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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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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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WE ARE CONNECTED IN THE ROUGH TIMES

                     

Baltimore Mural: Photography by Linda Mose Meadows

“Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name. He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honor him. With long life will I satisfy him, and show him my salvation.” saith the Lord.

Psalm 91:14-16

I bet you had this happen? You’ve walked into or almost bumped into people conversing and in earshot could easily have joined the discussion.  You heard their exchange, but knew it was not the time to give your opinion. In those instances my friends would say, “Keep your twenty two cents to your self.”  That’s how much they valued your input. Well, I am sure this was the case, let me explain.  As I quickly walked by I witnessed it and heard it in her tone of voice, another woman, whom I concluded was the mother of a tall, handsome and athletic looking young man. I am sure he was a teenager, not totally focused on what was being said to him.  He wasn’t disrespectful just not responding in the manner I suspect his mother desired. They were in the store isle standing in front of the cereal boxes, she was stressing the importance of  selection and cost. I sensed there was a level of frustration that the adult really did not mean to make apparent.  Her comprehension of the high costs of food boomeranged in my spirit.  But it was evident to me there was more to the angst. I don’t believe it was so much about the sparse boxes of dry cereal with the exorbitant prices. I discerned that her pitch and tone may have had to do with what was or wasn’t occurring in their life. No, I’m not a psychic but I trust the Holy Ghost. (We don’t have a clue about the struggles and demands others face.) And I don’t claim to know her station in life; but am sure God meant for me to feel empathy and connect with them. My instincts were revved and I knew the immediate issue was what the son desired verses what was affordable. Not that long ago it was me standing in the isle sharing with my son about his wants surpassing his needs. (Lord knows I have been there! Some instances those moments return.)

Listening to their exchange I was yanked back in time when our tall son was in undergrad and my heart would skip a beat he phoned because in his tone of voice I could discern whether it was a distress call or otherwise.  His frantic undertone said, “I need assistance now!” Just listening to the mother’s undertone I felt the urgency to help her!  My mother instinct kicked in when I also heard his voice. He tried to mask it with a cordial Hi Mom!” but I knew better.

Eventually we’d get to the heart of the matter and I’d honor his request the way most of our parents do. And yes, I was prompted to assist this loving mother  and open my wallet not to boost about my charitable acts, but instead to demonstrate an active assurance that God’s heart and hands are open to her.

 “Thank you Lord God!”

[She] He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honor him. With long life will I satisfy him, and show him my salvation.” saith the Lord.

Psalm 91:15-16

I recall in that similar spirit chatting with my favorite Bank Manager to learn that her smile belied the apparent truth that her heart was very heavy about her husband’s third departure for serving in the military. I promised I’d pray for them.

“Lord keep us and protect us in Jesus’ Name. We need you and are counting on your infinite mercy and care! Thank you Father, thank you!”

 After leaving the bank/supermarket with a few grocery items that had shot up in price in a week’s time, I just shook my head in amazement. There was one more stop before going home. I drove to my neighborhood Shoe Repair Shop that had not been maintaining their usual business hours. I quickly ran in the shop surprised that the door was ajar and wondered why there had been a sign on the door with the handwritten words Closed for Several Weeks-what, why?

The young proprietor confessed in an apologetic tone that his family was facing difficulty and he now worked elsewhere during the day. He shared that financially they were having difficulty paying their mortgage and his elderly mother now covered the shop. This was a rough patch! Once again I knew well about mortgage woes. But, friends what really resonated in my spirit were when the young man said, “But it’s going to be all right I guess!”

Without a doubt these are some of the most difficult times that this many people have encountered collectively in a long while. It feels like more than a pinch, it’s often a strangle hold to stay afloat making our ends meet. Living in this world can be very hard! Yes, indeed it’s rough-it’s real, it’s personal hardships on an intimate level!

 As our elders would utter, “But God!”

Meaning; But for the love of God!

But for His unwavering provision!

But for His marvelous grace and sweet mercy! But for the beauty of God’s word which reminds us that His love abounds even in tough times! 

Imagine an abiding love for you-his children. A love not predicated on status, religion or pedigree. No matter the personal attacks, innuendos hurled and/or the tumultuous hardships experienced. We can count on God’s wonderful supply of protection, grace and evident mercy. Daily we can abide under His care: His Lordship! Wouldn’t you agree it’s comforting to realize this? His deliverance and most assuredly His love and shelter will protect us even in the rough places if we just stay connected.

Hang on friends and safely tuck in your heart the scripture:

“He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is [our] my refuge and [our] my fortress [our] my God in who I trust.” Psalm 91:1, 2

Finally be sure to reference on Youtube: Tonex, Kirk Franklin’s God Has Not Forgotten. Keep a melody under your caps.

