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

 

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

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

Destined to Receive:

Reflections and Devotionals

Celebrating the Love of

God [Paperback] By

Linda Mose Meadows

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

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



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

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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

HOPE, PREPARE, JOY, LOVE-IT’S THE SEASON OF ADVENT!

“Behold, the virgin shall become pregnant and give birth to a Son, and they shall call His name Emmanuel–which, when translated, means, God with us” (Matthew 1:23, AMP).

This beautiful banner hangs in the narthex of Christ Church Cathedral in Nassau, New Providence, The Bahamas! Not only was the church impressive, but the banner expressed perfectly the sentiment of this joyous season of ADVENT.
 
Lord, you bring light into our darkness.
 
My spirit says, “Yes!” “Thank you Lord for this wonderful Christmas Season!”
 
We express HOPE for the coming of our King, Jesus Christ!
We PREPARE with anticipation of being a part of a royal priesthood which saves us from a dismal and dreadful existence.
We understand that we have a safety net that cradles us from destruction and sin.
We experience and embrace a new JOY, a real and deep down JOY because our righteousness is made perfect in Christ.
 
And finally we can walk in and realize a life changing LOVE the empowers us to rejoice in the knowledge that God is with us!
 
Learn more and appreciate what the coming of Christ means for your life. There’s an interesting website which explains this Christian Season of Advent that I thought you’d appreciate: The Voice, Biblical and Theological Resources for Growing.
 
We are excited about the coming of Christ! Let’s celebrate and sing with thanksgiving. Daryl Coley and the Colorado Mass Choir featuring Gary Oliver encourage us to lift our voices and rejoice that the light of Jesus can surely dramatically alter, brighten our lives and remove the darkness of defeat! Declare with me friends that it’s a new season. Feel the flutter, our hearts are over come with glee as we give birth to our spiritual reawakening! Holy Ghost we know it’s you!
Lord we prepare for your coming!
 
Shared in 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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