I’VE BEEN IN THE VALLEY (A Song of Encouragement for Those Entering in, Already in, or Leaving)

16 Apr

I'VE BEEN IN THE VALLEY

Lord, there was a time
You walked me through the valley

But You have lifted me, yes me
Upon the mountain realm so high
Lifted me out of desperation
Lifted me from despair
And now my dearest Saviour
At last I breathe the mountain air
Feel new strength and life again
O sweet mountain air
O sweet mountain air

Chorus
O I’ve been in the valley
Where many have passed before in pain
Many are soon to enter this journey
And their life will never be the same

Yes, I’ve been in the valley
Where many tears washed the road that heals
Washed and released many a treasure
That only a walk in the valley reveals

Lord, it used to be
That I thought I’d never leave
Never escape this weary way
Where the birds were ever silent
And no sweet flower bloomed for me
Day and night, the turmoil
Kept me from sensing any love
Until You Lord, this illness rent
O You freed me, lifted me
And this illness rent
And this illness rent

Chorus
O I’ve been in the valley
Where many have passed before in pain
Many are soon to enter this journey
And their life will never be the same

Yes, I’ve been in the valley
Where many tears washed the road that heals
Washed and released many a treasure
That only a walk in the valley reveals

O I praised Him when the road was dim
I praise Him now, I praise, praise Him
I praise Him now, I praise, praise Him

Yes, I praised Him when the road was dim
And I praise Him now, I praise, praise Him
I praise Him now, I praise, praise Him

Lord, there was a time
You walked me through the valley

© 2014 Liana Wendy Howarth

GRACE IS THE BRIDGE (A Song of Hope)

14 Apr

GRACE IS THE BRIDGE

Just the gift of Your grace
Is enough, is enough
Though I don’t see Your face
Face to face, face to face
Your grace is sufficient for me
Lord, Your grace is sufficient for me

Chorus
O how You love me
Cherish me
Cleanse me
O Your love floods me
Completes me
Completes me
Jesus, You complete me
And make me whole

When I’m unwell, feeling low
You bless me, You bless me
Send offerings of Your grace
Wrapped lovingly, wrapped freely
Your grace is sufficient for me
Lord, Your grace is sufficient for me

Chorus
O how You love me
Cherish me
Cleanse me
O Your love floods me
Completes me
Completes me
Jesus, You complete me
And make me whole

Bridge
Grace is the bridge
That will set you free
O grace is the bridge
Step upon and you’ll see
Gifts of His wonders
Gifts of His grace
Yes all of His love
Is etched deep in His face

Chorus
O how You love me
Cherish me
Cleanse me
O Your love floods me
Completes me
Completes me
Jesus, You complete me
And make me whole

© 2014 Liana Wendy Howarth

Fragrance From The Spring – Liana Wendy Howarth

14 Apr

Originally posted on booklovers1:

These review has been in the making for over 6 months! It’s not that the poems were a struggle to get through, it’s quite the opposite in fact!!! Liana wrote so beautifully that I wanted to digest everything! Such beauty I know I will savour for the rest of my life! I hope you enjoy this review and that you will get this book. I know that it will inspire, encourage and uplift you!! (sorry Liana that it has taken to long!)

FragranceFragrance of the Spring is a wonderful, refreshing, inspiring and encouraging collection of poems, written by Liana Wendy Howarth. This book is broken up into several sections, the first one being aimed at children, the second one about joy, compassion and hope, the next
and the second more inspirational. I have decided to write this review whilst reading the book because I want to accurately capture and convey…

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FRAGRANCE IN THE MORNING (A Prayerful Song)

12 Apr

FRAGRANCE IN THE MORNING

O Lord, each morning
As it comes to glow
I’ll lift my prayers
To You and I know
That answers will be
Rained down as I go
About the day, so I look
To Thee, for Your mercies grow
Minute to minute, hour to hour
New hope in me, Your hand will sow
So I’ll keep looking up
Watch You bring forth joy from woe
And this dear Lord, my God
Is why my heart loves You so!

