Monday, October 27, 2014

GOOD MORNING LORD!

A Prayer for Guidance
To the Chief Musician. With flutes. A Psalm of David.

Give ear to my words, O Lord, Consider my meditation. Give heed to the voice of my cry, My King and my God, For to You I will pray. My voice You shall hear in the morning, O Lord; In the morning I will direct it to You, And I will look up. 
  Psalm 5:1-3

© Bridgescreations, 2014

GOOD MORNING LORD,
today I don’t want to miss a thing
not a word You say
not a touch of Your hand
not a sight of Your beauty
not a taste of Your goodness

O LORD,
hear me when I pray
when I call to you in praise or dismay
may I feel Your embrace while I meditate
listen to me, O my God and King,
this morning my voice raises to You
in boldness, in humbleness, in truth
today I focus my prayers and my mind upon You
and I will continually look to You for my help
my strength, my comfort, my peace and my hope.
~Marcell Warner Bridges
©24, October 2014

 
© Karen Murphy Photography, 2014

It was an impulsive gesture really. There really was no premeditated thought to my action that morning. I was in my first year of college in Clearwater, Florida. It’s a beautiful campus and each dorm room had a living room surrounded by 4 bedrooms and a nice large bathroom. This restroom had a large window in it. And this one particular morning I was all alone in the whole dorm room.

I had just had a shower and the window was all fogged up. It was so spur of the moment but it started a new “tradition” for me. I threw up the sash and smiling I sang out, “GOOD MORNING LORD!”

So began each day after that. Well, most every day. But I noticed something. On the mornings I did not do this, I felt sad and down most of the day. Yet, the mornings I greeted my Lord, I always felt happy and joyful that day.

Somewhere along the years I forgot about doing that little gesture. I forgot to greet my Lord in the mornings and to let Him know I wanted to hear from Him as much as He wants to hear from me.

A few weeks ago my friend Norma added a poster to her Facebook wall that reminded me of that day long ago:

And then I read this scripture the other morning and it also reminded me of God's love for us and how important it is to start our day with Him:

“And so it was, when Solomon had finished praying all this prayer and supplication to the Lord, that he arose from before the altar of the Lord, from kneeling on his knees with his hands spread up to heaven. “Blessed be the Lord, who has given rest to His people Israel, according to all that He promised. There has not failed one word of all His good promise, which He promised through His servant Moses. May the Lord our God be with us, as He was with our fathers. May He not leave us nor forsake us, that He may incline our hearts to Himself, to walk in all His ways, and to keep His commandments and His statutes and His judgments, which He commanded our fathers. And may these words of mine, with which I have made supplication before the Lord, be near the Lord our God day and night, that He may maintain the cause of His servant and the cause of His people Israel, as each day may require, that all the peoples of the earth may know that the Lord is God; there is no other.”  1 Kings 8:54, 56-60

 


© Karen Murphy Photography, 2014
I’m thinking it is time to start this tradition again. How about you? It is so nice to have our family say good morning to us. What do you think it would mean to God, the one who wakes us up every morning providing us with a brand new day, to hear us say, “Good Morning Lord!” ? 


All pictures besides the posters are courtesy of  Karen Murphy Photography

© Heart Thoughts, Marcie Bridges, 2014

Monday, October 20, 2014

SEARCH MY HEART O LORD

“Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me, and know my anxieties; And see if there is any wicked way in me, And lead me in the way everlasting.”  Psalm 139:23-24

© Tee-Tee Barnes, 2014

SEARCH ME AND KNOW ME

LORD. . .
Did I take Your praise
and heap it upon myself?
Did I say it was for You
and make it mine instead?
Did I allow Your glory to
become something less than divine?
Did I keep honor for myself
that was meant for You?

GOD. . .
examine me thoroughly
purge every ugly hideous part
create in me a snow white heart
renew and restore the joy missing
so others see Your glory instead of me.

~Marcell Warner Bridges
©15 October 2014

© Bridgescreations, 2014

"Go gently through this day keeping your eyes on Me. Sometimes the way before you appears to be blocked. If you focus on the obstacle or search for a way around it, you will probably go off course." (John 10:14-15) ~ Jesus Calling - Sarah Young

"When troubles arise and your faith begins to falter, your God stands ready to help. Spread out your request before God and pray that He will listen. Remember that His power is mightier than any battle you face today." (2 Kings 19:14-16) ~ Quiet Reflections of Hope

"As I choose God’s wisdom to guide me, discretion will protect me." (Proverbs 2:11) ~ Writers Devotions to Go

"In spiritual matters, God’s Word gives clear direction about the way we should go." (John 14:6) ~ God, Me, and Sweet Iced Tea - Rose Chandler Johnson

"God, grant me the courage and wisdom to know when it is right to fight." (Psalm 58:6-7) ~ Revealing Jesus - Darlene Zschech

© Karen Murphy Photography, 2014

Such was my time with Jesus the other morning.

Once again, God brought all of these devotions to the same idea. Same focus.

Focus. On Jesus.

So I began by writing to Him...
 "Lord, it seems every devotion I read applies to everyone else. Yes, I get nuggets out of them too. But Lord, why don’t they minister to me like they minister to others? Have I become so complacent in my walk with You that I don’t hear, see or touch You anymore? How can I know which way to go, which words to write, or speak, without You? . . .

