Posted in Christianity, Inspiration, Loss, Photography, The Beauty of Creation, Trials & Blessings

The Unfulfilled Rose – Sadness as Blossoms Fall and Lie in Falling Tears

A little something I wrote six years ago:-

Shattered in the Rain Over the last week or so, I have been peering out of our bay window on waking, to see my beautiful ‘English Rose’ blossoming before my very eyes and being in awe, once again, of the perfect work of my Lord and Saviour. This is one of two David Austin roses that I recently bought and I was so excited to see the finished rose.

Shattered in the Rain 2We’ve been having soft; but steady rain for quite a while now and the rose continued to break forth and grasp as much sunlight as possible.

Shattered in the Rain 3Words cannot describe this gorgeous bloom laced with scent from heaven.

Shattered in the Rain 4Sadly, the rain was bruising the underside (sorry I’m not technical in botanical terms).

Shattered in the Rain 5But each morning brought with it another stunning image.

Shattered in the Rain 6Really starting to open up now. I’m in love.

Shattered in the Rain 7So many petals on one sweet flower and the colour, divine.

Shattered in the Rain 8But the rain was taking its toll on the dear, little one.

Shattered in the Rain 9And this morning I awoke to a broken sight.

Shattered in the Rain 10My heart broke. Perfection, beauty lay fallen upon the ground.

Shattered in the Rain 11The creaminess had become a soft shade of lemon. Crushed. Compacted in pain.

Shattered in the Rain 13This is all that remains. Remnants of torn petals for which I feel much sadness and yes, guilt.

Shattered in the Rain 14For you see, a few days ago, I took the damaged petals from the rose. I had to tear them off. I feel that I have in some way contributed to the rose’s demise. It was unable to hold all of heaven’s tears and unable to take it any longer, it just gave up and surrendered to what it knew it couldn’t control.

I had even written a poem :-

“Such a silly thing I did today

I tried to take imperfection away

I prayed the Lord, He wouldn’t take

The beauty of the rose at stake”

But by tearing away what I thought was something that was marring its beauty, was in reality actually holding it’s very existence together.

Yes, I know there will be some of you that think I am totally exaggerating; but I see amazing stories and spiritual truths in God’s creation and being able to capture them with the camera is a blessing.

We grow stronger with our trials. With pain. With tears. With anything that makes us feel like we can’t go on.

Jesus is the only One who can hold us together.

Tearing Him from our lives is devastating.

Maybe not now.

But one day.

God bless all who read this.

Posted in Christianity, Healing, Hope, Inspiration, Trials & Blessings

There is a River

bach creek river

There is a river of love and peace
Where the healing waters flow
And when you place your feet within
Sweet blessings you will know

There is a river of joy and hope
Where the healing waters flow
And when you place your feet within
Your symptoms, they will go

There is a river which runs forever
And as it flows it whispers your name
Oh! Please, come down to the water’s edge
Take a step forward and you’ll never be the same

© 2014 – present Liana Wendy Howarth

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

BROKEN HEART, STOP RUNNING (Song Lyrics)

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From the beginning we have all been loved
But somewhere along the way
We’ve listened to distant lies echoing
Lies which have led us astray

Why is it so hard to believe the truth
Why is it so hard to say
I believe in You, oh Lord and Saviour
When we hear Your voice today

Chorus
Oh broken heart stop running
Running, going nowhere
Distance may separate the man
But distance always leads somewhere
You may think you are safe
You may think you are free
But eventually you’ll be found out
Hiding; not hidden, never free

Every heart that has been ever been broken
Broken, and in dark despair
Has a hidden and silent melody
Waiting to longingly share

Please leave the ninety-nine oh Lord, in love
Come find the wandering one
Lay him, lay her, upon Your strong shoulders
Close to the heart of God’s Son

Chorus
Oh broken heart stop running
Running, going nowhere
Distance may separate the man
But distance always leads somewhere
You may think you are safe
You may think you are free
But eventually you’ll be found out
Hiding; not hidden, never free

© 2019 Liana Wendy Howarth

Posted in Christianity, Healing, Hope, Illness, Inspiration, Trials & Blessings

Through Eyes of Mist … My Latest Book

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Hi everyone,
I know it’s been a while since I posted. I hope you are all doing really well, and finding joy in each new day, even through the trials.

