Monday, March 30, 2015

WHEN YOU FEEL LONELY AND UNWORTHY


by Marcie Bridges @Marcie_Bridges

The Lord is close to the brokenhearted 
and saves those who are crushed in spirit. 
Psalm 34:17-18

OH LONELY TREE


Oh lonely tree out in the field
How do you stand so tall and full
Where no river runs by you
How do your leaves produce such blooms?

Oh lonely tree out in the meadow
Grasses green and flowers pink
Your loveliness comforts me
I want to curl up beneath your canopy.
  
Oh lonely tree out in the pasture
Branches reaching toward the heavens
Are you praying to your Maker
Are you worshiping your Savior?

Oh lonely tree out in the prairie
Your roots grow deep to depths uncertain
Somehow I think you understand
Who gives you life and makes you grand.

Oh lonely friend feeling like a tree forgotten
Let your roots grow deep in His living water
Spread your branches high into the sky
Feeling God’s love showered from on high.

Oh lonely friend out in the field
Remember God is with you still
He hears every tiny sigh you make
He sees every time you lift your praise.
  
God has never abandoned you
No matter how many others do
He sent His Spirit to live inside
To be your Comforter and your Guide.

If you feel lonely here’s what you do
Pray to God to see you through
Reach out to others who may be in need
Of the shade and shelter Your Father brings.

Oh lonely tree and friend out in the meadow
Don’t be like the weeping willow
Soak in the rays of your Maker’s light
Abide and rest in His matchless love.

The grasses green and the flowers pink
Come to play and keep you company
You’re not as alone as you may think
Even in the night the moon and stars wink.

~Marcell Warner Bridges
© 2015, All Rights Reserved


Dear Father God, so many are feeling lonely and unworthy. They feel like they are not needed or wanted. Maybe they feel like a tree out in the middle of a field without anyone or anything. Lord, show them that You are their hope, strength, provider and nourishment. And even when they don't know where the water of life flows to keep them strong, may they reach their arms and hearts up to You to find that You are the One who gives us the living water where we thirst no more. May we invite others to sit in the shade with us and to feel Your comfort and peace. Thank You Lord for never leaving nor forsaking us. Thank You for being close to us when we are brokenhearted and saving us in our loneliness. In Jesus' Name, Amen.


I am praying this week that no matter what is going on in your life that you will find your rest and comfort in Jesus.

From My Heart to Yours,
Marcie 
© Heart Thoughts, Marcie Bridges, 2015

Monday, March 23, 2015

RESURRECTION AND LIFE



Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.” John 11:25


RESURRECTION AND LIFE

There is no life in this wilderness

Brittle bones bruise and break so easily

Breath has ceased to ignite life

Today seems as desolate as yesterday

Tomorrow is a wasteland of hope.

Sin overtook where love once dwelled

Dried up the spirit where now depression reigns

Death is now the only thing it seems

That can make this lifeless body rest.

But the spirit cries out instead…

OH LORD GOD OF ISRAEL

RESTORE TO ME THE JOY OF MY SALVATION

Reveal yourself to me in this desolate place

Breathe life into these dry, thirsty aching bones

YOU ARE the Resurrection and the Life

In this silence, this desert, my body groans

OH LORD, be my hiding place where I can pray

Acknowledge the sins where the deadness lays

Wash me LORD, cleanse these cracked clay feet

Redemption lies only at the foot of YOUR cross

I bow down to You, my LORD, make me new

Dry, dead bones, you have softened and fashioned

Now LORD, with outstretched arms, tear-flooded eyes

Please, hear my cry

Be my Resurrection and my life!

~Marcell Warner Bridges
©22 March 2015, All Rights Reserved





This poem is a combination of Ezekiel 37, a chapter on God bringing dead, dry bones back to life, then to Psalm 32 a Psalm of forgiveness which speaks of how David's bones groaned from hiding sin in his life and then turning to God for forgiveness. We then turn to Psalm 51 where David laments his sin and returns to God pleading for Him to forgive David his trespasses and to wash his heart whiter than snow. And finally, finding our hearts resurrected through the cross of Christ because He is our Resurrection and our Life. No one comes to the Father but through Him. 

