Category Archives: Prayer

In Silent Times

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In silent times of tears I pray
And listen closely for Your guiding voice
A voice of sweetness offering hope
What else can I do, what other choice?

The need is great, despair would set in
Help thou me, my dearest Lord
To pray for those in desperate need
I feel useless, without Your sweet Word

Pour out Your mercy and love, most divine
Forgive; forgive us, those flailing with time
May Your grace, Your hand, Your blessed dear Spirit
Seek and find lost souls in this family of mine

Lighten the darkness, lift from the valley below
Silent times will then ring with glorious, sweet praise
Oh! Give God the glory, the fragrance sublime
And hope and salvation will triumphantly raise

© 2012 – present 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 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

I Thank You My Heavenly Father (A Prayer)

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I thank You, my heavenly Father
For the physical and spiritual food
Wherewith You will feed me this day
I thank you for holding me in the palm of Your hand
I thank you that even though the wounds have healed
On Jesus, they continue to bleed
For the souls of those who walk in darkness
(The cross and His shed blood are there for all)
I thank you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made
And that You, and only You, know everything about me
There is no bondage within me that You cannot break
There is no sickness hidden within me that You cannot heal
There is no sin within me that You cannot bring into the light
And forgive, once I am given the discernment to ask
For forgiveness upon realizing the depth and hideousness
Of that sin, those sins
Thank you for each and every breath
Mine and those of my loved ones
Thank you for the food on our table
Please bless it to our bodies
Please feed those who are hungry
The clothes on our backs
Please cover and wrap those who are naked
The shelter of our homes
Please cover and protect us this day, this night
Please cover those who are homeless, wandering
For our employment
Please open doors for those who desperately need
Or truly want to work and provide for themselves, loved ones
The love of family and friends
Please send love to those who are hurting
Who can walk along side them and catch their tears
Thank you bringing us through fiery trials
Unscathed
Thank you for being in our lives, always
Once we acknowledge You and that we need You
You are God and God alone
Almighty, awesome, perfect
Ever living, ever giving
Your hand bears endless gifts
Your heart shares endless love
Your life gives endless life
Through Jesus Christ our Saviour
Father, I lift all unto You
Who are suffering at this very moment
Who have lost loved ones
Who are awaiting news of loved ones
Who don’t know which way to turn
Who have turned and can’t face what meets them
Who are unwell, dying
Those who are well and don’t know that they are sick
Physically, spiritually
Those who don’t know You
Save them
Do know You
Keep them
Those who are being persecuted
Persecuted for Thy Name’s sake
Those who are feeling abandoned
Are abandoned, hopeless
Feeling unworthy, unloved
The poor and the needy
The widows and the orphans
The addicted, the lost
The afflicted, the abused
Man and animal, abused
Abusing
Forgive them, forgive me
Be glorified, magnified
May Thy Name be lifted on high
Father, I love You
You are mine and I am Yours
For Your precious Word says so
I commit this day to You
Please walk me through the wilderness
The dry river bed
Into the place of joy everlasting
In Jesus Name
Amen

© 2015 – present Liana Wendy Howarth

Cottage Hymns … A Collection of Hymns from the Heart of a Poet

Branching out upon the True Vine, and rejoicing in being able to present you with a beautiful collection of hymns that I was inspired to write last year (will be closing Cottage Hymns). To God be the glory.

WHY CRY FORTH THE ANCIENT BOUGH … Hymn 1
Why cry forth the ancient bough
From the voice of ages past
Sights not seen by naked eye
Promises of life to last

Depths of rings inside unknown
The ground ripped apart in pain
Carried forth to Calvary’s hill
On which our Saviour was slain

If crosses could in turn speak
Of captured deep crimson flow
The one that would be silent
Would have held purity low

Low; but lifted higher still
For the world eternally
There would be no need for words
We are drawn on bended knee

Bowing in adoration
We cling to the ancient bough
That bough held Divinity
That bough is still valid now

WHITHER WILL THIS JOURNEY LEAD US … Hymn 2
Whither will this journey lead us
Valleys deep or mountains high
Trouble free or trials abounding
Hearts may question, question why

Whither will this journey lead us
What will our life treasure buy
Safe in heav’n or staying worldly
Captive to darkness’s lie

Whither will this journey lead us
We must know before we fly
There’s no place we can run or hide
Each of us seen by God’s eye

Whither will this journey lead us
Sweet eternal, born to die
Will each breath of ours be praising
Will escape be each breath’s try

