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, 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/




Sunday, April 26, 2015

LOVE HAS COME TO SEE ABOUT YOU!


         

Zephaniah 3:17 New International Version (NIV)


The Lord your God is with,
the Mighty Warrior who saves.
He will take great delight in you;
    in his love he will no longer rebuke you,
    but will rejoice over you with singing.”

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  John 13:34-35 New International Version (NIV)

“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

My very good intentions were to arise at approximately 5:45 this morning test my glucose level, eat my breakfast complete with yummy egg whites, fruit medley, turkey sausage, and cereal as the songstress Jill Scott says, "Beaming all the way!" ready for an action packed Super Soul Sunday! Oh my friends, I had things to accomplish and folks to see, oh but all those plans were squelched when I sat on the side of our bed and hacked a succession of rowdy, nervy coughs! Clearly the nuisance of mere cold symptoms had elevated and comfortably made themselves at home within my throat and chest. I had been in semi denial, days before when it started as an irritating earache which I believed I had promptly dealt with, so I thought! But as I sat myself in our sun porch, pulled back the curtains and marveled at the streaming sunlight,witnessed the tree branches bowing to the majesty of the day,instantly the realization hit-this is where I'd be. I peered at my favorite mug half filled with lemon tea, flanked by cough medicine and throat lozenges and said to my self, " You are going nowhere today!"

There was no doubt that I had a terrible cold and the symptoms of a sore throat, consistent "woof" coughing, scissor sharp "feeling"s when I swallowed all were evident that it was time to "give up the ghost" and succumb as Zora's grandmotherly character might yell, "Set on (not sit) dawn (not down) sum (not some) were (not where)!"



Clearly, I understand now that this day has broader strokes than my immediate cold and flu symptoms. The Holy Spirit is active and alive, breathing and revealing new truths for our spiritual growth and enlightenment. I choose to believe this morning's predicament is the perfect opportunity for God to demonstrates his love not only for me, but for all of us! We've all experienced what it is to be sick, to have to take a back seat to momentary interruptions in our lives, and the reality is the duration of  our  untimely "interruptions" is not for ours to determine. But it concludes when the symptoms are waning, when the antibiotic or natural remedy takes hold and it winds down and/or simply runs its course. For many it may not be a cold, or the flu, but a season of grief, a season of heartaches, unexpected setbacks, family misunderstandings, spiritual pain, physical ailments, abandonment-stuff and happenings that we have no recognition or name for! It's present,in your face, just like these nasty cold symptoms. It's no mistaking we get it-that "this thing" has a toehold on us and won't let go!





Round Trip,  music by the incomparable Kirk Whalum 


Thank goodness for Kirk Whalum's musical interlude and opportunity to exhale! In midst of what's occuring there is good news-Ecclesiastes reminds us there is a time and season for everything. And if we faint not... if we just settle in our spirits that we may have to relent and take the ride, coast in the wind shear, listen to what God is sharing then we can safely take the round trip with Him! And I declare, just as my friend Sheri lovingly brought me a thoughtful-timely and unexpected care package, a gift of love & consideration to tackle my cold symptoms, God will do the same for you! 

Love will come, has come and will see about you! The gift will assure you that you are not on this trip alone! He'll send his amazing agape, benevolent love to tend to you! Love that will come, anchor and lift you, soothe you, console you and wrap you-because that's how dedicated He is towards you. So confidently be assured you belong to: 
                                                                    The Lord your God [who] is with you,
    the Mighty Warrior who saves.

He will take great delight in you;
    in his love he will no longer rebuke you,
    but will rejoice over you with singing.
Zephaniah 3:17 New International Version (NIV)

 Cause He's just that wonderful!



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, January 24, 2015

PATIENCE, PATIENCE!