Are you feeling dead and dry today? Are you needing God's resurrection and life? There is power in His blood. Turn now and and find forgiveness from Him and know the fullness of being alive in Him!

I hope you will join with me in reading these chapters and letting me know in the comments below how God uses them in your heart and life this week. 

From my heart to yours,
Marcie 


© Heart Thoughts, Marcie Bridges, 2015
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Monday, March 16, 2015

STANDING ON HOLY GROUND


By Marcie Bridges     

Then He said, "Do not draw near this place. Take your sandals off your feet, for the place where you stand is holy ground".  Exodus 3:5


Photo Courtesy of Mary Hall Edwards, used by permission

HOLY GROUND

Sand shifts beneath my feet
Earth spins around me
Not sure I'm seeing what I see
There - among the other weeds
Burns a bush that does not disintegrate.
Slowly I approach in awe
I hear His voice, listen to His call
I hear it loud, hear it clear
He tells me to stop and not draw near
The land I stand on is Holy Ground
Take off my shoes for sacred vows.

Lord, here I stand, straining to hear
The sound of Your voice . . .
But I have not removed my sandals 
On this sacred, Holy Ground
I've treated prayer like an every day act
Instead of the offering that You ask.
Father God, remove my pride
Here I kneel, in You I hide
Now Lord Jesus, Giver of everlasting life
Speak to me, speak through me
Here
Am
I.

~Marcell Warner Bridges
15, March 2015
All Rights Reserved







Monday, March 9, 2015

I'M NOT DONE (WITH YOU YET)

by Marcie Bridges @Marcie_Bridges 

"being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus." 
Philippians 1:6

WHO AM I?

 

God’s Response:

You are
My very own child
unique, set apart
for that
which I began
in you long ago
I seek to finish
to complete

what I have
gifted to you 

for a purpose
not like others





My Reply to My LORD:
I am
willing Lord.
Use me, mold me,
from ashes I came
here I lay
waiting for You
to showcase
Your masterpiece
through me.

~Marcell Warner Bridges
©8 March 2015, All Rights Reserved


There are days when my spirit feels weak and deflated. I wonder how much longer I have to wait to get to the places I want to go.

There are days when it all just seems so unfair.

Did I not listen to God closer at a young age? Did I not ask Him to show me the path He wanted me to take? Why, oh, why has it taken me so long to get where I am today?

There are days when I cry out to God to hear my pleas for help and He sends reinforcements to my tender, lonely heart:

Sometimes callings from God unfold in a miraculous instant. But more often callings happen within a million slow moments of revelation and maturation... I needed to experience God revealing Himself and maturing me so I could properly handle the Truth I would eventually write and speak about. And so that I could develop my communication skills by learning how to string thoughts and words together that connected and could be received by an audience.” *

As I read that my striving stopped. My hands stilled. My heart gave in.

God does not do anything in our timing but in His. And His timing is unique. His timing is special. His timing is the right time.
Always.

Lysa Terkeurst goes on in her blog post to say this:

“We are charged to be prepared in 2 Timothy 4:2, “Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke, and encourage – with great patience and careful instruction.” I needed the revelation of the Word so I could properly preach the Word. I needed maturity so I could fulfill that last part of the verse “with great patience and careful instruction.”*


Just like my own husband waited for me to grow up and be mature enough to be his wife (he’s 11 years older than I) God has been working in me to become mature enough to write for Him. To have the character and the right mind-set to be able to do His will.

And oh how this brought tears to my eyes and clarification to my heart!

But whether you want to put pen to page and write or fulfill
another calling from God, let me assure you slow progress is better than no progress. ... The slow unfolding of readiness in us is often misunderstood to be a quick rejection by God. What a tragic mistake this is for many of us who too quickly shut down in our flesh what God is trying to develop in our spirit.”*

So when my focus is on me, I am quick to find faults and to find reasons why I shouldn’t be the one to do this or why I haven’t achieved what I think I should have by now. But when I focus on God, when I fix my eyes on Jesus, He whispers, “I’m not done with you yet...” 
Do you feel rejected by God? Do feel rejected by others? What would happen if you focused more on what Jesus thinks than what you think? I look forward to your comments below.
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