“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.”

“Wondrous Love” found in faith, according to grace…from The Beloved

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I woke gently during the night. Still half in a dream, I saw and heard a woman singing of her love of God. It echoed with beautiful tones. Almost like slides of a station that were being flashed before me, the songs of worship shifted each of praise and devotion. I drifted back to sleep. This morning I read “Therefore it is of faith that it might be according to grace, so that the promise might be sure to all the seed.” Romans 4:16 The commentary from Day by Day Grace from Bob Hoeksra follows. I added this beautiful version of “O Wondrous Love” for your enjoyment.

Day by Day Grace
More on God’s Promises and God’s Law

The Lord desires that we should have great certainty concerning His promises. Our God does not want us to be plagued with apprehension concerning the fulfillment of His promises. In all that God has promised, He intends for us to stand in bedrock assurance: “that the promise might be sure to all the seed.” This certainty is based upon two sets of related truths: one between His promises and His grace, and another between His grace and faith in Him.

The first set of related truths mentioned here (that makes God’s promises sure) is His promises and His grace. Living by God’s promises allows us to walk in the all-sufficient grace of God. The heavenly dynamic behind the promises of God is the grace of God. If God’s promises are to be sure in our lives, we must relate to them “according to grace.” If we are counting on any other hope besides grace to make God’s promises certain, we will never stand in full assurance of the promises being fulfilled. If God’s promises depend upon our performance, we will never walk in full assurance. If His promises depend upon the faithfulness or ability of others, full assurance will always elude us. The fulfillment of God’s promises depends wholly on His grace.

Now, how do we treat God’s promises in a way that does not disregard the grace that is behind them? The only acceptable response is faith. “Therefore it is of faith that it might be according to grace.” Every other response creates a discord with grace. This was the great mistake that Abraham and Sarah made early in their pilgrimage with the Lord. When they relied upon their own ingenuity (using the slave girl, Hagar, to try to supply the son God had promised), they were operating outside the realm of dependence upon God. Basically, they were trusting in themselves.

Behind all of the promises of the gospel is the promised Savior, who would die on the cross for our sins. If we attempt to base God’s saving work on our performance, we are setting aside God’s grace. We are inferring that His death for us was unnecessary or inadequate. “I do not set aside the grace of God; for if righteousness comes through the law, then Christ died in vain” (Galatians 2:21).

Father God, what a marvelous plan You have for Your children! You lay out Your purposes by means of great promises. You put Your wondrous grace behind every promise. Then, You ask us to place our faith in You to graciously fulfill all that You have committed to do. Lord, what assurance this gives concerning Your promises!