Linda 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. This is really not so much about “the art of poetry”,  all is a simple form of 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 in 2011, each of a different background and faith from all parts of the world.  we read each other’s writing and were like a small “family” that spurred one another to go deeper and discover our potential with fearlessness and persistence.

The site has grown and now reaches nations all across the globe far from home reaching from the USA to the Far East, India, Cambodia, Russia, Europe, the UK, Canada, South America, Africa, Indonesia, Sweden, Norway, Eastern Europe. I remember a talented poet from Syria in the early days that we used to read weekly. Then he mentioned conflict, family and within weeks he suddenly disappeared. Soon all realized that he and his family had become swept up in the war for survival. Then he was lost forever.

When we reach out and speak to one another with candor and heart in any form we link in a meaningful way. To me, it matters. We leave our homes and our neighborhoods and “we knock on each other’s doors”.

Revelation 3:20

Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me. The one who conquers, I will grant him to sit with me on my throne, as I also conquered and sat down with my Father on his throne. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.

Writing has been like talking to God

Writing, for me has always been a bit like a testimony before God. He is the Presence that has always been the audience that I have spoken to, even when I wrote as a child, an adolescent and throughout my life. All words from the Heart- everything that pours and precipitates into word upon the page feels like a flow that is given out as the honesty of that moment, told with vulnerable and unabashed intimacy- only as one would speak to a Listener capable of receiving all, hearing all and understanding all.

Poetry easily can become prayer. My life as a Christian is constantly reborn.

I have found myself in writing and prayer and become renewed again and again. My experience of rebirth and renewal in my Christian life is the most intimate and precious of all that has prompted writings, most especially the sacred poetry. The early poems expressed my desire to disclose my distress and suffering before God and this is repeated often. I repent in writing, appeal, confess, share great moments of joy and rapture and also the deepest moments of pain and desire to address God for His Mercy.

Psalm 17:6

I call on you, my God, for you will answer me; turn your ear to me and hear my prayer.

Many tears have flowed as the words have been written and at the same time, much joy and peace has been released. What readers don’t realize is that after something is written, Peace comes because the appeal, or “conversation with The Lord” has been completed, and He answers me. This is important to reveal at the onset. There is rebirth in revealing and relating to God regardless of “how” you speak to him.

We come from near and far. All over the world hearts pour out with cries that Our God does hear. My calls are not different than yours. 

Writing, poetry and journaling has long been an expression of my desire to share, experience and know God. For me that “conversation” prompted deeper a heart relationship through prayer and study of the Bible. The desire to know God prompts a deep journey that is full, wide and far.

We also each have a personal story that challenges us toward seeking a Higher Power. Sometimes, great loss or suffering moves our hearts closer to God as we ask for the healing of a wound that nothing on this earth can calm.

There are so many that suffer in our world today. If we step back from our own lives and think about others we often realize that what we think that we cannot withstand pales in comparison with what others carry as daily burdens.

Galatians 6.2 “Bear one another’s burdens, and thereby fulfill the law of Christ.”


Many around the world read this site and understand what I am saying. We do not all come from relatively unremarkable childhoods with families that did not harm us not did our lives or have the misfortune of crossing paths with evil and excessive trauma. That though, is very true for many and they carry this silently.

I have had the privilege of traveling to the farthest corners of this world in following my heart, and have seen more than most first hand in regions of war, crises and extreme poverty. I have walked alongside and amidst the lives of those at the hands of grave injustice and witnessed the pain of the powerlessness of unarmed, un-named peoples occupied and overtaken by unseen and advancing armies. My soul has witnessed genocide in our times. My heart has seen the face of evil both in my own life and in it magnified face in the world that we live in.

1 John 3:17 “But whoever has the world’s goods, and sees his brother in need and closes his heart against him, how does the love of God abide in him?”

This grew my faith in God and put my heart’s dependency upon him. On my own, I can do nothing. I needed to learn to speak to him and discern His Voice to lead me for the most simple promptings. “Lord, protect me today. I trust you for everything. I have faith that you will provide a place for me to put my head to rest tonight, some food to eat, you will guide my steps today and show me the purpose of this day that is Your Will”…A long ago prayer.

I learn to Pray…We cannot live without Prayer

Ephesians 6:12-16

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place,  and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.

I, like most all Christians come from the far country of a deeply broken life.

In my life, the reckoning that turned me forever to a moment of never turning back again, came after I had to suffer enough and lose more and more until I hit a bottom that was beneath all bottoms. I forgot all the chances that He gave me before. The encounters that I had with Him had faded in the darkness. I was without all hope. I had suffered a final betrayal and I could not even lift a limb to get to the emergency room. I was finished.

Then My Father, The LORD God, stepped in. He spoke directly to me and moments later,  I was prompted to lift those limbs and follows His directions. Those words changes my life forever. The next 24 hours led me to His Holy Presence and the direct JOY of His Holy Spirit, His Love, His Love and a path that I have been on ever since.

Isaiah 38:16-18
Lord, by such things men live; and my spirit finds life in them too. You restored me to health and let me live. Surely it was for my benefit that I suffered such anguish. In your love you kept me from the pit of destruction; you have put all my sins behind your back. For the grave cannot praise you, death cannot sing your praise; those who go down to the pit cannot hope for your faithfulness.

Psalm 42:9-11
I say to God my Rock, “Why have you forgotten me? Why must I go about mourning, oppressed by the enemy?” My bones suffer mortal agony as my foes taunt me, saying to me all day long, “Where is your God?” Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.

I do remember that in the times of deepest trials I did turn towards rather than away from God. But it was towards what I knew God knew to be at that time. For me, it took time to peel away layers of belief that had been ingrained upon me since childhood and through confusing experience, until the the sky in my own heart cleared aside enough room so that I was able to see, hear and listen to all that was calling to me for so long.

