Posted in Just For Children, Poems

3 New Children’s Books

Hi all,
Just wanting to share that I have just published three books to add to my collection:
Bumble Bees and Jelly Trees (A Compilation of the Children’s sections from my two previous books)
Louie Bear Counts to 10
The Mixed-Up Toys

Would love some reviews 🙂

BB and JT coverLBCTT coverTMUT cover

https://www.amazon.com/s?i=stripbooks&rh=p_27%3ALiana+Wendy+Howarth&s=relevancerank&text=Liana+Wendy+Howarth&ref=dp_byline_sr_book_1

Enjoy!!

Posted in Christianity, Healing, Love, Photography, Poems, Songs

PLEASE STAY

PLEASE STAY image

You washed me white as snow
You took my stains away
Oh Lord, I love You so
Please stay

You held me as I wept
My pain and grief You bore
My heart cried out to You
Please stay

I could not see for tears
All that You’d done for me
Your life You sacrificed
Please stay

Please help me see the truth
Please help my unbelief
Please heal my broken heart
Please stay

(Insert your name here), open your eyes
I spoke these words for you
It is finished, and all that I’ve done
Has given you the victory
In Me, you’ve already won
And I won’t leave you
I won’t ever forget you
Our Father, He sent Me for you
And We’ve loved you ere the world begun
Over your life, Our love. We’ve sung

So now I say to you
Please stay
Please stay
I’ve healed your heart
Poured My love in
I’ve sealed your life
Cleansed you from sin
Please stay
Please stay

© 2019 Words and Image Liana Wendy Howarth

 

Posted in Christianity, Healing, Poems, Trials & Blessings

WHEN CHAINS ARE BROKEN

I wrote this nearly a year ago … may it bless someone today.

butterfly glasses

I want to share a testimony
On which the Lord shed His healing light
My hands were spiritually tied
With chains, so old, and rusty, and tight

No, I just couldn’t seem to breakthrough
Heaviness and oppression weighed down
A tendril of what seemed forever
In this trial, grief’s tears threatening to drown

The clear dew of my eyes was falling
Although only my Father could see
’Cause I believed I’d dealt with it all
Those sad tears that only I could see

My eyes wrote an ocean wave story
Sometimes rushing out from the seashore
Sometimes raging in deepest ocean
So I never knew what was in store

So that grief, that I thought now desert
With such sweet flowers blooming to stay
This grief that my Father just showed me
Was totally blocking freedom’s way

I’ve been able, through His hand to write
Most beautiful, least I think so, words
Some put to glorious music, sung
Harmonious melody of birds

Joyous notes in my mind were settled
Understanding I am loved, so loved
There were no ominous tears falling
So why downcast, feeling so unloved

I believed that love’s revelation
Had been implanted deep in my heart
Oh! But after much tribulation
The truth broke this heart torn apart

Yes, the sting of much pain, it had left
Through many years of prayer, and song
But grief that He showed me remaining
Was that loved ones weren’t joining along

And as the Lord shone so much deeper
Into the depths of my closed off heart
He showed me I wasn’t embracing
All that His precious Son did impart

For I’d said to myself, how can I
Be joyful, when others, they don’t know
All the beauty, amazing wonders
I’d tied my hands, so joy couldn’t show

I’m so thankful that He showed to me
The cruel chains with which I’d bound myself
Awaiting my family’s salvation
Until my joy reflected through health

So by faith, I’ve bowed low, repented
Of standing in His way to bless me
I’m as special as any other
Now released in this area, free

And those chains, those old, rusty, tight chains
Have been broken, and my hands untied
I know that my beautiful Saviour
Well, He broke them, the day that He died

© 2018 – present Liana Wendy Howarth

Posted in Christianity, Healing, Poems, Trials & Blessings

RIVERS OF PEACE

the boat

I’m sailing on rivers of peace
I’m sailing on rivers of peace
The waves may lash
The boat may crash
But, I’m sailing on rivers of peace

I’m skipping on the narrow road
I’m skipping on the narrow road
The turns may twist
Old ways resist
But, I’m skipping on the narrow road

I’m reading all about His love
I’m reading all about His love
Am I in there?
All sins laid bare
Yes, I’m reading all about His love

I’m seeing His sweet miracles
I’m seeing His sweet miracles
Some are for me
Others for thee
Yes, I’m seeing His sweet miracles

I’m walking hand in hand with Him
I’m walking hand in hand with Him
In the garden
Earth and heaven
Yes, I’m walking hand in hand with Him

Yes, all my life entwines with His
Yes, all my life entwines with His
Every heartbeat
Each breath complete
In Christ, I live, move, have my being

