“Puritan Wisdom Quotes to fill your heart”, from L.Willows (God’s Peace, Contentment, Faith, God’s Glory)

Christian contentment is that sweet, inward, quiet, gracious frame of spirit, which freely submits to and delights in God’s wise and fatherly disposal in every condition. –-Jeremiah Burroughs

To bless God for mercies — is the way to increase them.
To bless Him for miseries — is the way to remove them. –William Dyer

Let us use worldly things as wise pilgrims do their staves and other necessities convenient for their journey. So long as they help us forward in our way — let us make use of them, and accordingly esteem them. But if they become troublesome hindrances and cumbersome burdens — let us leave them behind us, or cast them away. The temptations of prosperity, like unseen bullets, wound and kill us before they are discerned. –George Downame

We fear men so much — because we fear God so little. One fear cures another. When man’s terror scares you — turn your thoughts to the wrath of God. –William Gurnall

How sweet is rest, after fatigue! How sweet will Heaven be, when our toilsome journey is ended. –-George Whitefield

Take a saint, and put him into any condition — and he knows how to rejoice in the Lord. –Walter Cradock

When we grow careless of keeping our souls — then God recovers our taste of good things again by sharp crosses. –Richard Sibbes

Temptations, when we meet them at first, are as the lion that reared upon Samson; but if we overcome them, the next time we see them we shall find a nest of honey within them. –John Bunyan

Humility is the robe of all the sons of God — and the distinguishing character of a true Christian. Humility is the only way to glory. True humility never desires to show itself because it intends to hide, not only other virtues, but above all, itself. –Daniel Cawdrey

The lesser we discern pride in ourselves — the more it reigns in our hearts. –William Perkins

Poverty and affliction take away the fuel that feeds pride. –Richard Sibbes

Your life is short, your duties many, your assistance great, and your reward sure. Therefore faint not, hold on and hold up, in ways of well-doing, and Heaven shall make amends for all! –Thomas Brooks

“God is the highest good of the reasonable creature. The enjoyment of him is our proper; and is the only happiness with which our souls can be satisfied. To go to heaven, fully to enjoy God, is infinitely better than the most pleasant accommodations here. Better than fathers and mothers, husbands, wives, or children, or the company of any, or all earthly friends. These are but shadows; but the enjoyment of God is the substance. These are but scattered beams; but God is the sun. These are but streams; but God is the fountain. These are but drops, but God is the ocean.” –Jonhathan Edwards

“For a close, remember this, that your life is short, your duties many, your assistance great, and your reward sure; therefore faint not, hold on and hold up, in ways of well-doing, and heaven shall make amends for all.” –Thomas Brooks

“O my Mansoul, I have lived, I have died, I live, and I will die no more for thee. I live that thou mayest not die. Because I live thou shalt live also; I reconciled thee to my Father by the blood of My cross, and being reconciled thou shalt live through me. I will pray for thee, I will fight for thee, I will yet do thee good. Nothing can hurt thee but sin; nothing can grieve Me but sin; nothing can make thee base before thy foes but sin; take heed of sin, my Mansoul.” –John Bunyan

“The way to Heaven is ascending; we must be content to travel uphill, though it be hard and tiresome, and contrary to the natural bias of our flesh.”--Jonathan Edwards

“There You Are”, a poem from L.Willows (Grace, Hope, a New Day, Healing)

Somewhere,
in the day that tomorrow brings,
I see you smiling.
Your eyes are sparkling with dances
that light in a new horizon.
You are gathering;
swelling, like waters that fill into rivers
that pour Love into view.
You are new.

Somewhere,
in the day that tomorrow brings
I see you healed;
your sweetened heart revealed.
Your life joins with beloveds,
in an eternal embrace.
You are in the arms of Grace.

There you are,
in the dawn
that rises up to meet you,
wrapped by the most tender mercies
and a blanket of prayers.

There,
entwined, encouraged and seen;
you are with each good thing.
You are in Hope’s dream.
There, I see you.

There you are.
Somewhere dear-
Not a far smile away.
in the Promise, near
of a bold new Day.

© 2020 Linda Willows

Philippians 3:13-14 —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, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

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.

“On This Holy Ground”, a worship poem from L.Willows (God’s Glory, God’s Love, Faith, Deliverance)

On This holy ground,
in the morn’s waking of-
bathed in becoming,
we stand in Love.

Here in the midst,
there in a calm-
soaked in God’s Glory,
hearts held in His palm.

On That holy ground,
we stand, hearts strong-
joined in forever,
called by His song.

There are the words,
There sounds the call-
Formed in God’s Kingdom
meant for us, All.

Near is such bidding
Sweet is The voice,
hushed by the winds
of tunnels, time’s choice.

There we are swept
into Joy’s honeycomb,
deep in the mound
that keeps all who roam Home.

© 2019 Linda Willows

When the Lord saw that he turned aside to see, God called to him out of the bush, “Moses, Moses!” And he said, “Here I am.” Then he said, “Do not come near; take your sandals off your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.” And he said, “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” And Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look at God. — Exodus 3:4-6