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HAPPY NEW YEAR, A PRAYER FOR 2017!

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Our Grandfather Ellsworth Jackson age, 24

Happy New Year!!

Heavenly Father we thank you for allowing us see this year’s end and enter into a brand new day, a day that allows us to experience the start of a new year. We’re crossing over a brand new threshold filled with your possibilities and promises. We humbly come before you, like my Grandpop Ellsworth with his hat in hand! We too have hearts filled to the brim, with Thanksgiving for 2016’s peak and valley experiences. Surely it was because of your magnificence-your outstretched hand that kept us. God you allowed us to witness your love in action and to realize “an in-spite of” growth! Through life’s upsets we now have a new understanding that blessings delayed were and are not blessings denied! Thank you for the uncomfortable challenges, and adversity!  You taught us patience and provided us with your unmerited grace. Your love is our elixir. We appreciate that your will is done in our lives and in those that matter to us.Yes Lord we will rely on you! We entrust our lives to you and will not be afraid! Give us greater wisdom and joy for our 2017 journey. We seek you and your kingdom as we declare:The LORD is my light and my salvation– whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life– of whom shall I be afraid? No weapons formed against us will prosper! We decree that we are victors in Jesus’ mighty name. Amen.

Shared with a Transparent Heart,

Linda Mose Meadows, Author of the devotionals:

The Blessedness of Believing A Devotional Journey of Life’s Lessons and God’s Promises;

Destined to Receive, Reflections and Devotionals Celebrating The Love of God

AN UNFORGETTABLE VISIT AT THE SMITHSONIAN’S NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY & CULTURE

 

  


Charity Mason, our Grandfather Ellsworth Jackson’s Grandmother

I want to thank  Mr. Lonnie Bunch and the Smithsonian for the amazing cultural revival and historic celebration held on September 24th, 2016. I am still “full” from experiencing this powerfully enriching experience that was had not only with my son,  but with those that eagerly traveled the globe converging on The National Mall to commemorate this soul stirring event of opening of The National Museum of African American History and Culture. But let me share the remarkable moment had that day which really caught me and son, Michael by surprise! First was the gift of 2 admission passes from  a stranger who didn’t wish to stand in line-this timely gift rewarded us with no wait time in line and second was our seeing a photo of my beloved grand father’s (Ellsworth Jackson’s) grandmother Charity Mason. There she was on display inside the museum. It’s like seeing a friend in a public venue unexpectedly! Not sure who contributed our Grandma’s photo but I am thrilled they did!! My heart burst with joy, I am sure I kept repeating that was our grandmother and then I immediately phoned my mother to share the joyful news! This moment confirmed for me that we all are contributors in shaping America’s history. Thank you again Mr. Bunch and all those that created this amazing sacred space to share our truths and triumphs!!! It was a splendid day, Lord we thank You !!

Shared with a Transparent Heart,
Linda Mose Meadows, Author of the devotionals:
The Blessedness of Believing A Devotional Journey of Life’s Lessons and God’s Promises;
Destined to Receive, Reflections and Devotionals Celebrating The Love of God

REMEMBERING OUR AMAZING GRANDMOTHER’S LEGACY OF LOVE: EVELYN RUTH JACKSON

 

                                   Sunrise: January 5, 1917    Sunset: December 11, 2015


Monday, December 21, 2015

Fairhaven United Methodist Church

12801 Darnestown Road

Gaithersburg, Maryland 20878

Reverend Esther M. Holimon – Officiant

Reverend Dr. Gerard Green- Eulogist

  
January 5, 1917, in Montgomery CountyMaryland. She entered into eternal rest on Friday, December 11, 2015, in Conyers, Georgia.

Evelyn Ruth Jackson, was born to the late James and Essie Ricks Brown on January 5, 1917, in Montgomery County, Maryland. She entered into eternal rest on Friday, December 11, 2015, in Conyers,Georgia.

Evelyn Ruth was named for her aunt Evelyn Ricks Hallman. She was born in Montgomery County, Maryland but relocated toBuffalo, New York in 2003 to reside with her daughter. She later moved with her daughter to the Atlanta, Georgia vicinity.

