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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

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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
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(Excerpt) Enhancing Our Spiritual Walk, Growing In Christ Through Embracing A Spirit of Expectation

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
 
Romans 15:13

This message was shared at Greater Works Christian Ministries, Church of God In Christ during their Annual Women’s Day on Sunday, December 9, 2012. Often we miss the move of God and abandon having a lively hope because we’re preoccupied. Inspirational Author, Linda Mose Meadows sheds light on the importance of embracing a spirit of expectation which is for the believer’s greater good, no matter the appearance nor situation. God knows the plans that He has for each of us, we are encouraged to expect the best and push towards reaching our hearts desire especially in the midst of life’s many challenges. Open your hearts and minds and claim what’s yours! God does reward those who have a heart to serve others. And most importantly trust that it’s all in His hands!


Praise Him, Praise Him!

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

IMMANUEL, THE GIFT THAT KEEPS ON GIVING!

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                      “The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son,

and they will call him Immanuel”–which means, “God with us.”

Matthew 1:23 New International Version

 It’s a magical time of year whether you reside in Suncity, South Africa; Tempee, Arizona; Vancouver, Canada or Buffalo, New York. It has not so much to do with the temperature, location, arid or blistering heat but everything to do with embarking upon another Holy Christmas season and freely receiving the ultimate gift of Jesus Christ, Immanuel. Truly it doesn’t get any better!

Oh come, Oh come Immanuel, we sang this song with such excitement. It seems at every turn there it was! Especially when Christmas caroling and then as a closing or an opening hymn during our Sunday worship services the message was clear it was about celebrating the birth of our Lord and Savior. And yes-proclaiming peace on earth and goodwill towards all! How we love baking our delectable cookies, trimming our trees and decorating our homes as we are singing happily Oh Come, Oh Come Immanuel!  Secular radio stations have even caught on and play it on R & B stations. It’s that miraculous, holy time of year and all can freely express that Immanuel means: “God with us!” Now that does give me a special reassuring comfort! What about you?

Our spirits can proclaim that God is with us in our unpredictable ups and downs; God is even there during the most perplexed life chapters! God is with us in our celebrations, as well as our silent seasons. Friends, believe that God is forever present!

 He is my loving God and my fortress, my stronghold and my deliverer, my shield, in whom I take refuge, who subdues peoples under me.

Psalm 144:2 NIV

 One of the absolute best Christmas gifts given to you was what? Something that made your heart skip a beat, a piece of clothing you felt you couldn’t do without? That art piece which absolutely tugged at your heart? Possibly it was a handmade creation, a treasured trinket, a one of a kind toy, the tin can of heavenly baked goodies, or the phone call from a friend you longed to reconnect with or was it the gathering of loved ones reminiscing and their laughter filling the room?  I don’t know? But I recall the Kodak slogan: “The gift that keeps on giving.” That’s the gift I truly long for! The material (admittedly) and but certainly the supernatural! It’s a spiritual re-gifting of sorts that provides all my friends and family with an infilling of love, peace and joy when the sweater is too snug and the goodies have been gobbled up. I AM with you gift, why not receive a living water gift that we didn’t have to be stampeded over during Black Friday or risk experiencing our computers being hacked into on Cyber Monday because we choose not to shop at the mall!

Are you in search of the perfect treasure to share? Imagine it’s already in your presence, in your spirit, in your speech, in your essence! It’s a thanksgiving, a spiritual rumbling, the voice within that is ignited in prayer which connects us with a divine source, Emmanuel-in us! Oh my friends it’s easier than reaching for the light switch! It’s forever with us! God is listening and awaiting the attentive, the loving, the longing you! The you with the hungry parched spirit! He’s awaiting your surrendered heart & soul! And does He ever have a heartfelt conversation for you!

It’s your call! Come timidly or boldly! Reach out to Him in a whispered petition, an audible plea, or maybe in a silent moment-sacred devotional, a broken bow, or an exhilarating breath, an utterance of: “Lord I know you are with me!” Come with a declaration: “Lord I am weak, worn-out and tried-but you are strong! Help me, save me, guide me!”

