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Monday, October 16, 2017

Empty Nest

After countless years of your life invested,
You are suddenly left empty nested.
All your children have up and grown,
They are doing their best to make it on their own.

But your role in their life is not over yet,

You now get to be a safe outlet,

Because life is not always easy outside of the nest,

So they return for advice from those they know best.

So continue to pray your guts out at the foot of the throne,

Pray that your children always know they are not alone,

Because though they are no longer under your control,

A close and personal walk with God was always the ultimate goal.

Well done, good and faithful servant,

Because the faith in which you lived was so fervent,

Though they left the nest, the world is truly blessed,

As they continue to grow and share the faith which they professed. 

Joy Lynn

Monday, October 9, 2017

Continue to Race

So once again I find myself
At the foot of Your throne,
Giving You everything
That I thought I could handle alone.
Though I know Your power,
I’m still independent prone.
I hope that someday soon,
From this I will be outgrown. 

Here’s my heart, Lord,
I lay it down bare.
Rip it apart, Lord,
Leave nothing to spare,
For it's riddled with disease,
It’s caught in a snare,
It’s struggling in life’s waves,
It’s gasping for air. 

Pick it up, Lord,
Breath life anew,
Trapped in these weary bones,
There’s nothing I can do.
Tired of trying to do it on my own,
But that You already knew,
You were simply waiting for my surrender,
Because only You could pull me through.

So until I find my place,
In eternity’s space,
I pray I continually seek You,
Til I see You face to face,
For though the journey is hard now,
You always offer Your embrace,
And though sometimes slow going,
I need to continue to run the race.

 Joy Lynn

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Beautifully Free

Please stop and listen,
Repeat after Me,
This ideal dream you have of yourself
Is simply not who I created you to be.

I care not about your makeup 
Or the number on the scale
But I do worry often,
That your confidence is frail.

My beautiful daughter,
Beloved, you are, 
You are created in My image,
You are, in fact, a star…

A star in the way
That light shines from within.
You’ve been illuminating My light
Since the Holy Spirit came in.

So when you look in the mirror,
What do you truly want the world to see?
An altered and carefully manufactured version of you?
Or a life that reflects Me?

The key is that you’re beautiful,
It’s who I created you to be,
Don’t give the idols of comparison control,
Because from these, I've set you free.

Joy Lynn

A Teacher's Prayer (September 30, 2012)

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank You, firstly, for being my Teacher,

Being a perfect example of the grace and patience one will need,
To feed Your children with knowledge,
While disciplining to keep the peace.

I do not do my job perfectly,
But every day I pray I’ll be,
A good example to my students,
Of a life consecrated to Thee.

I laugh, I cry, I get frustrated too,
Lord, I simply don’t know how You do what You do.
How do You feel when a child looks in Your eyes and lies to Your face?
Oh, I imagine I’d feel much disgrace…yet You give more grace.

Help me love these students You have entrusted to me.
Help me to point them to You and remind me to bend the knee…
Because I cannot change their hearts, and I cannot give what they need,
But for Your work in their heart and in mine, I humbly plea.


Joy Lynn

Wednesday, September 27, 2017


I came in to the conversation desperate, hoping you’d somehow know; I was seeking words of affirmation, some simple words of uncoaxed hope.  But you were quickly on your way and out of the room, not only went your presence, but the little confidence I had left turned to utter gloom. 

Why do I give you so much power, you without a name, because it is not one person but a people, who I look to to save face?  Why is my confidence anchored in what you have to say and why is it shattered when it doesn’t go my way?

Dear God, help me take back the power from insecurity and shame.  Help me to seek You, above any other name.  Let Your hope be my anchor for Your promises are sure.  Let my guilt ridden and self-loathing thoughts diminish as I remember and cling to Your grace, love and mercy that endure. 

Joy Lynn

Sunday, September 24, 2017

My Tongue May Fail

My tongue may fail me,
But You fail me not,
My words may betray me,
But Your Word will not,
May my labored tongue
And my lispy speech,
Still speak Truth
And experience peace.