Just sharing my new book with you. A little of my life story.

It will be available for a very short time at a reduced price … I am not sure when it will increase to $12.95 US … just waiting for change to occur.

I thank any of you who do purchase it, and pray that in some way you will be blessed.

Liana.

https://www.amazon.com/Through-Eyes-Mist-Journey-Wholeness/dp/1691323055/ref=sr_1_4?qid=1568420260&refinements=p_27%3ALiana+Wendy+Howarth&s=books&sr=1-4&text=Liana+Wendy+Howarth

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

STANDING BY THE SEASHORE (Song Lyrics)

child looking at the sea

Coming to a place where my heart beats, and is forever yours
I stand upon the shoreline, and listen to heaven’s applause
It’s taken me so long, the sand gently brushed all pain away
For me to finally hear Your voice, and say, I’m here to stay

O Lord, please hold my hand
A little child am I
I thought I knew it all
And now I may even cry
You found me
You brought me
You taught me all I knew
Standing by the seashore
I’ve been made brand new

Your sweet voice was always distant, and yet it was always there
Sometimes, even, O please forgive me, I thought You didn’t care
But now my eyes have been opened, to see what I couldn’t hear
That it’s with my heart I hear You, not with my physical ear

O Lord, please hold my hand
A little child am I
I thought I knew it all
And now I may even cry
You found me
You brought me
You taught me all I knew
Standing by the seashore
I’ve been made brand new

And Lord, now that I know the whole truth, the truth shall make me free
All who I am in Christ, all who I was created to be
You will show me, and as I gaze into Your beautiful eyes
I’m standing by the seashore, hearing Your voice instead of lies

You found me
You brought me
You taught me all I knew
Standing by the seashore
I’ve been made brand new

O Standing by the seashore
I’ve been made brand new

© 2019 Liana Wendy Howarth

 

Posted in Christianity, Hope, Inspiration, Songs, Trials & Blessings

I WILL CONQUER THIS MOUNTAIN (Song Lyrics)

eagle landing

Three steps forward, two steps back
I will not give up
I will not give up
One day I’ll reach my destiny
One day I’ll reach my destiny

Will I ever conquer
This mountain in front of me
The scenery keeps on changing
I think I’ve reached the top
Then something else
Is in front of me

There are days of pure joy
Welling up inside of me
And I keep moving in Your strength
’Cause it sure ain’t mine, no
This strength is Yours
Sweetly leading me

I will not give up
I will not give up

But there are days of tears
My heart reveals the old me
O Lord, please heal this hidden pain
Take all sorrow, all shame
All unbelief
This burden off me

I will not give up
I will not give up

You did not die in vain
All life’s sin was drained from me
Now I can take Your yoke Jesus
Yoke easy, burden light
And I can climb
As Your hand lifts me

O Yes, I will conquer
This mountain that threatens me
Because Jesus, You’re my Saviour
And this I know, I’m free
You’re by my side
You have rescued me

Three steps forward, one step back
I will not give up
I will not give up
One day I’ll reach my destiny
One day I’ll reach my destiny

I will not give up
I will not give up

Three steps forward, no steps back
I did not give up
I did not give up
This day I reached my destiny
This day I reached my destiny

Don’t ever give up
Don’t ever give up

© 2019 Liana Wendy Howarth

Posted in Christianity, Love, Songs, Trials & Blessings

LOVE (Song Lyrics)

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Chorus
You filled my heart to overflowing
With Thy wondrous love for me
Called me out from every darkness
Helped me in obedience, be

You are love
It’s where my love is
I can only but love You
Because You first loved

You called me
And opened my ears
I heard You call me by name
Sweetness to my heart

You found me
In my brokenness
And as hands of love reached in
I was lifted free

Chorus
You filled my heart to overflowing
With Thy wondrous love for me
Called me out from every darkness
Helped me in obedience, be

You gave love
Cast all fear away
Breathed Your eternal life in
Died so I could live

This is love
Emptied out for me
The beauty of holiness
I’ll forever praise

Love, O love
Two hearts beat as one
This rose has found her garden
Crowned with thorns of love

Chorus
You filled my heart to overflowing
With Thy wondrous love for me
Called me out from every darkness
Helped me in obedience, be