It’s the soul awakening moment that acknowledges that our God is all the present we need to share-we need to receive! Think of God’s love, His gift as a divine package that resembling ornate, stacked gift boxes containing a three in one blessing-the Father, Son (Jesus Christ) and Holy Ghost with instructions designed to propel, mend and sustain you! And the really good news is when we may not have an overflowing bank account or the energy to purchase gifts which will be long forgotten or appreciated, we can look to the hills from where our help comes from!

Let’s declare that Jesus Christ is the ultimate gift that can be had by all, no matter what’s in our Christmas Club Accounts! Be sure to include celebrating Jesus in your gift giving. Merry Christmas!

 “The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son,

and they will call him Immanuel”–which means, “God with us.”

Matthew 1:23 New International Version

  

Praise Him, Praise Him!

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

http://blessednessofbelieving.blogspot.com/ 

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http://eyesoffaithmagazine.blogspot.com/  

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

http://blessednessofbelieving.blogspot.com/

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http://eyesoffaithmagazine.blogspot.com/  

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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LET’S WALK IN THE LIGHT!

 Marina photo by Linda Mose Meadows of St. Petersburg, Florida
A kaleidoscope is a cylinder with mirrors containing loose, colored objects such as beads or pebbles and bits of glass. As the viewer looks into one end, light entering the other creates a colorful pattern, due to the reflection off of the mirrors. Coined in 1817 by Scottish inventor Sir David Brewster,[1] “kaleidoscope” is derived from the Ancient Greek καλός (kalos), “beautiful, beauty”,[2] εἶδος (eidos), “that which is seen: form, shape”[3] and σκοπέω (skopeō), “to look to, to examine”,[4] hence “observer of beautiful forms.” [5]
Just days ago while St. Petersburg,Florida I asked a dear friend Katherine if she enjoyed kaleidoscopes? I am sure it seemed like a quirky question to her but it was what popped into my mind. What prompted the question you wonder? My answer is that it must have been all that seemed to be happening in our midst, we were moving so quickly, but each occurrence left a memorable impression. It was one great blessed colorful layer upon another. The experiences were pronounced, vivid, colorful and lively. Here’s what I am referencing:
(i.e. Witnessing the uninhibited pelicans interfering with the fishermen’s space @ The Pier:
 
Possibly it was our walking past the majestic Banyan Tree after leaving the Fine Arts Museum:
 
Or maybe it was the street banners hanging celebrating Carter G. Woodson.
 Carter Godwin Woodson (December 19, 1875 – April 3, 1950)[1] was an African-American historian, author, journalist and the founder of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History. Woodson was one of the first scholars to study African American history. A founder of Journal of Negro History (now titled The Journal of African-American History), Dr. Woodson has been cited as the father of black history.[2]
 
The sight of the Miss Florida contestants (having many nationalities)and the little princesses, several of which were noticeably dark complexioned, made my heart leap with joy because this is now the great norm. Thank God! During my youth this diverse tierra wearing assembly didn’t generally occur publicly. Surely it was a celebration for me because my loved ones always realized and said so that beauty comes in all shades and sizes.  It warms my heart that little girls of color can see living, beautiful examples all around them. We continually believe in a world of inclusion:
Or it must have been Katherine’s alterations and outstanding couture designs
which were being donned throughout the pageant:
  
