WOULD YOU LIKE TO HELP ME WITH MY NEW BOOK?

23 Aug

sisters girl on the terrace

Dearest friends,
As some of you may know, I am in the process of compiling all of my work into a soft cover version. I know that usually the reader writes a review after finishing the book; but I have seen quite a few where there are numerous comments in a newly published book and it does bring sweet fragrance to the product.

Anyway, I have been thinking, how lovely it would be to use some of your comments from over the years in my book. There are so many incredible words of comfort, encouragement and love which has been shared over the years, that sometimes I have to question who the recipient should be, certainly not me … all glory must be given to God.

So here goes … my question is this:-

Are there any of my dear followers who would like to share a generalized comment regarding my poetry or song lyrics? Has it helped you, inspired you, encouraged you or was it sent in perfect timing (through His hands) at that moment of need for yourself or someone you love who was hurting?

Should you wish to see your comment in print please email me at poetrycottage@gmail.com.

Some things need to be unseen don’t they and they would be a lovely surprise for my reader … positive thinking … readers :-).

Please know in advance (because I do not know the response I will receive regarding this) that I may not use all that you send me, or all of a comment (space permitting).

If you don’t want your full name used, please also let me know.

I won’t include any links as things have a habit of changing and they may not work down the track.
I’m sure you understand.

God bless you all.
You have made this blog what it is today and contributed your love and hope to those in need.
Liana.

TRIUMPHANTLY (A Song of Comfort)

1 Sep

TRIUMPHANTLY

Chorus
O He sings with me, sings with me
Sweetest Jesus, He sings with me
In the suffering of my trials
Through many a tear
Together our voices
Together our voices
Rise triumphantly
Rise triumphantly

In troubles
In fear
In worry
He is near
Breaks through the storms
Of darkness and pain
He joins me in worship
Breaks the shackles of shame
So triumphantly
So triumphantly

Chorus
O He sings with me, sings with me
Sweetest Jesus, He sings with me
In the suffering of my trials
Through many a tear
Together our voices
Together our voices
Rise triumphantly
Rise triumphantly

When lonely
When scared
When abandoned
He is near
And He sends heaven’s chorus
Angelically
Showers of pure comfort
Arranged perfectly
So triumphantly
So triumphantly

Chorus
O He sings with me, sings with me
Sweetest Jesus, He sings with me
In the suffering of my trials
Through many a tear
Together our voices
Together our voices
Rise triumphantly
Rise triumphantly

© 2014 Liana Wendy Howarth

Sweet Wanderings

30 Aug

Sweet Wanderings (2)

Wandering into the field of His love
Sweet rose petals laid down sacrificially
Sweet rose petals laced with His once shed blood
God’s mercy shed for you and for me

So bow down and pick up the petal
The one with your name etched upon
Hold it forever close to your heart
Bind it with your love or the chance will be gone

Wandering through the stream of His joy
In the sweet footsteps of the Solid Rock
A sweet foundation laced with strength from above
God’s grace shed upon the Shepherd’s flock

So bow down and see your reflection shining
In the water that flowed down from Love’s tree
Scatter your words of love and finish the sentence
“Do you love Me,” asks Jesus … times one, two, three

© 2013 – present Liana Wendy Howarth

“He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou Me? Peter was grieved because He said unto him the third time, Lovest thou Me? And he said unto Him, Lord, Thou knowest all things; Thou knowest that I love Thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed My sheep.” John 21:17 KJV

Birthday Surprises (Dedicated to Our Beautiful Children)

29 Aug

Birthday Surprises

I thank You Lord
For this week at the
End of Winter
That blossoms into Spring
‘cause that’s the week
You blessed us
With three perfect gifts
Gifts from the Heavenly King
Two arrived on the twenty-eighth
Two years later
One on Father’s Day eve
The first of the season
And one never realizes
How precious time is
At the time
And maybe that’s the reason
Why we’ve been given
Sweet memories
Of love and laughter
Mixed with bittersweet tears
Please oh! please treasure
All parents, those who care
‘cause God’s priceless breaths of love
Forever show us He is near