Whither will this journey lead us
Ask heavenly Father nigh
He will show us His path’s true light
His face, He won’t turn or sigh

Whither will this journey lead us
Today, open hearts and cry
God won’t leave, He won’t forsake us
Our tears, He awaits to dry

ETERNAL LOVE, WHERE WILL WE BE … Hymn 3
Eternal love, where will we be
Lord show us daily, sent from Thee
Deep into hearts abundantly
Shine forth dear Love, and set us free

Eternal love, where will we be
Captives till given eyes to see
See the love of Love on that tree
Shine forth dear Love and set us free

Eternal love, where will we be
Wandering around aimlessly
Abandoned, lost, unknowingly
Shine forth dear Love and set us free

Eternal love, where will we be
Come dear Lord, with heaven’s sweet key
Unlock our hearts, mercifully
Shine forth dear Love and set us free

Eternal love, where will we be
With You praising so joyfully
Or without You so hopelessly
Shine forth dear Love and set us free

SHALL YOU HEAR WELL DONE … Hymn 4
Walking as you know to walk, each step illuminated
Hand in hand with purity and joyful heart elated
Shall you hear well done

Singing praises sometimes silent, some lost in trial’s tears
Bring all to the Father in Jesus’ Name, love conquers fears
Shall you hear well done

Kind to others. Kind to self. Glorifying God each day
Going beyond all you know to do, know to do and say
Shall you hear well done

Shall you hear well done, good and faithful servant
Shall you hear well done. Will eternal life, He grant

But, is the door closed to a secret chamber in your heart
Is there a memory so painful, with it, you just can’t part
Shall you hear well done

Does thinking upon it when you believe you’re all alone
And then the thought of sharing it, make you inwardly groan
Shall you hear well done

Listen, all it can ever be is false security
Allow Him to take your burden, and fall on bended knee
Shall you hear well done

Shall you hear well done, good and faithful servant
Shall you hear well done. Will eternal life, He grant

Even those who outward seem to have it all together
Can be deceived, follow error, and be lost forever
Shall you hear well done

We each have our own footsteps to tread, will they be with Him
Today He calls your precious Name, may He open eyes so dim
Shall you hear well done

Swing those hands high in the air, and march lovingly in time
Let Him lift you to the throne, and enter blameless, sublime
Shall you hear well done

Shall you hear well done, good and faithful servant
Shall you hear well done. Will eternal life, He grant

PRAISE THE MIGHTY NAME OF JESUS … Hymn 5
Praise the mighty name of Jesus
Praise Him now, and forevermore
Trusting that where’er He leads you
Will one day lead to heaven’s shore

Praise the mighty name of Jesus
Praise Him as you’ve ne’er done before
Know that each of His pure footsteps
Brings you to eternity’s door

Praise the mighty name of Jesus
Praise Him till you can breathe no more
Lift that praise and bring Him glory
Draw strength from the One you adore

Praise the mighty name of Jesus
Praise Him with angelic voice and soar
He has promised to deliver
And into you, His love He’ll pour

So praise Him, praise Him, praise Him, praise
Praise Him because your sins He bore
And you can know without a doubt
Your name was on the crown He wore

Yes, praise Him, praise Him, praise Him, praise
Jesus, who for you won the war
Jesus, who died that you might live
And His name, you’ll no more deplore

FROM WHENCE COMETH MY PEACE … Hymn 6
Each time I’m tossed high with heart’s emotion
Wondering where, when and how I will land
I will look to You, my wondrous Saviour
Knowing that Your love outnumbers the sand

And I will walk the beach with You, my Lord
And we will collect shells of memories
The wind it may howl and the seas may rage
I trust in You, my heart, Your heart carries

I’m tossed high, my feelings are left behind
By the time they catch up with who I am
I’m brought down low, as I spiral falling
But You, the Great Shepherd, cradle this lamb

So where does my peace, my peace, it come from
How can peace be sought, ’cause it can’t be bought
It protects and shelters, settles and loves
A heavenly gift, for which I paid nought

THE DAY IS DARK, NO CANDLE BURNING … Hymn 7
The day is dark, no candle burning
Man walks alone, not even knowing
Drinks in each day, with each day flowing
Believes all’s well, this way he’s going

Each step he takes, daily brings false joy
He smiles and thinks, it’s his to enjoy
If good or evil he does employ
It’s his life that soon he will destroy

No candle burning, Lord mercy, send
There is danger from which he can’t fend
In his glory, refuses to bend
Your wrath, him, You are going to rend