Countless other kaleidoscope excursions come to mind! I bet you have your own also?
Gosh, I haven’t owned a kaleidoscope since I was a little girl living in the “Fruit Belt” in Buffalo, New York. Mileka and I were life long friends and generally if she received a gift from her folks, so did I! I distinctly recall my kaleidoscope being a red cardboard cylinder filled with rattling pieces and curiosity got the best of me! I did as children often do and took it apart! You guessed it! With my juvenile ingenuity I could not reassemble what instantly had been demolished! My dissecting the kaleidoscope and pouring out the contents exposed the fragile contents and that was the end of that gift.
After pulling apart this handheld toy, there still remained a puzzle about how those few pieces of plastic and card board shapes could create such an array of attractive shapes and visions with each twist of the wrist. I had no appreciation of the collected: mirrors, the filtered light and reflections needed to complete this masterful creation. My reborn excitement has me in pursuit once again in my adult life of a kaleidoscope. There will be no need to examine it and obliterate its beauty.  It’s magical, almost mystical how threads, beads, shards of glass, colorful shapes are transformed into geometric masterpieces. Like our life experiences some of these moments cause us to gasp in amazement and marvel at the colorful personalities, experiences, sights and sounds which can delight and uplift our spirits. We are often twisted by life’s surprises, but thank God for His marvelous light.
My trip to St. Petersburg was really God’s way of framing a myriad of events that expressed the hallmark of his presence. The few aforementioned shared occurrences for me beautifully exemplify that His presence is inescapable!
Yes my friends, the Spirit of our living God dwells among us and His being is all around us. Scriptures can come to life! There is so much to be thankful for! And I felt compelled to remind you that in our simple abundance if we simply examine the layers of our days, then it’s not hard to acknowledge and see the evidence of our Lord and Savior. Come on and feel the rays- it’s alright to stop and appreciate life’s kaleidoscope!
Just take a look around! With new eyes-see, feel and marvel the warm rays of the true and transformative beautiful light!
 
I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living! Psalm 27:13 (ESV)
Joyful, Joyful,
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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ARE YOU READY FOR THE POSSIBILITIES

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“Optimism is the foundation of courage.”

Nicholas Murray Butler (1862-1947) Philosopher, Educator, Diplomat

Are you ready for the possibilities? No, it’s not just another cute cliché but for many of us, a very pertinent question. We are facing tough challenges, many of which are unspeakable.  And yes we are at the crossroads of life. It seems too costly, too time consuming for making decisions without first thinking things through. Not to mention we are tired of mistake after mistake. But stuff happens even with our best planning! Our Best plans can be consumed with the breakdown or dissolving of relationships, bumpy hurdles, mental/emotional fatigue and anguish by the cup full. Then it’s a battle against confusion ruling our thinking and earth shattering occurrences wrestling us continually. We are literally shifting our perspectives and modus operandi because of life’s uncertainties. These uncertainties with their deep rooted implications often impact us all spiritually, morally and ethically. The impact is often startling. It’s a dismantling that may forever change us. But, although it may feel like we are on shaky ground never to rebound–it’s just that a feeling! Lord knows we need to look upward and inward!

One of my favorite poets, Nathan Richardson posed the question that speaks of our willingness and readiness for change. It’s a barometer—our insight ( the indwelling Holy Spirit), a deep down mechanism that forecasts our being ready for all the possibilities of newness – new adventures, new thinking, new and positive relationships, new opportunities, and the plain newness of life! Yes, it’s vital to envision newness in the midst of chaos.

God promises that he’ll do a new thing in you and me! Thank goodness this promise is not predicated on circumstance.

Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert. Isaiah 43:19 KJV

Often we imply that we are ready for the possibilities, but we are not quite sure where to begin or which direction to move towards. The thing I know for sure is: we must place momentum and a resolute determination to get unstuck especially in our valley experiences. As Reverend William Feaster enjoys saying, “We must give feet to faith!” Yes, it’s imperative, we must initiate the spark! Let me share a wonderful moment which really clarifies this point.

