AFFLICTION’S FIRE (Song Lyrics)

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Chorus
Affliction’s fire is burning
Purging, burning
Affliction’s fire is searching
For golden purity
In you, and yes, in me
In me
In you, and yes, in me

In the heat of the battle
When we feel we can’t go on
Open blind eyes to the truth
Bubble up a brand new song

A new song that lifts the truth
May our hearts be filled with love
Love that binds us to the Way
The Truth, and the Life above

Chorus
Affliction’s fire is burning
Purging, burning
Affliction’s fire is searching
For golden purity
In you, and yes, in me
In me
In you, and yes, in me

In the heat of the battle
See the chains of sorrow go
See the chains of hopelessness
Broken effortlessly so

Chains of pain and worthlessness
Links of failed relationships
Fear that’s tied them together
Gone, with the word of His lips

Chorus
Affliction’s fire is burning
Purging, burning
Affliction’s fire is searching
For golden purity
In you, and yes, in me
In me
In you, and yes, in me

It may seem unbearable
This hot purging, burning fire
But know it is God’s own will
To release us from the Liar

So let’s be brave in His strength
’Cause in Christ we will succeed
Let’s keep our eyes on the One
Who has us lovingly freed

Chorus
Affliction’s fire, it’s burnt off
All of our hindering woes
Affliction’s fire has searched us
And found our life of gold in Him
Found our life of gold in Him
Our life of gold’s in Him
Nowhere else
Our life of gold’s in Him

© 2018 Liana Wendy Howarth

 

ARE YOU LIVING IN THE SHADOWS (Song Lyrics)

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Chorus
Stop living in the shadows
Where darkness steals your joy
Cry out, cry out, cry out
To the One who can lead you out
Into love and peace and safety
Into the freedom of what life’s about
Let Jesus lead you out, right out
Let Jesus lead you out

Are you living in the shadows
Too afraid to see the light
Are you troubled by your worries
Are your fears hidden from sight

Are you living in the shadows
Is your life passing you by
Isolating at every turn
You tremble, and question why

Are you living in the shadows
Wishing morning, it were night
Crying those silent tears of shame
Wanting all to turn out right

Chorus
Stop living in the shadows
Where darkness steals your joy
Cry out, cry out, cry out
To the One who can lead you out
Into love and peace and safety
Into the freedom of what life’s about
Let Jesus lead you out, right out
Let Jesus lead you out

Are you living in the shadows
The seasons, they come, they go
Your heart remains so cold, broken
Hope’s dreams, you no longer sow

Are you living in the shadows
No one seems to understand
Have friends, and loved ones disappeared
This is not the life you planned

O Dear child, come out, do not fear
Quit being hard on yourself
You are loved, and have a purpose
Let Him save you, give you health

Chorus
Stop living in the shadows
Where darkness steals your joy
Cry out, cry out, cry out
To the One who can lead you out
Into love and peace and safety
Into the freedom of what life’s about
Let Jesus lead you out, right out
Let Jesus lead you out

© 2018 Liana Wendy Howarth

THROUGH THE DRIVEN SNOW

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Through the driven snow
Joy is bound to show
Bring your hearts aglow
In love with the season

Through the driven snow
Carols sweetly sow
Songs of things we know
Melodies of reason

Through the driven snow
Lights, sweet shadows throw
Tinsel trees, they grow
Jubilant elation

Through the driven snow
Though the sun be low
Stars may twinkle so
All across the nation

Oh! It may be snowing
The sun may be shining
The rains may be pouring
The winds may be howling
Your heart may be breaking
Your dreams may be longing
Wherever you are
Whoever you are
Time flies swiftly by
Christmas Day approaches
The little children waiting
With much anticipation
The presents are wrapping
The food is preparing
The family is coming
Neighbours gather around

And yet
Through the driven snow
Where hearts should be aglow
With the love that did flow
From eternity
Many hearts are crying
Many hearts are hanging low
And in many shattered dreams
Where love should be healing
Brokenness shatters seams

Boundless purity
So white, so pure, so light
Come and bring your cleansing love
Into our cold, cold hearts
Oh! Open our cold, cold, broken hearts
Pour in all that your free love brings
May we receive, and unwrap forever
All that your perfect love brings

Through the driven snow
Joy is bound to show
Bring your hearts aglow
In love with the season

Through the driven snow
Carols sweetly sow
Songs of things we know
Melodies of reason

Through the driven snow
Lights, sweet shadows throw
Tinsel trees, they grow
Jubilant elation

Through the driven snow
Though the sun be low
Stars may twinkle so
Love heals the nation

Through the driven snow

© 2018 Liana Wendy Howarth

FALLING IN LOVE

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There comes a time
When suddenly
You realize
You are fearfully
And wonderfully made
And all of the lies
You’ve ever believed
Will fly right out the door

You realize
How very beautiful
You truly are
Beautiful in God’s eyes
No matter
What the world
Or the media
Or even yourself say

And then compassion
Sweet compassion
Embraces all you are
And a gentle touch
Flows inwardly

But you can only love yourself
Unconditionally
When the Father’s love
Is believed, received
Reflected upon your heart
In your eyes
Your mind
Indwelling
Then you can go forth sweet child
And love others as yourself

© 2018 Liana Wendy Howarth

Matthew 22
37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
38 This is the first and great commandment.
39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

DOWN BY THE WATER’S EDGE (Song Lyrics)

