Monday, April 24, 2017

WEIGHT WATCHING

by Marcie Bridges
@Marcie_Bridges

Cast your burden on the Lord [release it] and He will sustain and uphold you;
He will never allow the righteous to be shaken (slip, fall, fail). 
Psalms 55:22 (AMP)

A few short months ago I stood at the river’s edge, rock in my hand, ready to throw it into the river and watch its weight sink it to the bottom.

The idea was to write the things burdening us—things weighing us down keeping us from allowing the Water of Life from flowing through our hearts and bodies—onto the rock. Once we had prayed over our rocks we walked to river’s edge to through them away.

Cradling the rock I read each word I had written on it. And as I read them I asked God to release me from each one.

Finally, with one good swing of my arm, I let go and watched as it sank to its death. But in its death I found life.

However, we Christians, just like the Israelites, tend to only live in our newfound freedom for so long before we pick up a rock or two and plop them into our pockets. Then we carry that weight with us until one day. . .

The dam breaks apart. I get tired of carrying this weight that has gotten heavier and heavier. Then I finally call out to God and throw the rocks into the river once more. 

When will I ever learn?
I lost the weight but it came back
I lost it again and look where I’m at
heavier than ever this weight has become.
Tried and I tried to get back on this horse
rode it around felt good for a course
then he would buck and off I would fall
never to return to horse riding at all.
“Why bother anymore?”
snakes into my brain
there’s no use in giving it one more think
I guess I’ll just live in this horrible state.
“You can do this,” I promise.
Comes back His refrain.
Quietly and gently He lifts me up
setting me back onto a solid rock
whispering encouragement and love

lay down your burden for a fresh start.
Slowly I raise my tear streaked face
He holds out His hand with eyes of grace
there I lay my burden of weight
trading in my sorrows for joyous peace.

~Marcell Warner Bridges
©23 April 2017
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My friend, are you carrying a weight too heavy to bear?

Take the stones out of your pockets and throw those weights into the River of Life. There you will find the fresh, living water flowing through your soul enabling you to walk in freedom. 

From My Heart to Yours,
Marcie 



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Monday, April 17, 2017

NO LONGER CONDEMNED

by Marcie Bridges
@Marcie_Bridges

There is therefore now no condemnation 
for those who are in Christ Jesus.
Romans 8:1

I am fractured.

A tree burned in fire no longer able to grow and thrive.

A stained-glass window no light can shine through.

I am broken.

I am undone.

A string that has unraveled.

Or so, that is what I keep telling myself.

Condemnation has crept into my soul indicting me of every flaw and sin. Weighing me down, sucking me into the ground like quick-sand.

My days are filled with staring out the window wondering if I’ll ever be enough. Ever be the person I once was.

But this week all of this self-loathing has been interrupted by the One who has saved me. He has given me new life. He has shown me a new path to walk.

Every book I read, every blog written, every Scripture reference has told me this one thing:

You, Marcie, are enough because He is enough. You, Marcie, are no longer condemned because He has redeemed you. He has called you by name and you, Marcie, are His.

NO LONGER CONDEMNED

I am fractured.
Condemned by my own sins.
The worthlessness I feel
because I can’t overcome them.
Accusations torment and send
my soul to blackened death
escape is nowhere to be found
breathing my last gasping breath.
A weight heavy with blistering thoughts
cause my feet to stumble and fall
like a tree burned in fire
its shell deadened to any desire.
I am broken beyond redemption
paralyzed in agonized condemnation.

But the loving touch of a Savior
has brought relief I can savor
as He stands in the midst of my mess
forgiving, restoring, giving rest.
Reminding me through His blood
my sins have been washed, heart restored,
the only condemnation I can receive
is that which I only conceive.
Now in new life I can stand
raise my head proud, redeemed once again,
my roots take hold in the ground
and my heart flourishes in redemption’s snow.


~Marcell Warner Bridges
©16 April 2017
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And my dear friend, you are no longer condemned either. Ever. Condemnation comes from Satan the father of lies. Jesus Christ has paid the price for your sins on the cross and once saved, we are no longer under death’s condemnation. 

 

We are: Forgiven. Redeemed. Cleansed. Daughters and sons of the Most High God.

It’s time to stop condemning ourselves and remember we are enough through the blood of Jesus Christ and we are His.

From My Heart to Yours,
Marcie 




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Monday, April 10, 2017

CRUCIFIED

by Marcie Bridges
@Marcie_Bridges


But He was wounded for our transgressions,
He was bruised for our iniquities;
The chastisement for our peace was upon Him,
And by His stripes we are healed.
All we like sheep have gone astray;
We have turned, every one, to his own way;
And the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.
Isaiah 53:5-6





CRUCIFIED

We walked with him
and talked with him
even dined at his right hand;
we stood in awe
at the miracles we saw
trying so hard to understand.
He spoke like a prophet
yet so humble and kind
he taught us the Scriptures
even seemed to read our minds.