We believed we’d come together for a house warming celebration, but God had so much more in store for us on Saturday afternoon. We entered the apartment complex’s Community Room with joy and anticipation. Our friend was a superb hostess that easily shared a heart of thanksgiving. The many guests bounced through the door each carrying a gift. The gifts opened revealed that they had been carefully and thoughtfully selected: lovely and ornately decorated ceramic canisters, a crystal platter etched with a swan, spunky kitchen and bath necessities and greeting cards filled with personal messages. It was Christmas in late summer! You could actually feel that what was occurring was the birth of something new. We were on the cusp, witnesses of God doing a brand new thing! In our active assembling what really resonated in my spirit, was that we were celebrating an end of a destructive relationship and applauding our friend’s fresh transition of stepping out on faith. We were spiritually looking forward with our dear friend to a better, more vibrant tomorrow! This was a very public acknowledgement that: You’ve survived a public humiliation and a broken heart but like a Phoenix here you stand! Now it’s time to move forward! Our presence and gifts applauded her resilience! But we knew in our heart of hearts that God had kept her safe and sane! We boldly declared with her that some relationships are toxic and staying in them serves no good purpose! God desires that we live in and with dignity! He’ll bring us through! And that we understand that there are soul ties and connections that will assuredly suffocate life and snuff out dreams. But with faith and the possibilities of hope we can all abound! This was a pivotal moment for all attendees. This was confirmation that fresh starts are possible and no it’s not easy! As gifts were opened several guests were prompted to openly share their personal victories, struggles and acknowledgements of God’s presence during some trying life episodes. The focus was about looking ahead to celebrating ordinary days with promising tomorrows.

You  too are not just a survivor, but an overcomer! Thank you Jesus!

Don’t you see friends, it’s time to change our gaze and realize peaceful safe havens, shore up our energy to scale and walk on new paths, witness new vistas and embrace new possibilities!   God will make the way, you first must make up your mind! I am thrilled about the anticipation of newness – assured in my heart of the new possibilities awaiting me and you! In my husband, Richard’s words:“Okay, possibilities, come on, I’m ready!” I pray your Easter week will resurrect new and great possibilities for you and all that concerns you! So the question remains, “Are you ready for the possibilities?”

Peace and Blessings,

Linda Mose Meadows:

http://blessednessofbelieving.blogspot.com/

https://blessedauthorlm.wordpress.com/

http://eyesoffaithmagazine.blogspot.com/ and the author of: The Blessedness of Believing: A Devotional Journey of Life’s Lessons and God’s Promises.

IT’S A HAPPY NEW YEAR LEARNING NEW HABITS!

I have seen you in the sanctuary and beheld your power and your glory.

Psalm 63:2 
New International Version (NIV)

It was amazing for me to witness how attentive the young college folks in my home were. It was Christmas break and they seemed to relax with the television on, lap tops plugged in and their smart phones in hand. They seemed hypnotized by one or the other, possibly mesmerized is more appropriate!

They huddled together and listened intently to the television and even commented in unison about the antics of several of the “stars” during a particular episode of some “Reality” show that I knew nothing of. I immediately wondered whose reality was this really? The star’s strained tones, always boisterous, obnoxious behavior and argumentative conversations were exhausting.

But my focus shifted from the tirades when women began to speak at length about making New Year’s Resolutions, now that got my immediate attention. Admittedly I am out of touch with the recent line-up with this new crop of celebs on these reality shows, but their over dramatic personalities and one sided perspectives appeared very loop-sided, self serving, slanted and greedy for the most part. But it’s not my call, not my “Reality” production, and certainly not my lifestyle being showcased. Let’s give each other a high five on that reality! But from what I could discern their rituals or habits have a lot to be desired. Maybe that was the fascination with why we watch these unscripted series. Or are they? But distinctly I heard (sensed their) preceived DEFEAT, with their pronouncements regarding and maintaining their New Year’s Resolutions.

