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PLEASE HUG THEM (My Prayer And Song For All Who Are Going Through Extreme Trials)

I dedicate this precious song to all who are trapped or feel like they are trapped in circumstances beyond their control. Particularly, surrounding the virus atm. I think of any areas of natural disaster, abuse, addictions, hunger, thirst, loneliness, homelessness, unemployment, sickness, loss of loved ones, any situation where you’ve lost all hope …

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PLEASE HUG THEM (for those who are hurting)
Tears are welling up inside
I see so much around me
Turmoil, sadness, unbelief
Too much for this heart to see

Children crying, some dying
Hunger, thirst, poverty
No love given, no love there
Vacant eyes stare distantly

Chorus
There are so many hurting
So many feeling hopeless
So many lost, abandoned
Sick and dying
And I’m too far away
So all I can do is pray
God, please hug your loved ones
Those in need, today
Please hug them Lord in Jesus’ name
And take their pain away

Women lost without their homes
Men despair without income
Families torn, separated
Floods, fires and storms make them numb

Watching death take victory
Among them that are so close
Feeling left behind and worthless
Overwhelmed by each new dose

Chorus
There are so many hurting
So many feeling hopeless
So many lost, abandoned
Sick and dying
And I’m too far away
So all I can do is pray
God, please hug your loved ones
Those in need, today
Please hug them Lord in Jesus’ name
And take their pain away

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Hug them as they’ve never been hugged before
Hug them till love opens heaven’s door
Hug them till their knees lower to the floor
And with joy they praise and adore

So that is why I cry now
And stand before You broken
Release them from emptiness
Let Love be heard and spoken

All Your creatures are groaning
And nothing can stay the same
Daily there is tragedy
Lord, reveal Your great Name

Chorus
There are so many hurting
So many feeling hopeless
So many lost, abandoned
Sick and dying
And I’m too far away
So all I can do is pray
God, please hug your loved ones
Those in need, today
Please hug them Lord in Jesus’ name
And take their pain away
And take their pain away

Lyrics © 2015 – present Liana Wendy Howarth (with some changes from original by Kathleen)
Beautifully sung by Kathleen http://www.kathleensfaithwalk.com

THE LITTLE ELEPHANT WHO LOST HIS WAY (A Children’s Short Story)

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Little Boo Boo Snorkle was following the others, down the jungle trail, through twisting vines and dusty paths, which led to the only water around. Sweet, fresh water which had recently fallen from the darkening skies many miles from his home. He had a secure hold on the little tail of his brother who in turn had a hold on the tail of their mother, who in turn had a hold on the tail of their father who had taken the lead upon this winding, adventurous journey.

As they turned this way and then that way and then this way again, the head of this jungle-train would be going one way and the rear would be going the other. Can you picture that? Let’s sing a little song as we watch them …

“Swing your little tail
Little Boo Boo Snorkle
You’re like a ship’s propeller
Steering from behind
You may be only little
But you have great power
So swing your little tail
As through the jungle you wind”

I’ll let you keep singing as I continue with the story. So there were the four elephants pushing through the thick overgrowth, trying to make it to the watering hole before it became dark. Daddy Elephant would trumpet loudly every time there was a fork in the path to let the others know they were changing direction. One trumpet meant we’re going right, two, left, three, duck (although this was mainly for Mother Elephant) and four, it’s time to rest.

Well the four trumpets had sounded. It was time to rest and eat and after an hour of sleeping and filling their giant tummies off they went again. Not much further to go … when suddenly … Daddy Elephant started making some very strange noises. He started trumpeting; but wouldn’t stop and this caused great confusion down the elephant line. Father went to the left, Mother to the right, Brother followed Mother and Boo Boo didn’t know which way to go. His little tail was already in overdrive because a swarm of flies had decided play hide and seek around him and he was madly swishing and swashing trying to shoo them away.

Next thing you know Boo Boo had let go of his brother’s tail and was flying like a helicopter through the trees. Or should I say ‘elicopter’! He flew here and he flew there. He flew everywhere and his little tail was spinning so fast it propelled him way ahead of all the others; but in the process, wonderfully cleared the path for them. Hellllllppppppp me, someone hellllllppppppp! In and out of the treetops he flew, narrowly escaping bumping his head as he went. What was lovely though was that his little head did brush the oversized blossoms up high and rarely seen by elephant eye, and they released a heavenly perfume which enabled his family to follow and find him. Yes, they found him, eventually. Where? You guessed it … at the watering hole, having a wee ’old time splishing and a-splashing and cooling off. His family thought he was lost; but he knew exactly where he was and he was loving every minute of it.