But now here we stand
at the foot of a cross
our master, our teacher
feeling such grief and loss
as he hangs in the balance
between heaven and hell
is this what he kept trying to tell?

Crucified. Why? What did he do?
Days ago the crowds shouted,
“Hosanna to our king!”
Now they mock him
stripping off his dignity.

Here I stand weeping
over the death of my master
and the choices I made
that lead to this disaster.
If I hadn’t denied him
maybe then he’d be free
instead there he hangs
all because of me.
I wonder now what will happen
how can I live
knowing I nailed him
to that tree with my sins?

My knees they have buckled
I can stand no longer
but somehow kneeling in his shadow
my heart begins to feel stronger.
Daring to peek into his face
he looks down at me with the tenderest gaze

Then
in that moment of dark sadness
before his last breath
I knew deep inside of my breast
forgiveness I’ve never known could exist.

Just as they pull a spear from his side
tears gush forth washing me of my pride;
his blood pours forth onto the ground
trickles its way to where I kneel down.
Not sure I can explain it
Not sure I will ever understand how
but that blood beneath me
has brought peace to me now.

~Marcell Warner Bridges
©9 April 2017
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"For God so loved the world that He gave His only son, that whosoever believes in Him, will not perish but have everlasting life." John 3:16


From My Heart to Yours,
Marcie





 Days ago they shouted,"Hosanna to our King!" now He's crucified hung on a tree

 I knew deep inside of my breast forgiveness I've never known could exist



Monday, April 3, 2017

LILY OF THE VALLEY

by Marcie Bridges
@Marcie_Bridges

I am the rose of Sharon,
And the lily of the valleys.
Song of Solomon 2:1


As offering plates were being passed my gaze wandered over to the flower arrangement on the communion table.

A table symbolizing Jesus’ body and blood. A table representing a time to remember Him. To dine with Him.

On top of the table sits an arrangement of beautiful flowers. My eyes lingered on the lily.

“He’s the Lily of the Valley, the bright and morning sun. He’s the fairest of ten thousands to my soul,” my heart sang. I picked up the hymnal in front of me and sought out the song. My eyes misted over reading about Jesus’s pure love for me . . . “I have found a friend in Jesus, He’s everything to me”. . . ¹

The words rooted deep into my being. I clung to them. I came home and Googled about lily of the valley to find out they are one of the most fragrant of flowers on earth. Their dainty bells bend over creating a shadow upon the fertile soil underneath it.

I pictured Jesus standing in a garden outside the tomb that morning among lilies white their perfume wrapping around Him. And as His hands reached out to me, that fragrance floated on the breeze and embraced me with the shadow of His love.

LILY OF THE VALLEY

Fragrant perfume like none I’d ever known
wafted gently upon the breeze of my soul
gentle to the senses, lovely to the bones
leading me to my heavenly home.

I wandered through His garden so sweet
following the path among the dainty lilies
in the distance, my ear caught the sound
rain gently flowing along the ground.

The lilies they bend toward the floor
pixabay.com
 
bowing their heads to the One they adore
worshiping His crucified form
ornamenting His body with their perfume pure.

He stands in the garden in rays of glorious light
arrayed in a splendour of holy white
beckoning with His nail scarred hands
to come and dine with Him.

Jesus,  Lily of the Valley a most precious gift
sent from God on high to live in us.
Redeeming white as snow our hearts that sin
may we like the lily bow our heads and hearts to Him.

 
~Marcell Warner Bridges
©2 April 2017
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Jesus is my Everything. Not just my Savior. Not just my Lord. 
Not just my friend.

My Everything.

Is He yours too?
 
 
From My Heart to Yours,
Marcie


¹The Lily of the Valley. Words by Charles W. Fry, 1881. Music by William S. Hayes.
http://cyberhymnal.org/htm/l/i/lilyvall.htm

Wanna sing along with me?  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m2iQRKjHGqc

 


Monday, March 27, 2017

CARRIED BY THE SHEPHERD

by Marcie Bridges
@Marcie_Bridges

He will feed His flock like a shepherd;
He will gather the lambs with His arm,
And carry them in His bosom,
And gently lead those who are with young.
Isaiah 40:11

 
There have been days when I felt like a switch flipped in my brain. I would wake up, be doing well, having a good day, and then out of the blue my mood would change.

I’d quit singing. Everything around me turned from technicolor hues to grey.

