FALLING IN LOVE WITH CHRISTMAS (A Christmas Song)

Kids Decorating a Christmas Tree
A little babe was born in silence
To a sad world in desperate times
But oh! how the heavens proclaimed Him
And love, it rung out sweetly its chimes

We do not know the rightful moment
Baby Jesus took His first pure breath
But we know that it surely happened
In that divine lit stable in Beth –lehem

Bethlehem, oh! Bethlehem, chosen
For a sweet time as this, we are told
Through God’s word of peace, peace, love and joy
Heaven’s gift in swaddling clothes did hold

Chorus
Falling in love with Christmas
Coming but once through the year
Never forget the reason
Your heart is filled with such cheer

And we lift voices with joyful sound
Gather round celebration’s table
May many feel His love draw closer
Love begun before earthly stable

Let the Christmas tree remind us of
The tree that held ages’ answered prayer
Let the Christmas presents remind us
Of Eternal Present gifted fair

Let festive decorations remind
Us of the glory which lit the skies
And the rich Christmas meal that fills us
Everlasting Bread Who makes us wise

Chorus
Falling in love with Christmas
Coming but once through the year
Never forget the reason
Your heart is filled with such cheer

© 2015 – present Liana Wendy Howarth

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I WILL DRY YOUR TEARS (Song Lyrics)

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Are there tears, deeply hidden
Locked away from those you know
Are they trapped, chained, in bondage
Waiting patiently to flow

Were they abandoned, unloved
Or recklessly thrown aside
Did your heart refuse to hold
What emotions should have cried

Chorus
Come to Me, all broken-hearted
Come to Me, I’ll help you shed
All the pain, lost dreams, and sadness
Replace it with the Living Bread
I will sustain you
I will love you
Help you to surrender what doesn’t bring hope
And all the while, throughout the journey
Walls will come down
Tears will come forth
Healing, delivering
Healing, forgiving
Then I’ll dry those tears, come rest your head

How long have they suppressed joy
How long have they been silent
Can you endure much longer
It’s time for walls to be rent

Come to the altar, dear child
And lay your brokenness down
Your tears will be dried with love
You’ll receive My joyous crown

Chorus
Come to Me, all broken-hearted
Come to Me, I’ll help you shed
All the pain, lost dreams, and sadness
Replace it with the Living Bread
I will sustain you
I will love you
Help you to surrender what doesn’t bring hope
And all the while, throughout the journey
Walls will come down
Tears will come forth
Healing, delivering
Healing, forgiving
Then I’ll dry those tears, come rest your head

Come to the altar, dear child
And lay your brokenness down
Your tears will be dried with love
You’ll receive My joyous crown

© 2020 – present Liana Wendy Howarth

FALLING IN LOVE AGAIN (Song Lyrics)

yorkshire dales

Chorus
And as I sing songs of thanksgiving
You breathe joy into all I’m living
You’ve taken my sins, all forgiving
My life in Yours Jesus, believing
I’m falling in love again

So many trials You’ve brought me through
So many I’m unaware
Of ways in which Your providence
Brings sweet endings which we share

And I’m falling in love again
With the Word who made me whole
Draw me into Your waiting arms
Heal me spirit, body, soul

Chorus
And as I sing songs of thanksgiving
You breathe joy into all I’m living
You’ve taken my sins, all forgiving
My life in Yours Jesus, believing
I’m falling in love again

Walk with me, talk with me, and stay
Always, be close by my side
Tell me of wondrous things You’ve done
Reveal this place I can hide

Lead me beside the still waters
Where all turmoil drifts away
Make me lay down in pastures green
Open my blind eyes this day

Chorus
And as I sing songs of thanksgiving
You breathe joy into all I’m living
You’ve taken my sins, all forgiving
My life in Yours Jesus, believing
I’m falling in love again

And I’m falling in love again
I feel Your arms around me
I hear Your still voice, so gentle
Lifting me so I can see

O Jesus, You didn’t have to
Hang on the cross that dark day
Die for me, take away my sin
But it was the only way

And forever, I’ll be thankful
That Jesus, You chose to stay
That Jesus, You chose to stay

© 2018 – present Liana Wendy Howarth

RIVERS OF MERCY (Song Lyrics)

fast flowing river

His rivers of mercy never run dry
His rivers of mercy, and I wonder why
Why He has chosen
This heart for His child
Why does He love me so