Ruth received her education in Montgomery County, Maryland. Her passion was caring for others. Had her educational pursuits been fully realized, Ruth would have excelled as an exceptional medical nurse. She was married to her sweetheart, the late Ellsworth C. Jackson for 61 years. To that union was born three children; the late Calvin Eugene Jackson (Ret. Air Force), Clarinda Jackson Mose (Ret. Educator), and the late Kenneth Lee Jackson (Air Force veteran). She encouraged and was supportive of her loved ones in achieving their highest educational goals.

She was a beloved and active member of the Fairhaven UnitedMethodist Church community. She was a member of the Women’s Society for Christian Service (the predecessor of The United Methodist Women). She was a beloved resident for 18 years where she served as the Sunshine Chair of the Tenant Council of The Heritage House in Rockville, MarylandRuth was a past member of the planning committee for the Ricks-Green Family Reunion and was especially instrumental in championing civil causes with a far reaching positive impact (i.e. ensuring the preservation and authenticity of the structure of the Pleasant View Methodist Church, advocating for the upkeep of the surrounding grounds inclusive of the Pleasant View Cemetery and the enhancement of the structure of the historic two-room Quince Orchard School House, which is now a museum frequented by many). Her collective efforts, along with that of other dedicated family and friends, ultimately resulted in the inception of The Pleasant View Historic Site being placed on Maryland’s Historic Preservation Registry. This historic site leaves an invaluable treasure for future generations sojourning to Darnestown, Quince Orchard, and Gaithersburg, Maryland

Ruth’s active years she’d frequently be found providing a helping hand to family or sick neighbors who dubbed her as their “Angel.” Sunday meals were lovingly prepared replete with all the trimmings including her applesauce with cinnamon, piping hot coffee, and a lemon frosted cake, which was always served on her lovely China, anticipating the arrival of her beloved cousin Thompkins Hallman and other family and friends.

If you peeked in the kitchen on any given day you’d probably see Ruth wearing her neat apron baking her delicious Congo Bars from her sister Mabel Prather’s recipe, a sheet cake, or melt-in-your-mouth wonderful chocolate-chip walnut cookies, which she eagerly shared with friends and her broad circle of acquaintances. She brought many recipients great joy.

Ruth was known as a calming force and a true blessing to those she encountered. Often she became an advocate for those friends and family experiencing difficulties. Ruth enthusiastically assisted without hesitation. She was a beautiful, modest, unselfish, compassionate woman who constantly demonstrated love. To meet her was to love her.

Ruth’s knack for making others feel special was her trademark. She’d easily expressed sheer delight and gratitude towards those that visited her, phoned, sent greeting cards, and photos. She treasured that and they’d get tucked into her devotionals, phone books, Bibles, and photo albums. Often you’d see her enjoying them again, reading and commenting on how lovely each one was. When she received a bouquet of flowers from her grandson Eric she’d comment on the beauty of the arrangement and simply beam. When her grandchildren visited she was attentive and observant of each one. You may even hear her giggle and recount a great moment that was humorous. She wanted others to be happy and expressed that sentiment without reservation.

Ruth was an animal and nature lover. Her son Kenneth’s German Shepard was in her care and she labeled him as “Puppy” who was later arthritic and would sometimes sprint out the screen door chasing the neighborhood children who she believed taunted him behind the closed gate. Even Duke was exonerated in her eyes. In Ruth’s eyes even animals deserved kindness and consideration.

She exhibited pride in her work as a dedicated and competent domestic. She lovingly served The Robert Ostrosky Family and Dr. Julius and Mrs. Amsterdam for numerous years. Her work was not only exemplary but her temperament was seasoned with grace. Her prayers were realized in seeing her loved ones thriving, happy, and accomplished. She attested to God’s care and goodness towards all. One of Ruth’s favorite scriptures is I Corinthians 2:9 “Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard. Neither has entered into the heart of man the things that God has prepared for those who love him.” 

