Our hearts are home, secured in God's Love. Find Hope and Encouragement in The LORD, The HOLY BELOVED.
Author: Linda Willows
The aim of The BELOVED is to awaken Christian Unity, embolden Fellowship and inspire Hope. "Our hearts are confident because of God’s Love, encouraged by the joy of His Loving Presence, gathered together by the enduring power of His Spirit."
Linda's journey includes writing, prayer, and daily devotion, "surely, I know less and less as my heart empties to the majesty of Seeing Jesus Christ".
With a love for people expanded by extensive travels to more than 20 countries and work in regions of crises, she expresses a lifelong dedication to the Heart of what unites us - God's Love. Willows was the Founder and Director of a non-profit Humanitarian NGO with the United Nations. Currently she is devoted to community, writing projects and Christian outreach.
In the mountain tops, I answered, Near the white cloud mist’s hold. Where shoulders of green bear gentle earth mothers. They call up horizons, they reach to sky’s fold. Bearing weight all, caring with nests filled with gold.
Sweetened with sunlight shed full upon Mountain fellows, their faces, turned by lives worn. Here on their shoulders, high in the sky, dipped in the blue is a Majesty’s cry.
Love in the balance of heaven and earth dreams reach up to Thee as the clouds fall with mirth. Into the soft shoulders of gentle green peaks like mounds of earth mothers that bear, quake, birth, seek.
Soft are the bellows, on sky mounds that run lovingly towards home, near to the sun. Angels paint rainbows in tomorrow’s new day, from the mountaintop’s glory, in horizons we pray.
Colossians 1:16 For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him.
Psalm 95:3-5 For the Lord is the great God, the great King above all gods. In his hand are the depths of the earth, and the mountain peaks belong to him. The sea is his, for he made it, and his hands formed the dry land.
Psalm 19:1 The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
Ecclesiastes 3:11 —He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end.
Isaiah 43:18-19 —“Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.
Walking by Faith means that you are placing your faith in God before all else. Often we face difficult situations that put us in a sense of bondage to circumstances. Obstacles may seem overwhelming. When we place our trust in God to lead us forward, we step out in faith. My own experience in walking by faith is one of awe on an ever-deepening journey. We are promised God’s reward in scripture. Recently in a class, my Pastor said “when we say no to God’s assignments we walk away from His Blessings!”. I underlined that. Listening and stepping out in Faith is a bold walk; it does take courage – but it is the journey homeward toward God’s Goodness, diving into His deep Mercy and yes, to His Blessings as well.
And without faith, it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him. (Hebrews 11:6)
When we “walk by faith and not by sight”, (2 Corinthians 5:7) it means that we trust God in every circumstance that we face and that we aim to choose righteousness over sin no matter what the cost. In living, the heart’s perspective is to store our treasures in heaven rather than on earth.
When we step out in daily living, we are reminded of the need for action that follows faith. Each step is given to God, with a heart aimed toward Him, that trusts that He will reveal the next. It is a faith walk. When we take this miraculous walk with God, we may not see far, yet each step is revealed in its turn as we follow trusting His plan.
Proverbs 3:5-6 –Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.
Faith sacrifices selflessly and acts lovingly. The actions of faith are bold and courageous. True faith works its way out in action as well as belief. It walks itself forward as faith that follows God’s will and His commands through action. We exercise faith by stepping out.
Hebrews 11:1 -Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.
We rest in the power of God through prayer and moving forward in our loving actions forward. In Faith we rest securely on God’s Promises. Resting in God and His Promises also means that we put our identity in His provision, physically and eternally. (Ephesians 2:8)
Quotes on Walking by Faith
God in his wisdom, to make and keep us humble and to teach us to walk by faith, has hidden from us almost everything that we should like to know about the providential purposes which he is working out in the churches and in our own lives. –J. I. Packer
To learn strong faith is to endure great trials. I have learned my faith by standing firm amid severe testings. —George Mueller
Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase. – Martin Luther King, Jr.
The greatest legacy one can pass on to one’s children and grandchildren is not money or other material things accumulated in one’s life, but rather a legacy of character and faith. – Billy Graham
Faith does not eliminate questions. But faith knows where to take them. — Elisabeth Elliot
In faith, there is enough light for those who want to believe and enough shadows to blind those who don’t. –Blaise Pascal
If the Lord fails me at this time, it will be the first time. –George Mueller
Faith is to believe what we do not see, and the reward of this faith is to see what we believe. –Augustine
Faith is not the belief that God will do what you want. Faith is the belief that God will do what is right. –Max Lucado
He calls us to trust him so completely that we are unafraid to put ourselves in situations where we will be in trouble if He doesn’t come through. –Francis Chan
Sainthood lies in the habit of referring the smallest actions to God. Faith is the art of holding on to things your reason has once accepted in spite of your changing moods. –C.S. Lewis
Expect great things from God. Attempt great things for God. –William Carey
Trials should not surprise us, or cause us to doubt God’s faithfulness. Rather, we should actually be glad for them. God sends trials to strengthen our trust in him so that our faith will not fail. Our trials keep us trusting; they burn away our self-confidence and drive us to our Savior. –Edmond Clowney
Faith has to do with things that are not seen and hope with things that are not at hand. –Thomas Aquinas