No Boo Boo Snorkle wasn’t lost, he was just ahead of himself and in the turmoil of all that trumpeting, he had found himself and his role in life. He was a natural born leader and he grew into a very large, fun-loving Snorkle. He also found out what had been the trouble with his father all those years ago … too many salty peanuts and not enough water, the salt had caused a chain reaction, hence the trumpet sounds became stuck on replay …

© 2016 – present Liana Wendy Howarth

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THE TRUTH PAINTS THE PICTURE OF LOVE (Song Lyrics)

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You’re looking at the wrong side of you
The one you used to be
And all you can see is misery
Staring back at you
But know in your heart
This has all changed
Stop looking at all that was
Bow your ear, and listen carefully
’Cause the truth paints the picture of love
Dear child
Yes, the truth paints the picture of love

All you see in the mirror, a flaw
Someone who always fails
And maybe in the hidden details
The pain is too raw
The tears want to flow
You cannot share
You just want to run and hide
Your broken heart is hidden by veils
But the truth paints the picture of love
Dear child
Yes, the truth paints the picture of love

Chorus
Be safe in the knowledge you are lovable, loved
Be safe in the knowledge God is real
Be safe in the knowledge you are healed, forgiven
Be wrapped and bound in Love’s seal
Love’s seal
Be wrapped and bound in Love’s seal

Much guilt and shame, remorse can linger
Sickness can mar beauty
Lost loved ones can leave you so empty
The days seem darker
Know I understand
I’m here for you
I died for you on the tree
And the truth paints the picture of love
Dear child
Yes, the truth paints the picture of love

Turn to Me, and see reality
All who you are in Christ
It is finished, I was sacrificed
You are meant to be
Here in this season
Look to the truth
You’re wanted and accepted
It’s the truth that makes and sets you free
’Cause the truth paints the picture of love
Dear child
Yes, the truth paints the picture of love

Chorus
Be safe in the knowledge you are lovable, loved
Be safe in the knowledge God is real
Be safe in the knowledge you are healed, forgiven
Be wrapped and bound in Love’s seal
Love’s seal
Be wrapped and bound in Love’s seal

© 2021 Liana Wendy Howarth

Cottage Hymns … A Collection of Hymns from the Heart of a Poet

For those of you who were looking for my ‘Gethsemane’ post … I apologize, that blog has since closed; but you’ll find the same one in the hymns below. God bless and Happy Easter x

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Branching out upon the True Vine, and rejoicing in being able to present you with a beautiful collection of hymns that I was inspired to write a few years ago. To God be the glory.

WHY CRY FORTH THE ANCIENT BOUGH … Hymn 1
Why cry forth the ancient bough
From the voice of ages past
Sights not seen by naked eye
Promises of life to last

Depths of rings inside unknown
The ground ripped apart in pain
Carried forth to Calvary’s hill
On which our Saviour was slain

If crosses could in turn speak
Of captured deep crimson flow
The one that would be silent
Would have held purity low

Low; but lifted higher still
For the world eternally
There would be no need for words
We are drawn on bended knee

Bowing in adoration
We cling to the ancient bough
That bough held Divinity
That bough is still valid now

WHITHER WILL THIS JOURNEY LEAD US … Hymn 2
Whither will this journey lead us
Valleys deep or mountains high
Trouble free or trials abounding
Hearts may question, question why

Whither will this journey lead us
What will our life treasure buy
Safe in heav’n or staying worldly
Captive to darkness’s lie

Whither will this journey lead us
We must know before we fly
There’s no place we can run or hide
Each of us seen by God’s eye

Whither will this journey lead us
Sweet eternal, born to die
Will each breath of ours be praising
Will escape be each breath’s try

Whither will this journey lead us
Ask heavenly Father nigh
He will show us His path’s true light
His face, He won’t turn or sigh

