Posted in Christianity, Inspiration, Loss, Photography, The Beauty of Creation, Trials & Blessings

The Unfulfilled Rose – Sadness as Blossoms Fall and Lie in Falling Tears

A little something I wrote six years ago:-

Shattered in the Rain Over the last week or so, I have been peering out of our bay window on waking, to see my beautiful ‘English Rose’ blossoming before my very eyes and being in awe, once again, of the perfect work of my Lord and Saviour. This is one of two David Austin roses that I recently bought and I was so excited to see the finished rose.

Shattered in the Rain 2We’ve been having soft; but steady rain for quite a while now and the rose continued to break forth and grasp as much sunlight as possible.

Shattered in the Rain 3Words cannot describe this gorgeous bloom laced with scent from heaven.

Shattered in the Rain 4Sadly, the rain was bruising the underside (sorry I’m not technical in botanical terms).

Shattered in the Rain 5But each morning brought with it another stunning image.

Shattered in the Rain 6Really starting to open up now. I’m in love.

Shattered in the Rain 7So many petals on one sweet flower and the colour, divine.

Shattered in the Rain 8But the rain was taking its toll on the dear, little one.

Shattered in the Rain 9And this morning I awoke to a broken sight.

Shattered in the Rain 10My heart broke. Perfection, beauty lay fallen upon the ground.

Shattered in the Rain 11The creaminess had become a soft shade of lemon. Crushed. Compacted in pain.

Shattered in the Rain 13This is all that remains. Remnants of torn petals for which I feel much sadness and yes, guilt.

Shattered in the Rain 14For you see, a few days ago, I took the damaged petals from the rose. I had to tear them off. I feel that I have in some way contributed to the rose’s demise. It was unable to hold all of heaven’s tears and unable to take it any longer, it just gave up and surrendered to what it knew it couldn’t control.

I had even written a poem :-

“Such a silly thing I did today

I tried to take imperfection away

I prayed the Lord, He wouldn’t take

The beauty of the rose at stake”

But by tearing away what I thought was something that was marring its beauty, was in reality actually holding it’s very existence together.

Yes, I know there will be some of you that think I am totally exaggerating; but I see amazing stories and spiritual truths in God’s creation and being able to capture them with the camera is a blessing.

We grow stronger with our trials. With pain. With tears. With anything that makes us feel like we can’t go on.

Jesus is the only One who can hold us together.

Tearing Him from our lives is devastating.

Maybe not now.

But one day.

God bless all who read this.

Posted in Christianity, Hope, Inspiration, Promise, The Beauty of Creation

BENEATH THE SILENT WAVES

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Beneath the silent waves
Of yonder distant hill
The wildness of the breeze
Cries listen, and be still

The echoes of new life
Fragrance softly falling
The melody of song
Reveal God, all knowing

Each breath breathes a heartbeat
An emptiness within
A breath captivated
Delivered from its sin

O Taste and see, the Lord
Is good, so many signs
And wonders, all around
Through darkness, He still shines

Beneath those silent waves
Can you hear Him calling
Through waves of circumstance
Trials bring you home, glowing

© 2019 Liana Wendy Howarth

Posted in Christianity, Healing, Hope, Inspiration, Trials & Blessings

There is a River

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There is a river of love and peace
Where the healing waters flow
And when you place your feet within
Sweet blessings you will know

There is a river of joy and hope
Where the healing waters flow
And when you place your feet within
Your symptoms, they will go

There is a river which runs forever
And as it flows it whispers your name
Oh! Please, come down to the water’s edge
Take a step forward and you’ll never be the same

© 2014 – present Liana Wendy Howarth

Posted in Christianity, Healing, Hope, Illness, Inspiration, Trials & Blessings

Through Eyes of Mist … My Latest Book

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Hi everyone,
I know it’s been a while since I posted. I hope you are all doing really well, and finding joy in each new day, even through the trials.

Just sharing my new book with you. A little of my life story.

It will be available for a very short time at a reduced price … I am not sure when it will increase to $12.95 US … just waiting for change to occur.

I thank any of you who do purchase it, and pray that in some way you will be blessed.

Liana.

https://www.amazon.com/Through-Eyes-Mist-Journey-Wholeness/dp/1691323055/ref=sr_1_4?qid=1568420260&refinements=p_27%3ALiana+Wendy+Howarth&s=books&sr=1-4&text=Liana+Wendy+Howarth

Posted in Christianity, Healing, Hope, Inspiration, Songs

RIVERS OF MERCY (Song Lyrics)

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His rivers of mercy never run dry
His rivers of mercy, and I wonder why
Why He has chosen
This heart for His child
Why does He love me so

His rivers of mercy never run dry
His rivers of mercy, and I wonder why
Why He has saved me
Lovingly made me
Why does He love me so

His beautiful Word
Sings a melody
And all my life, will lead
And this I know
For His Word tells me so
And His Word is all that I need

O Jesus, O Jesus
Your rivers of mercy consumed
And this hidden bud
Once captive in thorns
Is free at last
Fragrance released

Broken hearts will be touched
Songs of joy enter in
Darkness, it will have to flee
And all because, our Father’s love
Is embraced in unfailing mercy

Your rivers of mercy never run dry
Your rivers of mercy, and I wonder why
Why You have chosen
This heart for Your child
Why do You love me so

Your rivers of mercy never run dry
Your rivers of mercy, and I wonder why
Why You have saved me
Lovingly made me
Why do You love me so

Rivers of mercy
Rivers of mercy
Flowing from Your throne
Rivers of mercy
Rivers of mercy
I will never be alone
Never be alone
Never be alone
Rivers of mercy

© 2019 Liana Wendy Howarth

 

