From LWillows

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I am touched by the chance to share more than six years of my heart’s sojourn poured into more than 400 poems on this site. It became a place to write when I felt stirred and motioned by feelings and words that unraveled themselves into words that poured from my heart. I did not expect to be found or read. The internet was like an unknown universe. Now it feels like a vulnerable risk and I always want to make the page private. I do take it off periodically. The early works reflect candor in my search; I often just poured onto the pages as I lived-in my relationship to self, other and the earnest desire to Know God.

My story is similar to everyone in that we are all on a journey home to our Creator; The One that fathomed and formed us in the Womb – conceived us in Spirit before Time began. We are known by a Loving and Miraculous God that seeks us directly; each one of us. How the story ends is up to us. Will we respond to God’s Calling.

John 15:16 – Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and [that] your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.

Our outer lives may seem different; background, ethnicity, culture…but Our Hearts formed in Spirit by Spirit..created as beloveds of the Great Beloved of All. We may forget at birth but the indwelling Spirit knows and longs to awaken. 

Job 33:4-The spirit of God hath made me, and the breath of the Almighty hath given me life.

We are meant to Find and Know God; to Feel His Love..

Writing in this way is like a journal. It is a personal dialogue with the One that I sought as God, and longed to know as Love, Itself. I encourage the journey to all, in any kind of journal writing and candid encounter with the Heart. We don’t have to publish it! I enjoy design, searching for inspirational photos, editing and the process itself because it is creative but there are drawbacks to consider.

Is there a Crack in the Shell that Separates us from God…what is the Shell?

Personal honesty seems to be something that is challenged in degrees, and in greater and deeper leaps according to our willingness to face fear and our own need to control. Learning  can be like peeling away layers of a bound self-but it is the way to the Door that allows humility. Only Humility and the ability to let go of our life learned defenses and countless manners of self protection that keep us in “control” begin to allow a “crack” in the Shell that separates us from God. The good news is that God is There – Loving, waiting, desiring to Pour In.

Philippians 2:3-11 [Let] nothing [be done] through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.

I was a seeker; I roam the world…

In my life and work, I had the opportunity and the gift to travel all over the world and back again. I lived and worked overseas and experienced life in regions of crises and war. I had the privilege of meeting and living alongside people of many cultures and religions. Sometimes I feel like my heart is still planted like a very small blade of grass or resting on a small stone in each place that I have been as it longs to remain with the hearts of the people and communities that I have loved deeply.

I witnessed the face of love in the hearts of people in many different and far places and in the midst of dire and challenging circumstances that called for a supreme courage and personal strength. I was humbled by the contrast of what I formerly called “challenges” in my own life.

Then I am Found.

My real home was found in my Heart when I met the Presence of Christ Jesus in a most vivid, awesome, life altering way. Then, I found what eluded my grasp for all of my years of seeking. Then – He was wherever I was and more powerful than any circumstance or apparent challenge that I seemed to be facing. Time after time, I had only God to look to for safety, provision, direction and even hour to hour  guidance “in the midst” of severely complex conditions. Life forced me….just like falling off of the side of a mountain to “hold on to God for all”. I remember telling a friend one day that I was “free-falling into the Arms of God!”

Now at 65, I am like a child..unlearning, uncovering and sitting with humility and awe at the experience of Grace in Christ. Nothing can describe the beauty of this new Love. He Calls so gently, we awaken to a miraculous Love.

The most recent calling that I hear in my heart comes from Sermons and Bible Study and is inspired by my mentors. One morning I was prompted with the words…

Pursue Relentless Love!

Since I began to pledge to that in ways that came up in my life there have been amazing lessons and many blessings. The meanings are Biblical and numerous. It is very near to my heart.

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We need More Love

Perhaps all of us, everywhere need to examine how we love one another. We must begin to reconcile our Hearts both with our true Kingdom origins and to re-consider that we are the beloved Children of This God. Reversing the ego into its place as servant rather than master would allow us to question our social morals, material goals, personal ambitions and family values. What an altering intervention it is to learn that an invincible and Saving God exists!

My Prayer for us

I pray that from our suffering and from our complacency comes awakening to the Bold Experience of God’s Presence for each and all. His Kingdom is what everything is about. The miracle is that we can actually live in His Kingdom while we are alive on earth. Our lives can be transformed In Him.

Our Father who art in Heaven.. Hallowed be Thy Name..Thy Kingdom come..Thy will be done..on Earth as it is in Heaven..Give us this Day, our Daily Bread..and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. Lead us not into Temptation but Deliver us from Evil…For Thine is The Kingdom and The Power and The Glory, Forever..Amen

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Kingdom Living

The topic of “Kingdom Living” is one most exciting to me and very trans-formative.  I am the happiest that I have ever been in my life-because it comes from the “inside”-not conditional upon circumstances, relationships or the shifting tides that come with life.

