PLEASE HUG THEM (My Prayer For All Who Are Going Through Extreme Trials)

Today I repost this, lifting up in particular, all in the terrible California fires. Those who have lost their homes, their furry friends, their possessions, their livestock, their livelihood, the tireless service men and women … May you be comforted and even though the winds and flames rage, may the peace of the living God flood and quench the internal flames of fear, desperation, hopelessness. In Jesus precious Name. Amen.

I dedicate this precious song to all who are trapped or feel like they are trapped in circumstances beyond their control. I think of the fires, the floods, abuse, addictions, hunger, thirst, loneliness, homelessness, unemployment, sickness, loss of loved ones … any situation where you’ve lost all hope …

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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

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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

YOU FOUND ME BY THE WELL OF DESPAIR (Song Lyrics)

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You found me by the well of despair
Alone and thirsty, You found me there
Oh! Jesus, You sought me out
You left heaven to find me
I thought every day would be the same
But You came, gently whispering my name

Sometimes You lovingly lead us
Away from all things that we know
Take us to places far away
You lead us, a new life to show

We think it’s for us, this leading
To lift us from adversity
But we reach the destination
And sense loss of security

And then You bring a hurting one
They meet us by the water’s edge
And all that You’ve ever shown us
Flows, and washes away pain’s hedge

Chorus
You found me by the well of despair
Alone and thirsty, You found me there
Oh! Jesus, You sought me out
You left heaven to find me
I thought every day would be the same
But You came, gently whispering my name

We cry oh! Lord, why is this so
We’re struggling, we need help as well
Now there’s more brokenness to heal
But that’s when You say, ‘All is well’

I’ve already lifted you out
Out of the dark well of despair
Your purging is done, you are free
’Tis for them that I bought you here

And I will come, deliver them
Bring forth life from the seeds you’ve sown
And in your sweet obedience
Richer days, I will walk you home

Chorus
You found me by the well of despair
Alone and thirsty, You found me there
Oh! Jesus, You sought me out
You left heaven to find me
I thought every day would be the same
But You came, gently whispering my name

© 2017 Liana Wendy Howarth

I’M WAITING BY THE POOL OF HEALING (Song Lyrics)

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I’m waiting by the pool of healing
Waiting for someone to lift me in
Watching others, they go before me
They are healed and I’m waiting still; but
In my greatest need as the tears fall
Jesus can heal before I go in

So many years I’ve waited
Blindly trying many paths
Always hoping that it would be my turn
But alas, others had the joys and laughs

Day after day after day
Month after month after year
Wallowing in much concealed self-pity
Kept in bondage by hidden lies and fear

Feeling disheartened and sad
Wondering how to go on
Able to read of His grace and mercy
But still unable to sing my heart’s song

Chorus
I’m waiting by the pool of healing
Waiting for someone to lift me in
Watching others, they go before me
They are healed and I’m waiting still; but
In my greatest need as the tears fall
Jesus can heal before I go in

But then one day the light shone
Shone though it never had dimmed
The light was always upon His sweet Word
And now my heart saw what my eyes had skimmed

I went to the healing pool
Again nothing had it changed
But there for the first time I met Jesus
Who’d come searching for me where I now laid

And as He said to this child
Child, do you want to be well
I answered and said, I’m listening dear Lord
Only You can lift from this place I fell

My heart listened
My eyes glistened
My Saviour lent down in love
I’m here for you now
And I’ve always been
I’ve just waited for you to look above

Rise, take up your bed and walk
And in His strength I could do
Something that years had prevented me from
Rising up, going forth into things new

Chorus
Oh! I waited by the pool of healing
Waited for someone to lift me in
Watched others, they went before me
They were healed and I no longer wait; ’cause
In my greatest need as the tears fell
Jesus healed me before I went in

© 2016 Liana Wendy Howarth

I’M SO THANKFUL

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Good morning Father, Jesus, Holy Spirit
It’s a beautiful, beautiful day
And when I survey Your wondrous creation
I’ll never run out of things to say

