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

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
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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

Joyful, Joyful,

Linda Mose Meadows, Inspirational Author of: The Blessedness of Believing A Devotional Journey of Life’s Lessons and God’s Promises and Destined To Receive, Co-publisher of Eyes of Faith Magazine

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Monday, May 26, 2014

PUSH BACK AND TAKE A LOOK!





Often life is so busy, hectic at times that sitting still is foreign. On those moments that I do decide to still my mind, breathe deeply and just relish being, there's a "sweet spot" that provides solace for my weary state. Friends do you have such a place? There's a sanctuary that I have carved out on my sun porch. It's really not that obvious. My plaid pull-out sofa bed that one can't easily bounce off of is nestled strategically near the window. It's seen better days, but does it ever lend itself for great snoozing, reading and writing!  I often retreat there when I allow myself! It's my sacred space for my literary escapes. When no one is around I retreat there and enjoy time alone. The alone time is time well spent, truly a gift from God. This sanctuary reminds me of being with a trusted friend who's there when needed.

When I sat down on the sofa today I quickly realized it had been much too long-listening, awakening my spirit with the deeper things of life. The space allows me time for renewal. When I unlock the doors to the sun porch and don't just peak in or "straighten-up" before long my spirit retreats and reflects. This often results and mushrooms into a glorious nap, reaching for a magazine or novel awaiting me, creating an overdue blog post, reading or writing my devotionals, praying, singing or gazing out the window and marveling at nature.  In those instances I am smiling, noticing what I've overlooked and/or applauding the subtle shifts in the seasons. Normally I push the drapes on both sides of the sliding glass windows allowing for a little sunlight. Depending on where I'm seated I can only see tree branches or a section of the banister deck. There is only a mere view of the green outdoors if I settle for that. Occasionally if I want the feeling of the outdoors inside my space I fold the drapes up and over the curtain rod.  With this simple maneuver the room is transformed and exposes beautifully the top of the swing set, the neighbor's flowering hedges, the fascinating birds, butterfly's fluttering and the climbing vines wrapped around the tree trunks. Visually it's stunning, even startling and it really exposes a sweet tranquility that resuscitates my soul. And then friends it's crystal clear why I seem to have been bombarded with so many distractions unable to re prioritize and take a moment to push back, take an introspective look and just breathe! 

Today, God orchestrated that I would be open to Him, His instructions. I grabbed my laptop and cell phone, snapped photos, wrote what was on my heart, opened the windows and heard nature's songs in their full chorus. I whispered my thanks givings, because  God knows when the windows are open there's no reason for shouting! And I would like to think that God gave me the bright idea to lift the curtains over the rod no matter how uneven they would appear! It's simply another divine opportunity to push back and take a look. My heart was receptive!  


"There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:"
Ecclesiastes 3:1

Transformed by the Love of God, Linda Mose Meadows; Blogger, Motivational Speaker and Inspirational Author of: Destined To Receive: Reflections and Devotionals Celebrating The Love of God (Createspace, 2013) The Blessedness of Believing  A Devotional Journey of Life's Lessons and God's Promises (Tate Publishing, 2007) 

Sunday, April 27, 2014

EXPERIENCING RENEWAL & TRANSFORMATION ON GOOD FRIDAY!



Good Friday collage created by Linda Mose Meadows


"Kites,rise highest against the wind, not with it." Sir Winston Churchhill

On Good Friday I shared reflections at St. John Episcopal Church of New Haven's 7 Last Words "I Thirst "(John 19:28). This power packed afternoon examined Jesus Christ's human response during a horrific crucifixion. The other esteemed participants were: The Rev. Canon George Kovoor, Dr. Grace Kim, Dr. John Hare, Mrs. Terry Hare (cellist) and Mr. Robert Messore (guitarist). 

