Monday, August 25, 2014

THE TRUEST FRIEND

© Karen Murphy Photography, 2014
HOLDING HANDS ACROSS THE MILES

Hands clasped across the table
Tears falling through smiles and pain
Food forgotten in the moment
Whispers of love displayed.
Two hearts equally broken
By circumstances not of our own
Mended by the sweetest Spirit
His presence filling the space around.
Hugs fiercely, tightly given
Good-bye a solemn spoken phrase
Yet the hands that had clasped together
Would always stay that way.
Because miles driven between
Will never severe that grace
Hands clasped across the table
Whispers of love will forever remain.

~Marcell Warner Bridges
©24 August 2014

 

© Karen Murphy Photography, 2014
I drove up the mountain with an ache in my heart as wide as the Grand Canyon. I couldn’t wait to see my dear friend. I stood by the car waiting for her arrival with anticipation as massive as Texas. The hug we shared was the best I’ve ever had. We found a table and I’ll never forget holding hands and praying with her. A little later the tears we knew would come, came, while we held hands once again trying to say things we couldn’t say. It was one of the sweetest moments.  As we shared stories (can you believe we talked about snakes?!) my heart felt lighter and I knew that going back down the mountain I’d feel better than I had in a long while.

Did you know this is what it is like with God? He never leaves us nor forsakes us but sometimes the miles between earth and Heaven seem so far away we can’t feel His presence. But then one day, we open His Word, He fills the space around us with His presence and it is the sweetest time we’ve ever had. He engulfs us with His peace and we come away feeling better than we have in forever. Jesus is the best friend you can have. He loves us with an unconditional love that NO ONE can love us with. He is there for us anytime, anywhere, every time and everywhere.  Proverbs 18:24, “A man who has friends must himself be friendly, But there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.”  Here on earth even those dearest, sweetest, best-est friends cannot compare to the friend we have in Jesus. 

We hugged one last time (I can still feel her arms around me now) tears once again brimming in our eyes, not sure when we’d see each other face to face again but we left each other knowing that the 2 ½ hour trip between our houses is only a whisper away.  


Michael W. Smith's song "I Will Be Here For You" reminds me that God will always be here for me no matter what. 



© Heart Thoughts, Marcie Bridges, 2014

Monday, August 18, 2014

SET YOUR MIND ON THINGS ABOVE

"If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory."
Colossians 3:1-4 (NKJV)

A RAVAGED MIND
A mind ravaged by unimaginable circumstance
Overwhelmed, overworked, overwrought
Time stands still amid the destruction
Pain has become the norm instead of exception.

How can I escape these thoughts?
How can I believe my Lord?
Where do I go from here?
Who will help me contend?

My head lays down tears soaking my pillow
Sleep will not come amidst the agony
Then love floats down in a soft, soft whisper
My heart settles in a new, sweet peace.

A mind tormented by unimaginable circumstance
Enters into Heavens open glorious gates
Breathing Jesus through thanksgiving
Believing, taking Jesus at His Word.

Sweet, sweet peace descends upon me
I no longer struggle now
Leaning on the everlasting arms of Jesus
I rest my burdens down.

~Marcell Warner Bridges
©17 August 2014
© Tee-Tee's Photos 2014
The past few weeks have been wrought with heartache and turmoil. It has felt like living through a hurricane. There have been days when you could have knocked me over with a feather. To say it has been rough is the understatement of the year.

Sleepless nights have been a constant, my thoughts consumed with doubts and worry, days filled with migraines and vertigo attacks. Extremely hard decisions have had to be made that have cost me dearly. 


~ BUT GOD ~

God has also been my constant companion. Leaning into Him, nestled in His arms have become my comfort. My strength lies in reading His Word and prayers abundant flowing from my lips. Breathing Jesus has become a must. It should always be the thing I do, but in times of need I’ve learned it is my peace. Verses such as John 14:27 and Isaiah 26:3 echo through the turmoil in my brain to finally release tension and fill me with God’s presence. His peace. Knowing God is with me and will never forsake me, I trust in His grace to pull me through and strengthen me for the day ahead and the days to come.

