Monday, January 8, 2018

HEART THOUGHTS IS MOVING...

by Marcie Bridges, @Marcie_Bridges 
 

Many Thanks to Shane Greene Photography
Hey Everyone! 

If you read Heart Thoughts last week, It's a Happy New Year,  then you already know that I am in a transition phase. Heart Thoughts will be moving to a WordPress blog site in the coming weeks. I'm also excited to announce the creation of my new website which, when it is ready, will be at www.marciewbridges.com. 

In the meantime, I hope you will still visit my blog and read some of my older posts that perhaps you didn't see the first time around. Here's a few I thought you might enjoy:

BROKEN PIECES - Can God repair my broken heart?

INCLINE YOUR EAR - I wonder. Are we listening to God? ... Isn’t it time to bend your ear to Him? Isn’t it time to turn your head, cock your ear upward and say, “Lord, what do YOU have for ME to hear today? What do YOU have to say to ME today?”

SPIRITUAL EYE CHECK-UP - "The eye Jesus is referring to is your focus. If your focus is on His kingdom and His righteousness, then your life will be in line with His. But if you compromise, your life gets out of focus." ~Anne Graham Lotz 

READ ME A STORY DADDY - The next time you feel in need of encouragement, take a moment to crawl up into your Father's lap and let Him read to you. He’s the best storyteller I know!  

PRAYER OF A BROKEN SPIRIT - Create in me a space, Lord, to receive Your grace. 

I'M NOT BRAVE - Sitting at the desk, pen in hand, a poem began to churn within then spilled out onto the pad of paper the hotel provided. Not sure of what I was writing, I wrote anyway... 

THE SOFT SWISH, SWISH OF HIS VOICE - the soft swish, swish of God’s breath... What does that make you think of? Does it ignite any emotion or feeling at all? Does it create a smile or even a thought? Maybe you spend moments just pondering it or wondering what it might feel like to have God’s breath be a soft swish around you?

You can also visit my Facebook Page at Marcie Bridges Poetry Writer where I'll be keeping you up to date on how everything is progressing. 

I hope the new year is finding you doing well. I can't wait to share with you all of the new things happening with me. And I can't wait to share my new website and blog with you too! As you can see I had some new headshots taken and the above photo is my favorite one. During this time of transition I'll be taking time to focus on Jesus and write down the things I believe He will want me to share with you in the year to come.

Thank you for being such faithful friends and readers.

From My Heart to Yours,
Marcie


 

Monday, January 1, 2018

IT'S A HAPPY NEW YEAR!

by Marcie Bridges, @Marcie_Bridges 

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ONE AND ALL!


So, here’s the answers to last week’s challenge to see who could figure out all of the songs in my Christmas Hymn poem. Did you get them all?

Christmas Hymn Answers
Do you hear what I hear?
Mary Did You Know?
Little Drummer Boy
Midwinter
Walking in a Winter Wonderland
Silent Night, Holy Night
Tell Me the Story of Jesus
Thou Didst Leave Thy Throne
Away in a Manger
O Little Town of Bethlehem
The First Noel
We Three Kings
Joy to the World

O Come All Ye Faithful
As with Gladness Men of Old
We Light a Thousand Candles
Mary’s Little Boy Child
Come On Ring Those Bells
Shiloh Has Come
Hark the Herald Angels Sing
O Holy Night
The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)
Santa Claus is Coming to Town
Sleigh Bell Ride
Heirlooms

Congratulations to our winner 
RIKKI CASTLE ANDREWS!!!! 

If you will contact me at the email listed below with your full name and address I will send you a signed copy of my book! 


And now for some other news I’d like to share with you. I will be taking a break from Heart Thoughts for a week or two while it is in transition to a Wordpress site. This weekend began the creation of my website which will be at marciewbridges.com

Be the first to know when my website is ready and my blog posts begin again, by sending me an email at lmwbridges@gmail.com

I am so excited for this New Year! I believe God is about to do some great things. Not just for me, but for you too.

My verse for this year is:

“So he said to me, “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord Almighty.” Zechariah 4:6

I don’t know what God has planned, but I know that whatever it is, I will be able to do it in His strength and power.