Everything is impermanent, especially what I might desire, become attached to, wish to be “seen as” or love for or by…anything that believe might “complete my life or fill my cup”…is not really permanent but coming from the substance of my mortal self’s desire to be Known, Seen, Recognized and Valued. These are the opposite values of desiring God. God Fills your Heart and life and all needs so completely that all miraculously and Lovingly flows from the Inside Out instead of from the outside in which is the norm of our culture’s addictive desires. The Kingdom way of Living is eternal and Promised by God.

Galatians 4:4 NASB

…Now I say, as long as the heir is a child, he does not differ at all from a slave although he is owner of everything, but he is under guardians and managers until the date set by the father. So also we, while we were children, were held in bondage under the elemental things of the world. But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under [e]the Law, so that He might redeem those who were under [f]the Law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. Because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” Therefore you are no longer a slave, but a son; and if a son, then an heir [g]through God.

from http://www.BibleGateway.com

Wishing you joy, a gentle heart and the Grace, peace and rest of Knowing Christ,
L. A. Willows

                                                                                   

145 thoughts on “From LWillows”

  1. Linda Willows.I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award! Come to my blog and see what you need to do for it.
    Congratulations!

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  2. Linda, you have an impressive background and have participated in many beautiful programs. I am delighted to meet you and would like to know you better. Thank you for nominating me for the award but I must decline because of time restraints. I look forward to exploring your blog as time permits. BTW, I did not see Brazil on the list….it is a great place. I have been here nine years as a volunteer at an ecological project called Santa Branca. http://www.stabranca.com.br/ You can find me on FB under: Pat Cegan to see what we have been doing. Hugs, pat

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  3. Hello Linda

    May I have the honour to nominate you for the Genuine Blogger Award and for the Noteworthy Archive award. Details can be found here. I think you truly deserve this, just like you deserve the Candle Lighter award, only Aslan got here first.
    I hope this compensates for my being second.
    Details can be found here https://justramblinpier.wordpress.com/2011/05/20/genuine-recognition/ and here http://justramblinpier.wordpress.com/noteworthy-archive-award/

    Love

    Steph.

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  4. Linda, I love your About Me page. What a wonderful life you have lived! How intriguing a story, and what a special kind of person you are. I am blessed to have met you on the blog highway, and I look forward to reading more and exchanging thoughts with you. Much love and all the best, Celeste.
    Also, I have nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award. If you wish to accept, go to this link and post a comment:
    http://celestealluvial.wordpress.com/2012/01/23/one-lovely-blog-award/
    Congratulations! 🙂

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  5. Dear friend, just popping in to let you know that I have nominated your beautiful blog for the One Lovely Blog Award – please visit my blog for more information. Enjoy! ~ Julie 🙂 xox

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  6. What a beautiful blog and poetry!
    Thanks for commenting on my blog and leaving a trail for me to follow :-))
    I’m sure you’re on SU somewhere, but can’t find you … please send me your profile again!
    God bless you and inspire you, Jonie

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  7. You have lived a great and meaningful life! Amazing! 🙂

    And with the travel, perhaps you’d like to visit my country, the place to be, where heavens meet the earth..

    Kind regards,

    Subhan Zein

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  8. SUNSHINE AWARD
    Hello Friend!
    I respect and admire your unique expressions; I find your work very insightful, intriguing and informative. Thereby, I have nominated you for the Sunshine Award

    If you wish to accept it, these are the three rules you have to abide
    – Post a thank you and link to my site
    – Answer these questions
    Favorite colors?
    Favorite animal?
    Favorite number?
    Favorite non alcoholic drink
    Prefer facebook or twitter?
    Your passion?
    Prefer getting or giving presents?
    Favorite pattern?
    Favorite day of the week?
    Favorite flower?
    – Nominate ten(10) other bloggers you admire,
    Then, enjoy the award on your blog

    Thank you for all that you have to share
    Much love Usman

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  9. Thank you Linda, I am happy also to meet you. I will visit your blog because I love the way you write, and I find it inspiring and wonderful. Thank you for following me. All the best wishes from Romania.

