By Inspirational Columnist and Author: Linda Mose Meadows


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

Saturday, October 15, 2016

AN UNFORGETTABLE VISIT AT THE SMITHSONIAN'S NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY & CULTURE









 


 







Charity Mason, our Grandfather Ellsworth Jackson's Grandmother 




I want to thank  Mr. Lonnie Bunch and the Smithsonian for the amazing cultural revival and historic celebration held on September 24th, 2016. I am still "full" from experiencing this powerfully enriching experience that was had not only with my son,  but with those that eagerly traveled the globe converging on The National Mall to commemorate this soul stirring event of opening of The National Museum of African American History and Culture. But let me share the remarkable moment had that day which really caught me and son, Michael by surprise! First was the gift of 2 admission passes from  a stranger who didn't wish to stand in line-this timely gift rewarded us with no wait time in line and second was our seeing a photo of my beloved grand father's (Ellsworth Jackson's) grandmother Charity Mason. There she was on display inside the museum. It's like seeing a friend in a public venue unexpectedly! Not sure who contributed our Grandma's photo but I am thrilled they did!! My heart burst with joy, I am sure I kept repeating that was our grandmother and then I immediately phoned my mother to share the joyful news! This moment confirmed for me that we all are contributors in shaping America's history. Thank you again Mr. Bunch and all those that created this amazing sacred space to share our truths and triumphs!!! It was a splendid day, Lord we thank You !!

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

AN UNFORGETTABLE VISIT AT THE SMITHSONIAN'S NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY & CULTURE






 


 







Charity Mason, our Grandfather Ellsworth Jackson's Grandmother 




I want to thank  Mr. Lonnie Bunch and the Smithsonian for the amazing cultural revival and historic celebration held on September 24th, 2016. I am still "full" from experiencing this powerfully enriching experience that was had not only with my son,  but with those that eagerly traveled the globe converging on The National Mall to commemorate this soul stirring event of opening of The National Museum of African American History and Culture. But let me share the remarkable moment had that day which really caught me and son, Michael by surprise! First was the gift of 2 admission passes from  a stranger who didn't wish to stand in line-this timely gift rewarded us with no wait time in line and second was our seeing a photo of my beloved grand father's (Ellsworth Jackson's) grandmother Charity Mason. There she was on display inside the museum. It's like seeing a friend in a public venue unexpectedly! Not sure who contributed our Grandma's photo but I am thrilled they did!! My heart burst with joy, I am sure I kept repeating that was our grandmother and then I immediately phoned my mother to share the joyful news! This moment confirmed for me that we all are contributors in shaping America's history. Thank you again Mr. Bunch and all those that created this amazing sacred space to share our truths and triumphs!!! It was a splendid day, Lord we thank You !!

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

AN UNFORGETTABLE VISIT AT THE SMITHSONIAN'S NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY & CULTURE






 


 







Charity Mason, our Grandfather Ellsworth Jackson's Grandmother 




I want to thank the Smithsonian for the amazing cultural revival and historic celebration held on September 24th, 2016. I am still "full" from experiencing this powerfully enriching experience that was had not only with my son,  but with those that eagerly traveled the globe converging at The National Mall to commemorate this soul stirring event of opening of The National Museum of African American History and Culture. But let me share the remarkable moment had that day which really caught me and son, Michael by surprise! First was the gift of 2 admission passes from  a stranger who didn't wish to stand in line- this timely gift rewarded us with no wait time in line. and second was seeing a photo of my beloved grand father's (Ellsworth Jackson's) grandmother Charity Mason on display inside the museum. It's like seeing a friend in a public venue unexpectedly! Not sure who contributed our Grandma's photo but I am thrilled they did!! My heart burst with joy , I am sure I kept repeating that, that was our grandmother and then I immediately phoned my mother to share the joyful news! This moment confirmed for me that we all are contributors in shaping America's history. Thank you to Mr. Bunch and all those that created this amazing sacred space to share our truths and triumphs!!! It was a splendid day, Lord we thank You !!

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

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

DIVAS' DIGEST BOOK CLUB, HAVING OUR SAY!