I’m so thankful that You first loved me
I’m so thankful You opened my eyes and caused me to see
I’m so thankful you’re healing my broken heart
I’m so thankful Lord, You’re restoring me

Each morning as dawn’s light breaks forth with new song
Whether grey skies forebode or sweet blush
I know as I step in tune with Your leading
Storms may come; but with You they will hush

I’m so thankful that You first loved me
I’m so thankful You opened my eyes and caused me to see
I’m so thankful you’re healing my broken heart
I’m so thankful Lord, You’re restoring me

And because You first loved me, I can love You
Myself and others too, Your command
See my living Saviour in Thy precious Word
And with healed heart, feel Your loving hand

Thankful Lord, I’m so thankful
Your love reaches to my very depths
Fills me with expectation
Dispelling every fear
Oh! Lord I’m forever grateful
You have promised to be near
And so I step into this brand new day
Lifting my voice with joyous cheer

© 2016 – present Liana Wendy Howarth

I’LL SEND COMFORT ACROSS YOUR PATH (Song Lyrics)

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I’ve seen you crying so many times
The bottle I hold is nearly full
My child, I’m soon placing My rainbow
Across the skies in your heart so dull

You’ve battled across the deepest sea
Even the waves threatened to hide you
But still I was there and all along
Holy Spirit was leading you through

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Trust in Me and in Me only
I’ll send comfort across your path
Keep your eyes in My direction
And you’ll know safety with My staff

I saw you when your arms where flailing
I heard you when you had no strength to cry
I knew and held every last weakness
And I bound you so you wouldn’t die

Yes there’s a safe path, it’s just for you
And I laid it before you knew me
For to bring you through the storms of life
In wholeness and healed completely

Chorus
Trust in Me and in Me only
I’ll send comfort across your path
Keep your eyes in My direction
And you’ll know safety with My staff

© 2015 – present Liana Wendy Howarth

MAY GOD MEET EVERY PLACE

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May God meet every place
That your heart calls out for
Calls out for, calls out for
Let God meet every place
Let God

Nothing too big, nothing so small
He cares for one, He cares for all

Come see the place where the Lord lay
He’s not there, only fragrance remains
As your heart calls out, He’s listening
And waiting to loose prison’s chains

May God meet every place that your heart calls out for
May He whisper His love, may it reflect, adore
Every place that’s hidden, you think is out of sight
Every tear that’s falling, and every guilty plight
Every time you’ve cried out into the darkest night
You know He has promised onto you to shine light
Don’t give up, He’s alive, has keys to heaven’s store
And will mercifully, love, release on you more

Come see the place where the Lord lay
He’s not there, only fragrance remains
As your heart calls out, He’s listening
And waiting to loose prison’s chains

Nothing too big, nothing so small
He cares for one, He cares for all

May God meet every place
That your heart calls out for
Calls out for, calls out for
Let God meet every place
Oh! Won’t you let Him oh!
Bring joy upon your face

© 2017 Liana Wendy Howarth

YOU’RE A GOOD, GOOD FATHER (Song Lyrics)

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Dearest Father in heaven
You don’t ever make me cry
Tears of sorrow, tears of pain
They’re not from You, I know it’s true
You’re a good, good Father
A good, good Father
You never turn, and say goodbye
You never turn, and say goodbye

Why is this happening
Lord, why is it so
Why does my path, this way, go
I thought it should lead that way
The other way, avoiding paths of woe
But You led me this way
So this way I go

Chorus
Dearest Father in heaven
You don’t ever make me cry
Tears of sorrow, tears of pain
They’re not from You, I know it’s true
You’re a good, good Father
A good, good Father
You never turn, and say goodbye
You never turn, and say goodbye

You hold my hand gently
Wrap Your fingers tight
Hanging on with all my might
I watch You, oh! my Saviour
As You print Your feet on solid ground’s light
Leading me to safety
Always in Your sight

And if I shed any tears
That do not bring You glory
They’re not from You
Not from You

