with the audience speaking prophetically about what sayeth the Lord. It was evident that her anointing is more powerful, urgent and honest!

Juanita Bynum has a timely word that reaches even further to those everyday folks like you and me that are challenged with the complexities of surviving in this age. I really appreciated when she shared that during her most turbulent time in her life, her beloved father-her “daddy” remained her cheerleader, her anchor and confidante. He reminded her to forgive, move beyond her depression, and remember her name!

My soul celebrated that occurrence. Isn’t that what God requires of us? God admonishes us to lean on him but be about His business of sharing the gospel? We must recall: we are accepted, his beloved children and to lean not on our own understanding, but instead to trust Him? Remember that we can take to heart that:
We are Adopted by God…. (Ephesians 1:5)

Have Access to God’s Grace….. (Ephesians 2:8+18)

We are Reconciled to God…. (Romans 5:10)

We’ve become a New Creature in Christ … (2 Corinthians 5:17)

We are Elected (saved)… (1 Peter 1:2)

We have Received an Anointing…. (1 John 2:27)
My soul was bulging with all of the rich revelation and sound knowledge that Dr. Bynum shared as she encouraged us not to be afraid and to embrace spirituality instead of religiosity. To honestly confess our shortcomings, but acknowledge God’s supremacy and magnificence. I particularly appreciated her warning us to stop judging those that aren’t the cookie cutter parishioners and to understand that their spirituality is a personal matter between them and God. She further encouraged us to move from despair to our destinies!
Juanita Bynum I thank you for freely sharing your gifts and providing ample manna from heaven through your anointed message! Yes, it was a heavenly banquet and friends you are invited to partake also. Good news Dr. Bynum will be returning to the Tidewater area on August 19th and 22, 2009. Visit her website to learn about this conference and other speaking engagements at:
Friends, I am sure she’ll be in your neck of the woods too!
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, Nov. 2007)http://blessednessofbelieving.blogspot.com/

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