You Are The Living Word by Fred Hammond
“Living Word” was written by Hall, Noel Christopher / Hammond, Fred.
(Bread of Life sent down from glory,
Many things you were on earth,
A holy king a carpenter,
You are the living
Bread of heaven, sent down from Glory
Many things you were on earth,
A holy king, a carpenter,
You are the living word
(2x)
Awesome ruler gentile redeemer,
God with us the living truth,
And what a friend we have in you,
You are the living word
(2x)
Jesus, Jesus, thats what we call you,
Manger born, but on a tree,
You died to save humanity
You are the living word
(4x)
oh oh oh,
oh oh oh,
oh oh oh oh oh oh,
oh oh oh oh oh oh,
ohhh oh
You are the living word
(3x)
Jesus Jesus
that’s what we call you
Jesus Jesus Lord
oh oh oh oh oh oh
ohhhhhh oh
You are the living word
(3x)
Don’t you love those lyrics: “You are the living word!”
On this particular morning’s commute by bus, I felt like Jill Scott’s lyrics “off to work beaming all the way! ” As the bus zoomed through the early morning traffic, hurried past commuters, and snow jacketed children huddled at their bus stops, I caught a quick glimpse of the young man that I’d see often cradling the morning’s/day’s newspaper-strutting in cadence fashion on the sidewalk. In an instant thought I wondered how his newspaper business was impacted with the advent of on-line subscribers? Now that might cause one to step up his sales pace. His outdoor work attire was a  neon colored vest. I surmised that that was a precautionary measure, so motorist would see him as he dashed in out of traffic, providing carside sales.
I just felt that surely he must have a great heart- a positive temperament as he paced bellowing that the paper was for sale. I believe God fashioned him with an upbeat disposition?  Disposition made to take on “the elements!” Lord knows it was brisk that morning and I wondered if his neon vest, khaki slacks were layered in some kind of warmth. But  my thinking shifted!  Immediately I wanted to chuckle out loud and burst out with hearty laughter because a wonderful memory surfaced.
She is clothed with strength and dignity;
she can laugh at the days to come. Proverbs 31:25,26
In that split second it was a warm summer afternoon, I was walking down Highgate Avenue receiving instructions from my industrious, younger middle brother Steve who had a newspaper route. I have to ask Steve how old he was when he started his paper route. Steve’s had a great personality with easy-spontaneous humor all his life. A real people person who is liked and loved by most. I believe he delivered the morning and evening newspaper. Probably he met the truck for the paper drop off, pulling a wagon and then loading and carrying a side sack of heavy newspapers as he rode his bike. No such thing as subscribing to The Buffalo Evening News on the internet. Now what possessed me to help? I am not quite sure what prompted my cooperation. Possibly it was the pay, he promised. Maybe it was sheer noisiness or that spirit which says, “That’s easy! You can do this too!” Does that spirit ever convince you of the same?
I don’t know too many siblings that eagerly cooperate unless there’s some financial incentive. At any rate I started out zealous. Steve knew each family and or person that was his Buffalo Evening News Clientele and where they wanted and expected their paper to be delivered. Mail boxes, front porches, side screen doors, milk boxes, dog houses-whatever. Neatly tuck and keep it moving that was my task. Can you detect that my enthusiasm tappered out quickly. So being a true big sister, I placed the newspaper where I wanted not necessarily understanding that I was disturbing the natural order and flow of business. Next day his customers awaited his drop-off and they weren’t pleased. He said, “Lin what did you do?” Customers that normally went to the side door found their papers everywhere but where they expected. Needless to say my help was not needed!
Isn’t it just like us to constantly do things our way, when order has been set and things are just fine. Our impatience can mess up a good thing!
I thank God that Jesus exonerates us,  excuses our “know it all philosophies”, stretches out a loving arm and demonstrates a selfless love! His mercy endures-not predicated on climate! Oh yes my friends even overlooks our impatience. Here are a list of scriptures that will encourage you to keep your momentum and to appreciate and also exercise personal patience. Our Lord and Savior tolerates us and it’s time that we not be so quick to abandon the “paper routes” in our life that seem tedious. Maybe we can remember to serve others with greater grace, take heart and be dutiful regarding the things God has called us to do!
Jesus thanks for Steve’s attention to caring details and Fred’s wonderful lyrics!
The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance. 2 Peter 3:9
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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Monday, January 19, 2015

ICY CONDITIONS MAY EXIST!