"You can describe parts of me, but who I am – and what I need – 
is something I have to find out myself.” 
Chinua Achebe (Nigerian novelist, poet and professor)

New Haven was excited about Having Our Say come to town and the Divas were a great part of these festivities! The Long Wharf Theater along with New Haven Free Public Libraries encouraged participation in a series of city-wide literary events correlating with the Delany's first 100 years: traveling re-enactments with local actors, a History Slam, Community Talks, story telling and discounted and free theater tickets. The city was a buzz with Having Our Say! The excitement was inclusive of The New Haven Stetson Free Public Library and Long Wharf Theater partnering with the Divas' Digest Book Club on Saturday,February 27, 2016 to partake in a spirited and revealing inter-generational  "Having Our Say" free and open to the public Community Talk complete with the trimmings. Divas'  members, President Sharon Brooks and Elizabeth Nearing, Long Wharf's Community Engagement Manager co-facilitated the afternoon's event. Diane Brown, Stetson's Director also assisted in the coordination of the afternoon's event and the repast-replicating the Delany's Papa's Birthday Celebration.

The Divas happily convene 6 pm bi-weekly on Wednesday's at The New Haven Stetson Free Public Library to discuss our designated monthly book selections. We started off 2016 with Harlem Renaissance writer Zora Neale Hurston's riveting novel:Their Eyes Were Watching God followed by February's selection of: Having Our Say written by Sarah and A.Elizabeth Delany with Amy Hill Hearth which brought history to life!

Needless to say this year started off in fine literary fashion! I suspect Dr. Bessie and her sister "Sadie" Sarah Daley would have been initially curious,and subsequently very appreciative. I imagine they'd be equally talkative about their intriguing lives. Community Talk attendees celebrated and applauded Dr. Bessie and Sarah Delaney's 100 plus years of living through America's 20th century historic milestones. They and their families resilience, determination, coupled with their sheer power of their indomitable human spirits shed light on what many African Americans had to navigate through in the 1920's and beyond! 

The beauty is the Delany Sisters lived to tell what life was like during a hateful post civil war era, Jim Crow inception, the bleak Depression Era, women gaining Voter's Rights, an awakening Civil Rights Movement and beyond! As Bessie would say, "Honey I didn't take no tea for the fever!"  Meaning that the struggle for African American was fierce! But perseverance and having self determination were key! 

As the book club and attendees enthusiastically shared varying learned Delany accounts, I suspect listeners earnestly reflected and felt a tugging on their heart strings, bursts of joy regarding the fact that in their life spans, Bessie's 104 and Sadie's 109 years of living was quite purposeful and triumphant! I believe that surely like me, we realize that there are countless others which made it through! Our elders are proof. Readers now, all over the world have an opportunity to celebrate Having Our Say whether they read about it,visit their favorite theatrical production, chat with elders or catch a video, the truth is being shared! This was indeed a terrifically insightful afternoon!

Shared with a Transparent Heart,
Linda Mose Meadows,  Inspirational Author of the devotionals:
The Blessedness of Believing A Devotional Journey of Life’s Lessons and God’s Promises (Tate Publishing)
Destined to Receive, Reflections and Devotionals Celebrating The Love of God (Amazon.com)
http://blessednessofbelieving.blogspot.com/
https://blessedauthorlm.wordpress.com/

Friday, February 12, 2016

REMEMBERING OUR AMAZING GRANDMOTHER'S LEGACY OF LOVE: EVELYN RUTH JACKSON




Sunrise: January 5, 1917
Sunset: December 11, 2015


Monday, December 21, 2015
Fairhaven United Methodist Church
12801 Darnestown Road
Gaithersburg, Maryland 20878
Reverend Esther M. Holimon – Officiant
Reverend Dr. Gerard Green- Eulogist
  
January 5, 1917, in Montgomery County, Maryland. She entered into eternal rest on Friday, December 11, 2015, in Conyers, Georgia.
Evelyn Ruth Jackson, was born to the late James and Essie Ricks Brown on January 5, 1917, in Montgomery County, Maryland. She entered into eternal rest on Friday, December 11, 2015, in Conyers, Georgia.


Evelyn Ruth was named for her aunt Evelyn Ricks Hallman. She was born in Montgomery County, Maryland but relocated to Buffalo, New York in 2003 to reside with her daughter. She later moved with her daughter to the Atlanta, Georgia vicinity.

Ruth received her education in Montgomery County, Maryland. Her passion was caring for others. Had her educational pursuits been fully realized, Ruth would have excelled as an exceptional medical nurse. She was married to her sweetheart, the late Ellsworth C. Jackson for 61 years. To that union was born three children; the late Calvin Eugene Jackson (Ret. Air Force), Clarinda Jackson Mose (Ret. Educator), and the late Kenneth Lee Jackson (Air Force veteran). She encouraged and was supportive of her loved ones in achieving their highest educational goals.

