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

Friday, February 13, 2009

THE WORD IS LOVE



THE WORD IS LOVE!

“One word frees us of all
the weight and pain in life.
That word is Love.”
—Sophocles (496 BCE-406 BCE); ancient Greek tragedian



This is the season of love, the eve of Valentine’s Day, the lovely red hearts, the wonderful variety of milk, white and dark chocolate confections, hard candies with the words etched I love you and beautifully crafted greeting cards. This merchandise is flying off the shelves. It’s a buying frenzy for many. I have the flu or I’d be at the cash register too! We want to convey LOVE in words, song, tasty treats and lavish meals, and bouquets of discounted roses.

But for a moment let’s not only talk about love but a kiss! What made me think about the kiss, just possibly the Holy Spirit wanted to share and discuss that the kiss is underrated and not generally spoken about on Valentine’s Day. I suppose Madison Avenue continues to perfect the marketing of a kiss with ads displaying perfumes and lotions but it’s really nothing that we can purchase. It’s priceless!

It’s really an expression of love. It’s intimate, truly personal; it can be holy, and sacred. The power of a single kiss can ignite passion, exhilarate your spirit, and/or remove the sting from life’s injuries, scrapes, falls and setbacks. Yes it can make our heart flutter, but a kiss can be a soothing balm. Just think about all the scrapes and bruises you incurred growing up? Or that you currently patch up now? These insults, afflictions which cause us to sometimes bellow, shriek, holler, scream and cry when followed with a light kiss to the forehead or cheek are healing! It seems to immediately make the injury not so awful.

I believe that a simple kiss, an embrace relieves and helps cushion us from future falls. I think about women with the issue of blood, looking for relief, solace from her daily plight, surely she must have been void of any displays of affection. A kiss was out of the question. Probably she felt like and was treated as dirty and an outcast. At what point it jumped into her spirit to move beyond her circumstance, I don’t know. But we are sure God planted that inclination in her and she reached out for help. And remember it wasn’t in vain.
I believe that’s what God desires us to do in our predicament(s), and that’s reach out for relief! She stretched out her hands, assured in her heart that relief would come. Something would give way! No Jesus didn’t kiss her but the words he spoke, [“Woman your faith has healed you.” ]was the symbolic kiss of life needed for her restoration! Her journey had just begun. Many had written her off, but her faith, her tenacity-her persistence, made her stretch out and trust that surely what lay ahead had to be better than the current state of affairs she found herself in. She loved herself enough to be sick and tired of being sick and tired. She sought relief /healing/ restoration and God reciprocated with compassion! Her answer was in the reach-the search!

Love in action (for ourselves), is often not easy, it may require us to break out of the norm, adopt a new habit and not be creatures of habit. It begins within the walls of our own hearts, and then spreads abroad in our homes, and offices. Kissing ourselves with affirmation by being kinder, not only to others but with our selves can take some work. We first must acknowledge that we are worthy! Then this mindset will spill over into our lives so sweetly. How will you do that? Think, act and grow? I am not sure, but ask God for guidance. In the meantime stand in front of the mirror, blow yourself a kiss and remember that God foreknew you, wonderfully created you and does have a plan earmarked with your name on it. Read aloud Psalm 139:13-16 and reflect on essence of that thought!

For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.


My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place.

When I was woven together in the depths of the earth,
your eyes saw my unformed body.

All the days ordained for me were written in your book

before one of them came to be
Psalm 139:13-16


(New International Version - UK)



God has kissed our very souls with scripture to edify and enlighten us. Friends he desires that we have a heart to confidently apply those truths. He’s comforted and kept us through his resurrected son, Jesus Christ! We are empowered to become whole! Ask yourself the difficult questions:



· In what areas of your spiritual and physical life are you not adequately demonstrating love of yourselves first?


· Where is character and life improvement warranted?


· Where can help be found and whom can I trust?


Start with prayer and don’t leave Jesus out of the equation. Maybe it has everything to do with our experiences and expectations. Carve out some intimate space where you can pray, talk to God, cry out your concerns, read scripture regarding your true identity in peace and quite. Anticipate a breakthrough and an outpouring of Jehova's love! God can provide the supernatural elixir and resources for our struggles with affection, empathy, sympathy, kindness, humility, caring, compassion, and forgiveness which I am confident are the “divine kisses” needed to lift our hearts and push us further on down the road?