His rivers of mercy never run dry
His rivers of mercy, and I wonder why
Why He has saved me
Lovingly made me
Why does He love me so

His beautiful Word
Sings a melody
And all my life, will lead
And this I know
For His Word tells me so
And His Word is all that I need

O Jesus, O Jesus
Your rivers of mercy consumed
And this hidden bud
Once captive in thorns
Is free at last
Fragrance released

Broken hearts will be touched
Songs of joy enter in
Darkness, it will have to flee
And all because, our Father’s love
Is embraced in unfailing mercy

Your rivers of mercy never run dry
Your rivers of mercy, and I wonder why
Why You have chosen
This heart for Your child
Why do You love me so

Your rivers of mercy never run dry
Your rivers of mercy, and I wonder why
Why You have saved me
Lovingly made me
Why do You love me so

Rivers of mercy
Rivers of mercy
Flowing from Your throne
Rivers of mercy
Rivers of mercy
I will never be alone
Never be alone
Never be alone
Rivers of mercy

© 2019 – present Liana Wendy Howarth

WHEN ONE LOVES A BROKEN HEART (Song Lyrics)

heart love luck

Chorus
Let my words send Your perfect love
And my arms hold heavenly peace
Let all I do, give You glory
To hopelessness, shower release

Lord, please help me to understand
The deep brokenness in others
My heart wraps love around their pain
When two hearts love, it’s all the same
But a fractured heart brings sorrow

Every day I climb this mountain
So dry, yet filled with hidden tears
All I want is for those I love
To know You, and be known of You
For hearts to be bound with Your love

It’s come to this, and sad it seems
I no longer find words to pray
What do I ask for my loved ones
We’re together, and far apart
O Father, may Your mercy fall

Chorus
Let my words send Your perfect love
And my arms hold heavenly peace
Let all I do, give You glory
To hopelessness, shower release

’Cause I’m trying hard as I can
To hold this sad heart together
And there is nothing You can’t do
So I lift wilted prayers above
Believing for a miracle

A miracle in each heart, Lord
A heart of flesh for stubborn stone
O turn each beat towards Your Son
May they each find illusive love
That their heart’s needed all along

Send Your love, and heal
Send Your love, and heal
Send Your love, and heal
Each broken heart reveal
Heal with Your Spirit’s seal
Holy Spirit’s seal
Holy Spirit’s seal

Chorus
Let my words send Your perfect love
And my arms hold heavenly peace
Let all I do, give You glory
To hopelessness, shower release

© 2019 – present Liana Wendy Howarth

MY FATHER’S SMILE (Song Lyrics)

sunflowers flowers sky

I see Your face in the morning
And seeing me, brings forth a smile
Such a beautiful smile of love
Whispering, come let’s sit awhile

And Your smile reflects onto me
Captures love in those twinkling eyes
Shines stillness on this trembling heart
Pours light over dark, hollow lies

Chorus
O Your smile brings love
Your smile brings joy
Your smile brings so much peace
Your smile delights
Each breath that I take
Each heartbeat I release, release
Each heartbeat I release

And as I draw close to Your side
Your presence radiates through me
I’m no longer frightened, afraid
You washed my eyes so I could see

The softness of love’s countenance
The enveloping arms of love
O Father, I’m lost in Your heart
Forever my heart lives above

Chorus
O Your smile brings love
Your smile brings joy
Your smile brings so much peace
Your smile delights
Each breath that I take
Each heartbeat I release, release
Each heartbeat I release

This was inspired by the most beautiful smile my soon to be 95 year old father gave me the other morning, when we saw each other for the first time that day.

© 2019 Liana Wendy Howarth

 

LOOKING THROUGH THE STORM (Song Lyrics)

bench

Just a little while longer
And the grey seas will turn blue
The swirling waters will subside
And you’ll be made brand new

Don’t look behind you, My child
Don’t strain eyes to look ahead
Ride out the present’s wild moments
In strength of all I’ve said

And you’ll find rainbows hiding
Waiting sweetly just for you
When the shadows of yesterday
Are scattered through and through

Chorus
Looking through the storm
I see the sun is shining
The clouds they hurry past
God’s radiance is beaming

