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HAPPY NEW YEAR, A PRAYER FOR 2017!

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Our Grandfather Ellsworth Jackson age, 24

Happy New Year!!

Heavenly Father we thank you for allowing us see this year’s end and enter into a brand new day, a day that allows us to experience the start of a new year. We’re crossing over a brand new threshold filled with your possibilities and promises. We humbly come before you, like my Grandpop Ellsworth with his hat in hand! We too have hearts filled to the brim, with Thanksgiving for 2016’s peak and valley experiences. Surely it was because of your magnificence-your outstretched hand that kept us. God you allowed us to witness your love in action and to realize “an in-spite of” growth! Through life’s upsets we now have a new understanding that blessings delayed were and are not blessings denied! Thank you for the uncomfortable challenges, and adversity!  You taught us patience and provided us with your unmerited grace. Your love is our elixir. We appreciate that your will is done in our lives and in those that matter to us.Yes Lord we will rely on you! We entrust our lives to you and will not be afraid! Give us greater wisdom and joy for our 2017 journey. We seek you and your kingdom as we declare:The LORD is my light and my salvation– whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life– of whom shall I be afraid? No weapons formed against us will prosper! We decree that we are victors in Jesus’ mighty name. Amen.

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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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

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

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/ 

https://blessedauthorlm.wordpress.com/

http://eyesoffaithmagazine.blogspot.com/  

Success At The Foul Line

Success At The Foul Line

 

Young man of Great Character!

Amazing, Allen Geui!

Often when I read something regarding scripture and history, I realize how much I’ve yet to learn! Good thing I am generally eager and hungry to learn more! I love interesting facts and am especially appreciative of those folks that love spouting little known facts and entertain us with those by the way conversations. The moment that revelation hits,  I envision my brain being like computer circuit board or better yet a tiny bud restored with the droplets of a new found, refreshing shower of rain! It’s time to contemplate new information, new thinking, brand spanking new information.   I am sure that there’s a fascinating reaction occurring, growth and nourishment are partnering for new found sustenance. That’s what I imagine folks! And so when I read this commentary regarding Luke 6:38 my spirit was marveling in an Ah ha moment!

Barnes’ Notes on the Bible

Good measure – They shall give you good measure, or “full” measure.

Pressed down – As figs or grapes might be, and thus many more might be put into the measure.

Shaken together – To make it more compact, and thus to give more.

Running over – So full that the measure would overflow.

Shall men give – This is said to be the reward of “giving” to the poor and needy; and the meaning is that   the man who is liberal will find others liberal to him in dealing with them, and when he is also in circumstances of want. A man who is himself kind to the poor – who has that “character” established – will find many who are ready to help “him”  abundantly when he is in want…

Into your bosom – That is, to you. The word “bosom” here has reference to a custom among Oriental nations  of making the bosom or front part of their garments large, so that articles could be carried in them, answering the purpose of our pockets. Compare Exodus 4:6-7; Proverbs 6:27; Ruth 3:15.

Reference re: << Luke 6:38 >> Barnes’ Notes on the Bible- Biblos , http://bible.cc/luke/6-38.htm

This scripture and the commentary are connecting beautifully with one of the kindest gestures I know and that is to share.  So there we have it, in our bosoms, our pockets, purses we can give and receive. Give what? Carry what? Provide what you ask?  Let me start by sharing an observation and asking you this question first? Can you imagine forking over 40k?   Yes, no not 40 dollars or 40 cents! But, giving $40,000? In this day and time with economic hardship lounging in our family rooms,  kicked back wearing our beloved overrun slippers! True we may not have that kind of money at our disposal but don’t let giving hinder that. Well many folks do it daily and don’t blink. It’s a known fact, that there are givers who enjoy doing so and are always encouraging others to jump on the band wagon. Collectively they galvanize their friends, create streams of giving, stroke checks or jump start foundations and off they go.Can you imagine in your best life having enough to share, no fanfare, just giving because it feels like the right thing to do? We are hard pressed on many days agonizing on how we’ll pay our electric bills and soaring cell phone bills. But whether we are clutching our purses or squeezing our hands tight change does happen. Just possibly not on our clocks. So if we embrace that philosophy we can give out of our need. What does the scripture encourage us to do:

“Give, and it will be given to you. They will pour into your lap a good measure–

pressed down, shaken together and running over. For by your standard of measure

it will be measured to you in return.”

