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

Monday, February 10, 2014

READERS WILL AGREE, OUR HEARTBEATS ARE IN SYNC!




"Life is one big road with lots of signs. So when you riding through the ruts, don’t complicate your mind. Flee from hate, mischief and jealousy. Don’t bury your thoughts, put your vision to reality . Wake up and live! "Bob Marley



Friends, I encourage you to acquire this outstanding literature and include it in your personal libraries. Present it as a treasured gift, the recipient will be delighted. Keep it in arms distance you'll be glad you did! Heartbeats A Journey Through the Soul by Ronette D. Jacobs is indeed a marvelous present and I am confident that readers will concur that our heartbeats are in sync! We are not alone in navigating our way! It's a fact that on each of our journeys we are yearning, seeking and searching for our truths. In those truths we specifically thirst for the living, lively God that will never fail nor forsake us. The author of Heartbeats has birthed an earnest and real literary work that is well acquainted with her own and our humanity and indwelling divinity! Below is a 5 star book review that I've written. The cover of Heartbeats A Journey Through the Soul speaks volumes about this entreating, rich content. Follow your road!



Heartbeats: A Journey Through the Soul

Paperback



As Daryl Coley sang the lyrics Great is thy Faithfulness Lord Unto Me right there in my living room I realized that it was time for revisiting a sacred moment of thanksgiving during my morning devotion. The music softy beckoned and encouraged my soul to navigate the deeper things of life. My answer was to start with Heartbeats: A Journey Through the Soul! Heartbeats reminded me I am many things to many people but more accurately I too am a part of a beloved community of faithful believers. I realized that it was no coincidence that I would gaze upon Heartbeat’s amazing book cover and take a literary stroll with Heartbeats: A Journey Through the Soul by Ronette Denise Jacobs. Her poems caused me to look inward, "awaken" my spirit, embrace forgotten memories, reflect and appreciate her truthful and soulful deliberations. I saw my issues mirrored and surface in Ms. Jacobs poignant words. These soulful stirrings of Ms. Jacobs spoke profoundly about my own private hurdles and yes, many triumphs. I contend that the author beautifully captures our humanity in her transparent accounts, it’s as though she’s standing behind the reader nudging them to not be sidetracked by the familiar but instead to skip, jump, rest, sing, laugh, wrestle if they must. But more importantly never to abandon their momentum. The reader is encouraged to embrace their life's journey and honor the call. Thank you author, educator, innovator: Ronette Denise Jacobs for your literary jewel! We celebrate you and the gift of Heartbeats: A Journey of the Soul, I entreat you to publish more works, don’t stop what you’ have started, you are a voice in the wilderness! Thank you for your earnest accounts. We hear you, agree with you and await your next work! Thank goodness, thank God! Great is your faithfulness!



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) 

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

TIME TO LOOK UP! BUCKLE UP! IT’S 2014!




