Monday, February 29, 2016


by Marcie Bridges, @Marcie_Bridges

For if there is first a willing mind, it is accepted according to what one has, and not according to what he does not have.  
2 Corinthians 8:12


Tangled branches intertwined
I am the branch, You are the vine.

Roots grow deep, a soul’s foundation
for fruit fulfilled in truth’s revelations.

Buds spring forth but only when
the Source of life has flowed within.

New life is born from shedding of skin
and all who behold the forest of green

Will only appreciate life’s beauty
when their heart through pruning sees

What once was dead
is revelations glory.

~Marcell Warner Bridges
©20, February 2016

All Rights Reserved.

I sat by myself at the small, round table in my room at The Cove tears coursing down my face. I desperately wanted to hear God’s voice. To know and understand the truth of what He wants for me. It was a very solemn, quiet time.

Outside the window tall weathered trees stood with bare branches intertwining. In some places it was hard to see which branches belonged to which tree.

Tears rushed forth harder unbidden as His Words penetrated my heart:

“I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me and I in him bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.”

...without Me you can do nothing...
without Me you can do nothing...

I was searching for truth but the truth was right there all along.

Before I left for the writer’s conference I had asked God to show me why I was going to it. He led me to the above verse in 2 Corinthians. While sitting there in that chair He continued to reveal (and kept on throughout this week revealing) that He is simply looking for a willing heart. A heart surrendered to Him.
 ...abide in Me...

At the end of my first writer’s conference (2015) God said, “Fix your eyes on Me”. Then throughout the year He showed me how to:

1. Focus on Me. Fix your eyes on Me. Not on your circumstances. Not on what you want. On Me. (Philippians 4:8-9)

2. Commit everything to Me. Not just pieces parts but the whole. Everything. (Proverbs 16:3)

3. Trust Me. Not what you think is right. Not what you want to be right. Trust Me to establish your ways, thoughts and steps. (Psalm 16:11; Proverbs 3:5-6)

4. Obey. Just obey. If I ask you to do something, do it. And I will reward you for it. (Jeremiah 7:23; Matthew 7:24-27)

This year God is adding this to my list:

5. Willing. Take all that I have shown you and be willing to do it. I am the Vine, you are the branch. I will give you the strength to do all I have asked you to do if you will surrender yourself to me. (2 Corinthians 8:12; John 15)

This is an on-going conversation between the Lord and I. It’s been intense this week. I am eager to see what else He has to show me.

How about you? What is God teaching you this week? This year? Are you willing to trust God and do whatever He's asked you to do?

From My Heart to Yours,

Monday, February 22, 2016


Guest Blogger ~Alan Kemp
by Marcie Bridges, @Marcie_Bridges

I met Alan Kemp through our Christian Poets and Writer's Group on Facebook. We recently connected as friends. God has truly gifted Alan with the ability to write poetry that will stir you in heart and soul into your inner being. I am so excited to introduce you to my friend and fellow poet. 


Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”

Mark 9:24 



Walking with the Shepherd
So I'm on my way I've made a choice,
I took a stand I raised my voice.
I pledged my heart and claimed my faith,
trusting Jesus who took my place.
The WAY is not easy by yourself,
more than endurance it takes God's help.
So I will let Him raise me, on my knees,
from glory to glory by degrees.
As I stumble He holds my hand,
leading me forth to the promised land.
So many times my flesh resists,
but His endless love still persists.
As I travel through the stony ground
I'm no longer lost but truly found.
From beyond Damascus to Jerusalem,
He removes all fear and man's confusion.
So now the mountain tops in sight,
I can follow His steps into the light.

A.r.k that's me
WOW!! I cannot measure the love my heart contains for my wonderful wife Allison and our amazing children Poppy(20), Amber (18), and Peter(16) or that of the overwhelming connection and covering of love from the Lord. You see my heart may be deep and wide but it is only finite in its ability to express the love inside. 

However God is love, without end, eternal and all satisfying. His love meets every need and settles every situation. So why then are we often not content or secure that we are safely in God’s hands? Faith that is why! No matter how we came to believe or accept the amazing grace and majesty of Christ, our faith which began even as a mustard seed is continually growing. As we begin to learn, understand, adapt and apply our faith we begin to accept, recognise and realise God’s relentless love for us in our lives.