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8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. 9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you. Philippians 4:8,9

"Flash freeze", ever heard that phrase? I hadn't but I am well acquainted now!  Just yesterday I experienced the scariest fall ever. Right there in front of our own front door Mother Nature had created an undisguised ice rink. Saturday I hadn't been privy to that evening's weather forecast of the impending, fierce icy conditions, day long rain, chilly air, plummeting temps and terrible driving conditions. But thank God when my tumbling ensued I was layered and dressed for wintry weather just naive regarding the hazardous conditions. Off we were to Sunday Worship--I pushed my way happily out the door knowing that my family was following suit. Literally It felt as though I was bouncing happily, anticipating the day. And as soon as I stepped out the door, no further than the landing, my balance was immediately off. Ever been there, startled and (you fill in the blank)?  It felt weird, strange not to be steady on a foundation that was familiar, level, concrete. Mentally I am still trying to collect my thoughts about the awkwardness of it all and how my sure steps were compromised. I recall that it was all happening so quickly, my tumbling down, slip sliding, grasping for security, grabbing at air-gasping in horror, legs tangled, gliding down one step at a time, all uncontrollable. This moment felt shocking, humiliating, publicly becoming disheveled and finally managing to get up! Instinctively I uttered, "I'm alright!"  Was I really?

And so a day later I am resting, recouping and achy but relieved! As I scroll through Facebook marveling at my friends entries, appreciating amazing art, gazing at photos of beautiful culinary treats, shaking my head at the outrageous public antics and then I see  it-pause to read Philippians 4:8, and understand that's God's words are my divine safety net in the midst of all the Facebook entries! It was like a"flash freeze" moment! And for a split second I knew those words were for me, for me not focus on the fall,and who may or may not have witnessed its impact, but instead to celebrate my getting up-rebounding and shaking off all the hazardous "what ifs" when icy conditions may exist!
8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. 9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.

The fact is that my body is sore from the fall but thankfully the impact of yesterday's fall only left me mildly shaken, nothing extreme, nothing deadly! Friends truly I appreciate God cushioning my fall and allowing me to be transparent. I tried to brace myself, grab hold of the metal railing with no success and hindsight says, that was indeed fortunate. No concussion, missing teeth, broken limbs and busted lips. i survived I bet my fall was minor in comparison to what you've survived!  We do know about some rough patches don't we!

Life's moments can beat you down and tear you up! They may leave you "jacked-up"!  But thank God It's only temporary!  The odds are with us that we will experience some unforeseen mishaps, collisions and/or occurrences but I choose to believe that God will reveal his goodness even when it hurts! He does care for you, Think about how it was evident during what seemed like a most unlikely time in your life! This too is another trans formative season. If you have't experienced it-- just you wait and see!
Oh but you will bounce back and the scars may or may not be visible. But your resilient spirit will assure you that your faith in God has strengthened you! And the bottom line is we'll know and the NaySayers will have to also admit God is a keeper.And in the meantime while you are moving through life re-energized and possibly wobbling read Philippians 4:4
"Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. 8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. 9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice.And the God of peace will be with you."
Friends go on and trust Jesus, there is no need be overly preoccupied about the icy conditions, the Lord is faithful!
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
http://blessednessofbelieving.blogspot.com/
https://blessedauthorlm.wordpress.com/

Monday, October 13, 2014

IN YOUR HEARTS AS YOU PRAY BE SURE TO UTTER, " THANK YOU LORD, FOR ALL YOU'VE DONE FOR ME!"


