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, December 27, 2009

11th WEDDING ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION-A VIDEO QUILT

Richard and Linda Meadows @ Kittyhawk




This is surely what happens when we have time on our hands, we create what our heart longs to express. Sounds good right? Well, I'd like to think this is accurate. When I can, I do really love creating cards, scouting out fabric for pillows and curtains, writing devotionals, and trying to express myself artistically. This is essential for my wellbeing! If I could really paint and sing I'd be dangerous! But, I do realize some of my limitations. Today, I had some wonderful "me" time. I baked a mean eggplant parmesan, and finished my video quilt too. Christmas break has been very theraputic. God knows how good I feel. I've been trying to compile photos, select just the right music and discover scripture that expressed my sentitment for love. This evening I finally finished what I started several weeks ago. My 11th Wedding Anniversary Celebration video is now on my accomplished list! I am very pleased with the concluding frame, I think it speaks volumes about our spiritual journey.


It's no secret that I am enjoying creating youtube videos. I believe each of the videos celebrates the developmental milestones and the relationship hurdles that God beautifully helps us to navigate. We are never exempt from struggles, especially in our marriages. This sacred relationship can be extremely complex and difficult. Healing is always in order.



I pray you'll be further encouraged by my sharing through The Blessedness of Believing Devotionals, my Urban Views Weekly Inspirational Columns and the Faithauthorlindam Youtube Channel which conveys that daily we are evolving into the spiritually enlightened persons God desires us to be. We are a work in progress. When you have the opportunity to share your testimonies, don't hesitate! Your growth experiences can absolutely benefit us all.



Several weeks ago Ricky and I celebrated our 11th wedding anniversary, here's the sentiment of my video quilt:



God's love for all of us abides. We as believers in the Gospel are tremendously
grateful for scripture that conveys this truth. (For I know the plans I
have for you....Jer. 29:11
) Not only is this a musical tribute and
celebration of God's love for the sacred union of marriage, but; also a
shared appreciation that Richard and I have for each other. Join us as we
continue to journey together in a special loving relationship realizing that
with the Lord's direction, He can make all things new. Friends, we simply
need to trust and follow His lead!











Created in Joy by:
Inspirational Author and Columnist, Linda Mose Meaows
http://www.youtube.com/user/faithauthorlindam

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

IT'S THE CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY SEASON! ~ AUTHOR'S DECEMBER EVENTS



It’s the Christmas Holiday Season
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A Devotional Journey of Life’s Lessons and God’s Promises
by
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God’s goodness and infinite wisdom;
no matter your life’s circumstances.
It’s a great way to start the day, a new year afresh and renewed!
Gain a deeper perspective about your spiritual journey!




AUTHOR’S DECEMBER EVENTS

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Hampton University Museum
Friday, December 11, 2009
5:00 pm-9:00 pm
Purchase your holiday devotional and journal
by Linda Mose Meadows
Kwanza Gifts with
Select vendors, enjoy art and holiday music!

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Book Signing with Linda Mose Meadows,
Author of:
The Blessedness of Believing
A Devotional Journey of Life’s Lessons and God’s Promises
December 19th, 2009
1:00 pm-4:00 pm
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757-826-0600
Shared in Love:
Linda Mose Meadows, Inspirational Columnist and Author of:
The Blessedness of Believing
A Devotional Journey of Life’s Lessons and God’s Promises

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

FIND MOMENTS TO DEMONSTRATE LOVE

Happy Thanksgiving!

"A cheerful look brings joy to the heart."

Proverbs 15:30


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FIND MOMENTS TO DEMONSTRATE LOVE

BY

LINDA MOSE MEADOWS
Pg. 8






Sharing in Faith,
Linda Mose Meadows, Urban Views Weekly Columnist and Inspirational Author:
The Blessedness of Believing
A Devotional Journey of Life's Lessons and God's Promises

Monday, November 23, 2009

HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS


" Do not merely listen to the word...Do what it says."
James 1:22

Are you looking forward to a shorter work week and half day on Wednesday? I sure am! Many of us will exit our offices in a frenzy at noon rushing to our favorite markets, department stores, super shopping centers and the like to prepare for our Thanksgiving Holiday! It’s a blessed day of football games (arm chair quarterbacks can experience a football over load), friends and family gathering and let’s not overlook the wonderful meals and abundance of mouth-watering desserts.

