Category Archives: Trials & Blessings

WHEN LOVE BREAKS THROUGH (Song Lyrics)

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When love breaks through, and mends a broken heart
It finds its home awaiting, prepared for a brand new start

Love and truth, they are settled
Firmly planted in your mind
But there’s a wall between them
Your mind, and the beats of life

And every day as you read
His beautiful living Word
Knowledge grows; but slowly fades
All gained is lost in the fog

Chorus
When love wins, and breaks right through
Love hearts crush and pierce the blue
Filling hidden recesses
Filling, and restoring you

There’s love, there’s peace, and there’s joy
Just bursting to be released
But something keeps the door closed
To heavenly gifts, so free

Trials of tears, and trials of woe
Bitterness, unforgiveness
Seek His Kingdom first, forgive
And love, it will then break through

Chorus
When love wins, and breaks right through
Love hearts crush and pierce the blue
Filling hidden recesses
Filling, and restoring you

Abundant love will pour forth
And tear that hard wall right down
Love will beat triumphantly
And mend all the broken pain

When love breaks through and mends a broken heart
It finds its home awaiting, prepared for a brand new start

When love breaks through

© (words and image) 2017 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

Be Still and Know that I Am God

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Be not weary Oh! my soul
Even though dark the days, I must toil

Surrender total self to Him
Tell Him of the things within
In the quietness of the moment
Lies a peace that no man knoweth
Less he dies to self and shows it

Angels lovingly do abound
Near to thee and all around
Dear to thee thy Saviour’s plea

Kindness show to one another
Now, this moment, sister .. brother
Only does this … lay our life open
When we carry our cross, not our burden

To our dearest Heavenly Father
Hymns and praises do we falter
All is lying bare, unraveled
Tell Him all that tugs on heart-strings

Isolated, lonely, beaten, mistreated

Anger burns from deepest reaches
Marveling at the healing He teaches

Gone our worry, sin and heartache
Only to Him be the glory, for His sake
Drowning in harmony of sweet, wondrous pureness

© 2012 – present Liana Wendy Howarth

Am I Listening?

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I cannot explain
This emptiness, this pain
I long for Your presence
But feel it has left me

I feel so hollow
So alone, by myself
I’m hurting, dear Lord
And Your Word seems so distant

I read; but nothing is planted
I see words; but they allude me
I hear hymns; but they are for others
I need You, dear Lord, forgive me

Into tribulation we fall
Bringeth patience and
Experience that we might hope
Oh the love of God
To us You have given
Freely, freely
The gift of all time
Lord help me
To stop handing it
Handing it back to Thee
Oh! May my heart be joyful
And graciously accept grace
You have given Your life
Manifest in me

You have promised never to leave me
You have promised to always protect me
Rain down Your healing, Lord
Wash me afresh
I know I can never be clean enough
Looking through my eyes
Your eyes are pure, and Your light is golden
It shines through my heart
In which Your dear Son is hidden
It’s not me, I can do nothing
To enter Your Kingdom
I surrender my all, to You, my all is given

© 2012 – present Liana Wendy Howarth

Alone I Sit

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Upon the housetop, loneliness prevails
Understand I can’t, of coldness in death
Where is the love that once fulfilled
All of life’s dreams and promises said

Does this mean that I won’t be missed
Does this mean that talk is not meant
Compassion and true fellowship I desire
Yet emptiness of doubt surrounds me still

Oh! To be loved, as Christ first loved us
Within our family which we hold so dear
May the peacefulness of love prevail
Answer hopelessness and fill with joy

Shall the truth meet with our hearts
Comfort us in feelings, humbled thou art
Yes Jesus loves us, of that I am sure
May that be enough, eternally secure

© 2012 – present Liana Wendy Howarth

A Wound Too Deep

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For many a day
Life is cushioned
Soft green grass
We are disillusioned

Travelling along
No hardships or sadness
We walk towards
Our dreams more or less

And then the road hardens
Slight problems appear
The road becomes rocky
And in comes the fear

What should have been gladness
And fun we are told
Suddenly we stumble
Our footsteps lose hold

Cracks and crevices
Dangerous terrain
We cannot move forward
Without any pain

The road is too dangerous
The gap is too wide
How will we reach our goal
Out of reach – the other side

The wound is too deep
We need help to go on
And then our dear Saviour
Sheds His blood, God’s Son

His blood fills the deepness
Heals the wound from within
And now we continue
Praise the Lord
To heavenly Canaan

For once again the road is soft
He holds our hand, leads the way
Brings us home
And on His heart
We now lay

© 2012 – present Liana Wendy Howarth

A Seed Planted

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Underneath the hardened dirt
Where eye can’t see or comprehend
Lies a little seed of hope
Waiting patiently to grow, be seen

This seed has been planted
Through much prayer and trial
This seed of promised healing
Hope for wellness, strength and life

Slowly, ever so slowly
Things begin to change
Newness of life springs forth
But still it is unseen

Unseen by one’s family, unseen by one’s friends
But the one in which it is planted
Knows that something is changing
Even though it is still deep, not found

The substance that surrounds it
Holds it dearly in place
And one day it will surface
And praises will be brought forth at last

But where are the praises before it is seen
Once it is planted, start praising
Encouraging, comforting, supporting

And showers of rain
The heat from sun-rays
All-in-all in surrounding substance
Will bring forth that healing
Until that healing is complete

The strength of a mighty oak
Oh, hardly seen; but still finely finished
A little crimson flower
A delight to all who see

© 2012 – present Liana Wendy Howarth

IT’S A JOYFUL DAY (Song Lyrics)

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The birds sing heaven’s melody
The crisp air, it beckons praise
Nature’s cups, they open slowly
Ready to reflect His gaze

Listen to the love they’re singing
Every note holds mystery
History from times past till now
Your name’s there in His story

Chorus
You may be feeling lonely
You may be feeling blue
You may have given up
Please don’t
’Cause He’s in love with you

Take each song and make it your own
Hear the Lord gently calling
You’ve been given beautiful life
Raised up when you were falling

Yes, it can be so difficult
When everything seems just lost
Are you battling beyond belief
It took all, His death it cost

Bridge
O joyful day, O joyful day
Though the skies may be stormy and dark and grey
O joyful day, O joyful day
Receive Jesus in your heart and there He’ll stay

No, I haven’t experienced
Hurt and pain that some go through
Please come to the Father above
There’s peace through His Son, it’s true

Chorus
You may be feeling lonely
You may be feeling blue
You may have given up
Please don’t
’Cause He’s in love with you

Yes, He’s in love with you

© 2017 Liana Wendy Howarth

He Meets Me

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And He meets me where I’m at
Along the shoreline of each heartbeat
Seas roll in, He says, ‘No more’
‘Peace be still, feel My hand, not the heat’

And He meets me with each thought
Dispels every lie from perfect truth
Storms roll in, He says, ‘Don’t fear’
‘Let Me fill your mind with renewed youth’

And He meets me in each step
As I walk the path lit by His word
Sometimes, darkness closes in
He says, ‘Listen to the way you’ve heard’

And He meets me through my sight
Gives me beauty that’s too much to bear
And when I feel overwhelmed
He says, ‘’Tis for you, this love to wear’

And He meets me in each sound
Orchestral heights or softest quietness
A small, still voice can be heard
‘Through each trial, I’m always here to bless’

And He meets me in my heart
Breaking down the cold, mountainous wall
He says, ‘I love you, my child’
‘And I will answer you when you call’

Yes, He meets me everywhere
And I could go on and on and on
Through touch and smell
Through each word spoken
’Tis Him I lean upon

© 2017 Liana Wendy Howarth