Monday, August 3, 2015


by Marcie Bridges, @Marcie_Bridges

For You are my lamp, O LORD
And the LORD illumines my darkness.
 2 Samuel 22:29

“Jesus loves me this I know
For the Bible tells me so
Little ones to Him belong,
they are weak but He is strong.”*

I sat in the doorway of the hospital room watching doctors, nurses, patients, and families go by. My brown, stuffed, wind-up doggie securely in my arms. Over and over I would turn the key and as the melody played I sang along loud and clear for everyone to hear.

“Yes, Jesus loves me! Yes, Jesus loves me! Yes, Jesus loves me! The Bible tells me so!”*

People smiled at me and later told my parents how cute I was. But at eight years young I had no comprehension of what the next few days, weeks, months and even years would hold for me; all I knew was that I needed eye surgery so I wouldn’t freak everyone out when my left eye would wander off .

I wasn’t scared until they began wheeling me to the OR, but they put a little green hat on my doggie just like the one they put on my head then wound him up so I could hear one last time, Jesus Loves Me.

And just like Saul was blind for three days after His encounter with Jesus on the road to Damascus, so was I. Stitches in the muscles behind my eyes prevented me from opening them. 

The darkness I endured during those three long days frightened me. I didn’t know why I was throwing up every half hour (the anesthesia made me horribly sick!) and most of the time it felt like no one was there with me (though I am sure my parents were there much of the time). It’s been 35 years since then and I cannot remember a lot of the details, but what I do remember most is the darkness. Perhaps that is why to this very day I am afraid of the dark?

But God promises to be our light in the darkness. Jesus came to pierce the darkness. He came to save, to heal, and to give us peace. 

Tee-Tee Barnes, 2015
Even in the darkness
where light cannot pierce
I know You are with me
there is nothing to fear.
As storm clouds invade
my eye sight is gone
I feel Your peace surrounding
in faith to carry on.
Shadows wink and play
 they do not stand still
I hear You whisper gently
and at Your feet I kneel.
Blinded eyes can see
with a heart of faith
I have no need to be afraid
Your love will lead my way.
Even in the darkness
there is perfect peace
when I fix my eyes on Jesus
every fear through Him is eased.

~Marcell Warner Bridges
© 2015

Tee-Tee Barnes, 2015
Lately I’ve been overcome by fear. Fear of failure. Fear of things not working out. Fear of the future. A good friend reminded me that God does not give us this fear nor does He give us a spirit of confusion. These things come from the prince of darkness not from the God of Lights. 

We are not given a spirit of fear. In fact, 2 Timothy 1:7 tells us we are given a spirit of love, power and of sound mind. 

So even in the darkest dark where light does not seem to pierce, remember God is with you there is not a thing to fear.

When you are tempted to give into that fear, put your trust in God. Let Him shine His light into your darkness today. 

From My Heart to Yours,

For Further Meditation: John 1:1-5; 1 John 1:1-10; Psalm 119:105; Psalm 56:3; 1 Corinthians 14:33

 All Nature Photos by Tee-Tee Barnes, ©2015
*Hymn: Jesus Loves Me Written by Anna Bartlett Warner (1820-1915), Music by William Batchelder Bradbury (1816-1868)


  1. What a wonderful illustration! You are a blessing!

    1. And so are you dear friend. Thank you for reading and sharing :-)

  2. LOVE your message and your poem!! Your words touched my heart. What a timely blessing! God bless you : )

    1. That is so wonderful to hear! Thank you for sharing that with me. Blessings to you too :-)

  3. Wow. ..that was just so beautiful and powerful Marcie! God bless you.

    1. I appreciate you! Thank you, God bless, Marcie :-)

  4. I'm SO glad you wrote about this Marcie girl. Towards the end I kept thinking, "I once was blind, but now I see." What a wonderful testimony.

  5. His grace has been amazing! Thank you sweet friend! :-)


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