Scores of folks will be headed to far away destinations flying the friendly skies, and zooming down the highways in route to home. Loving arms will await their anticipated arrival.

But, the flip side is that there will be many that won’t have the financial means for a lavish meal. Broken hearted and abandoned souls will also be searching for shelter and a decent meal because home is neither nonexistent, nor a safe haven! Just possibly the news will be filtered to them regarding neighboring Soup Kitchens, community centers and/or churches that are distributing turkeys, providing hot meals, food baskets and/or warm winter clothing. The lines will be long and deep!


I believe through giving we can actively participate in the success of these endeavors. I’d like to think this is where we can make our holiday planning complete through our charitable gifts and donations.

  • My prayer is that you’ll commit to helping to provide the essential resources to improve the quality of life for others. It’s as simple as keeping your eyes and ears open for your community churches, synagogues, food banks, nonprofit and human service agencies that desire donations and/or volunteers.

  • Organizations with the intention of extending a helping hand can certainly benefit from your support. Let “ love and charity” be your motivating factor. They’ll be listed in your telephone directories or simply Google lists of human service agencies in your vicinities-you’ll be surprised at the list that will pop up!

  • United Way also awaits your call. They have a directory of agencies and knowledge about services which need volunteers, services, financial support, and gifts. Your community will be so appreciative of you. Organizations like Back to Basics Ministries in Delan, Florida and Buffalo, New York are all phone call away!

  • It’s time to celebrate the season with thankful and reflective hearts-our open hands and shared gifts make going home for the holiday so sweet!


Go on and spread more joy, more love and I’ll see you in the produce section at Kroger’s! Leave some fresh cranberries for me!

Happy Thanksgiving to all! God bless you!


Shared In Love-Keep hope in your hearts,

Linda Mose Meadow, Inspirational Columnist & Author:

The Blessedness of Believing

A Devotional Journey of Life's Lessons and God's Promises

http://blessednessofbelieving.blogspot.com/

http://blessedauthorlm.wordpress.com/

Friday, November 13, 2009

GOOGLE YOUR NAME!



"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord,"plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11






Today friends that's just what I did, google my name! Try it you'll be amazed at what awaits you! Then I typed my name in the search box on YouTube to discover my reading of my poem Destiny by Linda Mose Meadows. This reading was at the Word4Word Anniversary celebration at Aroma's Cafe in Newport News. Generally I enjoy writing devtionals, but since attending the Word4Word Open Mics I thought I'd attempt writing poetry. We were challenged to write about "destiny". Look out Nikki, I am here!(Nikki Giovani is one of my favorite poets :-) I'm having a wonderful time actively participating in my life friends! I thank God for the wonderful opportunities and celebrations that God brings my way! I pray that you too are embracing your destinies!



DESTINY
by Linda Mose Meadows

Sharing, Hearing what the Divine has pushed her to believe,
Struggling, falling, crawling, leaning, swaying
letting one cane fall softly to the warn carpet
she reaches for her prosthesis

Before long, standing proudly and then comfortably moving toward her motorized chair
Destiny delights in newly acquainted freedom
No containing her for another neighbor's "dop-in" interrogation

"Energy to spare" is what rolls off wagging, jealous tongues
"She only got one good leg, while the others a stump!"
"She don't sit still!"
Destiny chuckles in anticipation of
Bumpy, cracked sidewalks,
unpaved roads, hard hats and Warning signs!
Secretly it's a delicious challenge, reborn joy, deep down joy
She whispers How great thou art!"

Destiny's mind races
bygone days of dancing halls, reaching for bursting peaches and walking carefree
Kicking up some dust!

She is assured:
"Greater is He that is within me!"
"For I know t
he plans I have for you!"
"You are not forsaken!"
"Those He foreknew He foreloved!"


Destiny witnesses the bewildering stares, gawking, wondering:
"Where she headed?"
Smiling, eyes twinkling
Nods her heart answers,
"I am headed somewhere, the Lord knows!"
"I'm alive, I'm alive!"