National Anthem, by Jonathan Gladding 

Ever have the phone ring and the person on the other end was the friend you were fondly thinking of?  This morning that was the case! We laughed, giggled and then concurred that our relocation to Connecticut was indeed a good thing. It was apparent that God had once again orchestrated it all. All being inclusive of our move from Florida, the East Coast ministry trek, the new friendships (never negating the cord connecting us to our tried and true friends), the laudable community partnerships, our abounding appreciation and enthusiasm for love, life and what seems like some fatal challenges. Literally it felt like doors were slammed in our face when I thought we’d instead be embraced. Too many days it felt like a bad dream. Good decisions seemed to have gone awry. Prayer has keeping power friends. When yours seem limp, other’s who know the virtue and power of prayer can certainly cover you!
“You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.” Genesis 50:20
I am grateful for how God allowed us to exert energy in preparation for our next level. It was as though we were spiritually matriculating. My heart must have been yelling, “New level, new level! So glad it’s our turn Lord!” Oh it’s no denying that we better not take credit for a step up or a door open. We are not that clever in raining down blessings! None of our life's story could have been self imposed-crafted with our intellect or maneuvers.
We were approaching the 2013 Christmas season-Richard and I were traveling (several weeks ago) on the freeway. I was joyously anticipating visiting my Mama and Grandmother in Atlanta (really overdue for a visit). I knew I could not be there for Christmas but wanted to begin creating a festive atmosphere in their home. And then there was a hiccup, a startling interruption. The visible highway markers and signs indicated that Hartford’s Bradley Airport was just down the road, possibly 20 minutes away and I’d be boarding the plane momentarily.  And boom, a car wreck-a wreck that was startling! It caused us to fear, shutter, scream, and wonder if this was our end, dying on the interstate. The result totaled our minivan and the offender’s compact car.  The small Volkswagen merging in the lane we traveled was all wrong! I don’t know what the driver’s problem was but it was terrible timing! And then it all became surreal, a seemingly slow motion video. The cars colliding, the metal crumpling, the axles braking, the front end torn up, the shock, the disbelief and there we were in the midst! But, Great God the three coiled guard rails sustained the impact of our van! It seems we bounced against the sturdy coils and Richard’s hands held tight to the steering wheel. And the saving grace was the coils appeared to nestle the Volkswagen from diving into the ditch or back into the oncoming traffic. Oh it could have been fatal with the loss of life or injuries, but here we are on this side of a new year, January 2014 alive-well! No broken bones, no fatalities!

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 NIV

Yes, mayhem occurred and we survived it all! God kept us! What a miracle.
Often our lives reflect that we've been banged up, crippled even. Folks think you’re in a daze still suffering from shock. Oh, but our gracious Lord and Savior allows us to survive an atrocity, a humiliation, a setback causing us to feel as though we’re abandoned, standing on the side of the road. Be confident that divine  help is on the way, even if it’s unsuspecting.
Next time you’re on life’s highway think of the coiled guard rails, the helping hands, sound advice, friendly stranger, the answer to prayer as a safety net! Think of it as a safety net representing the Father, Son and Holy Ghost-protecting us, cushioning the blow during startling incidences. Notice I did not say ACCIDENT? Our Heavenly Father causes no accidents, but saves us on countless occasions. I know you recall His rescuing mission, you! Take a moment and just reflect on your 2013 journey, incredible right? We are now very familiar, well acquainted with the realization that God’s mighty outstretched arm protects us!  Thankfully He beautifully ushers us from one season into the next. The year 2013 brought about new developments, uncertainties, new transitions, new relationships, but definitely a firsthand account of His love! Can I get a witness?

Breathe, look up and live. Buckle up friends it’s time for thanksgiving adoration and without a doubt it's time to embrace a faith filled 2014! Happy New Year!


“I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love,18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ,” Ephesians 3:16-18 (NIV)


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) 

Friday, November 8, 2013

REFLECTIONS OF SUCH A SWEET, SWEET DAY! ACKNOWLEDGING THE SERVICE OF NEW MINISTRY


Then the Lord restored the fortunes of[a] Zion,
    \

we were like those who dreamed.[b]  

Our mouths were filled with laughter,

    our tongues with songs of joy.

Then it was said among the nations,

    “The Lord has done great things for them.”
 
The Lord has done great things for us,
    and we are filled with joy
Psalm 126:1-3



The Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut's Service of New Ministry 

St. Luke's noble ancestors and elders,established June 1844


Father Richard Dean Meadows, Jr (Priest) and Sister Linda Meadows (wife)

 Rev. Matthew L. Brown, 
Pastor, Teacher 
(Homilist for Occasion delivered a powerful message of hope and faithful conviction!)


Regal Processional for Installation


 Applauds from congregation 
and The Rt. Reverend Laura J. Ahrens, Suffragan Bishop
during the introduction of St. Luke's 17th priest of St. Luke's Episcopal Church


