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 Liana Wendy Howarth

IN THE CENTRE OF THE SHEEPFOLD (SONG LYRICS)

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Jesus, in the centre of Your fold
No fear, no dread shall come upon me
For in Your arms You lovingly hold
All my life, and dreams, and destiny

So if I wander, and go astray
And lose sight of Your beautiful face
Lord, may Your voice never fade away
And estrange me from mercy and grace

Chorus
In the centre of the sheepfold, is where my Master lives
Caring, loving, protecting me, with hands, He sweetly gives
And I am never alone, when I’m held close by His side
Lavished in adoring love, a new creation, His bride

Your rod at times may convict my heart
But Your staff is never far behind
Pours out comfort if I fall apart
Together, our hearts forever bind

You may hear me whisper little bleats
Sometimes hopeless cries will overwhelm
But Your power, love, sound mind defeats
Dries my tears, lifts me to heaven’s realm

Oh! In the centre
In the centre
’Tis where I want to stay
Every minute, every hour
Jesus, every moment of every day

Chorus
In the centre of the sheepfold, is where my Master lives
Caring, loving, protecting me, with hands, He sweetly gives
And I am never alone, when I’m held close by His side
Lavished in adoring love, a new creation, His bride

© 2018 Liana Wendy Howarth

 

BACK ON THE POTTER’S WHEEL AGAIN (SONG LYRICS)

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Chorus
Help me Lord, I’m back on the Potter’s wheel
Back on Your restoration wheel again
Must have attempted to throw myself off
’Cause I dried out, and was left full of pain

His soft touch gently holds me tight
And I hang on with all my might
We must have made an awesome sight
My darkness, pierced by heaven’s light

The motion rolls back, and then forth
 With Living Water I head north
He sings over me, shows my worth
As if I’m but one, left in Earth

It feels like I’m sliding, falling
Oh! Jesus don’t leave me flailing
Hold me together, I’m drowning
Drowning in sad self-relying

Chorus
Help me Lord, I’m back on the Potter’s wheel
Back on Your restoration wheel again
Must have attempted to throw myself off
’Cause I dried out, and was left full of pain

The mud flings in my darkened eyes
Fills now deafened ears with my cries
My mouth expels all satan’s lies
On the Saviour, my life relies

All disobedience is thrown
I find myself no more alone
’Cause tenderly, His hands have sown
And He calls me, His very own

Oh! Lord, You have made me anew
My heart, no longer shades of blue
It hurt; but a new me You drew
Reflecting the image of You

Chorus
I’m so glad I’m back on the Potter’s wheel
Back on His restoration wheel again
Hopelessness would have me throw myself off
But my old life He’s mercifully slain

© 2018 Liana Wendy Howarth

SINGING IN THE VALLEY (Song Lyrics)

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Can you sing when seas are stormy
Can you sing when skies are grey
Can you sing when meadows lose their green
Or flowers bloom but do not stay?

Will you sing in valleys so deep
Atop mountains you have scaled
Where the winds echo silent hurts and
You’ve lost sight of hands that were nailed?

Chorus
Listen carefully and you will hear
The beautiful voice of One so dear
He’s never left you, He’s always near
Singing in the valley, crystal clear

Open lips and bring forth sweet praise
Push through the darkness and sing
Sing of the tiniest blessing known
He’ll lift your voice, more blessings bring

And you can because He says so
For our Saviour knows the way
He knows where every breath will lead us
The crescendo of our life’s day

Chorus
Listen carefully and you will hear
The beautiful voice of One so dear
He’s never left you, He’s always near
Singing in the valley, crystal clear

Singing in the valley, can you hear
Our beautiful Lord’s voice, rising near
He’s singing you a love song
And I can hear your name
So let’s lift our voices high
And do the same

© 2015 – present Liana Wendy Howarth

YOUR ASSISTANCE IN MY RESISTANCE

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I look around
Where, where am I going?
I can’t hear Your voice
I don’t seem to be growing
Oh! Lord, come rescue me
Inside my head I’m groaning
Fed up with merry-go-round existence
And You’re growing weary of my resistance??
Come rescue me

