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

I HAVE TO BELIEVE I AM WHO I AM IN I AM (Song Lyrics)

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I have to believe I am who I am in I AM
Because in Him, I live and move and have my being
So I am all that He says I am, and that’s the truth
Lord, in Your mercy, give me eyes opened, all seeing

I have to believe I am who I am in I AM
His Word says I’m His child, beautifully created
Healed, worthy and cleansed, safe, forgiven and bathed in love
Lord, I’m so sorry I took so much time and waited

I have to believe I am who I am in I AM
No more condemnation, no more wandering alone
You’ve given me rest, peace, that the world can’t comprehend
Lord, You have turned my heart to flesh, where once there was stone

I have to believe I am who I am in I AM
Made every whit whole, and Your Name do I magnify
Justified, glorified, I now have the mind of Christ
Lord, You found me, I was lost, Your word, did satisfy

Yes, in Christ, I am no longer hurting
In Christ, at last I am finally me
’Cause in Christ I am no longer searching
For eternal love that can set me free

© 2017 Liana Wendy Howarth

I AM NOT INVISIBLE (Song Lyrics)

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Chorus
I may be invisible to you
I may be invisible to you
You may not hear what I say
You may not see what I do
But I am not invisible
No, I am not invisible
To the One who loves me through and through

Every day that I feel unloved
I cherish the One who loves me
Every time loved ones pass me by
I look to the One who loves me
Every smile that goes unnoticed
I smile at the One who loves me
Every tear that in silence falls
I leave with the One who loves me
Every night when I’m all alone
I praise the One who is with me

’Cause every season it will bring
Times of feeling so neglected
The sun keeps shining, the moon glows
The stars twinkle, a new day dawns
Life passes by, breaths keep breathing
And I feel so invisible
As I pour out those given gifts
It’s no good trying to please man
Mustn’t hope for recognition
When what you give is rejected

Chorus
I may be invisible to you
I may be invisible to you
You may not hear what I say
You may not see what I do
But I am not invisible
No, I am not invisible
To the One who loves me through and through

Praise God, my heavenly Father
For I will never leave His sight
So what, there’s no recognition
With man and with those that I love
Yes I may be invisible
Yes I’d love to be heard, admired
But if you do walk right past me
And my words bounce right off your heart
Yes it hurts; but I’ll no longer
Try to be seen, I’m in His light

I’m not invisible, no I’m not
I’m here with my wonderful Saviour
He holds my hand, shares our secret plan
Tells me one day I will understand
The reasons for others’ behaviour

© 2016 Liana Wendy Howarth

Set As Flint

Walkout along the narrow way
Hand in hand with Jesus
And nothing or no-one can ever make us sway
Either to the left or right or fumble lonely in the dark
For our living God He holds us close and if in obedience
We’ll never part

© 2015 Liana Wendy Howarth

Isaiah 50:7
For the Lord God will help me; therefore shall I not be confounded: therefore have I set my face like a flint, and I know that I shall not be ashamed.