© 2019 Liana Wendy Howarth

 

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

WHEN LOVE OVERWHELMS (Song Lyrics)

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When love
When love
When love
It overwhelms
To the point of feeling so embraced
Nothing else matters
And never will

Knowing that He loves me
Knowing that He cares
Knowing that wherever He leads me
I’m on the path He’s travelled for me
For me
I’m on the path He’s travelled for me

And nothing I can say or do
Will make Him love me any more
Than He already does

I hear Him calling my name
Sweet child
I love you

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When His love overwhelms me
And peace settles deep within
It’s like falling upon a bed of roses
Where healing fragrance silently infuses in

The softness of morning
The stillness of eve
Through every waking moment forming
Love entwined with each new dawning
Dawning
Love entwined with each new dawning

And nothing I can say or do
Will make Him love me any more
Than He already does

He’s calling my name again
Sweet child
I love you

Chorus
When love
When love
When love
It overwhelms
To the point of feeling so embraced
Nothing else matters
And never will

And nothing I can say or do
Will make Him love me any more
Than He already does
And as hard as I try
I cannot describe
The depths of my Father’s love
Being cherished and adored by Love
Cherished
Embraced
Cherished
Embraced
Cherished in the arms of Love
Of Love
Cherished in the arms of Love

Lord, it’s me
Sweet child
Here I am
Ready to receive Your love
And fall deeper in love with You
So much deeper in love with You

© 2015 – present Liana Wendy Howarth

(Where ‘Sweet child’ is you may insert your name)

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

THE ROSE IN MY GARDEN (Song Lyrics)

red rose

There’s a rose in my garden
Radiating the Saviour’s blood
And with dying thorns, it shadows
Flooding hearts, with Father’s love

Come sit beside the rose
Come humbly, bow your head
Let fragrance emitted
Dry all the tears you’ve shed

Reach out, touch the softness
It opened just for you
And like hands from above
Says, come, I’ll make you new

My thorns will not pierce you
For they’ve already pierced
The life of dear Jesus
Upon His head they laid

There’s a rose in my garden
Radiating the Saviour’s blood
And with dying thorns, it shadows
Flooding hearts, with Father’s love

In His dying body
Infused with so much pain
He took all your sorrows
So you, His life, could gain

But death, it could not hold
The perfect Son of God
He’s risen, He’s risen
The dark grave could not hold

So don’t you be frightened
Of any thorny trial
All pain has been removed
Love pours from Calvary’s hill

Jesus, came to save
Jesus, came to heal
Jesus, died so we
Could in His presence, kneel

There’s a rose in my garden
Radiating the Saviour’s blood
And with dying thorns, it shadows
Flooding hearts, with Father’s love

© 2019 Liana Wendy Howarth

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

WHEN ONE LOVES A BROKEN HEART (Song Lyrics)

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Let my words send Your perfect love
And my arms hold heavenly peace
Let all I do, give You glory
To hopelessness, shower release

Lord, please help me to understand
The deep brokenness in others
My heart wraps love around their pain
When two hearts love, it’s all the same
But a fractured heart brings sorrow

Every day I climb this mountain
So dry, yet filled with hidden tears
All I want is for those I love
To know You, and be known of You
For hearts to be bound with Your love

It’s come to this, and sad it seems
I no longer find words to pray
What do I ask for my loved ones
We’re together, and far apart
O Father, may Your mercy fall

Chorus
Let my words send Your perfect love
And my arms hold heavenly peace
Let all I do, give You glory
To hopelessness, shower release

’Cause I’m trying hard as I can
To hold this sad heart together
And there is nothing You can’t do
So I lift wilted prayers above
Believing for a miracle

A miracle in each heart, Lord
A heart of flesh for stubborn stone
O turn each beat towards Your Son
May they each find illusive love
That their heart’s needed all along

Send Your love, and heal
Send Your love, and heal
Send Your love, and heal
Each broken heart reveal
Heal with Your Spirit’s seal
Holy Spirit’s seal
Holy Spirit’s seal

Chorus
Let my words send Your perfect love
And my arms hold heavenly peace
Let all I do, give You glory
To hopelessness, shower release

© 2019 Liana Wendy Howarth