“Cupped in Love Pouring, Love Roaring, Love Sown” a prayer poem from LWillows

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Love, Love; heart hear through rain’s pouring
Strike, light; come into call’s roaring
Softly but surely, now in this vast
Find the child’s wanting and fill him to last.

Oh, be the One that will Father his heart.
Sweeten and comfort, give him a start.
How sweet the blessing when a life opens to
That moment, the pouring of the thunder of You.

Pray, Love, be stilled by a wonder so new.
Filled by a God of Creation’s imbue.
Oh, sweet- yet there is so much to be known
Cupped in Love pouring, Love roaring, Love sown.

© 2018 Linda Willows

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, And before you were born I consecrated you; I have appointed you a prophet to the nations.” (Jeremiah 1:5)

“Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God” (Romans 8:26 & 27).

“Then Jonah prayed unto the LORD his God, out of the fish’s belly, And said, ‘I cried by reason of mine affliction unto the LORD, and He heard me; out of the belly of hell cried I, and thou hearest my voice” (Jonah 2:1-2).

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Grace; it embraces all heart and soul with the Divine…words and quotes to soak in!

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Grace; it embraces all heart and soul with the Divine…

“Grace is an energy; not a mere sentiment; not a mere thought of the Almighty; not even a word of the Almighty. It is as real an energy as the energy of electricity. It is a divine energy; it is the energy of the divine affection rolling in plenteousness toward the shores of human need.” -Benjamin Jowett (1817-1893)

“For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men.” Titus 2:11

“Grace is a certain beginning of glory in us.” -Saint Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274)

“For grace is given not because we have done good works, but in order that we may be able to do them.” – Saint Augustine of Hippo (354-430)

“Man is born broken. He lives by mending. The grace of God is glue. -Eugene Gladstone O’Neill (1888-1953)

“Grace is love that cares and stoops and rescues.” -John R. W. Stott (1921- )

“Christ is no Moses, no exactor, no giver of laws, but a giver of grace, a Savior; he is infinite mercy and goodness, freely and bountifully given to us.” -Martin Luther (1483-1546)

“I do not at all understand the mystery of grace – only that it meets us where we are but does not leave us where it found us.” -Anne Lamott

“The grace of the spirit comes only from heaven, and lights up the whole bodily presence. – Charles Haddon Spurgeon

“Grace is the love that gives, that loves the unlovely and the unlovable.” -Oswald C. Hoffmann

“I need thy presence every passing hour; What but thy grace can foil the tempter’s power?” -Henry Francis Lyte (1793-1847)

He giveth more grace when the burdens grow greater,
He sendeth more strength when the labors increase;
To added affliction he addeth his mercy,
To multiplied trials, His multiplied peace.
-Annie Johnson Flint (1862-1932)

“The burden of life is from ourselves, its lightness from the grace of Christ and the love of God.” -William Bernard Ullanthorne (1806-1889)

“My all was His River, Blessed Freed in Love’s Plea” a freedom praise poem from LWillows

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I longed to be free, to unencumber, unbind,
To loosen the gristle that clung to heart’s twine.
What had I saved from the past now stood still;
It wrapped me in slivers of a shrapnel grille.

My spirit could soar, it could climb, it could dream.
Within were the seeds of The Lord’s harvest seen.
Oh, holiest reach all within was at hand,
But the heart; the mortal – such death kept its stand.

Morning next I awoke to a sacrifice given,
From the depths of my soul, a hallowed grace-driven.
Split apart like a desert that rose for God’s sea,
My all was His River, Blessed, Freed by Love’s plea.

© 2018 Linda Willows

We celebrate Freedom, we have the honor of freedom in this country, what a gift. I woke today in awe of an even greater gift, God’s Grace, the wondrous life given in the Walk with Jesus Christ. Scripture whispered in my heart as I woke. Verses drifted by. I was overcome with what I have been given. I realized that nothing was more important than the Freedom that life in The Spirit of Holiness in Grace and This Freedom. I looked at everything in my life, each small burden, and the larger ones. I met with the ones that seemed insurmountable. Everything took a new perspective. With Jesus, it is all changed. With Jesus, I become Free. I do not belong to the hills and valleys that shift like the sands of a desert. Everything parts in front of me and a Holy River opens wide with a Blessing as His Spirit Floods everything with God’s Goodness, Mercy, and Love. This is the Sea, the parting, and the Freedom. It is the Grace received. It is the Love of Christ on a morning of awakened Freedom. ~ Linda 

2 Corinthians 3:17
17 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.

John 8:36
So if the Spirit set you free, you will be free indeed.

Galatians 5:1
It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.

“Living for the Will of God”, devotional from A.W. Tozer

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The temptation to gear our lives to social consequences is frightfully strong in a world like ours, but it must be overcome all the way down the line. The Christian businessman when faced with a moral choice must never ask, ?How much will this cost me?? The moment he regards consequences, he dethrones Christ as Lord of his life. His only concern should be with the will of God and the moral quality of the proposed act. To consult anything else is to sin against his own soul.

Again, the pastor when facing his congregation on Sunday morning, dare not think of the effect his sermon may have on his job, his salary or his future relation to the church. Let him but worry about tomorrow and he becomes a hireling and no true shepherd of the sheep. No man is a good preacher who is not willing to lay his future on the line every time he expounds the Word. He must let his job and his reputation ride on each and every sermon or he has no right to think that he stands in the prophetic tradition.

And the same principle is binding upon the religious writer and editor. The scribe who will trim his copy to hold his job is unworthy of public confidence. The editor who will reject an article or a paragraph of an article because he is afraid to accept it is standing in the shadow of the fear of consequences. The publisher who allows desire for profit or the fear of losing sales to decide what books he shall print is on a moral level not too far above the money-changers Christ drove out of the Temple. All these examples point up to a grave modern evil, permitting temporal consequences to decide eternal issues.

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Mark 3:35 “For whoever does the will of God, he is my brother and sister and mother.”

I Thessalonians 5:8 “…give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”

Romans 12:2 “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”

A courageous heart will gaze upon
his Lord, his King throughout all hours worn
until the day, the time, set from high
that bids sweet peace, Our Father’s reply.

© The Beloved 2018

“Petals beneath my Footsteps” from LWillows

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Petals deep silken fall beneath my footsteps,
I linger, I feel each round cloud that soft lets.
Wanderings embrace Love’s kindness retraced.
Oh, bounty brings near such never-ending Grace.

Silver strands weave into a new budding Heart,
announcing the tellings of shining path’s start.
Pull all of the sweetness, the flower, the rose,
make a parcel of this and see peace in repose.

Would that the droplet of this magic, such feat
could sprinkle like dew over all that may weep.
The silk of the petal upon the Path’s lasting way
could embrace and soften each journey’s bouquet.

©2018 Linda Willows

Psalm 73:26
My flesh and my heart may fail, But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.

Psalm 142:5
I cried out to You, O LORD; I said, “You are my refuge, My portion in the land of the living.

Jeremiah 31:3 “The LORD appeared to him from afar, saying, “I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore I have drawn you with lovingkindness.”

1 John 4:16
So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.

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