Monday, January 25, 2016

GOOD MORNING LORD?

by Marcie Bridges  @Marcie_Bridges

 “I love them that love me; 
and those that seek me early 
shall find me.” 
Proverbs 8:17


GOOD MORNING LORD?

Should I welcome the day with a song of praise
or a sigh of a prayer from eyes asleep?

Can I thank Him for the day ahead as I wake
or murmur a plea for darkness to overtake me?

Did I not make it through another day
did I not rest through a night even in restlessness?

Why do I take time for everything else
give my attention to worries so quick
focus my thoughts on tomorrow instead
and heap ashes upon my bed-ladden head?

Ahhh but the Lord is quick to forgive

He waits for me here with faithful patience
knows my frame, understands I am dust
and He knows I’ll be ready when I must.

Should I welcome my day with a song of praise
or a sigh of a prayer from eyes crusty with haze?


Yes, every morning my lips will rejoice
in thankfulness with a heart of gladness and joy.
I will come boldly before His great throne
and whisper my prayers in a sweet, soft hello.


~Marcell Warner Bridges
© 2015/2016, All Rights Reserved.


I have to admit. Some days I don't do my quiet time right away in the morning. Some days I don't do them at all. 

Not for a lack of wanting to. No, most of the time I get started on something else and I forget to do it until later in the day. 


As I was reading a devotion the other morning, this particular paragraph struck me so much I have not ceased to think on it:


"What would an annual summary of my time look like? Would a review show quiet times with God? Times for serving others? Times for worship? Times for fellowship with other believers? Would I be pleased with this summary, but more importantly how would God view my year of events and activities?"*

It makes me wonder, what does God think of how I have conducted myself this week? What does He think when I go through a day without spending time with Him? 

I noticed on the days that I don't spend time with God in the morning my day seems to be full or irritation and frustration until I talk to Him about it.  

The Bible speaks often of spending time with our Lord in the morning. My challenge to all of us this week is to take a few moments to spend with Him each morning in prayer and reading His words. I promise, it will start your day off even better than a good hearty breakfast. 

From My Heart to Yours, 
Marcie

For Further Meditation: Proverbs 8:17, Psalm 5:1-12, 
Psalm 143:7-8, Isaiah 33:2 

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Monday, January 18, 2016

WALKING BLIND

@Marcie_Bridges

Saul got up from the ground, but when he opened his eyes he could see nothing. So they led him by the hand into Damascus. For three days he was blind, and did not eat or drink anything. Placing his hands on Saul, he said, “Brother Saul, the Lord—Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you were coming here—has sent me so that you may see again and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” Immediately, something like scales fell from Saul’s eyes, and he could see again.  Acts 9:8-9; 17-18

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Sun rays beamed down from a beautiful summer sky. Windows rolled down, Hampton steered the 18-wheeler straight along Highway 40 through Oklahoma while conversing with his father. There just couldn’t be anything better than long haul truck driving with your father as your partner.

As the big rig headed underneath an overpass the explosion was sudden and intense. Glass from the windshield sprayed in every direction. Hampton had only seconds to react and get that Semi off the road. To his credit, he was able to do it safely within a quarter of a mile.

Chaos ensued as police and medical technicians surrounded them. Bryan, our father, was fine but where was Hampton? It would be a couple of hours before Hampton and Bryan were reunited in the hospital where Hampton was being treated with glass in his eyes.

It was later learned that the explosion was the result of some teenagers having “fun” throwing bricks off of the overpass. I am assuming they never thought of the consequences of such behavior.

But, let me reiterate that last part. Hampton drove that semi-truck a quarter of mile on the highway with glass in his eyes and was able to help them to safety.

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Open my eyes, Lord, that I may see
the path You have placed before me.

Open my ears, Lord, that I may hear
the message Your word speaks quietly.

Open my heart, Lord, that I may know
the truths You have placed within my soul.

Open my eyes, Lord, remove from them
all that is keeping my focus dim.

Open my ears, Lord, that I may listen
as one intent on not missing a thing.

Open my heart, Lord, that I may pursue
a life consumed solely of You.

Open my eyes, ears, and heart dear Lord
that I become less and You become more. 
Tweet: Open my eyes, Lord, remove from them all that is keeping my focus dim.  http://ctt.ec/6S1e_+  @Marcie_Bridges #truestory #poetry   (tweet this)

~Marcell Warner Bridges
©17 January 2016, All Rights Reserved.
 

I can relate to my brother’s story. As a child of 5 years old, I was poked in the eye and it scratched the cornea causing me to not be able to see until after laser surgery removed the problem. It hurt like crazy and for a month I had to wear a patch over my eye all of the time. Then I had wear sunglasses anytime I went outside for another couple of months. 

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It’s really hard to see and to focus when there is something blocking our view. 

I wonder, what is keeping us from seeing God clearly? What spot, scratch or debris do we need to remove from our eyes so we can focus on Him today?