RE-POSTING PRAISE!


from Random Acts of Kindness
The LORD bless you, and keep you; The LORD make His face shine on you, 
 And be gracious to you;
The LORD lift up His countenance on you, And give you peace.'
Numbers 6:24-26

"And now may the LORD show lovingkindness and truth to you; and I also will show this goodness to you, because you have done this thing.
2 Samuel 2:6


What had ignited this thanksgiving in the midst of some confusion that was begging for attention and recognition like a screaming toddler? Surely it couldn't have been this Monday morning’s unanticipated “cleaning up”, “straightening up” as Mama aptly labels it.  But I do know that something definitely led to this mornings praise and worship that overshadowed all of the foolishness. Maybe it was my momentarily scanning Facebook, reading my notifications then virtually visiting my friends pages which had me gravitate towards the wall of  Random Acts of Kindness. Looking at their colorful graphics and spiritual messages there was no doubting that I would immediately share several of their timely, upbeat-encouraging words and post them on my own wall. Sounds familiar I bet. Determined to keep the momentum flowing I hurriedly ate my breakfast, and got busy focusing –“straightening up”, gathering a load of rugs to be laundered, then it was a frantic pace of applying cleaning solutions, wiping and spraying as I cleaned the bathrooms. It was much too quiet so I turned on Pandora and enjoyed my Tramaine Hawkins station. Absolutely I love hearing her sing: Changed.

A change,

A change has come over me!

My spirit concurs, “Me too, Sister Tremaine, I can attest to that!”


Lord knows that is distinctly the truth, I have got options on how I’ll choose to respond and engage the enemy. Yes, thank goodness for the reminder of that on yesterday. Instead it is time to be still and remember the joy God showered on me and a gathering of friends yesterday. My heart initially was heavy but God had a great surprise in store for all of us.

As I reflect on Sunday, it was so sweetly orchestrated by the divine. Several of us all had a similar idea and that was to meet at our elder friend's home-unexpected there we were. It began when we casually gathered and then it happened, assembling our chairs closer (circular fashion) to our beloved elder/surrogate mother/ aunt/ confidante/ friend. And we felt it, subtle but pronounced, it was in the air, the outpouring of the divine elixir of shared wisdom, love, and anointing flowing freely. Mother wit took her rightful seat to. Laughter, prayer, repentance, joy, struggles, victories and pain weren't withheld. Nodding of heads and voracious hearts eagerly soaking up nuggets which caused the conversational coverings to be freely exposed, flung aside and open heartfelt issues sprung. Oh I am so thankful for the unearthed revelations birthed and shared! We concurred that what the devil had intended for our demise, God turned around and allowed "it" to be for our good. The liberated conversations, the fellowship, the kindred hearts erupted into prayerful thanksgiving that God was so active in the midst of it all and we continue to stand on those truths. We are persevering still, we  overcame much and it's evidenced that our scripts are yet unfolding. God had and has plans for our good. It's so clear that that God sent my sisters and adopted mother this way! Collectively our hearts leaped when we realized that although there are apparent difficulties and valley experiences that we must encounter, it never negates the awesomeness of our Jehovah God! He's with you and me especially during our moments of isolation. So my energy burst entailing: scrubbing, searching and reflecting indeed is a part of this watershed of thanksgiving to the Lord. Surely you see it also! It validates we are not abandoned and alone, it’s just a matter of when God will connect us with other believers. And you know what? Our meeting together could not have occurred on a better day! This was indeed no random act but God’s way of once again displaying his kindness. Thank you Holy Ghost! Time to go and tackle my closet for the clothes give-away!  Be blessed my brothers,and be further encouraged my sisters!

PRAYER:
Yours is the kingdom of heaven and of earth! We acknowledge that we belong to you and every good and perfect gift comes from you God even when our worlds are quaking! Thank you Lord for all you've done for me and mine! Without you we’d be forever lost. You are our great and mighty Heavenly Father! We decree and declare that the spiritual gifts you've provided will enlarge our territories for your plan and our consecrated good. We love you and are so appreciative of your numerous acts of kindness and mercy towards us, and that which concerns us. Let us not be hindered, nor distracted by the evil one. Bless those that are in need of a divine touch and are in search of a new direction. Let us be instrumental in sharing the Good News of the Gospel and your love through service and prayer. Help us Lord in our struggles to overcome hurts and hardship. We will not be weary in well doing and cheerfully endeavor to serve you in spirit and in truth. With hearts ready for service we continually behold your presence in awe and thanksgiving!  Thank you for the blood shed for our redemption and salvation. Yours is the honor, glory and the praise, in Jesus name we pray! Amen!


        Ledisi @ Potter’s House singing Thank You Lord

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