Shared In Love--Keep hope in yor hearts,
Linda Mose Meadow, Inspiratonal Columnist & Author:
The Blessedness of Believing A Devotional Journey of Life's Lessons and God's Promises
http://blessednessofbelieving.blogspot.com/

http://blessedauthorlm.wordpress.com/

Thursday, November 12, 2009

LOVE & FAMILY: THE SPICE OF LIFE!

"My people will live in peaceful dwelling places in secure homes,
in undisturbed places of rest."
Isaiah 32:18



I am searching high and low for the right combination of spices. Initially it was not my choice to be so selective, but now I am making a concerted effort to eat better, consume more low fat items and really taste the food. My nurse practioner wasn't playing with me! She pulled no punches when she shared my health diagnosis, presented her leaflets, a variety of moderate diets, retrieved my sample medications, and then provided me with a compartmentalized plastic dish. My husband was having a good time teasing me about not jamming my lunch in the compartments. It was really funny but I tried to ignore him and that smart statement. This Tupperware instructional dish accompanied exTplicit instructions about portion control. Before long tears began to flow because I knew this was my call to get my health in order. I'd have to abandon my Chinese Buffets for now. Just days before that medical visit I agreed that mentally I would stop being in denial about my weight gain and get proactive about being healthier. Never imagined it would be sooner than later. My health prognosis with that recent mental declaration was now the alarm clock for my wakeup call!



In order to make progress my thinking must change! Are you there also?



Daily, I'm encouraged by the improvement in my health with new a renewed mindset and deliberate choices. It's my hope that longevity and a better quality of life are in my forecast.




Friends what really warmed my heart and encouraged my soul was my recent visit to Farm Fresh grocery store. In their aisle with baking items my eyes caught a creatively wrapped jar that contained cinammon and sugar! This wasn't the spice I'd purchase, but God knew I needed to see this. Let me explain.



Growing up, my mother would create this exact sugar and cinammon combination in a small jar and sprinkle it on our buttered toast. Was it ever tasty! The melted butter on the warm toast with the sugar and cinammon delighted our tummies! Our Mama was so good about providing us wholesome baked goods on a meager income. Mexican wedding cakes, chocolate chip cookies, biscuits, graham crackers with a wedge of ice cream (ice cream sandwiches), popcorn popped on the stove were the usual treats. My mother desired that we'd have cookies and snacks like other children and made sure that she'd provide us with that as she was stretching her dollars. Many, many cold and snowy Buffalo mornings, we'd enjoy cinammon toast with hot oatmeal before going to stand outdoors to wait for the school bus. Days that would now be considered "snow days" simply meant dress for the occasion and get out there and go to school!




How I wished my brothers had been with me at Farm Fresh to laugh and tease about more of our childhood memories. For a moment I was surrounded by my family . Their love was tremendously assuring. In search of a simple jar of spice, I was met with a loving flood of comforting memories. I felt so much better about many things while pushing my grocery cart.




"Lord I thank you that in the midst of our current affairs, you provide us with nuggets of joy to hold on to faith which spur us on to keep living! "
"Thank you for the many acts of kindness
and love we've received.
We realize that love and family are the spice of life!
We give you the honor and glory!"



Have a good day!

Appreciating You!
Linda Mose Meadows, Columnist & Author:
The Blessedness of Believing
A Devotional Journey of Life's Lessons and God's Promises
http://blessednessofbelieving.blogspot.com/

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

THE POWER OF ONE!

Deep In Thought Photography by Author, Linda Mose Meadows



Your skepticisms about another's ability are yours-definitely not relevant about the power that they have within!
~Linda Meadows~




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THE POWER OF ONE
Pg. 4




A heart at peace gives life to the body.


Proverbs 14:30

Sharing in Faith,

Linda Mose Meadows, Author & Columnist
The Blessedness of Believing

A Devotional Journey of Life's Lessons and God's Promises

Friday, October 30, 2009

PAY ATTENTION TO THE SIGNS!

Photo by: Linda Meadows
This plant often surprises me.
Some mornings it's blossoming with new flowers!