She leaves to cherish her memories her daughter, Clarinda Jackson Mose, of Lake Spivey, Georgia; nine grandchildren, Diane Powell, Carlton Jackson, Linda Mose Meadows (Richard), John Mose, Jr., Steven Mose (Zina), Eric Mose (Miranda), Kenneth Lee Jackson, Jr., Michael Jackson (Rachel), and Ryan Jackson (Mary Beth); twenty-one great-grandchildren; Brandon, Zachary, Yolanda, Rachel, Christian, Christina, Tiega, Amber, Michael, Mary, Taylor, Jaycina, Morgan (Jermaine), Geordan, Taylor, Kristina (Eric), Katrina, Malikah, Jibreel, Madison, and Mikayla; numerous great-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Mabel Bernice Prather (the late Watson) of Rockville, Maryland and Madeline Allen Washington of Silver Spring, Maryland;  sister–in-law Mary Brown; Godson Troy; and a host of other nieces, nephews, family, and friends. 

She was preceded in death by two brothers, Zetroe Hilary Brown and James Wallace Brown (Mary); four sisters, Estelle Celeste Summerour, Helen Lucille Lee (the late William), Emma Jackson (the late William), and Frances Edna Payne (the late Portney); and granddaughter Marjorie Martin.

We are so grateful for Granny’s legacy of love and our call to live in abundant appreciation of  it!

Shared with a Transparent Heart,

Linda Mose Meadows, Author of the devotionals:

The Blessedness of Believing A Devotional Journey of Life’s Lessons and God’s Promises;

Destined to Receive, Reflections and Devotionals Celebrating The Love of God

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LOVE HAS COME TO SEE ABOUT YOU!

 The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing. Zephaniah 3:17

  A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:34-35


My very good intentions were to arise at approximately 5:45 this morning test my glucose level, eat my breakfast complete with yummy egg whites, fruit medley, turkey sausage, and cereal as the songstress Jill Scott says, ” Beaming all the way” ready for an action packed Super Soul Sunday! Oh my friends, I had things to accomplish and folks to see, oh but all those plans were squelched when I sat on the side of our bed and hacked a succession of rowdy, nervy coughs! Clearly the nuisance of mere cold symptoms had elevated and comfortably made themselves at home within my throat and chest. I had been in semi denial, days before when it started as an irritating earache which I believed I had promptly dealt with, so I thought! But as I sat myself in our sun porch, pulled back the curtains and marveled at the streaming sunlight,witnessed the tree branches bowing to the majesty of the day,instantly the realization hit-this is where I’d be. I peered at my favorite mug half filled with lemon tea, flanked by cough medicine and throat lozenges and said to my self, ” You are going nowhere today!”


There was no doubt that I had a terrible cold and the symptoms of a sore throat, consistent “woof” coughing, scissor sharp “feeling”s when I swallowed all were evident that it was time to “give up the ghost” and succumb as Zora’s grandmotherly character might yell, “Set on (not sit) dawn (not down) sum (not some) were (not where)!”


Clearly, I understand now that this day has broader strokes than my immediate cold and flu symptoms. The Holy Spirit is active and alive, breathing and revealing new truths for our spiritual growth and enlightenment. I choose to believe this morning’s predicament is the perfect opportunity for God to demonstrates his love not only for me, but for all of us! We’ve all experienced what it is to be sick, to have to take a back seat to momentary interruptions in our lives, and the reality is the duration of  our  untimely “interruptions” is not for ours to determine. But it concludes when the symptoms are waning, when the antibiotic or natural remedy takes hold and it winds down and/or simply runs its course. For many it may not be a cold, or the flu, but a season of grief, a season of heartaches, unexpected setbacks, family misunderstandings, spiritual pain, physical ailments, abandonment-stuff and happenings that we have no recognition or name for! It’s present,in your face, just like these nasty cold symptoms. It’s no mistaking we get it-that “this thing” has a toehold on us and won’t let go!

Round Trip,  music by the incomparable Kirk Whalum

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Thank goodness for Kirk Whalum’s musical interlude and opportunity to exhale! In midst of what’s occuring there is good news-Ecclesiastes reminds us there is a time and season for everything. And if we faint not… if we just settle in our spirits that we may have to relent and take the ride, coast in the wind shear, listen to what God is sharing then we can safely take the round trip with Him! And I declare, just as my friend Sheri lovingly brought me a thoughtful-timely and unexpected care package, a gift of love & consideration to tackle my cold symptoms, God will do the same for you! 