 "A lot of times my words feel stupid and not right. I spend so much time trying to find the right words to say, things that will help and bless others, but once sent out into that void, they seem useless and not what blesses others. I even find myself thinking it is boring and what is the point? Maybe I’m writing to brick walls and the words do not penetrate where they should. And now you’ve brought to my mind what I just told a friend the other day. "Writing for You, my audience of one, is the most important." . . . OH HOW FAR I HAVE FALLEN!  Dear Lord, I un-surrendered my writing, didn’t I? I took it back and even though I said I was writing for You, and I prayed over each post, I really wasn’t, was I? . . .

"Lord, I confess, I have only been reading blog posts and Your Word to find things to write about and while this is a good motive, Lord, I’ve made it all about me, instead of all about You. I’ve stolen Your glory and made it mine. Dear Lord, I’m so sorry. Today I choose to re-surrender this part of me to You. I choose to write for You, my audience of one. No matter if what I write, publish or post is read by anyone else, no matter if it encourages or blesses any other person or not, I ask Lord that You alone will be glorified. . . . Dear Lord, thank You for making me aware of this doubt and failure in my heart. I give this over to You today. "Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in Your sight, O LORD, my strength and my redeemer." In Jesus Name, Amen."
© Tee-Tee Barnes, 2014
 
What about you my friend? Are you dealing with any doubt in your life? Do you feel your faith has gone dry? Go to God. Ask Him to fill you with His Spirit and to show Himself to you in only the way He can. He will do it.




© Heart Thoughts, Marcie Bridges, 2014

Monday, October 13, 2014

BY FAITH

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, 
for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go
Joshua 1:9

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                                BY FAITH

Ghostly apparitions hover over burnt orange grasses
Gray skies accentuated with billowed clouds
Gone is a sun playing more hide than seek
Trenches of tears streak down a windshield
Blurring the lines of reality and make-believe
Still a glimmer of hope where faith only sees.
Darkness invades where light should be
Haunting a soul filled of sorrow and grief
Road curves and twists through the screams.
So many see only what they want to
Asking, “Where is God?” around them
Can’t, or, won’t see the forest for the trees
Becomes the loneliest place to be
Like a poet in the midst of a dream
Looking for the song in the melody.
The Son never ever disappeared
Trust that He really, truly is there
Even when the foggiest of nights appear
Dreariest of days fill the pillow with tears.
One day the mask will be removed
Clear skies will once more bloom
And the haze that shadowed the land
Will transform in a most vibrant hue.

~Marcell Warner Bridges
©12 October 2014




© Bridgescreations, 2014

 Your word is a lamp to my feet
And a light to my path.  Psalm 119:105

 “Why can’t I see God?”

“Why can’t I feel God?”

“How do I even know He is really there? I can’t see Him.”

When the sun hides behind the clouds, it is still there.  The clouds may be hiding it, but we know and trust that the sun is still there...by faith.

Just like the sun that is blocked by the clouds, by faith, we know in our hearts that God is there. We can sense Him in the weather, we can see Him in others, we can find Him in nature.

Where is God?  


For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.


He is the lamp for your feet, the light for your darkness, the shepherd to lead you, the hand to guide you.

Do not be afraid. Do not worry. Do not be dismayed.  

For the Lord your God is with you everywhere you go.


For You are my lamp, O Lord;
The Lord shall enlighten my darkness.  2 Samuel 22:29



© Heart Thoughts, Marcie Bridges, 2014

Monday, October 6, 2014

FEARFULLY, WONDERFULLY MADE

"So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. . .
Then God saw everything that He had made,
and indeed it was very good." Genesis 1:27, 31a


 
© Bridgescreations, 2014

TO MY DAUGHTER
ON YOUR BIRTHDAY

Sunny and bright
not a cloud in the sky
you emerged
from your dark cocoon
beautiful in pink
you are so lovely to me
and now
you are already fifteen.

Love,
Mommy

~Marcell Warner Bridges
® ©4 October 2014
 
©Bridgescreations, 2014  
When did you grow up on me? It was just yesterday you were born...right?! You were so little, so fragile, so wonderfully, perfectly made.

And now, here we are, fifteen years later. No. It can’t be.

Your older sister is just months away from breaking her momma’s heart. She doesn’t understand yet. Those college catalogs flying in faster than my brain can process it. She too, came into this world pretty in pink, wonderfully, fearfully, perfectly made.

And that’s what I want you to know. Not just you, my sweet daughters, but everyone. Yes, YOU were fearfully, wonderfully made. And the God of this vast, expanding, dynamic, all encompassing universe made you unique. There is no one like you. Nope. Not one.

Each star in the sky cannot compare to what God created when He created you. *You are worth more than the birds of the air and beast in the field. You are HIS creation made in the image of HIM!

So dear soul. Why are you putting yourself down? Why are saying things inwardly and outwardly about yourself that are lies? My husband has a thing he says to us three girls when we put ourselves down. “Why are you putting someone I love very much down?”

I would submit: Why are you putting someone God loves very much down?

He loves you simply because He created you. He loves me simply because He created me.

So here we are. Fifteen years later and that beauty you were born with, it shines so bright. And when God created you in my womb, He knew exactly what He was doing.
Dearest Daughters,

Remember the Psalmist’s words:

"For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works,
And that my soul knows very well. My frame was not hidden from You, When I was made in secret, And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, The days fashioned for me, When as yet there were none of them."  
Psalm 139:13-16

This first video amazes me and brings me to tears. Very worth a watch, or two, or ten...

 


 
 

*Matthew 6:25-27

© Heart Thoughts, Marcie Bridges, 2014