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 Photography by Linda Meadows

February is rapidly fizzling out! The end of the month is in clear sight and I can’t help but smile and appreciate how powerfully enriching the time has been inclusive of some surprising events, the delicious chocolate candy, amazing flowers, kind gestures, disappointments and yes, unfortunate misunderstandings too. My heart is heavy regarding the latter, but that too is life! Adversity is also a gift and an opportunity to grow closer to God, reflect and move forward. The Holy Spirit is reminding us to take heart.

It’s no surprise that God speaks to us through common and uncommon occurrences. It’s the aha moments-the unplanned encounters, strangers that stand in the grocery lines burdened with heart matters that are revealed in conversation, catching a glimpse of blue jays fluttering in front of our windows, and the sweet breezes that brush across our temples as we’re fumbling with our keys. All of these moments offer great revelation. Oh it’s the unexpected reach, the welcomed hug, catchy lyrics that cause us to hum and sing along; that persistent friend’s text, prying acquaintances, ______(you fill in the blank), heartfelt prayers, timely scripture and when we least expect it-words on an arch way meant to lift you and change your outlook!

I am convinced that God is revealing His intentions for us and towards us! So it is no wonder that God’s presence was evident in Sunday’s worship service: The First Sunday of Lent~ Black History Month Celebration. I am convinced our eager hearts were like flood gates-expectant and receptive. There was a deep down joyful lesson to be had for each congregant. It wasn’t exclusive to just witnessing our youth reenactors of: James Weldon Johnson, Mae Jemison, Carter G. Woodson, Thurgood Marshall, Paul Robeson, Mary McCloud Bethune and The Rev. Nelson W. Pinder, but their messages were woven with a mandate for this present day! We were urged to maintain spiritual strength, resolve, stamina and courage. Each historic celebrant exhibited grace and courage. Listeners understood that we too should grab hold of these virtues. And then the spiritual gavel dropped, one of our youth read from the bulletin, Joshua 1:1-9


 1 After the death of Moses the servant of the LORD, the LORD said to Joshua son of Nun, Moses’ aide: 2 “Moses my servant is dead. Now then, you and all these people, get ready to cross the Jordan River into the land I am about to give to them—to the Israelites. 3 I will give you every place where you set your foot, as I promised Moses. 4 Your territory will extend from the desert to Lebanon, and from the great river, the Euphrates—all the Hittite country—to the Mediterranean Sea in the west. 5 No one will be able to stand against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you. 6 Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their ancestors to give them. 7 “Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. 8 Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. 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.”

It’s crystal clear now friends it was not just a Black History Program but an empowerment moment! Weren’t your spirits elevated by that powerfully enriching scripture? The assuredness that resonated from children as they read and sang Make Them Hear You truly struck a cord! Their presence and participation was evident that God is continually in our midst. Here are the lyrics you might wish to reference.

Make Them Hear You Go out and tell the story.

Let it echo far and wide Make them hear you.

Make them hear you.

How that justice was our battle and how justice was denied.

Make them hear you!

Make them hear you.

And say to those who blame us

For the way we chose to fight

That sometimes there are battles Which are more than black or white.

And I could not put down my sword When justice was my right.

Make them hear you.

Make them hear you.

My path may lead to heaven or hell

And God will say what’s best

But one thing he will never say Is that I went quietly to my rest.

Go out and tell our story

To your daughters and your sons

Make them hear you.

Make them hear you.

Proclaim it from your pulpit In your classroom with your pen

Teach every child to raise his voice

And then, my brothers, then Will justice be demanded By ten million righteous men.

Make them hear you.

Make them hear you.



 Oscar Robertson’s Crusade for Saving A Life!

 Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life,

 and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever. Psalm 23:6

Central Florida was all a buzz regarding the All Star Week’s festivities. One of the highlights of the week was the opportunity to meet and greet the legendary Big “O”, the history making basketball player Oscar Robertson! This wasn’t just about gaining Oscar’s signature on basketball memorabilia at the Draft Restaurant, but more importantly was a moment for attendees to gain community cancer education and awareness. Mr. Robertson was traveling with Dr. Vipul Patel, founder of Natalia Kapsalis Foundation headquartered in Celebration, Florida. Dr. Patel has performed over 5000 robotic prostatectomies and Oscar is a testament of this life saving surgery. Dr. Patel has honor of being the world’s most experienced robotic prostate surgeon and Oscar is a recipient of Dr. Patel’s expertise. Oscar didn’t tout about his stellar basketball career or even his Olympian win, nor his love for Indianapolis and helping to build homes for the underprivileged. Instead on this visit he choose to urge men, especially African American men to get their prostate exams and partner with The International Prostate Cancer Foundation to eradicate this disease.