I shared a fascinating account about a young man, Kingsley who lived in the Cameroon (West Africa), resided in cramp, overrun dwellings with his family, worked as an underpaid life guard and was determined to have a better life. On his second attempt he and his family made the difficult and excruciating decision to scrape their meager earnings together and allow Kingsley to venture on to Europe. Long story short, Kingsley survived a horrific journey, several set-backs, including being stranded in the Sahara Desert and enduring an overcrowded rusty boat ride nearly capsizing! Kingsley clearly shares that his life is “very, very hard” but feels that there must be a solution for a better life.  He's a young man in a valley depressed situation and is seeking refuge outside of his familiar surroundings. Admittedly life’s setbacks and hardships will cause you to hang your head, bury your head in the chest of loved ones and sob. And  these occurrences may just catapult you in the hands of the wicked who intend to crucify you. Oh it's harrowing and just possibly you end up facing a treacherous shore with a fleet of rusty boats and no life-jacket. But what does this have to do with Jesus, so glad you asked?  I believe there's a distinct correlation with being thirsty and yearning for more of life. Yes, more choices, more freedom, more! Jesus is clear about his need and his unnerving pain. Kingsley may not have endured the pain Jesus suffered but there is a deep down desire for relief! Surely it's not the relief which 5th Avenue and Wall Street declare is needed. But I discern that more agape love, peace, joy and encounters that keep us humbly seeking God’s grace and mercy are the order of the day.

CeCe Winans’ lyrics aptly describe what it means to thirst for God”:

We thirst for You, we search for You
In a dry and barren land we're longing for Your hand
To guide us to a place where You can cleanse us with Your rain
Baptize us once again we thirst for You

We thirst for You, we search for You
In a dry and barren land we're longing for Your hand
To guide us to a place where You can cleanse us with Your rain
Baptize us once again we thirst for You

Oh Lord, we are waiting
Let Your river flow
Come flood our hearts again
Quench our thirsty souls

We thirst for You, we search for You
In a dry and barren land we're longing for Your hand
To guide us to a place where You can cleanse us with Your rain
Baptize us once again we thirst for You

Oh Lord, we are waiting
Let Your river flow
Come flood our hearts again
Quench our thirsty souls

We thirst for You, we search for You
In a dry and barren land we're longing for Your hand
To guide us to a place where You can cleanse us with Your rain
Baptize us once again we thirst for You

We thirst for You, we search for You
In a dry and barren land we're longing for Your hand
To guide us to a place where You can cleanse us with Your rain
Baptize us once again we thirst for You

We thirst for You, we search for You
In a dry and barren land we're longing for Your hand
To guide us to a place where You can cleanse us with Your rain
Baptize us once again we thirst for You

 http://www.songlyrics.com/cece-winans/thirst-for-you-lyrics/#o3Eep0s2HsMz2tRb.99



Thank God there are power packed scriptures that remind us how to quench our spiritual thirst:

John 4:14 (ESV) 14 but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again.[a] The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”

John 7:37 (ESV) Rivers of Living Water 37 On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink.

Isaiah 44:3 (ESV) 3 For I will pour water on the thirsty land,    and streams on the dry ground; I will pour my Spirit upon your offspring,    and my blessing on your descendants.

John 19:28 (ESV) The Death of Jesus 28 After this, Jesus, knowing that all was now finished, said (to fulfill the Scripture), “I thirst.”

John 7:38 (ESV) 38 Whoever believes in me, as[a] the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.”


Lessons Jesus Teaches When He Utters “I Thirst.”

Endurance-we must have endurance and not give up or give in! Endure hardships, calamity, tests, even exposure for the world to scrutinize. Jesus remained on the cross, the scriptures were fulfilled because of his obedience. We should thank God for Jesus having an obedient spirit! What often appears and finality is not entire story. Your triumphant moment is yet to be revealed. As He endured the suffering and shame on Good Friday, Easter morning was on the horizon. On lookers could only see what they saw.