Father, no-one was ever exempt
From judgment, no, he cannot attempt
Please oh! dear Father, have no contempt
Forgive him, he always tries to tempt

Bring Your light, and drive darkness away
Bring Your life to broken hearts this day
Grant them power to repent and say
Forgive us, our Father, our debts pay

WHY DO YOU CRY OH! CHILD OF MINE … Hymn 8
Why do you cry oh! child of Mine
I see you when others don’t care
The depths of the pools yet to flow
I see your heart breaking in two
And yet you think that I don’t know

Why do you cry oh! child of Mine
Have dear loved ones abandoned you
Left you to walk this lonely path
Watering the dying flowers
With tears that continually bath

Why do you cry oh! child of Mine
Sad that no-one seems to listen
Are days so long, that from first light
You wish it were evening again
Have you now lost the will to fight

Why do you cry oh! child of Mine
Don’t give up hope and don’t despair
Turn weary eyes toward my face
Even when you’ve lost all feeling
I’ll dry your tears and you, embrace

GETHSEMANE,OH! GETHSEMANE … Hymn 9
Gethsemane, oh! Gethsemane
Divine sweet moments it spent with Thee
Absorbed the love of heaven sent tears
Felt all of man’s pain, all of his fears

And there in the garden, Jesus thrice did pray
Father, if possible, this cup take away
Father, it won’t go, except I of it drink
Oh! Father, not as I will; but as Thou wilt

His disciples couldn’t, their eyes open keep
Could you not watch with Me for just one hour
Overwhelmed they had no words to reply, so
The Father sent an angel to strengthen Him

Gethsemane, oh! Gethsemane
Divine sweet moments it spent with Thee
Absorbed the love of heaven sent tears
Felt all of man’s pain, all of his fears

The agony washed in and through His being
And Jesus, as a lamb about to soon die
Sweat as it were, great droplets of pure blood; but
In heaviness and sorrow, joy led Him forth

Watch, pray, lest you enter into temptation
The spirit is ready; but the flesh is weak
Still, they had no words of comfort to offer
Sleep now, take your rest, enough, the hour has come

Gethsemane, oh! Gethsemane
Divine sweet moments it spent with Thee
Absorbed the love of heaven sent tears
Felt all of man’s pain, all of his fears

In the garden of Gethsemane, He prayed
In the garden of Gethsemane, He stayed
In the garden of Gethsemane, paid and laid
Through the Father’s will the one way, us to save

WALKING BOLDLY UNTO THE THRONE OF GRACE … Hymn 10
Walking boldly unto the throne of grace
We walk treading crimson steps toward Thee
Thou sheddest Thy blood for us Lord Jesus
Thou openest our eyes that we may see

Thy beautiful anointed steps moved love
Love brought down from Thy Father’s aching heart
Healed the broken in spirit, lost and blind
Ripped prison doors of darkness wide apart

Jesus, in the power of the Spirit
And in Thy mighty Name, hallelujah
Thou hast made a sweet way for us to be
Right in the midst of the Godhead. Selah

Reveal unto us, the truth of Thy light
Thy footsteps trod the path of dying pain
But a golden street awaits us in heav’n
Washed with Thy blood; the way, a beacon lain

HAVE YOU WASHED HIS FEET WITH YOUR TEARS … Hymn 11
Have you washed His feet with your tears oh! child
Tears a-laden with suffering unspoken
Have they flowed in silence behind closed doors
Have they come forth out of a heart broken

Have they come forth out of a heart broken
A heart once thought filled forever with love
Do you know how many you’ve cried oh! child
’Cause they’re reflected in His eyes above

Be humbled, don’t be afraid, understand
Those tears are nothing to be ashamed of
They’re love’s pools of trials and joyfulness
Revealing honest emotion and love

May your tears wash the feet of the stranger
May your tears wash the feet of your neighbour
May your tears wash the feet of ones you love
Then you’ll have washed the feet of the Saviour

Be there for one another, a shoulder
For the tears, faith’s strong arms to lean upon
Hearts to listen when all disappear and
Lives will be healed in the Name of God’s Son

So find yourself bowed down at dusty feet
Feet that have wandered many a long mile
Spreading and sharing joy, hope, peace and love
Bow down, take your tears, look up, see Him smile

WE WAIT FOR YOU OH! LORD … Hymn 12
We wait for you oh! Lord
Ignite our winter hearts
We wait for you oh! Lord
Please sit with us awhile

Our hearts are quietly waiting Lord
For You to show us the way
Until then, we sit and cherish
The moments we have each day