Son, daughter, oh! thou searching one
You’re rescued so stop looking back
Reach your hand a little further
I’m waiting, My heart is not slack
I’m waiting, there’s nothing I lack
No, there’s nothing, nothing I lack

Where are You Lord?
Your footsteps are hidden
I’m crying inside
And the tears are forbidden
Oh! Lord come rescue me
I’m trapped, and so guilt-ridden
How can I keep surviving the distance?
Only through Your love, power and assistance
Come rescue me

Son, daughter, oh! thou searching one
You’re rescued so stop looking back
Reach your hand a little further
I’m waiting, My heart is not slack
I’m waiting, there’s nothing I lack
No, there’s nothing, nothing I lack

So You are here?
Really, truly with me?
Lord, the cloud is gone
Enabling me to now see
Oh! Lord, You rescued me
And in You I can now be
More faithful in my love and persistence
And hear Your sweet voice at heaven’s insistence

At peace as the sun scatters all my fears
And new revelation dries all of my tears
You rescued me, You rescued me
Reached down, and I reached up
But only because, and only because
Your hand lifted mine to entwine with Yours
And turned my mourning into jubilant cheers
Turned my mourning into jubilant cheers

© 2018 Liana Wendy Howarth

The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. 2 Peter 3:9 KJV

ON THE EVE OF A MIRACLE (A New Christmas Song with Lyrics)

On the eve of a miracle
When hopelessness cried silently
The people’s hearts, they were breaking
Waiting for promised liberty

So many years had passed them by
Each Mother, Father shared the news
But life grew harder, tears fell too
Where is He, the King of the Jews

Chorus
On the eve of a miracle
We’ve been wanting help to come
Others have said it’s impossible
There’s nothing can be done
But just look up, the answer’s on its way
And one day soon, we’ll sing
This is the eve of our miracle day
He loves us too, it’s our miracle day

Then pure love shone forth one dark night
Salvation wrapped in perfection
He appeared; but they didn’t know
He was sent for adoration

Oh! Little Babe of Bethlehem
They desired to seek Your sweet face
Forgive them not recognizing
Heaven’s gift of mercy and grace

Chorus
On the eve of a miracle
We’ve been wanting help to come
Others have said it’s impossible
There’s nothing can be done
But just look up, the answer’s on its way
And one day soon, we’ll sing
This is the eve of our miracle day
He loves us too, it’s our miracle day

When eyes were shut, they couldn’t see
Or know what they were waiting for
Open eyes Lord, that we may see
The promises You have in store

And so it is, for us today
Longing for light in the dark night
And longing for needs to be met
Body, soul and spirit tonight

Chorus
On the eve of a miracle
We’ve been wanting help to come
Others have said it’s impossible
There’s nothing can be done
But just look up, the answer’s on its way
And one day soon, we’ll sing
This is the eve of our miracle day
He loves us too, it’s our miracle day
Yes, He loves us too, it’s our miracle day

© 2017 Liana Wendy Howarth

HEAR THE BABE (Christmas Song Lyrics)

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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 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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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

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

CHRISTMAS TEARS (Song Lyrics)

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When you find yourself lost and alone
Upon the road of celebration
When those who know you, love you, leave you
Don’t see the tears you shed in silence
May the season draw you close, keep you
And fill you with joy’s jubilation

Chorus
Christmas tears, yes, we’ve all had them
When family and friends aren’t here
O Let the beauty of December
Find and release hidden Christmas cheer

Some footsteps may need to be taken
The horizon may look different too
The air will become so much sweeter
The birds will sing familiar tunes
Life will take on new meaning for you
When you let go, and embrace what’s true

Bridge
Christmas tears
May they become
Your Christmas story
Healing tears
Let them fall, into waiting ears
’Cause the dreams of all your yesteryears
In Jesus, are wrapped in His presence

So let Him dry them, oh my dear
No, there is nothing you need fear
Let Him turn them into tears of joy
Let’s begin again, this brand new year

Chorus
Christmas tears, yes, we’ve all had them
When family and friends aren’t here
O Let the beauty of December
Find and release hidden Christmas cheer

© 2017 Liana Wendy Howarth