Joy Lynn

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Please Don't Go

Stop right there, 
Please take a breath,
I know this road is hard
But don’t let it lead to death…

You’ve got people right here,
Standing by your side,
Please let us in the walls,
I know you’re trying to hide.

These demons aren’t new,
I’ve been there too,
But try to dismiss the lies,
And cling to what is True.

You are made in God’s image
And utterly adored,
If we understood even a bit of God’s love,
We’d be totally floored. 

So please, I beg you,
Please don’t go this way,
I know you won’t believe me,
But it’s best for the world if you stay

Can we get through this together?
Would that be okay…
If you and I were buddies
Who pressed each other forward each day?

For we all need friendship,
Love and forgiveness displayed,
That when the storms raged and the waves got high,
When the world seemingly left, someone stayed.  

Let’s press onward and forward,
Let’s together look God’s way,
For though this broken road is hard,
He walks it with us every day.  

Joy Lynn

Monday, September 18, 2017

How Do I Know?

How do I know?  (September 17, 2017)

You’ve heard it in the stories of old
No matter where in the world you go,
Stories of creation and a worldwide flood,
These stories passed down by generational blood.

You’ve seen it through God’s perfect Son, Jesus Christ,
Who lived a perfect life despite the strife, (Hebrews 14:5; 1 Peter 2:22; 2 Corinthians 5:21)
Performing miracles and offering His blood for salvation, (Hebrews 10:10)
To a broken and sinful human nation.

Not only in life but also in death
He gave every ounce of blood and His very last breath,
But just three days later He rose from the grave, (1 Corinthians 15:3-4)
Conquering sin and death, and proving He alone has the power to save.  (1 Corinthians 15:57)

After His resurrection, His followers did not simply sit on a perch,
For “the blood of the martyrs is the seed of the Church,”
They spoke the Truth and preached repentance,
And for that, so many faced a death sentence.

But now let’s bring it home to how this faith is my own,
Before I went my own way but now God sits on the throne
For His ways are best and His promises are sure,
The Holy Spirit’s leading is what makes me secure.  

Ultimately it is by faith that we are saved, (Romans 2:8-9)
For it was to sin that we were enslaved, (Romans 6:20-23)
But Jesus died on the cross and His blood covers our sin, (Romans 4:25)
And when we trust in His grace, He comes and lives within. 

So next time I’m asked, “how do I know?”
It’s not just because the Bible tells me so…
For His work is evident from the dawning of creation, (Romans 1:20)
And my faith in Jesus Christ is my eternal foundation.  

Joy Lynn

Sunday, September 10, 2017

A Storms Brewing

I see the dark clouds rolling in,
They swallow up the view,
On every speck of the horizon,
The blue turns to a grey hue.  

I sit on a figurative island,
There is no place to run,
This storm will surely swallow me,
I can only pray for a returning sun.

I’ve walked this life long enough
To know these storms come and go.
God’s light shines bright in the darkest of nights,
Even when it feels like I’m in the midst of a black hole.

So may I rest in Your promises,
May I be anchored in Your love,
Help me find peace in the waves wake,
And keep my eyes on You above.

Joy Lynn

Monday, August 21, 2017

Seasons Change

Seasons change
Summer to Fall
Winter to Spring
You hold them all

Writing a story
Each chapter a gift
Storyline weaves through
Even if characters shift

We plan for forever
But sometimes it ends
The lessons and memories though
Through the story transcend

It was not in vain
Though the season has changed
Forever will be cherished
The lessons and challenges exchanged

So don’t doubt your part
In the pages of my heart
Though one season has come to an end
It allows another to start

As I flip back through the pages
Venturing down memory lane
I see the tears and trials
But I also see the gain

So may I be thankful
For the role this chapter played
The value and the depth of which
I’d never seek to trade

May I experience peace
For I trust the Author of the story
That though change is never easy
That He’s using it for His glory

May the season ahead
Continue to shape and mold
And point my little piece of the world to Him
As my story continues to unfold

Joy Lynn