Monday, October 26, 2015

MEET ME HERE LORD

@Marcie_Bridges

 “Am I a God who is near,” declares the LORD, 
“And not a God far off?
“Can a man hide himself in hiding places So I do not see him?” declares the LORD. 
“Do I not fill the heavens and the earth?” declares the LORD.
Jeremiah 23:23-24 

WHERE CAN I FLEE?
Sitting in the corner
curled up into a ball
invisible to everyone
but the One who created all.
Bridgescreations, 2015

Pulling covers tightly
covering every inch
hiding from the day
He sees me where I am.

Closet doors shut out
the wind and storm outside
darkness overtakes me
from Him I cannot hide.

God’s presence will be with us
no matter where we are
we can’t escape His nearness
as we seek Him with our heart. 
Bridgescreations, 2015

When you’re feeling lonely
or when you fear the night
take comfort in His presence
His love in you abides.

Even when the storm’s not raging
and quiet consumes all around
be still with God your Maker
He’s here with you even now.

~Marcell Warner Bridges
©2015, All Rights Reserved.

Bridgescreations, 2015
It’s been one of those weepy weeks.

Tears of joy. Tears of sorrow. Tears of fear. Tears of change.

Devotions in the mornings blurred one into the other leaving me to wonder what I was missing.

Empty. That’s the only word for it. Just an emptiness combined with dread.  If ever there was a week I needed Jesus, it was this week but He didn’t seem to be there.

Maybe that’s why today has been so special. This morning spent just with my Lord. I asked Him to meet with me. To speak to me. I needed to hear His voice.

And meet me He did.

“Flowery words won’t get God’s attention any more than simple everyday language. The promise that David gives us here is that “my God of mercy shall come to meet me.” That’s what you need to know. Then talk to God like you believe it. He is present, right there, listening and talking to you.”  ~Darlene Zschech, Revealing Jesus, Psalm 59:10 ¹

So I read that...He is present, right there...got teary eyed... then read a blog post on God’s presence. Here’s my favorite part of it (link at the bottom of this post):

“Here is what the CHRISTIAN must remember . . .
Bridgescreations, 2015



God is around you, God is by you, and God wants to be in you. He wants to put his presence inside of you. And here’s why: Because when you feel these pressures coming from the outside of worry and loneliness and discouragement, you need an equal pressure from the inside fighting against them to save them all.” ~Mike Scott, What Do the Scriptures Say? ²

Well that set off the water works. God is already here. God is with me. God is with you. So the next time we begin to feel empty, let’s find a quiet place and fill the emptiness with our Abba Father. He’s only a Hello away...

From My Heart to Yours,
Marcie


For Further Meditation:
Jeremiah 23:23-24; Psalm 59:10; Psalm 139:7-12; Psalm 16:1-11: Psalm 62:8;  Isaiah 43:1-2; Hebrews 13:5-6

Tweet: God's Presence is Always with Us http://ctt.ec/Y4lK3+ @Marcie_Bridges #poetry #devotion #GodsPresence  God's Presence is Always with Us


 
¹Darlene Zschech, Revealing Jesus: A 365 Day Devotional, ©2013. October 25, God Will Meet Me.
²Mike Scott, What Do the Scriptures Say, http://www.scripturessay.com/gods-omnipresence/

Monday, October 19, 2015

SPIRITUAL EYE CHECK-UP


 
But seek first the kingdom of God 
and His righteousness, 
and all these things shall be added to you. Matthew 6:33
 
bridgescreations, 2015
O Lord when my eyes can’t see
the road around the bend looks bleak
when at my feet a puddle deep
not for playing, but for Your bottle to keep
may I in body, soul and spirit
sing and dance in Your sanctuary
naked I came upon this hemisphere
every breath I draw is Yours to give.
You don’t miss a thing
in Your Glories Your comfort brings
O Lord when my eyes are dim
ghostly apparitions envelope the air
remind me Whose I am
my worries and disappointments
disappear.