Whither will this journey lead us
Today, open hearts and cry
God won’t leave, He won’t forsake us
Our tears, He awaits to dry

ETERNAL LOVE, WHERE WILL WE BE … Hymn 3
Eternal love, where will we be
Lord show us daily, sent from Thee
Deep into hearts abundantly
Shine forth dear Love, and set us free

Eternal love, where will we be
Captives till given eyes to see
See the love of Love on that tree
Shine forth dear Love and set us free

Eternal love, where will we be
Wandering around aimlessly
Abandoned, lost, unknowingly
Shine forth dear Love and set us free

Eternal love, where will we be
Come dear Lord, with heaven’s sweet key
Unlock our hearts, mercifully
Shine forth dear Love and set us free

Eternal love, where will we be
With You praising so joyfully
Or without You so hopelessly
Shine forth dear Love and set us free

SHALL YOU HEAR WELL DONE … Hymn 4
Walking as you know to walk, each step illuminated
Hand in hand with purity and joyful heart elated
Shall you hear well done

Singing praises sometimes silent, some lost in trial’s tears
Bring all to the Father in Jesus’ Name, love conquers fears
Shall you hear well done

Kind to others. Kind to self. Glorifying God each day
Going beyond all you know to do, know to do and say
Shall you hear well done

Shall you hear well done, good and faithful servant
Shall you hear well done. Will eternal life, He grant

But, is the door closed to a secret chamber in your heart
Is there a memory so painful, with it, you just can’t part
Shall you hear well done

Does thinking upon it when you believe you’re all alone
And then the thought of sharing it, make you inwardly groan
Shall you hear well done

Listen, all it can ever be is false security
Allow Him to take your burden, and fall on bended knee
Shall you hear well done

Shall you hear well done, good and faithful servant
Shall you hear well done. Will eternal life, He grant

Even those who outward seem to have it all together
Can be deceived, follow error, and be lost forever
Shall you hear well done

We each have our own footsteps to tread, will they be with Him
Today He calls your precious Name, may He open eyes so dim
Shall you hear well done

Swing those hands high in the air, and march lovingly in time
Let Him lift you to the throne, and enter blameless, sublime
Shall you hear well done

Shall you hear well done, good and faithful servant
Shall you hear well done. Will eternal life, He grant

PRAISE THE MIGHTY NAME OF JESUS … Hymn 5
Praise the mighty name of Jesus
Praise Him now, and forevermore
Trusting that where’er He leads you
Will one day lead to heaven’s shore

Praise the mighty name of Jesus
Praise Him as you’ve ne’er done before
Know that each of His pure footsteps
Brings you to eternity’s door

Praise the mighty name of Jesus
Praise Him till you can breathe no more
Lift that praise and bring Him glory
Draw strength from the One you adore

Praise the mighty name of Jesus
Praise Him with angelic voice and soar
He has promised to deliver
And into you, His love He’ll pour

So praise Him, praise Him, praise Him, praise
Praise Him because your sins He bore
And you can know without a doubt
Your name was on the crown He wore

Yes, praise Him, praise Him, praise Him, praise
Jesus, who for you won the war
Jesus, who died that you might live
And His name, you’ll no more deplore

FROM WHENCE COMETH MY PEACE … Hymn 6
Each time I’m tossed high with heart’s emotion
Wondering where, when and how I will land
I will look to You, my wondrous Saviour
Knowing that Your love outnumbers the sand

And I will walk the beach with You, my Lord
And we will collect shells of memories
The wind it may howl and the seas may rage
I trust in You, my heart, Your heart carries

I’m tossed high, my feelings are left behind
By the time they catch up with who I am
I’m brought down low, as I spiral falling
But You, the Great Shepherd, cradle this lamb

So where does my peace, my peace, it come from
How can peace be sought, ’cause it can’t be bought
It protects and shelters, settles and loves
A heavenly gift, for which I paid nought

THE DAY IS DARK, NO CANDLE BURNING … Hymn 7
The day is dark, no candle burning
Man walks alone, not even knowing
Drinks in each day, with each day flowing
Believes all’s well, this way he’s going

Each step he takes, daily brings false joy
He smiles and thinks, it’s his to enjoy
If good or evil he does employ
It’s his life that soon he will destroy