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  10. Linda – You seem to have known from a very early age that your purpose it – right here, right now … – and just gotten on with life where it lead you, there is a softness, a subtlety in you writing that just takes the reader along without question, without judgement, just being. When I read your bio I simply feel you are sharing the gifts you were given with us. I have to ask, since you were in Bosnia – I have read many stories about the Cellist of Sarajevo – do you know if it is true that he sat and played for all of those days? The story is one that represents the most that humanity can give, the music, and the compassion of those who laid siege to that beautiful city…. Thank you and I wish you continued blessings … -gs (Peter)

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    1. There were many years of the siege to break Sarajevo and I was there for one of them. I did not meet the Cellist but one notable thing was that the Artistic, Musical and Theater Community in Sarajevo was bound tightly together with an strong and courageous will. They continued their work, performances, plays and concerts regardless of conditions of war, shelling, snipers or death in the streets. I went to a play in Sarajevo (half bombed out) , it was a comedy in Bosnian! There was a bomb that went off nearby and all the lights went out. No one stirred. The actors calmly put candles at the foot of the stage and continued the play. The audience lived to enjoy these moments in their unified “pact” of courage and solidarity. In my heart was the sweet laughter with the audience and many tears for their honor as well. There were many heros in Sarajevo and Bosnia. A most remarkable people.

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      1. Linda – to know this was your experience reaffirms my faith in the human spirit, and that there are many who are looking in the right direction..Thank you for sharing this … all the best -gs

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  11. Dear Linda,
    Your blog is Awesome !!!
    There are so many interesting articles to read and there is too much to learn from your blog.

    Thanks again.
    Regards
    tksoni

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  12. Hi Linda, I am happy to be nominating you for a Sunshine Award. Kindly check out my own post, ‘The Sunshine award’ (May 7), for more details. I look forward to reading more of your thoughts and inspirations. Keep up the great work!!
    Namaste ~ TW

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  13. I love your zest for life and everything around you. How you embrace everything with optimism and inspiring radiance can be felt through your words and images. It’s a joy to foolow your journey…have a blessed day.

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  14. SO GLAD TO MEET YOU .
    WOW ….
    WHAT A LIFE THUS FAR …..:)
    AMAZING
    I BELIEVE IN THE VERY SAME …….
    🙂
    SO GLAD GRABEEE POINTED ME IN YOUR HEART DIRECTION ……
    ITS WONDERFUL TO MEET HEART LIKED SOULS …XO
    CAT

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      1. YES 🙂 AND OF A CALM FEELING LIKE ……. AHHH ….. YAY THERE IS ANOTHER HEART LIKE MINE ,,,,,,, I LIKE CALM ,
        AS I AM SURE YOU DO ……….:)
        IT’S BEEN QUITE A LIFE THUS FAR ……….. 🙂

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  15. Linda, I (Tornadoday, Bobbie, Bob) just nominated you for the Inspiring Blog Award. Here are the rules:
1.Thank the blogger who gave you the award.
2. Tell 7 things about you that have not come up in your blog.
3. Pass this on to 7 other blogs you find inspiring and explain why. Look for a post with my details of why I love you shortly in my blog. ~ Love you, Bobbie ~ and ps…..I won’t be the least bit offended if you don’t keep this chain going (your hair won’t fall out and no one will show up on your doorstop looking for extra change)

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    1. Thank you very much, Bobbie. I am very honored by the award. I appreciate you and the nomination very much. PS, the chain won’t be continuing; I needed to stop doing awards a short while ago but loved each and all. I celebrate that you have been given this award!!! Love to you, Linda

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  16. Hi Linda! Thank you for recently visiting my blog and liking my post Random Bouquet. You have such an exquisite blog here and I look forward to following to be bathed in beauty and inspiration!

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  17. Linda, thank you for following along my blog. After reading your latest post and bio, I am truly honored. What a bountiful and inspiring life you have led! You are an inspiration my new friend. xox Jeannie

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  18. My OH My~ I Truly feel Blessed to know you, Dear Soul~ What an Amazing journey home you have had and continue to Have~ So glad that I can peer into the precious process with eyes of Love and Heart~Full of the “me” I *see* in Thee~ Blessings of Love~ Satprem (Mark)~

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  19. Salam . I found out that you unfollowed me ,I hope I didn’t say or did something that annoyed you.I do apologise if I did.I thank you for the appreciation you left on my blog ,it meant a lot to me.Salam.

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  20. Hello Linda,

    Thank you very much for subscribing to my blog. I hope my posts don’t disappoint you and that you will find your visits in my blog enjoyable.

    Thank you again, and have a lovely day, my friend! 🙂

    Subhan Zein

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  21. I am honoured to nominate you for the One Lovely Blog Award! Please pick-up your award at http://parasharstales.wordpress.com/. Copy and Paste the Award to your blog and follow the rules of acceptance. I am very aware that some people do not wish to participate in Awards, and I completely respect that… no strings! But in any case, Congratulations, you have a Lovely Blog

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    1. thank you, Stephen, I do enjoy it already. Your insight yesterday about that one photo led me to go back and look at it. I “saw” what you had seen and suddenly I was struck by something deeper in my own heart. I stayed “there” for a long time as I was moved to a deep experience of love, release, and letting go. It was very healing. I believe that all this was the answer to a prayer that I made just that afternoon. “Lord, give me peace…”. You took part in this and I felt that as a Spiritual person, you would like to know the significance of your comment……Linda

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      1. Thank you Linda…I am often amazed how the the most common thoughts and words are used to release the greatest burdens. I am grateful anything I wrote was used for Good.