Sometimes I just needed a good long nap. Sometimes it required the heavy artillery—a chat with my best friend.

But even these “happy pills” couldn’t, shouldn’t, can’t take the place of the best prescription in the world. 

JESUS
His name speaks peace to me.

Many a dark day
    drowns out my praises;
Hours of isolation
    subdues my power;
Darkness descends rapidly
    my heart grows colder.

But...

Somewhere in the bleakness

    comes a comfort and a peace
Like a shepherd rescuing
    a lamb from canyon deep
Holding it close to his breast
    there in his arms to rest
Then as he releases me back
    into the fold my lips begin
A soft song of praise
    as I follow his lead to water’s edge.

~Marcell Warner Bridges
©26 March 2017
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And when I am in my greatest time of need, He gathers me into His arms and loves me like no one else can.

Then once again, my soul and my voice, releases praises unto my Lord, the Shepherd of my heart.





From My Heart to Yours,
Marcie 




Monday, March 20, 2017

IT'S BEEN A WONDERFUL LIFE

by Marcie Bridges
@Marcie_Bridges

O Come, let us worship and bow down; 
let us kneel before the LORD our Maker! 
Psalm 95:6


2 years old
Lord, how can I thank You for these many years of life on this earth? 

I look at my life and I am filled with awe and wonder at the ways You have kept me from destruction. When I went astray, You brought me back into Your fold. You never left me, never forsook me, never abandoned me.

And here I am, this week another birthday to celebrate. People ask me why I dare to tell my age. And I wonder why they won’t be honest about theirs.

Each day You breathe new life and new breath into my lungs. Each day is a day to give back to You as You have given to me. Each day is another day to show Your love, grace, and mercy to someone else—to share with them who You are and what You have done for me. Why would I be ashamed of how many years You have given to me?
13 years old

I remember my lunch with a friend quite a few years ago. We were talking about birthdays and I have never forgotten what she told me about how she felt turning 30 years old. She said, “I was in awe of the last 10 years God had given me. How He brought me through them. I can’t wait to see what He’ll do for me these next 10 years.”

Isn’t that wonderful? What a blessed reminder that each new decade is a chance to look at how He has blessed us and to look forward to the coming blessings. 
18 years old
 You formed me when I was yet in thought
You gave me breathe when I was a whisper
You provided love and grace so tender
You have been faithful through every year
every joy, every trial, every tear.
You redeemed my young heart and soul
You live—making every day worth far more than gold
You bring to remembrance how You brought me to this day
so that I will always follow you in my old age.
You are my hiding place. You are my joy.
For these many years on earth, thank You, my Savior, my LORD.

~Marcell Warner Bridges
©3/17/16
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My mommy
My husband and I last Christmas
 
My daughter's graduation...a rare picture of us 4
My graduation! With Karen! Mentor & Friend
Me and Mary - Such a special friendship
The 3 Muskateers...Nan, Norma, Me...Best Friends
Nan and I...words can't express the meaning of this friendship

Thank You Lord for the past 44 years. Thank You for my loving family and friends. I look forward to seeing what You have in store for the next years of my life. You have been good. You have been faithful.

Yes and Amen.

From My Heart to Yours (Lord),
Marcie 


Monday, March 13, 2017

I WILL PRAISE YOU

by Marcie Bridges, @Marcie_Bridges

“Now therefore, our God,
We thank You
And praise Your glorious name.
But who am I, and who are my people,
That we should be able to offer so willingly as this?
For all things come from You,
And of Your own we have given You.
For we are aliens and pilgrims before You,
As were all our fathers;
Our days on earth are as a shadow,
And without hope.”
1 Chronicles 29:13-15








I WILL PRAISE YOU

I will praise You, Lord
for You are the help of my strength
The Mighty One to save
there is none like You day unto day.
You go before me to lead my way
You come behind me to keep me from going astray
Your love, O Lord, reaches to the heavens
and dwells in the midst of the waves.

How can I give You thanks?
my heart longs for You like a
puppy waits for his childhood mate
could I not live if not for Your grace?
Blessings I count too numerous to say
my heart overflows like Jordan’s banks
I look to You for my salvation today
thank You Lord for your mercies great
new every morning like a sunrise in paint.

And I will praise You, Lord
no matter what comes
I will praise You, Lord
because You are worthy of all my praise.
This I know as I stand here now
You alone are Redeemer renown
I can put my whole trust in You
for You have proven Yourself
faithful and true.

I will praise You, Lord
whatever may be
You alone worthy of praise
from everything that breathes.

~Marcell Warner Bridges
©5, March 2017
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From My Heart to Yours,

Marcie