“Like a Dance that You Called”, a worship poem from L.Willows (Miracles, Faith in God, Prayer)

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Something; a miracle,
wondrously Yours.
Waiting, forsaking,
our motions; enthralled.
Heart mine, fully captured,
like a dance that You called.

This is One prayer
in the midst of many more,
lifted towards wonder,
towards horizons that pour.

Gifts from Love’s bounty,
such Promises kept.
Fullness in the keeping,
lives given; times wept.

Heart mine sweetly softened,
Carved like your clay;
Here for Your sweeping
in miraculous Day.

We gaze at your beauty
and mystified, sigh.
Praying to Holiness
These humbled hearts cry.
Waking to witness,
we come-
You know why.

Something; a miracle,
wondrously Yours.
Hearts fully captured,
Like a dance that has been called.
This is One prayer
for us all, for us all.

© 2020 Linda Willows

Jeremiah 32:27 –“Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh. Is anything too hard for me?

Matthew 17:20 –He said to them, “Because of your little faith. For truly, I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.”

Mark 9:23 –And Jesus said to him, “‘If you can’! All things are possible for one who believes.”

Psalm 86:10-12For you are great and do wondrous things; you alone are God. Teach me your way, O Lord, that I may walk in your truth; unite my heart to fear your name. I give thanks to you, O Lord my God, with my whole heart, and I will glorify your name forever.

“Eternal Safety; Walking with God”, from L.Willows (God’s Spirit, faith, eternal security)

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Walking into any kind of new situation is not easy. It challenges us at all ages. Life seems to constantly call us to move into the unfamiliar. It seems as though as soon as I am comfortable, the unexpected happens and there is a great adjustment to make. Afterward when a clearing appears I step in a direction that appears safe and it is filled with new lessons- sometimes old ones. There I am again; facing the challenges of what shakes up and wakes up my heart. Despite uncertainties, each time I receive comfort; each time there is a pathway to peace. I have learned to look to a horizon that is beyond where I am walking. I look to God.

I pray. I ask not to be spontaneous. I pause. Step back. I listen. I know that my knowledge is insufficient; that what I see is not real and I cannot use my feelings as guideposts.

I need to walk in God’s Spirit. I feel His call to prayer. A heart that has been softened by trials is ready to listen to God. Turning from what is unknown and chaotic towards God who is faithful, unfailing, eternal and merciful is a grateful leap!

This is where my heart longs to live. That is where Eternal Safety is,  with God, while we journey in this world – in this life. He is true security. I am reminding of God’s truth and of what is eternal. My heart is transformed.

Scripture, that soaks our hearts in His unfailing security and faithfulness:

Lamentations 3:22-23 The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases;  his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.

Psalm 91: 1-2 He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”

Psalm 4:8 In peace I will both lie down and sleep; for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.

Isaiah 26:3 You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.

Psalms 119:90  Your faithfulness endures to all generations;  you have established the earth, and it stands fast.

Psalm 62:2 He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be greatly shaken.

Hebrews 10:23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.

Pray Faith, Pray Safe, we are Yours.

Lord,
We worship You with thanksgiving for Your most high fortress.
We bring our hearts and lives to the altar of Your grace.
We thank You for Your faithfulness throughout the generations.
We give You our hearts for safekeeping in this journey, this life.
Help us to be faithful to You in our daily walk,
Fill us each morning as new in Your Holy Spirit
and keep us forever near to You in Your abiding peace. 
Thank You for placing the spirit of gratitude in our hearts,
help us to have hearts that long to serve You and reveal Your Glory.

in Christ’s Name
Amen

© 2020 Linda Willows

“Softening, We Become His Own”, from L.Willows (a New Heart, Soft Love, God is With Us)

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Recently I encountered an old friend. In a conversation with her, she asked how I was now, as so much time had passed. “Softer, I said. “I am softer with time, after many years and experiences. Life had made my heart softer where before it had many edges and ridges. Now it sinks here and there.” I tried to describe to her what is indescribable.

Afterward, I felt thankful and filled with memories. I knew that she could not really understand. We had been separated by such distance, like the many mountains that I have traveled through in my journeys.

Life softens. God knows. He walks beside us.

Sometimes it takes time and ups and downs to soften our hearts. Only God sees our lives and our hearts in truth. Surely, He had known each detail along the way. He has been with us, beside us for every step.

What is a soft heart and what does that mean? Well, soft is new. We are born with hearts that need to become new. We need a second birth. We feel alone until we find it. We sense vulnerability and powerlessness until we find our true heart in and with God.

When I thought that I was alone, I tried harder, I often created much effort believing that I needed to do things on my own. I thought that I needed to form strengthening skills to survive. We all develop heart-survival skills because we forget that God is with us on the journey. He is our true and only strength in life’s journey. Everything else falls away or may fail. Real Strength was not even about me!

Real strength is about God, not us.

Psalm 76:26 –“My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.”

Philippians 4:13 -“I can do all things through him who strengthens me.”

As we find Him, we are given a new Heart.

Ezekiel 26:36 –“And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.”

2 Corinthian 5:17 –“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.”

Soft is the Spirit of Christ’s Love in our hearts.  

When the new forms in us, and we belong to Christ we, are saved by faith. The process of becoming like Him is ongoing, it is Sanctification. That new heart grows. It becomes our new inner Influencer!

We and our lives are never the same again. The ridges become containers that are filled with the pourings of God’s blessings, with His Spirit – like waters that fill us and our hearts with newness. Imagine a thirsty valley in the springtime receiving the rains of God’s love season after season. We Soften, we are fed and the fruit of His Spirit grows in us.

Galatians 5:22-23 –“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.”

When we become new, we live as His Own. We can live with hearts softly, lovingly. I am not there, I pray that I live a life that gives rich evidence of the fruit of the Spirit. I have a long way to go still. But the parts that ‘sink here and there’ are soft enough to be filled by God’s Spirit. I am so grateful for His Goodness, and for so many Blessings – surely there are challenges but the Lord is at my side. (and with you) This is the only journey that I would ever want to be on.

© 2019 Linda Willows

Pray Soft

I pray that we soften to the miracle of knowing God’s Love,
to the reunion of walking each hour of the day in His Mercy.

I pray soft listening for our hearts, that we hear His Voice
amidst the challenges of our lives; from the calls that we are each given.

I pray soft walking in this world as we journey with one another.
Let us find each other in His Arms as One.

I pray for soft forgiveness in our relationships near and far; help us
all to remember how much we have been forgiven, and open our hearts.

I pray soft tenderness so that we open doors for others; let us be generous
and gracious givers in this wondrous life that we have –

for the Lord God has been so good and kind to each of us.

In Jesus Name,
Amen