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

IT’S CHRISTMASTIME … Christmas Song Lyrics and/or Prayer

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Dear heavenly Father
How can we ever express how much we love You
How much we love Your only begotten Son, Jesus
Your love surrounds us
Your love indwells us
Your creation amazes us
And Holy Spirit enables us to love You

It’s Christmastime, dear heavenly Father
It’s not snowing here; but I know it is elsewhere
And robins, and squirrels, and the sweet baby deer
Fly and scamper and wander
To places beautiful
All of Your hand, all of Your gift to mankind

It’s Christmastime, dear heavenly Father
It’s summertime here, not cold like it is elsewhere
And koalas, and kangaroos, and little birds
Cuddle and jump and do sing
In places wonderful
You spoke and it was so, Your life giving word

It’s Christmastime, dear heavenly Father
Hear our praises, adoration, abounding joy
Take our hearts, and with all of creation, listen
We love You, We love You
All peoples everywhere
Lift our voices in worship, Hallelujah

Dear heavenly Father
How can we ever express how much we love You
How much we love Your only begotten Son, Jesus
Your love surrounds us
Your love indwells us
Your creation amazes us
And Holy Spirit enables us to love You

© 2020 – present Liana Wendy Howarth

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FALLING IN LOVE

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There comes a time
When suddenly
You realize
You are fearfully
And wonderfully made
And all of the lies
You’ve ever believed
Will fly right out the door

You realize
How very beautiful
You truly are
Beautiful in God’s eyes
No matter
What the world
Or the media
Or even yourself say

And then compassion
Sweet compassion
Embraces all you are
And a gentle touch
Flows inwardly

But you can only love yourself
Unconditionally
When the Father’s love
Is believed, received
Reflected upon your heart
In your eyes
Your mind
Indwelling
Then you can go forth sweet child
And love others as yourself

© 2018 – present Liana Wendy Howarth

Matthew 22
37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
38 This is the first and great commandment.
39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

A PRAYER FOR THESE TRYING TIMES

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Heavenly Father,

In the mighty healing name of Jesus, I come to You oh Lord, in this great hour of need, lifting all who are hurting unto You. Knowing that only You can answer every one of their needs. Needs lifted by them in prayer for themselves, their loved ones, or others. Those too weak to pray. Those who have given up because they have prayed once, or many a time, and not seen an answer. Please make Yourself real to them. May Your Living Water wash and cleanse every wound, and may Your Healing Balm be poured in. Into the depths of wounds created long, long ago, yesterday, or even today. You are the same yesterday, today, and forever. May doors that have been closed and locked for so long, be opened. May doors that have not been able to be closed, slam shut. All according to Your will in each life Lord. May tears be dried, may tears be released. May chains be broken off fear, sadness, depression, betrayal, hopelessness, indecision, abandonment, confusion. Father, You sent Your only begotten Son to take our place, a place of emptiness, darkness, destruction, terror. In their place, His death and shed blood bought us fullness, light, wholeness, peace. Oh Lord, may this prayer find its way into broken homes, broken families, broken hearts, breaking hearts. With You there is fullness of joy, love, forgiveness, a very present help in time of need. Today Lord, today, help us to hear Your voice. Your voice calling our name. Calling us unto You through the beautiful name of Jesus. The Way, the Truth, the Life. For those who are questioning Your existence, for those who have denied You before, ignored You, run from You, at a crossroad in their life, may today be the day of salvation. No sin is too great for them not to be forgiven. No filth too horrid for Your cleansing. No disease too far gone for restoration. No relationship too scarred for renewal. Forgiveness and healing, because today is the day of salvation. Today. Today. Today. Right now. May hearts and lives be surrendered upon reading these words. This prayer. Lifted in faith that lives will be changed, and that You will be given the glory. Another child, children, for the Kingdom of God. Have mercy upon us Lord. It is not Thy will that any perish, and You are no respecter of persons. There is healing in Your wings. Call us under Your wings Lord, where there is safety. Safety from the wrath to come. Safety from the destruction all around us. Seen and unseen. Safety from deception. From evil. Oh Lord, deliver us. In Christ Jesus we are free. In His name there is life. Life forevermore. Nothing is impossible for You. Thank you Father for answered prayer in the precious name of Jesus and through the power of Holy Spirit.

Amen and Amen.

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

For those of you who were looking for my ‘Gethsemane’ post … I apologize, that blog has since closed; but you’ll find the same one in the hymns below. God bless and Happy Easter x

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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 a few years ago. 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

JESUS, MAY I, YOUR SUNFLOWER BE (Song Lyrics for When Joy is Lacking)

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When days, they cast long shadows
And my heart ‘tis feeling blue
Cradle my face in Your hands, dear Lord
Turn my face as the sunflowers do

Yes, as the golden petals
Cannot bare to miss the sun
May I trust and obey Your glory
And throughout every day, the dark shun

Chorus
Jesus, may I, Your sunflower be
You’ve cradled my face so tenderly
Oh! Oh! Jesus, Your sunflower be
Forever, shining, brightly for Thee

And if the rays are hidden
I will follow and still see
Yes, behind clouds of doubt, division
The pureness of Your reality

Fill me Lord with so much joy
The shadows in me, diffuse
Strengthen the seeds of faith deep within
With You, it’s gain and nothing to lose

Chorus
Jesus, may I, Your sunflower be
You’ve cradled my face so tenderly
Oh! Oh! Jesus, Your sunflower be
Forever, shining, brightly for Thee