No candle burning, Lord mercy, send
There is danger from which he can’t fend
In his glory, refuses to bend
Your wrath, him, You are going to rend

Father, no-one was ever exempt
From judgment, no, he cannot attempt
Please oh! dear Father, have no contempt
Forgive him, he always tries to tempt

Bring Your light, and drive darkness away
Bring Your life to broken hearts this day
Grant them power to repent and say
Forgive us, our Father, our debts pay

WHY DO YOU CRY OH! CHILD OF MINE … Hymn 8
Why do you cry oh! child of Mine
I see you when others don’t care
The depths of the pools yet to flow
I see your heart breaking in two
And yet you think that I don’t know

Why do you cry oh! child of Mine
Have dear loved ones abandoned you
Left you to walk this lonely path
Watering the dying flowers
With tears that continually bath

Why do you cry oh! child of Mine
Sad that no-one seems to listen
Are days so long, that from first light
You wish it were evening again
Have you now lost the will to fight

Why do you cry oh! child of Mine
Don’t give up hope and don’t despair
Turn weary eyes toward my face
Even when you’ve lost all feeling
I’ll dry your tears and you, embrace

GETHSEMANE,OH! GETHSEMANE … Hymn 9
Gethsemane, oh! Gethsemane
Divine sweet moments it spent with Thee
Absorbed the love of heaven sent tears
Felt all of man’s pain, all of his fears

And there in the garden, Jesus thrice did pray
Father, if possible, this cup take away
Father, it won’t go, except I of it drink
Oh! Father, not as I will; but as Thou wilt

His disciples couldn’t, their eyes open keep
Could you not watch with Me for just one hour
Overwhelmed they had no words to reply, so
The Father sent an angel to strengthen Him

Gethsemane, oh! Gethsemane
Divine sweet moments it spent with Thee
Absorbed the love of heaven sent tears
Felt all of man’s pain, all of his fears

The agony washed in and through His being
And Jesus, as a lamb about to soon die
Sweat as it were, great droplets of pure blood; but
In heaviness and sorrow, joy led Him forth

Watch, pray, lest you enter into temptation
The spirit is ready; but the flesh is weak
Still, they had no words of comfort to offer
Sleep now, take your rest, enough, the hour has come

Gethsemane, oh! Gethsemane
Divine sweet moments it spent with Thee
Absorbed the love of heaven sent tears
Felt all of man’s pain, all of his fears

In the garden of Gethsemane, He prayed
In the garden of Gethsemane, He stayed
In the garden of Gethsemane, paid and laid
Through the Father’s will the one way, us to save

WALKING BOLDLY UNTO THE THRONE OF GRACE … Hymn 10
Walking boldly unto the throne of grace
We walk treading crimson steps toward Thee
Thou sheddest Thy blood for us Lord Jesus
Thou openest our eyes that we may see

Thy beautiful anointed steps moved love
Love brought down from Thy Father’s aching heart
Healed the broken in spirit, lost and blind
Ripped prison doors of darkness wide apart

Jesus, in the power of the Spirit
And in Thy mighty Name, hallelujah
Thou hast made a sweet way for us to be
Right in the midst of the Godhead. Selah

Reveal unto us, the truth of Thy light
Thy footsteps trod the path of dying pain
But a golden street awaits us in heav’n
Washed with Thy blood; the way, a beacon lain

HAVE YOU WASHED HIS FEET WITH YOUR TEARS … Hymn 11
Have you washed His feet with your tears oh! child
Tears a-laden with suffering unspoken
Have they flowed in silence behind closed doors
Have they come forth out of a heart broken

Have they come forth out of a heart broken
A heart once thought filled forever with love
Do you know how many you’ve cried oh! child
’Cause they’re reflected in His eyes above

Be humbled, don’t be afraid, understand
Those tears are nothing to be ashamed of
They’re love’s pools of trials and joyfulness
Revealing honest emotion and love

May your tears wash the feet of the stranger
May your tears wash the feet of your neighbour
May your tears wash the feet of ones you love
Then you’ll have washed the feet of the Saviour

Be there for one another, a shoulder
For the tears, faith’s strong arms to lean upon
Hearts to listen when all disappear and
Lives will be healed in the Name of God’s Son

