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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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THE DUKE EXPERIENCE: WE WILL NOT CONCEDE DEFEAT!

Our beautiful 96 year old Grandmother, Ruth 

For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

2 Timothy 1:7 King James Version (KJV) 

 

 Our Grandparent’s beloved dog Duke,

looked just like this German Shepard!



Oh it was sheer pandemonium, I recall that hot summer Washington, DC afternoon vividly. Our summer playmates-the kids on the block were happily playing, laughing tossing and kicking the ball. Some were huddled together plotting their next fun activity. My brothers, cousins and I always seemed to be the magnet for that end of 18th Place, South East Street. This was a part of our annual summer ritual of converging at Granny and Grand Pop’s for the summer. We traveled with our mother from Buffalo, New York and my cousin’s generally arrived a week or so later from Fort Worth, Texas. Our parents would return home and we’d remain, the 7 cousins with our grandparents. This particular afternoon Granny stood at the screen door gazing out, probably “checking on us”, ensuring that our playful mischief was controlled. And I am sure she could see her little neighbor Grady from her view. He also stood on his porch peering out at the kids playing. He was the little brother which did not always comfortably fit in. His awkward moves and age prevented him from actively joining in. As I played in the distance with other kids I could see them both from my view and noted that the identical brick row houses allowed neighbors to also see other porches and the street clearly. I distinctly heard Grady yell in a distressed voice, “Duke is loose!” Once this vocal alarm registered, the screams of the children echoed terror! 

The platonic made for movie “kids playing in the street scene” was transformed in a flash! Kids ricocheted north, south, east and west on the street as Duke freely galloped past my grandmother, through the screen door and towards Grady! Grady moved swiftly, his little legs carried him off his porch and towards the wooded area behind the row of houses! It was a dramatic scene, his screaming, crying and running! His thoughts must have been swift! But thank God for diversion! His brothers, my brothers and cousin masterly distracted Duke in his hot pursuit of Grady. It’s a blur after that, but Duke was corralled, cut off at the pass and ran back towards Granny. Did I mention that Granny in a somewhat shrill voice called Duke to come back? That was not the trick! But Grady was not bitten, just shaken up.

This pure black German Shepard in appearance was massive and menacing from the moment I saw him! But he never snarled or barked at us or got aggressive. Now friends you might think that’s because he was familiar with us. And I’d have to argue that our acquaintance was only once a year. So the dog could have bypassed familiarity and claimed his territory! This was not the case.

Friends, Granny called Duke a puppy. This was funny to us, because his size belied infancy! Not only was he her puppy, he suffered from arthritis and moved as though he were in continued pain when he was indoors. Outdoors, he pranced, barked loudly and peered out the fence. Daily he needed assistance and if he wanted to walk up the stairs. Granny would push him from the rear with great determination up the basement steps. I share this with you in the wake of another daunting bombing which occurred during Boston Marathon. I began reflecting on fear before this terrible occurrence. And the coincidence is uncanny, that the media and our community is now openly discussing reborn fear possibly hindering our daily lives! Fear of continued destruction, fear of racial profiling, fear of a loss of life that we comfortably regard, fear of loosing our faith, fear of having no peace, and fear of _________     ( you fill it in)!

I realize that the Holy Spirit desires that I reflect and share my understanding of how fear can paralyze us. But I distinctly recall Bishop Bronner sharing during a bible study that fear is false evidence appearing real! Until then, never had I heard that truth, nor considered that fear is as real as we believe and experience it to be. Overcoming fear is a real possibility! There is power is changing our perspective, our way of thinking and operating! But what of the instance when the dog is chasing you? Now that’s real! Grady’s case is real, but the fact that Duke had some real physical limitations is surprising and factual. The big, bad Duke was frail on most days! If our play mates had only known, lived with Duke-they would have understood that his bark was really bigger than his bite. But only my immediate family knew that!  If only collectively as traumatized folks, we understood that our fearful states are meant to be short lived! So as our President Obama eloquently stated today at the Cathedral of The Holy Cross, “…we will pick ourselves up, we will keep going…we will run again!” Amen to President Obama for expressing our spirit’s sentiment!

