Monday, March 28, 2016

NOT ENOUGH TIME?

by Marcie Bridges, @Marcie_Bridges
 
I rise before the dawning of the morning,
And cry for help; I hope in Your word.
My eyes are awake through the night watches,
That I may meditate on Your word.
Psalm 119:147-148

NOT ENOUGH TIME

I rushed right through my devotions
didn’t take much time to pray
there was too much on my schedule
just couldn’t afford any delays.

But when temptations surfaced
and trials came I couldn’t bear
I didn’t have the strength to endure them
I fell right into their snare.

With sudden guilt and frustration
I fell upon my knees
asking God to please forgive me
for treating my time with Him so casually.

With a heart redeemed and restored
I knelt down upon the floor
took time to thank my loving Savior
for His mercy and His Word.

We talked for quite awhile
didn’t worry or fret about the time
and in those precious moments
we communed with bread and wine.

Now I know how extremely important
it is to begin my day with Him
to receive from Him the armor
that will shield my day from sin.

~Marcell Warner Bridges
©2015, All Rights Reserved.
 

Lately the Lord has been pressing on my heart, asking me if my priorities are in the right place. Am I giving God first priority? In my heart? In my life? In my day?

As my final essay for my English degree, I am reading John Bunyan’s The Pilgrim’s Progress. The main character is a man named Christian. He lives in a city called Destruction. Christian has been reading a book that explains to him that his city is doomed to be destroyed—burned with fire from Heaven. Christian carries a heavy burden on his back and laments about his plight so much so that he is willing to leave his wife and children to go to the Celestial City. He has tried and tried to persuade them to come with him; but since they refuse to, he makes the decision to make the journey by himself.

As I have been reading this allegory by Bunyan, the thing that strikes me hardest is Christian’s single-mindedness to his goal. He meets with many hardships and temptations along his way, but he is so focused on finding relief from his burden and getting to the Celestial City, he will not let anyone persuade him to leave the path that he has been told to follow.

So I wonder, why have I let my priorities lead me astray? How many times do I go off that narrow path only to find myself wishing that I’d had that talk with Jesus that morning? Wishing that I’d put on the armor God was holding out for me to ward off Satan’s attacks.

Christian’s priority was to serve God and follow Him alone to that Celestial City at any cost. Am I willing to do the same? Where is my focus in the mornings?

Think on these things...

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I rushed through my devotions, couldn't afford any delays 

Communion with Jesus in the morning starts my day off right  

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Dear Readers, Friends,
 
Over the next few weeks I will be working hard to finish my senior year of college to graduate in May with my Bachelors of Arts in English. I would cherish your prayers as I work to accomplish this goal. I am so excited to introduce several guest bloggers to you over the next few weeks as I will be so busy. But please know, I will be praying for each of you and thinking of you during this time of my absence. Thank you for your faithfulness in reading my blog posts.

From My Heart to Yours,
Marcie

Monday, March 21, 2016

SAVIOR LIKE A SHEPHERD LEAD ME

by Marcie Bridges, @Marcie_Bridges

Now therefore, I pray, if I have found grace in Your sight, show me now Your way, that I may know You and that I may find grace in Your sight. And consider that this nation is Your people.”
And He said, “My Presence will go with you, 
and I will give you rest.”  Exodus 33:13-14

©Bridgescreations, 2015/16

 Savior, like a shepherd lead me
to the garden where You cried
the rock where You bore my stripes
up the hill You struggled to walk
show me the cross where You died.
Jesus, reveal Your resurrection power
at the place where hell was conquered
into the tomb that is empty because
You brought life through victory.
Lord, as my eyes focus on You
my heart only knows gratitude
from the chains You’ve set me free
I’m humbled, grateful for the depth
of Your love for me.

~Marcell Warner Bridges
©2015, All Rights Reserved
 


©Bridgescreations, 2015/16
Father God, I am humbled. Humbled for the many years of life You have given me. How can I truly thank You?  I am grateful, so very thankful Lord, for the numerous second chances You have held out to me. I did not deserve any of them but in Your mercy You imparted them to me anyway. Your love and grace feel like whispered kisses on my face and I only desire to serve You from now until the day You decide to carry me Home. Lord, I want to know You, learn about You, recognize You in everything,  learning Your will and Your ways in my life.

Lord, I pray for each person that is reading this that they will also fix their eyes on You. That they will focus solely on You and Your leading in their lives. May they seek You with their whole hearts. Lead them to Your holy haven so they may worship You in spirit and truth for all of their days. 
©Bridgescreations, 2015/16

You are amazing Lord! Thank You for Gethsemene, Calvary, Your Resurrection, and Heaven’s resting place. Lord, lead us to Your cross where we can lay our sins and burdens to rest at Your feet and lead us beside the still waters of Your presence that will go with us through every circumstance that we face.
 
In Jesus’ most precious name, Amen.



From My Heart to Yours,
Marcie 

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Monday, March 14, 2016

JUST A GLIMPSE

by Marcie Bridges, @Marcie_Bridges

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, 
          the evidence of things not seen.  Hebrews 11:1



JUST A GLIMPSE

Just a glimpse of Your grace
through curtained space
beautiful reflections of Your face.
Watching sunset and moon play
to Your symphony of praise
as You conduct sweet harmonies.
A palate of colors only You can create
dancing, singing,  uplifting my faith.
Just a glimpse of Your glory
I can only imagine the story
one day it will no longer be told
as we walk the streets of gold.
Then Your face we will see
bowing in reverence for eternity
faith will be made sight
as the curtain falls
revealing
Your glorious light.