So find yourself bowed down at dusty feet
Feet that have wandered many a long mile
Spreading and sharing joy, hope, peace and love
Bow down, take your tears, look up, see Him smile

WE WAIT FOR YOU OH! LORD … Hymn 12
We wait for you oh! Lord
Ignite our winter hearts
We wait for you oh! Lord
Please sit with us awhile

Our hearts are quietly waiting Lord
For You to show us the way
Until then, we sit and cherish
The moments we have each day

Moments in time where we learn of You
Moments we can’t see Your face
Moments strung along in harmony
Leaving doubt no room to trace

Many have gone in silence long past
With Your word their only hope
Shared love within their heart to others
Helping in trials to cope

And now it’s our turn, oh! precious Lord
To wait on You, and be loved
So fill us now with hope’s Beloved
As we wait for You oh! Lord

Please fill our hearts to overflowing
Fill us as in days of old
Fill us till Love’s seen shining
Thaw dead recesses so cold

We wait for you oh! Lord
Ignite our winter hearts
We wait for you oh! Lord
Please sit with us awhile

IN THE GLORY OF HEAVEN’S SONG … Hymn 13
In the glory of heaven’s song
Each masterpiece of His silence
Our Father has known all along
Whose names He will one day announce

The bright stars shine Your glory in the darkened sky
The moon finds its new shape in the sun
The trees whisper melodies of creation born
Man looks to You, and His heart is won

The flowers shed petals, and their fragrance wafts north
Animals dance to Your perfect tune
The sky, it changes ever so beautifully
Man looks to You, a new life is hewn

In the glory of heaven’s song
Each masterpiece of His silence
Our Father has known all along
Whose names He will one day announce

The seashells echo and hide in ocean’s vast land
Desert hills close in on each other
Golden harvest treasures fill many an hungered
Man looks to You, and finds a Brother

The clouds meander wherever they are so led
The rivers run their course and on time
The forests filter night shadows of day’s dawning
Man looks to You, to You praises climb

In the glory of heaven’s song
Each masterpiece of His silence
Our Father has known all along
Whose names He will one day announce

STRING US TOGETHER LORD… Hymn 14
String us together like flowers Lord
Every brother and sister in Christ
With child-like faith impart to us Lord
Purity with a centre of love

String us together like soft pearls Lord
All who rise and shine in Your glory
And even though there still may be flaws
You purchased us with all You could give

String us together like whole spice Lord
We were once scattered and so confused
But You have made us oh! so complete
We fragrantly lift our praises sweet

String us together like the stars Lord
Countless as in the heavens above
May we echo the tune of Your song
And glow for others to hear and see

String us together like mountains Lord
Whether we be high and majestic
Or silent and hidden from man’s sight
Let us be broken, and made brand new

String us together like valleys Lord
No matter how deep the darkness goes
Find us, cleanse us, and lift us right up
And there we’ll reign with You by and by

String us together like the seas Lord
The oceans, the rivers and the creeks
We may be full and still receiving
We may be drought-stricken and so dry

String us together like the clouds Lord
Let us be beautifully woven
As we witness across barren lands
And we’ll be forever free in You

String us together with Your love Lord
String us together, so we’re held tight
And if You see us coming undone
Tighten love’s cord, and draw us back in

UNDER THE YOKE OF JESUS … Hymn 15
Come to Me the Saviour cries, to all who are oppressed
Take My yoke upon you, ’cause for you I know what’s best
Through daily trials, temptations, and through every test
Under the yoke of Jesus, there you will find your rest

Come to Me the Saviour cries, to all who are depressed
Take My yoke upon you, I’ll take the problems you wrest
Learn of Me, I am meek and lowly in heart professed
Under the yoke of Jesus, you will truly be blessed

Under the yoke of Jesus, there your troubles will flee
He’ll love you, lead you, guide you home, oh! so tenderly
Come, position yourself close to Him and you’ll be free
Under the yoke of Jesus, each child of Christ will be

Come to Me the Saviour cries, to all who are distressed
Take My yoke upon you, and souls, in peace will be dressed
No longer heavy laden or hard labour possessed
Under the yoke of Jesus, you’ll no longer be stressed

Come to Me the Saviour cries, to all who are sore pressed
Take My yoke upon you, let Me hear your faith confessed
With open mouths shout praises, they will not be suppressed
Under the yoke of Jesus, your hearts, love will arrest