Father Richard D. Meadows, Jr. and "Joyous" Family

Masterful interpretative dance: 
"The Journey to Calling" 
by Wes Yarbor


Gospel Medley by Rev. Paulette Thompson-Clinton 


I Believe I Can Fly, St. Luke's Steel Band

We joyously celebrated one of the newest ministries in New Haven, CT. The presence of the Lord was evident during this historic installation service for St. Luke's 17th Rector, Rev. Richard Dean Meadows, Jr. The prelude performances of Rev. Paulette Thompson-Clinton's duet with Maria Fusco our Musical Driector, our beloved St. Luke's Steel Band and the masterful interpretative dance by Wes Yarbor regarding Rev. Meadows' spiritual and personal journey were all outstanding and surely anointed. The stately and reverent processional reminded onlookers that collectively hearts, hands and prayers were the testament for this holy occasion. It was indeed a day we will long remember. The letter below was a part of the "installation booklet".  As you read my settlements, you'll quickly grasp that all that our eyes witnessed and hearts experienced made for such a sweet, sweet day! Many thanks to you Lord!

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*INSTALLATION NOTE WRITTEN FOR THE INSTITUTION AND INDUCTION OF THE 17TH RECTOR OF ST. LUKE'S EPISCOPAL CHURCH (NEW HAVEN,CT)
7 PM WEDNESDAY,OCTOBER 30TH, 2013



*"Dearest St. Luke's Family, 

My husband requested that I share a note with you and today it seems that I'd rather sing then write. In my spirit I am singing because finally we've arrived at home in Connecticut with you. It's refreshing and assuring that you also can attest to this! It's an enthusiasm that seems to be bubbling up! It's that giddy, offbeat, joyous song about a new day which has evidenced the "goodness of the Lord in the land of the living!" Sandwiched in my spirit are many songs from the traditional to the rousing musical numbers acknowledging that we've come this far by faith-all to the glory of God.

Not long ago I traveled with my husband to Hartford, he was conducting business with The Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut. When he invited me along, originally I thought of it as "tagging along"- an opportunity to enjoy a relaxing afternoon and simply marvel at the fall foliage! This "joy ride" was reminiscent of our past excursions which always seemed to evolve into something much deeper. My hunches were right! Once again it was much more than I could have imagined! After our quick arrival we met and greeted the warm Diocesan staff and before long, we were perusing the aisles of Connecticut's parish publications, clergy resources and mounds of historic documents.

In The welcome mat was rolled out and there we sat in the historic archives, marveling at the huge collection of books, artifacts and the treasure trove of documents highlighting St. Luke's amazing heritage. And then it was apparent this was God's intention! His intended mission that we travel to the Diocesan Archives and see the elder's vision "up close” on paper, in weathered photographs and be humbled by their massive mission, appreciate their struggles, their  victories and grasp a greater understanding of the immensity of this call to serve St. Luke's! It was a field trip that I would forever honor. It was as though a flood gate of enlightenment burst while we huddled together reading newspaper clippings, clergy accounts and letters written in the 1800's, all of it was mesmerizing!  After my husband met with the Bishop I began scouring over the  insightful articles, gazing upon the aged black and white photos, learning of the past church rectors, noted vestry and energetic parishioners.

We were entreated with informative community news, birth announcements, salutations and memorabilia. Loyal and loving seemed to resonate in my spirit. God was once again ordering our steps and giving us a glimpse into how St. Luke's foundation was layered with dedicated ancestors and a community collectively endeavoring to forge their way leaving an indelible imprint not only in New Haven, the surrounding community but, also Haiti. It's no wonder we are such an outstanding parish. Oh it gives me such pride and exhilaration that now this HBCU graduate and post VTS seminarian stands on the shoulders of forthright, determined, and insightful individuals.  They were prayer warriors- movers and shakers of their era (affecting us today). Now we will stand confidently with St. Luke's Episcopal Church's 17th Rector, Rev. Father Richard Dean Meadows, Jr. and continue in carving out our history's next chapters. Yes, our stories will be filled with the complexities of our day, but we will journey with Jesus, shepherded and growing spiritually. In our assured faith walk we'll be confident that he's lead of the Lord. And it won't just be a leisurely ride, but prayerfully an amazing mission.

We are a mission intent on providing intentional ministry for generations to come-erecting lives, loving the Lord and serving our neighbors. Oh St. Luke's, I thank God for merging our paths and our hearts believing together with a prayerful countenance that with God all things are possible! Oh it's wonderful to be in the hands of the Lord, come on family let's sing to the Lord a new song, written for our time.