© 2014 Liana Wendy Howarth

Had to share this link with you all just in case you don’t see it in another post’s comment section … sent with love from dear Anthony. Joy in a song …

http://www.godtube.com/watch/?v=W6YWK7NX&utm_source=GodTube%20Must-See%20Video&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=08/28/2014

Our Life in a Rose

28 Aug

Our Life in a Rose

Today we live
What we shaped yesterday
And dream for tomorrow
So may the rosebuds of yesterday
Be the blooms for today
And the fragrance of tomorrow

© 2012 – present Liana Wendy Howarth

SOMETIMES BLOGGING HURTS …

27 Aug

SOMETIMES BLOGGING HURTS ...

This is not a self-pity post.

Just laying my heart out for the rays of the Son to heal.

Is it just me or does anyone else feel that sometimes blogging can grieve, maybe that’s too hard a word, sadden maybe, one’s heart?

The Lord has blessed me with a super sensitive heart.

I shed a tear … sometimes just looking a flower … the exquisitiveness of it … doesn’t take much to open the floodgate. You get the picture.

Anyway, what I have trouble dealing with is this …

Through blogging, some absolute beautiful friendships are formed over the years.

And then … suddenly … correspondence stops.

Does this happen to anyone else?

One (yes, me!) then starts the never ending roundabout of questions … have I said something to hurt them, have I offended them, or are they just too busy for little ole me!

I know that life has burdens. People get sick. Trials happen.

And some things are meant only for a season.

And because of the amazing distance one’s words can reach online, of course it is impossible to keep in touch with absolutely everyone.

I just find it upsetting.

I have lost contact with quite a few special brothers and sisters in Christ and it’s marred my heart.

I pray that those to whom I am referring are safe. Are well. Are trusting daily for the blessings in His grace.

I miss you.

There … I’ve said it … Lord help me to let go and await the wonders you have in store for me.

When a Rose Cries

26 Aug

When a Rose Cries

Sometimes the pain is too much to bear

Sometimes you wonder how you will go on

Sometimes the never-ending tears won’t end

Sometimes the burden, it crushes, it bruises

Sometimes fogginess is so persistent it becomes reality

Sometimes life … it just happens without you

But those tears that mar a beauty’s face

Those tears that hold a healing flow

Cleanse the surface, fragrance released

Yes, life goes on … pain

Exhaustion

Longing for a breakthrough

Answered prayer

Watching loved ones live without you

You’re there; but you’re not

They wonder

They hurt

Wanting to help

Not knowing what to do

To make it easier

To ease suffering

The pain

The pain of suffering

On and on and on

Sensing no relief

Tried this

Tried that

Nothing works

Exhaustion

Fear

Pain

One day

One day

One day

The prayer will be answered

Until then

HEAR MY CRY

Under the merciful gaze of love
My heart is open, crushed and sad
I have come to realize that through it all
Only Jesus is hurt when my life falls

Help me to recover my poise
In Christ I live, and not for nought
Healing balm please Lord, do apply
For very soon this life is nigh

Heal me with the fragrance of roses
Heal me with sweet scents of rosebuds
May the lily cover my proudness
Cover my sense of guilt and shame

Lift the cloud of weariness yonder
From this weak and burdened frame
For this cloud remains a long time
Oh! When will Your sweet lightness shine

Please, dear Father, should I wander
Through this wilderness of thine alone
Lift this cloud, I shall not falter
Lead me on, for this Thy cloud came

 (from ‘Fragrance from the Spring’)

© 2010 – present Liana Wendy Howarth

O OPEN MY EYES AND CAUSE ME TO SEE (A Song of Prayer)

24 Aug

O OPEN MY EYES AND CAUSE ME TO SEE

Chorus
O open my eyes and cause me to see
All that You, my Saviour, have suffered for me
Place the desire within this oft dying heart
To follow Your lead, my Shepherd
And forever by found
Forever be found
Forever be found in Heaven’s flock with Thee

