Today I’m Free

31 Jul

Today I'm Free
Oh, He’s broken the curse of sickness
Upon my life this day
Oh yes, He’d already done it at the Cross
But I always had my say

As each morning I awoke
And symptoms rose ugly head
Tried to set the mood for the day
I’d lie there and I’d dread

Dread the thought of another day
Living with the onslaught of pain
Pain in every part of me
So many symptoms trying my life, to drain

But the power of the Cross has broken through
And reality by faith has won
‘cause Jesus bore my sickness
Jesus, God’s only begotten Son

Oh yes, by feeling, nothing’s changed
Not as yet, as I write these words
But when the truth is buried deep within
New life will sing like nature’s birds

And gone will be the ringing
Gone will be weariness
Gone will be anxiety
And heartbeats untuned more or less

Gone will be the dizziness
Gone will be the brain-numbing fog
Gone will be the blurry vision
Praise God, I will no longer falter; but jog

Oh the power of the Cross today
And everyday henceforth
Has healed this weary mind-numbing life
For the truth of the power’s broken forth

Amen … thank you Jesus

© 2014 Liana Wendy Howarth

Great Encouragement Amidst the Storms of Life (from Scattering the Stones)

30 Jul

Scattering the Stones post
http://www.scatterthestones.co.uk/feeling-overwhelmed/

THIS IS YOUR BREAKTHROUGH CALLING (A Song of Deliverance)

22 Jul

This is Your Breakthrough Calling

There was a time, a long time
When you’d almost given up
The trials were overwhelming
As you drank of affliction’s cup
But I was there all along
And I’m forever with you now
And throughout it all
Through many tears, much pain
Heaven still was blessed
With love, praise and no disdain

Chorus
This is your breakthrough calling
I’m here at last, at last
There were so many obstacles in My way
But now all doubt and fear has passed

This answered prayer is for all
Who have been struggling so
When prayers seem like they’re silenced
When release, it just doesn’t show
Maybe as you’re reading this
And My Word is laid before you
Take heart My dear one
‘Cause help is on its way
Believe, believe and trust
Breakthrough will break through this day

Bridge
I wanted you to break through
Break through, break through, push through
And with My help, you were never alone
Together, rejoice, you’re through

Chorus
This is your breakthrough calling
I’m here at last, at last
There were so many obstacles in My way
But now all doubt and fear has passed

You’re through, you’re through
And My Name is glorified
You’re through, My child, you’re through
My love now seen and glorified

© 2014 Liana Wendy Howarth

COME FIND YOUR PLACE IN MY HEART LORD (A Song for Times of Blue)

21 Jul

Come Find a Place in My Heart

Deep within the depths of blue
I’m lost and struggling without You
The blue becomes the deepest black
And shades of yellow line life’s track

Chorus
Come find Your place in my heart Lord
A heart bruised and torn, forlorn
Come find Your place in my heart Lord
Fill the emptiness that pain has torn
Cover life’s weariness that I’ve worn

I feel so lost, abandoned
As each day’s mysteries, they crush
And with each breath I take, they find
Deeper shades of blue amidst the rush

Deep within the depths of blue
I’m lost and struggling without You
The blue becomes the deepest black
And shades of yellow line life’s track

Chorus
Come find Your place in my heart Lord
A heart bruised and torn, forlorn
Come find Your place in my heart Lord
Fill the emptiness that pain has torn
Cover life’s weariness that I’ve worn

How can this treasure called life
Drain the very life out of me
It did until grace and mercy
Wrapped my heart with Your symphony

O You found the place within my heart
A heart now healed and not forsaken
You found the place within my heart
Filled the emptiness darkness had taken
Replaced life’s weariness with joy given

And now the only blue remaining
Is the sweet echo of distant tears
Flowers and dreams sent from heaven
Sunny days, blue skies, no more fear

O sunny days, blues skies, no more fear

© 2014 Liana Wendy Howarth

Another Blessing …

18 Jul

Another Blessing ...

http://writer.songoftheyear.com/lianahowarth.htm

THE BROKEN MIRROR OF MY HEART (A Song of Reflection)

17 Jul

THE BROKEN MIRROR OF MY HEART

Shards of brokenness fill my heart
And each piece glitters and bears a part
Of emotions entwined with sadness and pain
I fall to the ground, life will never be the same
O I fall to the ground, life will never be the same

Look, lift a piece, you won’t be hurt
Take it into the light, out of the dirt
Hold it up, hold it up, a broken life revealed
Let the warmth of the sun enter deep where it’s healed
O let the warmth of the sun enter deep where it’s healed

Chorus
So can you see yourself
Where pain once dwelled
Does the reflection of my emptiness
Open old memories on which you once dwelled
You’ve offered sweet love
And become the very part
Holding together
The broken mirror of my heart
The broken mirror of my heart

But now with your love’s tenderness
My brokenness has surrendered
Surrendered and it’s flooded, flooded with light
Allowing sweet joy to captivate yesterday’s night
O allowing sweet joy to captivate yesterday’s night

Chorus
So can you see yourself
Where pain once dwelled
Does the reflection of my emptiness
Open old memories on which you once dwelled
You’ve offered sweet love
And become the very part
Holding together
The broken mirror of my heart
The broken mirror of my heart

© 2014 Liana Wendy Howarth

My Blogging Vacation

7 Jul

A Blogging Vacation

Hi Everyone,
Just a short post to let you know that it will be rather quiet around poetry cottage for a while … struggling with health issues and what time I do spend on the computer … I am refiling and unearthing years of my writing, enabling me to publish my second book … this time, a softcover.