Yes, there are instances where we will experience helplessness, tragedy and know it intimately. Possibly we’ll be badly injured, frightened and consumed by hurtful seasons! But thank you Jesus, that’s not the complete and accurate picture regarding our resilient spirits! The healing God of our ancestors, the loving God in us and endearing assistance of the divine Holy Spirit will save us! Be encouraged, be vigilant-go back to embracing life, run life’s marathons and intentionally celebrate moments of living with great purpose! The “Duke” experiences are false evidence appearing real! Thank God we will not concede defeat! 

We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. 

 We are perplexed, but not driven to despair.

(NLT) 2 Corinthians 4:8 

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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AMEN, IT’S A LITERARY BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION FOR: DESTINED TO RECEIVE! PUBLISHED: MARCH 10, 2013!

 

“Some things have to be believed to be seen.”
Mark Victor Hansen Motivational Speaker, Author (born 1948);

It’s a literary birthday season! Come on friends, join me and celebrate the birth and publication of my second devotional on March 10th, 2013 of: Destined To Receive, Reflections and Devotionals Celebrating the Love of God by Linda Mose Meadows. Admittedly I am giddy with sheer delight. God is faithful and truly I too am a witness and can attest to His presence. Yes, God’s loving presence that is apparent in our lives. My devotionals acknowledge that challenges never displace a divine agenda! Our faith will take us to marvelous and exciting destinations. I pray that just as you’ve embraced my first published devotional: The Blessedness of Believing A Devotional Journey of Life’s Lessons and God’s Promises-you’ll also receive this devotional with equal or greater enthusiasm. Like so many others you are welcome to request Destined to Receive at your local library, purchase it at our beloved CreateSpace.com, Barnes & Noble, Amazon.com, present it over and over as a timeless inspirational gift, chat about it with your book club buddies, reach for it from the shelves of your inspirational libraries, take it along and tuck it in your back packs, briefcases and tote bags-reach for it at that right “moment”, read it, love it, and connect/relate with the transparent sentiments of our humanity, our spirituality and reverence of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior! But more importantly rely on the Holy Spirit and relish the Holy Scripture! I am confident that these reflections and the Lord’s profound truths, will capture our hearts and stir our souls! This spiritual journey is personal but everyone is invited!

Destined to Receive:

Reflections and Devotionals

Celebrating the Love of

God [Paperback] By

Linda Mose Meadows

 
Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (March 10, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1482561832
  • ISBN-13: 978-1482561838

Revel in the knowledge that as believers of Christ Jesus you are destined to receive favor and privilege that pedigree and social status can’t garner? God, our Father allows us as benefactors in His Kingdom to partake in life anew! Living that encompasses having an unexplained peace, sustained joy and everlasting life not predicated on circumstance! And natural gifts do spill over in our life in unimaginable ways! But all of this requires embracing a lively hope. For many this sounds trite, like some spouted cliché, but the Good News is that the Holy Scripture acquaints us with the love of God. It’s an amazing love which points us in a mysterious, new direction-away from self reliance and bravado to reliance on our powerful God. With thanksgiving and holy boldness, we are encouraged to cultivate a life affirming relationship with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. The author: Linda Mose Meadows of Destined to Receive, Reflections and Devotionals Celebrating the Love of God recounts and celebrates life experiences, shared expressions, revelations and witnessed accounts that attest to God’s mercy, benevolent grace and desire to pour out more of his love and abundant blessings on his very own. With these transparent accounts, prayers, daily devotionals, earnest reflections and timely scriptures, readers are encouraged to inoculate their weary hearts and cluttered minds by applying the refreshing Gospel, believing by activating their faith and relishing that in due season, we are destined to receive the promises of God if we faint not!



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

EMBRACING SANKOFA, TAKE HEART & GIVE FLIGHT TO HOPE!