If tears escape
From heaven’s place
They’re tears of joy
That I have a Father
Who has promised
To never leave nor forsake me
Yes, I have a Father
Who has promised
To never leave nor forsake me

I’m so very thankful
You never turn, and say goodbye
And even though they’re not from You
All tears of sadness, dry

© 2017 Liana Wendy Howarth

PRAISING IN DARKNESS (Song Lyrics)

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Thrown into the darkness through the deepest prison door
I’m crying out to God for help, please help, I cannot do this anymore
My feet are bound, I can’t move forth, hope sinks to the floor
But then sweet praise, it rises, to the One I adore

It’s so, so dark
The light has gone
Doesn’t matter
How dark the storm

I won’t be scared
He’s here with me
In dark turmoil
Or calming sea

Chorus
Thrown into the darkness through the deepest prison door
I’m crying out to God for help, please help, I cannot do this anymore
My feet are bound, I can’t move forth, hope sinks to the floor
But then sweet praise, it rises, to the One I adore

The door has closed
Nothing is clear
But His word says
I must not fear

How long, how long
Till heaven’s key
Unlocks the door
And sets me free

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Praising in darkness
I’ll pray and I’ll sing
Glory and honour
To Jesus my King
Glory and honour
I’ll pray and I’ll sing
Praising in darkness
My voice, love will sing

And until then
I’ll sing, sing, sing
Mountains will move
Bow to the King

Once held captive
Door opens wide
Finally free
Freedom inside

Chorus
Thrown into the darkness through the deepest prison door
I’m crying out to God for help, please help, I cannot do this anymore
My feet are bound, I can’t move forth, hope sinks to the floor
But then sweet praise, it rises, to the One I adore

© 2015 – current Liana Wendy Howarth

Acts 16
24 Who, having received such a charge, thrust them into the inner prison, and made their feet fast in the stocks.
25 And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them.
26 And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one’s bands were loosed.

THE JOY OF THE LORD IS MY STRENGTH (Song Lyrics)

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Help me oh my Lord, my Lord
To bring what’s deep within me
From darkness into the light
There is no hiding from Thee

For when I believe that You don’t see
For when I believe that You don’t hear
For when I believe that You don’t care
Your blessings are more the sweeter

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The joy of the Lord is my strength, my strength
The joy of the Lord is my strength
Did you hear my heart, what I am singing
The joy of the Lord is your strength

When freedom finds its comfort
My new heart breaks through pain’s wall
A wall, hidden things had built
And captures love’s All-in-all

For when I believe that You don’t see
For when I believe that You don’t hear
For when I believe that You don’t care
Your blessings are more the sweeter

Chorus
The joy of the Lord is my strength, my strength
The joy of the Lord is my strength
Did you hear my heart, what I am singing
The joy of the Lord is your strength

© 2017 Liana Wendy Howarth

TENDING MY FATHER’S SHEEP (Song Lyrics)

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Just a humble shepherd boy
Daily tending my father’s sheep
Roaming through the hills unseen
Eyes upon them, awake, asleep

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Wither will they go
Wither will they stay
Wither will their food come from
Wither will they play
Oft awandering from me
Oft close by my feet
Doesn’t matter either way
I love them, love their bleat

Searching for lush, green pastures
Waters flowing abundantly
And hanging leaves for shelter
Safe from winds that lash suddenly

Chorus
Wither will they go
Wither will they stay
Wither will their food come from
Wither will they play
Oft awandering from me
Oft close by my feet
Doesn’t matter either way
I love them, love their bleat

Watching for dangers and fear
Aware of their frailty, weakness
Needing me to lead them, till
The heavens draw back in darkness

Oh! Why did He chose me
And why not another
I’d strayed so far from home
Far from father, mother
But in His sweetest arms
Carried me to His side
Held me so tenderly
Whispered, here you’ll abide

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Wither will they go
Wither will they stay
Wither will their food come from
Wither will they play
Oft awandering from me
Oft close by my feet
Doesn’t matter either way
I love them, love their bleat

© 2017 Liana Wendy Howarth