Trusting in God's Peace and Blessings,
Linda Mose Meadows"

Shared in Love, 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) 

Friday, October 11, 2013

AN ABSOLUTELY PERFECT DAY

Great game of  Jacks! 
This was an extraordinary inter-generational event!


The fun is just starting! Amazing day of fun, fitness and literacy!
I am still humming the melody, "Lovely Day!" Imagine a day filled with fun, fitness and literacy. Well that's just what our Double Dutch Fun Day and Outdoor Games was! It was sandwiched with those essential elements and it evolved into a marvelous day of  sheer fun. St. Luke's Episcopal Church and The New Haven Free Public Library-Stetson Branch hosted a terrific multi-generational event in the historic Dixwell Community on September 28, 2013. This was indeed a super Saturday! Enjoy this ISUU celebrating our many community supporters and participants. I praise God for providing me with the vision, the backers and most especially bringing the Double Dutch Fun Day and Outdoor Games to fruition!









Oh it was indeed a party! How we love St. Luke's Band!


Shared in Love, 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) 
 http://eyesoffaithmagazine.blogspot.com/   

Thursday, September 19, 2013

IT'S GOOD TO BE HOME!

Rickey greeting the Moving Van in New Haven


'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


July 1st we happily became residents of New Haven, Connecticut. Once my husband accepted a new ministry assignment as the 17th Rector of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church it seemed as though time had slowed down and we’d never get to our desired destination from Florida to the northeast “New England”. So many blessings, prophetic encouragements and prayers were sandwiched together; it was no doubt that we were headed in an amazing direction. We’d known the hard knocks-was well acquainted with ministry hurdles, understood the signals, experienced the many past life lessons, endured much and was once again extremely thankful for the divine progression.  Oh to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living! As I’ve heard it said and do enjoy repeating it also: “For real, for real!” moving to Connecticut was another Jeremiah 29:11 confirmation!


'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




We acknowledged that we were not only transitioning regionally, but mentally and spiritually to a new place in our lives, a place we’d never frequented.  But never the less it was HOME! And, yes it’s refreshing!

Joy erupted as we eagerly embraced the realization that it was time to head north “back home”.   Back home to the changing seasons of the northeast and a familiar urbane social and cultural terrain. Oh friends it was time! I am sure that my soul acknowledged that. “Yes, it is time to experience God anew.”

And of course we arrived in New England before our belongings and daily counted down the days when our truck load of furnishings would arrive. The house had an empty hollow “house echoing sound” and that was very distracting. After 2 weeks it struck me how we had adapted to having fewer material possessions. It was a new rhythm. As is said, “We didn’t miss a beat!” We gleefully sat at the kitchen bar to eat our meals, smiling and had fun jockeying for the thrift store treasure of the chair with matching ottoman. If I wanted to languish outdoors I’d sit on the comfy furnishings on the backyard deck. And in that time our focus shifted from our stuff to learning about our “new” New England surroundings, becoming acquainted with members of the church, learning about the active ministry events, connecting with neighbors and making friends. And when the moving van finally did arrive I realized that we could make it with fewer treasures unpacked.  Exhaling, I acknowledged that there was no need to open each and every box and/or hang our entire art collection. Our focus and ministry direction has shifted beautifully! Once again God has done exceedingly more than we could imagine. Hearts are receptive and the anointed works are blossoming. The past month’s activities have reflected unspeakable joy which is captured in the photos below. There is a joy that is assured that God has planted us here because..." our desires are in agreement with His thoughts for us." 1 John 5:15.

Joy is spilling over because it's good to be home…..

I’ve begun to weekly volunteer at St. Luke’s Clothes Closet. I look forward to being there. Truly the selecting, folding, sorting and arranging puts a smile on my face and lifts my spirit when the community comes for free clothing and household items. I eagerly greet and interact with them and sometimes help them with hunting for particular items. Often a conversation ensues and I realize they are in need of much more than the tangible. A word from the Lord often brings an assurance and a relief that they’ve come to the right place. As they search for items God is extending a helping hand through our volunteer services. On one particular day, I noticed a little girl “helping” her Mommy shop and I discovered a pink jacket asked her Mommy if she could have it and the child’s expression was absolutely precious! Permission was granted for me to share and photograph this blessed moment. I trust you are also smiling! Joy is contagious!