 
 Visited African American Art: Harlem Renaissance  Exhibit, Author Linda Mose Meadows standing in front of Sankofa Sculpture @ Mennello Museum of Art America (Orlando, FL.)
The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him.
The LORD is their strength, and he is the saving strength of his anointed.
Save thy people, and bless thine inheritance: feed them also, and lift them up for ever. Psalm 28:7-9
As I wrote in my 2013 “Intentional” Gratitude Journal this morning, I was prompted to chronicle what extraordinary sights, lively sounds, and engaging heart conversations that the preceding two days held. And then this morning in devotion and prayer I thought of the pewter cup my Mother had given Mike as a present. I believe she acquired this unique children’s cup from one of her many museum visits.  (It’s a keepsake now 🙂 some twenty plus years ago.  Imagine, he was a toddler and beginning to drink independently from his beloved multicolored “sippey” cup that rocked and wobbled when placed on a flat surface. I can still see him wide eyed, smiling, gazing at his coveted cup. But then he was given an upgrade of sorts. The upgrade was a single handle instead of two and heavy enough so that there was no spillage, unless deliberate!  The present of a heavy pewter cup could be easily gripped with toddler’s hands. This attractive pewter cup had the alphabet with the pronounced, raised block letters-A through Z.  Our son drank from that cup freely and began to demonstrate his preference-reaching for that cup more often instead of the “sippey” cup. My Mother and I enjoyed watching him freely reach for this prized possession. I’d like to think that as I recount the many gifts of gratitude-thanksgiving for the museum visits, impromptu breakfasts with friends, walks in the park, heavenly breezes and watching the neighborhood lakes rippling waters and experience Florida life, it’s all a gift from God like Mike’s Pewter cup. These experiences are new, but the old memories of our former life are very present. But I have to have a spirit that earnestly embraces and has a heart to not only celebrate today but reflect and learn from  yesterday’s seasons of hope, missed steps, blessings, some which seemingly slipped away, stamina regained, heart aches, hardships too-but resilience regained.
It’s no mistake, misnomer that our activities would include our touring the African American Art: Harlem Renaissance, Civil Rights Era & Beyond Exhibit at The Mennello Museum of Art located in Orlando, Florida. It wasn’t happenstance to exit the building and see the orange Sankofa sculpture. And in one of my favorite colors! It confirms for me that God orders our steps. I said to my husband, “Oh look that’s Sankofa, please take a photo of me standing next to this sculpture!” I reminded him of what I learned about Sankofa. And surely the Holy Ghost had a lesson in store for me as well. The  word  in the Akan language of Ghana means taking from the past what was good and bringing it into present- applying that knowledge/revelation to make progress moving in a positive direction. Learn more about this by visiting this website: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sankofa
Two of the Adinkra symbols in the Ghanaian culture which also express Sankofa are the heart and the bird:

 Return and get it, learn from the past
Sankofa Bird street painting in Kumasi, Ghana

So my friends, I believe that God desires us to take heart and give flight to hope, promise and possibility!  Surely the present issues of the day can’t be overlooked but there’s so much good in store for us! If only we  adopt an out look, a positive example provided made by our present and former elders, ( i.e. the Shunammite woman who said, “Everything is all right!” 2 Kings 4:26)- we are moving in a new direction. The way has been pointed out for us! Note that those words of  “Everything is alright!” spoken with conviction, spilled into the atmosphere during a most disparaging time. And if we believe in the midst of ____________ ( you fill in the blank) it will be alright! Why won’t it be just that, alright? Look back  like the Sankofa Bird and recount that our yesterday’s taught us many things, many life lessons with the heart and soul to move forward! Yes, to move forward with the knowledge that God is not a respecter of social status or pedigree!  We can confidently tuck those lessons in our heart, do a new thing in Him-the Almighty and take and learn from that which is beneficial and fear not. We have …. faith to see the impossible, faith to visualize, faith to yearn and hunger for anew, and faith to appreciate the manifestation! Stand on your spiritual tippey toes and see it. reach for it, grab it-awe there it is!

For God hath not given us the spirit of fear;
but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
2 Timothy 1:7
Lord thank you for the reminder of Sankofa! Like our Elders we too can drink from the spiritual cup of eternal life, fortified and be sustained because God is our help and our strength yesterday, today and tomorrow! Pass the cup y’all! Pass the love!
God’s Riches Blessings to You,
Linda Mose Meadows, Author of:
The Blessedness of Believing A Devotional Journey of Life’s Lessons and God’s Promises

THURS 09-13-12 (PT.II ) LINDA MOSE MEADOWS HOSTING LIBERATING TRUTH

  Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:2

 THURS 09-13-12 (PT.II ) LINDA MOSE MEADOWS HOSTING LIBERATING TRUTH

 Friends enjoy and listen in on the second of a two part series of :

 

LIBERATING TRUTH – “Part 2 – The Truth About My Recent Arrest” with Jill Capri-Simms, author and founder of Liberating Truth 

 Aired: Thursday, September 13, 2012

Guest Host: Inspirational Author~ Linda Mose Meadows, First Lady and member of St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church of Orlando, Orlando, FL

WOKB Gospel 1680AM, Orlando, FL or www.wokbradio.com 

Start Time: 6:15pm EST

End Time: 6:45pm EST 

 

 

Sharing With Great Joy,

Linda Mose Meadows, 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

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STRETCH, REACH & LEAP!

