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IT’S GOOD TO BE HOME!

moving van

Rickey greeting the Moving Van in New Haven

For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’ Jeremiah 29:11
July 1st we happily became residents of New Haven, Connecticut. Once my husband accepted a new ministry assignment as the 17th Rector of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church it seemed as though time had slowed down and we’d never get to our desired destination from Florida to the northeast “New England”. So many blessings, prophetic encouragements and prayers were sandwiched together; it was no doubt that we were headed in an amazing direction. We’d known the hard knocks-was well acquainted with ministry hurdles, understood the signals, experienced the many past life lessons, endured much and was once again extremely thankful for the divine progression.  Oh to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living! As I’ve heard it said and do enjoy repeating it also: “For real, for real!” moving to Connecticutwas another Jeremiah 29:11 confirmation!
‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’ Jeremiah 29:11
We acknowledged that we were not only transitioning regionally, but mentally and spiritually to a new place in our lives, a place we’d never frequented.  But never the less it was HOME! And, yes it’s refreshing!
Joy erupted as we eagerly embraced the realization that it was time to head north “back home”.   Back home to the changing seasons of the northeast and a familiar urbane social and cultural terrain. Oh friends it was time! I am sure that my soul acknowledged that. “Yes, it is time to experience God anew.”
And of course we arrived in New England before our belongings and daily counted down the days when our truck load of furnishings would arrive. The house had an empty hollow “house echoing sound” and that was very distracting. After 2 weeks it struck me how we had adapted to having fewer material possessions. It was a new rhythm. As is said, “We didn’t miss a beat!” We gleefully sat at the kitchen bar to eat our meals, smiling and had fun jockeying for the thrift store treasure of the chair with matching ottoman. If I wanted to languish outdoors I’d sit on the comfy furnishings on the backyard deck. And in that time our focus shifted from our stuff to learning about our “new” New England surroundings, becoming acquainted with members of the church, learning about the active ministry events, connecting with neighbors and making friends. And when the moving van finally did arrive I realized that we could make it with fewer treasures unpacked.  Exhaling, I acknowledged that there was no need to open each and every box and/or hang our entire art collection. Our focus and ministry direction has shifted beautifully!
Once again God has done exceedingly more than we could imagine. Hearts are receptive and the anointed works are blossoming. The past month’s activities have reflected unspeakable joy which is captured in the photos below. There is a joy that is assured that God has planted us here because…” our desires are in agreement with His thoughts for us.” 1 John 5:15.
welcome home
Joy is spilling over because it’s good to be home…..
I’ve begun to weekly volunteer at St. Luke’s Clothes Closet. I look forward to being there. Truly the selecting, folding, sorting and arranging puts a smile on my face and lifts my spirit when the community comes for free clothing and household items. I eagerly greet and interact with them and sometimes help them with hunting for particular items. Often a conversation ensues and I realize they are in need of much more than the tangible. A word from the Lord often brings an assurance and a relief that they’ve come to the right place. As they search for items God is extending a helping hand through our volunteer services. On one particular day, I noticed a little girl “helping” her Mommy shop and I discovered a pink jacket asked her Mommy if she could have it and the child’s expression was absolutely precious! Permission was granted for me to share and photograph this blessed moment. I trust you are also smiling! Joy is contagious!
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The doors of the church are open! St. Luke’s Services is indeed a beacon of hope in our community – lifting, feeding, edifying loving and sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I’d like to think that ministry is an action word!
clothes closet
Our beloved and devoted parishioner Edward F. Mapp, Business Manager of St. Luke’s Steel Band has music in his heart! St. Luke’s Steel Band ministers throughout New England and the surrounding states! These stellar musicians bring tremendous  joy wherever they travel and perform.
 steel drum
Morning Glory! Breakfast partners: the Community Soup Kitchen and St. Luke’s Episcopal Church serving our guests-the children of God of course! It’s a meal that is certainly appreciated!
 community Soup Kitchen
Partnering with the community for creative fun and cultural ministry opportunities is another demonstration of God at work. He gives us the energy, creativity and our heart’s desire and before long paths are crossed and the fruit of partnerships beautifully blossom (i.e. St. Luke’s parishioners, Shop & Save, New Haven Dept. Of Recreation, Yale Health Systems, Anthony Thompson, The Diaper Bank, Fish, New Haven Free Public Library Stetson Branch, Hon. Jacqueline James, Alderwoman Ward 3, Yale University’s Dwight Hall tutors) with far reaching effects. I realize this is just the start of good things to come! St. Luke’s ministry bounty and community outreach is truly growing! And clearly God is touching hearts and directing our path!
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Langston Hughes
I am sure you agree that it’s a wonderful season where faith is abounding, joy has erupted and we can’t help but, smile! Thank you Lord for all you are doing!
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Pastor Richard Meadows and Linda Mose Meadows, Inspirational Author
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) 

GOD HAS A PLAN FOR YOU! BLESSINGS TO OUR BELOVED MEN: A FATHER’S DAY TRIBUTE!

“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness”(2 Timothy 3:16-17)

‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’

Jeremiah 29:11 

Happy Father’s Day to all of the brothers, uncles, stepfathers, adopted Big Daddies and super fathers. You are our beloved men both young and old-standing in the gap for us: your children, loved ones and many others that depend and count on you!
Priceless is what you are! We cherish your loving guidance, coaching, strong silence, active participation, unique discipline, direction, no nonsense demeanor, humor, finances and constant prayers. Because God has fashioned you, we are confidently assured! There’s assurance that you’ll share your heart and be there to celebrate our accomplishments.
Yes, we know without a doubt that you like our Heavenly Father are a present help! Take a look in the mirror and confidently realize that you are an awesome help especially when we  are experiencing hardships, moments of being left out in the rain, waiting in the corridors confused, perplexed, and seemingly abandoned.