~Marcell Warner Bridges
©2015, All Rights Reserved
N.G.T.H. 
 Tweet: O Lord when my eyes can't see remind me Whose I am http://ctt.ec/rEdDU+ @Marcie_Bridges #poetry #devotion
 
bridgescreations, 2015
There are seasons in life that are just downright tough. For some, each day is a struggle to get out of bed. To breathe. To take another step forward.

And this is when we must...
WE MUST...keep our focus on Jesus.

I’m afraid that when we focus our attention so much on what is going on in us and around us, we make an idol out of our own suffering. We get so caught up in our own struggles and feelings, we forget to focus our attention on the One who can ease our pain and give us the strength to keep moving forward.

I like how Anne Graham Lotz says it in her September 30th devotion, Spiritual Eye Check:

“Jesus said, “Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your eyes are healthy, your whole body also is full of light. But when they are unhealthy, your body also is full of darkness” (Luke 11:34). The eye Jesus is referring to is your focus. If your focus is on His kingdom and His righteousness, then your life will be in line with His. But if you compromise, your life gets out of focus. Then the darkness of confusion, fear, and doubt takes over. So get your spiritual eyes checked, and restart your journey. Refocus on Jesus.”¹(emphasis mine)
 
It's so easy to take our eyes off of Jesus and make our circumstances the thing we focus on more than Him. Sometimes it seems easier to let what is overwhelming us become our focal point. And anything we put before God becomes an idol in our life. 

I don’t know about you, but I think it’s about time I set that appointment with Jesus for my spiritual eye check. Wanna come with me? There’s space enough for all of us in His examination room.
 
From My Heart to Yours,
Marcie 
 
For Further Meditation: 
Matthew 6:33-34; Isaiah 55:6; Jeremiah 29:12-14, 33:3; 
Psalm 9:10, 27:4-14, 34; Proverbs 3:5-6
 
 
¹Fixing My Eyes on Jesus: Daily Moments in His Word by Anne Graham Lotz, Zondervan Publishers, 2012. Page 291.
 
 

Monday, October 12, 2015

LIKE THE CUSHION OF THE SEA ~ BY NAN JONES

Guest ~ Nan Jones @NanJonesAuthor
with Marcie Bridges @Marcie_Bridges

It is such a pleasure to have Nan Jones as my guest today to encourage our hearts to know the peace of God. Nan's not only a wonderful speaker and writer, her heart breaking circumstances through this last year have shown her the richest treasures of who God is and how He works faithfully in our lives to give us the peace that only He can give. 

WELCOME BACK TO HEART THOUGHTS NAN! 
 

These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; 
but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.
John 16:33 



Like the Cushion of the Sea
I read the following passage in the early hours of a troubling morn. The imagery spoke to me so clearly, strengthening me ... giving me understanding.

"There is a part of the sea known as 'the cushion of the sea.' It lies beneath the surface that is agitated by storms and churned by the wind. It is so deep that it is a part of the sea that is never stirred. When the ocean floor in these deep places is dredged of the remains of plant or animal life, it reveals evidence of having remained completely undisturbed for hundreds, if not thousands, of years.

"The peace of God is an eternal calm like the cushion of the sea. It lies so deeply within the human heart that no external difficulty or disturbance can reach it. And anyone who enters the presence of God becomes a partaker of that undisturbed and undisturbable calm." ~ Arthur Tappan Pierson 
Isn't that powerful?
I'm realizing that not only is the peace of God in me, but the God of peace is with me. His peace is mine. His peace is yours. Not as the world gives, but as our Father in heaven gives. Perfect peace. Complete peace. Freely given is His peace "lying so deeply within the human heart that no external difficulty or disturbance can reach it." And His peace remains for the child of God, a deep cistern of calm in the midst of the fiercest storm. 
 
Jesus said, "I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace and confidence. In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration; but be of good cheer [take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted]! For I have overcome the world. [I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you.]" ~ John 16:33, Amplified Bible
 
The peace of the Lord is within us always because His Spirit dwells within us always. We need only to draw from its well.