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Sometimes Lord, I just don’t know what to say
Words are lost, hidden deep in this broken heart
So I’ll sing them within, may the melody rejoice
Come oh Lord, may joy’s lyrics be captured and used
Take my hand, and we’ll stroll where the waves depart

Down by the water’s edge, where the shore melds
The sea, and the sand disappear underfoot
Open my ears so I may hear Your wonderful truths
Open my eyes that I might see Your loving face
And footprints where my feet, I must by faith, put

Waves gently lap across our journey’s path
Washing and purging all that’s dark, my trial
The light of Your life draws me closer, darkness turns grey
I say I need help every day, that I need You
My prayer is lost in the seafoam of Your smile

I’m so blessed to know You, be known of You
What a beautiful moment etched in my mind
Sweet memories, sown in love, find their way to safety
Time passes slowly, the seagulls join in chorus
And with joy in Your word, I’m now aligned

© 2018 Liana Wendy Howarth

YOUR TENDER LOVE (Song Lyrics)

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I thank you Father that You are drawing me closer
Closer with every breath that I take
Father, You are my hiding place
Without You, this journey, I can’t make

I feel Your awesome presence
Bearing down on me
I feel Your tender love
Wrapping gently over me

You whisper, ’All will be well’
Even now though you
Cannot see, just trust Me
And rest, as I make you new

Your gentle touch in my trials
Leads to all You’ve shown
Releases all the pain
Helps me know I’m not alone

I thank you Father that You are drawing me closer
Closer with every breath that I take
Father, You are my hiding place
Without You, this journey, I can’t make

I see old bondage broken
And grief gone at last
Your light pierces darkness
Those arrows that have stuck fast

The grey clouds hurry away
As Your Word breaks through
I’ve prayed, and prayed, and prayed
I’ve done all I need to do

The wait at times, oh! so long
Lord, it took so long
I nearly gave up; but
My heart now hears Your sweet song

I thank you Father that You are drawing me closer
Closer, closer, closer
Closer with every breath that I take
Every breath, yes every breath that I take
Father, You are my hiding place
I wouldn’t be in any other place
Without You, this journey, I could never make
I can only make it with You
With You
I can only make it with You

© 2018 Liana Wendy Howarth

THE POWER OF LOVE (Song Lyrics)

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Stepping upon the stones in the power of love
On my way to heaven, with Father and Jesus above
Each stone, a victory, moving forward through the trials
Coming against adversity, the evil one and his wiles

With each breath I take
With each beat of my heart
I give You thanks dear Lord
Thank you for loving me
Before I even knew You
Thank you for forgiving me
When I knew no forgiveness
Thank you for sending Jesus
He’s now my Lord and Saviour
I praise You in the power of Your love

Stepping upon the stones in the power of love
On my way to heaven, with Father and Jesus above
Each stone, a victory, moving forward through the trials
Coming against adversity, the evil one and his wiles

Stepping upon the stones in the power of love
On my way to heaven, with Father and Jesus above
Wrapped in sweet peace, love shelters under eternal wings
Perfect love, bearing, believing, hoping and enduring all things

© 2018 Liana Wendy Howarth

IN THE PATH OF THE STORM (A Prayer for All in the Path of Hurricane Florence or Typhoon Mankhut)

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Prayers are being lifted for all in harm’s way
I cannot even imagine, what you are going through this day
Being told to leave all, and evacuate
Yes, leave all; but give all to God, before it’s too late

Lift your fears and worries to the One who truly cares
Let Him open the way out that you can safely reach
Give Him your heart, no matter how much it pounds
Give Him your heart, no matter how hopeless it sounds

Oh Lord, please keep Your loved ones
In the shelter of Your wings
Please grant them a sound mind
Amidst the confusing winds
May many more come to know You
As a Saviour in their sight
Knowing that those swirling powers
Can’t fight against Your might

In Jesus Name
Amen

 

SONG ON MY HEART

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I woke up this morning with a glorious song on my heart
There were no words to this melody
But the sweet birds were singing their part

And as I listened, I heard His voice, calling softly to me
Today is the day of salvation
When dear loved ones will come unto Me

I feel something wonderful is happening, even though I
See nothing particularly changed
There is a new softness drawing nigh

Oh I woke up this morning with a brand new song on my heart
Whether I see change today, or not
Soon something beautiful will impart

© 2018 Liana Wendy Howarth

Proverbs 13:12 “Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life.”

I NEED YOU IN MY HEART

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I know of You, I’m known of You
In my mind, I’ve made a home
You’re in my thoughts
Oh Lord please come
And live within my heart

I need You in my heart
Not only in the recesses
Of a room so filled with life
I need You in my heart
Deep down within my heart

O Father, please help me
I struggle every day
Just thinking how
How it will ever happen
Please build a stairway
And walk with me
Into my waiting heart

Take my hand
I can’t do it alone
I need You
To show me the way
Out of the bondage
Of my mind
Where I’ve kept You
And not let You
Have all the freedom
Your word commands

For You sent Your Word
And healed them
You sent Your Word
And healed me
And if I keep You
Out of my broken heart
How or who will ever complete me

Look Lord, come and see
I’ve opened the door to my heart
And I could only do it
Because You are here with me
And You softened
This hard, old heart
And brought freedom
Into eternity

Come and fill me
Come and flood me
Flood me with Your presence Lord
Stay in my heart
Never leave
And if I ever try to open
Affliction’s Gate again
Or refuse to walk down Trial’s Way
Please lock and throw away
The key

© 2018 Liana Wendy Howarth