She was a beloved and active member of the Fairhaven United Methodist Church community. She was a member of the Women’s Society for Christian Service (the predecessor of The United Methodist Women). She was a beloved resident for 18 years where she served as the Sunshine Chair of the Tenant Council of The Heritage House in Rockville, MarylandRuth was a past member of the planning committee for the Ricks-Green Family Reunion and was especially instrumental in championing civil causes with a far reaching positive impact (i.e. ensuring the preservation and authenticity of the structure of the Pleasant View Methodist Church, advocating for the upkeep of the surrounding grounds inclusive of the Pleasant View Cemetery and the enhancement of the structure of the historic two-room Quince Orchard School House, which is now a museum frequented by many). Her collective efforts, along with that of other dedicated family and friends, ultimately resulted in the inception of The Pleasant View Historic Site being placed on Maryland’s Historic Preservation Registry. This historic site leaves an invaluable treasure for future generations sojourning to Darnestown, Quince Orchard, and Gaithersburg, Maryland

Ruth's active years she'd frequently be found providing a helping hand to family or sick neighbors who dubbed her as their "Angel." Sunday meals were lovingly prepared replete with all the trimmings including her applesauce with cinnamon, piping hot coffee, and a lemon frosted cake, which was always served on her lovely China, anticipating the arrival of her beloved cousin Thompkins Hallman and other family and friends.


If you peeked in the kitchen on any given day you'd probably see Ruth wearing her neat apron baking her delicious Congo Bars from her sister Mabel Prather’s recipe, a sheet cake, or melt-in-your-mouth wonderful chocolate-chip walnut cookies, which she eagerly shared with friends and her broad circle of acquaintances. She brought many recipients great joy.
Ruth was known as a calming force and a true blessing to those she encountered. Often she became an advocate for those friends and family experiencing difficulties. Ruth enthusiastically assisted without hesitation. She was a beautiful, modest, unselfish, compassionate woman who constantly demonstrated love. To meet her was to love her.
Ruth's knack for making others feel special was her trademark. She'd easily expressed sheer delight and gratitude towards those that visited her, phoned, sent greeting cards, and photos. She treasured that and they'd get tucked into her devotionals, phone books, Bibles, and photo albums. Often you'd see her enjoying them again, reading and commenting on how lovely each one was. When she received a bouquet of flowers from her grandson Eric she'd comment on the beauty of the arrangement and simply beam. When her grandchildren visited she was attentive and observant of each one. You may even hear her giggle and recount a great moment that was humorous. She wanted others to be happy and expressed that sentiment without reservation.

Ruth was an animal and nature lover. Her son Kenneth's German Shepard was in her care and she labeled him as "Puppy" who was later arthritic and would sometimes sprint out the screen door chasing the neighborhood children who she believed taunted him behind the closed gate. Even Duke was exonerated in her eyes. In Ruth's eyes even animals deserved kindness and consideration.

She exhibited pride in her work as a dedicated and competent domestic. She lovingly served The Robert Ostrosky Family and Dr. Julius and Mrs. Amsterdam for numerous years. Her work was not only exemplary but her temperament was seasoned with grace. Her prayers were realized in seeing her loved ones thriving, happy, and accomplished. She attested to God's care and goodness towards all. One of Ruth's favorite scriptures is I Corinthians 2:9 "Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard. Neither has entered into the heart of man the things that God has prepared for those who love him." 

She leaves to cherish her memories her daughter, Clarinda Jackson Mose, of Lake Spivey, Georgia; nine grandchildren, Diane Powell, Carlton Jackson, Linda Mose Meadows (Richard), John Mose, Jr., Steven Mose (Zina), Eric Mose (Miranda), Kenneth Lee Jackson, Jr., Michael Jackson (Rachel), and Ryan Jackson (Mary Beth); twenty-one great-grandchildren; Brandon, Zachary, Yolanda, Rachel, Christian, Christina, Tiega, Amber, Michael, Mary, Taylor, Jaycina, Morgan (Jermaine), Geordan, Taylor, Kristina (Eric), Katrina, Malikah, Jibreel, Madison, and Mikayla; numerous great-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Mabel Bernice Prather (the late Watson) of Rockville, Maryland and Madeline Allen Washington of Silver Spring, Maryland;  sister–in-law Mary Brown; Godson Troy; and a host of other nieces, nephews, family, and friends. 

She was preceded in death by two brothers, Zetroe Hilary Brown and James Wallace Brown (Mary); four sisters, Estelle Celeste Summerour, Helen Lucille Lee (the late William), Emma Jackson (the late William), and Frances Edna Payne (the late Portney); and granddaughter Marjorie Martin.


