Beauty from Pain

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Moments of joy and life full of love

Drift and depart through my days

Washing over and receding in spin

Like the waves of the billowing sea

Departing and loss is painful and yet

The promise of life still returns

Surprised by joy with bloom in hand

Like a gentleman courting his bride

Riding the tide and awaiting return

Learning to breathe once again

Push into the freedom of letting it go

Knowing Your love will sustain

Lord help me and keep me

And use me for good

Turn ashes to beauty from pain.

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Healed Heart Gleams

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What stirs in heart at depths it seems

The whole of quiet, nature beams

Take a look and longer gaze

At what you pass in hurried days

Find the rest, your soul that thirsts

Remember love, remember firsts

Once wild desire, taken for granted

Trace back and see what seeds you planted

The tree that grows needs time to flare

Slow down, stop running, reaching for air

Hold to that which firmly rooted

Anchors soul, press play, now muted

Let beauty’s music guide your heart

Hope revealed, seen now in part

Gather treasures growing where

Your passion planted life once bare

Remember promise sown with vision

God graced you with a worthy mission

Humble down and let love rise

Cherish treasures, choices wise

Cease in searching empty dreams

Once cold and broken, healed heart gleams.

Words and Photo by Jennifer JLS


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Joyful Journey

  Waiting and watching when all seems bleak.
Anticipation. She’s smiling sweet.
Storms crash over. Eyes are blind.
Winds will topple weaker mind.
Vows sealed strong in confident mess.
Held in His arms. Her God will bless.
Faith and promises tried and true.
Reassurance in skies of blue.
Clearing clouds and bows of wonder. 
Sacred earth is heavy under.
Open hearts and eyes to see. 
Graceful glimpse of what will be.
Girding strength for this new day. 
Joyful journey come what may.

Morning Star (Tribute to a soldier)


He heard the call upon his heart

To stand and serve, for justice fight

Fueled by something deep within

Passion, honor, might

With raised right hand he pledged an oath

To support, defend, obey

Unknown future opens wide

Commitment come what may

Blur of training, blood and sweat

Days rush into years

Once young and fresh, the face of a boy

Now stained with loss and tears

Flash of mission, loss of brothers

Fueled forward by the pain

Mission minded heart returns

Recall your victories gained

Glance in mirror, see the boy

Brave man stands firm and tall

Remember those you’re fighting for

Frontlines for one and all

 A soldier then, a strong man now

Your love knows who you are

Broken pieces mended when

You follow the Morning Star.

(Dedicated to my husband.)

(Revelation 22:16 Jesus said I am… the Bright Morning Star)

Rise and Stand 

Boldy march to battle lines

Chin up with visioned purpose

Armed with love and sacrifice

A selfish life is worthless

The voice that calls your heart to act

Is one of truth and honor

Your life was given for this day

Warrior princess, daughter

Remember childhood destiny

Recall your soul’s desire

Embers buried deep within

Now stoked alive with fire

It’s time to set the captives free

The seeds have burst in bloom

Open arms and steady now

The time is none too soon

Your were born in perfect time

Your people need a voice

The Lord has watched and prayers were heard

He honors your selfless choice

Hard lessons learned in secret places

Strength and might have grown

If you could see your beauty now

You are loved, protected, known

Rise and stand as who you are

Redeemed in Jesus’ love

Unafraid what future brings

Eyes fixed on God above.

(Inspired by Esther 1-10)


Waiting (Inspired by Ruth 3)


Wilderness wandering leaves me bare

Hands fall empty with nothing to share

Cover me with redeeming wings

In Christ alone my spirit sings

Worldly knowledge is grasping for straw

If knowing and gaining scrapes heart raw

I’m heading to the threshing floor

With all I’ve lost, but gaining more

Calm and trusting silent pace

Remove the covering seek His grace

I lay my body at His feet

The Lord will grant the claim I seek

I will do what You have asked

My face will shine without the mask

And if today meets chaos or pain

My heart will know that truth remains

Remember Ruth and all she lost

Her beautiful faith was worth the cost

Questions asked and prayers now wait

Resisting worry in delay

My grateful heart will choose delight

Remembering blessings from day to night.

Knowing (Inspired by Ruth 2)


When we are faithful

Our Father will see

Trusting the refuge

Beneath His wings

Believing in promise

Vowing to stay

Trust unwavering

Come what may

Time clicks slowly

Heart reassured

Obedient waiting

Motives are pure

Opening hands

To receive as it comes

Gleaning and humble

Beauty in crumbs

Eyes are upon you

Watching your stride

Smile in the knowing

God will provide.

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