As another year drew to a close
my prayer to You my Lord
is to find me drawing close
kneeling in the shadow of Your cross
hiding beneath Your sheltering wing.

Free me from my selfish wants
arise in me the desire’s of Your heart
help me to follow in Your ways
that I may be a song of grace
a light that shines for You always.

~Marcell Warner Bridges
©31 December 2017
All Rights Reserved.

Happy New Year, Be Back Soon,
From My Heart to Yours,
Marcie




Monday, December 25, 2017

CHRISTMAS HYMN

by Marcie Bridges, @Marcie_Bridges 

The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.  
Luke 2:20




Christmas Hymn

Do you hear what I hear?
The blind will see, the deaf will hear
The dead will live again.
The lame will leap, the dumb will speak
The praises of the Lamb!
Come ― they told me
But what shall I bring?
I’ll bring Him my heart
In this winter wonderland so stark.
And in this silent night ... holy night
Tell me the story of Jesus, please,
How Thou did leave Thy throne
And Thy kingly crown
Away in a manger ― no room in the inn ―
A little babe settled down.
O little town of Bethlehem
Did you not see the star?
The first noel is being sung
And you sleep in heavenly peace
Even though
you know not who this is for.
Three kings of Orient, wise men proclaim
Joy to the world is upon us today.
O come, all ye faithful
As with gladness men of old
Light a thousand candles bright
Mary’s boy child has been born.
Come on, ring those bells!
Joy to the world! Shiloh has come!
Hark the herald angels sing
May we receive this King.
O holy night, when the stars shine bright,
Mary nods as I play my drum;
Pa rum pum pum pum,
I have no gift to bring so I shall sing
Glad tidings of this newborn King.
Please, tell me again,
Tell me the story of Jesus so I can
Write on my heart each and every word;
And as chestnuts roast on an open fire
I anticipate Christmas Day,
Not for all the presents to be received
But for other treasures I’ll find under the tree.
That more than Santa Claus coming to town
Or the sleigh bell rides I will take
My precious, precious Savior
Becomes more than an heirloom to me. 

 ~Marcell Warner Bridges
©17 December 2015
©Revised-24, December 2017



So, can you name all of the Christmas songs in this poem? Make your best guess in the comments section below. The winner will receive a signed copy of my book, Broken and Spilled Out: an offering of poetry and prayers for the hurting soul. (Maybe if you already have a copy and would like me to send a signed copy to a friend or family member, you can do this too!)

Merry Christmas to all of you dear readers, friends, and family! May God fill your hearts with His peace today and throughout the new year to come.

From My Heart to Yours,
Marcie





Need a Christmas present that will touch hearts? My poetry book, Broken & Spilled Out, is available for purchase 
 



Monday, December 18, 2017

GOD'S STILL DOING MIRACLES

by Marcie Bridges, @Marcie_Bridges 



But if I were you, I would appeal to God;
    I would lay my cause before him.
He performs wonders that cannot be fathomed,
    miracles that cannot be counted.
Job 5:8-9


Jesus come down
into my heart
light a spark
in the darkest part.
Show me, Jesus,
how to be born anew
wash me, cleanse me,
with a new attitude.
Refresh in me
the miracle of Your birth
reminding me, opening
my eyes to see
the wonders of Your love
miracles from above
not just on Christmas
but each and every day.


~Marcell Warner Bridges
©17 December 2017
All Rights Reserved.



I need a Christmas miracle.

My heart, consumed with too many cares, too many worries, is raveling apart. Watching loved ones hurt other loved ones, while others too busy to stand still for a minute have an attitude that breaks me to my knees.

I can’t seem to wrap my mind around the changes that have been made for this year. I can’t seem to believe in my heart that events have taken place to reshape our usual traditions. I want so much to fix it all, but I can’t. Only God can fix what has been broken.

So I am in need of a miracle. I need Jesus to come down and fix my attitude. Fix my heart. Help me to find peace within this chaos that has consumed my family for the past few months.

Maybe you are in need of a miracle too? Maybe your heart is aching for some normalcy like mine? Something to hang your hat onto?