Under the yoke of Jesus, there your troubles will flee
He’ll love you, lead you, guide you home, oh! so tenderly
Come, position yourself close to Him and you’ll be free
Under the yoke of Jesus, each child of Christ will be

I AM SAFE WITH THEE … Hymn 16
Father I know not whither Thou leadest me
Thou leadest me, Thou leadest me
But this I know I am safe with Thee
Safe in the arms of Jesus
But this I know I am safe with Thee
Safe in the arms of Jesus

I have gone awandering over mountains steep
Through the darkest valleys, valleys so very deep
You have promised mercy in that You never sleep
You just keep on pouring into this heartache weep

Father I know not whither Thou leadest me
Thou leadest me, Thou leadest me
But this I know I am safe with Thee
Safe in the arms of Jesus
But this I know I am safe with Thee
Safe in the arms of Jesus

Lift me higher so I see the torrents below
And watch You in battle for this I surely know
That no matter the tears that did, do or will flow
One day soon, victory I have in Christ will show

Father I know not whither Thou leadest me
Thou leadest me, Thou leadest me
But this I know I am safe with Thee
Safe in the arms of Jesus
But this I know I am safe with Thee
Safe in the arms of Jesus

It’s not been easy Lord, this road of pain travelled
But it will never compare to how You travailed
Openly wounded, and to the cross cruelly nailed
In obedience to Love, and love never failed

I take Thy hand which cherisheth me
And walk in step as Thou leadeth me
I love Thee oh! how I love Thee my Lord
I am safe in Thy unchanging word

Father I know not whither Thou leadest me
Thou leadest me, Thou leadest me
But this I know I am safe with Thee
Safe in the arms of Jesus
But this I know I am safe with Thee
Safe in the arms of Jesus

© 2016 – present Liana Wendy Howarth

BACK ON THE POTTER’S WHEEL AGAIN (Song and Lyrics) … Sung by Me

Singing something I wrote three years ago 🙂 …

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Chorus
Help me Lord, I’m back on the Potter’s wheel
Back on Your restoration wheel again
Must have attempted to throw myself off
’Cause I dried out, and was left full of pain

His soft touch gently holds me tight
And I hang on with all my might
We must have made an awesome sight
My darkness, pierced by heaven’s light

The motion rolls back, and then forth
 With Living Water I head north
He sings over me, shows my worth
As if I’m but one, left in Earth

It feels like I’m sliding, falling
Oh! Jesus don’t leave me flailing
Hold me together, I’m drowning
Drowning in sad self-relying

Chorus
Help me Lord, I’m back on the Potter’s wheel
Back on Your restoration wheel again
Must have attempted to throw myself off
’Cause I dried out, and was left full of pain

The mud flings in my darkened eyes
Fills now deafened ears with my cries
My mouth expels all satan’s lies
On the Saviour, my life relies

All disobedience is thrown
I find myself no more alone
’Cause tenderly, His hands have sown
And He calls me, His very own

Oh! Lord, You have made me anew
My heart, no longer shades of blue
It hurt; but a new me You drew
Reflecting the image of You

Chorus
I’m so glad I’m back on the Potter’s wheel
Back on His restoration wheel again
Hopelessness would have me throw myself off
But my old life He’s mercifully slain

© 2018 – present Liana Wendy Howarth

YOUR WORD IS ALIVE (Song Lyrics)

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Soft as a lullaby
You sweetly sing to me
Whispering words of love
In childlike melody

Breeze through forest treetop
A gentle mountain stream
Sunlight, moonlight and stars
Sometimes through silent dream

Chorus
Your word is alive
Alive, alive
Your word is so beautiful
Come bind Yourself with this longing heart
And make Yourself at home
At home
Lord, make Yourself at home

Hills of verdant pasture
Sheep sleeping, they’re content
Stormy clouds, they gather
Peals of thunder, they rent

Over valley roaring
The leaping flames of fire
Burning deep within me
Bring wisdom to inspire

Chorus
Your word is alive
Alive, alive
Your word is so beautiful
Come bind Yourself with this longing heart
And make Yourself at home
At home
Lord, make Yourself at home