Luke 6:38

You’ve heard spread the wealth and pass the potatoes. Ok I am being silly, but I believe that the importance of giving forward initiates that act. It becomes natural and like a domino effect.

 

Thank you Lord for one of the finest examples I recently learned of by way of the Compton Basketball star Allen Geui who dazzled his team mates, onlookers and others during a foul shooting contest that was designed to spark community support and provide college scholarships.

 

The contest’s creator’s intention was created to simply shine a positive light on Compton’s High School and dispel the negativity  felt regarding Compton’s youth and culture! Google his name and this  link: http://highschool.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=1237085  to learn about his star basketball shot! This young man will cause you to appreciate all the more the concept of carrying  plenty in your bosom and not withholding generosity to impact the lives of others for the good! So here we have it Allen Geui at the foul line, about to make a historic shot and change the complexion and dimension of true grit and character! He’s my designated poster person for CHARACTER!

 

Swish and there it is, no ordinary shot, no average basketball player! The successful basket is electrifying- the crowd is cheering,  the arena is erupting, the media is buzzing, camera’s flashing, college recruiter’s high fiving and the relatives beaming  and friends shouting with pride! Let’s not omit the oversized reward check earmarked for the winner! It was well earned  and Allen Geui’s for the taking. ( No haters need apply!) But the moment doesn’t conclude there! It wasn’t just about singing all the way to the bank. Instead of coveting this moment- the realization must have been birthed in his spirit to  embrace another possibility!  Out of his boom moment, his resolve, flowed a wealth of opportunities to carve out a  new path and stamp his signature on a new letterhead.

In a single moment and with a remarkable decision, the flood gates erupted and I am convinced heaven was applauding! I am not sure who ignited the compassion and heart for giving in Allen Geui; I am not sure if he fully contemplated the significance of his amazing generosity. But the evidence of it was clear with his insight to give, give what many of his classmates needed which was more than lip service about partnerships and team camaraderie; it was cash to attend their selected colleges!

Months after Geui collected his college scholarship winnings of $40,000, he wowed the contestants, several of which where his team mates by providing them with his total winnings.

 

Who does that! Oh my Lord doesn’t that just send chills down your spine?  He realized that his teammates desired to also attend college and many of them hadn’t received scholarships and were in need of the funds. No dollars, no college! He changed that! Talking about giving it forward – and men shall give unto your bosom. This occurrence is indeed awe inspiring, it smacks of the biblical era of pouring into the pouch, the bosom of another and  the recipient receiving the king’s reward, an overflow of the bounty! What an outstanding gift, both tangible and intangible. Allen’s giving will have a ripple effect for generations of Compton students to come! And I pray the world!

This young man has already received a college scholarship and I would not be surprised if this is just the tip of the iceberg for him. As the sower he’ll continue to reap a reward of magnitude proportions. His giving swells and spills over and touches countless others too many to know and too important to fathom. Just the act of standing at the foul line and including other contestants shouts winner! Let’s rally around this team captain! So the question remains, give what you ask? I say very easily- give your time, talent and certainly a few dollars to the almighty cause wouldn’t hurt! Just ask Allen he’s a young man with character and lots of ingenuity!