Where is God's peace when I need it?

In This World You Will Have Troubles But I Have Overcome the world

Guest Blogger Nan Jones Shows Us Where to Find God's Peace
 

Nan Jones is an author/speaker who uses the words of her heart to assist fellow Christians in discovering the Presence of God in their darkest hour. Her devotional blog, Morning Glory, has become a place of community for Christians to find encouragement in God’s Word and comfort in His Presence. She has been published in several anthologies as well as the online inspirational sites Christian Devotions, and Inspire a Fire. Nan has also had the honor of being featured as a guest blogger on several sites. She is thrilled to announce her debut book, The Perils of a Pastor's Wife released June 30, 2015 by Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. When Nan isn't writing, she enjoys leading prayer retreats, bible studies or sharing God’s love as keynote speaker for special events. She is becoming known by her brand: "Even so, I walk in the Presence of the Lord" as she teaches her audience to go beyond the veil to find God's Presence. You may visit Nan at her website: www.NanJones.com or her blog, Morning Glory: http://morningglorylights.blogspot.com/. Nan has also created a facebook community page, Seeing Beyond The Veil, to provide a place for folks to go and get away from the chaos for a few moments and focus on Jesus through scripture, worship, testimony, and inspirational quotes. For personal communication you may email Nan at nan@jubilantlight.com.

The Perils of a Pastor's Wife is available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble





Monday, October 5, 2015

WORRY AND WRITING ~ by CAROL STRATTON

Guest Blogger ~ Carol Stratton @carolgstratton
with Marcie Bridges @Marcie_Bridges


I met Carol at Writer's Advance Bootcamp! Back in February (yes, I met many fantastic, wonderful friends there!) and I'm so pleased to have her as my guest today. While you're here, click on the link at the bottom of this post to check out her debut novel, Lake Surrender. Welcome to Heart Thoughts Carol!  

Catch us the foxes,
The little foxes that spoil the vines,
For our vines have tender grapes.  
Song of Solomon 2:15



Worry and writing. I’ve learned the two don’t mix. 

I have learned I can’t hold the two in my mind at the same time. It’s like water and oil.

That niggling little thought grows from a random “What if?” question, to an expanding fear when I feed it a snack. Suddenly the negative idea that flies through my mind, putting down roots like Kudzu in the south and overwhelming my budding story, article or poem. 

I understand this verse all too well. How many times have I used my creativity to pump up a fear, turning a troubling thought into a full blown movie?

Too many times to mention. Often creativity and worry are two different sides of a coin.

Catch for us the foxes, the little foxes that ruin the vineyards... Solomon 2:15

According to biblestudytools.com, the fox referred to in the passage is:

“The common jackal, which may be heard every night in the villages. It is like a medium-sized dog, with a head like a wolf, and is of a bright-yellow color. These beasts devour the bodies of the dead, and even dig them up from their graves.”

Your and my vineyard is our mind where wonderful ideas grows. We can cultivate the fruit with good fertilizer, God’s word, water it with much prayer so that the grapes will flourish. But when the vines don’t receive proper nourishment, they are useless. And, if we allow the burdens of our life to absorb our thinking we won’t be able to communicate God’s message to the world, either by writing or talking to people. That’s when our creativity goes to the dogs.




Carol has been a freelance writer articles and is currently a reporter for the Mooresville Weekly with over 400 articles under her belt.  She has a degree in Recreation Therapy and has worked with autistic children in a classroom, an experience that inspired her to write about a woman with an autistic son.

She speaks at national writing conferences as well as MOPS and other women’s groups about personality temperaments, friendship and encouraging yourself.
Carol is married to her husband John who she calls her “muse” and has four grown children and four grandchildren. Currently she and her husband John, live in Mooresville, North Carolina where she loves to hike and play guitar and mandolin while learning to love liver mush.
 

Carol has also published her first novel through Lighthouse Publisher's of the Carolina's titled Lake Surrender. You can find it at: Amazon.com, & Barnes & Noble