Yes Lord, Your living word
No matter the volume
Brings life, abundant life
With which our hearts commune

Alive, alive, alive
Living, Your word brings life
Pierces deepest darkness
And drives out every strife

Bridge
Calling, calling
You call my name
I’m not the same
I hear Your voice
I hear You call
You call my name

Lord
Here I am

Chorus
Your word is alive
Alive, alive
Your word is so beautiful
Come bind Yourself with this longing heart
And make Yourself at home
At home
Lord, make Yourself at home

© 2021 Liana Wendy Howarth

INTO THE DEPTHS OF LOVE … Praising Jesus (Song Lyrics and Song … Sung by Me)

A little wonky, and definitely not recorded in a music studio; but hey! I had fun doing it 🙂

singing children

Chorus
Darkness fleeing
Life restoring
Singing Hallelujah
Praising Jesus
He’s our Healer
Worship Him, Selah

Come to the One who loves you
Come to the One who cares
Come and partake of heaven
Heaven on earth, now heirs

Come to the One who forgives
Come to the One who heals
Come to the fountain, be cleansed
Yes, Holy Spirit seals

Chorus
Darkness fleeing
Life restoring
Singing Hallelujah
Praising Jesus
He’s our Healer
Worship Him, Selah

Run to Father, be restored
Run to Father, let go
Run to Jesus, see the light
Let mercy’s healing flow

Run to Father, you are loved
Run to Father, praise God
Taste and see the Lord is good
Step into steps He’s trod

Chorus
Darkness fleeing
Life restoring
Singing Hallelujah
Praising Jesus
He’s our Healer
Worship Him, Selah

Repeat Chorus

© 2021 Liana Wendy Howarth

WHEN A HEART HASN’T FULLY SURRENDERED (Song Lyrics)

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There are parts of my heart struggling to be free
Forgive me Father, I’ve been too blind to see
That Your salvation included all, all, all
All I’d ever need when I answered Your call

Oh! Why is it hard, so hard to surrender
I’m going to spend life with You forever
Surrender all of my heart to You, my Lord
Please release me from every worldly cord

Chorus
This heart
A heart
Not fully surrendered
This heart
A heart
Still longing
Still empty
Crying within
Wanting only to surrender

Something’s amiss, because You’ve given it all
There’s something I missed, because You’ve done it all
Jesus, You’re seated on the right hand of Love
‘Tis compassion’s heart interceding above

Oh! Eyes, turn to the Lord, stop looking at self
You’re not some random bear alone on a shelf
Know with understanding, and keep your mind fresh
Remembering the battle’s spirit not flesh

Chorus
This heart
A heart
Not fully surrendered
This heart
A heart
Still longing
Still empty
Crying within
Wanting only to surrender

Then I see scenes of old, hard yes; but simple
No distractions, no screens making life brittle
New lives birthing forth into glorious day
On home ground once lived upon, decades away

I’m told not to look back, keep hands on the plough
I’ve healed you He said, live with Me in the now
The memories are yours, beauty and sorrow
But My beauty will always fill tomorrow

Chorus
This heart
A heart
Not fully surrendered
This heart
A heart
Still longing
Still empty
Crying within
Wanting only to surrender

This heart
A heart
Surrendering
This heart
A heart
Receiving
Filling
Tears captured
Only a matter of time

Because I am loved
I am loved
I am loved

© 2021 Liana Wendy Howarth

IT’S NOT YOUR FAULT (Song Lyrics)

water leaves reflections

Chorus
Are you hiding within your heart, dear child
Longing for someone to find you
Does each day find you struggling to find
Your identity that’s lost, forsaken
Stop looking at what you can see
Can see
See staring back at you
Take a deeper dive into the water of life
See yourself in My reflection

See yourself in My reflection
See yourself
Yourself, free
See yourself in My reflection
Instead of you
You’ll see Me

Guilt plays a ruthless, endless game
Places all the blame upon you
But I’m here to say, My dear child
It’s not your fault, you’re not at fault
And I’ve provided the remedy

Shame is the bondage of your past
And pain wraps its arms around it
But I’m here to say, My dear child
It’s not your fault, you’re not at fault
And I’ve provided the remedy

