L.A.Willows

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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, writings, and offerings on this site.  This was originally a ‘secret’ place to write when I felt stirred by words that seemed to unravel themselves.  I was speaking to God, the Presence that comforted and granted all that my inner soul ever longed for. I did not expect to be found or read.  I had 20 followers and we read each other’s poetry and encouraged one another.

In 2011, I wrote “Heart Motions” which expressed my heart’s experience of drawing near to God, feeling summoned and the need to surrender the false possessions of the heart.

Heart Motions 

My Joy comes from the gift of Grace from The Lord Jesus Christ. I wake each day with anticipation. My first thought is gratitude and a salutation to The Lord. In my heart is love that deepens like a river that swells with fresh water from an unlimited source. The peace that I longed for lives now in me, by His Presence. My story is just like everyone’s. Life had challenges and I was a great distance from perfect! The most miraculous thing about salvation is Forgiveness.

Psalm 103:12 As far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.

That is a journey for us all.

John 1:16 From the fullness of his grace, we have all received one blessing from another.

I can still be stunned and challenged by life’s surprises but there is a permanent core that is ‘unshakable’.  There can be acute pain and suffering that we encounter in our mortal lives.  Knowing God as the source of unceasing love, security, protection gives strength and courage.  

This new way of living, seeing and receiving His Love that has altered my heart and perspective. I am about to be 66 years old and these are the years of the most joy and contentment. My heart soars and I wake with a smile each day. Yes, I do feel the aches and pains that life brings and suffering does not escape me-but something rises from within and lifts me from my frame-I am the heart that feels, sees, lives through Christ in me and this surges as a Life that is more than any circumstance or condition. 

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.

Many parts of my heart’s story are candidly revealed in the poems that are archived on this site. It is vital to note, though that the “story’s” that are woven into our lives have a purpose with meaning to distill, yet they are not our identity. We cannot get lost in what happened in the past nor in something that might be attempting to absorb us and draw you away from the truth in this day.

Philippians 3:13 Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead,

There is a part of ourselves at the core of our hearts that is of spirit. It is like a seed implanted by God that is waiting to grow…

Psalm 8:3-8

When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, The moon and the stars, which You have ordained; What is man that You take thought of him, And the son of man that You care for him? Yet You have made him a little lower than God, And You crown him with glory and majesty!

…and to receive it’s nourishment by being awakened by receiving God’s love and the anointing of His Spirit. 

One of my earliest entries was this poem called “More Love”. I was calling deeply to God for a healing and filling of my heart with His Love.

MoreLove 

I loved God since I can remember thinking and feeling but I was a broken one early in life, then again and again. The life that The Lord designed for me was long and wide with many unexpected turns and mountain ranges to navigate. My life has been blessed with many treasures, miracles and amazing journey’s that I am very grateful for. From the people that I have met, I have learned that the greater the obstacles faced and overcome, or suffering known; the deeper and richer will be the experience of God’s Love and Grace when it pours in.

John 15:16 – 16 You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you.

 I have written many poems about dancing. One of my favorites is called “Would that I had danced for you”.

Would that I had Danced for you

Ephesians 4-22 “that, in reference to your former manner of life, you lay aside the old self, which is being corrupted in accordance with the lusts of deceit, 23 and that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind, 24 and put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth.”

There comes a moment that we lean on God’s door and ask for help, finally understanding that we cannot fix life or walk further alone. The “way” that we have been praying has not worked; our approach seems fruitless. God’s Love becomes the most important thirst of your heart. Everything else can fall away.

1 Peter 1:23
“for you have been born again not of seed which is perishable but imperishable, that is, through the living and enduring word of God.”

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In my life I have witnessed the face of love in the hearts of people in many different and far places, some in the midst of 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. My heart has been altered by each person that I have met on my journeys. I have experienced their courage and their strength in times of dire need to survive in conflict, war and circumstances that would invoke terror in most.

For all though, in facing what we fear the most we face the distance between our own shadows and God, who desires to embrace us in His Light and Merciful comfort. As we come Near to God, we find our hearts altered by the Miracle of His Love and Grace. The first dawns of joy and awe stir us to a boldness that offers encouragement and new strength.

We begin to realize that our outer experiences in this temporal world are bridges to finding God’s Presence which is eternal.  We are called by His Love for us which is unceasing and relentless.  He is our true Teacher and He calls us by our name.

It is said that we are called “His Beloveds”. I only know that when I pray I feel and witness The Presence of The Lord most directly and this experience can cause my whole being to bow, fall, pour, tear with delight and soak with waves of gratitude.

Now my life is so filled with joy and the experience of God Love and Near Presence. I don’t claim that all obstacles are removed or all is easy, but my perspective is altered. It is as if I have walked through to the other side of a waterfall and can see with new eyes and have an inner root that is fed by a strength and stamina larger than my own; it is of The Father, My Lord. The Love that sustains me is a constant that does not change with the circumstances of life. Many times I am so filled with emotion that I am moved to write for the need to express it.

There are so many poems that spill over from my heart to simple speak to God and pour out love, gratitude, prayers, deep “askings” and all that I know that is heard.

In the Care of Your Glorified Mists

All the Love and It’s Endure

One of my many favorite Psalms…

Psalm 63:3-6

You, God, are my God,
    earnestly I seek you;
I thirst for you,
    my whole being longs for you,
in a dry and parched land
    where there is no water.

I have seen you in the sanctuary
    and beheld your power and your glory.
Because your love is better than life,
    my lips will glorify you.
I will praise you as long as I live,
    and in your name I will lift up my hands.
I will be fully satisfied as with the richest of foods;
    with singing lips my mouth will praise you.

On my bed I remember you;
    I think of you through the watches of the night.
Because you are my help,
    I sing in the shadow of your wings.
I cling to you;
    your right hand upholds me.

Those who want to kill me will be destroyed;
    they will go down to the depths of the earth.
10 They will be given over to the sword
    and become food for jackals.

11 But the king will rejoice in God;
    all who swear by God will glory in him,
    while the mouths of liars will be silence.

Thank you for visiting “Beloved”!

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145 thoughts on “L.A.Willows

  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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