Prayer

Thank you Lord for the game changers in our lives that see beyond themselves reach into their pouches and  encourage us by their acts of giving to strive, live, to dream and to never ever abandon hope for our best days are in front of us! Often they give what we have no means of. Thank you Lord that they felt the tug on their hearts, provided the essential resources for our good! Remind us Lord to follow your lead and will, when it’s our turn to step forward  to the foul line and make  life changing baskets. We endeavor to begin living with greater hearts, integrity and  intentions of giving forward. Thank you for Lord for your marvelous love and your word that reminds us that: However, as it is written:  “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him” – 1 Corinthians 2:9

We give all honor and glory to you and in your son Christ Jesus’ Name! Amen!

 

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

http://blessednessofbelieving.blogspot.com/

https://blessedauthorlm.wordpress.com/

http://eyesoffaithmagazine.blogspot.com/






PRAYER BOOK: IS AN AWESOME RESOURCE

 
 


Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that

you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous

person has great power and produces wonderful results.

James 5:16


 Friends this is my birthday season, can’t believe that another year

has come and gone. I’m a Flag Day baby. Growing up in the 60’s & 70’s a

big deal was made of this day, we marched happily through the school

corridors, wearing our patriotic red, white and blue paper crafted hats

and each student was presented with their very own miniature American flag.

After our symbolic march to the patriotic music by John Philip Sousa

it was then my turn to distribute treats to my class mates and relish that

my birthday had special significance. That’s been many years ago.

But I still enjoy a big deal being made of my birthday, truly

I get giddy with joy about the attention and especially love giving gifts

to my friends as well. This season of my life has been filled with many

moments that were trying! But that’s no different from others. Thank God for prayer (s) that has helped

provide me/us with a very different slant on what’s occurring. I want

to give you a gift that literally keeps on giving. It’s quite

personal – a prayer resource , this book is a tangible tool in that

you can acquire it from Christian Word Ministries.

The benefits are innumerable- it will SIGNIFICANTLY bless you!

This is a guarantee! In an exaggerated accent say, “Gar-ron-tee!”

 

I stumbled upon this Prayer Book via the internet when I urgently

needed a healing prayer. I couldn’t find my book: Prayers That

Availeth Much that I commandeered from my brother Stevie. I was

mentally preparing for a second

diagnostic mammogram. Yes, praying but was really uncertain

and afraid regarding the outcome. My spirit hungered for relief.

Never do I order anything on the internet, on this occasion

I moved past my reservations and ordered the free Prayer Book

and just like clockwork it arrived right on time. The more prayers

and affirmations I read, the more comfort I experienced.

 

Friends this is an invaluable resource that you will come to

greatly appreciate! It really is free from Christian Word Ministries!

They even invite you to download the book. The affirmations, scriptures,

prayers and so much more-are at your reach and will assure you, aide in

shoring up your prayer life and enhancing your faith journeys all the more.

My spirit reminds me of Philippians 4:6-8 (New King James Version) and says,


Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication,

with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the

peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your

hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatever

things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just,

whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever

things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is

anything praiseworthy–meditate on these things.

 

It’s a must have for your inspirational bookshelves.

By no means does it replace your bibles. This book ushers you

to further lean on God’s word and power!


Check out the website:

http://www.christianword.org/php/default.php?page_id=dp

and/or

http://www.christianword.org/prayer_book/PrayersBook10a.pdf

and be sure to read the many testimonies, mine is there as well:

(Giving Thanks for You, Feb.21, 2007).

 


Blessings to the many prayer partners, especially those seeking

God’s divine direction. Three words attached with the bow on this gift are:

Application, Application, and Application! Apply scriptures

in the mighty name of Jesus and give feet/action to your faith!

This birthday I can attest that prayer is a healing balm for the soul.

I am a witness. I believe that we aren’t praying in vain and

God is always in our midst. Don’t hold back friends, in prayer

I encourage you to share with Him your heart! At the risk of sounding

like a broken record the Prayer Book is awesome!

March on y’all, march on in Jesus’ name!