Prayer- Jesus teaches us to remain steadfast and in a posture of prayer. Surrender your will, even when faced with righteous indignation, surrender! Whisper in faint tones, cry out if you must-especially when we are facing desert experiences, it’s essential that we thirst for more of God. Seek Him through studying the word of God. Don’t know what to pray, pray the scripture, use those very words when you need direction. More of Him and less of _____________            ( you complete the sentence).  The divine Jesus is draped in humanity audibly expressing a real need to be rescued! This simple petition with the life altering sentiment states “I thirst!”

Drink- In other words, “Lord I need you to save me right now!” Remember Jesus’ words to the woman at the well in John 4:14 ESV 14 but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again.[a] The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” Jesus “the bread of heaven”, the giver of life needs a lifeline! He goes directly to the source. Mimic that and be assured that God knows what’s happening to you.

Remain Humble- Jesus has modeled for us bold humility! He didn’t operate in his might to obliterate all those that betrayed and him, instead he remained suffocating and drowning in his own blood, body sagging from the pull, weight and gravity of a mean, cruel life experience. The enormity at that moment was more than his body, soul and spirit could sustain! Heaven must have wept for our crucified Lord & Savior. 

Acknowledge Your Fears-Jesus demonstrates for us that fear is natural but we must not allow it to navigate our decisions. And more importantly not to grumble when the world gives us sour grapes!! It’s prophetic indeed in Psalm 69:21 “They gave me poison for food and for my thirst they gave me sour wine to drink.” And I recall Jesus stating in John 6:51 ESV ‘I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. And the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.”

Be Transformed & Enjoy The Living Water-And finally brothers and sisters in Christ we can partake in our transformation and declare that: “When you/ [insert your name] pass through the waters, [Jesus] will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned, the flames will not set you ablaze.” Isaiah 43:2  

And why is that? Because God has a plan to prosper and not harm you! Jeremiah 29:11 assures me of all of this. Kingsley reaches his destination, weary and warn but he makes it! Surely you can too! Thirsty, go on friends drink up!

Transformed by the Love of God, Linda Mose Meadows; Blogger, Motivational Speaker and Inspirational Author of: Destined To Receive: Reflections and Devotionals Celebrating The Love of God (Createspace, 2013) and Blessedness of Believing  A Devotional Journey of Life's Lessons and God's Promises (Tate Publishing, 2007) 

Sunday, April 20, 2014

IT'S JUST THAT EASY SAY,"YES TO THE DRESS!"








“A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it,

bearing within him the image of a cathedral.”

Antoine de Saint-Exupery (1900-1944);
French Author




If I had not known better, I would have thought I was in a department store warehouse. No, but this was a school gymnasium. There I stood with on April 11, 2014  witnessing many happy parents and their daughters saunter out of Hill House High School with stunning prom dresses and accessories only if they desired-at no cost! The beauty of this afternoon was seeing the apparent joy on everyone's face, not to overlook the fact that parents didn't have to spend exorbitant amounts on prom expenses. This was a win win event!  Find a prom dress, try it on if you wish, claim it and leave with a smile. The pressure of purchasing and acquiring a prom dress was no longer a factor! Thanks to the ingenuity of Ms. Khalilah Abdulrahim good things are occuring for many young people in Connecticut. She truly has a heart for New Haven's young people and assisting them in making their dreams happen. She realizes the importance of them achieving scholastic excellence in pursuit of brighter futures. She's birthed Project Hope, and endeavors to turn dreams into possibilities! In my estimation Khalilah's truly a super star! Learn about her amazing endeavors and her circle of supporters for good which has rippled throughout this community-"Say Yes To The Dress” what a novel idea!  Go right ahead Khalilah and move to the front of the class. http://articles.courant.com/2014-04-11/community/hcrs-87733-statewide-20140409_1_dresses-project-hope-hillhouse-high-school 

http://www.projecthopect.org/
I thank God for witnessing such a power packed day!



Transformed by the Love of God, Linda Mose Meadows; Blogger, Motivational Speaker and Inspirational Author of: Destined To Receive: Reflections and Devotionals Celebrating  The Love of God (Createspace, 2013) and Blessedness of Believing  A Devotional Journey of Life's Lessons and God's Promises (Tate Publishing, 2007) 




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