Love will come, has come and will see about you! The gift will assure you that you are not on this trip alone! He’ll send his amazing agape, benevolent love to tend to you! Love that will come, anchor and lift you, soothe you, console you and wrap you-because that’s how dedicated He is towards you. So confidently be assured you belong to The LORD your God [who] is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing. Zephaniah 3:17.

 Cause He’s just that wonderful!

Shared with a Transparent Heart,

Linda Mose Meadows, Author of the devotionals:

The Blessedness of Believing A Devotional Journey of Life’s Lessons and God’s Promises;

Destined to Receive, Reflections and Devotionals Celebrating The Love of God

ICY CONDITIONS MAY EXIST!

image8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. 9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you. Philippians 4:8,9

“Flash freeze”, ever heard that phrase? I hadn’t but I am well acquainted now!  Just yesterday I experienced the scariest fall ever. Right there in front of our own front door Mother Nature had created an undisguised ice rink. Saturday I hadn’t been privy to that evening’s weather forecast of the impending, fierce icy conditions, day long rain, chilly air, plummeting temps and terrible driving conditions. But thank God when my tumbling ensued I was layered and dressed for wintry weather just naive regarding the hazardous conditions. Off we were to Sunday Worship–I pushed my way happily out the door knowing that my family was following suit. Literally It felt as though I was bouncing happily, anticipating the day. And as soon as I stepped out the door, no further than the landing, my balance was immediately off. Ever been there, startled and (you fill in the blank)?  It felt weird, strange not to be steady on a foundation that was familiar, level, concrete. Mentally I am still trying to collect my thoughts about the awkwardness of it all and how my sure steps were compromised. I recall that it was all happening so quickly, my tumbling down, slip sliding, grasping for security, grabbing at air-gasping in horror, legs tangled, gliding down one step at a time, all uncontrollable. This moment felt shocking, humiliating, publicly becoming disheveled and finally managing to get up! Instinctively I uttered, “I’m alright!”  Was I really?

And so a day later I am resting, recouping and achy but relieved! As I scroll through Facebook marveling at my friends entries, appreciating amazing art, gazing at photos of beautiful culinary treats, shaking my head at the outrageous public antics and then I see  it-pause to read Philippians 4:8, and understand that’s God’s words are my divine safety net in the midst of all the Facebook entries! It was like a”flash freeze” moment! And for a split second I knew those words were for me, for me not focus on the fall,and who may or may not have witnessed its impact, but instead to celebrate my getting up-rebounding and shaking off all the hazardous “what ifs” when icy conditions may exist!

8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. 9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.

The fact is that my body is sore from the fall but thankfully the impact of yesterday’s fall only left me mildly shaken, nothing extreme, nothing deadly! Friends truly I appreciate God cushioning my fall and allowing me to be transparent. I tried to brace myself, grab hold of the metal railing with no success and hindsight says, that was indeed fortunate. No concussion, missing teeth, broken limbs and busted lips. i survived I bet my fall was minor in comparison to what you’ve survived!  We do know about some rough patches don’t we!

Life’s moments can beat you down and tear you up! They may leave you “jacked-up”!  But thank God It’s only temporary!  The odds are with us that we will experience some unforeseen mishaps, collisions and/or occurrences but I choose to believe that God will reveal his goodness even when it hurts! He does care for you, Think about how it was evident during what seemed like a most unlikely time in your life! This too is another trans formative season. If you have’t experienced it– just you wait and see!

Oh but you will bounce back and the scars may or may not be visible. But your resilient spirit will assure you that your faith in God has strengthened you! And the bottom line is we’ll know and the NaySayers will have to also admit God is a keeper.And in the meantime while you are moving through life re-energized and possibly wobbling read Philippians 4:4

“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. 8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. 9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice.And the God of peace will be with you.”

Friends go on and trust Jesus, there is no need be overly preoccupied about the icy conditions, the Lord is faithful!