        For whatever reason that photo has stayed etched in my memory…even as I write this I can clearly recall every nuance. What an incredibly powerful moment…thank you so very much for posting.

        Be encouraged!

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  22. Your thread of Life my dearest Linda….
    is a blessing apprenticeship ..is a precious Book with the title : LOVE
    Only sacred old in wisdom souls are so close to the reall meaning of Love and humility.
    Without any ilussions any slotters any lie ,for sure has Fall down many times many Lifes and has walking through the thorns…the lessons..the prices…and at the end an award that not belong to us..as our hands has to be empty and our heart continious to given..
    You are still a Dancer as your poems made our souls to dancing in more higher spiritual levels…
    You are a Dancer as you have suceeded the Balance in physically and in mantally way too….
    Love
    persefoni

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    1. Hello Jean! Thank you so much!. I am honored. I am humbled that you find me an inspiration and very grateful! I don’t accept awards for the blog anymore but love and appreciate the nomination! Love to you! Linda

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  23. I love all the articles and topics in your blog. It’s really awesome, I’ll be reading back through some of your posts soon

    In the meantime, I’ve decided to pass on the Inspiring Blog Award to you. It’s a badge you can put in your side bar, and nominate others if you’d like. Here’s the link of my award nomination so that you have an idea of what it is:

    http://andlifesmile.wordpress.com/2012/08/15/inspiring-blog-award/

    Keep doing what you do! All the very best!!

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    1. Thank you very much. I am honored and I appreciate you and your presence very much. I don’t accept awards anymore at this point, but heartily appreciate the nomination!! Love to you, Linda

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  24. Hello again Linda! Thank you for your truly lovely words. It seems we have the same outlook; I certainly resonate with the way you see life. It will be nice following each others thoughts. Lots of love to you. Yaz

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  25. I love your blog and I wanted to do something to really show my appreciation for all your beautiful photos and posts so, I’m giving you this award … the Beautiful Blogger Award. If you’d like to honor other bloggers with this award, you can see how to do that in the post at my blog. If you’d like to simply receive the award and enjoy the honor, that’s fine too. Just know that I think you’ve got a great blog and I thought all my followers should know it too. Have a great night! 😀

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  26. Linda I was so overwhelmed by the beauty of your blog, that I had never penetrated to this lovely page. When you said you were quite sturdy, I realised that i knew nothing of you, except through your poetry.
    I understand you so much better for reading your life’s purpose and how you have achieved it. Wonderful story of a life. Much love, valerie

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  27. I feel blessed to meet you Linda. You have an epic story worthy for the cinema. Don’t you just love blogging… just like your many adventures and travels, blogging keeps us connected to the wider world, while still being able to get that kip in the afternoons. I am a detail person and would very much like to hear more about your work when you where abroad. Did you work as a psychic the whole time? I’m in Sydney and if you’re ever over this way I make excellent chai or I also make a very traditional Italian coffee with creamed sugar. It’s something I learnt from my mother that is something that is done in the villages of the South in Italy. As I was growing up we always had many of the neighbouring italian women drop by for a cup of expresso and out would come the sugar cup and each woman would be given the cup to beat. It still mystifies people how delicious it is… funny though, I stopped drinking coffee nearly 30 years ago but LOVE the tradition. Love is indeed the ONLY way to live. Deep gratitude to you sweet lady for your generosity of spirit. Your clarity is heartfelt. Big love, adriana

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  28. Hello Linda,

    I hope it is not too late to wish you a wonderful New Year. May 2013 bring you more happiness, love, and success. I would like to thank you because you continue following my blog. I hope my blog posts do not disappoint and that your visits in there have been a joyful ride. Thank you again, many blessings and much love to you, Linda.. 🙂

    Subhan Zein

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  29. Iam really blessed to come across your world through Wendell. It is indeed great to see the world through your eyes as you perceived when travelling and while coming across different cultures and regions.The love and peace you speak of here reverberates in your every word and action.The thoughts expressed have a sense of compassion. Loved being here and look forward to read more and more pearls of wisdom and love from you.

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  30. Dear sister Linda.
    What such a great blessing and honor for me found you following my blog. Thank you so much I much appreciated. I love your devotional and poem. I have longing that one day you willing to write a poem on my post 🙂 once again thank you my blog sister. Many love and blessings to you.

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