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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

His Masterpiece, the Colours of Emotion

The Beauty of the Artist

Velvet pink through powder blue
Brings me back to thoughts of You
Shades of orange to poppy red
Fragments of a night-time shed

Scattered pearls of deepest iris
Foliage laced with blossom fragrance, ‘tis
Everything I in awe witness
The Artist’s masterpiece of lovingkindness

Lemon hues and orange crème
Woven with a sparrow’s dream
Silvery grey washes all away
And so, the beginning of a brand new day

The clouds roll in and cast their shadow
And my heart senses the ebb of sweet brightness go
Yet behind the heavenly sunless sky
My Saviour watches, I know He is nigh

So when the palette of my life, it fades
And each stroke of His brush, it lovingly raids
The very core of this, my believing heart
I look beyond the grey and embrace His divine art

© 2013 – present Liana Wendy Howarth

Sparkle in Darkness

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Are you feeling weary?
Are you wondering how you will keep going with
all that needs to be done?

Sometimes we just need to stop.

 We need to re-align ourselves with the peace and
stillness of God’s word.

He has gifted each and every one of us with precious talents.
Some are beautifully shared.
Others are hidden, just waiting to emerge into the glorious light.
But when we are overwhelmed and trying to bring everything to everyone all at once, sometimes
things can unravel and drain our joy.

To stay radiating in the abundance of sharing, take the time to realize that all He has given
us is perfect just the way it is.
It’s ready to encourage and comfort and bring hope.
It may need bringing together; but the harmony is already infused.
We just need to breathe our beautiful fragrance upon it and scatter
it to the wind.

The Lord will allow it to land exactly where He wills.
Where there is a perfect need. At just the perfect time.

“You are a treasure that sparkles midst so much darkness; but just remember there is only so much sparkle that a gem can release with constant handling before that sparkle grows dim and needs to be tenderly cared for to bring that brilliance back.”

© 2014 – present Liana Wendy Howarth

When the Past Blesses …

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Sometimes I wish I could turn my blog upside down so that the very first post I wrote way back in 2013 would start a rerun of all I’ve been given. To date the records show there are 902 posts. Wow! I give God the glory. It’s been such an amazing journey, and I’ve met the most precious people along the way. Some still fragrance my life. I thought about reposting them all one at a time, as I am led; but I admit I don’t find the whole ‘block’ layout on WordPress as easy to use as the old classic version. I usually find myself in a bit of a pickle. Anyway … here is my very first post from January 2013. Short and sweet …. God bless you all, and thank you so much for your loyal and loving support through these sometimes quiet, sometimes tumultuous moments of time x

“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”

©2013 – present Liana Wendy Howarth

WHAT CAN REFLECT YOUR MAJESTY

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Roses, raindrops, night-time dew

Colours resplendent

Sweet flight anew

Apple tree blossom

Hovering honey bee

Nothing, oh Lord, nothing

Can reflect Your majesty

Snow-capped mountains, deepest lake

Shadows of beauty

Lion cubs wake

Freshness of morning

Milky way galaxy

Nothing, oh Lord, nothing

Can reflect Your majesty

Jungle sunlight streaming through

Piercing eagle eyes

Summer sky blue

Butterflies flying

Tallest stately oak tree

Nothing, oh Lord, nothing

Can reflect Your majesty

There is nothing

Not one thing

That can reflect

Your majesty

As brilliant

As beautiful

As magnificent

As is your creation

It cannot reflect

Cannot reflect

Cannot reflect

Your majestic majesty

Words and Image ©2021 Liana Wendy Howarth

MOSAIC OF TIME

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On the wings of a butterfly

Time gathers momentum

The softness of its wings

Colour moving, rainbows flicker

Joy mingling through the dark shadows

We’re here; on the way to there

From here to eternity

There’s a gentleness beneath reality

It’s called love

And it binds all that is broken

All that is shattered, mends

As love pieces together

Fractured broken wings

From here to eternity

You cannot escape

So join us, take flight

Let the light within glow

Shed the chains of regret

Forgive, forgive, forgive

The palette of life

Will not fade

Pick up the pieces

You’re beautiful

Just as you are

No longer fractured

A mosaic of time

You’ve been made whole

© 2021 Liana Wendy Howarth

UNDERLYING CAUSE

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The rocks are being pounded

The sky, it clouds over

I run and take shelter

Through the daisy field

Through the babbling brook

The sky is getting darker

The rain, it starts softly

Then very quickly in torrents

I keep on running

But I can’t seem to move

My feet are going nowhere

I see myself ahead

But why aren’t I there

That’s because the real me

Has left the old behind

There’s an underlying cause

Of why I’ve left myself

I’m getting soaked

But the new me is dancing

Dancing through the daisies

Long hair flowing

In the gentle breeze

Abandoned in fabric beautiful

Singing praises to my Creator

I stop looking behind

I don’t like what I see

I’m moving forward now

I’ve left the old me

©2021 Liana Wendy Howarth

SING AMONG THE BRANCHES (A Song of Joy ~ Psalm 104:12)

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When I’m feeling down and all-round is a shade of blue
When I’m feeling lonely, I turn my thoughts toward You
For You have promised dearly, to make all things brand new
And shine the Eternal Son into the darkness of night-time dew

Chorus
Oh! I sing among the branches
I sing because I’m free
There’s no longer condemnation
I sing because I’m me

