“Mercy Grants from Moments Felled” sacred prose from LWillows

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Lifting prayer beyond my sight
Into Heaven’s holy might.
Here I send from inside heart’s pew,
This the vow, my trust in You.

Mercy grants from moments felled,
Surrendered, lost; the storms left quelled.
Wind whispers rendered- plead for me,
left all at the foot of thy Holy Tree.

© 2018 Linda Willows

Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.
-Romans 8:26

And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O LORD, have not forsaken those who seek you.
-Psalm 9:10

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“Liberty to be Transformed” from Bob Hoekstra’s ‘Day by Day Grace’

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Liberty to be Transformed

Bob Hoeksra ~ Day by Day Grace Blue Letter Bible, Daily Devotionals

But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord. (2 Corinthians 3:18)

Living day by day under the new covenant of grace embraces the spiritually liberating work of the Holy Spirit. “Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty” (2 Corinthians 3:17). When the Holy Spirit is relied upon, there is liberty to be transformed.

This transformation process is for every believer who lives by the terms of the new covenant: “But we all.” The terms are simple: renounce self-sufficiency (“Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think of anything as being from ourselves”-2 Corinthians 3:5a) and rely on God’s sufficiency (“but our sufficiency is from God”-2 Corinthians 3:5b). Those who reject human resources (the flesh) seek God “with unveiled face.” They come humbly, without any veils of pretense or self-justification.

Coming to the Lord in this manner brings an ongoing blessing: “beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord.” Three mirrors reflect the glory of Christ from heavenly places into the experience of the redeemed here on earth: the creation, the church, and the Scriptures. The universe declares His glory. “The heavens declare the glory of God; And the firmament shows His handiwork” (Psalm 19:1). Also, the Lord can be seen living in His people. “For we who live are always delivered to death for Jesus’ sake, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh” (2 Corinthians 4:11). These two mirrors are helpful, but they can be distorted by sin. The mirror that reflects the Lord’s glory flawlessly is His word. “The law of the LORD is perfect…these [the Scriptures] are they which testify of Me” (Psalm 19:7; John 5:39).

As we humbly seek the Lord in His word, we behold His glory therein. The wonderful consequence is that we “are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory.” From one area after another, from one degree to another, we are being changed into the likeness of the glorious Savior we are beholding. This process is carried on as only the Holy Spirit could do it: “just as by the Spirit of the Lord.”

Dear Heavenly Father, I long to be more like Your Son. Forgive me for neglect of Your word. Please draw me consistently to the Scriptures, that I might humbly behold the glory of Jesus. Thank You for the work of Your Spirit, who is able to transform me into a growing Christlikeness, Amen.

“Praising, words raising” a worship prayer from LWillows

 

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“Praising, words raising”

My heart parting open, like rivers to You
Oceans becoming, with gratitude due.
My God, O my Lord how you hear our night calls;
Power reaching, rekindling and sweeping through all.

Faith climbs like a fire with flames growing bright
Embers are glowing still warmed by Your Light.
My God, O my Lord how I bend to your knee
Praising, words raising all life before Thee.

© Linda Willows 2018

Psalm 145
1I will extol You, my God, O King,
And I will bless Your name forever and ever.
2Every day I will bless You,
And I will praise Your name forever and ever.
3Great is the LORD, and highly to be praised,
And His greatness is unsearchable.

“Be Brave in God’s Spirit”…a photo inspiration from LWillows

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