Permanence, perseverance and persistence in spite of all obstacles, discouragement, and impossibilities:
It is this; that in all things distinguishes the strong soul from the weak.”
—Thomas Carlyle(1795-1881), historian, essayist, satirist




Could it be that the most driven personalities, the most audacious, determined spirits walk their own paths in life and feel that they need not borrow from our platter of experiences? Come what may, they are going to do things their way and in their own time. Many of them may see the signs, the seemingly very obvious indicators (to me and you) telling them to go another way, avoid the pitfalls, smell the coffee, get out of that business plan, abort that agenda, leap from the burning building, or squash that dream. But they shrug their shoulders in disbelief and ignore us! Their exuberance can’t hold a candle to the voice of caution. It’s a “faith system” that befuddles most. They read the “signs” differently! You can’t get in their way. That’s that resolve that reminds me of the scripture that “God did not give us the spirit of fear, but of love and a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7

Several days ago I realized that during my noon walk I pass a line of trees, not very tall but they are lovely. If I am too absorbed in thought, I miss them all together. Move too fast and I am around the corner and back in my office. Depending upon the season, the transformation of leaves and buds has occurred over night. The leaves and flowers appear and re-appear in varying brilliant colors- the weather and the season play a huge factor. The trees have that tell tale sign that a change has resulted. Are we having an “aha moment”? I believe that Holy Spirit is speaking:


He desires that we understand that that change is eminent. We will experience seasons of lack, prosperity, joy, pain, and the trying of our patience, but we can be like the trees planted on my lunch walk! Change doesn't deminish it's beauty. It's foundation is strong! Is yours?

Our spiritual foundation will sustain and nourish us during the harshness of the elements. Study and pray to become further rooted and grounded in God’s word. Let love and faith will anchor you. The benefits of your spiritual foundation will help you to thrive. I am a witness!


Are you paying attention to the seasons in your life? Are they serving to mature you and encourage you? Remember it’s all a life lesson –just pay close attention to the momentum. Growth is evident. Take a moment and let your mind escort you back to all that you’ve encountered. Remember God’s grace? It’s right there.


  • I am confident that God desires that we understand that that change is eminent. We will experience seasons of lack, prosperity, joy, pain, and the trying of our patience, but we can be like the trees rooted and grounded-still standing! We too can be determined to live and not die, no matter the season!



  • Literally enjoy the signs of nature, the artistic impressions, the billboards, the graffiti, the conversations, the relationships, the dynamics and the words, so many words along the way; learn from them!. Take them as signs to assist in navagaating your way. Filter what has no place in your spirit! Pay attention to the signs! Go on and tuck them in your heart.


Friends it’s a fact, God doesn’t abandon His own! Your blessed pursuits–whether they be unchartered waters or familiar avenues; fully rely on God! Surely you’ll know victory.


Shared With Joy,

Linda Mose Meadows, Columnist & Inspirational Author:

The Blessedness of Believing

A Devotional Journey of Life's Lessons and God's Promises

http://blessednessofbelieving.blogspot.com/

http://blessedauthorlm.wordpress.com

Thursday, October 22, 2009

PRICELESS GIFTS

One of the "gift" books on work table:
His Children
by Anita Schiller, photographer
and Susan Noyes Anderson, poet

there's wisdom here

the power of three

the power of surf

and sand and sea

the power to kneel upon the ground

the power to build on something sound

the power to feel

that nothing ends

the power of three

the power of friends

the power of surf

and sand and sea

there's wisdom here

the power of three




Some finds are priceless. That awesome leather bag you discover at your favorite TJ Maxx store makes you want to break out in a dance. A red dress drastically marked down and then the 75% discount on top of that was waiting just for you-oh that's divine! The beautifully decorated brown and turquoise journal and box of humorous gift cards discovered underneathe the pile contsruction paper poking out in view for your eyes only. Or that tray of perrenials at your Home Depot that you happened upon because you needed those energy efficient bulbs, and just before you make your way to the check out line, youn dart over to garden wares. Your whistling, humming and dancing because of your garden discounts! The treasures we stumble upon when we least expect them are wonderful and so easy on our wallets. You haven't broken the bank and the retail therapy was just what the doctor ordered.