When I’m feeling sadness try to take away my smile
When I’m feeling hope has gone, I’ll walk with You a mile
For You have promised dearly, tears only last a while
They cleanse and heal and deliver and save out of the fiery
trial

Chorus
Oh! I sing among the branches
I sing because I’m free
There’s no longer condemnation
I sing because I’m me

So when it feels like a dark storm is a-gathering
Circumstances overwhelm, I can’t hear You calling
I’ll rise up above with praises and love adorning
And sing my heart out, on the branches just for me You left
standing

Bridge
Singing among the branches
Singing tra – la – la
Singing and my joy returns
Singing tra – la – la

Chorus
Oh! I sing among the branches
I sing because I’m free
There’s no longer condemnation
I sing because I’m me

© 2014 – present Liana Wendy Howarth

“He sendeth the springs into the valleys, which run among the hills. They give drink to every beast of the field: the wild asses quench their thirst. By them shall the fowls of the heaven have their habitation, which sing among the branches.” Psalm 104:10-12 KJV

MY TURN NOW

Yesterday, it was today
Today, it is tomorrow
Always waiting for the day
A miracle heals sorrow

I’m waiting at the window
The window of my desire
Desire to see sweet changes
And freedom from what I tire

Sunrise once again brings forth
Dark clouds on my horizon
But I must press on, press through
These weary clouds to Zion

Eyes see what I see for now
Ears hear only this moment
My heart beats on, through Your touch
Amazing grace, love has sent

I know as I know what’s known
Each step a struggle in time
Waiting to hear ‘my turn now’
And heaven’s bells sweetly chime

Oh! Jesus, yes, here I am
Standing in the healing line
Please let your sweet virtue flow
Oh! Please, please let it be mine

I said ‘here I am, it’s me’
You said, ‘I asked who We’d send
Not for you; but for others
Yes, for those who couldn’t fend’

‘I’m so sorry Lord, forgive
Forgive my oft selfish heart
But I’ve read so many times
Healing virtue You impart’

‘Yes, my child, I do impart
But why, why would I impart
What’s already imparted?
It flowed from My broken heart’

‘I loved you, love you, and child
Child you’re forgiven, and healed
Look to the cross, I’m risen
Victory is won, and sealed’

‘Thank you Lord, I see, send me
Not for me; but for others
Your love it gives to embrace
Hearts of sisters and brothers’

Yes, it’s today, has it changed?
My vision of what is true
Sun is up, the clouds have gone
They’re there; but I can see You

I’ve been looking for healing
I’ve been looking for escape
Failed to see it’s before me
Healing words on me, You drape

You arose, I was set free
Free from hopelessness, and fear
You arose, my Love, Jesus
Healing in Your wings, it’s near

I’ve had my turn, I receive
There’s no need to keep searching
I receive all You freely gave
Freely, continuously

Oh! Lord, hold me, don’t let go
Oh! Lord, please help me to see
(Remove all non-heaven shades)
The Truth, truth that makes me free

Your word is so beautiful
Your word is heaven’s delight
Your word brings new life, and love
I surrender, You ignite

Oh! Lord, I receive …

© 2018 – present Liana Wendy Howarth

“Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.” Isaiah 6:8 KJV

A MOTHER’S LOVE (Song Lyrics)

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Chorus
When the lamp of love is no longer
A central part of your home
When the beating heart of a mother
Has left this world too soon
That’s when for every tear that falls
Of a young boy, or young girl within
Sweetest memories form a new life poem
Allowing broken hearts to sing

’Cause when is ever the right time
A child, no matter their age
Will understand their mother’s heart
And how she lived out her days

The first time your eyes made contact
With eyes of abandoned love
Never sensing what lay ahead
Or the sleepless night-time hours

Beaming over the wobbly steps
Soft treasures of little hands
All the funny faces between
All the words forming inside

The scraped knees, the tears, and the smiles
Bunny rugs, favourite toys
Adventures beyond heart’s desire
Prepared for school days ahead

The projects, best friends, and parties
Homework, and then changing days
Features, they’re coming and going
Clingy fingers separate

Through the days, the sulks, and the trials
Who could you always run too
Dear mother’s heart ’twas always there
Floury apron, cookies, love

Chorus
When the lamp of love is no longer
A central part of your home
When the beating heart of a mother
Has left this world too soon
That’s when for every tear that falls
Of a young boy, or young girl within
Sweetest memories form a new life poem
Allowing broken hearts to sing

Then one day you’re out on your own
School’s finished, career may start
Or study, or marriage, or move
She’s still Mother Dear to you

Disagreement may come between
Two lives are visibly bound
Many days may pass in silence
To mother, you’re still her child

So all I can say in closing
From someone whose loss is great
It doesn’t matter the years since
Parting, it happens, it’s real

Love her while you can, just let go
Of pain, or unforgiveness
Forgive, restore any love lost
Your mother’s heart beats for you

Take her hand in yours, remember
All the times she helped you through
Keep love’s memory locked deep down
May thinking of her bring a smile

Though it might not have always been
Harmony on every side
Maternal love’s like a flower
Be the fragrance of her heart

Chorus
When the lamp of love is no longer
A central part of your home
When the beating heart of a mother
Has left this world too soon
That’s when for every tear that falls
Of a young boy, or young girl within
Sweetest memories form a new life poem
Allowing broken hearts to sing

© 2018 – present Liana Wendy Howarth