© 2014 Liana Wendy Howarth

JESUS

8 Apr

JESUS

Jesus
As You hung
Upon that cross
Jesus
None other
Could take Your place
Jesus
Your love washed over
All standing there
Jesus
Each breath
Laced with pain
Jesus
Life blood oozing
Jesus
Heavier, heavier
Limbs aching beyond grief
Jesus
Pallor, thirst, shame
Mocked, cruelty witnessed
Jesus
For us, only us
You came
Jesus
Even the cross
Drank of that love
Jesus
Too much love
Yes, too much love
Jesus
Love poured out
Free for all
Jesus
Last breath
Last breath
Jesus
It is finished
You hear Him say
Jesus
No more
He’s gone
Jesus
Darkness
Surrender
Jesus
Pure light, new day
Life dawns reality
Jesus
Is alive
Died. Rose alive
Jesus

© 2014 Liana Wendy Howarth

WAVE AFTER WAVE AFTER WAVE AND TEMPTATION (2 POEMS TODAY)

6 Apr

wave water sea

WAVE AFTER WAVE AFTER WAVE
O Lord, I feel like I’m in the ocean
Being pounded by wave after wave
And I know in my heart, ‘tis You Lord
You Lord that only can save, can save

Every turn of my head sees them coming
Wave after wave after wave
But there in the distance I see You
My Lord, coming toward me to save

I am lost between all the commotion
I am lost, I am lost at sea
O Jesus, can You see my dilemma
You smile, take my hand, rescue me

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TEMPTATION
Temptation has many faces
That hide within the crowd
Some pass by, lost in confusion
Some scream in your ear, so loud

O Lord, You know our very weakness
You know how we hate to sin
But sometimes the promise of gaiety
Burdens greatly and has its win

Please grasp our hands much tighter
Draw us away when temptation’s near
And may the look contained in Your eyes
Restrain us so we have nothing to fear

© 2014 Liana Wendy Howarth

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AN INTERVIEW WITH MY DEAR FRIEND, INVISIBLE ILLNESS

3 Apr

AN INTERVIEW WITH MY DEAR FRIEND, INVISIBLE ILLESS

A – AFFLICTED
II – INVISIBLE ILLNESS

Interview commenced 2.30pm

A – Welcome my friend. I really appreciate this opportunity to speak to someone, someone who for most of the time remains hidden. Living life in the shadows. May I start by asking you how you are truly feeling?

II – Dearest Afflicted, I am so touched that someone is finally giving me the opportunity to unload the pain and struggles that reside in the depths of my heart. You ask how I’m feeling. In one word, I’ll tell you … Lost.

A – Lost? I don’t understand!

II – I’ll try and explain. Have you ever been in a crowded room and felt lonely even though you’re not alone? Felt such a depth of sadness, emptiness, felt lost. That you don’t belong?

A – Why yes!

II – Well that’s how I feel.
Lost within busyness
Lost within each relationship
Lost within daily activities
Lost within emotion
Lost within love
Lost within abilities
Lost within life itself.
(the head of the first tear breaks free)

A (to cameraman Observer (O))
Please stop rolling for a moment and hand Invisible Illness some tissues.

(Camera off for 15 minutes)

II – I’m fine (tears falling steadily now). It’s just that you have to bear me; but to be me, breaks my heart. People see me and say oh! you look well; loved ones can’t understand that I’m out of bed and moving (smile); but not achieving much; when others ask how I am, they get this bewildered look upon their face if you say you are struggling (as if they can’t comprehend that you’re still unwell … still!!) with a ‘Why can’t you just take a pill and get over it, everyone else does’ sort of attitude. Oh I’m sorry, I’m rambling I know. It’s just so frustrating.

A – I’m so sorry Invisible Illness. I can only imagine your need for understanding, acceptance and compassion. Forgive me for being so hard on you and expecting so much from you.

II – There’s nothing to forgive. As I said earlier, you’re bearing me up, lifting me above my heartache. I am forever thankful. You lighten my load with your strength and care. You care for me, like we are forever friends; but I know we will part. We must part. Until that day, I just want to say how much I love you and I hope that this interview will help another, anyone suffering and feeling lost. Anyone with an invisible illness.

A – Thank you dear Invisible Illness for baring your innermost feelings. The darkest corners of your heart. I know there is someone who will find comfort in these words.

Interview ended 3.14pm.

