J. Lynn Thomas
Believer. Dreamer. Storyteller. Jesus Girl.
Welcome, Ransomed Beauty! Hi, I'm Lynn. I'm glad you've stopped in today.
If you're old enough, you may remember this Janis Ian song,
"I learned the truth at seventeen,
That love was meant for beauty queens,
And high school girls with clear skin smiles
Who married young and then retired."
Can anybody relate? Haha, well, I certainly can.
Beauty. That elusive quality that makes one desirable. Lovable. Confident. Sought after. Valuable. Did you know that Beauty is one of the four innate longings of the human soul? But if we only knew it, as God's creation and the intended Bride of Christ we already are.
'Behold, you are beautiful, my love; behold, you are beautiful;' Song of Solomon 1:15
How different would life have been if we had known that as little girls? Or as teens, young mothers, wives, single women, or widows? We are beautiful -- in every age and life stage. Uniquely crafted. Absolutely perfect in the eyes of our love-struck, enamored Savior, Jesus.
Ransomed Beauty is a place to remind you of just that -- You are beautiful. Absolutely perfect. Uniquely you. And Jesus, the Bridegroom, is head-over-heels smitten by you.
So join us as we live the Love life -- journeying together in a whirlwind romance with our wild-at-heart Beloved, Jesus. We'll share Jesus Girl stories, tips, testimonies, and recipes, of course.
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Lynn experienced a life-altering encounter with Jesus at the age of seven, but it was not until she was seventeen that He so captured her heart and swamped her with His overwhelming love that she gave herself completely to loving Him and serving His church. With a mandate at twenty-seven to "Get to know My Church," Lynn devoted much of her career to serving on staff and as a "Mach 5 hair on fire" volunteer in local churches, national ministries, and mega-churches across the United States for over thirty years. And although she holds a B.A. in Theology, she credits her real education to “... the board rooms and the back rooms” of these churches and para-ministries. One thing is certain: Lynn knows church.
She is the published author of a children's book series and co-author of four faith-based children's books. Her current work, Slave Trade, Ransomed Beauty, Rescued Bride, explores the post-resurrection relationship of Jesus and His Bride, for whom he gave “…beauty for ashes"…; the ultimate “slave trade”.
Lynn's greatest joy is watching a God-dream unfold in the life of a Believer – the larger story the “Dream Whisperer”, Himself has written for each of His children, which she shares as an author and public speaker. She has a passionate desire to help Believers discover that dream and walk it out. Spend time with Lynn and you're sure to be asked, “So… what’s the dream that would make your heart sing?”
A published author with “a string of words in the pipeline,” Lynn enjoys writing daily in her 1930s original Craftsman “Writing Cottage,” in her hometown of Richmond, Virginia. Among other interests she enjoys reading, studying the Word, and entertaining friends with good food, good music, and great conversation in her cut flower and herb kitchen. And somewhere along the way, there is sure to be torn paper, paint, glue, puppy dogs, mud pies, kid-size humans, and other messy pastimes which she shares with her sweet and sassy yellow Lab, Sugar, affectionately known as "Shugacookie".