We are so grateful for Granny's legacy of love and our call to live in abundant appreciation of  it!

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

Friday, November 6, 2015

THERE IS BEAUTY, EVEN ON GRAY DAYS! JUST LOOK UP!


During my lunch stroll, I normally marvel at the crunchy leaves, enjoy these New England homes and interesting roof tops, busy birds and rushing traffic. But on this particular day as I was nearing closer to my destination of returning to the church's door-where I work, I could see the bright red leaves of a tree that grows brighter with each cold day! The weather does not deter it's strength or beauty. For a moment I stood still and just gazed at the leaves, stood as close to the tree's trunk as I could and simply was amazed at the majesty of this vision and thought to myself that God's paint brush is divine. I looked up and appreciated the gray sky's backdrop and the beautiful landscape of the autumn bliss. Lord we thank you! Friends just look-up! There is beauty all around you!

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

Saturday, August 15, 2015

BROOKLYN BRIDGE TESTIMONY!



I awoke feeling very good about the day before us and anticipating what fun was in store for me and my family. Collectively we agreed on the night before that we’d head to “The City”! This was our designated day of exploring and enjoying the sites and sounds of especially Harlem, Manhattan and possibly Brooklyn with our friends which were no strangers to New York City.  In my eagerness of good fun, learning and enjoying a new site-for a moment I reflected that we were definitely in for a treat, because Shelly being a native New Yorker knew the lay of the land! Several days prior she and Ollie came for a visit in route to their home in Florida and we thought it a great idea to have a New York City Adventure during their visit with us. I enthusiastically agreed. Living in Connecticut makes for relatively easy travel to New York City, so instead of catching the Metro North Train we opted for traveling by car. I know little about Brooklyn and have often found my self gazing at incredible Pinterest photos of upscale restaurants, cozy sidewalk cafes or couples happily embracing, people smiling and others strolling confidently in picture perfect weather conditions. Many of of those Pinterest pics included the backdrop of the Brooklyn Bridge which really caused my curiosity to soar.I imagined I too would know these experiences and my spirit said, “Yes!” Not imaging that the experience would quickly become a reality! You’ve heard the saying, “Today is your day _________ (fill in the blank with your name)!”  Off we were headed to New York City. So our first destination was Brooklyn and our eating at a great Greek Diner with ample servings. Yes, you guessed it, not many blocks away there it stood looming larger than life the Brooklyn Bridge!

Initially the bumpy ride to “The City” was filled with gridlock, road construction, lane restrictions with plenty of starting and stopping causing my enthusiasm to wane! The ride felt more like a roller coaster than a cruise. Maybe we should have started out on our adventure earlier because before long I became overly hungry, extremely hot and fatigued! I was in good company because Shelly was suffering with a migraine. It was without a doubt, a sizzling afternoon. The heat index seemed awfully cruel with the scorching sun beating down on us. It was a mean hotter than July day in Brooklyn and our loved ones insisted that we approach the underpass anyway! I could see the sunlit bridge in the distance, the closer we walked towards the bridge the more menacing the heat felt and descend the stairwell anyhow!  I said it, I know I expressed that this wasn’t the location I’d seen in the magazine photos. I was being ignored. My folks seemed a little to eager to get to that sun drenched walkway of the Brooklyn Bridge. As I’ve heard it said, “I wasn’t feeling it!”

I had enjoyed the idea of crossing the bridge but this was not  quite how I envisioned this day! In unison my family and friends audibly reminded me that I wanted to do this. I thought, and expressed my displeasure, “Yeah but I am changing my mind!” My spirit was annoyed-“they have got to be kidding!”  Looking back, I now see that that moment in time was ordained to happen on a blistering day!

What? Yep! God does know the plans he has for each of us!

And here I am today reflecting and interpreting Sarah Young’s Facebook morning devotional post about skewed vision causing us to miss out on God’s grander picture! Her words were: “examining …details they obscure your view of the grandeur all around you…” And then I read Mark 5 and seemed to focus on verse 34 “ He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.”

But Lord what’s the correlation between an outing with friends and the woman with the health issues? I can’t say I immediately understood-it took prior conversations and further scripture readings for me to understand or have an inkling of what the spiritual and life lessons were that I was supposed to grasp. But if transparency is in order, often I am adamant when my mind is made up-the mental force field is now impenetrable, stern, blinded, unyielding by my thoughts because I believe I know! Know what you ask? What I’m not convinced I should do! But what I realize today is that I’ve simply made up my mind about the circumstances and the unforeseen outcome! Now I also understand that just possibly my anxiety, my fears about many matters have shielded me from the entire "big picture"-the whole truth. And you’ve figured out that with that thinking God and prayer are no where in the equation.

