Posted in Christianity, Healing, Hope, Trials & Blessings

THE FATHER’S LOVE (POEM/SONG LYRICS)

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There’s a place, so deep within
A place only God can fill
Loving me, repelling sin
Where He whispers ‘Peace, be still’

Love so treasured
Love so pure
Love filling all of me
Eddies day by day
And I’m so thankful
He prepared my heart
Before it beat its first heart beat
He’d given me a brand new start

It’s been hidden all my life
In darkness, lifeless despair
Not knowing in all my strife
My broken heart sought repair

It sung a different tune
To what it was fine tuned for
Joyful melodies immune
False crescendo begging more

Life, it tried to cover up
Growing emptiness shadows
Tears overflowed grief’s frail cup
Letting go, true life arose

Father drew me, He drew me
Out of false security
He drew me, yes, He drew me
Embroidered love, made me free

Love so treasured
Love so pure
Love filling all of me
Eddies day by day
And I’m so thankful
He prepared my heart
Before it beat its first heart beat
He’d given me a brand new start

Nothing can prepare God’s child
For the knowledge of His truth
No self-righteousness can hide
In beauty, imparted youth

Feel the love swept healing sword
On that once lost, broken heart
This heart now beats with fresh chord
Open door, closed, not to part

Words swoon in adoration
Incapable of praising
Too much for comprehension
So I just love, amazing

Love so treasured
Love so pure
Love filling all of me
Eddies day by day
And I’m so thankful
He prepared my heart
Before it beat its first heart beat
He’d given me a brand new start

© 2018 – present Liana Wendy Howarth

Posted in Christianity, Healing, Inspiration, Love, Poems, Trials & Blessings

My Heart, It Goes Awandering

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I seem to have lost a little part of me
The part which hears His small, still voice
So I searched across oceans wide
In mountain depths, I have no choice

I seem to have lost a little part of me
The pool from which sweet joy, it flows
My heart, it goes awandering
Where it goes, only the Lord knows

I seem to have lost a little part of me
Where love fills me to completeness
I’ve turned my back on all that’s safe
Traded His truth for emptiness

I seem to have lost a little part of me
Where teardrops beat a path to fill
Where silence sounds so deafening
Where help seems so absent and still

I seem to have lost a little part of me
Maybe this trial has an ending
In times of impending defeat
’Tis only He, my heart mending

I seem to have found that vital part of me
That part that beats the tune of love
The only reason I found it
Letting go, it fell from above

© 2017 Liana Wendy Howarth

Posted in Healing, Hope, Poems, Trials & Blessings

Yesterday’s Garden, New Year Dreams

Bright Spring Flower Garden

Oh! I’m digging up my garden
Removing all the weeds
Treading carefully ’cause there are thorns
And then I’ll plant new seeds

Remembering the sweet blossoms
That once fragranced the air
Bringing joy to my darker moments
With their colours so fair

Yes a lot have sadly perished
But new ones have appeared
To take the place of pure blessedness
In memories now cleared

And ’tis the same with each new year
Old loves, old hurts, old dreams
Will disappear, not be forgotten
New joy will burst life’s seams

© 2015 Liana Wendy Howarth

Posted in Christianity, Healing, Poems, Trials & Blessings

Red, Red Robin

robin in the snow
Little robin, you remind me
Of Christmas so long, long ago
When childhood meant sweet memories
And playtime meant fun in the snow

Trying to stay in distant dreams
Isn’t the best way to move forward
I know I’m God’s beautiful child
But does my new heart trust the Lord

Red, red robin, this hold you have
I’ve not seen you for so, so long
Please let go of my struggling heart
And then I’ll burst forth with His song

I’ll never forget you, little friend
You hold time’s faded photographs
It’s time for me to dry my tears
And be released so I can laugh

© 2015 Liana Wendy Howarth

Posted in Christianity, Healing, Inspiration, Love, Songs, Trials & Blessings

WHEN HURT CAN HURT NO MORE (A Song of Encouragement When a Relationship Ends)

WHEN HURT CAN HURT NO MORE

WHEN HURT CAN HURT NO MORE
Every time you leave, you leave
A thorn within my heart
But time and memories restore
What love has torn apart