Moments in time where we learn of You
Moments we can’t see Your face
Moments strung along in harmony
Leaving doubt no room to trace

Many have gone in silence long past
With Your word their only hope
Shared love within their heart to others
Helping in trials to cope

And now it’s our turn, oh! precious Lord
To wait on You, and be loved
So fill us now with hope’s Beloved
As we wait for You oh! Lord

Please fill our hearts to overflowing
Fill us as in days of old
Fill us till Love’s seen shining
Thaw dead recesses so cold

We wait for you oh! Lord
Ignite our winter hearts
We wait for you oh! Lord
Please sit with us awhile

IN THE GLORY OF HEAVEN’S SONG … Hymn 13
In the glory of heaven’s song
Each masterpiece of His silence
Our Father has known all along
Whose names He will one day announce

The bright stars shine Your glory in the darkened sky
The moon finds its new shape in the sun
The trees whisper melodies of creation born
Man looks to You, and His heart is won

The flowers shed petals, and their fragrance wafts north
Animals dance to Your perfect tune
The sky, it changes ever so beautifully
Man looks to You, a new life is hewn

In the glory of heaven’s song
Each masterpiece of His silence
Our Father has known all along
Whose names He will one day announce

The seashells echo and hide in ocean’s vast land
Desert hills close in on each other
Golden harvest treasures fill many an hungered
Man looks to You, and finds a Brother

The clouds meander wherever they are so led
The rivers run their course and on time
The forests filter night shadows of day’s dawning
Man looks to You, to You praises climb

In the glory of heaven’s song
Each masterpiece of His silence
Our Father has known all along
Whose names He will one day announce

STRING US TOGETHER LORD… Hymn 14
String us together like flowers Lord
Every brother and sister in Christ
With child-like faith impart to us Lord
Purity with a centre of love

String us together like soft pearls Lord
All who rise and shine in Your glory
And even though there still may be flaws
You purchased us with all You could give

String us together like whole spice Lord
We were once scattered and so confused
But You have made us oh! so complete
We fragrantly lift our praises sweet

String us together like the stars Lord
Countless as in the heavens above
May we echo the tune of Your song
And glow for others to hear and see

String us together like mountains Lord
Whether we be high and majestic
Or silent and hidden from man’s sight
Let us be broken, and made brand new

String us together like valleys Lord
No matter how deep the darkness goes
Find us, cleanse us, and lift us right up
And there we’ll reign with You by and by

String us together like the seas Lord
The oceans, the rivers and the creeks
We may be full and still receiving
We may be drought-stricken and so dry

String us together like the clouds Lord
Let us be beautifully woven
As we witness across barren lands
And we’ll be forever free in You

String us together with Your love Lord
String us together, so we’re held tight
And if You see us coming undone
Tighten love’s cord, and draw us back in

UNDER THE YOKE OF JESUS … Hymn 15
Come to Me the Saviour cries, to all who are oppressed
Take My yoke upon you, ’cause for you I know what’s best
Through daily trials, temptations, and through every test
Under the yoke of Jesus, there you will find your rest

Come to Me the Saviour cries, to all who are depressed
Take My yoke upon you, I’ll take the problems you wrest
Learn of Me, I am meek and lowly in heart professed
Under the yoke of Jesus, you will truly be blessed

Under the yoke of Jesus, there your troubles will flee
He’ll love you, lead you, guide you home, oh! so tenderly
Come, position yourself close to Him and you’ll be free
Under the yoke of Jesus, each child of Christ will be

Come to Me the Saviour cries, to all who are distressed
Take My yoke upon you, and souls, in peace will be dressed
No longer heavy laden or hard labour possessed
Under the yoke of Jesus, you’ll no longer be stressed

Come to Me the Saviour cries, to all who are sore pressed
Take My yoke upon you, let Me hear your faith confessed
With open mouths shout praises, they will not be suppressed
Under the yoke of Jesus, your hearts, love will arrest

Under the yoke of Jesus, there your troubles will flee
He’ll love you, lead you, guide you home, oh! so tenderly
Come, position yourself close to Him and you’ll be free
Under the yoke of Jesus, each child of Christ will be

I AM SAFE WITH THEE … Hymn 16
Father I know not whither Thou leadest me
Thou leadest me, Thou leadest me
But this I know I am safe with Thee
Safe in the arms of Jesus
But this I know I am safe with Thee
Safe in the arms of Jesus

I have gone awandering over mountains steep
Through the darkest valleys, valleys so very deep
You have promised mercy in that You never sleep
You just keep on pouring into this heartache weep