 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7

  “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” 
2 Timothy 1:7

 “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.” 1 John 4:18

“Humble yourselves, then, under God’s mighty hand, so that he will lift you up in his own good time.  Leave all your worries with him, because he cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:6-7

 “Tell everyone who is discouraged, Be strong and don’t be afraid! 
God is coming to your rescue…” Isaiah 35:4


So let’s revisit my/our trek across the Brooklyn Bridge. After leaving the stairwell and reaching the bridge level, the sun was awaiting. Oh very unfriendly indeed. But it didn't stop the throngs of  bikers and walkers. Initially, feeling the sun blazing against my skin was shocking, yes it was terribly hot, but I remembered to travel with my hat which acted as a visor protecting and shielding me! It’s coming together now friends, I know you see it!  The Lord our Shepherd shields, guides-protects us! We have to take initial steps to begin the journey God has in store for us. The first steps of our outing on the bridge with adequate covering made it tolerable. Thank you Lord. Those with wide brims, umbrellas and hoods must have known. And then my focus began to change-enjoyment took over! (God cares for us and longs for us to experience his delight.) I spotted a lone vendor, purchased a Selfie Stick for my iPhone, laughed, chatted, marveled at the scenery with our friends. (There are divinely directed paths awaiting us!) The further we walked, the more scenic, majestic and appreciative I was of our surroundings. Lord I almost missed a breathtaking moment! It was an amazing vista, the Manhattan Skyline, a New York City "must see", that I almost forsook! This was a living experience, one I hadn’t seen or known! So Lord I thank you for the sound thinking of loved ones, who pleasantly let their love overshadow my adamant stance! Oh yes about the woman with the issue of “blood”, I believe she reached beyond her limitations, her fears and was freed, released from bondage-she was delivered! She got out of her own way! That’s simply it friends, God desires us to move beyond our “knowing”,our familiar experiences-to openly/freely trust Him and marvel at what awaits us! It just may erupt into a festivity, an experience most memorable!





Shared with a Transparent Heart,
Linda Mose Meadows,  Inspirational Author of the devotionals:
The Blessedness of Believing A Devotional Journey of Life’s Lessons and God’s Promises (Tate Publishing)
Destined to Receive, Reflections and Devotionals Celebrating The Love of God (Amazon.com)
http://blessednessofbelieving.blogspot.com/
https://blessedauthorlm.wordpress.com/


Thursday, July 30, 2015

GIVE EAR DEAR LORD !



"Now, my God, may your eyes be open and your ears attentive
 to the prayers offered in this place. 
2 Chronicles 6:40
 

This entry today has evolved over the week and I believe I understand what God was revealing to me several afternoons ago, allow me to share please.

This morning while listening to Pandora Radio, turning the volume up and becoming attentive to the lyrics of Hear My Cry by Fred Hammond, an aha moment was again being birthed.


Hear My Cry
 
[Verse 1:]
Hear my cry Oh Lord
Attend unto my earnest prayers
From the ends of the earth floor
Hear my cry unto thee

When my enemies encamped about me
They stumbled and fell
Within in my heart
I will cry out 
To the Lord for help


Hear my cry

[Chorus:]
Hear my cry Oh Lord
Attend unto my earnest prayers
Rescue me Lord Jesus
And take away my every fear

(Heavenly Father,Heavenly Father, 
I lift my hands to you)

[Verse 2:]
In darkest hours
Of affliction
My faith will not be moved

When the storms rage 
And the winds blow
Beneath your wings 
I will hide
In the shadow
Of the Almighty 
My soul will surely abide


Hear my cry

[Chorus:]
Hear my cry Oh Lord
Attend unto my earnest prayers
Rescue me Lord Jesus
And take away my every fear

Hear my cry Oh Lord
Give ear unto my earnest prayer
Strengthen me 
King Jesus
Holy Spirit draw me near

[Ad Libs]
Rescue me Lord
Uphold me
Vindicate me
Rescue me and strengthen me Lord
Holy,Holy,Holy Spirit 
Don't leave me
Renew me
Remember me 
Reassemble me Lord
My heart is in my hands
And I give it you
Help me Lord [x3]
I cry for our children Lord
I cry for our families Lord
And our nations 
And our cities
And our leaders
On their behalf
We cry unto
Hear my cry
Oh Lord
Down on our knees
Begging you please [x2]
Rescue us
Lord Jesus, take away our every fear
Our Pastors Lord [x2]
We pray for our shepards right now
We're down on our knees
Begging you please [x2]
Lord hear our prayer
 
http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/fredhammondradicalforchrist/hearmycry.html
 