Oh, it is really one of the sweetest feeling being able to indulge yourself when you least expect it. I have discovered a treasure trove right there at work and there are no costs and long shopping lines. I can't tell you the number of times I've walked by the table stationed next to the vending machine and rarely looked at the items on top the table. This table isn't ornately designed, skirted with a banner, nor display. It'a like the can of cookies on top the fridge and no one notices the contents. You see the can in the same location, but seldom shake the can to examine the goodies. Try it-it really works.
Weekly there are new books on top the table. They are "freebies!" Inconspicuosly in the open! Yes, it's really an oxymoron. In plain sight there are a several books. If you paid no attention, you'd think they were text books. Not so. These are wonderful books: word puzzles, mysteries, novels, how-to-books, cookbooks, children's books and inspirational selections. Gently used and brand new books. One day I quickly glanced and then stopped, I was having a "Barnes & Noble" moment and just giggled with sheer delight. The identity of the book fairy is unknown. The books are here today and then gone. But the treasure is always replenished. It's a book lovers dream! I feel very fortunate and blessed by the donors generosity and am extremely thankful for the unexpected gifts. My personal work library has flourished-it brings me joy!
In the midst of a rushed workday, I can slow down for a moment, reach for a wonderful book, learn how to create a wreathe, marvel at artwork, celebrate with a poem, or escape through the photographers' lense and just be still and breathe because of a priceless gift.
From My Heart to Yours,
Linda Mose Meadows, Inspirational Columnist & Author
The Blessedness of Believing A Devotional Journey of Life's Lessons and God's Promises

Thursday, October 15, 2009

WHO WOULD HAVE THOUGHT? I GOT TO KNOW YOU!




Trust in the Lord with all your heart.

Do not depend on your own understanding.

In all your ways remember him.

Then he will make your paths smooth and straight.
Proverbs 3: 5-6

Donnie McClurkin featuring Marvin L. Winans - Live in London


This morning, I was deliberately searching for an uplifting word, possibly a song, a melody something that would speak to my heart and my circumstance. As I read a students’ file, then reviewed an assignment, I stopped and paid attention to the radio. There it was so clear and accurate on the radio-one of my favorite songs by Donnie McClurkin: Who Would Have Thought! It didn’t take long, I had ownership of the song and revelation that the lyrics were my testimony.

Hold tight to your testimonies friend, they build you and shape you and encourage you when life is especially confusing!


I have embedded this Youtube video of Marvin Winnans and Donnie McClurkin for you and hope that you’ll also have opportunity to listen and rejoice because of the truth that is resonated is timely! Think about it friends, so many others have boosted and almost shouted, “I know Jesus!” and “I’m too blessed to be stressed!” “Yes, I am blessed and highly favored!”


That might be their truth; but what of your experience? Some days you may be hard pressed to utter those sentiments. Oh, we realize that the goodness of the Lord, but the weight of the world has us pinned against the wall. Just for an instance, reflect that you too have come through the fire and rain and yes, it was awesome grace and mercy that allowed us not to be consumed by life’s floods and fire! You are enduring, that loss you’ve overcome!



We are victorious and well acquainted with God! How do we know? It’s that genuine bounce in your step; that too much too soon responsibility that you carry, which has not caused you to loose your way; that restored joy reborn; that trouble you encounter which causes you to trust, pray and persevere; that hurried pace you move at-you’re on a divine mission ;
that ________, whatever it is that has caused you to become very intimate with God!


Who would have thought, we got to know God for ourselves!
Indeed you are friends with our creator! On a first name basis! You move and breathe with assurance because you too know God for yourself and never ever have to boost because in your spirit, it’s evident! It’s realized ! Go right ahead, jump shout and praise God and sing with Donnie: “I got to know him in a better way!”

Sharing In Love,

Linda Mose Meadows, Inspirational Columnist & Author:

The Blessedness of Believing

A Devotional Journey of Life's lessons and God's Promises (tate Publishing)

http://blessednessofbelieving.blogspot.com/

http://blessedauthorlm.wordpress.com/

Saturday, October 10, 2009

2009 LIFE THROUGH LITERATURE FESTIVAL: AN UPLIFTING EVENT!



Poplar Lawn Park,


Sycamore Street


Petersburg, Virginia

















Thanks for your support Brother Charles!




"The Lord has done great things for us,

and we are filled with joy."


Psalm 126:3




















The Mayor of Petersburg,

The Honorable Annie M. Mickens




The overcast skies had to give way to the warmth, fervor and excitement felt throughout the day for the wonderful festivities of the:



2009 Life Through Literature



held today, October 10, 2009.

