HE CAN TURN THE MIGHTY RIVER (A Song of Hope)

violent river

He can turn the mighty river
Send His love through all mankind
Still He listens when I cry out
The only One who can still my mind

He stills the raging waters
He leads me safely through
He calls the waves with power
Lift your arms and worship anew

Every drop in every ocean
Every moonlit stream
Every dwindling flow of drought-worn river
He drops His mercies from heavenly realm

Yes, He can turn the mighty river
He can turn the wayward heart
He’s just listening for my prayer
To acknowledge need and love impart

Flowing
Flowing
Over boulders of pain
Boulders keeping me from loving Him
Yet His love flows around them just the same

Turn the mighty river, Lord
Bring the source, lay it out in my heart
Turn the mighty river, Lord
Pour healing water in and through
This dried out old part
The part that only cries dry tears, Lord
Banks of courage and flow of hope
They have gone
Left alone and no longer nourished, Lord
Oh! May it once again wind toward heaven and home

Yes, He can turn the mighty river
He can turn the wayward heart
He’s just listening for my prayer
To acknowledge need and love impart

So I prayed the prayer of endless need
The need that will heal what sin tore
The need that only His reign can pour down
And fill joy’s riverbed in my heart once more

And He called the empty rain to cease
Told me everything will be alright
He dispelled the storm with His peace
Now my darkened day is no longer night
My darkened day is no longer night
‘Cause with Jesus all things turn out right

© 2013 – present Liana Wendy Howarth

JUST CAN’T SEEM TO GET IT RIGHT (Song Lyrics)

flower violet nature

Chorus
The more I try
My feet are pointing in the wrong direction
I want to do right
But just can’t seem to shake it off
Just can’t seem to get it right
O Lord, help my unbelief

I know so many are struggling
With this very thing
Wanting to please You forever
Obedient in everything

I’m not the only one, O no!
But I feel alone
So, so tired of fighting against
All that tries to usurp Your throne

Chorus
The more I try
My feet are pointing in the wrong direction
I want to do right
But just can’t seem to shake it off
Just can’t seem to get it right
O Lord, help my unbelief

The closer I think I become
The further away
You appear, Your light, it soon fades
O Lord, at Your feet, I now lay

Draw me out of every bondage
Let the chains be gone
Forgive all sin, iniquity
Increase my faith to trust upon

I know this battle is not mine
It belongs to You
Strengthen me to believe the truth
So I may follow You anew

Chorus
The more I try
My feet are pointing in the wrong direction
I want to do right
But just can’t seem to shake it off
Just can’t seem to get it right
O Lord, help my unbelief

© 2018 Liana Wendy Howarth

YOU WASH ME WHITER THAN THE WHITEST SNOW (Song Lyrics)

bird winter snow

You wash me whiter than the whitest snow
You lift me higher than the clouds can go
You mend my broken heart with love aglow
And this is when, my thankful tears, they flow

Washing me whiter, washing me whiter
I fall at Your feet, and then You reach down
With eyes full of tenderness, You tell me
I’m all Yours, placing upon me Your crown

Washing me whiter, washing me whiter
So now I’m clean, Your righteousness I wear
My filthy rags have been nailed to the cross
I live as Your child, so wanted, so fair

My heart can now sing in cleansed, purest tones
’Cause Jesus has opened the way back home
And access forever to our Father
I’m seen and purchased, through the spotless Lamb

You wash me whiter than the whitest snow
You lift me higher than the clouds can go
You mend my broken heart with love aglow
And this is when, my thankful tears, they flow

© 2017 Liana Wendy Howarth

Isaiah 1:16-18(KJV)

16 Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before Mine eyes; cease to do evil;

17 Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow.

18 Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.

STEPPING INTO GRACE (Song Lyrics)

romantic birds on tree branch
Step through the door before you
Fall into the arms of grace
Through the door which bore much pain
And where sin marred Beauty’s face

And when you’re through, praise the Lord
With opened eyes, all is new
Mercy that you’ve never seen
Waiting to envelop you

Chorus
Oh! Stepping into grace
Sweet grace
’Tis where the Saviour guides
He guides
Do not be afraid
Or question why
Just believe that’s where
Eternity hides
And His forever love abides
His forever love abides

And it’s all of God, this gift
One gift that bears so many
Day after day His blessings
No need to pay for any

With each new changing dawning
Each breath through the turning sky
The depths of His love aplenty
Will to His heart draw you nigh

Chorus
Oh! Stepping into grace
Sweet grace
’Tis where the Saviour guides
He guides
Do not be afraid
Or question why
Just believe that’s where
Eternity hides
And His forever love abides
His forever love abides

There will be days when you cry
And call His name silently
Unable to comprehend
Love that died on Calvary

Read His word and praise His Name
Be grateful eternally
Give thanks in everything
Love unconditionally

Chorus
Oh! Stepping into grace
Sweet grace
’Tis where the Saviour guides
He guides
Do not be afraid
Or question why
Just believe that’s where
Eternity hides
And His forever love abides
His forever love abides

And joy will fill your being
In times of gladness or woe
The gift of grace Jesus gives
Will compel new seeds to grow

Yes, grace, grace, merciful grace
Woven in ways of pure gold
Etched upon each child of God
From world, through door, to His fold

Chorus
Oh! Stepping into grace
’Tis where the Saviour guides
Do not be afraid or question why
Just believe that’s where eternity hides
And His forever love abides
His forever love abides

© 2015 Liana Wendy Howarth

When Going Isn’t Easy

girl at night running
Well I asked You Lord, to send me
But I held on with all my might
To every thing that I knew was safe
I wasn’t about to give up without a fight

How did this happen Lord
When did this happen Lord
Who or what challenged the way?
I came to You, as a lamb bereaved
And cried out, please let me stay
Stay in Your presence, stay in Your life
Be preserved for eternity
You had given me this blessed right I knew
So what did I do; but turn in flight

And I didn’t see it coming
I thought all was good and free
But what I failed to realize
Was that the enemy was watching me
And quietly, subliminally
The world’s treasures led me astray
Oh! I was still worshipping, praying
And had You in my thoughts
Yes faithfully, each and every day

And then at the appointed time
Oh! Please Lord, not again
Your Word did confront, convict
My heart was laid wide open
All idols were burnt, withdrawn
Hopelessness departed and Love, You replaced all
My prayer, dear heavenly Father
May this finally be the time of Thy will
Finally be the time, that my feet stay in step with Thine

© 2015 Liana Wendy Howarth

“Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send,
and who will go for Us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.” Isaiah 6:8

He Lives, We Die

water drops on leaves

The stone which hid, is rolled away
Jesus has risen; we are watching, swaying, and cry
Help us comprehend, dear Lord
He lives, the price, beyond our means was paid

He lives, hallelujah, we live
And because He lives, so must we die
Die to self, it’s our turn now
But all glory, He has blessed us to live in Christ

Surrender all your right to self
Grind emotions, thoughts and plans prepared
Let your Saviour’s power prevail in you
A new creation, tears and repentance succeed

Standing in the power of His mighty, precious Son
Escape the hold of earthly things
And acquaintances that beckon forth
Listen for that soft, small voice in turmoil that unfolds

Jesus calls us, gently leads us
We have no right or hold on the old life
And just as a flower bursts forth with sweet newness
In pain and anguish we are pushed out of hardness

Thankyou for a life refreshed
Thankyou for a life eternal
Thankyou that You died, without surrender
We sing praises to our ever-loving Father

© 2013 – present Liana Wendy Howarth