Each person boldly shared with convincing gestures where they would and wouldn’t frequent, what they planned on acquiring and the things that they’d not tolerate anymore. But no sooner than those pronouncements spilled from their mouths they shared that they realized that their resolutions were already going to be short lived (just like the standard resolutions that so many of us make). Often it’s all for not. But I too have been there and done that! You know made an elaborate plan and strategy for the New Year which failed. So often we mean well, but our well planned out resolutions are short lived. Our stamina and commitment seems fleeting and we’re back to our old habits. The resolutions are gone bye-bye and generally don’t make it through the week. As we mature we dispense with this practice and it is back to business as usual! But something is really missing! Now I am trying to make no promises to myself or others that I sense are already futile. But I learned of a Divine source that pushes and prompts me! No resolution can do that! So after my good chuckle at the confusing reality show I realized that it was time to refocus, time to quiet myself, read , reflect, pray and get some spiritual direction. Is that you also? Later that morning I reached for a new addition to my inspirational library and read the following from Jesus Calling-Enjoying Peace in His Presence by Sarah Young.

“I WANT YOU TO LEARN A NEW HABIT.

Try saying, “I trust You, Jesus” in
response to whatever happens to you. If there is time to think about whom I am.  In all My Power and Glory; ponder also the depth and breadth of My Love for you. This simple practice will help you see me in every situation, acknowledging my sovereign control over the universe. When you view events from this perspective-through the Light of my universal Presence-fear loses its grip on you. Adverse circumstances become growth opportunities when you affirm your
trust in Me no matter what. You receive blessings gratefully, realizing they flow directly from My hand of grace. Your continual assertion of trusting Me will strengthen our relationship and keep you close to Me. Psalm 63:2; Isaiah 40:10-11; Psalm 139:7-10″


I have seen you in the sanctuary and beheld your power and your glory.
Psalm 63:2 (NIV)

See, the Sovereign LORD comes with power, and he rules with a mighty arm. See, his reward is with him, and his recompense accompanies him. He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young. Isaiah 40:10-11 (NIV)

Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, 10 even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast. Psalm 139:7-10 (NIV)

I suspect the Holy Spirit has also given you goose bumps. God is speaking to us! It’s clear why so many of our resolutions don’t make it out of the gate-our old habits win! These habits push God aside! We’ve overlooked the most crucial ingredient of getting in the habit of remembering and actively trusting Jehovah, our Author and Creator of the universe. He’s the very One-the I Am that has birthed our hopes, dreams and desires. There is no plan if God is not a part of it.
There can be no hope of getting through the tough obstacles if we’ve not carried the baton of faith, the powerful Holy Scripture in our hearts/minds and love for being a child of the most High God. We can’t make it and possibly believe that our natural stamina will sustain us in this world!
There’s nothing that can replace, refresh and restore us like Jesus! If you have one resolution let that be to learn a new habit of entrusting ourselves and all that concerns us to Jesus. Today friends, tell yourselves, your loved ones, and Him: “I trust you Lord! I am in your capable and wonderful care!” Now that’s a resolution that will remain, let’s get in the habit! Happy New Year everyone!

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
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IT’S TIME TO DO SOMETHING NEW!

“He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust; his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.” Psalm 91:4

I realize that it’s really no accident that often I catch television programming at the right time. A world series winning game, the NBA finals, and/or a PBS series may be airing and  is so riveting that it allows me stretch my outlook or provide me a brand new perspective on world events.  Not to mention some super duper sports events  is occuring that I would have hated to miss! So I knew it was surely providential that I witness the crowning of Miss Angola as Miss Universe and then later on check out America’s Got Talent on the internet and learn more about the winner and other contestants. You wonder the correlation? Well, I believe it has to do with celebrating the underdog or my inkling towards appreciating another one of  life’s lesson that in this life expecting the unexpected is the norm (at least for me). Sidebar: dealing with the unexpected gracefully is my challenge. It may irritate loved ones watching television with you, but it pays to channel surf-treats await us!

You never know what’s being broadcasted that was intended to delight and lift your spirit. It’s like being a little kid, you really don’t want to miss out!

I am sorry to learn about the most recent controversy with Miss Angola-Miss Universe. But it was indeed a celebratory moment seeing the crowning.