Take a leap of faith and trust you’ll land just where God intended.

Have a wonderful day!

Joshua 1:9

New International Version (NIV)

9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

Maybe it’s in the spirit of the 2012 Summer Olympians that I feel so encouraged! These stellar athletes marvelously challenged themselves as they competed for the coveted gold, silver and bronze medallions. They emotionally and physically prepared for grueling exercises-many had previously experienced rejection and defeat. But that was in the distant past, yesteryear! In the present they focused on the metes ahead. With dogged determination they swam, leaped, raced, hurled and dazzled spectators with fearless abandonment, so it seemed. I marveled at Gabby Douglas and so many other outstanding athletes’ grit and fortitude. It took endurance, great personal sacrifice and heart to compete. Well we too are competing daily, diligently staying afloat in a turmultuous, and often unrestrained world. Many of us are terribly challenged and feel the unspoken pressure with few coaches, mentors and team mates to cheer us on! But alas, we’ve got supernatural help that can lift us out of the muck and mire! No need to give up! We’ve got the Holy Ghost that not only protects us, but directs and speaks to us! Yes encourages us, pushes us to embrace a lively hope and to get moving! It’s almost like being a kid again and with our best friend telling us, speaking not so softly in ear shot, “You can make it!” And so we go for it! We dare to trust this divine unction and stretch, reach and leap further than we’ve ever imagined because we believe what our hearts-our spirit has received!

I pray this eloquent art perfectly signals for you too, that it’s time to look to the heavens, hear the voice of God, reach inward and move onward! It’s a spiritual, divine exercise of sorts.It requires trust and the act of gracefully flinging your spiritual arms (spiritual muscle), extending yourself, getting over self imposed restrictions and trusting that God has planted in your heart the desire to live-live with joy and great promise that it’s the Almighty that propels you, lifts you and most assuredly loves you (no matter how the competiton looks)! It’s your time to go for the gold! As my little cousin would say, “Grace, grace grace!”

Sharing in Faith,

Linda Mose Meadows, Inspirational Columnist and Inspirational Author of: The Blessedness of Believing A Devotional Journey of Life’s Lessons and God’s Promises

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PASSING ON THE VALUE OF: SHARING!

“Whatever we possess becomes of double value when we have the opportunity of sharing it with others.”

Jean-Nicolas Bouilly (1763-1842);

“Have you had a kindness shown? Pass it on; ‘Twas not given for thee alone, Pass it on;

Let it travel down the years, Let it wipe another’s tears, ‘Til in Heaven the deed appears – Pass it on. ”

Henry Burton (1840-1930);


 

I love, appreciate it and have a ball actively and creatively expressing my values and my belief systems on the website: Values.com, The Foundation for a Better Life. They have cleverly shared a myriad of values we hold deep in our hearts no matter our lineage. After visiting this website, I want to jump on the bandwagon and stretch my creative muscles. Their inspirational quotes, billboards, stories and photos cause me to ponder and wonder how I too will share important and enduring beliefs that sustain me and sometimes cause me to reflect with thanksgiving. Just like when I was a little girl, I believed everyone in the class should receive a Valentine’s Day card, cupcake or whatever my Mama provided me with to eagerly dole out.

I like to share and want others to play and participate in the game also. I am convinced that the creators of Values.com have the same mindset. Class can you say: In-clu-siv-ity? They have cleverly and thoughtfully provide a public invitation and a platform to tout the values we most treasure. Those treasured values our fore parents and life have instilled in us! And more importantly to pass them on! Values.com slogan is: “Values are worth more than when we pass them on!” And so my friends today that is the resounding theme, remembering the importance of stepping out and sharing. Yes, sharing in order to pass on the love, and not withhold encouragement! Join me in the fun of sharing, surprising yourselves and helping to make this world a better place and building a life of appreciation and delight in spite of _____________ ( you fill in the blank) and to just go on in faith and do the things which are a foundation for a better life!