God Has Not Forgotten

Kirk Franklin & Tonex

 

Linda Mose Meadows is an Inspirational Columnist for

Urban Views Weekly, Empower Magazine and Author of:

The Blessedness of Believing A Devotional Journey of Life’s

Lessons and God’s Promises, Blogger:

Celebrating Ordinary Days With Extraordinary Promises &

The Blessedness of Believing and Co-publisher of Eyes of Faith Magazine:

 

http://blessednessofbelieving.blogspot.com/

https://blessedauthorlm.wordpress.com/

http://eyesoffaithmagazine.blogspot.com/

IT’S NOT JUST ANOTHER DAY!

Praying at Gethsemane, by He Qi, China

Praying at Gethsemane, by He Qi, China

http://www.heqiarts.com

This gift of artwork:  Praying at Gethsemane, by He Qi, China received moments ago took my breathe away, I received it after I completed this morning’s devotional from a parishioner: Linda L, who stated that she prays for me daily and hoped I’d like this farewell gift. Needless to say it brought tears to my eyes. I am rejoicing and humming (really loudly) Laylaha Hathaway’s song: God’s Been Just that Good!

I have seen you in the sanctuary

and beheld your power and your glory.

Because your love is better than life,

my lips will glorify you.

Psalm 63:2,3


As I prepare for another workday, I am stopping just to reflect for a moment with you that it’s evident that God loves us! Think just for a moment the many love letters, signs and wonders God sends our way. The timely news received, the check in the mail, the opportunity to reconnect with a friend, the long walk down the hospital corridor to find your loved one awaiting your visit. Oh it’s so many moments in between the hustle and bustle of living that confirms God has our best interest at heart! Was it the hand that reached for yours when only a touch would do? Was it the comfort found in friends words? It was a miracle, yes it must have been those words meant only for you. It may have been those words spoken that pricked your soul and ushered you on to move just a little higher. Love in action was surely what it was when you were rattled out of your comfort zones. What was it exactly, the need, the search and then the gift received?


This morning for me, it was the moment I redirected my attention to a small book of scriptures entitled: God’s Wisdom for Mothers 2011 by Jack Country. There was no particular section of the book I was after just some reassurance. And I must confess that what I needed was found instantly in God Delights in Mothers Who Are…Growing in Him! Manna from heaven is what I found friends. This manna was the soul nourishment I was thirsting for found in Psalm 63:1-8 (New International Version):

1 You, God, are my God,

earnestly I seek you;

I thirst for you,

my whole being longs for you,

in a dry and parched land

where there is no water.

2 I have seen you in the sanctuary

and beheld your power and your glory.

3 Because your love is better than life,

my lips will glorify you.

4 I will praise you as long as I live,

and in your name I will lift up my hands.

5 I will be fully satisfied as with the richest of foods;

with singing lips my mouth will praise you.

6 On my bed I remember you;

I think of you through the watches of the night.

7 Because you are my help,

I sing in the shadow of your wings.

8 I cling to you;

Cece Winans singing More Than What I Wanted


Or was it the lyrics of CeCe Winans I then happened upon on YouTube? Her song More Than What I Needed was an elixir to my spirit.  My prayer uttered was:

“Thank you Holy Spirit for the direction and all that I received this morning and pray my friends will also partake in God’s loving signs and wonders. “

Well this morning friends be encouraged as you delight in God’s promises that the wisdom we long for comes directly from the throne room. Be inspired because it’s not just another day!


P.S.   No Kidding! As I concluded this writing, in walked Linda L. ( on my job) holding the artwork featured at the top of this blog! She announced that the art work was for me and she hoped I’d like it. She further shared that she prays for me daily! All I can say to that is, “Look at God!” Lord, Lord I am truly humbled! Just wait my friends your gifts are on the way, they will come walking in your door, unannounced, no fanfare-when you least expect!


Sharing With Great Joy,

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:

http://blessednessofbelieving.blogspot.com/

https://blessedauthorlm.wordpress.com/

http://eyesoffaithmagazine.blogspot.com/

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