Words of Comfort …

DAILY HUGS FOR THOSE WITH INVISIBLE ILLNESS


Sometimes the gentle breeze of the morning holds the sweet melody of blessings on the way
We have no idea what the day will hold; but if we let that breeze wash over us, our trials will be softened
‘Cause little butterflies of hope will stay with us
Little butterflies trapped within the songs released

Sometimes the one giving the hugs will be the one needing a hug

When you feel the same day after day after day and symptoms just won’t let up …. smile, ’cause you could feel much worse

Look through your tears and see the rainbow … there is always something you can be thankful for

“Oh! I’m sheltering in the shadows of His everlasting arms
I may feel defeated
But by faith I’ll carry on
Yes by faith, I’ll carry on”

When you feel like your life is a blank canvas compared to those who surround you, always remember that there is Someone who can beautifully take the “im” out of impossible and make all things possible, Someone who can paint the most glorious life story and place you in the starring role.

DAILY HUGS FOR THOSE WITH INVISIBLE ILLNESS


Try not to be offended or too upset when receiving comments or bearing frustrations from those who just don’t understand. They may be your loved ones, friends or a passersby, their words may hurt and hurt deep; but they really cannot understand unless they’ve been through it themselves or are in the midst of it … I know it’s not easy

‘Tis only when in the valley of illness that the mountain seems insurmountable
‘Tis only when you take that first step toward it, that it will loom so much larger
‘Tis only when you begin to climb and take control (don’t give up) that what rises before you, diminishes
‘Tis only when you reach the top
that hope rejoices,
pain is captured,
you’re no longer captive to the suffering
and
you’ll finally realize how far you have come
May you be strengthened to be able to take that first step …
(please know that by ‘step’ I mean leap of faith and not physically stepping … I understand that many of you with chronic, invisible illness are unable to walk or do so with much difficulty)

May every tear make you stronger, every setback give you the courage to push further forward and in every moment of pain, may you be comforted
“And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.” Revelation 21:4 KJV

Dear hurting ones, my heart sheds a little part of me knowing that there are some of you who feel absolutely hopeless, or that the circumstances you find yourself in seem hopeless. I know what it feels like to lose so much all at once when one finds themselves in the ‘too hard box’ of invisible illness … so many areas of your life snatched away in one ‘where did that come from’ swoop … your life is totally changed and fight against it you may; but you must allow the ‘resting’ phase of your life to strengthen and validate who you truly are
… you are loved

DAILY HUGS FOR THOSE WITH INVISIBLE ILLNESS


Your life is unfolding into something beautiful even though you may feel that you are too heavy laden with tears to hold yourself together … let those tears refresh and restore you
“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”

If you are caught in the pounding of waves upon the seashore and the security of land forever seems unattainable, just remember the serene, inner beauty that is hidden beneath the ever-changing surface … there is wondrous life abundant, unseen … the same that is in your heart amidst the anxiousness and sometimes hopelessness of invisible illness … hope, when your heart is captured by the love of those who share your pain

Sometimes a tree of despair is broken apart by relentless winds and torrential downpours; but through its pain and as it bows down, rays of sunshine often find their way through the surrendered openings and fall upon those huddled in its shadow …

(When we need comfort and are given comfort, it is given to overflowing that we may, in our very real understanding, comfort those who walk beside us upon the road of affliction) …

“Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.” 2 Corinthians 1:4 KJV

DAILY HUGS FOR THOSE WITH INVISIBLE ILLNESS


IMAGINE THAT YOUR HEALING IS A ROSE … NOW EACH THORN YOU HAVE TO CLIMB TO REACH THAT BEAUTIFUL FRAGRANCE WILL MAKE YOU STRONGER AND STRONGER EACH DAY … DON’T LOSE HOPE … YOU WILL BLOOM AGAIN

DON’T EVER BELIEVE THAT BECAUSE THE ILLNESS YOU HAVE IS INVISIBLE, THAT HEALING WILL NEVER BE VISIBLE

© 2014 – present Liana Wendy Howarth

 

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

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

fink bird tree

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)

mother child help

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

THE PIERCING SWORD (Song Lyrics)

sunset

Piercing through to soul and spirit

Joints and marrow not left unturned

Discerner of mind’s commotion

Intents of heart, His word does burn

 

Drive it through to the depths of me

A picture of a golden sea

Bursting forth upon collision

Freeing blessings for all to see

 

Chorus

Diving into the pool of love

I witness and sense the Father above

I embrace all that He’s given me

I flow in His essence of loving me

He drives out all darkness

The enemy flees

Through sunshine and rain

Through storms and pain

I’m safe, I’m absorbed

Diving into the pool of love

 

