Stones of Emptiness

rocky heart
For every stone of emptiness
That’s been placed within your heart
May pearls of love replace them
May joy mend all that’s torn apart

For every confusing moment
When your mind feels null and void
May songs sing their melody
May peace’s sweet notes fill all destroyed

For every time of painful loss
Where each breath is hard to breathe
May unconditional hope
Bind life to your past’s sorrow-wreath

For every tear stained memory
Traumas enclosed in sadness
With compassion I give you
A bouquet of roses’ gladness

© 2016 Liana Wendy Howarth

Inspired by Isaiah 34:11c “ … and he shall stretch out upon it the line of confusion, and the stones of emptiness”; Genesis 1:2a “And the earth was without form, and void …” and God’s deep love for us, not wanting us to hurt.

The Lord’s Cradle

For the next few weeks I will be re-posting from previous years entries. I pray that those who haven’t seen them will be blessed and that any re-reading them will also have their lives touched with joy.

The Lord's Cradle

You wrapped Your love in swaddling clothes
Deep within my heart
And sent with it joy, peace and hope
To a darkened, forlorn part

Yes, my heart and life were wandering
Oblivious of my plight
Until one divine, dark, lonely night
A lone star, to me, gave sight

Life eternal came with that bright light
To one who did not deserve
Oh! Wondrous gift that you have given me
Love’s cry was never heard

So unwrap that love, deep in my heart
May it fill me with pure thankfulness
And flow unto others in despair
Those in danger and hopelessness

And as the fullness of that gift
Sheds light within my days
May I be found in God’s temple
Sharing faith and all He says

My mother and my father
Anxiously look and search afar
I appear to have gone missing
But I’m following a perfect star

That perfect, guiding star
Leading me safely day by day
Light’s glory blessing my footsteps
And showing me His way

And when it’s time to be so still
And those close, just pass me by
I’ll remember my living Saviour
Whose life never passed most souls nigh

Then when all is perfect; but I think all is lost
That glorious, bright star appears once more
Lights others’ paths in emptiness
My words sharing His words, an endless store

I have given all that I have been given
I have lost all that He sacrificially lost
I have been found in Him who was crucified
Risen together, sharing love at all cost

© 2012 – present Liana Wendy Howarth

 

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Wishing all of my dear sweet friends whom have been with me throughout my blogging history a beautiful, safe, blessed Christmas and New Year. May the Lord grant you the desires of your heart for yourself and your loved ones. Thank you so very, very much … I am so thankful to God for Him placing you across my path xxx

 

THE WINGS OF THE MORNING (Song Lyrics Based on Psalm 139)

frosty sunrise

Searching my heart, You know me
Whether I go or stay
My path, You forever surround me
And know all about my way

No words are hidden from You
Thy hand is upon me
And I cannot fathom this great love
Oh! How lo-ved can I be!

Chorus
Silently taking the wings of the morning
Riding upon sweet waves of grace given me
Nowhere to run or to hide from Your presence
Not even in the deepest depths of the sea

Ah! Where can I flee to
Shall I even try, ’cause
Even unto heaven You’ll find me
Or in the pit with its flaws

Forever You are with me
Your right hand it holds
The darkness of night will not cover
Into dark Your light, it folds

Chorus
Silently taking the wings of the morning
Riding upon sweet waves of grace given me
Nowhere to run or to hide from Your presence
Not even in the deepest depths of the sea

My emotions are laid bare
And in my mother’s womb
I was beautifully formed and loved
On my Maker’s perfect loom

More in number than the sand
Your precious thoughts of me
If I’m awake or sleeping soundly
My enemies have to flee

Chorus
Silently taking the wings of the morning
Riding upon sweet waves of grace given me
Nowhere to run or to hide from Your presence
Not even in the deepest depths of the sea

Please search me and know my heart
Cleanse out impurity
Lead me in the way everlasting
May this be my surety

