Posted in Christianity, Healing, Prayer, Trials & Blessings

When Patience Blooms

The Gift of a Rose
This is the first time this beautiful rose has bloomed in the eight years we have been at our home. My father moved it from under the shaded trees about a year ago, not believing it would ever bloom. A few times I asked the Lord to reveal the flower, to have the rose blossom that He may be given the glory, as my father who is an avid, really avid gardener (his life passion, one who knows most of the Latin names) didn’t think it was possible. The leaves had always flourished even in the shade; but as to the colour of the flower, we had no idea.

Well this morning the Lord averted my eyes upwards to the top of the garden arch. I showed my husband and father and said this is answered prayer. With varying responses from them :-), I am in awe of our Creator, for Whom nothing is impossible. He has taught me another sweet heart lesson:-

It doesn’t matter if, when prayers are lifted heavenward, you see no change in your life or the lives of others. Underneath, within, the Lord is working mightily in our lives and waiting for His perfect timing to reveal the gift of His answer. His encouragement … Never give up, always believe that He can do anything, be patient, trust in Him, He loves us and will give us the desires of our heart according to His will for our life.

My heart was to see the beautiful bloom upon this rose, suppressed beauty released and to bring glory to God. To reveal to unbelievers that there is nothing too difficult for our heavenly Father. Another reason why this to me is so personal, is that this is the eighth year of illness that has had my life on hold in so many different areas. I have learnt and am learning so much about my Father’s love for me through that in the physical the layers of affliction (non existent petals) are just peeling off and being discarded; but in the spiritual and soon to flow into the physical, beautiful healing is taking place and a new blossom of His life is forming in me, just waiting for His perfect timing to be revealed. How perfect that the rose that was given me was the colour of His sacrifice. His death and resurrection for me. He has given me new life, new hope. Eternal life.

Thank you my Father for the depth of Your love for me, for us and believing in Your Son, knowing that He would fulfill every intricate detail of Your merciful gift for all.

Thank you Jesus for Your obedience in going to the Cross because of Your love for Your Father, for me, for us. The depth of Your pain that You suffered for me, for us. Praise God You are risen. Seated on high.

Thank you Holy Spirit for Your comfort, conviction and ever present peace even amidst turmoil. For bringing the Father’s love to me, to us. Embracing with love eternal.

© 2015 – current Liana Wendy Howarth

Romans 8:25
But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.

Posted in Christianity, Hope, Inspiration, Love, Photography, Promise, The Beauty of Creation

Answered Prayer … He Loves Us So

Our darling daughter Britt is nearing the end of a five week visit to the States.

She has never seen snow, that was until today (yesterday their time).

The reason for this post, besides sharing a (for me) heart-melting photo is this. Even before she left she was determined it wasn’t going to snow. Now whether she was saying this so as not to be disappointed if it didn’t or she really didn’t believe it would, I don’t know.

All I know is I kept praying and believing that she would be blessed and experience snow falling for the first time. I so wanted her to experience it.

Every day (well several times a day, as a Mother is apt to do 🙂 …) I’d check online and see that snow was predicted and then the forecast would change again, and I would get upset; but keep praying and trusting that the Lord would bless her. It got to the stage that snow was due on the last day of her visit and that was the only one that didn’t seem to change (trouble is she was leaving very early that morning).

All I can say is that lately a few more days of snow were appearing on the website. I kept telling her it’s coming, it’s coming and on the day I actually said it would snow today (her time). She didn’t believe me as much as I know her heart wanted too!

Anyway she went for a walk in Central Park.

And it snowed.

The love I felt for the Lord (and her) when I saw this photo … Just overflowing.

Sorry about the long-winded story here; but I am just so, so excited for her.

Don’t ever believe that the Lord doesn’t hear your prayers. No matter how small you think your requests/desires are.

He loves you with an everlasting love and nothing, absolutely nothing is impossible with God.

Heavenly Father, Britt and I give You all the glory. Thank you so much for showering your snow-wrapped treasures down from heaven and blessing us both. We love You Lord. In Jesus Name. Amen.

Posted in Christianity, Fragrance from the Spring, Hope, Love, Poems, Prayer

My Tear Filled Heart

My Tear Filled Heart

The shadows of my silent heart
Betray the hurt within
Instead of joy and tenderness
Love’s ache prevails for kin

There is a battle amidst the calm
And tears, they stand awatching
Waiting for the soon appearing sign
From the holder of the wellspring

It is so sad, that bonds are torn
And they all need amending
To be sewn together, permanently
With compassion and love unending

Please, please dear Lord, please hear this plea …
It seems lost in unearthed, hardened soil
This seemingly defeated plea
And restore a families’ inner turmoil

A newfound love was beginning to bud
Smiles, peace and joy left fragrance
Cries for help held rays of needed hope
And seemed to be radiantly answered

But once again the petals wilted
And tears they were on standby
The reservoir soon to unleash
Like a torrent from darkened sky

But may sweetest dreams of love abounding
Call healed response from all concerned
May night-time fade and leave no scars
May day-time shine with hearts rebound

© 2013 – present Liana Wendy Howarth

(in my e-book “Fragrance from the Spring”)