I had not been able to receive it because I was in my own shadow looking backwards and into the mortal word for answers, or to philosophies that all came to fallible ends. All seeking leads to more lack or to emptiness, not a direct God of Love that could be Known.

Acts 17:26-27 “And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place, that they should seek God, and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him. Yet he is actually not far from each one of us.”
(enjoy link to for more.. Seeking God)

For The Love of God; because God pursued me…

When God gives us His Love. We receive the Gift that is His promise to us. We were made in His image. His spirit is imprinted upon our Hearts. Even if we forget as we move through this mortal world and grow and work through our lives, we remain intimately connected to The Lord.

In these remarkable experiences I was flooded, overwhelmed and completely filled by His Presence. I was mystified by something that I did not understand yet my heart felt gripped. My entire self felt altered.  I could not see life, myself or this world in the same way again. It was as if The Lord had pulled a curtain and revealed a “portion” (we cannot see Him wholly when we are mortal) of Himself and His Kingdom of Love and Everlasting Glory and also the temporal nature of this life, especially of my own mortal heart. All was put in a different perspective.

1 John 4:7- Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.

everla“The Christian does not think God will love us because we are good, but that God will make us good because He loves us.”
― C.S. Lewis

“God loves each of us as if there were only one of us”- Augustine

Being a Christian

It is important to mention that being Christian definitely does not mean becoming “perfect” or “sinless” because that is impossible and proud which would be the opposite of all of Christ’s teachings. It is first based upon Faith. Then I would refer you to the page about Loving The Lord which gives more insight a the the end about Christian Life.

For me, it has meant leaving behind the “old self” and being born into a “new creation” by Grace because of my Faith in Jesus Christ as my Salvation, the Lord, that offered a sinless life, to propitiate on behalf of all sin, and died on the cross- washing us in the blood of redemption and rose three days later: was resurrected (witness by 300 or moented in Peter in NT) and gave The Good News, The Gospel. This is the briefest version of New Life that I can summarize but I will gladly add resources later. This is not a testimony page-that would take up a book!

“Imagine yourself as a living house. God comes in to rebuild that house. At first, perhaps, you can understand what He is doing. He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on; you knew that those jobs needed doing and so you are not surprised. But presently He starts knocking the house about in a way that hurts abominably and does not seem to make any sense. What on earth is He up to? The explanation is that He is building quite a different house from the one you thought of – throwing out a new wing here, putting on an extra floor there, running up towers, making courtyards. You thought you were being made into a decent little cottage: but He is building a palace. He intends to come and live in it Himself.”
― C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

“Knowing God is Life Altering Heart Lifting Heaven On Earth Joy Rushing Love Soaked Peace With Your Kingdom Father Near Here Sovreign.” me.

For me, joy has soaked through all of the crevices of the former life. Relationships have changed. Perceptions have altered so that circumstances do not dictate happiness. Peace does not depend upon the “temperature” of what is outside of you. It is the steadiness and security of Knowing God. It is the delight of being rooted in God, who is always Near, always able to provide for you and to sustain you.

A moment’s prayer or a heart’s nod inward to “see” the Loving Face Our Father and receive His Reassurance if the truest Comfort that can be received and it is lasting, constant, and unconditional.

“Always, everywhere God is present, and always He seeks to discover Himself to each one” ―

I tell you all of these things because they are the true blessing of God’s Love. It is not easy to live a Christian life. It does mean intentional living, personal accountability before God and new perspectives that challenge life, relationships and old beliefs, even about yourself. The most radical change for me has been that I live with joy and peace. This joy does not cease regardless of circumstances. Yes, it can dim at times but it returns, and gets stronger and bolder. I do not become stronger, my FAITH and source of SECURITY in God get bolder and more steadfast.

Faith holds it all together

Faith, which all of this is based upon becomes the Rock that holds everything together. It is your cornerstone. My Faith is what allowed me to believe in God, and to receive his Grace. Everything flows from there. I love this quote on Faith.

Faith is a living and unshakable confidence. a belief in God so assured that a man would die a thousand deaths for its sake. — Martin Luther
So Grateful!

Now as I have passed my 66th birthday, I am so grateful for all of the blessings that The Lord that granted and soaked into my life – my church, my friends, my family, my mentors, the plentiful provisions, His Holy and sacred Presence in my life and most of all, the way that He has found a way to be real and personal, relational and present–not out in a distant and far universe but so close, so very close up that I can reach and touch His Shining Face from here at any moment of the day or night when I turn to Prayer. God is Here. He is Near.

God is Complete Love, The Joy of a Heart knowing Peace, we experience His Comfort and The Presence of His Life here and now. 

When we pray, we look to Our Father, we look in worship with awe of who our Creator is. This is a way of calling to Him, of humbly “seeing” Our Sovereign from the eyes of our hearts. We name ourselves as His. Our “sights”, the eyes of our heart, are set upon Him and this gaze is secured.

We abide with Him in His Presence by the Power of The Holy Spirit.


145 thoughts on “Linda 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.


  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. You can find me on FB under: Pat Cegan to see what we have been doing. Hugs, pat


  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 and here




  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:
    Congratulations! 🙂


  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


  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


  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


    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


  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.


  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)


    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.


      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


  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.


  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


  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.


    WOW ….


        AS I AM SURE YOU DO ……….:)


  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)


    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


  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!


  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


  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)~


  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.


  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


  21. I am honoured to nominate you for the One Lovely Blog Award! Please pick-up your award at 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


    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


      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!


  22. Your thread of Life my dearest Linda….
    is a blessing apprenticeship 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 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….


    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


  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:

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


    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


  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


  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! 😀


  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


  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


  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


  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.


  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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