Peace and God’s Abundant Blessings to You,
Linda Mose Meadows, author of:
The Blessedness of Believing
A Devotional Journey of Life’s and God’s Promises
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EYES OF FAITH WINTER 2010 MAGAZINE IS HERE!

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Living with Greater Intention was the title that emanated months ago when I began to think about our second edition of Eyes of Faith Magazine. I knew it was no accident because God was being busy conveying that message! When I read scripture, listened to NPR, spoke to students, glanced at highway billboards, stopped and listened closely to lyrics, read St. Augustine’s prayers, discovered an uplifting website, the “intentionality” for living faith filled lives and impacting others for greater good was there.

Prayers of Saint Augustine:
God of life, there are days when the burdens we carry chafe our shoulders and wear us down; when the road seems dreary and endless, the skies gray and threatening; when our lives have no music in them and our hearts are lonely, and our souls have lost their courage. Flood the path with light, we beseech you; turn our eyes to where the skies are full of promise.
(From Prayers of the Saints: An Inspired Collection of Holy Wisdom, ed. Woodeene Koenig-Bricker – San Francisco: Harper Collins, 1996)
http://www.wf-f.org/StAugustine.html

So I realized it was no mistake what God had planted in my spirit! When you think about all of the accomplished folks in your personal circles and in the world, what comes to mind about their character and calling? Is it their dogged persistence, their resolve that no matter what life flings their way it won’t hinder their mission? Is it their demeanor, faith, prayer life, outstanding creativity, insight, amazing, wisdom, wit, fortitude-what exactly is it? In my estimation it may be a combination of those traits! Certainly it’s personal, plain and simple! God has planted something deep down within them and it can’t be fettered. God has fashioned them to move from the fray, battle if they must but not wallow in the ashes of discontent, but to instead rise like a phoenix, hearts singed and surely better for the trial. Thank God for their fortitude and sticktoitiveness. Yes, it’s a blessed gift to live with greater intention.

So my friends without a doubt each of the selections you peruse in this second issue of Eyes of Faith Magazine know that the featured person’s life experience is verdant with promise and they are vigilant about their calls in life. We salute each of them for their wonderful endeavors. Learn of their passions and take heart as you too fix your gaze with eyes of faith. Go on and live life on purpose and with greater passion. We wish you God’s continued blessings now and in the coming year 2011.

Revived & Overjoyed!

Linda Mose Meadows, Urban Views Weekly Columnist and Inspirational Author of: The Blessedness of Believing A Devotional Journey of Life’s Lessons and God’s Promises and Co-publisher of Eyes of Faith Magazine

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DIGNITY INTACT: AN URBAN VIEWS WEEKLY: INSPIRATIONAL WEB EXTRA

“Trials, temptations, disappointments —

all these are helps instead of hindrances, if one uses them rightly.

They not only test the fiber of character but strengthen it…

Every trial endured and weathered in the right spirit

makes a soul nobler and stronger than it was before.”

James Buckham, writer

 

ENJOY THIS URBAN VIEWS INSPIRATIONAL

WEB EXTRA !

WRITTEN BY: LINDA MOSE MEADOWS

 

DIGNITY INTACT
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 21, 2010
http://urbanviewsweekly.com/?p=3280
 
Surely there will be instances when we stagger, stumble and fall! Life’s setbacks happen! But that’s never the end of the story. There is more living ahead for us. Dreams yet to be realized. With breathe in our bodies and a determined spirit we can dust ourselves off and keep moving. It may feel a little ackward getting back in stride, but we’ll surely gain momentum in time! God is at the helm! I believe you’ll laugh out loud and easily relate to this uplifting column found on the website entitled: Dignity Intact written for my Inspirational Column in Urban Views Weekly.
   
Remember our digity is intact, we will win!
 
Sharing in Faith, 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
http://blessednessofbelieving.blogspot.com/

WE HAVE THE CHOICE TO GRAB HOLD OF LIFE!

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Counting to Tar Beach: A Tar Beach Board Book: Faith Ringgold

 

 

 Urban Views Weekly

In Print & On-Line Friends,

Kindly Visit My Inspirational Column in Urban Views Weekly for :

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September 9, 2009

We Have the Choice to Grab Hold of Life! Pg. 8 http://urbanviewsweekly.va.newsmemory.com/

 

With you is the foundation of life; in your light we see light.

Psalm 36:9

 

Sharing in Faith, Linda Mose Meadows, Author & Columnist

The Blessedness of Believing

A Devotional Journey of Life’s Lessons and God’s Promises

 http://blessednessofbelieving.blogspot.com/

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