Father I know not whither Thou leadest me
Thou leadest me, Thou leadest me
But this I know I am safe with Thee
Safe in the arms of Jesus
But this I know I am safe with Thee
Safe in the arms of Jesus

Lift me higher so I see the torrents below
And watch You in battle for this I surely know
That no matter the tears that did, do or will flow
One day soon, victory I have in Christ will show

Father I know not whither Thou leadest me
Thou leadest me, Thou leadest me
But this I know I am safe with Thee
Safe in the arms of Jesus
But this I know I am safe with Thee
Safe in the arms of Jesus

It’s not been easy Lord, this road of pain travelled
But it will never compare to how You travailed
Openly wounded, and to the cross cruelly nailed
In obedience to Love, and love never failed

I take Thy hand which cherisheth me
And walk in step as Thou leadeth me
I love Thee oh! how I love Thee my Lord
I am safe in Thy unchanging word

Father I know not whither Thou leadest me
Thou leadest me, Thou leadest me
But this I know I am safe with Thee
Safe in the arms of Jesus
But this I know I am safe with Thee
Safe in the arms of Jesus

© 2016 – present Liana Wendy Howarth

A Family Prayer

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Lord, You are Light, You are Love, You are Life
Fill me with pure breath, pure knowledge and delight
Watch over my family, keep them safe in Your arms
Please Oh! dear Lord, let us not come to harm

May Your sweet Word enter deep within souls
Cleanse us, teach us, supply all our needs
Bring us to a realization of our state
And shelter us deep within, before it’s too late

Shelter us in the shadow of Your cross
Where we can find life, where You suffered loss
Pour out Your mercy and grace, show us how
To ask for forgiveness, for sins past, future, now

Cover our home, our lives and our thoughts
Our speech, our minds and all that falls short
Of the glory of God, Lord of lords, King of kings
May wondrous in-awe praises, our mouths always sing

Lord, how we need you, Your compassion and full joy
Need You to flow through us, Your Salvation to enjoy
Teach us the fear of God ever-more
That we might not fear man, circumstances or any closed door

Oh! precious Saviour, may Your Spirit direct us
May Your presence, Your freedom, always surround us
Help us to remember to number our days
And may the light of Your Word bring us in step with Your ways

© 2012 – present Liana Wendy Howarth

My Song “PLEASE HUG THEM” With Harmony … HAPPY NEW YEAR

AS THE YEAR WINDS DOWN AND A NEW ONE BEGINS, I WANT TO WISH MY BEAUTIFUL FAMILY AND FRIENDS A VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR.

THAT SAID, I DEDICATE THIS SONG TO ALL OF THOSE WHO WILL BE BY THEMSELVES, WHO ARE UNWELL, FEELING HOPELESS … WHILST MOST ARE OUT CELEBRATING … PLEASE KNOW THAT YOU ARE LOVED.

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Even more beautiful … Please be blessed as I have been.

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

May This Prayer Entwine Your Family Tree

Family Tree Prayer

Dearest Heavenly Father,
I pray that the True Vine (Jesus) wrap around and protect our family tree.
Comfort us,
Feed us,
Support us,
Save us.
Lift us and place us beside streams of Living Water.
And may every leaf (Thy precious word) upon the True Vine hold sweet healings for each life in this tree.
May Your strength hold us amidst the storms of life.
May Your peace settle upon each decision we need to make.
May Your love flow in and through each heart.
Each battered heart.
Each hurting heart.
Each heart that doesn’t even know there is trouble.
Each heart that doesn’t know and acknowledge You.
Forgive us.
And may the fragrance of Your love envelop us.
May Thy joy and not the world’s joy fill us … sustain us.
And Your hope … keep us.
In the mighty Name of Jesus,
Amen.

My prayer for each family.
My family.

Never Give Up

Today is the anniversary of my mother’s death. I felt to share this again and maybe encourage if but one …

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Eight years ago, my beautiful mother passed away. Six years ago, my wonderful brother passed away. She was eighty, he was forty-eight. She had Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma, he had Acute Myeloid Leukaemia. Neither knew the Lord when diagnosed. So I say never give up.

So many times during the course of mother’s illness, we would talk about my precious Lord. Her beliefs were scattered though and she loved anything to do with Tibet. Whenever we discussed anything to do with the Bible, she somehow managed to skirt around the topic and the subject was closed. This always happened. She was looking for something and would try anything and listen to anyone about everything. Yes, it’s important to listen to others; but not at the expense of one’s eternal life. Everything seemed like a joke. She would go to church; but was forever questioning, sometimes in the middle of a service (makes me smile now; but quite embarrassing at times).