  
The doors of the church are open! St. Luke's Services is indeed a beacon of hope in our community-lifting, feeding, edifying loving and sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I’d like to think that ministry is an action word!





Our beloved and devoted parishioner Edward F. Mapp, Business Manager of St. Luke's Steel Band has music in his heart! St. Luke’s Steel Band ministers throughout New England and the surrounding states! These stellar musicians bring tremendous  joy wherever they travel and perform.




Morning Glory! Breakfast partners: the Community Soup Kitchen and St. Luke's Episcopal Church serving our guests-the children of God of course! It’s a meal that is certainly appreciated!




Partnering with the community for creative fun and cultural ministry opportunities is another demonstration of God at work. He gives us the energy, creativity and our heart’s desire and before long paths are crossed and the fruit of partnerships beautifully blossom (i.e. St. Luke’s parishioners, Shop & Save, New Haven Dept. Of Recreation, Yale Health Systems, Anthony Thompson, The Diaper Bank, Fish, New Haven Free Public Library Stetson Branch, Hon. Jacqueline James, Alderwoman Ward 3, Yale University’s Dwight Hall tutors) with far reaching effects. I realize this is just the start of good things to come! St. Luke’s ministry bounty and community outreach is truly growing! And clearly God is touching hearts and directing our path!






I am sure you agree that it’s a wonderful season where faith is abounding, joy has erupted and we can’t help but, smile! Thank you Lord for all you are doing!



Pastor Richard Meadows and Linda Mose Meadows, Inspirational Author


Shared in Love, 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) 

Thursday, August 15, 2013

HAVE YOU DISCOVERED WHAT YOU’RE LOOKING FOR?



 Cocoa Beach, Florida~photos by Linda Mose Meadows

Then Jesus said, "Come to me, all of you who are weary 
and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. "
Matthew 11:28

What a great idea to enjoy breakfast on the beach intent on catching the sun rise. It was nothing complicated; we grabbed our beach chairs, a piece of fruit and filled our baggies with crunchy cereal. That morning was ripe with discovery! It was our first trip to Cocoa Beach. I had heard so much about this vacation lovers spot and my expectations were high. It started with our enjoying the gray blue streaks and faint clouds zig zagging across the Florida sky.


Several mornings prior to that, we’d experience first hand the gray blue sky and dark waters evolve into an almost blinding bright blue sky. Hours later the sky would hover over a clear ocean, visible sea turtles, fish life and scorching sand. The sun was very harsh on the eyes and skin.  We’d have to run for shade, pull out our beach umbrellas and sun screen lotion to make “playing” out on the beach tolerable. But it was still early morning and that moment the sun hadn't yet showcased it blistering rays heating up the ocean shore. For now this stretch of beach was a breezeway- a corridor of turtle treks, early joggers, the bicyclists, seashell scavengers and hurried sandpipers sharing this sacred space. Admittedly, you could be so absorbed in the activity that you'd forget to lift prayers of thanksgiving. But certainly it was a time to appreciate God’s lovely handiwork and marvel at all of this.


As we strolled the beach, chatted and appreciated the sights and sounds it was easy to become “caught-up” in the natural arena.  Oh the sand underneath our feet, squishing through our toes was like a cool clay to the touch and simply perfect. After returning to our beach chairs to sit, reflect and just be still, the frothy waters danced. And then it was a most peculiar sight. It just seemed out of context. There he was, a man from outer space! Ok maybe that’s an exaggeration!  But, his gadgets and his intent stroll seemed out of place on the beach.  His metal detector, and equipment positioned for unearthing lost treasures was all new to me. It seemed he appeared out of no where! Oh I was so tempted to ask him if he had any success finding what he was looking for and instead just gazed at him and wondered-thought to myself, “Really?”

But in my spirit I believe that the Holy Spirit desires that we take our eyes off this fella. That we instead reflect on our own“gadgets”, search our hearts and ponder if we have found, or discovered what we are looking for?


