Posted in Christianity, Prayer, Trials & Blessings

IN THE PATH OF THE STORM (A Prayer for All in the Path of Hurricane Florence or Typhoon Mankhut)

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Prayers are being lifted for all in harm’s way
I cannot even imagine, what you are going through this day
Being told to leave all, and evacuate
Yes, leave all; but give all to God, before it’s too late

Lift your fears and worries to the One who truly cares
Let Him open the way out that you can safely reach
Give Him your heart, no matter how much it pounds
Give Him your heart, no matter how hopeless it sounds

Oh Lord, please keep Your loved ones
In the shelter of Your wings
Please grant them a sound mind
Amidst the confusing winds
May many more come to know You
As a Saviour in their sight
Knowing that those swirling powers
Can’t fight against Your might

In Jesus Name
Amen

 

Posted in Christianity, Love, Poems, Songs, Trials & Blessings

STAY CLOSE TO ME

sleeping baby on a hand

Stay close to me
Stay by my side
Time is short
Do not fear

O child
Sweet child
I know it’s hard
I see your tears
Come closer
Feel my arms around you
My peace is yours
Can you believe?
Can you receive?
I love you so much
You
I am your Creator
I know your pain
I know your heart’s desire
I know your struggles
Come closer

Stay close to me
Stay by my side
Time is short
Do not fear

Sometimes
You have to let go
Even of those you love
I have them
I love them
More than you could ever know
Let go
Take my hand
It’s your life with me
They have their own
They have to find
And be found
Of Me
You cannot do it all
You cannot save them
You can only love them
And point them to Me
Through your love for Me

Stay close to me
Stay by my side
Time is short
Do not fear

Come closer

© 2018 Liana Wendy Howarth

 

Posted in Christianity, Songs, Trials & Blessings

BE THANKFUL IN ALL THINGS

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Chorus
Sometimes it’s so hard to say, Lord
I’m thankful for each moment of my life
But Your Word says peace will soon flow
Through anxious thoughts, and this beating heart
More than I could ever know

I bring you comfort through My Word
Come child, do not be afraid
Lift prayer through the heat of the flame
And requests for answers made

And weave thanksgiving into them
I’ll see your obedience
It doesn’t matter how you feel
Trust I’ll come to your defence

Chorus
Sometimes it’s so hard to say, Lord
I’m thankful for each moment of my life
But Your Word says peace will soon flow
Through anxious thoughts, and this beating heart
More than I could ever know

Some days may be overwhelming
But I’ve experienced all
Remember, victory is yours
And I’ll catch you if you fall

Peace will come, and settle each need
And then My strength in you will
Manifest, and you’ll say good-bye
To fear, so please, ‘Just be still’

Chorus
Sometimes it’s so hard to say, Lord
I’m thankful for each moment of my life
But Your Word says peace will soon flow
Through anxious thoughts, and this beating heart
More than I could ever know

Let My peace find the hidden pain
Let it bring sweet love again
Wash away the enemy’s stain
For you, I lived, then was slain

Chorus
Sometimes it’s so hard to say, Lord
I’m thankful for each moment of my life
But Your Word says peace will soon flow
Through anxious thoughts, and this beating heart
More than I could ever know

© 2018 Liana Wendy Howarth

 

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

HE’S TAKING ME HOME (SONG LYRICS)

Prompted to write this after reading about a pastor being on a plane and wondering why, in the midst of a terrible storm, all around were in fear, except for a little girl who was totally at peace … When questioned why, she said “Cause my Daddy’s the pilot, and he’s taking me home”.

earth floating in the ocean

I see the darkening skies
They suddenly surround me
Lightning flashes vehemently
The thunder brings widened eyes

I grasp my neighbour’s firm hand
I wipe the sweat from my brow
But still, through this storm we plow
Miles to go, until we land

Looking all around, through tears
I see fear’s face a-laughing
Dread joins fear, throws in mocking
The evil one smiles and jeers

You call yourself a Christian
Well, where is your God right now
Give me your heart, I’ll allow
My peace as your physician

You’re being doubleminded
Do you really trust your God

Enough … ’Twas

Then I sensed His saving rod
Break through where I’d been blinded

My God, He’s here, yes He’s here
Right here, and right by my side
Through storms, any storm I’ll hide
’Cause perfect love casts out fear

Go away you peace stealers
In cars, in boats, and in planes
Father has broken all chains
Bondage gone, He’s the Healer

