Wednesday, July 31, 2013

MY APOLOGIES



HI Everyone! Thank you so much for reading my blog! I so appreciate that you take a couple of minutes out of your day to read it.

Unfortunately my right hand and arm are causing me pain and I need to take a few days break from doing a lot of clicking and typing. The more I use my mouse the worse it gets. Ugh. So it is with sadness I cannot post Joy, Part 2 today. I will try to have it for you on Friday. 

Please enjoy this AWESOME song my friend Colleen Stevens Laylon wrote and my friend Gina Paoni arranged and is performing. It is one of my absolute favorite songs and a wonderful video.  I think it will bless your heart! 

Love,
Marcie



© Marcie Bridges, Heart Thoughts, 2013

Monday, July 29, 2013

JOY, PART 1

F.R.O.G. : Fully Rely on God
P.U.S.H. : Pray Until Something Happens
WWJD : What Would Jesus Do?
G.R.A.C.E. : God’s Riches at Christ’s Expense
T.G.I.F. : Thank God I’m Forgiven!

We’ve seen these acronyms over and over through the years. Each letter of the word is to make a simple statement about our faith. What we believe. How we live as Christians, or rather, how we should live. There are many of them!  These are just a few I picked out that I really like.

When I was little, in the 1980's, there was one that was used more than any others. It was the most popular one for years. I don’t hear it much anymore and that makes me a bit sad. It speaks so much of what we as Christians should be like. 


JOY
J.O.Y.
JESUS, OTHERS, YOU.
Or, Jesus first, Others second and You last.

This little acronym has so much life in it, it cannot be expressed in one sitting. There is much to say on it. We will begin with J.  Jesus First.

The basic principle in the Bible, the one commandment above all others is this:

Matthew 22:37-38 Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment.”

God asks us to seek Him first. To put Him first in our hearts and our souls and our minds. To make Him first priority in all we do.  He doesn’t want us waiting until “all else fails” to ask for His help or His wisdom. He wants us to be continually living with and in Him so that we can discern daily what His will is for our lives. When we don’t make Him first in our lives, it gives way to temptations, doubts and depression. God’s will is for us to live fully alive for Him not despondent and discouraged.

Are you discouraged today? Are you feeling overwhelmed and depressed?  Jeremiah 29:13-14a, “And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart. I will be found by You, says the Lord, ....”  

AND

Matthew 6:33 “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.”  You cannot have the joyous Christian life you desire unless you seek God first and make Him the priority in your heart, soul and mind.

J is for Jesus.
J is for Joy.
J is for JESUS FIRST! 


© Marcie Bridges, Heart Thoughts, 2013

 


Wednesday, July 24, 2013

MOMENTS IN TIME

              I walked into her room not knowing what to expect. My friend looked at me with eyes so sad and I didn’t know what to say. She couldn’t talk to me, but she tried, yet I failed at understanding what she was trying to say. I tried to read her lips but it is a skill I’ve not honed yet. I grappled with things to talk about but my mind stayed blank. Finally I understood one of her questions and was able to make some conversation. I also understood when she thanked me for coming and when she told me she loves me. Before leaving, I prayed with her but I left with my heart extremely heavy and many, many questions on my mind...

          What am I doing? Why am I wasting time on....???? Why am I letting such and such thoughts dwell in my brain? I feel down and depressed about a lot of things today but most of all I realize that I suddenly just want to savor the moments I have with my family and friends. Because I realize it could be me or one of my family members in that hospital room and here but by the grace of God go I. 




          Yesterday my girls asked me if I miss them being little. Sometimes I do. But mostly I wish I would have cherished it more. I wish I would have taken time to really enjoy certain moments in life. I can’t get those moments back but perhaps now my eyes have been opened to the life God really wants me to live. Jesus’ mother cherished the time she had with Him. Luke 2:19, “But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.  I pray that we learn to do the same in our lives and hearts. 

A MOMENT IN TIME

I just want to listen to the falling rain as it pelts against my window.
I just want to drown in a book that takes me to somewhere else.
I just want to snuggle up in a warm, cozy blanket drinking hot cocoa.
I just want to savor this moment, this quiet, this calm.
The noise around me blares against my ear drums
It squelches all thought and ponderings that could be.
I hate it for it goes on and on and there is no ignoring it
The chaos about me seems to think it is free to make havoc upon my soul.
For even in the stillest silence it is not complete.
And now I sit. Waiting. Listening. Intently.
There it is. Can you hear it? Can you feel it?
Come, join me, and listen.
Listen to the rain as it beats down upon the roof.
Read and go to a land far away.
Snuggle in a warmth that melts your heart.
Savor the moment. It won’t last forever.