Author, Linda Mose Meadows happily participated in

Author's Pavilion!


It was indeed an awesome community literary event! Kudos to City of Petersburg, Mayor Annie M. Mickens, the Petersburg Public Library System, its sponsors and a host of vendors, literary characters and some soulful entertainers!




Wonderful, wonderful is just what this day was. It was exhilarating to be in the company of such esteemed authors as: Karen Winston (Lindula Finds Joy), John Bryan (Take Me Fishing), Amina Luqman-Dawon (Afro-Americans of Petersburg), Elvetrice Parker Belches (Black America Series: Richmond), Charles Lee (Preacher Man), Walton Graham (Critter Crossing), Rev. Angel E. White (In the Beginning God) and my wonderful friend: Editor and Founder of Tools For Life, Ronette Jacobs. These authors were provided an opportunity to showcase their projects and publications. We shared our literary publishing experiences, read excerpts of our work and entertained questions. It was an opportunity to learn, share and celebrate a realized dream.




Children and adults had a ball interacting with Dr. Sesus' Cat In The Hat and Curious George mascots. Books galore were available to everyone! It was a book lovers haven. Everyone was encouraged to take as many books as their arms could carry! No doubt Poplar Lawn Park was the perfect sight to host an upbeat family friendly event. The overall atmosphere chased the gray clouds away and graciously invited the sun to stay a while, beckoned authors to continue framing and building their works and conveyed to book lovers that The Petersburg Library has a heart purposed for literacy enrichment!




Was this community appreciative? Just ask the little boy walking with his tiger painted face, wearing his unique ballon crown and clutching his precious book? I am sure his answer is a resounding, "Yep!" Surely it was evident to on-lookers as the little guy walked with his own book glued to his little face. Friends, it's confirmation enough for me-that books delight and enrich us!




I knew that if the festival event planners needed a report card or an indicator for sucess, they only needed to visually survey the park particpants and note that practically everyone gleefully held several books; free books of their own choosing. Books that they'd take home and call their own! I contend that indeed the 2009 Life Through Literature Festival was a super success! Job well done!



Shared in Joy,

Linda Mose Meadows, Author & Columnist

The Blessedness of Believing A Devotional Journey of Life's Lessons

And God's Promises (Tate Publishing, Nov.2007)

http://blessednessofbelieving.blogspot.com/
http://blessedauthorlm.wordpress.com/

Thursday, October 1, 2009

ADDING INSULT TO INJURY, REMEMBERING DEMON ALBERT


By Charles Rex Arbogast, AP
Shoes placed atop school desks are part of a memorial to 20 Chicago Public School students
killed by gunfire since last September, displayed at a rally in downtown Chicago April 1.




My stomach was in knots yesterday morning as I mentally recounted the horrific news heard on Black America Web of the young man; a child really, 16 year old Demon Albert an Honors student navigating his way through what must have been a living hell! A hell, an animalistic saga which violently targeted anyone in its path.



It‘s a nightmare just to hear of this victimization-the brutal beating of this beloved young man headed home. Can you just imagine the promise and hope that Demon’s folks had for his future? And what of his own aspirations; possibly he dreamt of becoming a pharmacist, a chemist, a teacher, a musician, an anthropologist, an architect, and a loving parent? I don’t know? But I do realize that scholars are on a mission envisioning a life of promise. Yes, he was robbed of the opportunity to live out his destiny. Walking home from school?
Lord today what a tragedy!

Yesterday, I opted not to watch the news clips, or Google the “bystander’s” video and then share this horror in an email. I didn’t tout my outrage and trade messages with my online friends. Instead I purposely ignored the news and went about my workday, wondering when is this madness going to end? This self hated; this violence, and these out of control inhumane, despicable acts that fracture and break down countless families and communities.
The violence is holding us hostage and strangling the life out of us.



How could school be the wrong place! It’s disheartening, truly sad that here’s another dreaded statistic, a “man child” murdered at the hands of his peers. This must not become another urban “story” that numbs our psyches and makes us feel hopeless and indifferent. Yes, shaking our heads in disgust and wondering what ever happened to valuing life can’t only be the answer for addressing this may lay! Our kids life shouldn’t be in vain. Our family faced this dreaded consequence; my step son, Courtney suffered death at the hands of another young person. This is so raw, so brutal! Oh it’s easy to get angry at the police, the schools, the government, the nebulous moral decay, the underfunded scholastic programs, the absence of what? Well friends, you fill in the blank_______.