Oh! On the wings of a brand new day
Heaven’s breath showing me His way

Oh! On the beautiful morning wings
His love in my heart, here to stay

© 2015 Liana Wendy Howarth

Psalm 139 KJV
1 O Lord, Thou hast searched me, and known me.
2 Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, Thou understandest my thought afar off.
3 Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways.
4 For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O Lord, Thou knowest it altogether.
5 Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid Thine hand upon me.
6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto it.
7 Whither shall I go from Thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from Thy presence?
8 If I ascend up into heaven, Thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, Thou art there.
9 If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea;
10 Even there shall Thy hand lead me, and Thy right hand shall hold me.
11 If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me.
12 Yea, the darkness hideth not from Thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to Thee.
13 For thou hast possessed my reins: Thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb.
14 I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are Thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.
15 My substance was not hid from Thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.
16 Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in Thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.
17 How precious also are Thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them!
18 If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with Thee.
19 Surely Thou wilt slay the wicked, O God: depart from me therefore, ye bloody men.
20 For they speak against Thee wickedly, and Thine enemies take Thy name in vain.
21 Do not I hate them, O Lord, that hate Thee? and am not I grieved with those that rise up against Thee?
22 I hate them with perfect hatred: I count them mine enemies.
23 Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts:
24 And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

A GARDEN OF ROSES (Song Lyrics)

butterfly on a rose

Oh! Dear Lord, plant a garden of roses
Oh! Dear Lord, plant a garden of roses
Oh! Dear Lord, plant a garden of roses
Plant a garden within my heart

Oh! Dear Lord, let the fragrance be poured out
Oh! Dear Lord, let the fragrance be poured out
Oh! Dear Lord, let the fragrance be poured out
The fragrance within my heart

Oh! Dear Lord, may their sweetness fill others
Oh! Dear Lord, may their sweetness fill others
Oh! Dear Lord, may their sweetness fill others
Their sweetness within my heart

Oh! Dear Lord, plant a garden of roses
Oh! Dear Lord, plant a garden of roses
Oh! Dear Lord, plant a garden of roses
Plant a garden within my heart

Oh! Dear Lord, may they blossom forever
Oh! Dear Lord, may they blossom forever
Oh! Dear Lord, may they blossom forever
They blossom within my heart

Oh! Dear Lord, fill my heart with their beauty
Oh! Dear Lord, fill my heart with their beauty
Oh! Dear Lord, fill my heart with their beauty
Their beauty within my heart

Oh! Dear Lord, plant a garden of roses
Oh! Dear Lord, plant a garden of roses
Oh! Dear Lord, plant a garden of roses
Plant a garden within my heart

Oh! Dear Lord, when the thorns try to cause pain
Oh! Dear Lord, when the thorns try to cause pain
Oh! Dear Lord, when the thorns try to cause pain
To cause pain within my heart

That’s when dear Lord, You call forth new roses
That’s when dear Lord, You call forth new roses
That’s when dear Lord, You call forth new roses
New roses to fill my heart

Oh! Dear Lord, You planted Thy Love’s roses
Oh! Dear Lord, You planted Thy Love’s roses
Oh! Dear Lord, You planted Thy Love’s roses
Love’s roses within my heart

© 2015 Liana Wendy Howarth

ALTOGETHER LOVELY (Song Lyrics)

rose flower beautiful
Chorus
Altogether lovely
These words bring sweet release
From burdened chains of hopelessness
They bring me to my knees
Altogether
Lovely

Amidst the dying embers
In a heart that had turned cold
The warmth has been rekindled
With love, life breathes into old

I cannot see my way out
The worn path, my feet have torn
But then a heavenly voice
Why do you look so forlorn?

