Monday, December 29, 2014


Then the shepherds returned, 
glorifying and praising God 
for all the things that they had heard and seen, 
as it was told them. 
 Luke 2:20


HALLELUJAH! God is with us
in flesh He has come to save us.
PRAISE THE LORD! Jesus, Messiah
lives among us to bring peace.
comes to dwell within our hearts.
HARK THE HERALD! Angels are singing
born to us this newborn King.

 Show me how to praise You Lord
no matter the circumstance
Place within my deepest being
a song of Psalm to sing and dance
Be my joy, my hallelujah
in the midst of every suffering
Envelope me in glorious rapture
as I fall upon my knees.
Instruct me how to worship You
just as creation does
Great are You Lord! Greatly to be praised!
Name above all names, Most Holy One,
King of kings, Lord of lords
Let the earth tremble but not one rock cry out for me
Teach me how to worship, praise and sing!

~Marcell Warner Bridges
©28 December 2014
Luke 19:37-40
Shout joyfully to the Lord, all the earth; Break forth in song, rejoice, and sing praises. Sing to the Lord with the harp, With the harp and the sound of a psalm, With trumpets and the sound of a horn; Shout joyfully before the Lord, the King. Let the sea roar, and all its fullness, The world and those who dwell in it; Let the rivers clap their hands; Let the hills be joyful together before the Lord, For He is coming to judge the earth. With righteousness He shall judge the world, 
And the peoples with equity. 
Psalm 98:4-9
 Dear Friends, I couldn't pick just one song! 
Sing and Praise the Lord with me! 

 Thank you for visiting with me this year. I treasure each of you and look forward to many times together in the New Year. I especially thank Karen Murphy and Tee-Tee Barnes for the many wonderful, beautiful photos you've allowed me to post on here this year, as well as Nan Jones and Norma Gail Holtman for the support, advice, help, prayers and above all friendship you've given to me cheering me on to continue to write and do this blog. You've all been such a blessing to me. Above all, Thank You to my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for the salvation You have graciously bestowed on me and also giving me the words to write each week.


All Photos the property of : © Karen Murphy Photography, 2014
© Heart Thoughts, Marcie Bridges, 2014

Monday, December 22, 2014


For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish 
but have everlasting life. 
John 3:16
© Bridgescreations, 2014

God as a child humbly came to this earth
Born of a virgin, such a lowly birth
Jesus the Messiah in the flesh came
The ultimate gift of Himself He gave.

At this Christmas time what can I give?
What do I have that is of worth to Him?

I looked at my talents, looked at my dreams
I looked at my life and all that it means
Realization dawned there is nothing fit
Of and in my being to give to Him.

At the foot of the Christmas tree I sit
Bible in my lap, prayer upon my lips
Reading of the Christ child’s birth
Angels singing, shepherd’s bringing
Worship and adoration to this King
I find myself beginning to sing
And as my song rises from a heart of peace
It comes to my mind the gift I can bring.

Jesus, Messiah, Wonderful Counselor, born to die
Whoever believes in this Prince of Peace
Everlasting life you will receive.
It all comes down to this one true thing
One gift that only I can bring
My heart, my love, my faith, my belief
Dear Jesus, this is my gift to You on Your birthday.

Lord, under the tree is the biggest present of all
As I receive the ultimate gift from the greatest Giver
I, in return, place my heart and my life in Your hands

~Marcell Warner Bridges
©21 December 2014

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To all of my readers I pray you have a very Merry Christmas! Thank you for being faithful to read my blog posts this year and I look forward to seeing you all in the New Year! 
God Bless, ~Marcie  

© Heart Thoughts, Marcie Bridges, 2014

Monday, December 15, 2014


But it is good for me to draw near to God; 
I have put my trust in the Lord GOD, 
That I may declare all Your works. 
Psalm 73:28

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Draw me closer to Your side
In Your shadow I want to hide

Let me walk deep in Your footsteps
You are the vine I am the branch

As I sit in front of this Christmas tree
Lead me to worship down on my knees

Wrap me in Your afghan of warmth
Around my shoulders Your love is sure

As I sit basking in sweet memories
May I always remember You came for me

Draw me close to Your manger bed
But don’t let me forget how You bled

In this Christmas time dear Lord
May I remember who You are

The One born to die for me
The One who came to set me free

Move me ever closer to You Lord
Not just now, but forevermore.