But who’s to blame, where’s the solution? I am not sure, but our children can’t thrive in chaotic environments. Young men like Courtney and Demon, and the college kids massacred in a play ground during their summer vacation, and the young girls assaulted, and toddlers tortured and the kids tainted, in Washington, DC, Rockville, Chicago, Buffalo, Fort Worth, Peoria, West Chester County, Douglasville, and Water Town are dying in droves. Pick up the papers, click on the news, it’s the headliner news!
I am praying pray that this nation, this community awakes and understands that although we are focused on a possible pandemic, right here and now we are plagued with an epidemic! It’s tragic and our children are dying, dying at the hands of their peers. This is warfare, spiritual and natural!
I am praying for a change in the land and action of a unified cause to address and eradicate this senselessness because right now it’s just insult added to injury when the victims are buried and the perpetrators are tried as adult offenders. And the bloodshed continues! Nothing good results, the pain is simply compounded.



I am praying that the Lord gives us wisdom on what to do!



Friends I want to believe we are supposed to change things for the better, not simply chant, “Stop the Violence”, then bolt our doors, and activate our burglar alarms. Maybe we could start with community organizations like Back to Basics which can point the way? It’s time!


My deepest condolences to the family and friends of Demon Albert; may God comfort you during this very difficult time.

Shared in Love,
Linda Mose Meadows, Author & Columnist
The Blessedness of Believing
A Devotional Journey of Life's Lessons and God's Promises
http://blessednessofbelieving.blogspot.com/http://blessedauthorlm.wordpress.com/

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

AUTHOR, LINDA MEADOWS FEATURED ON KIRKLAND'S CORNER RADIO SHOW ~ WUFO 1080

Linda Meadows greets Mr. Ted Kirkland after breakfast @
GiGi's Soul Food Restaurant in Buffalo, NY

To everything there is a season..

Ecclesiastes 3:1


As a Buffalonian you cherish WUFO 1080 "on your radio dial !" I recall daily we listented to R & B preparing to make my way to school, learn about celebrated snow days, community happenings, historic and/or breaking news events. This station remains commited to serving the community. It's no wonder our household had our radio dials set on 1080 WUFO!
While in Buffalo this past summer, we grabbed breakfast at GiGi's Soul Food Restaurant. It's in the heart of the East Side and is frequented by a steady stream of soul food lovers. Haven't seen some friends in a while, just stop by GiGi's! They are sure to come through! This would be our farewell meal with family until our next return trip. Naturally we ran into folks we know and love.
Who cared that a 12 hour drive was ahead of us? Our restaurant stay extended until we'd kissed our circle of loved ones and said goodbye for a third time. I kid you not. God would have it that before Ricky and I finally left,we'd bump into Mr. Kirkland-a noted Community Builder and Trailblazer. He also was having breakfast with friends. His greeting was warm and he was his wonderful self. I shared my book news, and as they say, " The rest is history!" True to his word he read my devotional from cover to cover and had high praise for this work. I am humbled by his acceptance and affirmation of my devotional.
Several Tuesdays ago, I sat at my desk in Hampton, VA during my "work day" lunch hour, had an interview with Mr. Kirkland on Kirkland's Corner ! Yes, imagine I was being interviewed on our home town radio show-WUFO 1080 The Spirit of Western NY !
I got over being nervous, forgot my talking points and a flood gate of wonderful memories were released! I just couldn't contain my joy!
I relished the gift of sharing and celebrating some significant milestones that God's grace ushered me through! Thanks to my friend Drusilla she listened intently on the internet and digitally taped the show. You'll even hear me knocking on her door-oops. My interview concluded, but you could still hear the broadcast. But, all in all, this has been an awesome highlight in my modest literary stint. Sharing with all of Western New York and Mr. Kirkland/WUFO about The Blesssedness of Believing A Devotional Journey of Life's Lessons and God's Promises is truly a divine happening. God orchastrated this, like only he can! I am greatful for the amazing technology, the fine folks at WUFO and my friend Drusilla for her techno expertise.
I count it a joy and an honor that the Lord above would provide such an opportunity! I especially thank him for allowing me to cross Mr. Kirkland's path on a Sunday afternoon in my hometown of Buffalo, NY after dining on grits with cheese, turkey sausage links, prefectly scrambled eggs, and I forgot a piece of beautifully fried chicken. I shared it reluctantly ! Did I mention toast with strawberry jam? Makes you appreciate home right?
That's why we call it "home, sweet home!" Thank you Lord!
Shared in Love,
Linda Mose Meadows, Author & Columnist
The Blessedness of Believing
A Devotional Journey of Life's Lessons and God's Promises