Shared with a Transparent Heart,

Linda Mose Meadows, Author of the devotionals:

The Blessedness of Believing A Devotional Journey of Life’s Lessons and God’s Promises;

Destined to Receive, Reflections and Devotionals Celebrating The Love of God

http://blessednessofbelieving.blogspot.com/

https://blessedauthorlm.wordpress.com/

ALL THINGS OLD ARE NEW AGAIN!

My friend Erica, her daughter is the photographer 

 

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come:  [a]            The old has gone, the new is here! 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NIV)

 Don’t you just love this expressive artwork? Well I sure do! My friend Erica and her 11 year old daughter (the photographer) have really captured the vintage feel in this upbeat piece of 21st century iphone photography. It’s my idea of Nuevo art photography in black and white. It’s perfect for Pinterest board!

I absolutely giggle when I see this photo. Although it’s 2013 we seemed to be instantly transported in time. The polka dots, the cap sleeves, perfectly styled hairdo, not a strand out of place and possibly the eye wear, 1960’s all over.

Erica has done it again and inspired me to explore some bygone days and beautifully triggered some fond childhood memories which causes me to reminisce and say,”Oh yeah I remember when_____________!”

“Oh yeah I remember that time when penny candy was plentiful and a dime’s worth of peach stones or red hot dollars was enough to share with half the kids on our (neighborhood) “fruit belt” block.”

How I recall my Grand Mama Rita pressing (hot combing) and curling my hair and my dreading when comb was placed on the edges! Dixie Peach or Royal Crown hair grease were the reliable products to help straighten our hair. And as if we were seated at the kitchen table sharing a piece of cake, I blurt out, “Oh yeah do you remember our Aunt’s and mother’s being dressed to the “nines” in their couture Butterick and McCall creations? And if they had no pattern on hand, that did not halt their creative juices. Many of them created and designed their own tailored patterns from brown paper bags. They got busy transforming that favorite piece of fabric on their overworked Singer sewing machines. Before long they’d emerge in a fine creation, knowing full well that their outfit was a one of a kind!!

“Oh yeah I remember our eating Jiffy Popcorn (popped on the stove top, being careful not burn it) and watching comedy television shows like: I Love Lucy, Red Skelton, and Flip Wilson which were regular family friendly moments. We’d huddled together, watch television intently,laughing at the many hilarious antics. No it was not high definition but reliable black and white television.”

 “Oh yeah I remember that time when home baked birthday cakes, delicious varieties of sugar cookies and creamy ice cream were regular treats.” My Mama baked the buttery cookies and  biscuits, Sarah baked the divine “scratch” three layer cakes and we churned the strawberry ice cream.

“Oh yeah I remember that after my chores were completed, running down the flight of stairs to play outside, staying away from home for hours of fun, always with the expectation of “checking in” and being on the downstairs porch when the street lights came on. And my brothers and I better had stuck with the plan.”

But like, Fred Hammond has written all things new arise!

All Things New

Performed by- Fred Hammond

Album– Speak Those Things:POL Chapter 3

 You spoke and made the sunrise, to light up the very first day

You breathed across the water, and started the very first wave
It was You
You introduced Your glory, to every living creature on earth
And they started singing, the first song to ever be heard
They sang for You
You make all things new
You make all things new
Then the world was broken, fallen and battered and scarred
You took the hopeless, the life, wasted, ruined and marred
And made it new
You make all things new
You make all things new
You redeem and You transform
You renew and You restore
You make all things new
You make all things new
And forever we will watch and worship You
You turn winter into spring
You take every living thing
And You breathe Your breath of life into it over and over again
You make the sunrise, day after day after day
But there’s a morning coming, when old things will all pass away
And everyone will see
You make all things new
You make all things new
Come redeem and come transform
Come renew and come restore
You make all things new
You make all things new
And forever we will watch and worship You
Now and forever You are making all things new
You’re making all things new
Hallelujah…

Album- Speak Those Things:POL Chapter 3

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This eloquent lyricist was not referencing how convenient foods replace home baked goodies, or running for blocks to inform our mothers of our whereabouts and now instead of that exercise attaching the cell phone with tracking systems to keep up with loved ones is the way. And instead of transforming fabric on sewing machines into articles of fine clothing, is now bypassed with a quick trip to the outlet mall for trendy purchases. And the way we now view our favorite shows is not only on televisions with three channels but on all kinds of electronic computerized devices (i.e. iphones, notebooks, and laptops). I am sure you’d agree that there are so many more conveniences for fast paced living that I haven’t mentioned. But that’s not the “new”, I am confident that the Holy Ghost desires we focus on. Instead our “new” is referencing the sacred-eternal things which have lasting promise!