What are you in search of? Can you touch it? Is it in arm’s reach? Is it for sale? Is it just a matter of not having the funds to purchase it? Or is it in the position you seek? Is it in the back of your closet? Or is it out of sight tucked in the beat up trunk or lodged under the sand? Is it underneath the floorboards in the "family home place", displayed in cabinet you seldom open? Maybe it’s in another relationship (you believe), a travel destination you have yet to reach?  Or is your treasure tucked in your heart’s desire-your spirit and it can’t readily be accessed with a metal detector? I bet there’s possibly an aching, a yearning that retail therapy won’t remedy! Is your disposition, your bad attitude, your outlook feigned and excavation needed. What will be unearthed? I'd wager that possibly self actualization and an inner work is required? What are you hungering for? As my Sister friends might inquire, “Whatcha’ need honey?”


I believe that much of what we search for; hunger for while coveting our possessions with a “need more” mentality really is our desire to fill a void. A void that can’t be filled with the stuff, relationships, behaviors and treasures we accumulate and continually acquire. It’s evidenced by a physical act that won’t fix the need at all. We search and search like our friend with metal detector to no avail. It’s an exhaustive search that may last longer than we wish. I’m no Iyanla or psycho-therapist but I truly think our search for meaning and relevancy often is a longing to embrace more of the things of God, more of our authentic longings to get in touch with our thirsty soul’s elixir-a divine tug that echo’s, “You’ve tried that, now come to me all you who are heavy, weary, wounded and tired!”


Then Jesus said, "Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, 
and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28



CeCe Winans sings a popular song, Thirst for You. The lyrics are poignant, go on and read them:

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/#OE6qIJ7XPvVjul3s.99 

Friends take a moment to put down your heavy equipment. Seek God, read His Holy Scripture, pray for direction, take heed, get the for real help and surely you’ll benefit from the discovery. A discovery that quenches your thirsty soul!




Shared in Love, 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) 

Monday, August 5, 2013

HOMEGROWN LOVE!


photo collage by Linda Mose Meadows

Sing to the Lord a new song;
sing to the Lord, all the earth.
Sing to the Lord, praise his name;
proclaim his salvation day after day.
Declare his glory among the nations,
his marvelous deeds among all peoples.
PSALM 96:1-3


Just yesterday I had several ah-ha moments with a dear friend of at least 27 years. She’s one of the truth tellers in my life, I can always count on.


There are gifts in our lives that come in many forms. And it’s been a delightful waterfall that I can see and experience! The past several weeks have brought some timely blessings. As Sara Ban Breathnach would acknowledge (for sure) it's simple abundance all around!


The recent gift of home grown cherry tomatoes, the orange shaped cucumber, outings with new friends, some offered direction, sage advice and countless blessings. These blessings are ATP's (answers to prayer)-many of which can only be felt in our hearts and experienced in our restored souls. These ATP’s all confirm that we are not alone and truly God cares for us! At those healing moments it's good for the spirit. Our spirit is now experiencing divine fortification. It’s our moment to release, acknowledge, inhale and exhale cleansing breaths, surrender in joy, cry if we are moved and whisper, sing, rejoice and dance!  Yes, it’s a homegrown gift! Feel God’s presence! It’s our opportunity to lift up the name of Jesus and with heartfelt prayers express our thanksgiving!

Friends see it for what it is and experience your home grown bushel of blessed bounty and know that God loves you!

Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad;
let the sea resound, and all that is in it.
Let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them;
let all the trees of the forest sing for joy.
Let all creation rejoice before the Lord, for he comes,
he comes to judge the earth.
He will judge the world in righteousness
and the peoples in his faithfulness.

Psalm 96:11-13


Shared in Love, 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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"The Blessedness of Believing: A Devotional Journey of Life's Lessons and God's Promises is expressly written with a heart that seeks after the righteousness of God with uplifting personal sentiments and prayers, referencing Holy Scripture, encouraging lyrics and deep expressions of faith ."

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But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him! I Corinthians 2:9

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I pray you have continued joy for your journey!
Linda