Monday, August 14, 2017

THINK ON THESE THINGS

by Marcie Bridges, @Marcie_Bridges 


I would have lost heart, unless I had believed
That I would see the goodness of the Lord
In the land of the living.
Wait on the Lord;
Be of good courage,
And He shall strengthen your heart;
Wait, I say, on the Lord!
Psalm 27:13,14


I lay in my bed with tears upon my face. Thoughts of hatred on my lips as my thoughts sank deeper and deeper into a pit of sorrow.

Words of hatred at myself—condemning me for all the things I had done to deserve this new diagnosis. Once again, I cried out to God, “I don’t want to be a member of this club!”

It’s been almost a year since I found out I had had a stroke. Deep inside my brain, it is small, not leaving any affects upon my life. In fact, had I not gone to have a CT Scan done for a different problem, they would not have found this for awhile. It’s been quite a shock to me—to my system. Yet, even in its smallness, it is so large in my mind I cannot seem to fathom this diagnosis.

I have asked all of the usual questions: what, where, how, why, and when. But on this particular day for some reason the words of my neurologist from that morning exploded into a new depth—a new dimension—of unrest within me. “Though we found it incidentally, a stroke is a stroke, and we must do everything we can to prevent another one. Because who knows if the next one might be larger and do damage.” Thus began my loathing and “cursing” at myself.

Oh faithless child
where is your trust in God?
You whine and cry
when will you seek His love?
Burdens will come
some greater than you can endure
temptations will knock
there’s always escape through an open door.
Life may not be
all that you hoped and dreamed
but there is an answer
to even the most troubling of things.

Oh faithless child
quit your doubting today
turn your eyes upon Jesus
remember His goodness and grace.
Sorrow comes for a night
but there’ll be dancing in the morning
when you praise God
with thankful remembrance of His glory.

Oh child of faith, take heart!
Remember this most special part
God has never abandoned you
He’s always been faithful through and through.
There is nothing so big or so small
take it to the Lord, give it all,
trust in His mighty hand
He loves you more
than you’ll ever be able to comprehend.


~Marcell Warner Bridges
©13 August 2017
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As I lay there settling down from my tirade I picked up my iPad to do my devotions for the day. But even before I opened my First5 app my heart suddenly said, “Think on the things you know to be true. Remember who God is.” 

My heart began to release as my mind remembered the goodness of God. His faithfulness. His sovereignty. His love for me.

Then I opened my devotion. We are studying the book of Job and that day we were on chapter 10. Job was no stranger to suffering. And if anyone had reason to complain it would be him. In fact he says, “I will give free course to my complaint.” And boy did he! Yet, within his complaining and loathing he acknowledged who God is and His sovereignty.

And as my heart gave thanks to God for who He is, it also gave thanks to God for never forsaking me and being faithful to me know matter what I may be going through.

From My Heart to Yours,
Marcie 

Monday, August 7, 2017

DO YOU SEE ME?

by Marcie Bridges, @Marcie_Bridges 


He tried to see who Jesus was. But Zacchaeus was a small man, and he couldn’t see Jesus because of the crowd. So Zacchaeus ran ahead and climbed a fig tree to see Jesus, who was coming that way.  
Luke 19:3-4


I’m just a little nothin’
a speck upon the earth
invisible and slighted
not really much of worth.
So why would God care
about someone as little as me
when there’s so many people
who are more important to see?
Yet, He cares about the sparrow
and He cares about the ant
but He cares much more for hearts
that He created by His hands.
Just because I’m little
doesn’t make me insignificant
He wants to be with me
more than any teeny tiny ant.


~Marcell Warner Bridges
©6 August 2017
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He was so excited. Jesus was coming to his town. And he desperately wanted to see Jesus.

There was just this one little problem. He was too short.

As the crowds pressed in around Jesus, Zacchaeus tried his hardest to see. He jumped up and down. He tried to push through. He tried peeking around people. But to no avail. He was just too short.