  See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. (NIV)

Isaiah 43:19

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For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland. (NLT) Isaiah 43:19

It’s as though the Holy Ghost has partnered with Erica and her, daughter, used their clever creativity to remind and help us to understand that all things old are new again because the things we treasure dearly have returned. Our focus has returned to a renaissance, a yearning for getting back to basics. What is that you wonder?  I believe it’s an  appreciation for “good living”, a simpler lifestyle reinforcing our need for God, promoting a nourished spirit, embracing our purpose, intentionally living with hope and promise, loving and celebrating our family and friends, incorporating a prayerful/peaceful existence, and acknowledging our reverence for a living triune God that keeps us, heals us and provides for us in an ever turbulent world. It’s a divine drawing inward, that dare not rely on outward-temporal things of this life. It’s a hope reborn reinforced by the word of God and love of Jesus!

Friends, it’s what our ancestor referred to when they spoke about seeing the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living!  Getting back to our true selves you wonder? Yes! I contend it’s as fresh and sassy as Erica’s “Nuevo” style and artwork! Why it’s the Nuema, the breathe and spirit of God that is the wind beneath our wings!

 Do you not know?

    Have you not heard?

The Lord is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
and his understanding no one can fathom.
He gives strength to the weary
and increases the power of the weak.
Even youths grow tired and weary,
and young men stumble and fall;
 but those who hope in the Lord
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.

Isaiah 40:28-31

This is the real deal, the truth that we hold dear, the life sustaining word of God! The word-old, new, tried and true!

Shared in Love, Linda Mose Meadows; Blogger, Motivational Speaker and Inspirational Author of: Destined To Receive: Reflections and Devotionals Celebrating The Love of God (Createspace, 2013) and Blessedness of Believing A Devotional Journey of Life’s Lessons and God’s Promises (Tate Publishing, 2007)

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REMEMBERING HIS BENEFITS

Bless the Lord, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless his holy name!
Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits.
It’s just that simple friends, as April and I concurred, trouble does happen in our lives but we must remember who’s in charge. If we only remember God’s benefits it puts everything we are experiencing in perspective. God’s wonderful benefits give us new lyrics to sing. We’ll make up a song and probably clap off beat but its ok! His divine benefits cause us to witness generosity, “Blessings” on a brand new level. Our personal canvas of experiences change dramatically in scope, hue and meaning! Unexpected blessings can be so exhilarating, reassuring –it’s evident that God’s got our lives cradled in His care. We understand fully whose we are! I’ve wanted to share our good news and capture the highlights of August but didn’t quite know how I’d present this. Hopefully you’ll be encouraged in your daily circumstances [the good and the ugly] that God’s in complete control. You may wonder, but really it’s the truth. This month has been particularly trying but we’ve had numerous rainbows streak across our lives, so instead of writing multiple posts I decided to instead share several celebratory moments this that felt like I was riding my bike one hand holding the handle and the other out stretched having fun and giggling for real! Each moment caused me to acknowledge God’s infinite goodness and say in my spirit, “Lord, look at you!” Let me present my thanks giving list:

1. Our Grandmother Ruth’s visit to Virginia was God sent. She’s a beautiful 93 years old and is extremely vibrant. Flew on the plane to get here! She arrived smiling and happy! She loved all our gestures and wasn’t short complements. I felt so honored and blessed to have her in our midst! Ricky and Mike were amazing as they also help care for Granny. We were a genuine “home team”! She audibly reminded me that it was good that we loved each other and how important family is. Granny was funny at times when she asserted her independence; she had to chuckle at her own aha moments remarking “I know, I know, I have to do what I can for myself.” Immediately I understood and kissed her on her cheek and provided her with the space she needed. Family members visited from Maryland and it was an instant joyous family reunion. With Granny’s visit appreciation and love were overflowing!

