“With Love That Outlasts”, a worship poem from Linda Willows

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With Love That Outlasts

The evening shifts, the clouds reform.
I watch a passing storm transform.
Like the heart through seasons of,
this life that journeys throughout Love.

In the beauty of God’s wondrous heart;
here we fasten, there we start.
Such are the oceans that open invite,
this sky of sweet bidding and joyous delight.

In the calm of a peace that stills all.
Here my heart rests. Here my soul calls.
God in the answers; the silence that asks
fills all the spaces with Love that outlasts.

© 2019 Linda Willows

Psalm 46:10 “He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”

Jeremiah 33:3
“‘Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.’”

Isaiah 54:8
“With everlasting love I will have compassion on you, says the Lord your Redeemer.”

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“Beheld by Our Maker, Loved from The Start”, a worship poem from L.Willows

Beheld by Our Maker, Loved From The Start

A woman like you, a woman like me
made in God’s image, meant to become free.
Each formed with His care, unique at the start,
Loved and beheld by our Maker; made in His Heart

Fathomed to walk with heads high and hearts Light,
to bend, bow low, bear life and hold tight.
Spread in all nations, we sing out His Call
Father, Lord bind us, let Love lead us all.

Bear us, as women, to be faithful and true,
to Honor You Spirit, live courage, life’s due.
Each in the testing of hope, faith, and heart
beheld by our Maker, Loved from the start.

© 2019 Linda Willows

Everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made.
Isaiah 43:7

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

Photo images from The Atlas Of Beauty by Mihaela Noroc

“Assured by God’s constant Love, Protection and mighty Faithfulness” from LWillows

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Assured by God’s constant Love, Protection and mighty Faithfulness, from LWillows

“When I am assured of the constancy of God’s Love, the power of His Protection and the might His eternal Faithfulness I rest in Him, savor His Promises and soar with joy.”

Promised.

The word assurance itself means “confident in, promised” characterized by security. In life, amidst the swirling and rapidly changing circumstances that we each live in, it can be easy even for the most solid minded and strong hearted of us to lose the sense of feeling secure. We assume our confidence by attaching value, even our own value to the state of our circumstances, often to our relationships as well. We look to these rather than to God for the reflection of who we are and “how we are”.

Secure.

Our sense of security can be easily swayed by temporal things, especially those that we don’t like to name as temporal like our “heart possessions” and many things that we hold on to dearly. We want to be assured that we are loved, safe, protected and often- needed as well. Being needed can convince us that we are loved but it is not a substitute nor will it fill what is truly seeking to be filled. The heart longs to be reunited with God, to be in a tangible relationship with The true source of Love, Protection and the one that is forever Faithful. God knows all of our needs before they are even expressed. We run to try to fill one another but God is the only true full-filler.

Belief 

I have noticed that there is a vast difference between assurance which is the result of “belief” and our current culture’s grasp of “knowing”.  Belief is defined as the feeling of being certain that something exists or is true.

“Know” or knowing, as we use the word today is an awareness that is the result of an investigation or the gathering of information. I developed a lifelong habit of seeking to know as a way of gaining control over chaos and uncertainty. Surely in a world that spins out of control, we are want to know more and more. Yet it does not actually satisfy. It is a false comforter.

When David asked for knowledge in the Psalms, he spoke with great reverence and humility before God. His asking for knowledge was not one that investigated God, it was already submissive to The Sovereignty of The LORD. God’s answer and prompting would be received with complete faith and belief. Prayer is the best companion during spiritual transformation. Our own hearts cannot lead us.

Psalm 25: 4-5 Make me to know your ways, O Lord; teach me your paths. Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long.

David’s belief was powerfully in God. He knew God’s character. This was the God of his salvation. He prayed day and night.

He had Godly Belief.

The kind of belief that advances us is Godly Belief. This is belief not in the things of this world or in anything temporal but in what is God-Breathed, in The LORD’s holy word. Godly Belief leads to prayer and worship. Prayer and worship a personal relationship with The Lord. This holy relationship inspires faith, the unseen of belief.

Godly Belief is holy hope, it is the substance of faith and the evidence of things not seen.

Hebrews 11:1
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

Assurance.

Assurance is one of the most beautiful states of being. It implies a positive declaration intended to give confidence; a promise. When I used the word assured you are resting in confidence but the beauty of its significance is that it is not your own strength that you rest in but in the strength and power of God. You claim assurance because you can positively declare that your confidence is in God’s promises. Your confidence has come to a full dependency upon the strength of The Lord. In this you find certainty. Your sentence can begin with the words. “I am assured”. I rest in this because all confidence is in God.

I am so grateful to have a prayerful and worshipful relationship with The Lord. The more that the character of God becomes revealed to me in ways that are vivid to my heart, the more my faith increases. When I believe that “I am assured of the constancy of God’s Love, the power of His Protection and the might His eternal Faithfulness I enter into a state of rest and peace”, it causes all of me to soar.

Faith.

I see life and circumstances differently. Challenges are not obstacles they are part of an ongoing sojourn. Everything that we face can be embraced because we humbly realize that we cannot do it alone. All confidence is in God. As I am assured of His Love and Protection I need not live in fear. I cannot. Love and fear cannot reside in the same space. As I believe and faith increases, trust becomes a powerful ally.

Trust, hope, faith, believe, love, confidence in God. This is the assurance in living in the might of His eternal Faithfulness.

Joy.

My heart is bursting with joy as doors swing open in this Faith walk. How could we want to move forward in any other way? After being so loved with such might and carried even when we thought we were left behind, how could we not run to the One that has been so Faithful to us?

Then,

who am I? I am a child of God. how am I? at peace; secure in His Love.
When I am assured of the constancy of God’s Love, the power of His Protection and the might His eternal Faithfulness I rest in Him, savor His Promises and soar with joy.

© 2018 Linda Willows

His Promises

Psalm 119:32 I run in the path of your commands, for you have broadened my understanding.

Isaiah 40:31 But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

Psalm 89:2 I will declare that your love stands firm forever, that you established your faithfulness in heaven itself.

“Words Press upon Page, Light to Kiss”, from LWillows

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Words press upon, page Light to kiss…
as sweet motions that set, this my heart forth in bliss.
Dancing between all the notes that set free
some poet, ago…one that wandered like me.

Hours bless the days with whispers of prose
as I walk in a garden of Winds graced with Rose.
Let me soft speak, even sing in a hushed tone,
some few hallowed words from this Godly Roam.

Leave me and find me, all comes Home now.
I am in the dear fold, of the Lord of the Vow.
Words press upon page Light to kiss…
We each live amongst such Almighty bliss.

©2018; Linda Willows; ©2013 Linda Willows

1 Peter 1:8-9
Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls. See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are.

Isaiah 35:10
and those the LORD has rescued will return. They will enter Zion with singing; everlasting joy will crown their heads. Gladness and joy will overtake them, and sorrow and sighing will flee away.

(Photograph by Ludmilla NG)