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.”

YOU FOUND ME IN THE GARDEN (Song Lyrics)

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Chorus
You found me in the garden
I was crying
You drew me close to Your side
You dried my tears
And told me I am loved

I went into the garden
I could no longer contain
The struggles within
I had to run away
From myself

’Cause I had tried to pretend
That all was perfectly well
Tears I kept hidden
Were silently pooling
And stagnant

But I knew that I had heard
Your sweet voice, so long ago
And I went searching
Into my heart’s garden
By the rose

And there I felt Your whisper
The gentleness of the breeze
At last I found home
I was safe and secure
In Your peace

Chorus
You found me in the garden
I was crying
You drew me close to Your side
You dried my tears
And told me I am loved

© 2018 Liana Wendy Howarth

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

Rescued But Still Needy

Rescued But Still Needy

Maybe many of you know this
But the Lord showed me something today
That even when He draws near us
The troubles may still be in the way

Oh! I know all about walking in fire
And how He lovingly shields us within
But today when I read about Peter
Here lies more treasure for us to win

For you see when He cried out “Lord save me”
The precious Saviour, His hand did reach
But there’s a little word that comes soon after
The word, ‘when’ and oh! how this can teach

For immediately He did rescue him
But it wasn’t until into the boat, they were
That the boisterous seas a-calmed
And the waves with His peace did a-stir

Yes, He comes to you in troubles
And helps you to see them through
So don’t always expect instantaneous release
Just know that He’s holding and protecting you

© 2014 – present Liana Wendy Howarth

“And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea.
And when the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear.
But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid.
And Peter answered Him and said, Lord, if it be Thou, bid me come unto Thee on the water.
And He said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus.
But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me.
And immediately Jesus stretched forth His hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?
And when they were come into the ship, the wind ceased.
Then they that were in the ship came and worshipped Him, saying, Of a truth Thou art the Son of God.”
Matthew 14:25-33 KJV

HE’S TAKING ME HOME (SONG LYRICS)

Prompted to write this after reading about a pastor being on a plane and wondering why, in the midst of a terrible storm, all around were in fear, except for a little girl who was totally at peace … When questioned why, she said “Cause my Daddy’s the pilot, and he’s taking me home”.

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I see the darkening skies
They suddenly surround me
Lightning flashes vehemently
The thunder brings widened eyes

I grasp my neighbour’s firm hand
I wipe the sweat from my brow
But still, through this storm we plow
Miles to go, until we land

Looking all around, through tears
I see fear’s face a-laughing
Dread joins fear, throws in mocking
The evil one smiles and jeers

You call yourself a Christian
Well, where is your God right now
Give me your heart, I’ll allow
My peace as your physician

You’re being doubleminded
Do you really trust your God

Enough … ’Twas

Then I sensed His saving rod
Break through where I’d been blinded

My God, He’s here, yes He’s here
Right here, and right by my side
Through storms, any storm I’ll hide
’Cause perfect love casts out fear

Go away you peace stealers
In cars, in boats, and in planes
Father has broken all chains
Bondage gone, He’s the Healer

Chorus
Oh! He’s taking me home, to the home my heart longs for
Storms may gather, and threaten; but I’m safe in His arms
Darkness may linger, and the world set off false alarms
But it’s Father, through Jesus, by Holy Spirit’s war
Yes, it’s Father, through Jesus, by Holy Spirit’s war

REPEAT CHORUS

© 2018 Liana Wendy Howarth

THINK UPON THESE THINGS

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Think upon things that are true
So true, and honest, and just
Think upon things that are pure
Pure and lovely, bringing trust
If there be any goodness
And if there be any praise
Think on these things
Think on these things
For these show others the Way

Be filled with the Father’s love
Radiate His strength, your joy
Feel His peace, longsuffering
Reflect gentleness, employ
Goodness, faith, humility
Self-control, restoring youth
Think on these things
Think on these things
For these show others the Truth

So take good care of your heart
’Cause hope springs eternally
Shower kindness everywhere
Shower love, and fear will flee
Read living words of Jesus
Pray, be delivered from strife
Think on these things
Think on these things
For these show others the Life

© 2018 Liana Wendy Howarth

BACK ON THE POTTER’S WHEEL AGAIN (SONG LYRICS)

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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 Liana Wendy Howarth

GOODBYE FOR NOW, DEAR FRIEND

Glowing butterflies with sparkle stars

Sometimes in life
There comes across your path
A sparkling jewel from heaven
Words of wisdom
Comforting arms
Even when silence is golden
Knowing they are there
And when they say your name
You remember a voice
Distinctly their own
Showered with heaven’s love

© 2018 Liana Wendy Howarth

SINGING IN THE VALLEY (Song Lyrics)

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Can you sing when seas are stormy
Can you sing when skies are grey
Can you sing when meadows lose their green
Or flowers bloom but do not stay?

Will you sing in valleys so deep
Atop mountains you have scaled
Where the winds echo silent hurts and
You’ve lost sight of hands that were nailed?

Chorus
Listen carefully and you will hear
The beautiful voice of One so dear
He’s never left you, He’s always near
Singing in the valley, crystal clear

Open lips and bring forth sweet praise
Push through the darkness and sing
Sing of the tiniest blessing known
He’ll lift your voice, more blessings bring

And you can because He says so
For our Saviour knows the way
He knows where every breath will lead us
The crescendo of our life’s day

Chorus
Listen carefully and you will hear
The beautiful voice of One so dear
He’s never left you, He’s always near
Singing in the valley, crystal clear

Singing in the valley, can you hear
Our beautiful Lord’s voice, rising near
He’s singing you a love song
And I can hear your name
So let’s lift our voices high
And do the same

© 2015 – present Liana Wendy Howarth