This is me, This is us

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“When I walk in God’s Love, everything leads to Him and is bathed in the warmth of His Love.”

This site is dedicated to The Lord, my God, the One that I love first and before all else. It has taken a lifetime for my heart to declare that with a conviction that puts my entire self behind the words. I say it joyfully, with wonder and with awe.

My aim is to share what inspires with you and to encourage your heart to be uplifted.

The discovery of this kind of Love has altered each part of me and reshaped my heart and mind from the inside out. It doesn’t stop and it isn’t always easy. This is walking with God. It is my heart’s immersion in His Love and with my gaze set firmly upon Him.

I could not be more grateful. I always wished to know God. It was my lifelong aim. When I was very young my path was already set. I trained to become a ballet dancer since the age of six.  Very introverted and serious, many conversations were in prayer, filled with poetry, all directed towards God. Looking back, I can only remember that I had a mystical view of The Lord.  The teaching that I received in childhood was not completely authentic. My hearts melts now with recognition as I see how many times God was close to me; that He faithfully walked with me throughout my life. 

I did become a Classical Ballet Dancer. I had the chance to travel extensively. I also had the wonderful experience of working with some amazing people with a non-profit that I co-founded. We were affiliated with the United Nations. My heart was drawn towards those in regions of conflict and war such as The Middle East and Bosnia. I admit to being self-driven and overconfident in these situations. I don’t understand why I had no fear. Either it was complete immaturity or an innocent (ignorant) belief that God, the God that I did not really know then-was leading me and protecting me.

I looked to Him for guidance and provision, especially when I did not know where I would lay my head or when I would eat again. Everything depended upon God, His will and finding security in Him. Extreme conditions force us to call out to God. We must rely upon Him when we have no way to navigate through life by our own means. These were some of the lessons from those years of my life. Many of us do not need to travel far to experience an extreme condition or need. They exist in our lives, in our hearts. The battlegrounds are our mortal journey.

I have been taught that self-reliance is the greatest foe when one is aiming to know and have an authentic relationship with God. That describes me and most of us. I struggled up the mountains and achieved. I was a “trekker”. I leaned heavily upon knowledge from books and took great pride in my library which had been collected from all over the world. 

One day in my travels in these outer warzones, I had to burn my one book, which was simply a dictionary that I would read through each night to study the language. It went into the wood burning stove for fuel as the last log burnt out on a frigid morning in Sarajevo during the winter of the war. No one had wood. Even furniture went into those fires. I remember seeing my breath before me in the light of my flashlight, under layers of covers, wearing everything that I owned as I had spent the nights reading the pages alphabetically; this had been so special, that time of warmth and coziness with the book. The less you have, the more you value it, perhaps. Now I treasured the warmth that the fire made by the burnt book. It was more important. The next night, I appreciated that I still had batteries that worked in my flashlight for there were no more in the city. (less)

In the Bible, Psalm says…

Psalm 16:5-11
You, Lord, are all I have, and you give me all I need; my future is in your hands.
How wonderful are your gifts to me; how good they are!I praise the Lord, because he guides me, and in the night my conscience warns me.
I am always aware of the Lord’s presence; he is near, and nothing can shake me.
And so I am thankful and glad, and I feel completely secure,
because you protect me from the power of death. I have served you faithfully, and you will not abandon me to the world of the dead.
You will show me the path that leads to life; your presence fills me with joy and brings me pleasure forever.

When I walk in God’s Love, everything leads to Him and is bathed in the warmth of His Love.

I have learned that I do not need to be concerned with a provision, or ever be on guard; The Lord is my constant Provider and my powerful Guardian. His Promises are all true.
Presenting this site and sharing all with you is a joy.

On the site, some is including that represents earlier years in my walk with The Lord. As you will see, I love to write, especially poetry. They just drop like precipitations raining from my spirit, my heart. I don’t spend much time on them or try to put them into a form or make them perfect. They are expressive and speaking to a Listener. The Listener is God to me. I am praying, appealing, wondering, hoping and asking.

A great blessing to me in life has been the mentors and teachers that have challenged my perspectives and stirred my heart to deepen devotions, prayer, and personal meditation on scripture. This caused me to devote the site, The Beloved to sharing what inspires me with you.  I do pray that you find encouragement here. I pray that your heart is touched by the Love that has motioned my own. I hope that you can feel the beauty that stirs me to post again and again throughout the years.

Behind it, all is an irrepressible love for God. A joyful, singing, sharing, “I love you too” Love. We are one Fellowship, One Family, His. We are all One in The Kingdom of God. 

I write to you all to say that in sharing these things, “this is me…I am not so different from you. Life is complicated. Life is simple. We are each different and we are each the same. When it comes to God and God’s Love, this is about each of us. We are crafted from Him by Love from Love. This is us”.

Linda Willows

Praying that your day is blessed; your heart is touched this moment by Christ, soaked by The Spirit of His overflowing Grace.

 

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