Often fear of man holds us back. Even if we refute this…it is still true! Once we realise this fear is real and consider the strength of our faith through God’s grace in our lives, we can begin to dispel that fear of man and hear the will of God.


I have often contested my own faith as I face the many dramas and disasters that the world throws at my life. The sickness, the financial crisis, the worry and calamity that comes along with teenage children, or even just the little things like the car breaking down or a disagreement at work. Pure faith, however, is childlike faith. Fully trusting in God for everything we NEED in every situation and circumstance. Faith is being prepared to do what seems impossible, ridiculous, unlikely or uncomfortable, just like Noah, in the assurance of God’s purpose being fulfilled as you trust in Him. God the Father is always faithful (God, who has called you into fellowship with His Son Jesus Christ our Lord, is faithful).

You see it is the same with our Heavenly father as when we were children happily jumping into the arms of our parents without a question of being dropped. Yet doubt and distrust are signs our faith is lacking or our fear of man is holding us back. It’s not a question of belief but of whether we will continually immerse ourselves in Him so that our faith becomes greater than our fear.

So I pray for everyone, Lord help our unbelief. Help us to be steadfast for Jesus confident in our convicting faith, fully surrendered to you as we overcome the world reaching out in love to others without fear of man being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. Amen

Bio: Hi there everyone well I’m Alan (45) an Englishman living in Northern Ireland with my wife Allison and three children Poppy, Amber and Peter. I was born again just 8 years ago after my wife had prayed for almost 20 years for my salvation with total faith in God since we met at Uni. Becoming a Christian, everyone will tell you is the last thing they would have expected from me, when I first met Allison one of our first conversations was debating the very existence of God and the troubles in Northern Ireland, how Ironic.  Then 8 years ago the Lord saved me and performed a miracle as I shed my first tears since childhood. Not long after he called me to write Christian Poetry and much of it very personal and sensitive too, eventually lead me to share it publicly. I share the poems on my Facebook page, Poetry From The A.r.k . It still scares me, exposing my heart my life my faith but I trust Him you see to use it to reach out to others. God bless

Monday, February 15, 2016


by Marcie Bridges, @Marcie_Bridges

By this we know that we abide in Him, and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit.  And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son as Savior of the world. Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God.  And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him. 1 John 4:13-16 


I didn’t ask for flowers
I didn’t ask for cards
I didn’t ask for candy
Though they show precious love.
Tee-Tee Barnes,2016

I didn’t ask for money
I didn’t ask for gold
I didn’t ask for diamonds
Though they’re lovely to behold.

I only asked forgiveness
And in this truth I rest
Of Jesus’ most precious gift
His blood He willingly shed.

I bowed my head so humbled
That He died on a cross for me
On my knees I crumpled
Sobbing tears of agony.

Overwhelmed and overflowing
My heart could not contain
The love that flowed within me
As He gently spoke my name.
Tee-Tee Barnes, 2016

“I love you, my dear daughter,
I always have and always will
You are the most precious diamond
Refined on Redemption's Hill.

“I’ll never leave you, nor forsake you
I’ll never break any of My promises
I’ll always be right here within and beside you
I love you for time and eternity.”

~Marcell Warner Bridges
©13 February 2016
All Rights Reserved.

Tee-Tee Barnes, 2016
Satan knows our weak points. He knows our insecurities. And when we least expect it, he will pounce on us and begin tearing our lives apart. 

It’s in these times we must be sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit. If we will listen closely, we will feel His nudge to come to the Father so we can ward off Satan’s attacks.

But what do we do when we don’t listen and we fall into sin? We have a choice to make. We can either continue in that sin (and become unhappy feeling far from God) or, we can go to our Heavenly Father, confess our sin and be renewed in His love to worship Him fully. 

Did you know that there is absolutely nothing ― NO THING ― that we can do that is so bad God won’t forgive us for it?  1 John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” Every. Single. Time.
Tee-Tee Barnes, 2016

If you are feeling far away from God or if you feel like God is unreachable, won’t you find a quiet place to kneel before Him and confess your sins so He can purify your heart and you won’t feel so far away anymore?

From My Heart to Yours,

For Further Reflection: Psalm 32; Psalm 55; Psalm 139:23-24; Isaiah 1:18; Jeremiah 31:3; John 3:16; 1 John 1:9 and chapter 4

Why Does God Feel So Far Away? 

 You Are The Most Precious Diamond To Jesus