As you are nurtured back to life, blow a kiss to yourself and others with some kind words, a sweet “I apologize!” to heal an offended heart, a “Here let me help you!” makes the task so much more pleasant. A “Yes I am listening,” surely conveys I care and love you. It’s sweet talk to the heart and soul. Yes indeed it’s a kiss of real love! Stretch out, stretch forth my friends-the word is LOVE!

Happy Valentine’s Day friends!





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

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Thursday, February 12, 2009

AUTHOR'S FEBRUARY EVENTS

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With God all things are possible.
Matthew 19:26


AUTHOR'S
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RADIO BROADCAST
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A Devotional Journey of Life's Lessons and God's Promises

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

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TELL ME MORE



How much better to get wisdom than gold,


to choose understanding rather than silver!


Proverbs 16:16

Some gifts arenʼt discovered and opened until all the guests are gone and itʼs just you and the pile of gift wrap and cake and frosting smeared dishes that await you. Well never mind the clean up, friends go on enjoy Bishopʼs McKenzieʼs reflections on hope, hardship and faith. Bishop McKenzie is sharing her spreading her wisdom like only she can with Michele Martin who always brings such a fresh air to her programming at National Public Radio. Consider this a late Christmas gift, but a timely Valentineʼs present too. These words of wisdom are a priceless gift that will cause you to rethink many of your former thoughts regarding setting priorities and honoring your authentic self. Prepare to be delighted and enlightened by Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie's voice wisdom and knowledge. Now sit still for a moment and listen to Bishop Vashti McKenzie. Thank you Michele Martin for this Tell Me More moment. You and Bishop McKenzie are definetly on my list of outstanding sheroes!


"AME Bishop Offers Christmas Wisdom
Tell Me More, December 25, 2008 ·
Vashti Murphy McKenzie is the 117th Bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church and the first woman to hold the position. She reflects on Christmas and offers a message of hope. The faith leader also talks about her service in Africa."


Elated to Share This Gift of God's Loving Wisdom ,
Linda Mose Meadows, Author
The Blessedness of Believing
A Devotional Journey of Life's Lessons and God's Promises

Sunday, February 8, 2009

FIND GOD? WE MUST FIRST SEEK HIM!

Without faith it is impossible to please Him,
for He who comes to God must believe that He is,
and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.
- Hebrews 11:6
Sometimes we are looking and looking for a certain thing and it's right in front of our eyes. Someone I love, often says when I can't find what I am anxiously trying to put my hands on is, "It's right where you left it." It sounds clever but it's accurate.
Who wants to admit or hear that? Certainly I don't; but it's often the truth. Usually we do discover the lost object, it's just not immediatley. We have to toss a cluttered drawer, look under the bed, check the fridge just in case, look through the bins and sift through a pile of stuff before the object of our search is located. Eventually you do find the item-you usually have half heartedly given up by then and just yell, "God help me!" And he does my friends! He comes to our rescue. He's a breath and a prayer away.
After reading Hebrews 11:6 I better understood that when it comes to our struggle to believe God for a given outcome, well that is really a matter of faith. Will I find what I'm seeking? Will He really do that for me or am I fooling myself? These have been some of the questions in my life's search. If you too have pondered those questions here's possibly an answer found in Our Daily Bread~October 30, 2008 (I seldom throw mine away) entitled:
GOD-OGRAPHY
"Understanding geography is helpful in daily life, but "God-ography" finding God is infinetly more crucial-for now and eternity. In Hebrews 11:6 we are told that to find God and please Him, we first have to believe that He exists. How can we prove that God exists? Finding God is a matter of faith-confidence in Him and commitment to Him. This confidence and commitment should remain strong even though the objects of our faith are unseen. The writer of Hebrews and apostle John agree that ultimately the way to find the Lord and please Him is by believing in His Son Jesus (Heb 11:6; John 14:6)
Finding God is solely a work of God. Those who seek Him will find Him because God will give them a heart to recognize Him as Lord(Jer. 29:13-14) Marvin Williams"
In essence seek with expectations friends, be confident that a divine blessing awaits you, even in the midst of confusion, clutter, frustration and caous-He can be found! I am a witness. God is available to you, you and me. Tell your heart to hold out, hold on-trust and believe.
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Linda Mose Meadows, Author
The Blessedness of Believing
A Devotional Journey of Life's Lessons and God's Promises (Tate Publishing, Nov.2007)

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