Chorus
When hurt can hurt no more, no more
When hurt’s had its final say, go away
You cannot hurt me anymore, anymore
‘Cause this heart grows stronger every day

It used to be I’d hang on to
The sweetness of your words
But then I realized the truth
Reality was heard

Chorus
When hurt can hurt no more, no more
When hurt’s had its final say, go away
You cannot hurt me anymore, anymore
‘Cause this heart grows stronger every day

When you told me that you loved me
I saw it in your eyes
I had fallen deeply, so deep
Believed in all your lies

Chorus
When hurt can hurt no more, no more
When hurt’s had its final say, go away
You cannot hurt me anymore, anymore
‘Cause this heart grows stronger every day

And then you were gone, no goodbye
Another love worn crime
The thorn tore at my healed heart
Tore it for the last time

You may have left; but you’re not forgotten
You may have broken me once too often
You may have thought I was worthless, a game
But one day love’s hurt, your heart, will tame

Once I was defeated, so hurt
Ripped apart, so unsure
But now my heart’s free with new love
And hurt can hurt no more

Oh! Hurt can hurt no more, no more
Hurt can hurt no more

© 2014 Liana Wendy Howarth

 

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I Have to Say Goodbye to My Daddy Today

I have to say goodbye to my Daddy today
He leaves on the night-time train
Yes, I’m all grown up and yet
It still causes deep anguish and pain

Does this pre-emptiness also touch his heart
As child tears like an abandoned river flow?
‘Tis early morning and the sun is hidden
And as my writing stalls … he’s preparing to go

He’s shared our lives for two blessed years
And how blessed they seem only now
Oh! How life is taken so shamefully, sadly for granted
As each tick of the clock to time bows

Five summers, four winters, four autumns, five springs
Ago; my mother, his wife, she did die
Three summers, two winters, two autumns, two springs
Ago; his son, my brother … to him we also had to say goodbye

And so, in painfulness/numbness, I try
To absorb what is truly happening
For in a few short hours, as the precious moments fleet past
At the railway station, lives will separate with departing

That’s it … my childhood family will be no more
With me in this great heartland
The vastness of ocean will separate us
My tears lessen the depth of sand

For as the droplets of deep, deep sorrow
Fall, and will fall enveloping each breath
My childhood sense of security
Once again is broken as in death

The death of a loved one as only you can love
So in love with, that eternity lights it with gold
I know I am mourning; but life, it wills on
‘Tis but another story endless waves will carry as of old

But today is today, it will go away
And I praise God, the Lord’s mercies are new
I don’t know what His mercies will lovingly bring this day
I love Him so dearly … another memory captured through and through

I thank you dear Daddy, I thank you dear Father
Two wonders the Lord has gifted to my life
But still as my earthly love of father crosses distant lands
The thought of separation cuts my heart like a knife

… the clock, it steams forward
And I cannot stop it. Swallowing time, it marches forth
‘Twill soon be that bittersweet moment – say goodbye
A few smiles, bear hugs … for all love’s worth
– – – – – – –
As many read this, the train will have long gone
And my Daddy will be on his way
Back to his beloved earthly homeland
Where his longing thoughts did forever stray

My Dad, he needed to go back … go back
To his ‘childhood’ memories – England
Needed to feel the distant soil once more
Under his restless, battle-torn feet again

I feel like I’ve lost him; but I know it has pained him
Watching others living out his life’s dreams
Yes, it’s so hard to let go, when heart strings do tug so
And childhood presents of mind past, drift away with the streams

– – – – – – –

Praying for all who have lost loved ones
All who are losing loved ones
All who have had dreams shattered
All who need hope
Love, understanding, love.
– – –
Psalm 23
‘The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures:
He leadeth me beside the still waters.
He restoreth my soul: He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil: For thou art with me; Thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies:
Thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life:
And I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.’ KJV
– – –
1 Corinthians 13:7 Love
‘Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.’ KJV
– – –
Hebrews 13:5
‘… and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.’ KJV
– – –
Heavenly Father,
These last few hours I spend with Dad,
Be glorified Lord,
Hold our hearts in Your hands,
Catch our tears,
Hug us and never let us go,
In Jesus Name,
Amen.