~Marcell Warner Bridges
©14 December 2014

"So it was, when the angels had gone away from them into heaven, that the shepherds said to one another, “Let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us.” And they came with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger. Now when they had seen Him, they made widely known the saying which was told them concerning this Child.  And all those who heard it marveled at those things which were told them by the shepherds. But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart. Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told them." Luke 2:15-20

My absolute favorite Christmas song:

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Monday, December 8, 2014


Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.  John 14:27

© Tee-Tee Barnes Photography, 2014

It’s been a rough year. For many of us.

I’ve watched throughout this year as several friends have gone through heartache and heartbreak that just crushed my heart for them. There were no words to say. Except, I’m so sorry. And just when it seemed things would settle down and they could catch a breath, another tragedy, another loss, another set of bad news befell them. One step forward, 1,000 steps back.

They are the brave ones. The friends who still smile, they still love, they show us how to continue on when it feels like life is choking the stuffing out of you. I admire them so. I love them even more.

Someone recently asked me what I want for Christmas. And after much thought, here is my greatest wishes:


I want everyone to know my Jesus
the One who died for you and me
For everyone to have the gift
that truly sets us free.

I want to see my family
all gathered round the tree
To not just give each other presents
but the love and grace we need.

I want to see those hurting
find a peace only God can give
So that on this Christmas Day
Their hearts won’t be so sad and dim.

I want to be the person
that reaches out to those in need
Extends the hand of forgiveness
even when it is not asked of me.

I want my dearest friends
who’ve had the ache of loss
To feel our Savior’s arms
around them through this sorrow.

I want so many things like this
it is hard to make a list
But mostly I want for all of you
A very joyful Christmas!

~Marcell Warner Bridges
©7 December 2014
The greatest desire of my heart is that during this Christmas season and through whatever lies ahead for each of you, is that you will feel the gift of God’s presence each and every day. That you will know how wide, how long, how high and how deep the love of Christ is in your life. I pray you will feel His peace and His comfort in every hard situation, and you will rest in His loving arms always.
The Lord is near to all who call upon Him, To all who call upon Him in truth.
Psalm 145:18 

© Heart Thoughts, Marcie Bridges, 2014

Monday, December 1, 2014


Wait on the Lord; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the Lord! 
Psalm 27:14


If God always gave us the answers
as soon as requests left our lips
then we wouldn’t receive the blessing
of waiting for presents from Him.
All good and perfect gifts come from above
But we must wait our turn
And in eager anticipation
Is lessons we need learn.
Don’t lose heart and don’t lose hope
Don’t go sneaking for hidden toys
The time for opening His treasures
Will be in His time and place
Then we will joyfully unwrap His praise!

~Marcell Warner Bridges
©7 November 2014

Christmas is coming. Have you made your list? Checked it twice? The tree twinkles gaily with memories of the past that infuse our present. And here we sit, waiting eagerly for that one special day to open those beautifully wrapped gifts that lay under that tree taunting us with their red bows and snowman tags.  To you from me. Whatever could it be?  Just a little, teeny, tiny, itty, bitty, teensy weensy peek...won’t hurt...will it?

Waiting is hard work

Not just for life changing, life altering answers

It’s also in the anticipation of the good

The gifts that we are longing for.

We want it now - we know it is in the closet on the top shelf

Just a peek, please Lord?

We eagerly await for the day that we get that special gift, the blessing we’ve been waiting for.

Because waiting is hard work

It calls for patience and self-control on our part - because -

Opening the gift ahead of time, searching for the hiding place, and seeing what has been lovingly bought before they’ve had a chance to surprise us with it, keeps us from enjoying and appreciating that long awaited gift as much as we could have if we’d waited.

Yeah, waiting is hard work

But the reward and blessing we find when we open our gift from God is sweeter and better than anything we could imagine. His timing is always perfect. Always. He makes everything beautiful in HIS time.