 

Mind you that during my lunch walk I felt no way mournful or heavy nor prayerful. I regret the later admission. I believed I was just going about my daily business of having yet another exhilarating lunch walk , glad for the hour reprieve from work, appreciative for the opportunity to stretch and move my limbs. It was very warm outdoors but it felt therapeutic, refreshing and then I distinctly recall a "rush", a feeling  that I was seeing many things more clearly! I attributed the clearing of my blurry computer vision to time, exercise-being outdoors. The curbs, street cracks and sloping sidewalks were taking on a new feel. The walk I normally rush through was more paced and not hurried. 

My daily "safe walking route" with the strollers, moms. business suits, and  shaded trees appeared brand new. These prior ignored details, were brand spanking new discoveries like the worn top of  the trellises with cascading flowers, the beauty found in the uneven leaning scrubs and tree branches, the weather beaten light fixtures swinging over the worn porch entrances, the unnoticed attic windows with the ornate carvings, the scurrying brown birds, a dumpster with the crocked lid, the humming and boisterous motors of passing traffic or the bold tangerine colored lilies snuggling with the overgrown weeds-this all seemed to serve a greater purpose. Surely all of those things hadn't just cropped up!

And then the wellspring of thanksgiving and then admitted shame erupted, I began to reflect that just possibly God intends for me/us to see with new eyes every day. To see with a spirit of expectancy, not trepidation and misgivings. My heart knew better! As of late I have been only focusing for far too long and more recently been paying attention to the obvious, the mundane, the routine assignments. Yes, it must be the morning workday dance, the walks, the strolls? I must stop with the blame switching and realize that beyond all of that, those daily exercises are always missed opportunities to commune and listen to God under His natural canopy. And then there were Fred Hammond's timely lyrics this morning, they were resounding truths echoing a need for me to earnestly pray! I think back to this morning and realize that during this music in my hearing, surely what must have been occurring were the words- quickening in my spirit, careening down and flooding my spirit! Yep, God wanted me to do something new:
 
Hear my cry Oh Lord
Attend unto my earnest prayers
Rescue me Lord Jesus
And take away my every fear

(Heavenly Father, Heavenly Father, 
I lift my hands to you)
So I contend that the culmination of my cathartic experiences were gentle nudging's from God. This was I believe, His creative way of lovingly demonstrating that I am here and you've been too consumed with your many concerns and desires and the remedy, the answer you seek is found in me! Pay attention it's crucial! An awakening is in order for you Linda! 

My friend, hope you to contend that an awakening is in order for you (fill in your name) !

Let's agree that our spirits are in sync and are saying, "Give ear dear Lord!"

So as I delve into the dimensions of what exactly a spiritual awakening means for me, I encourage you to ask God for help and what this also means for you. Go ahead and surrender your will and trust in God, delve into Holy Scripture and rely not on your own understanding but in all your getting, obtain a deeper understanding of who God is in your life, take him along as your "walking" partner. 

Be assured that super natural love will transform ordinary into extraordinary!

The revelation is not so startling for some but for me it really is a spiritual shaking!  I suspect God is eager to shake up your world and vision also! You ask what can that possibly look like? My answer is it's a reality of the unimaginable-the good found in the new things of Him, courage in scaling unforeseen heights/new opportunities and more importantly having revived, reborn hearts of expectancy, new insight(s), exciting joyous ordinary day(s), blowing breezes with extraordinary promises, cloudy skies with a content spirit, awkward moments with full reliance on our loving, faithful Heavenly Father,


Our revival is occurring, God is ever present and I declare He does hear us even in our unaware lives, have a blessed day.

Shared with a Transparent Heart,
Linda Mose Meadows,  Inspirational Author of the devotionals:
The Blessedness of Believing A Devotional Journey of Life’s Lessons and God’s Promises (Tate Publishing)
Destined to Receive, Reflections and Devotionals Celebrating The Love of God (Amazon.com)
http://blessednessofbelieving.blogspot.com/
https://blessedauthorlm.wordpress.com/




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Join me for my next book signing! Reference the calendar and blog posts for a signing near you. Hope to see you there!

I pray you have continued joy for your journey!
Linda