Chorus
Are you hiding within your heart, dear child
Longing for someone to find you
Does each day find you struggling to find
Your identity that’s lost, forsaken
Stop looking at what you can see
Can see
See staring back at you
Take a deeper dive into the water of life
See yourself in My reflection

See yourself in My reflection
See yourself
Yourself, free
See yourself in My reflection
Instead of you
You’ll see Me

Sickness entwines, steals your freedom
Fear covers with clouds of despair
But I’m here to say, My dear child
It’s not your fault, you’re not at fault
And I’ve provided the remedy

Hopelessness sings confusing lies
Loneliness speaks to the hurting
But I’m here to say, My dear child
It’s not your fault, you’re not at fault
And I’ve provided the remedy

Chorus
Are you hiding within your heart, dear child
Longing for someone to find you
Does each day find you struggling to find
Your identity that’s lost, forsaken
Stop looking at what you can see
Can see
See staring back at you
Take a deeper dive into the water of life
See yourself in My reflection

See yourself in My reflection
See yourself
Yourself, free
See yourself in My reflection
Instead of you
You’ll see Me

© 2021 Liana Wendy Howarth

THERE’S NOTHING WRONG WITH YOU … (Now A Beautiful Song) … Please Listen

She’s done it again, my dear sweet friend and sister in Christ Kathleen has infused her beautiful voice into these lyrics. Please be blessed as you listen …

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There’s nothing wrong with you
There’s nothing wrong with you
Stop listening to the lies that deceive you
Start believing what the Word says about you
Jesus took all that was wrong far away from you
Jesus took it all away
Away, away
Jesus took it all away

There’s nothing wrong with you
There’s nothing wrong with you
Stop listening to bad reports that grieve you
Start believing that God’s love is for you
Jesus took all that was wrong far away from you
Jesus took it all away
Away, away
Jesus took it all away

Stand up
Declare
I am righteous
Holy
Blameless
Stand up and fight today
Shout and praise
Lift weary hands
Even on those stormy days

There’s nothing wrong with you
There’s nothing wrong with you
Stop listening to those who don’t believe you
Start believing that new life is in you
Jesus took all that was wrong far away from you
Jesus took it all away
Away, away
Jesus took it all away

There’s nothing wrong with you
There’s nothing wrong with you
Stop listening to sorrows slow to leave you
Start believing that joy, it is in you
Jesus took all that was wrong far away from you
Jesus took it all away
Away, away
Jesus took it all away

Stand up
Declare
I am healed
And whole
Forgiven
Stand up and fight today
Shout and praise
Straighten weary knees
Even on those stormy days

Jesus took it all away

© 2021 Liana Wendy Howarth

Another inspired by https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7k_EoMWGXbs&t=1585s

JESUS, MAY I, YOUR SUNFLOWER BE (Song Lyrics for When Joy is Lacking)

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When days, they cast long shadows
And my heart ‘tis feeling blue
Cradle my face in Your hands, dear Lord
Turn my face as the sunflowers do

Yes, as the golden petals
Cannot bare to miss the sun
May I trust and obey Your glory
And throughout every day, the dark shun

Chorus
Jesus, may I, Your sunflower be
You’ve cradled my face so tenderly
Oh! Oh! Jesus, Your sunflower be
Forever, shining, brightly for Thee

And if the rays are hidden
I will follow and still see
Yes, behind clouds of doubt, division
The pureness of Your reality

Fill me Lord with so much joy
The shadows in me, diffuse
Strengthen the seeds of faith deep within
With You, it’s gain and nothing to lose

Chorus
Jesus, may I, Your sunflower be
You’ve cradled my face so tenderly
Oh! Oh! Jesus, Your sunflower be
Forever, shining, brightly for Thee

Standing midst fields of mercy
Arms reach out, are lifted high
With my brothers and sisters, I am
Apraising, ‘cause God has drawn me nigh

Bridge
Oh! Cradle my face
Lift me from this place
Of pain and uncertainty
In Your hands of love
Oh! Cradle my face
To reflect sweet heaven above
To reflect sweet heaven above

Chorus
Jesus, may I, Your sunflower be
You’ve cradled my face so tenderly
Oh! Oh! Jesus, Your sunflower be
Forever, shining, brightly for Thee

© 2014 – present Liana Wendy Howarth