Posted in Christianity, Healing, Hope, Inspiration, Loss, Love, Prayer, Songs

YOU MEAN MORE TO ME THAN MOTHER’S DAY (A Song for Anyone with a Sweet Mother’s Heart)

YOU MEAN MORE TO ME THAN MOTHERS DAY

O the sweetness of those words
You mean more to me than Mother’s Day
Touches deep, releases joy
Something only a dearest child could say

Chorus
Sometimes distance has its way
Sometimes others have their say
But still, my love survives in May
‘Cause you mean more to me than Mother’s Day
Yes, you mean more to me than Mother’s Day

Brings with them, sweet butterflies
Of fleeting memories from yesteryear
Interspersed with cherished love
Can sense their closeness, even if not near

Chorus
Sometimes distance has its way
Sometimes others have their say
But still, my love survives in May
‘Cause you mean more to me than Mother’s Day
Yes, you mean more to me than Mother’s Day

Brings a bouquet of sweet intent
And hugs that reach to eternity
Thankfulness for heaven’s gift
Preciousness with a face that’s so pretty

O may I feel your arms surround me
May I feel your breath upon me
May I feel your love towards me
Sweet child, sweet child, of mine

Chorus
Sometimes distance has its way
Sometimes others have their say
But still, my love survives in May
‘Cause you mean more to me than Mother’s Day
Yes, you mean more to me than Mother’s Day

© 2014 – present Liana Wendy Howarth

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AND NOW A PRAYER FOR ANYONE WITH A SWEET MOTHER’S HEART

YOU MEAN MORE TO ME THAN MOTHERS DAY (2)

Dearest Heavenly Father
I come before You to lift every Mother unto You
And even though Mother’s Day is a wordly affair
And every day should be Mother’s Day in a child’s heart
You are love
You know our need for love
So I lift all Mothers unto You
All who have never been Mothers
Yet have a Mothering heart
All who are with child at this very moment
But are on the verge of terminating that life
All who are with child at this very moment
But are fearful of losing that life
Due to complications, accidents, medications
All who have lost a child
All who have lost children
Whether miscarried
Stillborn
As an infant
A toddler
Child
Young teen
Teenager
Young adult
An adult
… to silence
All who have a Mothering heart
And through silent tears
Are unable to have children
But Lord
But with God
Nothing is impossible
All who are awaiting the news
Of a missing child
Desperate for news
Hoping, praying
That they will be returned
Safely into their nuturing arms
All who are unable to spend
Mother’s Day together
Due to distance
Sickness
Disagreements
Anger
Hurt
Pride
And any other Mother who due
To no fault of their own
Is just unable to share
This precious day
As is every day
Together
All Mothers who have lost their Mothers
As a child
And never knew them
As an adult
The grief is the same
Anyone who has lost their Mother
Those whose heart is breaking
Because their Mother is so sick
Fear worrying how they will cope without them
O Lord
O Lord
Please also bless those spending
Today together
May they be aware of the gift they have
May Your love abound
May Your love abound
Shed Your love abroad
May it enter deep within all hearts
Unto You Lord
Unto You Lord
Precious Lord
In Jesus Name I pray
Amen

© 2014 – current Liana Wendy Howarth

Posted in Christianity, Hope, Inspiration, Songs, Trials & Blessings

I WILL CONQUER THIS MOUNTAIN (Song Lyrics)

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Three steps forward, two steps back
I will not give up
I will not give up
One day I’ll reach my destiny
One day I’ll reach my destiny

Will I ever conquer
This mountain in front of me
The scenery keeps on changing
I think I’ve reached the top
Then something else
Is in front of me

There are days of pure joy
Welling up inside of me
And I keep moving in Your strength
’Cause it sure ain’t mine, no
This strength is Yours
Sweetly leading me

I will not give up
I will not give up

But there are days of tears
My heart reveals the old me
O Lord, please heal this hidden pain
Take all sorrow, all shame
All unbelief
This burden off me

I will not give up
I will not give up

You did not die in vain
All life’s sin was drained from me
Now I can take Your yoke Jesus
Yoke easy, burden light
And I can climb
As Your hand lifts me

O Yes, I will conquer
This mountain that threatens me
Because Jesus, You’re my Saviour
And this I know, I’m free
You’re by my side
You have rescued me

Three steps forward, one step back
I will not give up
I will not give up
One day I’ll reach my destiny
One day I’ll reach my destiny

I will not give up
I will not give up

Three steps forward, no steps back
I did not give up
I did not give up
This day I reached my destiny
This day I reached my destiny

Don’t ever give up
Don’t ever give up

© 2019 Liana Wendy Howarth

Posted in Christianity, Inspiration, Love, The Beauty of Creation, Trials & Blessings

WALKING WITH MY LOVE

flower

Through the dew I see Your face
It reflects the morning sun
The flowers dance
A new romance
And will till the day is done

With each new beckoning light
I’m drawn into the garden
You call my name
My heart’s aflame
With sweet love, and Your pardon

We sit awhile, hand in hand
All burdens, they fly away
Exchanging smiles
Forgetting trials
For now, there’s no need to pray

Come with me, He softly says
I have something, just for you
His eyes glisten
As I listen
And eagerly stand anew

He leads the way, through the trees
I follow, silent behind
Closing my eyes
Sensing the prize
The aroma floods my mind

We’re here, come closer, He says
As loving arms bring me near
Open your heart
Then you will start
To know of My love, My dear

As I stand in awe of Him
I see the still pool glisten
He’s brought me life
Taken my strife
I’m mirroring God’s own Son

Yes, through the green, on to blue
He’s my Shepherd, through and through
Pastures verde
Waters, they see
Beauty’s lyrics, all things new

© 2019 Liana Wendy Howarth