“For God wins His Song”, a worship poem from L.Willows (Blessing, God’s Goodness, a New Day)

For God Wins His Song 

Oh, heart, don’t look back, you will not lose for long,
All that is lost, will gain again strong.
In his Love there is Good, for God wins his song.

Oh, heart, don’t mourn, you must not be drawn.
The times, they are swift- seasons pass, they conform,
We are held in His midst like a wild summer storm.

Oh, heart, don’t look back, The east comes with new dawn-
Bringing gifts of life’s future from Goodness, full drawn.
See what brightness does beckon, what mercy does sing.
At the Gates of our Lord, from the announce of our King.

There in the East, in the clearing that Lights
Angel wings form as cloud’s heavenly sights.
Misting, then granting the dew that brings Day
Here upon each that bends down to Pray.

Oh, heart, don’t look back, you will not lose for long.
All that is lost will gain again strong.
In His love there is Good for God wins his Song.

© 2019 Linda Willows

Psalm 34:8

Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!

Romans 8:28

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.

Psalm 33:19

Oh, how abundant is your goodness, which you have stored up for those who fear you and worked for those who take refuge in you, in the sight of the children of mankind!

Exodus 33:19

And he said, “I will make all my goodness pass before you and will proclaim before you my name ‘The Lord.’ And I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show mercy on whom I will show mercy.

Psalm 84:11

For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor. No good thing does he withhold from those who walk uprightly.

“Each Hilltop is Home”, a poem by L.Willows (God’s Peace, Blessing)

Each Hilltop is Home

I draw your deep green deep inside as a salve
Each memory and sight deeply soothes each heart valve.
Life softens and breathes; wraps its own in such care
That Love presses in from All everywhere.

Living valleys lie between all the hilltops bright.
They unfold a safe nest of their peace at twilight.
Even when in deep slumber with the trees and starlight,
I am held by the green, by an All tender might.

I join new day with each path through Life’s Art
The trees bend forward, shade begins to part.
Each hilltop is home as I stand and admire
Your green, the unseen and nature All, the Entire.

©2012 Linda Willows

(photo credit: Ovidiu Satmari)

Psalm 29:11 — “The LORD gives strength to his people; the LORD blesses his people with peace.”

Romans 15:13 — “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.”

“Feasting on God’s Glory”, from L.Willows (soaking in Goodness, Joy, Blessing, God’s Love)

Recently, I described to a friend that I discovered another way to soak in God’s Glory in a season when I needed to feel near to Him. We are taught to fast and pray in the scripture as a way of gaining a closer relationship to God. It can bring about a spiritual breakthrough and causes the heart to be drawn towards Him in worship. I discovered a joyful way of celebrating His Presence by Feasting in His Goodness afterwards. It takes the form of Listening and Receiving His word and teaching generously and joyously from sermons, podcasts and online sources that give delight to my heart. I call it the Feast after the Fast. Sometimes I have done it on and off for weeks at a time. It is also a wonderful way of influencing the heart to create a posture of closeness to God and to loosen a pattern that gazes at anything but Him.

You can form your own list of resources for “Feasting on God’s Goodness and Glory” but I will offer one for you here to try. It is also nice to add music that inspires your spirit to the list. In a “Feasting the Heart” season I will use resources with me as I go about my day including scripture – life does not need to stop. (add recent sermons and podcast from your church; I love to add my own; Alexandria Presbyterian Church) I add what inspires me, sermons and discussions from teachers of reputation. You can listen while moving, walking, driving, resting, be creative. I have even slept during feasting and prayed that the words soaked into me by God’s Spirit! It is wonderful to learn, listen, let your heart stay soft and enjoy. (LW)

Here are some suggesting for podcasts and resources to Feast on; enjoy creating your own!

Tim Keller on Mark 15:33-47 , YouTube

Tim Keller, “Laboring for a God who fights for us”

Tim Keller; Sermons Podcast by Gospel in Life

Knowing and Doing Podcast, from the C.S. Lewis Institute

The Audio Library of the C.S. Lewis Institute

The Gospel Coalition Podcasts

See Jesus.net “Love Moves Towards People” with Paul Miller (Global Discipling)

See Jesus.net “Love Under Pressure”, Paul Miller (Global Discipling)

See Jesus.net “Conversation with Pilates, Jesus the King”, Paul Miller (Global Discipling)

See Jesus.net “Becoming Human Again”, Paul Miller (Global Discipling)

The best Christian worship and praise songs of 2021

Mercy and Goodness in singing together (Josh Sherman)

Bless the Lord Oh my Soul