God bless you all my sweet friends … may the Lord continue to bless, heal, deliver and save … and He will.

I will still check the reader from time to time, as I know, like the flowers need the rain, love will always need its companionship and encouragement xxx

LONG BEFORE I KNEW (A Song of Forgiveness)

6 Jul

Long Before I KnewLong before I knew
You loved me in Your heart
You hid me deep within
The knowledge, that we would never part

Chorus
I weep because I never knew that I was lost, confused
I weep because You had to search for me in darkest dream still left untold
I weep … You wept … Our tears they mingled in
The bottle of Your secret love
And Your grace lay captive within

I didn’t know Your Name
Or what You’d done for me
I didn’t see the pain
Etched on that crimson tree

Chorus
I weep because I never knew that I was lost, confused
I weep because You had to search for me in darkest dream still left untold
I weep … You wept … Our tears they mingled in
The bottle of Your secret love
And Your grace lay captive within

My plans did not include
Eternal plans, just mine, just mine … I’m fine
I walked the world treasured path
Until You placed Your feet with mine

Chorus
I weep because I never knew that I was lost, confused
I weep because You had to search for me in darkest dream still left untold
I weep … You wept … Our tears they mingled in
The bottle of Your secret love
And Your grace lay captive within

And then You set me free
And scarred hands led sheltered way
I didn’t know how much You loved me
Till my night way turned to day

Chorus
I wept because I never knew that I was lost, confused
I wept because You found me in darkest dream no longer left untold
My chains through the furnace have been
Your tears have quenched the burning fire
My chains are now the King’s possession
Set forever in Your crown of gold

© 2013 – present Liana Wendy Howarth

The Grace of God Sustains

5 Jul

poetrycottage:

Hope … in a beautifully written post by Anna. May it bless many who find themselves in ‘hopeless’ circumstances.

Originally posted on The Cross Is All:

I want to quit. I want to give up. I’m tired, really, really, tired of things. Things that don’t change. Things that go on forever. Things that never get started. But the grace of God sustains me.

Journal Entry

Sometimes life is overwhelming. It is for me and I know it is for many whom I know and love. It’s hard. We live in a fallen world, a world that loves self and glory far more than it loves Christ. We’re surrounded by people who claim to love the Lord but who serve selfish purposes, whose words and deeds do not match their public proclamation of faith. We’re faced with our own faithlessness, both to people and to the Lord. Getting up in the morning often feels hopeless, like we’re slogging through thigh-deep mud trying to trek a thousand miles and making inches of progress. Or like we’re endlessly digging…

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Story of the Straying Lamb … Author Unknown

3 Jul

baby lamb

The Shepherd loved His little lamb,
And gave it tender care…
And followed it with loving eyes
As it wandered here and there.

And as He sat by His grazing flock
Who so meekly His voice obeyed
He pondered sadly His little lamb
As again and again it strayed.

The little lamb had a loving heart,
And adored His Shepherd, true…
But would turn aside and seek his own way
As lambs will so often do.

With His gentle voice the Shepherd called,
To His loved and straying lamb,
“Come back, little one, for you are not safe
Unless you are where I am.”

But still the lamb would soon forget
And unthinkingly wander away,
And not really noticing what he did,
From the Shepherd’s side would stray.

Until one day, the Shepherd kind
Took His rod in His gentle hand,
And what He then did seemed so cruel
That the lamb could not understand.

For with one sharp and well-aimed blow
Down the rod so swiftly came
That it broke the leg of the little lamb
And left it crippled, and lame.

Then the little lamb, with a cry of pain,
Fell down upon his knees…
And looked up at his Shepherd, as though to say,
“Won’t you explain this, please?”

Then he saw the love in the Shepherd’s eyes
As the tears ran down His face,
As He tenderly set the broken bone,
And bound it back in it’s place.

Now he was utterly helpless,
He could not even stand!
He must trust himself completely
To his Shepherd’s loving hand.

Then day by day, ’till the lamb was healed
From the flock he was kept apart…
And carried about in the Shepherd’s arms,
And cradled near to His heart.

And the Shepherd would whisper gentle words
Into his now listening ear…
Thus he heard sweet words of love
That the other sheep could not hear.

He felt the warmth of the Shepherd’s arms
And the beat of His faithful heart…
Until it came a blessing to seem,
By his weakness to be set apart.

Every need of the little lamb
By his Shepherd so fully was met
That through his brokenness he learned
What he never again would forget.

And as the broken bone was healed,
And once more became whole and strong…
Wherever the Shepherd’s path would lead,
The lamb would follow along.

Thus at the Shepherd’s side he walked
So closely, day by day,
For once a lamb has a broken leg
It will never again go astray.

For the cords of love had bound it so
In its hour of weakness and need…
That it had no desire to wander away,
When once again it was freed.

Could it be you are broken today,
And you cannot understand
The painful blow of the Shepherd’s rod
Nor believe it came from His hand?

He only seeks, by this painful thing,
For a time to call you apart…
To cradle you close in His loving arms,
And draw you near to His heart.

So look up into your Shepherd’s eyes,
And earnestly seek His face…
And prove in the hour of your weakness and need
The sufficiency of His grace.

For as you are borne in His loving arms,
And carried there, day by day…
He will bind you so close with the cords of His love
That never again will you stray

Author Unknown

(If the owner of this beautiful poem is known, please let me know and I will either give credit or remove it as requested)

photo courtesy of http://www.all-free-download.com

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