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TRANSFORMATIVE YARDSTICKS!

Photography by Linda Mose Meadows~“Chautauqua 2010”

(yärd’stĭk’)
n. A graduated measuring stick one yard in length.
1. A test or standard used in measurement, comparison, or judgment. See synonyms at standard.
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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! 

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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

Ephesians 3
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

http://blessednessofbelieving.blogspot.com/

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CHAPPELLE LETMAN HAS INNER VISION

 

Photographer Don Snyder has beautifully captured Chappelle Letman’s creative essence in this picture!

“When there is no where else to turn, turn inward. Enter into the sacred silence of your soul and ask for healing, guidance and personal peace. ” Michaiel Bovenes (born 1963); Spiritual Empowerment Teacher, Professional Speaker

I am very pleased to introduce you to an outstanding man. He’s an amazing person that I am elated to call friend: Chappelle Letman. Our initial introduction occured when I was selected to become a contributing journalist for The International Review of African American Art. I quickly learned that this sculptor and visual artist was no ordinary man. Literally he walks by faith. This Spring 2010 Edition of The International Review of African American Art will include a glimpse Chappelle Letman and feature one of his select pieces of sculpture. I wanted to do more. I felt the urgency that there must be another way that would allow me to further contribute and share with others about this phenomenal artist. Values.com provided the perfect venue to share what my heart wished to convey about Chappelle’s humor, joy of living and deep abiding faith in God.

When viewing his art and conversing with him, it is evident that his inner vision and resolve push him to persevere as a visually challenged in a “sighted” world. What’s better than a billboard on the information highway-the internet? Values.com, Foundations For a Better Life is an inspirational website-one of my favorites which allows all of us to create an inspirational community billboard! ( Enjoy creating a billboard also! On the Home page, click on the red banner CREATE YOUR OWN BILLBOARD.) I knew of just the right photo of Chappelle. I contacted Greg McGrath at The Cleveland Sight Center, sharing my endeavors and then Don Snyder of Don Snyder Photography, Inc. requesting his permission for my use of his photos of Mr. Letman.

God answered my prayers; Mr. McGrath was enthusiastic about my project and Mr. Snyder graciously consented for my use of his Letman photos-for that I am grateful! And then I got busy creating!  The Holy Ghost spoke to my heart and here’s what I entitled the billboard and was prompted to write:

Chappelle Letman: A remarkable sculptor with eyes of faith.

 INNER VISION

 http://www.values.com/your_billboards/3250

“Mr. Chappelle Letman is a 21st century master sculptor, a true renaissance artist. Prior to losing his vision permanently in 1992 he worked in construction to supplement his income, this artist loved painting with oils which depicted nature scenes, cityscapes and people. Eight years later transitioning into a new reality of being visually challenged wasn’t necessarily easy for him. Mr. Letman recalled his loving mother’s promptings to excel and live his best life. She instilled wisdom and a sound work ethic which he continually exhibits. His spirit conveyed, “Don’t panic, have faith.” This life lesson carries over when he humbly encourages young artists challenged visually and physically to express themselves and not live by other’s dictates. He echoes, “Stay alert and use your instincts.” He uses his own words of wisdom which have prepared him for independence and creative expression. He’s surely humble, but no shrinking violet. His life skills coupled with California’s Sight Center instrumental instructions regarding technology devices and visual aids helped Chappelle Letman live life with dignity. His heart is open to God’s leading and his hands become the instrument for his creative expression which have been captured by the photographer Don Snyder. Art and healing is a phenomenal partnership. Chappelle Letman’s life is evidence that healing can occur if we remain open to what God reveals in our inner visions. He receives support and is in partnership with organizations that promote independence for the visually impaired: the Ohio Arts Council, the Cleveland Sight Center and Kentucky‘s American Printing House.”

We celebrate your inner vision Chappelle, your creative energy and most assuredly thank God for you beating the odds as you continually encourage our hearts!

Expressing Thanksgiving & Joy!

Linda Mose Meadows, Author & Inspirational Columnist:

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

http://blessednessofbelieving.blogspot.com/

https://blessedauthorlm.wordpress.com/

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