Chorus
Oh! He’s taking me home, to the home my heart longs for
Storms may gather, and threaten; but I’m safe in His arms
Darkness may linger, and the world set off false alarms
But it’s Father, through Jesus, by Holy Spirit’s war
Yes, it’s Father, through Jesus, by Holy Spirit’s war

REPEAT CHORUS

© 2018 Liana Wendy Howarth

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, Hope, Inspiration, Love, Songs, Trials & Blessings

I’LL SEND COMFORT ACROSS YOUR PATH (Song Lyrics)

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I’ve seen you crying so many times
The bottle I hold is nearly full
My child, I’m soon placing My rainbow
Across the skies in your heart so dull

You’ve battled across the deepest sea
Even the waves threatened to hide you
But still I was there and all along
Holy Spirit was leading you through

Chorus
Trust in Me and in Me only
I’ll send comfort across your path
Keep your eyes in My direction
And you’ll know safety with My staff

I saw you when your arms where flailing
I heard you when you had no strength to cry
I knew and held every last weakness
And I bound you so you wouldn’t die

Yes there’s a safe path, it’s just for you
And I laid it before you knew me
For to bring you through the storms of life
In wholeness and healed completely

Chorus
Trust in Me and in Me only
I’ll send comfort across your path
Keep your eyes in My direction
And you’ll know safety with My staff

© 2015 – present Liana Wendy Howarth

Posted in Christianity, Healing, Hope, Illness, Poems, Trials & Blessings

Am I Well Yet?

Am I Well Yet

When each new day appears with light
Or through the darkness of the night
I often wonder to myself
Am I well yet?

I may not feel it, yet I see
That all within me is yet to be
But still I continue and I ask
Am I well yet?

So in the Word I search and search
And like the sparrow alone on its perch
I pray and pray and question
Am I well yet?

And then the Lord, He speaks to me
Be patient child, you’ll come through triumphantly
So in Him I trust and no longer plead
Am I well yet?

Oh! I may not feel it, see it, breathe it
Illusive health as yet; but my path He has lit
And so I give Him praise and thank Him
Yes I am well

© 2014 Liana Wendy Howarth

Posted in Christianity, Hope, Inspiration, Trials & Blessings

A TALE OF TWO YARNS … A Devotional

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Knit one, purl one, knit one, purl one …

Woops! Dropped one, oh dear! And there goes another … help!

I would like you to sit with me awhile and watch this knitted garment become a reality … wearable, functional … whole.

Imagine you are comfortable, in your favourite chair. Maybe a cup of tea or coffee by your side. It’s a beautiful day. The birds are singing. Or maybe it’s the still of the night … but there’s a light on whatever time it is.

You look toward the ground and there in your favourite knitting basket are balls and balls of beautiful wool, all shapes and sizes. Some with additional fluffy bits or glitter, some coarser than others, some so fine you have to be really careful or it will snap in your fingers.

You take up the pair of knitting needles and off you go …

Knit one, purl one, knit one, purl one …

And then it happens you drop one, then another … the phone rings. You trip over the wool trying to get to it … it breaks. Sigh! Wrong number. You start again.

All is going well, the ball is becoming smaller. The garment is taking shape. Every now and then, the wool becomes tangled. You drop another stitch. You knit the wrong stitch. A hole forms. Another sigh; but you keep going. You persevere knowing that if you give up now, you’re left with half a ball of prettiness on the floor and an unfinished garment, suitable for nothing, save a new blanket for dear sweet kitty (who by the way has been trying to immerse himself in the basket of delight by your feet).

Backwards and forwards, backwards and forwards, the ball decreases in size, what you are knitting increases, the ball increases in size, the other decreases … it’s frustrating. At times you feel you are going nowhere … but still you keep going.

Finally, it’s done. You sit there and look over your now completed masterpiece. Could have been better you think.

Maybe I should start again! No, I’ll put it on and wear it with pride. The ball’s gone and my work is done.

Have you ever felt like your life is like this … continually taking two steps forward, one step back. Or is it one step forward, two steps back? Always remember that the Lord is in control. It doesn’t matter how much that you feel your life is unravelling. How many ‘holes’ are appearing. How many things you think you have lost. He sees the finished you. He sees you so beautifully complete in His precious Son, Christ Jesus. Don’t try and run away with the ball of circumstances and hide.

He’s making something glorious and perfect in His eyes … You.

© 2014 – current Liana Wendy Howarth

“Can any hide himself in secret places that I shall not see him? saith the Lord. Do not I fill heaven and earth? saith the Lord.” Jeremiah 23:24 KJV

“I will praise Thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are Thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.” Psalm 139:14 KJV