Oscar Robertson has courageously battled stage four prostate cancer and won. He’s the one out of 6 men that beat the odds and desires that all men get examined and take their health concerns seriously. Did I mention that he’s also become a kidney donor for his daughter? That’s truly wonderful! He courageously building a platform for support and awareness, indeed he’s on a crusade for saving lives! Listen to Wisdom Watch interview on NPR at: http://www.npr.org/2012/02/23/147291133/nba-hall-of-famer-beats-prostate-cancer.

In Mr. Robertson’s words he “wishes all people would understand the ways of the world, make it a better place and understand that we aren’t going to be here forever.” We thank God for Oscar Robertson’s tenacity and courage!

It Just Gets Better!

She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come. Proverbs 31:25 It was meant to be that as the three of us departed the park, my Sister in Christ and dear friend Ronette and I would seemingly glance up simultaneously and see these neon words in bold letters: IT JUST GETS BETTER. Immediately I yelled, “Ricky please take our photo and be sure to get the words!” Jesus we receive that message! We looked at each other and began to simultaneously laugh with joy! We did a modest dance, but our joy was contagious! A soul train line would have really been fun.

Ronette’s prior visit to Florida had been cancelled and it was disappointing. We knew she’d get to Florida, just not now (or so we believed). Many years ago we created our itineraries which included Historic Eatonville’s Zora Festival ( wearing our wide brimmed hats), venturing to the beach (the Ocean was calling), and seeing Mickey as we enjoyed Orlando’s ambiance. Nice thought, but never imagining that Florida would become my home. (But God has the details all worked out!) January’s plans fell through with her visiting, but that wasn’t the end of the story!

God does expand our territories! It’s just often not on our time table or in our immediate view. (We do realize this lesson is bigger than friends traveling from one state to the next!) Many will concur that a break from the struggles isn’t going to occur. Before long we buy that bill of goods, and our heart’s desire is a far off dream-but apparently that’s the furthest thing from the truth.

Apparently there’s a new reality, a divine truth for all of us! Thank God! Thank you Jesus! With that knowledge our spirit’s neon sign should read: “LOOK AT GOD! LOOK UP AND ANTICIPATE HIS GOODNESS!”

It’s a fact there we stood @ Downtown Disney’s Board Walk sharing about our lives and how our friendship has endured the ups and down of life! And, yes once again God bypassed our forecasted planning, and planted her here for this time. Without a doubt it was a Divine undertaking and to say the least it was sheer thanksgiving. Like friends say, “You just don’t understand.”

So many other wonderful happening, events and tell tale signs that applauded milestones of trailblazers and our just having plain ole fun occurred. Friends, each instance had an undertone of “it” being a token for our good, “it” had a divine imprint that inferred this wasn’t our doing! We are grateful, and understand that as God expands our scope/ territories of life it’s surely His intention for our good. Relish that truth. Marvel and revel in God’s good pleasure for you and yours- know that His lessons are many, intentional; just have the courage and heart for the journey! Breathe; take it in, a fresh anointing, a new life’s chapter awaits you! Jesus knows! It’s your call to go on and love boldly and live passionately!

We really do long to hear your triumphant story! Hey who’s knocking? ”

Oh it’s the month of March, Come on in we’ve been waiting for you.”



Extremely Grateful, The Blessedness of Believing A Devotional Journey of Life’s Lessons and God’s Promises  by Linda Mose Meadows (Tate Publishing, Nov. 2007) http://blessednessofbelieving.blogspot.com/ https://blessedauthorlm.wordpress.com/ http://eyesoffaithmagazine.blogspot.com/

Thank you, emails are welcome: blessedbelievers1@yahoo.com


Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Philippians 4:8

 My parting words to my friend, Chappelle were “Keep your head up master sculptor! I love you!” The words master sculptor must have resonated in Chappelle’s spirit-I could feel the beams of his smile radiate through the cell phone. Surely this remark must have touched my friends’ heart, I meant what I said.

 That morning’s mission was to walk and purchase some additional hand soap. My dear friend phoned while I was perusing the isles of Dollar General for liquid soaps only (that’s what I told myself), but curiosity pulled me towards the house wares and whatever else caught my eye. When the cell phone rang I was glad that in this instance I remembered my one purchase pledge and answered the call. It was spontaneous, as soon as we heard each others voice joyous laughter ensued. We were having such a great time conversing I was oblivious to the other meandering customers. Their stares were my barometer for toning the laughter way down. I realized that I was having too much fun and speaking much too loudly for public surroundings, but I couldn’t resist. We began to talk and chuckle about many things. Laughter really erupted when he shared that his house seemed to be in worse shape after a certain cleaning crew arrived. Their house cleaning escapades were futile and down right comical! As the saying goes, “Busted!”  Chappelle knew their antics and hated reporting them, but oh well they were wrong for guising laziness as productivity. They tried to convince Chappelle otherwise. We laughed about these charades and concurred that his not having sight didn’t negate his intuitive nature and skills for divulging the truth.  