Then he had an idea! Zacchaeus saw a Sycamore tree up ahead. So he climbed up the tree, found a good sturdy branch, and watched as Jesus came closer and closer.


I think Zacchaeus might have been happy just to watch Jesus as He walked by the tree. But wait! What’s happening?


When Jesus came to the tree, he looked up and said, 
“Zacchaeus, come down! I must stay at your house today.” 
Luke 19:5

Can you imagine how fast Zacchaeus came down from that tree?

We all know this story about how Zacchaeus was not liked because he was a tax collector and then how he came to salvation. But I want to focus on this: Jesus didn’t care that Zacchaeus was short.  Jesus wanted Zacchaeus to know He cares about him. He sees him. He hears him. He is not invisible to Him.

Are you feeling a bit lonely today? Are you feeling a bit left out? Do you feel as if nobody sees you or hears you?

Take heart dear friend. God sees you. He knows you. You are not invisible to Him.

No matter if you are short or tall Jesus loves you and He wants to come to your home today too.

And if you need to, get up high in a Sycamore tree and see if you can find a better view of where you’re at and where you need to go.

From My Heart to Yours,

Marcie Bridges


*Some content excerpted from my blog post over at Moments with Marcie
**Scriptures taken from ©God’s Word Translation (GW) at BibleGateway.com





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Monday, July 31, 2017

A FRESH PERSPECTIVE

by Marcie Bridges, @Marcie_Bridges 

But as it is written:

“Eye has not seen, nor ear heard,
Nor have entered into the heart of man
The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.”

But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God.

1 Corinthians 2:9-10


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Just a fresh look
a different perspective
of the words You have given to us.
Lord, open my eyes
in wonder and surprise
at the wisdom You have for my life.
The things I knew as a child
they were just what I needed
but now I’ve grown up and I’m old
Lord, put in my heart
a desire to learn more
deeper than the child I once was.


 

~Marcell Warner Bridges
©30 July 2017
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Adam & Eve. Noah & the flood. Abraham & Isaac. Joseph. Moses. David & Goliath. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego. Daniel & the Lion’s Den. Jonah. Zaccheus. The Good Samaritan. The Crucifixion...

A few years ago I decided to re-read each of the “famous” Bible stories I learned as a child. I wanted to see if I remembered them correctly.

And I was surprised. Not just to find tidbits I’d never known before, but how each one revealed a deeper meaning to me.

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There was a freshness about them. New insights discovered. I believe God gives us an understanding of the Scriptures for where we are in certain periods of our lives. As children, the stories are made fun and engaging. The lessons were easy to understand. But as we get older, God reveals extra insights and wisdom into in the same passages. Now they are no longer just childhood stories, but lessons for our everyday lives we can cling to as adults as well.

When was the last time you read the story of the walls of Jericho falling down just for the fun of it? Or Peter and John helping a man walk again instead of giving him money?

I challenge you to try it. No, wait. I dare you. Open your Bible and re-read these precious stories. See what God shows you this time. (I’ve listed each story mentioned in my post below with their references for easy access).


From My Heart to Yours,
Marcie

Adam & Eve: Genesis 2-3
Noah & the flood: Genesis 5-9
Abraham & Isaac: Genesis 21-22
Joseph: Genesis 37-48
Moses & the Ten Commandments: Exodus 19-20
David & Goliath: 1 Samuel 16-17
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego: Daniel 3
Daniel & the Lion’s Den: Daniel 6
Jonah: Jonah 1-4
Zaccheus: Luke 19:1-10
The Good Samaritan: Luke 10:25-37
The Crucifixion: Matthew 27-28
The Walls of Jericho: Joshua 6
Peter and John: Acts 3:1-10

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Monday, July 24, 2017

FAITH OF A CHILD

by Marcie Bridges, @Marcie_Bridges 

But Jesus called them to Him and said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of God.”  
Luke 18:16


FAITH OF A CHILD
They said she was too small, too young,
To understand the truth of the blood
Too innocent a faith to comprehend grace
Surely there's been a colossal mistake.