Today, I choose to focus on another winner of the 2011 America’s Got Talent Contest. There was an elephant in the room; it was so big, so obvious that it sat on the heads of the judges, especially the one who openly revealed that he believed that when he saw the contestant it was going to be a “total train wreck”. Mind you this was the furthest thing from the truth, but it was his belief system. The America’s Got Talent Judges had no clue what was about to occur. One particular judge openly had to recount and gobble each negative verbal morsel regarding what he said and believed. Contestant: Landau Eugene Murphy Jr.’s first taped audition was an eye opener and heart fixer regarding his passion and capabilities. God was in the details. His vocation and life style weren’t necessarily a hard luck story but one that was evidenced by humble beginnings for this 36 year old man. The Youtube video below contains all the ingredients about how folks can have it all wrong about your talent(s), skill set(s) and gift(s). Those authorized experts usually have a limited scope of knowledge about whom they are judging. Consequently the predictions are way off, they miss the mark and their forecasts are generally unfair. If we are not careful these pronouncements can color our thinking! But it’s a matter of whom we choose to believe. Thank God we do understand and are aware that our capabilities are innumerable.

 A break, a chance-that’s what we yearn for! Mr. Murphy beautifully has shown us that exposure and a leap of faith will unlock an armored door to phenomenal possibilities! He is our proof in the pudding that the world likes to rubber stamp and pigeon hole those that fit a stereotypical template. But these narrow minded individuals really don’t have a clue. Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. had the audacity to enjoy singing Frank Sinatra and dared to showcase an outstanding performance of  Sinatra’s signature songs. Mr. Murphy boldly elected to go against the grain of his contemporaries. He relinquished singing familiar pop culture lyrics with provocative dancers to win over the audience and judges. Oh my friends Landau confidently sang, took a great chance and soared with his musical rendition in the style of the master crooner Frank Sinatra. Frank Sinatra is not necessarily known, appreciated, nor admired by many young entertainers. But God!

The fact is: When we are stepping out on faith there is no need to be fearful, God had given us love and a sound mind! 2 Timothy 1:7

We are fearfully and wonderfully made, so when God gives us the courage to complete something, we shouldn’t hesitate. As Nike says, “Just do it!” Get moving! Psalm 139:14

We are God’s very own workmanship, unique-a splendid creation! Ephesians 2:10 and He knows the plans He has for us, end of subject! Jeremiah 29:11

So with those bold truths, the Holy Spirit gives us the muscle and stamina to handle the mundane things of life. It’s the humble, small things, the uneventful day to day grind that is required until our change occurs. And in our hearts if we hold fast and do not waver in faith, inevitably we’ll experience an awakening. No this awakening may not be a star stunned contract, but it won’t make us ashamed. We’ll see a shift, a divine and brilliant plan unfold.

The chief architect, Jehovah lays the landscape (with key personnel/advisors in place to assist us) and God gives us the desire to cultivate our gifts. We too realize that it’s urgent to get moving with deliberate action and in time, in due season our gifts will make room for us! Surely Landau knew in his heart what he deeply yearned for and I am confident that that must have been the spark needed to catapult him to an opportune destination towards his hearts desire. Before long he realized his dreams as winner of the 2011 America’s Got Talent. It took work and fortitude to get to this audition. I bet it was more that just buying a train ticket or hopping on the Greyhound or Mega Bus? It probably meant tremendous sacrifice. He detailed and washed cars for a living, so we know that his finances were meager.

Good news flash, it’s outdated history regardingf Landau washing cars for his living. I feel it in my spirit that he must have glimpsed a sweet taste of glory divine as he scrubbed the hubcaps, pushed through soap suds and hosed down countless cars. What remains in your view? Landau’s won America’s Got Talent 2011. We can win also! It starts with a renewed outlook! Oh friends God wants us to know that our future is before us! Hold on! Hold on to hope!

My friends, this stellar crooner can look back and not wonder how he made it through. Let’s salute him, applaud his tenacity and Thank God that he’s a modern day example of a possibility thinker with great faith! Praise God, praise God from whom all blessings flow! In his truth filled words, “It’s time to do something new and follow my dream!” Contestant:____________ ( fill in your name) your up!

  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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