Thank you for providing the needed support and love on those countless occasions…

Like the countless nights you patiently sat between the door and the phone anticipating our return home; greeting us with a firm scolding.

When you gave your last few dollars, knowing full well a paycheck was weeks away;

When you told us so and reminded us that you weren’t surprised with the outcome;

When you planted that kissed on our foreheads, hugged our shoulders and encouraged us to be calm and not utter a word;

When we made that dreaded phone call and got a surprising conversation that changed our outlook and lifted our spirits;

When you sat on the floor with the other parents as we served you Peanut Stew and recited our poems;

When we felt embarrassed by your school visit, but later appreciated how you demonstrated your concern by your active involvement.

Oh the gratitude list grows moment by moment. You are doing an exemplary job! Thank you for being a steady stream, an anchor and our strength! We praise God for your wonderful presence. May you continue to follow the leading of the Holy Spirit! Remember God has a plan for you, the Holy Scripture says so!

 Enjoy your day and this virtual gift of this TD Jakes video. We love you truly, Happy Father’s Day!

 

TD Jakes Music Video”God Has a Plan for you”

Sharing With Great Joy,

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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SHARING A WONDERFUL “WOW MOMENT”: PUBLISHED IN THE INTERNATION REVIEW OF AFRICAN AMERICAN ART!

for subcription and art information visit :
THE INTERNATIONAL REVIEW OF AFRICAN AMERICAN ART
VOL. 23: NO. 1
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD,
“plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Jeremiah 29:11
New International Version (NIV)

 

 

 

Author, Linda Mose Meadows and son, Michael
Celebrating a “WOW Moment” on Youtube
Keep believing friends in unexpected blessings and brighter days on our horizons! This is no cliché, God does have great things in store for you and me. My YouTube video is a good news report; it’s my creative way of sharing my recent personal “wow moment”!

 

This “wow moment” is about my literary contribution and it being published in The International Review of African American Art Volume 23, No. 1, 2010 edition. My article is entitled: “Superior to Circumstance – The Splendor Within,” an “Art, Body and Soul” column on visually-impaired sculptor Chappelle Letman, pg 41.  Mr. Letman is an incredible artist and human being with resilient faith!
 
The icing on the cake was learning that my son, Michael is also sharing this testimony of how God will honor your heart’s desires. He’s a newly published journalist and has written about the renowned artist Samella Lewis. His column is entitled: Samella Lewis Visits The HU Museum pg. 50. The International Review of African American Art-Volume 23, No. 1 2010 Editor, Juliette Harris chose to place our columns in the same publication. Now that’s clearly how God orchestrates his blessings! He provides us with a universal testimony.
 

Art by Samella Lewis

 
I hope this news encourages you to stay the course and continue on your journeys, assured that God knows the plans He has for each of us, “plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11.
 
For the bible and our celebratory moments tells us so!
 
Expressing Thanksgiving & Joy!
Linda Mose Meadows, Author & Inspirational Columnist:
The Blessedness of Believing
A Devotional Journey of Life’s Lessons and God’s Promises

GOOGLE YOUR NAME!

 

“For I know the plans I have for you,” Declares the Lord,”plans to prosper you and not to harm you,
plan to give you hope and a future.”
 Jeremiah 29:11
 
 

 

Today friends that’s just what I did, google my name! Try it you’ll be amazed at what awaits you! Then I typed my name in the search box on YouTube to discover my reading , my poem Destiny by Linda Mose Meadows. This reading was at the Word4Word Anniversary celebration at Aroma’s Cafe in Newport News. Generally I enjoy writing devtionals, but since attending the Word4Word Open Mics I thought I’d attempt writing poetry. We were challenged to write about “destiny”. Look out Nikki, I am here!  (Nikki Giovani is one of my favorite poets 🙂 I’m having a wonderful time actively participating in my life friends! I thank God for the wonderful opportunities and celebrations that God brings my way! I pray that you too are embracing your destinies!

DESTINY
by Linda Mose Meadows

Sharing, Hearing what the Divine has pushed her to believe,
Struggling, falling, crawling, leaning, swaying
letting one cane fall softly to the warn carpet
she reaches for her prosthesis

Before long, standing prody and then comfortly moving toward her motorized chair
Destiny, delights in newly acquainted freedom
No containing her for another neighbor’s “dop-in” interrogation

“Energy to spare” is what rolls off wagging, jealous tongues
“She only got one good leg, why the others a stump!”
“She don’t sit still!”
Destiny chuckles in anticipation of
Bumpy, cracked sidewalks,
unaved roads, hard hats and Warning signs!
Secretly it’s a delicious challenege, reborn joy, deep down joy
She whisper,” How great thou art!”

Destny’s mind races
bygone days of dancing halls, reaching for bursting peaches and walking carefree
Kicking up some dust!

She is assured:

“Greater is He that is within me!”
“For I know the plans I have for you!”
“You are not forsaken!”
“Those He foreknew He foreloved!”

Destiny witnesses the bewilderig stares, ghalking, wondering:
“Where she headed?”
Smiling, eyes twinkling
Nods her heart answers,
“I am headed somewhere, the Lord knows!”

“I’m alive, I’m alive!” <>blockquote>

Shared In Love-Keep hope in yor hearts,
Linda Mose Meadow, Inspiratonal Columnist & Author:
The Blessedness of Believing A Devotional Journey of Life’s Lessons and God’s Promises
http://blessednessofbelieving.blogspot.com/

https://blessedauthorlm.wordpress.com/

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