Lord, please remove the shades from me
That have fallen upon my eyes
Blocking out Love’s touch from me
Forgive me, forgive me
‘Cause I’ve been captive to darkness’ lies
And that I’ve grown distant, I can’t disguise

Chorus
O open my eyes and cause me to see
All that You, my Saviour, have suffered for me
Place the desire within this oft dying heart
To follow Your lead, my Shepherd
And forever by found
Forever by found
Forever be found, in Heaven’s flock with Thee

I want to see Your glory Lord
Like the golden children of God gone by
Trust in Your unfathomable wisdom
Trust and not question why

I want to feel Your comfort Lord
Like comfort only the comforted know
Trust in Your Almighty Love and Presence
Trust through trials of woe

I want to hear Your word Lord
Like healing waters silently flowing
Trust in Your unwavering promises
Trust where I am going

Chorus
O open my eyes and cause me to see
All that You, my Saviour, have suffered for me
Place the desire within this oft dying heart
To follow Your lead, my Shepherd
And forever by found
Forever be found
Forever be found, in Heaven’s flock with Thee

O forever by found
Forever be found
Forever be found, in Heaven’s flock with Thee

© 2014 Liana Wendy Howarth

THE BLUENESS OF MY HEART (A Song of Hope)

22 Aug

THE BLUENESS OF MY HEART

My eyes were drawn outside this morning to a beautiful, lone blue flower which had blossomed amidst heavenly showers … need I say more … another song was born … enjoy.

All glory to God.

THE BLUENESS OF MY HEART

Chorus
O the showers of Your blessings
Release the blueness of my heart
So I come before You humbly and pray
Lord, set the showers and storms apart

I need to feel Your presence Lord
Like sunlight melts the darkness of night
I need to feel Your presence Lord
And in mercy stand before You right

Chorus
O the showers of Your blessings
Release the blueness of my heart
So I come before You humbly and pray
Lord, set the showers and storms apart

In hours gone by, the rains have poured
And my heart has taken a lashing
In hours gone by, the rains have poured
Mingled with booming and forks flashing

Chorus
O the showers of Your blessings
Release the blueness of my heart
So I come before You humbly and pray
Lord, set the showers and storms apart

And now rivers of grace, they flow
Through my once tear-stained emotions
And now rivers of grace, they flow
Draining sadness into the ocean

‘Cause the showers of Your blessings
Release the blueness of my heart
The showers of Your blessings
O the showers of Your blessings
Have sprinkled joy in this once blue heart
Have sprinkled joy in this once blue heart

© 2014 Liana Wendy Howarth

THE GRAVITY OF REALITY (A Song for the Desperate One)

22 Aug

THE GRAVITY OF REALITY
Chorus
Draw the sin within our hearts
Through layers of unconfessed darkness disguised
Reveal O Lord the gravity of reality
And cleanse us with the Blood of the Lamb

Call unto the depths of our addiction
Unkind words, unforgiveness and more
Lord show us whilst gently holding us
The truth of what we were created for

Chorus
Draw the sin within our hearts
Through layers of unconfessed darkness disguised
Reveal O Lord the gravity of reality
And cleanse us with the Blood of the Lamb

O how we try, try to flow through each day
Pretending everything’s fine within
But secretly crying silent tears
Despairing of desperate pain we’re in

Chorus
Draw the sin within our hearts
Through layers of unconfessed darkness disguised
Reveal O Lord the gravity of reality
And cleanse us with the Blood of the Lamb

O how we need You, O Lord we need You
To bring ugly sin to the surface
To till the soil, plant seeds of mercy
Then shine heaven’s glory and heal by Your grace

Bridge
The gravity of reality
‘Tis more than we can bear
That’s why dear Father sent His Son
The gravity of reality
Healed and cleansed, salvation shared

Gravity, reality
Gravity, reality
Gravity, reality
Lord by Your truth, set us free

© 2014 Liana Wendy Howarth

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