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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Forgiveness (October 20, 2017)

Forgiveness: A topic that I have been having on-going conversations with my students about. This was birthed out of the theme God has firmly pressed on my heart lately. 


Forgiveness (October 20, 2017)


What will you do to make amends?

What can you do to make things right again?

Looking at my life that has fallen apart

How on earth can I grant you a brand new start?



The pain you inflicted,

A heart left broken and stricken,

Unless you plead and beg for forgiveness

The bitterness grows in the name of unfinished business.



So here I am, prisoner, to bitter shame,

I suffer from grievous depression and I assign you most the blame.

But what if I can experience true healing,

A wholeness that transcends all feelings?



I don’t possess grace, like God, my Savior,

But with His mercy and strength I seek His favor

In forgiving you without need of amends,

For I, myself, have experienced freedom from God’s forgiveness that has no end. 



Lord, give me healing and let me set them free,

So I will have the freedom to simply be who You created me to be.

Alive in Your presence and washed by Your blood,

Let Your healing and mending descend like a flood.



For holding on to this bitterness has done me no good.

I had to steep deep in Your grace and then I understood,

That forgiveness truly sets the captives free,

So may I willingly extend that grace to others and find healing only found in Thee.



Joy Lynn

Sunday, November 5, 2017

God is Good


God is good


On the mountain and in the valley,

In the light and in the shadows,

In the joy and in the pain,

In the sunlight and the pouring rain.


Lord, I struggle with believing this

When all I see is suffering and shame,

But I know and trust Your promises are true

So let this Truth, in my heart, reign.



Joy Lynn

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.

Amen.

Joy Lynn

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Confidence


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