Monday, May 25, 2015

REVEAL YOURSELF TO ME LORD

by Marcie Bridges, @Marcie_Bridges


©Tee-Tee Barnes Photography, 2015


Uncover my eyes 
so that I may see 
the miraculous things in your teachings. 
  
Psalm 119:18 (GW)









OH LORD MY GOD!
Revive me!
Reveal Yourself to me
In only the way that
You can
Show me Your power
In a way that will make me
Stand up straight
Take notice
Nebuchadnezzar was awed
At the sight of You in that
Fiery furnace, and,
Like the king who threw
Daniel into the lion’s den
People stared in amazement
When Peter was at their gate
Instead of in jail
Oh LORD!
How can I obtain knowledge
From You?
My King and my God!
I long for You to
Open my eyes, open my ears
Open my heart
Throw open Your gates and
Your Word!
That I may see, hear, understand
Know what You long for me
To do, to be, to write, to speak
Fixing my eyes on You, and
You only
Reveal Yourself to me
My ELOHIM!

~Marcell Warner Bridges
©2015, All Rights Reserved
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©Tee-Tee Barnes Photography, 2015
Tears pooled in my eyes as we sang during the invitation at the closing of the message. Just this morning I had written the majority of this poem before leaving for church. The words in this poem have become such a prayer of my heart lately. I was not even sure why this had come to mind this particular morning except that I have been so thirsty for God lately.

  
Not just thirsty but absolutely longing (as in deeply desiring) to feel God’s presence resonating in my soul. In my heart.

I will not tell you what God revealed to me during the message at this time. Some things God wants us to keep between the two of us until a time when He wants us to shout it from the rooftops*. But, I can tell you this:

HE SHOWED UP BIG TIME! Tweet: HE SHOWED UP BIG TIME! http://ctt.ec/H7fLe+ @Marcie_Bridges

As I sat listening carefully to the Lord and read the account of Abraham and Isaac (Genesis 22:1-19) with new eyes, I knew in my heart God was telling me things that only He could reveal to me in a way that made me sit up and take notice.

When was the last time you read God’s Word and it made your heart quicken? You gasped for breath, took notice and hungered to hear more of what He was saying to you in that moment?

May we fix our eyes on Jesus, seek Him first, and stand in shear utter and amazement at what He is teaching us and revealing to us.

From My Heart to Yours,
Marcie

 

©Heart Thoughts, Marcie Bridges, 2015
*Beth Moore Conference, Greensboro, 2013
Scripture Verse from God's Word Translation

Monday, May 18, 2015

READY? SET! LET GO!

by Marcie Bridges, @Marcie_Bridges


A time to gain, And a time to lose; A time to keep, 
And a time to throw away;  
Ecclesiastes 3:6

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          LETTING GO


The very last leaf clung to its branch
Afraid to let go, scared of the land
Looking down it shook with fright
Falling might be a really long flight.


The wind picked up and the branch it shook
Little leaf held on as long as it could
Its colors had changed to yellow and red
Began its descent to a cold, earthen bed.

It blew to the right, then to the left
Got dizzy spinning around with the wind
Cried out to its Maker for a soft, easy landing
The longer it fell the more its heart hammered.

All of a sudden no warning at all
Little leaf abruptly ceased to fall
Found itself held in the palm of a hand
Fear vanished as peace began to descend.

Through life with all of its twists and turns
We must let go and let God have all of our fears
Let go of our worries, problems, and cares
Falling safe in the hands of our Savior, our Friend.

~Marcell Warner Bridges
©2015, All Rights Reserved




Photo by Marcie Bridges
YOU know you’ve been holding on for far too long to that branch. 

Truth is, you are scared to death to turn around backward, arms outstretched, and take that free-fall off the cliff into the unknown. 


Because what in the world is scarier than drifting with no direction and no safety net?


Tightropes are not for sissies and neither are high dives. Free-falling is one risky business and yet somewhere along the way we have to make the choice to just. Let. Go. 


"Let go and let God," they say. Let God…what?
 
photo by Marcie Bridges

He didn’t just come to die for our sins. He didn’t just come to rise again. He came to give us peace. Peace that settles down into the very depths and cracks in our hearts and souls. Peace that invites us to curl up and sleep at night. 

Peace that only comes because He is our peace.


Worry, doubt, fear, self-loathing, lies, wounds…yeah we’ve all been there. Staring at the mirror calling ourselves all kinds of hurt and ugly.

Clinging to the last vestiges of whatever is causing the depression, guilt, sin or hurt only causes us misery. At some point, we have to let go of our pride and fall into the arms of Jesus. 

Free-fall into the safety net of Jesus’ love and grace. 

From My Heart to Yours,
Marcie 




©Heart Thoughts, Marcie Bridges, 2015