Standing midst fields of mercy
Arms reach out, are lifted high
With my brothers and sisters, I am
Apraising, ‘cause God has drawn me nigh

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Oh! Cradle my face
Lift me from this place
Of pain and uncertainty
In Your hands of love
Oh! Cradle my face
To reflect sweet heaven above
To reflect sweet heaven above

Chorus
Jesus, may I, Your sunflower be
You’ve cradled my face so tenderly
Oh! Oh! Jesus, Your sunflower be
Forever, shining, brightly for Thee

© 2014 – present Liana Wendy Howarth

WE NEED YOU (Written During Australia’s Fire Crisis) … Prayer for Australia

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Lord, our land is crying out to You
Heal us we humbly pray
Our land is parched, our hearts are broken
Breath is taken from Your creation
And hopelessness abounds
So much suffering, all consuming
But look and see Father, faith can still be found
We trust You, we need You, You are all we have
Please open heaven’s gates of mercy
And pour Your healing down
Oh Lord! Pour Your healing down

Many are trapped, have nowhere to go
Open a door oh! Lord
And when the way seems impossible
Flood with Your all surpassing power
Holy Spirit power
May lives be spared, as only You can
Keep our hearts beating, and sweet livestock bleating
Deliver from the ferocity that flows
Please open heaven’s gates of mercy
And pour Your healing down
Oh Lord! Pour Your healing down

The beauty You gifted this nation
Darling koala bears
The creatures, big, small, vulnerable
They cry out as only they know how
Bless all who are fighting
Every service man and woman
Man and animal, birds, nature exhausted
The kangaroos trying to outbound the flames
Please open heaven’s gates of mercy
And pour Your healing down
Oh Lord! Pour Your healing down

Lord, please open heaven’s gates of mercy
And pour Your healing down
Oh Lord! Pour Your healing down

© 2020 Liana Wendy Howarth

 

IN THE PATH OF THE STORM (A Prayer for All in the Path of Hurricane Florence or Typhoon Mankhut)

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Prayers are being lifted for all in harm’s way
I cannot even imagine, what you are going through this day
Being told to leave all, and evacuate
Yes, leave all; but give all to God, before it’s too late

Lift your fears and worries to the One who truly cares
Let Him open the way out that you can safely reach
Give Him your heart, no matter how much it pounds
Give Him your heart, no matter how hopeless it sounds

Oh Lord, please keep Your loved ones
In the shelter of Your wings
Please grant them a sound mind
Amidst the confusing winds
May many more come to know You
As a Saviour in their sight
Knowing that those swirling powers
Can’t fight against Your might

In Jesus Name
Amen

 

YOU CHOSE ME

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I didn’t think I was good enough
Others had more worth
In my eyes I was second-class
But then You chose me

My ransom price You paid was priceless
I cannot fathom
Why would You want me, love me so
Yet You still chose me

I didn’t wear robes of righteousness
My face, void of joy
But You wrapped me in forgiveness
In love, You chose me

Jesus, in obedience You went
To the ready cross
Took my hand so I could witness
Why You did choose me

And together along Passion Road
At last I felt safe
But You were bowed with my burdens
Because You chose me

Squeezing my hand in love, I looked up
I couldn’t bear it
‘You don’t have to bear it, My child’
By faith you chose Me

To the cross, through the pain, through the night
The night-like hours, yes
I watched You mercifully die
Tears rolled, You chose me

You bore all my sins, past, future, now
To the cross, they nailed
But praise God, You defeated death
So glad I chose You

Jesus, You’re alive, yes, You’re alive
And now, so am I
All because You enabled me
That day to choose You

I no longer bear those sins of mine
Now they’re washed away
In rivers of unending grace
We chose each other

I didn’t think I was good enough
Others had more worth
In my eyes I was second-class
They’re lies, not the truth

© 2018 Liana Wendy Howarth

A BROKEN WING MELODY

 

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How will this broken wing ever fly
If I just give up, don’t even try
I cry out, Father, please mend my wing
I’ll soar on high, and my heart will sing

Ah! This broken wing has me downcast
My eyes wander on circumstance past
Must lift my head, sad eyes heavenward
To see Jesus, as You said I would

It feels so very bound with life’s care
And all who see me, wander, and stare
For I’m dragging lifeless melodies
This stone cold heart, only Father sees

But my wing isn’t really broken
And no-one sees what I have spoken
’Tis only a mind, believing lies
When a heart, all out, it tries and tries

How will this broken wing ever fly
If I just give up, don’t even try
I cry out, Father, please mend my wing
I’ll soar on high, and my heart will sing

I do want to be so mended though
So off to the prayer closet I go
Father, forgive me my brokenness
I will, and think nothing of you less

I see you floundering upon earth
I see your heart struggles to find worth
You are trying to fly on old wings
You have yet to receive what love brings

I’m going to open your heart now
Just believe in Me, and don’t ask how
Going to open those pretty eyes
Open closed off ears, and cast out lies

The prison door no more holds captive
Look to Me, my child, look and you’ll live
Reach forth, spread both wings, and learn to fly
Beat those new wings, freedom’s in the sky

Yes, this broken wing is healed to fly
I didn’t give up, I daily try
I cried out, Father, please mend my wing
He did, I soar, my heart can now sing

Oh! He healed this broken wing of mine
Healed it eternal, so I can shine
Fly, and scatter precious seeds on high
Comfort the suffering, and tears dry

© 2018 Liana Wendy Howarth