2. Rediscovering one of my past birthday presents: Inner Simplicity: 100 Ways to Regain Peace and Nourish Your Soul by Elaine St. James (Paperback – Apr 20, 1995) was a good thing! There it was in arms reach and I had tucked it away and pulled it out as though I knew what I reaching for! All I can think is that God obviously knew what I needed at the time! It was to take time to begin again to appreciate my surroundings, my life and my recent life lessons-all of them. It’s a perfect little read, not preachy but wonderfully written in series of writings that can be grasped n a few moments. The writings are absolute jewels that cause us to get back to basics and appreciate ourselves, our spirits and our time. Her writing on “Remembering” caused me to stop and appreciate the present and focus on one thing at a time. My spirit was obliged for my acknowledging what was occurring right then and there. The jacket cover alone say: stop, slow down take time and get refueled! Thank you Ms. St. James for aiding us with uncluttering and distressing our spirits with refreshing alternatives!

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3. Sometimes we’ve got to see things for ourselves and often when this happens it’s an eye popping experience which causes us to smile broadly and say, “Oh my goodness!” This is one of those “for real, for real” occasions’ friends! Oh I just love sharing this! Our son, Michael was a participant as a Summer Intern for the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc. to say we were thrilled is an understatement. He was assigned to work with VA. Congressman Bobby Scott’s Office where he learned and experienced invaluable lessons for leadership development and serving in government. It was also a great learning experience for me as a parent. Thank goodness for http://www.cbcfinc.org/ I appreciated the CBCF‘s mission and efforts immensely. Our son was one of the fine students which debuted in the September issues of JET and EBONY Magazine with several other HBCU College students. He shared with us that as a summer 2010 intern for the Congressional Black Caucus they were selected for Ebony Magazine’s educational issue with President Obama gracing their cover. Several of the brightest and best young people had the distinct and blessed opportunity to reflect and share solutions for addressing today’s pressing issues faced by this nation and the President of the United States The “IF You Were President” scenarios and difficult questions presented to The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc.’s , Summer Congressional Interns make readers proud! Here indeed was another golden opportunity for these sharp minds to offer new insight and perspectives on change for the better. Guess what? When I visit my local grocery store, stop in airport news stand, or purchase a newspaper or book from my favourite bookstore, Ebony Magazine’s September issue is on the same shelves. I couldn’t have imagined that this summer internship would have harvested such awesome opportunities for all of these young HBCU students! Lord I just can’t thank you enough! Lesson learned: God can do so much more than you could ask or think of!

 

4. Passionate Genealogist, Professor Drusilla Pair will help you scale your family tree and have you yearning to learn more about your ancestry. Stellar Poet and Consultant, Nathan Richardson will cause you to reminisce and appreciate with longing your family gatherings of yesteryear. His superb poetry and literary works are just are fascinating.

After a while whatever you love doing will mushroom and a light beam will spotlight your efforts. It requires love, commitment and passionate dedication. It’s just that simple. These two friends were recently on WHRO’s Another View (Aug. 16, 2010 http://www.anotherview.tv/, their passion is evident! Enjoy their celebration of Genealogy! The Television Show Times will be as follows: Friday, August 20 at 9P on WHRO-TV. It will repeat on Sunday, August 22 at 3:30P, and again on Tuesday, August 24 at 10:30P. It will also air on WHRO World, channel 107 on Cox, on Monday, August 23 at 5P and Wednesday, August 25 at 5:30P. Kudos goes to WHRO for shining the spotlight on two jewels in the Hampton Roads Community.

Finally, be encourage to toll the bell and shout, “Hey very good work-well done!” Sometimes it’s not just about us, it’s our ability to applaud others- pat them on the back and witness the evidence God’s grace. It’s a blessing being actively involved in the cheering squad too! Behold God’s infinite blessings are all around us! Remember share the good and excellent news, seek out your passion and I declare good things, yes great things and unexpected joys will overtake you!

Join me in being a witness that God’s benefits are abundant! Amen y’all! Amen!
It’s A Wonderful Day!
Sharing in Faith, 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

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