About Me – Joanna Lynn

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About Me - Joanna Lynn


Hi!  I’m Joanna Lynn.  Thanks for visiting.  This is a place where you can go on a journey to find who you were created to be and hear what God thinks about you (spoiler – He loves you more than you could ever imagine). It is a journey I am taking as well.  I would love for you to join me!

This blog is for anyone, but especially for those who come from a place of abuse or still suffer the ongoing negative “tape recordings” that someone spoke into your life. I write from a Christian worldview because I am nothing without Jesus. He is the One Who has sustained me through everything and allowed me to still have joy in my life everyday.

Who am I?

Joanna Lynn

This is me

I am a single mom of two teenage boys. They make me laugh and I can’t imagine life without them. They are the beautiful outcome of my marriage. It definitely wasn’t my plan to be a single mom, but after my husband committed suicide, I had no choice.

I come from a lifetime of abuse from different people throughout my life, but that’s not who I am. I am a lady who loves the seemingly small things in life and count them as blessings (for example, I just saved a bee from a spider web in my basement by catching him in a bowl and setting him free outside). I love to see humor in life, slip into a fictional place through a book or movie, be with friends and walk (especially on a beach).

00082379Why the blog?

After my husband’s suicide, I was in a very dark place. My world fell apart and I could finally see that I had never really been whole. I was only the person I needed to be to protect myself from the ongoing abuse. I needed to work through what I was trying to come to terms with, but I needed to do it in a way that would also look to the positives and what could be.

I write about finding out what it means to truly live as I go through life and what others have taught me – everything from single parenting, valuable lessons learned through the trials and abuse and how the abusive words were so against what God says about us. There are some quirky pieces thrown in about the world and my sometimes not so conventional way of thinking. I’m still growing the blog, so I’m sure there’s more to come. My favorite part, right now, is a series called “Words of Hope” where I can speak positive words to all that read it.

A Safe Place

About Me

Safe, Comfortable Place

This is a safe place for those who visit. I monitor the comments so abusive comments can’t be made towards anyone.

Speak your mind, share your story and come along with me on my journey to freedom while also going through your own journey. It is so much better to walk the path with others. Abuse is all about isolation. That’s not a way you have to live anymore.


Subscribe to my blog and I’ll send you a personalized “Love Letter From God” (written from verses from the bible, which are also included at the bottom of the letter). It may take a few days to e-mail it to you depending on the day, but it’s a letter God gave to me to write and it’s what He truly feels about you.

~ Joanna Lynn

28 thoughts on “About Me – Joanna Lynn

  1. I was just checking to see if you received my reply to you. No worries if you’re just busy, but I wanted to make sure. Thanks.

  2. I am blessed to have found your blog today. Thank you for following me first, too. It has been quite overwhelming for me to find people who are openly sharing their struggles and very much encouraging to know that they did not give up and got through all life’s challenges. I am sorry to hear about your husband’s loss. But I am also awed by the grace of our God in seeing you through a dark tunnel that I can only imagine about. He is truly amazing. I started this blog as a way of healing myself and coming to terms with who I am from all the exhaustion of an extroverted world. 🙂 I thank God for finding you in my journey. God bless! —Claire.

  3. That was so sweet! Thanks for writing it. I look forward to reading more of your posts. I replied to your Flipper story, but I’m not sure it went through. If not, just know I enjoyed reading about your journeys.

  4. OK, I’m giving up on comments. I had two comments to two different people combine in my comment to you. Skip the Flipper part and add in God is truly amazing and He never leaves us to deal with life and its challenges on our own. I look forward to getting to know you more. My time with computers this week have not been good.

  5. You’re welcome! I’ll check it out as soon as my connection gets better, no worries. And I think I did a double entry comment on one of your posts as well. Looking forward to reading your blogs too!

  6. Wow. What a story you have. Thank you for sharing, and I’m glad you created the blog to share it. I have enjoyed reading your posts, and I look forward to reading more. Your writing is both inspiring and encouraging. 🙂

  7. Your story is amazing!! Being a single parent is never easy much less dealing with the reason that we become single parents. Your courage is inspirational. I look forward to reading more about you, your children, and your journey to wholeness.

  8. God’s seen me through so much. It is rough being a single parent and taking over all the work of managing and caring for a house. Not sure how people do it all without God in their lives.

  9. I totally agree with you.Being a single parent is tough. I have raised my children alone, even though they have their “dad” several hours away. Infidelity and abuse damage the relationship between parent and child also. But God… they will tell you that He is their good, good Father when their human dad has failed them. I know that God uses all things in our lives for our good, even when we do not understand.

  10. I’m so glad your kids know Jesus. I have told them many times, and will many times over, that they always have a Father that will never leave them.

  11. So true! And thank you. My daughter just said the other day that if their dad and I were still together, that they would not have a relationship with Christ like they do now. She sees the difference. And one day your children will realize how this tragedy has drawn them closer to God. I don’t know how we would make it without our Father!!

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  13. I know I just found your blog.. but after reading this, I really want to nominate you for the Valiant Blogger Award: https://dailywarriors.wordpress.com/2017/01/30/valiant-blogger-award/

    You can check it out and just consider. You don’t have to do the post, but I just wanted you to know that you are such an inspiration. I’m glad to have found your blog. And I look forward to connecting more with you, Joanna.

    You are a lovely, wonderful human being. God bless you more! (hugs) <3

  14. Blog on my dear Joanna, the best therapy gets us to clarity. My mom, then my son died within 30 days. Blogging out our emotions, or whatever may ‘pop in’ to our minds and hearts…gives us FREEDOM to feel, to express without stress of what someone may think. God knows the content of our hearts, and when we release what is within…then we can see it, read it, and share it with those who are on the narrow path. Your words encourage me and many others. “well done”.

  15. Thank you for your encouragement. It is therapy, of sorts, isn’t it? I’m sorry for your losses. I can’t imagine the pain of not only losing them, but also so close together. I pray God is surround you with comfort and peace.

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