Monday, November 17, 2014

Poem: Overflow


By: Joi Maree Brown

Our cup runneth over
When our faith is increased
Once our patience of waiting
Has been calmed by peace

We are blessed
Once out of our way we move
And allow God to take in our lives His rightful place

We receive confirmation
Of the fairness of favor
Bestowed upon us by
His perfect grace

And rewarded
Of our obedience to Him
With an overflowing of our cup
Its contents unable to be contained

What a blessing it is to receive

Monday, September 22, 2014

Poem: Whisper


By: Joi Maree Flowers

Waiting for the thunder to roar
Or the fire to ignite

An act of a miracle
Or a flash of lightning's strike

To be a sign
Of God's presence

In the midst
Of where we are at the moment we seek His instructions

But it is not in those moments
And not because of those happenings

That his nearness will be confirmed

But in the stillness of silence
When we least expect His presence

Like a cool breeze
On a Summer's night

That a soft voice
Will speak into our ears

In the tone of a whisper

And it will be


Shoulder to shoulder with us
Reminding us that

He was with us
And had always been

Closer than we thought

But we were too busy
Waiting on the loudness of His arrival

Not realizing all along

He was with us
By our side

Every step of our journey

Monday, September 8, 2014

Poem: A Blessing It Is

A Blessing It Is

By: Joi Maree Flowers

Such a blessing it is to be

To be summoned again at dawns rising
To awake
And rise

Not held by sleep's drift
Into death's slumber

Such a blessing it is to be
And wanted

To complete an assignment by God
For his will
And purpose

As destiny would have it
Written before our knowing

Such a blessing it is to be
And received

As a blessing to someone in need
To aid
And help

As one neighbor
To another

Such a blessing it is to be
And loved

By our Father above
To be given time
To continue in this life

To continue to live our purpose
Because it is not yet our time to die


Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Poem: As I Am

As I Am

By: Joi Maree Flowers

I am stronger than my weaknesses
Higher than my lows
Content on my being
And held captive not by my woes

I am originated from the Creator's design
Chiseled by His perfect hand
To look not like those around me
And dare not be reconstructed by the hands of man

I am the seed planted into the earth's soil
Nurtured by the water of prayer
And the radiance of hope's light
Blooming into the beautiful flower welcomed by the kiss of Spring's cool air

I am she who will conquer
I am she who will stand
Even if the only voice that acknowledges me is silent
And no applause comes from so-called supportive hands

I am the blues in the midnight hour
The tears that fill the rising river
The loneliness of rejected lust
That finds a smile upon dawn's enter

I am the girl who was
The woman that became
Never to before be the same
For change is what brought me to this day

I am who I am
Flawed and stained
Strengthened by my faults
Beautified by my name

Friday, August 29, 2014

Poem: Hallelujah


By: Joi Maree Flowers


I praise His name

The name spoken in prayer
Sung in song
Shouted out loud


Such a precious name

The name I carry with me
The name I'm shielded by
The name that saved me




Monday, August 4, 2014

Poem: My Testimony

My Testimony

By: Joi Maree Flowers

Folks don't know why the tears stream down my cheeks
When I pray or hear his Praises sung through song
Because they know not my testimony

They just don't know
How good God has been to me

How he's blessed me
Saved me
Rescued me
Steered me in the direction of forward
And not back

I've witnessed his works
Not only in me
But in those around me

I've been talked about and cursed through words by those who wished my down fall
But by God's favor I never saw their feet when at my lowest
Because he stood me tall to look over their heads

He received me as I am
Knowing I was a sinner
A work in progress

I've arrived at the place of present not by my own travels
But by the guided steps of my Lord and Savior
Who before my knowing already paved the way for the road to lead me here

He is the reason I know what love it
Because I got out of my own way so he could open the door
So love could find its way to me

He is the reason why I no longer suffer from loneliness
Because when in the physical company of myself
I know that He is there right next to me

He is the reason why I no longer seek the validation of others
Because He opened mine eyes
To see the beauty that is me

I can go on and on
But the hour won't allow the space for the time

But for the rest of my life
I will thank Him
Through prayer
And I will Praise Him
In song

Because My God
Had been so good to me

And without Him
I would not be

Monday, July 7, 2014

Poem: Magic (July 4, 2014)

Magic (July 4, 2014)

By: Joi Maree Flowers

And just like that it happened

And just like that
We became one

It was known that one day it would happen
But the day of when was unknown

And on this day

As night awoke from its sleep
Once the sun laid down to rest

The stars shine were brightened
By colorful explosions shot into the sky

Accompanied by admirations of
"Oohs" and "ahhs"

And by surprise

While surrounded by those
Whom we love


Looked into my eyes
And proclaimed his love to me

And asked it I would become
His Queen

Is what I replied

And I felt it

The magic

Of love
Of what forever felt like

And it felt beautiful

Simply beautiful

Friday, April 18, 2014

Poem: To The Altar

To The Altar
By: Joi Maree Flowers

She went to the altar to lay her burdens down
On her knees at the altar to lay her burdens down

Admitting to her wrongs
Praying for forgiveness

To wash her sins from her soul
And receive the grace of God

She went to the altar to lay her burdens down
On her knees at the altar to lay her burdens down

So her darkness can be cast aside
And give way for her light to shine

Monday, March 31, 2014

Poem: Freely Us

Freely Us
By: Joi Maree Flowers

Walking through the crowd hand in hand
Like staring eyes don't bother
Like 'taint nobody's business but ours
Walking pass the questioning crowd hand in hand

Loving freely
Living lovely
Laughing heavily
Enjoying the moment

Of this love that defines us
In this world that wonders if it should accept us
Worrying not about if folks will welcome us
For we are US

An Us that no man can separate
An Us protected by fate
An Us spoken through
The lips of forever

Even if We are not seen as we see ourselves
Through the eyes of onlookers
Even if We are cursed by judgmental howlers
We will continue

Walking through the crowd hand in hand
Like staring eyes don't bother
Like 'taint nobody's business but ours
Walking pass the questioning crowd hand in hand

Friday, March 21, 2014

Poem: Tropic Destination

Tropic Destination
By: Joi Maree Flowers


An island of desire
To escape from the loudness of the every day rush
Alone or accompanied
For seclusion from the interrupted peace of the soul

Spring time
Summer months

The brightness of the sun
Smiling upon the blue sea

Closing my eyes
And becoming lost in a day dream
Until I open them again
Just to breathe in the surrounding peace

That I have been longing to say

Friday, March 7, 2014

Poem: Perfect Shade Of Brown

Perfect Shade Of Brown

By: Joi Maree Flowers

Like the color of Pecan
The perfect shade of brown
Glazed by the sun's glow
As it caresses the essence of his outer handsomeness

I become infatuated with his walk
I become consumed by speech
Hypnotized by his eyes
That entraps me as I fall victim to his Alpha

He is no dream
But a clear reality
Of a want
That I need

That I plead
To embrace me
That I plead
To not forsake me

He is

Like Cocoa
Sweet and addictive to my taste
Perfection in my eyes
He whom I want only as mine

Friday, January 24, 2014

Poem: As Destined

As Destined
By: Joi Maree Flowers

I see me writing down my dreams on paper
Word for word

I see me walking on the road of destiny
Step by step

I see me becoming God's Will
Just as He'd written it

I see the time passing
By and by

Being used wisely
And properly

As I Become
My destiny