YOU HAVE A FIRM FOUNDATION (Song Lyrics)

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You have a firm foundation, and wings under which to hide
May My love always hold you, and in Me may you abide

Sweet child of God, the walk may not be easy
And at times, you may feel like you are beaten
Brokenhearted one, do not lose sight of hope
No matter the stormy waves that do threaten

Come, be surrounded, by everlasting arms
Don’t ever doubt why it would, or should be so
Believe that your precious name is included
Lift weary feet, take My open hand, and go

You have a firm foundation, and wings under which to hide
May My love always hold you, and in Me may you abide

Come unto Me, You say. Come, let me heal you
If strength has gone, as a lamb, I’ll carry you
Fear must leave, My perfect love will cast it out
Old will be your tomorrow, today is new

Exchanging burdens, wiping tears from your face
The gift of repentance, found deep in your heart
With forever life, the strength to carry on
Melts with eternal love, given from the start

You have a firm foundation, and wings under which to hide
May My love always hold you, and in Me may you abide

© 2018 Liana Wendy Howarth

FACING THE RED SEA IN MY LIFE

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Oh Father, I’ve been here so many times before
I’ve been led in Your presence, right up to the shore
But then I’d turn around, see the foe in my sight
Forgive me, fear, it takes over, hope, it takes flight

This time I’ve decided, that enough is enough
It’s Your strength from now on, I can say makes me tough
Through many prayers coaxed out from the depths of my heart
I’ll march right through this safe way in love You did part

I will leave the chains of what’s comfortable behind
I’ll try not look back, look to Jesus, life I’ll find
For there’s nothing I can do to make it seem right
When I only have me, me, me in my own sight

Yes, I’ve seen the sweet promises laid out before
But fleshy desires did pull me to the world’s store
Of things that could never complete this brokenness
I’m learning, only God’s love can heal this distress

Maybe when I’ve walked through the shallows in times past
Thinking I’ve made it, I made it, I’m whole at last
That pride in its disguise has led me to believe
I’ve no further to go, there’s nothing left to leave

Thank you for showing me, there are still hidden hurts
There are wilderness days, and more trails through deserts
I receive Lord, all you have prepared for my life
In Your care, I press forward, to lands of no strife

The shadow of the valley of death, surrounds me
I step into Your presence, with each step, I see
That really those comforts that I trusted upon
Kept me locked in fear, so I couldn’t trust Your Son

Imagined, or very real trials as I go forth
Pale in comparison, mercy and grace lead north
As the fruit of the Spirit becomes my life’s aim
Letting go, letting God, I’ll never be the same

© 2018 Liana Wendy Howarth

CAN I TRUST ME? (SONG LYRICS)

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Chorus
Your arms hold me up
Your breath secures my life
Your love embraces all I am
Your strength dispels all strife

I’ve tried so many times
To surround myself with me
Trust in all I’m capable of
Trust, and rely on me

I can do it, can’t I?
Do everything that is me
Why do I need that someone else?
When I have me, yes me!

I use my eyes to see
And I use my ears to hear
My heart, it beats all by itself
I have myself right here

I go about my day
I know what I am doing
Singing my songs so I listen
Of thoughts full of wooing

I think I’m in control
And everything worships me
Circumstances, they must bow down
Even I worship me

But who am I fooling?
I’m fooling myself, yes me
Oh foolish one, come, see the truth
It’s not me, me, me, ME

Oh! My arms, they hang down
My breath awaits instruction
I’m lost, heartbroken, no pure love
Till strength’s impartation

Chorus
Your arms hold me up
Your breath secures my life
Your love embraces all I am
Your strength dispels all strife

© 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

HE’LL BE WITH ME (Song Lyrics)

Written for a dear loved one who is hurting …

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Chorus
He’ll be with me in the wild, wild storms
Those which threaten to knock me over
He’ll be with me in the fiery trials
Those that still smolder under cover
When all seems hopeless, no end in sight
And darkness appears to be winning
I’ll look into His beautiful eyes
And know, He cared from the beginning

And so I cry
Father in heaven, I know You’re there; but I feel so very alone
Father, please speak the Word, and lift me to Your throne

All plans are crumbling fast, each day delivers grief
I’m being cornered, and it’s shaking my belief

I want to do what’s right, and shun all that is wrong
But waves and flames around me, have silenced my song

Each time I get back up, here comes the floor again
Trying hard to see You, forgetting all this pain

