“Recieve His Rest”, from L.Willows with scripture (heal, pray, God’s comfort)

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I met someone who was deeply broken-hearted. I had known her for a while without knowing but after a deeper conversation, she shared her heart. We talked about sharing our hearts and burdens with Jesus and what that looks like. When our hearts become heavy or weary, there is one sure place that we can go for respite, we can go to The Lord. It is a hope that I turn to in times of greatest need, one that has been the anchor of strength and comfort.

The Lord knows our hearts and can see every part of us, even in-between the parts of the parts (as my Pastor said on Sunday). More, this One gazes towards us with such great love, we are drawn near to his heart; warmed by the Light of His Spirit and called by His Father to be comforted and filled with tender mercy.

This is no ordinary rest, no ordinary peace. It is the love and comfort of God. It is like the warm embrace that a child receives when he or she asks to be received by their father. It is hope answered. It is the gentle reprieve that bends to receive each of our hearts on the most burdensome days of our lives. Jesus is able to see, know and reach into our hearts beyond words that we may or may not be able to form and respond with love and wisdom.

Even if you don’t think that you know how to “go to the Lord in prayer”, it is possible to take your heart to him at this moment. Simply find a quiet place. Ask in His Name. Believe in Him. Tell Him what is on your heart. Start with the first things that come to mind like you are speaking to a friend that is very near. (If you have trouble speaking it, try singing it.) Listen to a song. Then start again. Some of us have difficulty asking for help and before praying need to practice saying “Lord, help me”. That is a prayer too.

We walk in God’s joy; filled by his Love as his sons and daughters. We have a near and merciful Sheperd that seeks to unburden us. He says, “Come to me” with a promise of rest.

Knowing that we can go to God for rest and comfort is one of the greatest gifts that we are given. Scripture encourages us. We are given these promises:

Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.
Matthew 11:28

He heals the brokenhearted And binds up their wounds.
Psalm 147:3

Like a shepherd He will tend His flock, In His arm He will gather the lambs And carry them in His bosom; He will gently lead the nursing ewes.
Isaiah 40:11

A bruised reed He will not break And a dimly burning wick He will not extinguish; He will faithfully bring forth justice.
Isaiah 42:3-4

For thus says the high and exalted One Who lives forever, whose name is Holy, “I dwell on a high and holy place, And also with the contrite and lowly of spirit In order to revive the spirit of the lowly And to revive the heart of the contrite.
Isaiah 57:15

The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, Because the LORD has anointed me To bring good news to the afflicted; He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to captives And freedom to prisoners;
Isaiah 61:1-3

I will seek the lost, bring back the scattered, bind up the broken and strengthen the sick; but the fat and the strong I will destroy I will feed them with judgment.
Ezekiel 34:16

 

© 2019 Linda Willows

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“This, but a Moment”, a Praise poem from L.Willows (joy, His glory)

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This, but a Moment

Do you see what I see
in the slant of sun’s crest?
Do you hear all Gods’ beauty in the colors that rest?

Greens in the hollow of deepening curves,
Mint mists that follow the whispering birds.
Blue touches with promise, they hover above,
almost embracing, covering like love.

There in the fields, I see buds lifted sweet-
colored like honey, rising to greet.
All in the midst of the afternoon sun,
this but a moment, a glorious one.

© 2019 Linda Willows

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
Philippians 4:8

He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.
Ecclesiastes 3:11

“Our True Needs and The Call to See Jesus” from L.Willows

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Our True Needs and the Call to See Jesus

We all have many needs. We have heart needs, physical needs, family needs, “life” needs, relational needs, and the list goes on to include our community, our country,  fellowman and more. When we pray and appeal to God we bring our hopes and needs to the altar of the one that has the power and ability to fulfill “all things”. Is it possible that we ask for what we what without knowing what we really need?

Matthew 19:26

26 But Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

Yet all things are subject to the discernment of the timing, wisdom and the will of God. We do not have the ability to see or foresee all the forces at work in our own lives nor in those around us when we ask for what we need. We often want be do not understand the fullness of what we are wanting.

That means that only God can fathom the full content of our need and wants.

Only God can decipher the now and the future of our request. Sometimes we, ourselves are not able to distinguish between needs and wants.

Wants are more attached to the now. They often, if addressing a frame of “the eternal” will fade into the background because they concern themselves with matters of the world; money, worldly treasures, position, desire, more of something, gaining something, adding to something, having something, position of something, desire “to be something”, to change the opinion of “someone”, gain recognition, to elevate the self in a worldly way for security, gain security, etc. These are wants.

Needs are connected to the heart. They have to do with love, belonging (true security), and faith (trust). Needs start at the family and relational point but lead back to God. It is the way that we have been created because he is our true Father.

When we say that God understands the fullness of our needs it means that it is His Grace that takes our needs.

Philippians 4:19

And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.

  1. Only God can decipher the heart motivation behind our request. From this, he can see how best to fulfill the need.
  2. Only God can decipher the future fruit of the fulfilled need. From this, he can form his timing of when he places the answer in our grasp.

So when we pray and ask that God meet our needs, we need to gather them up into our hearts with humility and awe before The Lord, knowing that with our own minds we do not always have the ability to fathom the path ahead nor do we have the ability to see or the unseen hours to be. Gratefully we bring all before a knowing and wise God has “riches in glory” beyond what we can imagine in Christ Jesus. But we can See Jesus.

Is that the secret then- shall we loosen our needs into the glory of Christ Jesus? 

By seeing Jesus we turn towards the glory of the fullness of what he gave to us;

  • the gift of salvation
  • grace, daily gratitude
  • walking in his glory
  • being servants of his love
  • turning our hearts into reflections of his light
  • living as the children of the living God
  • finding fullness in the values of truth
  • loving valor
  • living valor
  • being love, Be-loveds.

A Prayer~

Father, 

I am praying that you hold my heart today and look deeply into it.

Help me to loosen my needs and wants, to release all into your capable hand, 

by the power of your Holy Spirit.

Allow wisdom to pour into my thoughts and choices so that I walk forward in

ways that are pleasing to you,

May my relationships and actions honor you and glorify your love.

And let gratitude precede every moment that blesses this day.

In Jesus Name,

Amen

~

LW

© 2019 Linda Willows

“Jesu Almighty, the Glory Thereof” a worship poem from LWillows

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Jesu Almighty, The Glory Thereof

Lifting hearts burst from love’s view of Your gaze
Seen in the dawning, we give thanks that praise.
Jesu Almighty; our King of all days
From start to finish
The glory’s amaze.

Humbled before all that majesty reigns
Graces and tendered, become through His veins.
Jesu Almighty; Merciful gain
From start to finish
The glory remains.

Sweetened because of the misting of Love
Soaked in His Presence, we bow in God’s glove
Jesu Almighty; the Holy, the Dove
From start to finish
The Glory Thereof.

© 2018 Linda Willows

I will tell of the LORD’s unfailing love; I praise him for all he has done for us. He has richly blessed the people of Israel because of his mercy and constant love. (Isaiah 63:7

Then he said to me, “Do not be afraid, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart on understanding this and on humbling yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to your words. (Daniel 10:12)

The LORD is my strong defender; he is the one who has saved me. He is my God, and I will praise him, my father’s God, and I will sing about his greatness. (Exodus 15:2)