Her illness stayed in remission for about five years. It returned. In the final couple of weeks, the questions continued. I played beautiful Christian music for her when she could no longer get out of bed. I had the Bible in audio form and jamming the repeat button, played the Psalms for her, just on low; but high enough for her too drink in God’s promises.

My Pastor’s mother visited and the questions, yes they kept coming. Still she was undecided. We showed her a plaque with “My God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus”. Still she questioned. Oh! The questions. The Name of Jesus was highlighted for her in the Scripture verse. No other god, image, idol.

Suddenly the Light began to enter her understanding and I believe it was then, only a few short weeks before she died, that she finally began to stop fighting and accept and be loved by Jesus. He had opened her eyes. She questioned again, but she had changed. God’s love shone through her. She had us throw out a statue on her windowsill. A peace settled on her. On us.

Hospital then the nursing home awaited. Psalm 23 played on and on and on. It was also above her head on a beautifully carved, wooden wall hanging. The Shepherd Psalm filled her very being. She couldn’t escape it.

The day she passed was so sad and yet so peaceful. With her last breaths few and far between, (by now my Father and I believed she had gone), I whispered into her ear that Jesus loved her and so did we. All of a sudden she breathed a great breath. It was such a shock that I jumped back and her bed moved, which was a further shock as I didn’t realize that the brakes weren’t on. Such a beautifully painful death. Yet I witnessed her spirit leave. I sensed it. I sensed her life depart.

Praise God, she is with Him. All of those years causing friction, sadness, questioning, frustrations all accumulated into one glorious ending. Underneath are the Everlasting Arms.

So never give up. There is always hope. In every breath, there is hope.

My brother endured months of horrendous treatment and was in ICU for many weeks with only about eight months from diagnosis to final hour. He didn’t believe in God either and conversations between us became somewhat heated at times. Sadness prevailed.

In hospital I would try and once again bring Jesus into the discussions. Not interested. I would pray silently by his bedside when we were the only ones in his room.

Then came the call. I asked his wife to place the phone to his ear. She said he wouldn’t hear me. I spoke lovingly to him of the Lord and prayed desperately for him. All I could hear was laboured breathing. Finishing just as she came back onto the line, I praise God that I was able to witness to him, one last time.

He died. I left him with God. I just didn’t know.

But I never gave up. Nothing is impossible with God.

WHEN THE ONES THAT YOU LOVE DON’T BELIEVE (Song Lyrics)

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Chorus
Sometimes it hurts so much you want to cry
’Cause the world that you see all around you
Looks ever so much, much more beautiful
You want so badly to show your loved ones
And share the love that you have been given
But there’s a wall of, I don’t want to know
When the ones that you love don’t believe

They’re with you in heart
Whether they’re with you
Keep lifting them up
Pray for hearts anew

Pray for hearts anew
All deserve a chance
Love can fill the old
Cause a heart to dance

Cause a heart to dance
Open prison doors
Sing sweet salvation
Lift to heaven’s shores

Bridge
Hold on to your hope for them always
Don’t despair that it’s ever too late
Just trust in the One who did save you
And stay close to the Shepherd’s life gate

Chorus
Sometimes it hurts so much you want to cry
’Cause the world that you see all around you
Looks ever so much, much more beautiful
You want so badly to show your loved ones
And share the love that you have been given
But there’s a wall of, I don’t want to know
When the ones that you love don’t believe

So keep on, keeping on
Reading, praying, watching
The Way, the Truth, the Life
The Only Way
The Only Truth
The Only Life
The Lord Jesus Christ

And one day, just maybe
They’ll see what you can see
Oh! They’ll see what you can see

© 2016 Liana Wendy Howarth

“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me.” John 14:6 KJV

 

Keep Me in Thy Presence Lord

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Keep me in Thy presence Lord
For there’s no other way
For Thy sweet fullness of joy
To fill me this fine day

Keep me in Thy presence Lord
Or else I’ll go astray
Wander off Thy Word lit path
End up losing my way

Keep me in Thy presence Lord
To act and think and say
All that Your Word commands me
And at Jesus’ feet lay

Keep me in Thy presence Lord
And may I always stay
In the hands of the Potter
Surrendered as Thy clay

Keep me in Thy presence Lord
Each day Lord, this I pray
For life has been bought for me
There’s nothing left to pay

© 2016 Liana Wendy Howarth