Below are my “Value” creations of: excellence, inner vision, sharing, persistence and believe on Values.com. I am looking forward to seeing yours!


Values Sighting

http://www.values.com/pass-it-on-sightings/256-Atlanta


My plane landed at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport during the Easter Holiday to visit with my family. As I walked the concourse towards the Air Tran baggage claim, there I sighted the wonderful Values.com Excellence billboard with Jim Thorpe. At that moment I wished I had had my college aged son to take a photo of me smiling in front of the billboard and to chat with me about the many contributions Jim Thorpe (Native American) made as a stellar American football player, and as an outstanding Olympic athlete. I encourage others to learn more about Jim Thorpe, it will broaden your appreciation for this man’s character and his resolve in overcoming adversity.


 Inner Vision: Chappelle Letman: A remarkable sculptor with eyes of faith

http://www.values.com/your-billboards/3250-Chappelle-Letman-A-Remarkable-Sculptor-With-Eyes-Of-Faith-

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.

Sharing: Promoting Literacy The Power of Sharing One Good Book at A Time!

http://www.values.com/your-billboards/2763-Promoting-Literacy-The-Power-Of-Sharing-One-Good-Book-At-A-Time-

Inspirational Author Linda M. Meadows and her mother, Clarinda Mose knows the enjoyment and inspiration that reading brings. They agree that reading is fundamental. Mrs. Mose is a retired English Teacher, Education Administrator and former Literacy Volunteer. This mother daughter team continues to encourage reading by passing along great books, writing heartfelt messages and promoting the value of journaling. It’s a domino effect. Friends, family and acquaintances are passing the baton spreading the same joy of promoting literacy. Have you shared a good book today?

 Persistence: It’s An Awesome Character Trait!

http://www.values.com/your-billboards/8389-It-s-An-Awesome-Character-Trait-

My husband, Richard is the apple of my eye, that’s no secret. But, I am particularly delighted to share with others that he is a recent Seminarian and now graduate. Friends and family applaud this wonderful accomplishment. His grade school teacher told my mother-in-law that my husband was stubborn and then recounted that that was a good thing! I’d like to instead call his stubborn determination, persistence! I am so very pleased that he’s continuing in his dream of not only achieving scholarly pursuits, but also actively serving others in ministry and living out his dreams! He’s not timid about life. Congratulations!

Believe: Everything Is Possible to those who believe!

http://www.values.com/your-billboards/11149-Everything-Is-Possible-To-Those-Who-Believe-

Our beloved little Courtney demonstrates by his act of sheer determination that great outcomes result from perseverance and a heart dedicated to the cause. Believing is trans-formative my friends. Be encouraged put your faith into action.

 

Oops, I almost forgot all about this very important billboard tribute to my friend, Dr. Saundra Cherry and the historic James A. Fields House!  This was one of my first billboard attempts!

 

Passionate: He Captured her heart and she continued building a legacy!

http://www.values.com/your-billboards/3071-He-Captured-Her-Heart-And-She-Continued-Building-A-Historic-Legacy-

Dr. Saundra Cherry has gracefully embraced her late husband’s (Elder Greg Cherry) passion and dedication of preserving the noble legacy of James Apostle Fields (an ex-slave, educator, graduate of Hampton Normal & Agricultural Institute, legislator, attorney, and home owner where the first African American Hospital in Newport News existed). There is a continued need for the greater community to support this historic landmark. Dr. Cherry remains faithful and dedicated to the vision of preserving this historic landmark and museum located in Newport News, VA. Dr. Cherry believes that this mission is important to continue so that future generations can appreciate and celebrate the amazing life of James Apostle Fields. We’re extremely grateful for Elder Greg Cherry’s zeal and love for life, history, culture and the arts. We salute Dr. Saundra Cherry for continuing to build upon the legacy of a noble man. The James A. Fields House remains listed on the Virginia Landmark Register, the National Register of Historic Places, and the Virginia Civil War Trails. Museum visitors have a unique opportunity to experience firsthand what the turn of the century life resembled for African Americans living in in Newport News. We hope many more will follow Virginia’s trails leading to the James A. Fields House, embrace this passionate mission and support the vision!

 

Sharing With Great Joy,

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

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