Wednesday, January 29, 2014

BLOOD SOAKED SNOW (A POEM)


 BLOOD SOAKED SNOW

I watch as the snowflakes drift lazily on a whisper of air
down onto the hard, unforgiving earth.
It lands softly covering the dirt, decay, filth,
filling cracks, crevices, corners and ditches.
The water seeping through the thirsty dry deterioration
of cracked parched lips and winter hands.
Blood
drip, drip, dripping, pooling at the base of a cross
like the blood from birds dead by windmills.
Blood that runs in rivulets down the hill through the shadow
to my bent kneeling body
staining, blanketing earth and cracked dry feet
covering, clothing, washing my heart
like fresh fallen snow
the newness that makes all things clean.

~Marcell Warner Bridges
©28 January 2014
© Karen Murphy Photography, 2014
“Come now, and let us reason together,” Says the Lord,
“Though your sins are like scarlet, They shall be as white as snow;
Though they are red like crimson, They shall be as wool.  Isaiah 1:18 (NKJV)

This is a beautiful song I found  titled "Whiter Than Snow"


© Heart Thoughts, Marcie Bridges, 2014


Friday, January 17, 2014

BREATHING GOD


© Tee-Tee Barnes Photos 2014

BREATHING GOD


© Tee-Tee Barnes Photos 2014  

Inhale
JESUS

Exhale
NAME ABOVE ALL NAMES

Inhale
EMMANUEL

Exhale
GOD WITH US

Inhale
MY COMFORT

Exhale
PEACE

Inhale
MY SHELTER

Exhale
TRUST

I lay on the couch trying to catch a few winks before taking my daughter to the doctor. I was scared of what we’d find out but doing my best to rest in God. To just trust Him that this is in His eternal hands. In my gut I knew everything would be okay but at the same time, my breath came fast through my mouth and nose reminding me that I was worrying about something I didn’t need to worry about because as I was telling her, “God’s got this”. Was I lying to her? No. But I wasn’t believing it myself either.

As I lay there the words above began to circulate through my brain and as I repeated them (mostly so I wouldn’t forget them and could write them down later), they still had the affect I needed. My breathing calmed. My body began to relax. My head sunk a little deeper into my pillow and I think, yes, for a few minutes, I slept.

How do we trust God? By breathing Him in and out. Letting Him soak into our hearts and souls and minds. JUST.BREATHE.JESUS.

© Karen Murphy Photography 2014
 
PSALM 131
New Revised Standard Version
Psalm 131:1-3 :   Song of Quiet Trust
A Song of Ascents. Of David.

O Lord, my heart is not lifted up,
    my eyes are not raised too high;
I do not occupy myself with things
    too great and too marvelous for me.
 But I have calmed and quieted my soul,


    like a weaned child with its mother;
    my soul is like the weaned child that is with me.
 O Israel, hope in the Lord
    from this time on and forevermore.

THANK YOU TEE-TEE and KAREN FOR THE PHOTOS!
© Marcie Bridges, Heart Thoughts, 2014


Thursday, January 9, 2014

A POEM FOR THOSE WHO FEEL BROKEN AND ALONE


DEAR FRIEND:

I know you are broken
and
I know you are just breathing
barely
I know you are feeling
alone and no one cares

at all.

I know you’ve cried
a thousand and more times
I know you believe you
cannot go on.
I know
because I’ve been there.

I’ve been broken
I’ve been on my last breath
I’ve been alone  - and -
I’ve shed the tears.
I’ve believed I could not go on

BUT

My Father in Heaven gave Me the will
to continue to be that broken One.
For you, for all.

I took the pain, I bore the rejection
I laid down My life so that
you can go on with yours.

Trust Me
Climb into My Father’s Lap
Let Us show you what love really is

WHO
love really is.

~Marcell Warner Bridges
©6 January 2014
For Christina McKiddy ☺




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Dear Friends, even though I wrote this poem for a one of my most precious friends, I wrote it for you too.  Philippians 1:6 says, "being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ".  I pray that you will know how deep God's love is for you and you will allow Him to work in your life each and every day to show you His great love. 



©Heart Thoughts, Marcie Bridges, 2014

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

JUST SOME NEW YEARS THOUGHTS

     January is named after Janus (Ianuarius), the god of the doorway; the name has its beginnings in Roman mythology, coming from the Latin word for door (ianua) – January is the door to the year.  I love that! The door of the year! It had never really occurred to me before what the name of the month meant. But it seems to go so appropriately with a verse I read recently: 

Isaiah 43:19, “Behold, I will do a new thing, Now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness  And rivers in the desert.”  

     2013 is in the past. It is gone and became a part of our history. 2014 is our new road and on that road is a door. We can either pass through it and see where God is leading us or we can walk up to it, take a peek but reach our hand out and close it. Never to know what God really wanted for us. I don’t know about you, but I am fully prepared to open that door as wide as it will go and walk through it to look and see where God wants me to go this year. I think He has something special in store for all of us. Who knows? Maybe He’ll return this year! But even if He doesn’t, I can’t wait to find out what He does have waiting for me. That doesn’t mean we don’t look back and remember the good times of the past year nor does it mean we forget the bad because the bad is what helps us learn and grow. We make mistakes then we go on and learn from those mistakes. That is the beauty of the New Year though. Each year we can start things fresh. New.  Not necessarily to forget the past year but to consider the possibilities of what can be. To imagine and to dream and to fulfill dreams. 

     In 2 Corinthians 5:17 we read, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.Old things have passed away and all things become new. You know, I know this verse speaks of sin and salvation but I also know that God gives us second chances. And for me to know that each and every time I give my heart to God that He makes me all new again I just about can’t contain myself! I love the quote from Anne of Green Gables when Anne says, “Tomorrow is always fresh, with no mistakes in it.” I can’t wait for the New Year to start because it has no mistakes in it yet.


    A new door is opening, a road is being paved and a river is beginning to trickle on dry, parched land that has yet to be walked on.  I wonder what doors we will open this year and what God has for us? I wonder if we will like what we see and find or, if we’ll hate it and slam the door shut with a final thud wishing we’d never opened it in the first place? I wonder if whatever road we walk on if it will be straight and precise and we won’t have even a care; or if it will be curvy and hilly and we’ll wish we weren’t there? I wonder if the river that runs through the land will be quiet and peaceful; or if it will get rough and rapid and send us careening head over heels? Well, whichever way it goes, I know one thing. Jesus will be with us the whole way. We just have to let Him lead us and guide us through it all. 



    I hope this year you have the opportunity to explore new things and to find out what doors God has for you to walk through. He stands at the door knocking.  I hope you and I will let Him in to fill our hearts and minds with the things He wants for us.


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     Over the next week I will be making some changes to my blog. Just as I am excited to walk through new doors this year I am also very excited to see what new doors God will open with this blog. Thank you friends for joining me and I wish you very rich blessings through our Lord Jesus Christ in this New Year of 2014. Blessings, Marcie 

©Heart Thoughts, Marcie Bridges, 2014