I don’t know what you are waiting on from God right now but I do know this:

That even though waiting is hard work, it is also God’s way of making the beautiful happen in life. It is always worth the wait.
~ Lord, may we wait on You with our whole hearts with praise and thanksgiving. May we seek You and worship You not just in the bad times, but in the good times as well. For we know that all gifts from You are good and perfect when we wait in Your timing to unwrap them. ~

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.  James 1:17 

© Heart Thoughts, Marcie Bridges, 2014

Monday, November 24, 2014


Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting, And His truth endures to all generations.  Psalm 100:4-5
  © NanJones, 2014
© Tee-Tee Barnes Photography, 2014

As friends and family gather around
This Thanksgiving may our hearts abound
With love and laughter and the gifts of the heart
For another year God did impart.
Whether heartache or heartbreak, whatever befell
In sorrow or joy we remember this well
That God in His infinite mercy and grace
Has brought us together once again on this day.
May we always be thankful for the good and the bad
For times in good health and times we were sad
Whether rich or poor may we open our door
To the unloved, unlovely, hopeless and frail
God grant us love to all who hover near.
Let us always be humbled by the gift of God’s Son
For each brand new day He has granted us
In each moment, each hour, may we never forget
To soak in Thanksgiving brings the greatest of gifts.

~Marcell Warner Bridges
©22 November 2014


 Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name. But do not forget to do good and to share, for with such sacrifices God is well pleased. 
 Hebrews 13:15-16 
  © Tee-Tee Barnes Photography, 2014
...speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Ephesians 5:19-20

© Heart Thoughts, Marcie Bridges, 2014

Monday, November 17, 2014


"Surely He has borne our griefs And carried our sorrows; Yet we esteemed Him stricken,Smitten by God, and afflicted. 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 53:4-6


I stood on the side of the hill
looking up at the form hanging
on two boards in the shape of a cross
arms attached by wrists imprisoned with nails
feet crossed one on top of the other
splintered by iron
A crown of thorns dug into his scalp
and blood, so much blood
running, streaming down.

The sign reads, “King of the Jews”,
people snicker at the accused
Son of God? They laugh and spit
I see no joy in any of it.

His eyes so full of sorrow

tears mix clear with red
I want to turn away
something about Him compels me to stay
feels as if He is looking only at me
my heart does not want to beat
there is so much love and compassion
emanating from His gaze
I cannot bring myself to look away.
In that moment I hear Him say
“I love you this much my child,
My death is not in vain
Believe in Me right now, today
In your heart I’ll come to stay.”

Then all at once He closed His eyes
“It is finished!” I heard Him sigh
darkness like none I’ve ever known
the earth shook me to my knees
I cried out, “Father God forgive me please!”
Light around me shone
peace descended like a dove
I looked up to where He’d hung
felt His presence and overwhelming love.

Looked inside the tomb where He’d been laid
He is not there, He’s risen again
now I know without a doubt
there is power in His blood
mercy and grace overflows like a flood
forgiveness was granted day
and in the shadow of the Old Rugged Cross
I remain.

~Marcell Warner Bridges
©14, November 2014
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"For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life." John 3:16 

Tears pool in my eyes as I reflect on Jesus’ love for me. As He prayed, “Not my will, but Yours”, and as He took the beatings with the whip, as He trudged up the hill bearing a cross, thorns digging into His scalp and hanging on the cross looking mangled, un-human. It's almost more than I can bear.

To say I am thankful for my salvation seems so trite. 

I want to REFLECT that thankfulness. I want to LIVE that thankfulness.

Because soaking in Thanksgiving brings greater Thanksliving.


I’m learning to live with a heart of Thanksgiving
Not just a thank you here and there
Not just when skies are lovely and fair
Not just when the sun comes out to play
I’m learning in all things, in all ways,
To live with a heart of Thanksliving each day.
No matter the time, no matter the place,
If life is a mess and too much in the way,
There’s always a reason, always can I say
God, thank You for this miraculous day.
Thanksliving is daily seeking the good
A time to pause and sit with the Lord
Brings joy to the weary, troubled soul
A heart of Thanksgiving brings a greater Thanksliving.