LIFE CAN BE GOLDEN!


Beautiful! Backgrounds 1 by: Earnest Graham
Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the Lord.
Psalm 31:24



Come on friends, let's act like we know! Know-realize and relish in the fact that life can be "Golden", no matter what the News Reporter's forecast or how we're feeling. Yes, feelings of good, bad or indifferent! God is the same yesterday, today and through eternity. Wonderful, Counselor, Healer, Friend, Lord and Savior. Jesus! Jesus!

God is ever present, He's with us! Celebrate this day and know that you know, life is "Golden", for sure! Sing a new heart song and be assured!
Love to Jill Scott for always keeping it up tempo! Have a blessed day my friends!






Songtress Jill Scott singing Golden!

Joyfully Submitted by :
Linda Mose Meadows, Author & Columnist
The Blessedness of Believing
A Devotional Journey of Life’s Lessons and God’s Promises

Sunday, September 13, 2009

NO OTHER WAY TO DESCRIBE IT~A TERRIFIC DAY,INDEED!















Send forth your light and your truth,
let them guide me;
let them bring me to your holy mountain,
to the place where you dwell.
Then will I go to the altar of God,
to God,
my joy and my delight.
I will praise you with the harp,
O God, my God.
Psalm 43: 3-4
























Simply put, Saturday was truly a terrific day! There's no other way to describe this past Saturday, September 12, 2009! The weather as delightful, just perfect! No jackets, no umbrellas required!

MISSION: FANTASTIC!




First stop was Barnes and Noble for my book signing and then off to Richmond, VA./ Glen Allen to accompany my friend, Linda who was conducting an interview of the bookclub: Elite Literary Guild for her Urban Views Weekly column. It was a blessing all the way around! Meeting the bookclub members and being reacquainted with their President: Michelle Bolden-Carter, Carol and introduced to Tina and the other members was super. They were gracious enough to extend their official meeting time which allowed me to share the dynamics regarding the birth of my devotional: The Blessedness of Believing A Devotional Journey of Life's Lessons and God's Promises and my joy about being the inspirational columnist for Urban Views Weekly. I felt so fortunate and realized this was a look at God Moment! They encouraged my spirit by being so receptive to my testimony.








I was "home" again at Barnes and Noble New Town Shops in Williamsburg, VA. This was the site of my very first book signing in January 2008. It's a very comforting atmosphere for me. The managers and staff are genuinely caring and warm. No shortage of smiles and customer service announcements.




Friends and new acquaintances stopped by. I was so happy to see them. Their enthusiasm about acquiring my devotional was a love letter from heaven. During these stressful economic times, folks are counting their dollars and certainly don't have to be supportive nor generous. So I knew God had sent them all my way. Grateful is what I am!
And then the surprise came! In my spirit I felt God pronounce that I wasn't there for me! I sat still for a moment and reflected on what the Holy Spirit had expressed. "Yes, Lord." Instantly, I understood. No, God hadn't forfeited his love for me, nor his blessing of this occasion; but instead desired that my focus move from self. I then understood the true Barnes & Noble mission of the day was to have an ear to listen and a heart to receive and then encouragement another soul-as best I could that God is active and available to each of us! It was divine orchastration. I was willing and God was present! Oh my friends, it's risky being transparent but, it's not about us!
May He shower you with His ever lasting LOVE!



Sharing in Faith,
Linda Mose Meadows, Inspirational Columnist & Author:
The Blessedness of Believing
A Devotional Journey of Life's Lessons and God's Promises

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