Are you in a situation where your thoughts are consumed with indecision and the problems you are facing? Are you struggling through a painful situation that causes you worry, wearing you down and causing you to have sleepless nights?

Turn your eyes upon Jesus. Look fully into His face. And the things of this world will grow ever so dim.  Turn your thoughts to Jesus. Listen to His Words of love, peace and goodness. The things you are struggling through won’t be quite as hard. Jesus loves you this I know. Let Him love you through it all. 

© Heart Thoughts, Marcie Bridges 2014



Monday, August 11, 2014

NEW EVERY MORNING

Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not.
They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness
 Lamentations 3:22-23 (NKJV)

© Karen Murphy Photography, 2014
 
NEW EVERY MORNING

Though mountains around me shake
the earth beneath me quakes
my foundations crack and crumble,
You, O LORD, keep me from stumbling
directing my paths unfailingly
You keep me from troubles consuming
even when emotions are overwhelming.
In the night You hold me tight
In the morning Your mercies unfold
Never forsaking, never moving
Your faithfulness is new every morning.
When the rain pours and the winds blow
I don’t know which fork to take in the road
You, O LORD, bring healing to my parched soul
Mercies tears unceasingly overflow
As Your faithfulness immerses steadfastly
Thoroughly, completely making me whole.

~Marcell Warner Bridges
©10 August 2014
 
© Karen Murphy Photography, 2014
 
Dear Father God, Thank You for Your faithfulness to us. When we are not faithful You continue to draw us toward You. And in our times of need, You stay right beside us, holding us, comforting us, cradling us to keep us from drowning. Thank You for the mercies with which You steadfastly keep us and give us a new way each and every day to walk with You. Father, forgive us when we stray. May we seek to honor You with our lives in every word and deed.  Thank You Lord, for being our safe place. Our hiding place. May we rest in You and praise You even in our times of trouble. Father, thank You that with and through You we will never be consumed by anything but that You are faithful to bring new mercies upon us each morning. Lord, we glorify You. In Jesus' Name we pray, Amen. 
 
WILL YOU SING ALONG AND WORSHIP WITH ME TODAY? LET'S GATHER TOGETHER AND PRAISE GOD FOR HIS STEADFAST LOVE, UNENDING MERCY AND HIS GREAT FAITHFULNESS TO US! I LOVE THIS SONG!
 
  
© Heart Thoughts, Marcie Bridges, 2014

Monday, August 4, 2014

WALKING WITH MY SAVIOR


The Lord will guide you continually, And satisfy your soul in drought, And strengthen your bones; You shall be like a watered garden, And like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail.  Isaiah 58:11 (NKJV)

© Karen Murphy Photography, 2014


WALKING WITH MY SAVIOR

There are times in life when we must make the hard decisions
The ones we knew were coming but tried to forget them
These decisions don’t come easily but their outcome
is born from silence
Not the distraction of the world, not talking, not shouting
Just walking quietly hand - in - hand with the Savior
Through the garden, through the sand
Through the rain, through the pain
Listening as He speaks only the wisdom He can give
Silent
No words necessary but the words from His lips.
And when the final choice has resolutely been made
There in the silence - tears on our face -
Glorious peace descends in the rough place.
© BridgesCreations, 2014
 
Savior, our Shepherd, lead me today
Guide me, move me, speak to me I pray.
Whisper Your love in the secret-est place
Draw me to You and Your grace I embrace.
There is a way that seems so right
Take hold of my every thought, every care
I trust You Lord, in Your shadow I stand.
May what I find in Your Word this day
Be the answer I seek from this fetal place.
Thank You for not ever abandoning me
Thank You, Lord, for setting me free.

~Marcell Warner Bridges
©31, July 2014
© Karen Murphy Photography, 2014

Psalm 23 New King James Version (NKJV)
The Lord the Shepherd of His People
A Psalm of David.

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
2 He makes me to lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside the still waters.
3 He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness
For His name’s sake.
4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil; For You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over.
6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
All the days of my life;
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord
Forever.

 


© Heart Thoughts, Marcie Bridges, 2014