Chorus
He’ll be with me in the wild, wild storms
Those which threaten to knock me over
He’ll be with me in the fiery trials
Those that still smolder under cover
When all seems hopeless, no end in sight
And darkness appears to be winning
I’ll look into His beautiful eyes
And know, He cared from the beginning

But I know You’re there, and because of this, I say
Lord be magnified this day, magnified this day

For I can do nothing, and nothing I can do
To bring about deliverance, it’s up to You

And so I’ll rest in the storm, sing in the trial
This is not forever, only for a short while

I will get stronger, and the sorrows soon will leave
As long as my beating heart to Your heart, can cleave

I’ll listen to His word
For His word is all I need
His word created, sustains me
His word will always feed
And one day I’ll stand before Him
And be shown my life in His
I’ll see His protective arms locked in mine
With each breath He ever freed

Chorus
He’ll be with me in the wild, wild storms
Those which threaten to knock me over
He’ll be with me in the fiery trials
Those that still smolder under cover
When all seems hopeless, no end in sight
And darkness appears to be winning
I’ll look into His beautiful eyes
And know, He cared from the beginning

© 2017 Liana Wendy Howarth

AMIDST THE RAGING STORM (Song Lyrics)

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When there seems to be no hope in close sight
When there seems to be no end to the night
When everywhere there’s only wrong not right
Then rescue is near, don’t give up the fight

Searching for peace amidst the raging storm
We draw close to our wonderful Saviour
For He is sleeping whilst we are praying
He will awaken in His sweet hour

Crushed beneath the threatening waves so dark
Floundering in confusion’s foamy froth
Remember our Father won’t lead one way
Change direction, then deliver His wrath

When there seems to be no hope in close sight
When there seems to be no end to the night
When everywhere there’s only wrong not right
Then rescue is near, don’t give up the fight

Reach up and grasp His hand of salvation
Bringing our hearts to the healing altar
Let go and let God, how often this need
It’s the only way to know who we are

Trust in the One who is Hope eternal
For ourselves and all whom we dearly love
For coming through those stormy seas
He’ll always set our feet safely above

When there seems to be no hope in close sight
When there seems to be no end to the night
When everywhere there’s only wrong not right
Then rescue is near, don’t give up the fight

© 2016 Liana Wendy Howarth

When Patience Blooms

The Gift of a Rose
This is the first time this beautiful rose has bloomed in the eight years we have been at our home. My father moved it from under the shaded trees about a year ago, not believing it would ever bloom. A few times I asked the Lord to reveal the flower, to have the rose blossom that He may be given the glory, as my father who is an avid, really avid gardener (his life passion, one who knows most of the Latin names) didn’t think it was possible. The leaves had always flourished even in the shade; but as to the colour of the flower, we had no idea.

Well this morning the Lord averted my eyes upwards to the top of the garden arch. I showed my husband and father and said this is answered prayer. With varying responses from them :-), I am in awe of our Creator, for Whom nothing is impossible. He has taught me another sweet heart lesson:-

It doesn’t matter if, when prayers are lifted heavenward, you see no change in your life or the lives of others. Underneath, within, the Lord is working mightily in our lives and waiting for His perfect timing to reveal the gift of His answer. His encouragement … Never give up, always believe that He can do anything, be patient, trust in Him, He loves us and will give us the desires of our heart according to His will for our life.

My heart was to see the beautiful bloom upon this rose, suppressed beauty released and to bring glory to God. To reveal to unbelievers that there is nothing too difficult for our heavenly Father. Another reason why this to me is so personal, is that this is the eighth year of illness that has had my life on hold in so many different areas. I have learnt and am learning so much about my Father’s love for me through http://www.beinhealth.com that in the physical the layers of affliction (non existent petals) are just peeling off and being discarded; but in the spiritual and soon to flow into the physical, beautiful healing is taking place and a new blossom of His life is forming in me, just waiting for His perfect timing to be revealed. How perfect that the rose that was given me was the colour of His sacrifice. His death and resurrection for me. He has given me new life, new hope. Eternal life.

Thank you my Father for the depth of Your love for me, for us and believing in Your Son, knowing that He would fulfill every intricate detail of Your merciful gift for all.

Thank you Jesus for Your obedience in going to the Cross because of Your love for Your Father, for me, for us. The depth of Your pain that You suffered for me, for us. Praise God You are risen. Seated on high.

Thank you Holy Spirit for Your comfort, conviction and ever present peace even amidst turmoil. For bringing the Father’s love to me, to us. Embracing with love eternal.

© 2015 – current Liana Wendy Howarth

Romans 8:25
But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.