From My Heart to Yours,
Marcie 


For Further Reflection: 
Read the story of Saul's conversion in Acts 9 





Monday, January 11, 2016

READY OR NOT HERE I COME!


 
For You, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive,
And abundant in mercy to all those who call upon You.
Psalm 86:5
 
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Orange, purple, pink and yellow slowly emerged cutting off the darkness of a cold January night. Glassy rain fell from the sky creating thick icy patches on the roads. No one should have been out there but fuel needed delivering.

The curve ahead was not sharp but there was no predicting what lay ahead beyond it. My father could not have prepared himself for this encounter. No one could have. As his semi-truck rounded the curve my father had only seconds to react. For there, in front of him, was not only an icy road but another semi-truck had already crunched into other vehicles. They were stalled and my father had no choice.

Brakes locked, tires squealed, and smoke poured out from underneath the tires as his truck barreled straight for the other big rig. He knew he was about to smash head on into the truck in front of him but he had no other options. As he prepared for the impact he declared this:

“Lord, if it is my time to meet You, I’m ready!” Tweet: “Lord, if it is my time to meet You, I’m ready!” http://ctt.ec/892V7+ @Marcie_Bridges #salvation #believing #confession #poetry (tweet)

As he braced for impact the inside of the cab lit up in a brilliant light sending peace through my father’s body, soul and spirit.

When it was all over, my father could not get out of his truck because his doors were stuck; however, to the amazement of all the people watching, he was uninjured and alive. My dad rolled down the window and began preaching the Gospel to those who would listen and gave out tracts that told them how to be saved.

(As a side note, I am the only one in my family who saw his interview on television and I saw his truck. He should not have lived.)

I’ve been thinking about this incident a lot lately and I am wondering:
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Are you ready? If you were in his situation could you have said, “Lord, I’m ready to meet You”? If you were to die tonight, where would your soul spend eternity? You have a choice as your life barrels on to the harsh reality that one day you will die. I don’t mean to sound so solemn and hard, but that is the truth.

God’s word tells us this: “that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.” For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him. For “whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Romans 10:9-13
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Will you call upon His name today and prepare your heart to meet God?
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Lord,
prepare our hearts to meet Thy face
confessing our sins to receive Your grace
believing in resurrection’s power
baptized in Your salvation this hour.
Give us boldness to speak Your name
when others around us blaspheme and profane
as we seek You, God, with all of our hearts
shine Your light to our deepest, darkest parts
that we may know for sure and for certain
when You’re ready to take us to Your home
we’ll be ready to meet You at Your throne.

~Marcell Warner Bridges
©10 January 2016, All Rights Reserved.

 
 
From My Heart to Yours,
Marcie  
 
For Further Meditation: Psalm 86:5, Romans 10:9-12, 1 John 1:9
 
 

Monday, January 4, 2016

THROUGH THE VEIL

@Marcie_Bridges

Arise, shine;
For your light has come!
And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you.
Isaiah 60:1



This struck me with such force one foggy day that I have not been able to forget it. I connected dots that for some reason had never even entered my mind, letting on my heart and soul. It’s clarity brings tears to my eyes washing away doubts and fears thought settled long ago.

Come and see:

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. John 1:1-5


THE WORD = THE LIGHT

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

THE WORD = YOUR WORD = THE LIGHT

The Word is Jesus Christ. 

Your Word, Jesus Christ, who is The Light becomes the words that light our path.

Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the

world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.” John 8:12
 

THROUGH THE VEIL
This fog that has settled over the land
has settled into my mind and spirit.
Suffocating the life out of me
blinding my eyes so I can't see.
My attitude is grim and grey
a cloudy veil, my heart so lost.

But dear Jesus, my Lord,
I know this earthly fog was created by You;
yet, the fog encompassing my spirit
is not true.

Darkness flees from before You
Your Words are a lamp unto my feet
and a light unto my path because
YOU are the LIGHT of the world.


May Your light shine through me
as I make Your imprint mine

I put my foot in Your footprints
fixing my eyes only on You —
Your plans, ways and thoughts
my plans, ways and thoughts
become one sandprint encompassed
in the light of Your love.

~Marcell Warner Bridges
©3 January 2016

All Rights Reserved.
 

As I drove through that fog I cried out to God within my soul to fill my heart with His light. I asked Him to change my attitude and fill me with His Spirit so I might do the things I had to do that day walking in His footsteps.

Dear Friend, why are you walking in a hazy fog of darkness? Isn’t it time you and I fix our eyes on the True Light? Let Him shine into every crack and crevice of our beings so He can shine so bright that everyone is blinded by Him as they look at us!  And as He shines through you, you will not be in need of a flashlight—you will never need to grope in the darkness—because He will be lighting your path so brightly you’ll know exactly where to go.

From My Heart to Yours,
Marcie 

For Further Meditation: 
John 1:1-18; Isaiah 60:1; John 8:12; Psalm 119:105; John 9:5;
1 John 1:1-10; Proverbs 16:3 & 9 



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