- - Marcell Warner Bridges
©8, December 2009


Dear Lord, let me remember to take the time to spend with my family and my friends and to be the friend I should be. Help me to not be so consumed with my own life that I miss opportunities with those around me to be the wife, mother and friend I need to be.  I love You Lord. Thank You for the life You’ve given to me and the life You’ve given me more abundantly in You. May I use it for Your glory and honor.  In Jesus Name, Amen.
 

 

  ©Marcie Bridges, Heart Thoughts 2013
pictures: © Bridgescreations, 2013


Friday, July 19, 2013

GOLIATH VS. ME...ME VS. GOLIATH



“Then all this assembly shall know that the Lord does not save with sword and spear; for the battle is the Lord’s, and He will give you into our hands.”
1 Samuel 17:47

                                        © Karen L. Murphy Photography, 2013

 GOLIATH VS. ME...ME VS. GOLIATH

            Sometimes in life we go through a time when the whole world seems to have crashed around us and no one understands the deep anguish and pain that accompany this.  They think we have completely lost all sense of self and some of them don’t want to have anything to do with you while you work through it all. While others are so kind to be there to hold you, cry with you, listen to you (even when you’ve talked about it every single time you have opened your mouth around them).
             It takes a special kind of fortitude to go through these times because that is when all you have is yourself and God to handle it. Sure, your friends and family can give advice and listen, but ultimately, you realize you have to find the answers yourself.
            This Goliath comes to you every day. He demands your attention and your time. He demands you deal with him each and every hour until you can no more get up and do what is required of you than you can take your next breath. The beating of your heart feels ten times heavier from the way it did a minute ago because with each passing moment, each passing thought, each passing tear, your heart burns like a paper cut just a little more and a little more, until one day it is underneath Goliath’s feet and he is laughing and stomping on it and mocking you. Your soul becomes bare and numb and you can’t even form a single thought.  Every prayer you pray feels empty as if it has just hit the ceiling and bounced back down shattering at your feet. You stare at it not knowing whether to sweep it up and try to put it back together or to let it lay there in a puddle. After awhile, you get tired of listening to Goliath taunt you with his fangs baring, dripping words of self loathing and incrimination so you go and find some armor to shield yourself from every evil vowel that is spilled out. The armor works for a while and even though it is so heavy and cumbersome, you wear it anyway, thinking that if you wear it long enough it will get easier and lighter. But one day you look around, you look down, you realize . . . no, this is not working. This is too much and you cannot take another single minute of feeling all of this disgusting, rotten circumstance. Getting up, you take off the armor feeling quite naked in its absence and you begin to put one foot in front of the other. Left . . . right. Left . . . right. And then you see it. Sitting there. Shiny and new. Just for you. A rock. No, not a rock. A stone. Smooth, flat. Perfect. You fashion a sling and  instead of walking you run . . . as fast as you can and with the biggest steps your body will allow.  To the point of gasping for the last breath you can muster and there you are, standing just feet from Goliath. He bares his evil grin and looks at you with delight as he smacks his lips for the meal he’s about to devour. He thinks he’s won. That he has absolutely beaten you down to nothingness and you will not fight anymore. But little does he understand, you have new strength. You have found the One that will bring you out of this horrible, stinking, dark abyss. Slowly you put the stone in the sling, raise it above your head and begin to wind it up. Faster, faster and then that stone flies through the air, it arches and the next thing you know, it has hit that Goliath right in the forehead and you watch with tear-soaked cheeks as he hits the ground with such force the earth quakes all around you. You look up and see Him in the most transparent blue sky you have ever set eyes on smiling and letting you know He’s been with you the whole time. Bravely, boldly you march up to that Goliath, you chop off his head and you toss it as far as you can because you know. You KNOW! This is it. You are ready to move on and make peace with yourself. To dream anew. To take new baby steps toward a future you may still be so unsure about but you know that you are not alone in going into the unknown. This wasn’t a death sentence. This wasn’t the end of being. This, THIS was a time to grow and find who you really are and who you want to be and what you want to be. Never mind that they didn’t understand. It wasn’t for them to understand. It was for you and you alone with God to go and face the giant in your life and win the battle . . . ONCE AND FOR ALL!

Now go...
Be who God has asked you to be
Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise
It isn’t up to them . . . It is up to you
Don’t just dream . . .
Dream big and succeed!



As a devotional to this why not go and read about David’s battle with Goliath in 1 Samuel 17. It’s one fantastic story!  No matter how big or small your circumstance, how insignificant you may feel, no matter if you feel like you are big enough  or not to defeat Goliath, look to God to fight the battle for you. He will give you the tools you need to go against your Goliath and with the faith of even a mustard seed, you will win with God on your side. God loves you and He is longing to help you through whatever trial you are facing today.

© Marcie Bridges, Heart Thoughts, 2013