~Marcell Warner Bridges

©14, November 2014

"I love you...that's what Calvary said...I love you...written in red"

© Heart Thoughts, Marcie Bridges, 2014

Monday, November 10, 2014


"In the past, other people shamed you and said bad things to you. You were shamed much more than any other people. So in your land you will get two times more than other people. You will get the joy that continues forever."  Isaiah 61:7 (ERV)


Sometimes things thought long ago buried
Come bubbling up in such a hurry
There is no way to plug up the leak
The dam is overflowing and the ship about to sink.
The tide has come in and the markings in the sand
Have been sifted away but the debris has washed ashore
Never to return back to its home.
The hole is too big to contain
Feelings come rushing in once again
Long put away, neatly, safely hidden
The suddenness of it quickly overwhelms
A heart once beating normal now swells
And threatens to overtake every inkling of common aid.
There’s a Red Sea to cross, a decision to make
Forward, backward, or maybe just stay
Consequences will surely dismay
If wrong choices are in the way.
Prayer must lead like the cloud of God
It’s not a Simon Says type of game
Holy ground requires bare feet
And a willingness to stand near the heat.
Excuses come but if God has His way
They’ll evaporate like fog on a sunny day
Moses could not keep from obeying
Nor Noah, Elijah, or Abraham
Obedience is the key to walking even on high wire beams.
Don’t look down, it’s scary there
Look up to the One who will catch all tears and fears
Sometimes things thought long ago buried
Are the very things He wants to carry.

~Marcell Warner Bridges
©5 November 2014

Earlier this evening I didn’t know what to write. I had been praying all day what to say. I asked my best friend and she said, “Don’t think about it. Just write down the first thing that comes to mind. You can change it later.” The first thing that came to mind was the word, “shame”. I decided to do a keyword search of the Bible for the word. This was the first verse that popped up and I cried:

“Instead of your shame you shall have double honor, And instead of confusion they shall rejoice in their portion. Therefore in their land they shall possess double; Everlasting joy shall be theirs.” Isaiah 61:7 (NKJV)
Even more interesting is that this is a whole chapter of “The Good News of Salvation”. God is promising salvation to His people and a double portion to them of their inheritance because God has seen the shame that was put upon them even though they didn’t deserve it.
I sat stunned. Really Lord?

You see, I've been wrestling with this lately. I mean, have you ever felt pure shame over something that was not your fault? Years have gone by, you’ve carried the pain with you even though you don’t realize you are harboring it. Maybe when you think about what happened, it causes you so much heartbreak that you don’t even see the truth for what it was or is. It was not your fault no matter how many people have told you it was.

Over the years we let a scar form over it and buried it way down deep inside hoping it would just stay put and the band-aid would stay covering it. But then suddenly one day out of the blue so unexpectedly it knocks the wind out of you, it comes to mind. And it stays there. The longer you think about it, the worse you feel.

What do you do with it?

Suggestion…take it to the Lord in prayer. Ask Him why He is bringing this to your mind. Ask Him if you have unfinished business with it. He may not give you an answer right away, but you can either wallow in it and feel despair over it, or, you can talk with Him about it. He can and will give you the peace you are seeking.

They say time heals all wounds but time only heals wounds we allow God to heal within us.

I began to write and ask God for help. I’d like to share with you some of what God is showing me (or at least, questions I am pondering):

Why am I allowing his sin against me to be my sin? Why am I carrying a guilt and reproach when it was never mine to hold on to?

Maybe because when I finally told those closest to me they called me a liar. They said I was to blame. They said I wasn’t the Christian they thought I was and that God was disappointed in me. I decided never to tell anyone else about it.

Obviously God has other plans here. He wants His light to shine into this darkness and to reveal the truth for what it is. I'm not meant to carry this. It's not mine to be ashamed of. It's time to let it go. I am scared half to death to hit the publish button, but I firmly believe God is asking me to do this and I'm not afraid anymore. The truth sets us free.
“I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, My soul shall be joyful in my God; For He has clothed me with the garments of salvation, He has covered me with the robe of righteousness, As a bridegroom decks himself with ornaments, And as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.  For as the earth brings forth its bud, As the garden causes the things that are sown in it to spring forth, So the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations.”  Isaiah 61:10, 11

My friend, has someone done something to you that caused you to believe it was all your fault? Have you believed all of these years that you were the one to blame. That it must have been something you did that made that person sin against you? I’m just going to get real with you. It’s not your fault. It’s never been your fault and it is time to take this to the Lord to heal that wound you’ve been carrying for far too long. Bringing it into the light of God’s Word is how we defeat Satan and his attacks on us. It is how we defeat the guilt and blame and the shame that we thought we deserved. God is ready to bring salvation to this part of your life. He is ready to make all things new within you. Will you, and I, let Him do that today?

All photos except for the last one are Google images. The last photo is courtesy of © Tee-Tee Barnes Photography, 2014

© Heart Thoughts, Marcie Bridges, 2014