 But I suspect that the real objective of this conversation was to remind my friend that he is an accomplished artisan and more importantly that he is fearfully and wonderfully made. These revelatory words needed to fall on my own ears and transform my thinking. The Holy Spirit obviously wanted us to connect. It was a refreshing reminder about how the Lord has fashioned us.  Chatting on the cell phone-just enjoying the movement of walking and noticing the Christmas merchandise displayed much too soon, Chappelle said to me that this was a day for strolling and not falling for any foolishness.  He hit the nail on the head. In my spirit I wanted to take my time and not be anxious and that’s just what I intended on doing-strolling outdoors first, through the shopping center complex, then down the store isles, and back home from my morning walk.

 As I walked down the main thoroughfare it was also my intention to pay attention to my surroundings, to be appreciative of the moment and not hastily move. So initially I ventured up the street noticing what I believed was the frantic motorist’s intent on driving over top the other. It was comical, but sad how these hurried motorists deliberately were tailgating, almost rear ending and colliding. Continuing my walk I observed my neighbor’s overgrown and manicured landscapes with varying shades of green, and marveled at the variety of snaking flower vines that crept up the trees and hung heavily with the tree branches. There was no shortage of lush plant life. The scenery truly was beautiful! How I wished I had had my camera.

The sun shown brightly but didn’t scorch me and for that I was extremely pleased. It felt good to be free. It was indeed a nature day spa experience. It was rejuvenating, my soul’s muscles were flexing! I was able to breathe, stroll and witness nature’s glory! Oh how sweet it was my friends to be given the opportunity to applaud my surroundings and not be rude, rushed, mentally immobile, burdened down, pulled and consumed with worries!

I realize that now it’s our choice on how we choose to seize our moments, but it ain’t easy.  Yes, I meant ain’t! Feeling encouraged? I suspect there’s a heightened realization and we are more confident-hopeful, because our thinking and personal direction aren’t isolated regarding our capabilities. The more I’ve been able to actively carve out time to read God’s word, pray, focus and devote myself to staying connected to the tree of life- partaking in devotional enrichment, the slower my exhausting pace is and the more I appreciate my connection to our loving Savior Jesus Christ. I trust that you’ve found this to be accurate also? As Chappelle fittingly stated, “Linda, it’s a day for strolling!”

 Had Chappelle and I continued our conversation I would have enthusiastically encouraged him to stroll on to the library or venture on to his favorite bookstore and acquire this book on tape or in Braille: The Three Battlegrounds (An In-depth view of the three arenas of spiritual warfare, the mind, the church and heavenly places) by Francis Frangipane. I know, that I know that it was no coincidence that I’d rediscover a book that seemed to float from my inspirational shelf to my kitchen table and finally land on my “good intention” reading pile-grabbing my attention. This book has broadened my understanding of strongholds.  Just like Chappelle’s former house cleaners the enemy intends to dupe us regarding God’s intended plans for all that concerns us. But thank goodness that darkness can’t prevail! It’s clearer to me now that our clouded thinking, the roadblocks, mixed messages that intentionally halt and hurt are dangerous strongholds. But there is good news my friends, victory is attainable! Often the positive direction we long for can be found within arm’s reach.

 The power lies within us to seek out the truth and gain clarity about spiritual warfare maneuvers. Remember the spiritual battle we face will cause us to stumble and not stroll.

The demonic design is an arrangement to confound, distract and confuse us with contaminated thinking that diminishes our worth! But the truth about our royalty lies in God’s word. It starts with consulting the Holy Scripture and embracing the Lord’s instructions. Our shelves may also contain many spirit-led words that may help us gain new perspectives for more rewarding lives. Check out what’s in your midst. We can fight the good fight of faith and change our minds and hearts!   Think on the goodness of Jesus!

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Philippians 4:8

The Holy Spirit has charged us with fully embracing God’s promises for a rewarding life. Let’s begin to boldly and honestly examine our thinking and ask God to reveal what our strongholds are (i.e. envy, bitterness, depression, anger, procrastination, __________ fill in the blank, etc.) which hinder God’s perfect plan for us.  

Be assured that the love of God will turn the tide for abundant living with unsuspecting extraordinary outcomes.  Oh I am so grateful for God’s love and the depth of it that keeps us buoyant as we travel this earthly and spiritual plain.

Ok friends I am crossing the street now, headed home and will talk with you later. Remember think whatever you wish, just let it be lovely!   

With A Thankful Heart! 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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