Growing up, I would listen to a musical every Christmas called, “A Miracle Happened at Christmas”. The theme of this musical is this:
 

“God’s still doing miracles. Let Him do a miracle for you.” 

I’m walking in expectation this week of a miracle for myself and my family. I hope you will expect and let Him do a miracle in your life this Christmas too.

From My Heart to Yours,
Marcie





Need a Christmas present that will touch hearts? My poetry book, Broken & Spilled Out, is available for purchase 

Monday, December 11, 2017

EMMANUEL ~ GOD WITH US

by Marcie Bridges, @Marcie_Bridges 

Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.
Isaiah 7:14


Emmanuel

Proclaimed throughout the ages
God with us He would be
born of a virgin, in flesh He’d come
as a baby for you and for me.

Fear within is no match
when Emmanuel’s presence abides
Going before us, protecting behind
and His perfect peace lives inside.

In the fullness of the season
may our hearts be an open door
welcoming Jesus our Savior,
Emmanuel, God with us, forevermore.
 

~Marcell Warner Bridges
©10, December 2017
All Rights Reserved.

Dear Lord,

Some of us are not feeling at all prepared for Christmas. For whatever reasons, our trees are not up twinkling and bright. Decorations are still packed away in boxes, waiting for their moment to emerge back to life. The anticipation of the season wore thin the minute the word “Christmas” was uttered. Lord, our lives are feeling a bit overwhelmed and rushed by the hustle and bustle that is to come.

So we ask You Lord today, to come. Come be with us. As Your name, Emmanuel — God with us — promises. We ask You to remove our fear. Our fear of not being enough. Not having enough. Not doing enough. Remove from our hearts the stone that is forming, hardening us to the wonder of the season. Help us to remember what this is really all about. You.

Help us to know that even though it is fun to have the decorations, lights, trees, and presents and baking food to fill our bellies full of goodness; there is so much more to Christmas. Help us to remember that with You, we can have Christmas each and every day because You are Emmanuel, God with us. God in us. No matter how frustrated we may become, help us to find peace in You and only You.

Thank You for sending us Your son, Jesus. Thank You for sending us Your Holy Spirit. Dwelling among us. Dwelling within us. Emmanuel.

From My Heart to Yours,
Marcie 
 


 
 
Need a Christmas present that will touch hearts? My poetry book, Broken & Spilled Out, is available for purchase 
 
 
 

Monday, December 4, 2017

SPECIAL MEMORIES

by Marcie Bridges, @Marcie_Bridges 


Come now, and let us reason together, saith Jehovah: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.  
Isaiah 1:18

As I was doing some cleaning on Saturday I found something special.

In 1996 I started sending Heart Thoughts out to family and friends. It was a monthly endeavor that I loved doing. Each issue contained a poem or two by me, some other poets, little quotes, and Scripture verses. It was usually centered around a central theme; especially if that particular month had a holiday in it.

By 2001 I was needing a break. I actually was looking into making my own magazine but that never panned out. Besides having two babies; paper, ink, envelopes, stamps, etc... could cost a lot of money. At the time I had 60 subscribers to my little newsletter.

So on Saturday as I sifted through a box I found a copy of the very last one I sent out. Smaller than probably any other I had done, it simply has a poem on one side and a heart felt good-bye on the other. Wow. Bitter sweet.

(I started this blog in 2009 but it wasn’t until 2013 that I really worked on it. That’s another story, for another time.)

I don’t remember writing this poem but it touches something inside of me. A simple prayer asking God to not let me, or you, forget what Christmas is truly about:

Dear Lord,
it sure would be nice
to look out my window pane
and watch the white fall
to the ground
from these skies so grey.
How others would laugh at me
and maybe even scorn
if they knew how much I long
for the white to fall and fall.
But when it comes upon this land
it serves to remind me so
that as You look upon my heart
it is whiter than the snow.
The red, red blood of Jesus
has cleansed me from my sin
so please, dear Lord, I ask You
the from the clouds
to descend.
And once again this Christmas
I’ll remember why He came
and my heart is pure and spotless
whiter than the snow
I see out my window pane.


~Marcell Warner Bridges
©10, December 2001
All Rights Reserved.