Can’t you see He’s reaching out for you
He’s reaching out for you

Don’t think your life’s forgotten
Don’t listen to stale, old lies
You can’t run, and hide forever
Cherishing those goodbyes

Try and surrender your heart
Let go of hurts and regrets
Know you are so loved and wanted
And He, never forgets

So come bow down before Him
He’ll lead your heart safely home
Father doesn’t like long goodbyes
Embrace the love He’s shown

Chorus
Looking through the storm
I see the sun is shining
The clouds they hurry past
God’s radiance is beaming

Can’t you see He’s reaching out for you
He’s reaching out for you

He’s reaching out for you

© 2019 Liana Wendy Howarth

 

WHOM MY SOUL LOVETH (Song Lyrics)

walking in blizzard
Chorus
I’m looking for Him whom my soul loveth
Have you seen Him
Have you seen Him
I’ve lost sight of which way to go
Open my eyes Lord
Let Your love flow
Let Your love flow

Why art thou cast down my soul
Find your hope, dig deep and see
Just look to the Lord, and live
Without hope, you’ll never be free

I’m wandering and searching
For the peace of my True Love
My eyes, they’d lost His image
Looking back, instead of above

I should, should have been watching
Stepping into safe footprints
Instead, burdens consumed me
I was drawn by loved ones’ imprints

Chorus
I’m looking for Him whom my soul loveth
Have you seen Him
Have you seen Him
I’ve lost sight of which way to go
Open my eyes Lord
Let Your love flow
Let Your love flow

I miss His sweet breath on me
The fragrance of sacrifice
I long to hear His heartbeat
It beats for me, He paid the price

And those secret garden walks
Where He took my hand in His
Oh! Where are You my dear Lord
Come back because my love’s amiss

Then suddenly I hear Him
I see His beautiful form
He’d opened my eyes, and ears
My blurred vision, He did transform

Bridge
Well, Jesus, You’d been here all along
It was me I’d lost, I’d lost, I’d lost
Lost myself in the world’s confusion
Daily surrounded by delusion
Thank you Lord for finding me
Thank you Lord for setting me free
Yes, You’ve set me free, free, free
Yes, You’ve set me free

The truth is
You found me so I could find You
You found me so I could find You

You found me

So I could find You

© 2019 Liana Wendy Howarth

TEARS OF MERCY (Song Lyrics)

mirror effect

Looking in the mirror
Who is it that I see
Not always someone beautiful
Staring back at me

And I search for changes
Trying to find the joy
Make myself to smile, masking tears
They fall, drowning joy

Why is it difficult
To see me as You do
The image is so distorted
Please Lord, show me new

Let all the hidden pain
That’s etched so deep within
Rise to the surface, and be gone
Your child will then win

Chorus
Father, let Your tears of mercy cover mine
May they flow through the long-lost hurts, pain, and fears
Flow through valleys, bear much fruit upon the vine
Bringing life to replace my forgotten years
New life to replace all the joy quenching tears

Yes, this child will then win
I’ll see myself clearly
Clothed in Your perfect righteousness
And washed from my sin

I’ll look in the mirror
I’ll see Your reflection
Then I’ll finally see myself
Through Your salvation

My countenance will change
My face, it radiates
Seeing clearly for the first time
Just as Your Word states

That I am forgiven
In Christ I have it all
Through Father’s eyes of love, I see
Me, before the Fall

Chorus
Father, let Your tears of mercy cover mine
May they flow through the long-lost hurts, pain and fears
Flow through valleys, bear much fruit upon the vine
Bringing life to replace my forgotten years
Life to replace all of my forgotten years
New life to replace all the joy quenching tears

© 2019 Liana Wendy Howarth

THE SONG IN MY HEART (Song Lyrics)

Gladly I surrender
To all You’ve given me
And as You take my hand
Salvation comes to me

Your song, You poured inside
This worn out, weary heart
A heart which couldn’t sing
A heart, love-torn apart

Each note, placed silently
In hymns, and psalms, and praise
So quietly at first
I couldn’t discern Your ways

Warmth of love descended
Melting this frosty heart
And like a bird in flight
Sweet joy’s wings, did impart

Yes, this child knows it’s there
Somewhere, so deep within
Just waiting to break forth
For melody to sing

And as a baby bird
Releases her pure notes
Songs of her Lord’s healing
When a Child Sings, love floats

© 2019 Liana Wendy Howarth