© 2014 Liana Wendy Howarth

LOVE, LOVE, MORE LOVE (A Song for Those Crying Out for Love)

31 Mar

LOVE, LOVE, MORE LOVE

If your heart is needing
Love, love, more love
Don’t worry about its emptiness ‘cause
There’s a fountain of love above

Chorus
The more you ache
The more I’ll fill
Your heart with love, love, love
My heart, My child, will ever flow
According to My will

And you must love, love itself
Love, love, more love
I know it’s not easy to forgive
When your heart’s been hurt enough

Chorus
The more you ache
The more I’ll fill
Your heart with love, love, love
My heart, My child, will ever flow
According to My will

There’s a darkness, yes I know
Love, love, more love
And it’s captured so many tears, regrets
It’s time to turn to Me My love

Chorus
The more you ache
The more I’ll fill
Your heart with love, love, love
My heart, My child, will ever flow
According to My will

So if your heart is needing
Love, love, more love
Receive and then give of My love to others
And then your heart will be filled

Chorus
The more you ache
The more I’ll fill
Your heart with love, love, love
Yes the more you ache
The more I’ll fill
Your heart with My love, love, love

© Liana Wendy Howarth

A PRAYER FROM THE HEART

29 Mar

A PRAYER FROM THE HEART

Today I share my prayer … the reason … I am unwell … cannot speak for long without coughing … felt led to write it down instead … I pray it may help another in any form of distress, sickness, and circumstance where prayer to our ever loving Lord and Saviour is hampered. God bless.

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Heavenly Father
The one True God
My Father
O how I love You
In Jesus Name Lord
I thank You for this beautiful day
The sun is shining, the birds are singing
The rain has ceased for now; but has given life to so much
Lord, I lift this day unto You
For this is the day that the Lord has made
I will rejoice and be glad in it
Father I lift my family unto You
I pray for each of my loved ones
Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done in each
Physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually
In our children’s future marriage partner’s lives also Lord
And in our children’s future childrens’ lives
Please Lord, please send Your Word and save us
Send Your Word and heal us
Save us and we shall be saved
Heal us and we shall be healed
I thank You for answered prayer Lord
Please open the eyes of my loved ones
Remove any scales that remain on those who love You
But have as yet to fully admit it
In Jesus Name, in Jesus Name
Open the eyes of understanding
Grant us wisdom and knowledge O God
Please cover and protect our homes, every building we enter and leave
Our properties, watch over our beloved pets
Grant us travelling mercies

And rid our homes, our lives of all that does not bring You glory
Holy Spirit, Comforter, Convicter of hearts
Fall upon this family, our family tree, our dearest friends
Our neighbourhoods, this nation, our world
Bring comfort to those who are mourning, suffering
Bring conviction to those with hard hearts, cold hearts
Jesus, I pray Your healing virtue be released in this home
In this nation, in earth
We need You, we need You
Only You can bring the gift of release, the gift of salvation
Release from darkness, hurt, shame, grief, loss, uncertainity, fear
Addiction, abuse, persecution, loneliness, abandonment, sickness, a sin-sick heart
O Lord, how we need You
Father, I lift Israel unto You
I pray for the peace of Jerusalem
I pray for her leader, his family, his government, the decisions that are being made
Have to be made
I pray for their protection, for wisdom, for strength, for guidance amidst such
Hatred and persecution
Open the eyes of Your people
I pray for those who are blessing Israel Lord
I pray for those who are cursing her
Individuals or nations
For You have promised to bless those who bless her
And curse those who curse her
Please change cold, cold hearts, Lord
Hearts of stone into hearts of flesh
Nothing is impossible for God
You can change the course of the mighty rivers
Nothing is impossible for You
O Lord, flood the nations with Your glory
I love You Lord
I trust You
You are my God
In the precious Name of Jesus I pray
Amen

© 2014 Liana Wendy Howarth

You’ll See Him

28 Mar

You'll See Him

When you feel like love
Has left you
When you feel loved ones
Don’t care
Look once more
To opened heavens
And you’ll see Him
Standing there

Your heart may be hurt
Lost, angry
Your heart may feel sad
Insecure
When the path
Is lit with debris
He brings His light
A light so pure

O He has promised to walk
Beside you
Surround you with love
Eternally
Just trust, trust
That’s all He asks
‘Cause heaven’s opened
With love’s key

© 2014 Liana Wendy Howarth

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