Chorus
Altogether lovely
These words bring sweet release
From burdened chains of hopelessness
They bring me to my knees
Altogether
Lovely

I’ve lost my light’s joyfulness
And blue skies have faded grey
The songbird no longer sings
The blossoms refuse to stay

And everything pulls me down
And I’m weary of the same
I long to see the sunshine
Participate in the game

Chorus
Altogether lovely
These words bring sweet release
From burdened chains of hopelessness
They bring me to my knees
Altogether
Lovely

But then Your word entwines me
And draws me in line again
Oh! How I’ve missed its beauty
It was hidden beneath pain

And it’s beautiful, so lovely
Bringing comfort to my heart
Now I see the tapestry
The flaws which tore us apart

Chorus
Altogether lovely
These words bring sweet release
From burdened chains of hopelessness
They bring me to my knees
Altogether
Lovely

Holes of every description
Pride, defeat, despair, all mine
Kept me from feeling Your love
Love so amazing, divine

Love so amazing, divine
Flowing freely now in me
Words from heaven, life renewed
So absolutely lovely

Chorus
Altogether lovely
These words bring sweet release
From burdened chains of hopelessness
They bring me to my knees
Altogether
Lovely

© 2015 Liana Wendy Howarth

A Heavenly Wedding

Wedding card heart shape with rose and pink ribbon
Laying lost dreams and all aside
I am becoming Jesus’ bride
I must remember, not forget
Upon whose finger God has set
Heaven’s ring of eternity
With mercy, grace and loyalty
My heart He softens more each day
Opens my eyes and shows the way
And as the time draws oh! so near
He sifts my life, I will not fear
Trials and suffering, peace and joy
With each breath, hope I must employ
With head held high; but humbly low
I look to Him and this I know
A mansion has my name upon
I’ll plant roses ‘cause pests are gone
Bask in perfect light of God’s Son
Knowing this, victory is won
And stepping forward gleefully
In Saviour’s eyes, pure love I’ll see
My bridal train will be adorned
With all of my love, nothing scorned
The fragrance of all tears I’ve shed
Will be wiped dry when we are wed
My hair will glow with truth’s glory
My arms will reach for His story
No more waiting, waiting, longing
The marriage supper … Belonging

© 2015 Liana Wendy Howarth

H … O … P … E

 

african daisy flower nature

May you reach forth through every struggle, through the darkness, open your heart and receive God’s love …

He loves you as no one else can and is waiting for you to let go of all that hinders your relationship with Him.

There is nothing that you have ever said or done that He won’t forgive. It doesn’t matter how badly you think of yourself or how badly you think others think of you that you cannot receive His forgiveness.

He has enough love for everyone.

He is waiting for you. He wants to dry your tears and heal your hurts.

Let Him.

 

“For God so loved the world, that He gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16

I’LL LOVE HIM FOREVER (A Song of Praise)

Love garden

Knowing what I know, I know
That all that happens in my life, my life
Was known before I took my first breath, first breath
And nothing happens that surprises the One who loves me

Chorus
And He loves me forever, forever
And He’s given His love to me
So I’ll love Him forever, forever
Just as our love is meant to be

Knowing what I see, I see
Everything around me, beauty, beauty
Through dark skies or blue lullabies, lullabies
Clouds of memories and time’s never-repeated moments

Knowing what I hear, I hear
Nothing or sweet melodies, melodies
Triumphant heavenly choir, heavenly choir
Or as scripture reads, sparrow alone upon the house top

Chorus
And He loves me forever, forever
And He’s given His love to me
So I’ll love Him forever, forever
Just as our love is meant to be

Oh! Knowing all I know, I know
I know that I’m meant to be
Meant to be here
Meant to be here
In this very part
This very part
Of His story
His story
And each day
Brings me closer
To the heart
To the heart
To the heart
Of creation’s Owner
And every tic
Every toc
Of man’s modern
Modern clock
Takes a little
Of my allotted days
And exchanges
Mercifully
Graciously
Through His hands
Exchanges in love
My way for God’s way
My way for God’s way

Chorus
And He loves me forever, forever
And He’s given His love to me
So I’ll love Him forever, forever
Just as our love is meant to be

© 2015 Liana Wendy Howarth