Released are love, and peace, and joy

Longsuffering, gentleness too

Goodness, faith and meekness follow

Temperance binds them all, I’m new

 

Can you see golden healing beams

Bringing fruit to others unseen

Bringing fresh hope to broken hearts

Dive in, let the Word intervene

 

Chorus

Diving into the pool of love

I witness and sense the Father above

I embrace all that He’s given me

I flow in His essence of loving me

He drives out all darkness

The enemy flees

Through sunshine and rain

Through storms and pain

I’m safe, I’m absorbed

Diving into the pool of love

 

©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

LET’S TURN THIS ALL AROUND (Song Lyrics)

peace dove window glass

The days are growing darker and darker
It is taking more and more strength to see
So much is happening daily, hourly
How will this affect friends, family, me

It’s not too late
Whilst there is breath
To turn this all around
Around
Father waits for us
Waits for us
That we be found
Living and moving and being in Christ

Threats of war, earthquakes, viruses not seen
Told to do this, do that, follow blindly
Faces once smiling, now crudely concealed
No more hugging allowed, sadness set free

Words no longer flow amongst our friendships
Relationships have changed much, doors have closed
And yet, strangely through it all, love prevails
And all that’s hidden is being exposed

It’s not too late
Whilst there is breath
To turn this all around
Around
Father waits for us
Waits for us
That we be found
Living and moving and being in Christ

Yes, the Lord knows the hearts of everyone
Nothing we are thinking, can escape Him
Man cannot plan, deceive, confuse mankind
Without Father’s knowledge, He’ll reveal them

2 x
Let’s turn this all around
Around, around
Church, rise up, you’re on solid ground
Let’s take our armour and stand firm
The battle is the Lord’s, shout it out
Affirm

© 2021 Liana Wendy Howarth

LET YOUR LOVE FLOW (Prayer/Song Lyrics)

heart illumination

Let Your love flow Lord
Let Your love flow

Deep into the very depths of me
Deep into areas others don’t see
Deep into sad memories of times past
Deep into love moments which didn’t last
Deep into the scars of hidden pain
Deep into the hurts, the burdens of shame
Cleanse and heal this broken heart
Oh! Lord, let Your healing love flow

Let Your love flow Lord
Let Your love flow

Deeper into how my body feels
Deeper into whom the mirror reveals
Deeper into lies I have been living
Deeper into smiles I have been giving
Deeper into fear and swallowed pride
Deeper into all I have tried to hide
Cleanse and heal this broken heart
Oh! Lord, let Your healing love flow

Let Your love flow Lord
Let Your love flow

Deeper still into valleys laid waste
Deeper still into caves my tears have traced
Deeper still into whom You created
Deeper still into love captivated
Deeper still into my heart’s desires
Deeper still into smouldering fires
Cleanse and heal this broken heart
Oh! Lord, let Your healing love flow

Let Your love flow Lord
Let Your love flow

Let Your love flow Lord
Let Your love flow

© 2021 Liana Wendy Howarth

WHEN TWO HEARTS, THEY MEET (Song Lyrics)

two hearts and flowers

Chorus
Come closer
Let go
Drop it all at My feet
Gaze into My eyes
See My love crush defeat
Take of this power
Take ahold of My hand
Life overflowing
When two hearts, they meet

As the sky embraces the cloud
As the tree embraces the sky
As the flower embraces the tree
Reach out dear child
Embrace Me

Entwine me
Hold me
Never let me go
Jesus, my Saviour
How I love Thee so
Jesus, my Saviour
The only One I know
Who forgives all my sins
Heals all within
Oh! How I love Thee so

As the river becomes the sea
As the stream becomes the river
As the falling rain becomes the stream
Reach out dear child
Dare to dream

Chorus
Come closer
Let go
Drop it all at My feet
Gaze into My eyes
See My love crush defeat
Take of this power
Take ahold of My hand
Life overflowing
When two hearts, they meet

Entwine me
Teach me
Lead the way to go
Jesus, my Saviour
How I love Thee so
Jesus, my Saviour
The only One I know
Who cradles me under
Sweet wings of hope
Oh! How I love Thee so

Our hearts beat together
Our flesh becomes one
Our eyes see the brightness
Of each morning sun
Our ears hear the glory
Of nature’s melody
Oh Jesus, Saviour
You are all that I need
You are everything
Everything
All that I need

© 2021 Liana Wendy Howarth