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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/

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

Success At The Foul Line

Success At The Foul Line

 

Young man of Great Character!

Amazing, Allen Geui!

Often when I read something regarding scripture and history, I realize how much I’ve yet to learn! Good thing I am generally eager and hungry to learn more! I love interesting facts and am especially appreciative of those folks that love spouting little known facts and entertain us with those by the way conversations. The moment that revelation hits,  I envision my brain being like computer circuit board or better yet a tiny bud restored with the droplets of a new found, refreshing shower of rain! It’s time to contemplate new information, new thinking, brand spanking new information.   I am sure that there’s a fascinating reaction occurring, growth and nourishment are partnering for new found sustenance. That’s what I imagine folks! And so when I read this commentary regarding Luke 6:38 my spirit was marveling in an Ah ha moment!

Barnes’ Notes on the Bible

Good measure – They shall give you good measure, or “full” measure.

Pressed down – As figs or grapes might be, and thus many more might be put into the measure.

Shaken together – To make it more compact, and thus to give more.

Running over – So full that the measure would overflow.

Shall men give – This is said to be the reward of “giving” to the poor and needy; and the meaning is that   the man who is liberal will find others liberal to him in dealing with them, and when he is also in circumstances of want. A man who is himself kind to the poor – who has that “character” established – will find many who are ready to help “him”  abundantly when he is in want…

Into your bosom – That is, to you. The word “bosom” here has reference to a custom among Oriental nations  of making the bosom or front part of their garments large, so that articles could be carried in them, answering the purpose of our pockets. Compare Exodus 4:6-7; Proverbs 6:27; Ruth 3:15.

Reference re: << Luke 6:38 >> Barnes’ Notes on the Bible- Biblos , http://bible.cc/luke/6-38.htm

This scripture and the commentary are connecting beautifully with one of the kindest gestures I know and that is to share.  So there we have it, in our bosoms, our pockets, purses we can give and receive. Give what? Carry what? Provide what you ask?  Let me start by sharing an observation and asking you this question first? Can you imagine forking over 40k?   Yes, no not 40 dollars or 40 cents! But, giving $40,000? In this day and time with economic hardship lounging in our family rooms,  kicked back wearing our beloved overrun slippers! True we may not have that kind of money at our disposal but don’t let giving hinder that. Well many folks do it daily and don’t blink. It’s a known fact, that there are givers who enjoy doing so and are always encouraging others to jump on the band wagon. Collectively they galvanize their friends, create streams of giving, stroke checks or jump start foundations and off they go.Can you imagine in your best life having enough to share, no fanfare, just giving because it feels like the right thing to do? We are hard pressed on many days agonizing on how we’ll pay our electric bills and soaring cell phone bills. But whether we are clutching our purses or squeezing our hands tight change does happen. Just possibly not on our clocks. So if we embrace that philosophy we can give out of our need. What does the scripture encourage us to do:

“Give, and it will be given to you. They will pour into your lap a good measure–

pressed down, shaken together and running over. For by your standard of measure

it will be measured to you in return.”

Luke 6:38

You’ve heard spread the wealth and pass the potatoes. Ok I am being silly, but I believe that the importance of giving forward initiates that act. It becomes natural and like a domino effect.

 

Thank you Lord for one of the finest examples I recently learned of by way of the Compton Basketball star Allen Geui who dazzled his team mates, onlookers and others during a foul shooting contest that was designed to spark community support and provide college scholarships.

 

The contest’s creator’s intention was created to simply shine a positive light on Compton’s High School and dispel the negativity  felt regarding Compton’s youth and culture! Google his name and this  link: http://highschool.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=1237085  to learn about his star basketball shot! This young man will cause you to appreciate all the more the concept of carrying  plenty in your bosom and not withholding generosity to impact the lives of others for the good! So here we have it Allen Geui at the foul line, about to make a historic shot and change the complexion and dimension of true grit and character! He’s my designated poster person for CHARACTER!

 

Swish and there it is, no ordinary shot, no average basketball player! The successful basket is electrifying- the crowd is cheering,  the arena is erupting, the media is buzzing, camera’s flashing, college recruiter’s high fiving and the relatives beaming  and friends shouting with pride! Let’s not omit the oversized reward check earmarked for the winner! It was well earned  and Allen Geui’s for the taking. ( No haters need apply!) But the moment doesn’t conclude there! It wasn’t just about singing all the way to the bank. Instead of coveting this moment- the realization must have been birthed in his spirit to  embrace another possibility!  Out of his boom moment, his resolve, flowed a wealth of opportunities to carve out a  new path and stamp his signature on a new letterhead.

In a single moment and with a remarkable decision, the flood gates erupted and I am convinced heaven was applauding! I am not sure who ignited the compassion and heart for giving in Allen Geui; I am not sure if he fully contemplated the significance of his amazing generosity. But the evidence of it was clear with his insight to give, give what many of his classmates needed which was more than lip service about partnerships and team camaraderie; it was cash to attend their selected colleges!

Months after Geui collected his college scholarship winnings of $40,000, he wowed the contestants, several of which where his team mates by providing them with his total winnings.

 

Who does that! Oh my Lord doesn’t that just send chills down your spine?  He realized that his teammates desired to also attend college and many of them hadn’t received scholarships and were in need of the funds. No dollars, no college! He changed that! Talking about giving it forward – and men shall give unto your bosom. This occurrence is indeed awe inspiring, it smacks of the biblical era of pouring into the pouch, the bosom of another and  the recipient receiving the king’s reward, an overflow of the bounty! What an outstanding gift, both tangible and intangible. Allen’s giving will have a ripple effect for generations of Compton students to come! And I pray the world!

This young man has already received a college scholarship and I would not be surprised if this is just the tip of the iceberg for him. As the sower he’ll continue to reap a reward of magnitude proportions. His giving swells and spills over and touches countless others too many to know and too important to fathom. Just the act of standing at the foul line and including other contestants shouts winner! Let’s rally around this team captain! So the question remains, give what you ask? I say very easily- give your time, talent and certainly a few dollars to the almighty cause wouldn’t hurt! Just ask Allen he’s a young man with character and lots of ingenuity!

Prayer

Thank you Lord for the game changers in our lives that see beyond themselves reach into their pouches and  encourage us by their acts of giving to strive, live, to dream and to never ever abandon hope for our best days are in front of us! Often they give what we have no means of. Thank you Lord that they felt the tug on their hearts, provided the essential resources for our good! Remind us Lord to follow your lead and will, when it’s our turn to step forward  to the foul line and make  life changing baskets. We endeavor to begin living with greater hearts, integrity and  intentions of giving forward. Thank you for Lord for your marvelous love and your word that reminds us that: 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

We give all honor and glory to you and in your son Christ Jesus’ Name! Amen!

 

Sharing With Great Joy,

Linda Mose Meadows, Urban Views Weekly & Empower Magazine 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

http://blessednessofbelieving.blogspot.com/

https://blessedauthorlm.wordpress.com/

http://eyesoffaithmagazine.blogspot.com/






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