But when the invitation was given
Her tiny hand went up to heaven
She got out of her seat and ran
Down the aisle she flew, knew what to do
Exclaiming, "I want to be born again!"

Mr. Bob took her aside, said let's open the Bible
And he showed her what the old rugged cross meant.
How salvation is free, meant for you and for me,
How Jesus died to pay for our sins.
He said, " Jesus will come into your heart
Give you a fresh start, do you want to pray for this gift?"
Nodding her curls, tears on her cheeks, she said,
"Jesus please come in my heart. I know you
Love me and I love you too, oh please,
Make my heart clean and brand new."

That's all it took, just one small act of faith
From her little 5 year old heart.
From that day forward, she's loved her Lord
And they've never ever been apart.

Singing His praises over and over
Each day sweeter than the day before -
It's been 40 years of this love so dear -
With sweet mercies new every morning.

The faith of a child, how deep it can be
Their trust so innocent and true
Don't make the mistake of saying,
"It's too early or late", for God's grace
Reaches hearts of every age and race.
Jesus said, "Don't hinder the children
From coming to Me." He loves them just the same
Maybe more than we think because a
Child's faith is the truest expression of love.


~Marcell Warner Bridges
©23 July 2017
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Sometimes I think I need to go back to that day. Back to the faith of my childhood. Remember the day I realized how much I needed Jesus and how much I needed His gift of grace.

I need to go back, close my eyes and feel that love I felt for Him and the peace I felt in my heart.

I think sometimes I forget what it is like to have the kind of faith that moves mountains. All we need is just a little bit of faith but we make it so complicated as adults. Don’t we?

We decide it can’t be that simple. It can’t just be that I believe He will do what He says He will do. Or maybe we think there just has to be more to it than just asking and believing.

As a child I just trusted. I prayed and believed with all my heart God would give or do whatever I was asking. I read my Bible and believed the words it says. I sang with all my heart. I memorized Scripture verses because I knew they would help me in life.

Why can’t I do that now?

The faith of a child is pure. It’s innocent. It’s sweet. And it’s so, so trusting.

When was the last time you had that kind of faith?



From My Heart to Yours,
Marcie






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Monday, July 17, 2017

CONTENTMENT ROAD

by Marcie Bridges, @Marcie_Bridges 


“Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, 
in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.”  
Philippians 4:11

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 She said, “I’ve never felt at home here.”

And I had to nod with agreement in understanding.

They say, "Home is where the heart is," but when you move so much in life that you can’t call one single place home, it becomes hard to feel at home even when you’ve lived in the same place for more years than you have anywhere else.

Oh how I understand. But I got to thinking about it and something occurred to me:

Paul says that he learned to be content no matter where he was. Do you know where Paul was when he wrote those words? Paul was in jail. How in the world do you find contentment in jail?

Because his contentment was not found in what he wanted or even what he had. Paul’s contentment was found in Jesus Christ. So no matter whether he abounded in things or was in great need,  whether he was free or in jail, whether he was hungry or had plenty, Paul was at peace with his life because he placed his trust in Christ.

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I wonder what it would be like
to live in such happiness and bliss
everything goes as planned
and nothing is ever amiss?

While such dreams can be pleasant
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bringing a smile upon our face
they are just a wistful notion
never to be given a place.

Contentment isn’t found in the wanting
but in our security through Jesus Christ
when we put all of our trust
in His provisions for our life.

When our hearts become discontented
we must let Jesus be our guide
to the peace that passes understanding
only He can provide.
 

~Marcell Warner Bridges
©16 July 2017
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Home is where contentment is.  Home is where we find our identity in Christ. 

I could go back to California but I have to agree with my best friend who said, “I bet if you go back there you wouldn’t feel at home anymore. Too much has changed since then.”  Sounds like great wisdom to me.

I can go to any place on this earth I think might make me happy and contented, but if God is not with me, if I don’t place my trust in Him and let Him provide for me, then I’ll never know contentment in life.

