Frances Matney Woodard (1922 – 1991) was born in Huntington, Texas the eldest daughter of a Methodist minister. After working for the US Military during World War 2, she attended and graduated from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. After marrying, she settled in Longview, Texas where she was very active as a Sunday school teacher, youth & children’s choir director, church secretary, choir member, songwriter, and soloist at her Church and throughout East Texas.

She was a Spirit-filled believer who loved the Lord. She was a prolific writer who dedicated her last years in this world to writing songs and poetry, many that were never distributed or published outside the family. I am very proud to share some of her writing with the world. I pray that it blesses you. — Harrison Woodard

He’s Always There

By Frances Matney Woodard

(1922 – 1991)


One day as I was sad and grieved

I knelt to pray

I knelt to pray

I asked for help to solve the cares of the day

The song had gone from my heart

The Lord heard my prayer

But only told me to wait

To wait – a difficult command

But I waited – and I waited –

Sometimes it seemed endless

I could only hold to God’s hand

After a time the waiting is over

And cares began to change

As the Lord led me and guided me

Slowly to the place He arranged

And He told me of the words He

Wanted me to share

That He is love

That He is joy

And that each time we need Him

He’s always there


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