I know there are some people who hate snow. I happen to love it. One morning last winter I woke to a blanket of it outside and my first thought was, “Great is Thy faithfulness. Thank You Lord.”

Oh how I LOVE the blood of Jesus. I am so thankful, grateful, for His willingness to go to that cross, be nailed to it, and take every sin — past, present, and future — upon Himself so I, and you, can have eternal life with Him in heaven when we accept His free gift of salvation.

I think this Christmas I’m going to start back a tradition I used to do. Wrap my heart inside of an envelope and place it underneath the Christmas tree. My gift to Jesus.

Will you do the same?


From My Heart to Yours,
Marcie 


Snow reminds me of Jesus' blood that cleanses from us of our sins. What aspect of Jesus does it remind you of? 


 
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Monday, November 27, 2017

JUST AS I AM

by Marcie Bridges, @Marcie_Bridges 


And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him. Colossians 3:17


Jesus
I come
just as I am

as I wash these dishes
launder the clothes
clean the bathroom
from head to toe
polish the furniture
mop the floor

Jesus
I come
just as I am

dirty, filthy,
with rags in hand
a pile of trash
to take out to the curb
all of the shame
with all of the hurt

Jesus
I come
just as I am

not another day
will I wait to make amends
today Lord,
today
right here and right now

Jesus
I come
here’s my heart
just as I am

break each barrier
break each band
cut through the chains
that keep me at length
take all of me
I surrender

Just as I am

~Marcell Warner Bridges
©November, 2017
All Rights Reserved.

I stood at the kitchen sink, hands plunged in dish soap, listening to Amy Grant sing. My attitude had been sour for days. Frustrations had turned my heart into a mess.

Devotions were leaving a void within me. Have you been there too?

Nothing seems to grip your heart. Every verse just complicates life. You want answers but none are coming and life just feels like it is falling apart.

My eyes spied the pile of dishes by the sink. Maybe if I do the dishes I’ll feel better? Someone needs to do them. So I got up, turned up the music and began my task.

Her soothing voice interrupted my dark mood...

“Jesus, take all of me
I come to You, I run to You
There is nothing that You don't see
You love me just as I am...”

I come to You ... just as I am. My hands stilled. My heart stirred. I closed my eyes and let the song fill my soul. Tears poured forth.

Could this be how devotions can be done? Does it always have to be sitting on the couch, reading my Bible, and prayer? Can it be that in doing this work, I’m giving myself to the Lord?

I bowed my head and surrendered myself to Him. Every action, word, deed, and thought. Whatever I had to do, wherever I needed to go, I gave to God, just as I was, right then.

Bible study, Bible reading, and prayer are an essential part of our Christian walk. But I think every now and again, God is okay with us just enjoying being with Him and serving Him as our quiet time.

A close friend reminded me recently, “It’s not about rules, it’s about relationship.”

And just the other day my daughter told me she didn’t like the do’s and don’t’s of Christianity. She doesn’t want to be in a religion that is so strident. But that’s the greatest part of having a relationship with Jesus Christ. It isn’t about rules. It’s about how much we love Him, because He loved us first. He gave His life for us.

So many times we get so caught up in ourselves and get so distracted by “everything”, we forget to just come to Jesus. Let Him have it all. Not trying to clean ourselves up first, but coming just as we are in prayer, praise, and thanksgiving to Him.

I usually don’t like The Message translation of the Bible, but I want to share with you its take on the main verse for today. I think it speaks volumes in how we surrender our lives to the Lord.

“Let the peace of Christ keep you in tune with each other, in step with each other. None of this going off and doing your own thing. And cultivate thankfulness. Let the Word of Christ—the Message—have the run of the house. Give it plenty of room in your lives. Instruct and direct one another using good common sense. And sing, sing your hearts out to God! Let every detail in your lives—words, actions, whatever—be done in the name of the Master, Jesus, thanking God the Father every step of the way.” Colossians 3:15-17


From My Heart to Yours,
Marcie 

all pictures provided by www.pixabay.com


Does my #quiet #time always have to be done the same way every day?


Devotions...It's not about rules, it's about our relationship with the Lord


Amy Grant: Just As I Am/Jesus Take All of Me






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