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,
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!
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