Contentment is not in the wanting. Contentment is not found in dreaming. Contentment is not the greener grass.

Home truly is where the heart is. Because if your treasures are laid up (stored) in heaven, there will your heart be also.**

Contentment is Jesus Christ.


From My Heart to Yours,
Marcie 


**Matthew 6:19-21:  “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal;  but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.  For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. 



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Contentment isn't found in wanting or dreaming-it's found in Jesus Christ


Monday, July 10, 2017

RETURN TO REST

by Marcie Bridges, @Marcie_Bridges 

Return to your rest, my soul,
    for the Lord has been good to you.  
Psalm 116:7


My tire went flat
my finger was smashed
oh what a week it has been!
Too busy to be
the friend that you need
and my head, oh it pounds
like each time my heart beats.
Feeling a little left out
but I’m not gonna pout
it’s kinda my fault anyway
In need of a break
from all of this craze
can anyone help me out?

I read in God’s word
how He cares for the birds
yet He loves me even more than they
He’s calling me to rest
from all of this mess
think I’ll lean my head against His breast.
It’s so quiet here
don’t think I’ll dare
move from this spot for awhile
This comfort I feel
nothing compares in this world
with a sigh I close my eyes and smile.


~Marcell Warner Bridges
©9 July 2017
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It’s summertime, isn’t it?

Well, you wouldn’t know it around here. Both my husband and I have been extremely busy and it doesn’t look to be slowing down anytime soon.

Unfortunately, with all of the busyness has also come hard times with my family. My body just doesn’t know what to do with all of this stress.

If you suffer from Tinnitus, then you know how annoying it can be. Especially if it persists often. I have Tinnitus in my right ear 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. But most the time I don’t really notice it anymore. Tonight, it is louder than usual and isn’t helping my headache at all. Plus, it can cause me to feel sick. Even better, is a new type of Tinnitus I have acquired in my left ear—my good ear. It’s whooshing and it, too, happens mostly when I’m under too much stress or my sinus’s are acting up.

This is how I know it is time to take a break. Time to get quiet and still. Take time to relax and get away from it all.

I don’t think God meant us to be so busy we get consumed by our work and overloaded. I don’t believe God meant for us to make ourselves crazy by always saying yes to everything and not taking time to spend with Him and with our families and friends.

Summertime is usually a time to slow down, go on vacation, and breathe a little easier. So if you don’t see me on social media as much, don’t be alarmed. I’m just resting in Jesus’ arms.

I hope you will too.
From My Heart to Yours,
Marcie



Monday, July 3, 2017

PRAYER OF A BURDENED HEART

by Marcie Bridges, @Marcie_Bridges 


“Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord,
    the people he chose for his inheritance.”  Psalm 33:12



Prayer of a Burdened Heart

My heart is heavy Lord
with burdens too great
struggles too hard
scars buried too deep.

Our nation is sinking
we need Your intervening
please Lord,
come heal our land.

Thank You for our freedoms
Thank You for our blessings
Thank You, Lord,
for keeping us in Your hands.

May we always remember
You are our Creator
You are our Savior
Only You can change hearts.

We seek You on bended knee
we love You Lord
in Jesus’ name we plead
we pray, we ask
Amen, Lord, Amen.

~Marcell Warner Bridges
©7 November 2016
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I’ve always been proud to be an American.

I am one of the most patriotic persons you will ever know. I love my country. I love our freedoms. I love our flag. I love our history.

My ears and my head do not enjoy the sound of fireworks anymore so most years we spend our Fourth of July at home. I always order pizza and we watch the fireworks shows on television.

But just because I’m at home doesn’t mean I don’t stand when the national anthem is played. I sing loudly along with all of the songs and I praise God for my country. 

This morning during church our pastor asked us to pray with him for our nation. We prayed for our president, our congress, our leaders, our military and for ourselves. We prayed that God would send revival once again. We asked for revival to begin with us.

My heart has been burdened for a long time for our nation. I pray revival will begin with me.

Happy 4th of July
From My Heart to Yours,
Marcie