WHEN A HEART HASN’T FULLY SURRENDERED (Song Lyrics)

easter heart welcome

There are parts of my heart struggling to be free
Forgive me Father, I’ve been too blind to see
That Your salvation included all, all, all
All I’d ever need when I answered Your call

Oh! Why is it hard, so hard to surrender
I’m going to spend life with You forever
Surrender all of my heart to You, my Lord
Please release me from every worldly cord

Chorus
This heart
A heart
Not fully surrendered
This heart
A heart
Still longing
Still empty
Crying within
Wanting only to surrender

Something’s amiss, because You’ve given it all
There’s something I missed, because You’ve done it all
Jesus, You’re seated on the right hand of Love
‘Tis compassion’s heart interceding above

Oh! Eyes, turn to the Lord, stop looking at self
You’re not some random bear alone on a shelf
Know with understanding, and keep your mind fresh
Remembering the battle’s spirit not flesh

Chorus
This heart
A heart
Not fully surrendered
This heart
A heart
Still longing
Still empty
Crying within
Wanting only to surrender

Then I see scenes of old, hard yes; but simple
No distractions, no screens making life brittle
New lives birthing forth into glorious day
On home ground once lived upon, decades away

I’m told not to look back, keep hands on the plough
I’ve healed you He said, live with Me in the now
The memories are yours, beauty and sorrow
But My beauty will always fill tomorrow

Chorus
This heart
A heart
Not fully surrendered
This heart
A heart
Still longing
Still empty
Crying within
Wanting only to surrender

This heart
A heart
Surrendering
This heart
A heart
Receiving
Filling
Tears captured
Only a matter of time

Because I am loved
I am loved
I am loved

© 2021 Liana Wendy Howarth

THIS STARRY NIGHT (Christmas Song Lyrics)

Elegant Christmas tree

It has all been leading up to this
This beautiful night, this starry night
The story unfolds, salvation comes
Mankind’s sin, in love, to send to flight

This starry night, upon lonely hill
That hears a shepherd cry
The sheep find comfort
This starry night
Creation breaks forth
Hallelujah
Triumphant cry

Beautiful night, a new beginning
Love permeates the earth and darkness
We didn’t comprehend our great need
Till opened eyes saw we were heartless

This starry night, upon lonely hill
That hears a shepherd cry
The sheep find comfort
This starry night
Creation breaks forth
Hallelujah
Triumphant cry

In truth, love and joy, we have this hope
None other could have ever given
Immanuel, Christ with us, He came
So one day we could be forgiven

Come hear the little babe
Come see His wonderful Name
God came down
Pure love adorned
A babe fit for His future crown

This starry night, upon lonely hill
That hears a shepherd cry
The sheep find comfort
This starry night
Creation breaks forth
Hallelujah
Triumphant cry

© 2017 – present Liana Wendy Howarth

WHO WILL RING THE CHRISTMAS BELLS (A Song)

Kids Signing Christmas Carols

Who will ring the Christmas bells
And fill the streets with cheer
Little children, do gather round
And break silence from off the year

Who will ring the Christmas bells
And fill our hearts with joy
Little children, do gather round
Calling every sweet girl and boy

Who will ring the Christmas bells
And fill our homes with hope
Little children, do gather round
And dance along with skipping rope

Who will ring the Christmas bells
Tinkle – ling – ling – ling – ling – ling
Christmas bells oh! let them ring
Tinkle – ling – ling – ling – ling – ling

© 2013 – current Liana Wendy Howarth

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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

IT’S COLD OUTSIDE

trees in the snow painting

It’s cold outside
The fire is burning brightly
The robins huddle close
The candles flicker so
My heart, it is awarming
To the season’s gift of love
It’s cold outside
Soft snow falls from above

It’s cold outside
Carollers sing so sweetly
Light fragrance dusts the rose
Now how does that song go?
My countenance is smiling
Friend, to you I give my love
It’s cold outside
Love sprinkled from above

It’s cold outside
This season ends completely
Sparkling tinder, it glows
Melting the cold, I know
I hear the lambs ableating
The Shepherd’s eyes of pure love
It’s cold outside
Bring healing from above

It’s cold outside
Heaven’s stars twinkle lightly
Shine hope on mankind’s woes
White glitters through the snow
My voice joins in the singing
Melodious notes of love
It’s cold outside
Life given from above

© 2018 Liana Wendy Howarth

SONG ON MY HEART

duck pond australian duck

I woke up this morning with a glorious song on my heart
There were no words to this melody
But the sweet birds were singing their part

And as I listened, I heard His voice, calling softly to me
Today is the day of salvation
When dear loved ones will come unto Me

I feel something wonderful is happening, even though I
See nothing particularly changed
There is a new softness drawing nigh

Oh I woke up this morning with a brand new song on my heart
Whether I see change today, or not
Soon something beautiful will impart

© 2018 Liana Wendy Howarth

Proverbs 13:12 “Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life.”

HEAR THE BABE (Christmas Song Lyrics)

christmas nativity scene

Hear the babe, triumphant cry
As Mary sings her lullaby
Echoing words that to shepherds, rang out
‘Peace on Earth’, angelic shout

As Mary sings her lullaby, creation watches on
Born in lowly manger, majesty in one so young

Watching tenderly over Him, she wipes away the tear
A tear reflecting hope, reflection of brightest star

My dearest son, I love you so, many will follow you
But many won’t believe, that truth will lead them through

Hear the babe, triumphant cry
As Mary sings her lullaby
Echoing words that to shepherds, rang out
‘Peace on Earth’, angelic shout

The bed upon which you do lay, will bring them to their knees
From ages to ages, each life will one day see

You cannot express your love yet; yet love is not hidden
Waiting for you Jesus, praise God, eyes have beholden

Rest up, sweet one, take your slumber, the time will surely come
When all humanity, will go, or with you, be one

Hear the babe, triumphant cry
As Mary sings her lullaby
Echoing words that to shepherds, rang out
‘Peace on Earth’, angelic shout

© 2017 Liana Wendy Howarth

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

child in the meadow

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

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

I’VE BEEN IN THE VALLEY (A Song of Encouragement for Those Entering in, Already in, or Leaving)

I'VE BEEN IN THE VALLEY

Lord, there was a time
You walked me through the valley

But You have lifted me, yes me
Upon the mountain realm so high
Lifted me out of desperation
Lifted me from despair
And now my dearest Saviour
At last I breathe the mountain air
Feel new strength and life again
O sweet mountain air
O sweet mountain air

Chorus
O I’ve been in the valley
Where many have passed before in pain
Many are soon to enter this journey
And their life will never be the same

Yes, I’ve been in the valley
Where many tears washed the road that heals
Washed and released many a treasure
That only a walk in the valley reveals

Lord, it used to be
That I thought I’d never leave
Never escape this weary way
Where the birds were ever silent
And no sweet flower bloomed for me
Day and night, the turmoil
Kept me from sensing any love
Until You Lord, this illness rent
O You freed me, lifted me
And this illness rent
And this illness rent

Chorus
O I’ve been in the valley
Where many have passed before in pain
Many are soon to enter this journey
And their life will never be the same

Yes, I’ve been in the valley
Where many tears washed the road that heals
Washed and released many a treasure
That only a walk in the valley reveals

O I praised Him when the road was dim
I praise Him now, I praise, praise Him
I praise Him now, I praise, praise Him

Yes, I praised Him when the road was dim
And I praise Him now, I praise, praise Him
I praise Him now, I praise, praise Him

Lord, there was a time
You walked me through the valley

© 2014 – present Liana Wendy Howarth