© 2018 Liana Wendy Howarth

Posted in Poems

WHEN CHRISTMAS ISN’T WHITE

Two Little Christmas Trees

The trees are green
Softness of the late summer light
Falls, and reflects upon
Another day given
There’s silence at times
And then melodious triumph
Rises, and floods the sky
A cappella
Beauty resonates within the sweet notes
It’s Christmastime
But this Christmas isn’t white
The heat at times
Wraps itself, and bathes all
With copious body tears
Then storm clouds gather
And vicious bolts, and deafening thunder
Gallop across the sky
The children, with each new day
Try and contain their excitement
School winds down
Parties, friends, family
But this Christmas isn’t white
The shops are overcome with bustling
Bargains cry out to be bought
Money exchanges hands quicker than it’s earnt
Heavy loads of purchases find their way home
Countdown is on
Advent calendars reveal less and less
Closed doors
Festivity is born
Carols are playing
Hearts bubble up with joy
Presents chosen carefully
Are brightly wrapped
Named
And then it’s Christmas Eve
But this Christmas isn’t white
The children sleep
Or pretend to
The clock ticks forward
Finally, it’s dawn
Christmas dawn
And all through the morning
Love flows from each heart
Thankfulness sings
Memories sown
Laughter, merriment
Young and old alike
The day wears on
Bing Crosby sings
I’m dreaming of a white Christmas
I am too
But this Christmas isn’t white
So tell me
How can one have Christmas
When Christmas isn’t white?
The tree baubles shine
Green, red, gold
Imaginary tinsel winds its way
Through the still branches
I have two little trees this year
And they are tipped with white
Oh! This Christmas may not be white
But these little trees
These little trees
They immerse this heart, this dreamy heart
With long ago childhood dreams
And so much snowy delight

© 2018 Liana Wendy Howarth

Posted in Christianity, Healing, Hope, Poems, Songs

IT’S COLD OUTSIDE

trees in the snow painting

It’s cold outside
The fire is burning brightly
The robins huddle close
The candles flicker so
My heart, it is awarming
To the season’s gift of love
It’s cold outside
Soft snow falls from above

It’s cold outside
Carollers sing so sweetly
Light fragrance dusts the rose
Now how does that song go?
My countenance is smiling
Friend, to you I give my love
It’s cold outside
Love sprinkled from above

It’s cold outside
This season ends completely
Sparkling tinder, it glows
Melting the cold, I know
I hear the lambs ableating
The Shepherd’s eyes of pure love
It’s cold outside
Bring healing from above

It’s cold outside
Heaven’s stars twinkle lightly
Shine hope on mankind’s woes
White glitters through the snow
My voice joins in the singing
Melodious notes of love
It’s cold outside
Life given from above

© 2018 Liana Wendy Howarth

Posted in Christianity, Poems, Songs

DO YOU BELIEVE IN SANTA CLAUS?

christmas present

Do you believe in Santa Claus
Are you following Rudolph’s red nose
Is brilliant white Christmas snow
Blinding your vision
Dear one, isn’t it the truth you want to know

Ole Santa, the world, will judge you
Good or bad, give gifts accordingly
But you cannot surprise Jesus
Born as a wee babe
Who lay down His life in love’s death to free us

Don’t follow flashing neon signs
That may be oh so, so beautiful
Wrapped in tinsels of ‘Look at me’
They line the wrong path
And lead to a scene you could never foresee

Oh Christmas, yes what a season
So enjoy your fellow company
Let Christ’s joy ever infuse you
Remember others
In their need, and may His peace reflect anew

© 2018 Liana Wendy Howarth

Posted in Christianity, Healing, Love, Poems, Songs, Trials & Blessings

I NEED YOU IN MY HEART

flower light effect

I know of You, I’m known of You
In my mind, I’ve made a home
You’re in my thoughts
Oh Lord please come
And live within my heart

I need You in my heart
Not only in the recesses
Of a room so filled with life
I need You in my heart
Deep down within my heart

O Father, please help me
I struggle every day
Just thinking how
How it will ever happen
Please build a stairway
And walk with me
Into my waiting heart

Take my hand
I can’t do it alone
I need You
To show me the way
Out of the bondage
Of my mind
Where I’ve kept You
And not let You
Have all the freedom
Your word commands

For You sent Your Word
And healed them
You sent Your Word
And healed me
And if I keep You
Out of my broken heart
How or who will ever complete me

Look Lord, come and see
I’ve opened the door to my heart
And I could only do it
Because You are here with me
And You softened
This hard, old heart
And brought freedom
Into eternity

Come and fill me
Come and flood me
Flood me with Your presence Lord
Stay in my heart
Never leave
And if I ever try to open
Affliction’s Gate again
Or refuse to walk down Trial’s Way
Please lock and throw away
The key

© 2018 Liana Wendy Howarth

 

Posted in Christianity, Love, Poems, Songs, Trials & Blessings

STAY CLOSE TO ME

sleeping baby on a hand

Stay close to me
Stay by my side
Time is short
Do not fear

O child
Sweet child
I know it’s hard
I see your tears
Come closer
Feel my arms around you
My peace is yours
Can you believe?
Can you receive?
I love you so much
You
I am your Creator
I know your pain
I know your heart’s desire
I know your struggles
Come closer

Stay close to me
Stay by my side
Time is short
Do not fear

Sometimes
You have to let go
Even of those you love
I have them
I love them
More than you could ever know
Let go
Take my hand
It’s your life with me
They have their own
They have to find
And be found
Of Me
You cannot do it all
You cannot save them
You can only love them
And point them to Me
Through your love for Me

Stay close to me
Stay by my side
Time is short
Do not fear

Come closer

© 2018 Liana Wendy Howarth