~Marcell Warner Bridges

©13 March 2016, All Rights Reserved.

     “HOPE FOR WHAT YOU DO NOT SEE; EAGERLY wait for it with perseverance. Among the five senses, sight is often the one that people value the most. I created the world gloriously beautiful, and I want you to appreciate beauty when you see it. However, more beneficial than sight is hope, which is itself a kind of vision. It enables you to see—through the eyes of your heart—things that are not yet. The most stunning example of this is the hope of heaven. Your ultimate destiny is to share in My Glory! This is My promise to you, secured through My finished work on the cross and My resurrection.
      Practice hoping for things you do not see—both for this life and the next. Ask Me to guide you into hopes and dreams that are in line with My will. Train the eyes of your heart to “see” these blessings, while praying for My will to be done fully and only. Discipline yourself to wait eagerly—with your focus on Me and the longed-for outcome. Remain hopeful and expectant as you wait with perseverance.” (Sarah Young, Jesus Today - bold accent mine for emphasis)¹

This week I along with many, many other friends celebrated the home-going of a wonderfully special, precious lady. Her passing has made me long for heaven and for the joy she is experiencing. As I stared out my window this evening through a slit in the blinds I could see only a bit of the sky as it turned from blue to orange and pink. It reminded me that for now I only have a glimpse of what is to come but one day I will see fully the gloriousness of Him in all His brilliance and glory.

For now, I “walk by faith, not by sight” ², keeping my eyes focused on Him with a hope and expectation of seeing Him one day soon.


From My Heart to Yours,
Marcie

 
¹Jesus Today: Experience Hope Through His Presence by Sarah Young. Devotion 63, pages 146-147.

²2Corinthians 5:7 “For we walk by faith, not by sight.”  

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Monday, March 7, 2016

A GLIMPSE OF HOLY WORSHIP

by Marcie Bridges, @Marcie_Bridges

God thunders marvelously with His voice;
He does great things which we cannot comprehend.
Job 37:5
 
REVELATION

A cry goes forth across the lands
every nation, tribe and tongue cannot stand
echoing through valley’s deep, over mountain’s steep

commanding in earnest deep upon deep;
clear to the ear, shatters each and every heart —
begins low from the greatest depths until
the heavens shake in thunderous realm.
Lightning flashes its own stringed pulse
waters crashing upon waters calm
birds flee filling the skies as their new home.
Craters spew forth, trees bow low
flowers bud in glorious tones;
clouds part like the Red Sea
brilliant light arcs from West to East.
Blinding in its intensity while the
cry touches each corner of the universe
its crescendo causing new life, new birth...

Softly
holy, holy, holy...

a little louder now
Holy, holy, holy... 


lift your hands, lift your voice
HOLY HOLY HOLY

shattering, rending each veil!

LORD GOD ALMIGHTY
WHO WAS AND IS AND IS TO COME
WHO WAS AND IS AND IS TO COME*
WORTHY! YOU ALONE ARE WORTHY!—**
Quakes in hell destroying, shattering, tattering its hold

HOLY
WORTHY IS THE LAMB WHO WAS SLAIN***
shakes the stones from their posts

HOLY HOLY HOLY
sing the stars as they travel endless sky

BLESSING AND HONOR TO HIM
WHO SITS ON THE THRONE****

the sun sinks into nothingness in praise of
GOD Who has conquered all
and the cry
keeps ringing, echoing back and forth across the land
knocking on heavens doors...

we don’t even hear a sound
as we let nature worship, casting its crowns.*****

From the splendor of the heavens
You declare Your majesty
and from the great depths of the earth
You make Yourself known.

~Marcell Warner Bridges
©6 March 2016
 

*Revelation 4:8
**Revelation 4:11
***Revelation 5:12
****Revelation 5:13
*****Revelation 4:10


I can’t. I just can’t do it. 
 
I cannot sing “Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, all Thy works shall praise Thy name in earth and sky and sea!”¹ without feeling like my insides are going to burst and my knees will buckle any minute. And, if I imagine myself signing it as I sing, the whole experience is just too much for me. I cannot contain the dam that will break forth from my eyes; from the depths of my heart.
 
How do we really worship Jesus? How do worship God in our finite minds, hearts and souls? When our world is shaking, our lives feel empty, our hearts have grown so cold? How do we worship?
 
Find the floor. Get on your knees. Open your Bible to Revelation chapters 4, 5 and 7 and read how we will worship our God in the Holiest of Holies. 
 
Close your eyes. Imagine yourself kneeling before the throne. Can you see it?

Now, start reading out loud with me:


“Holy, holy, holy,
Lord God Almighty,
Who was and is and is to come!
You are worthy, O Lord,
To receive glory and honor and power;
For You created all things,
And by Your will they exist and were created.
Worthy is the Lamb Who was slain
To receive power and riches and wisdom,
And strength and honor and glory and blessing!
Blessing and honor and glory and power,
Be to Him Who sits on the throne,
And to the Lamb,
forever and ever!
Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom,
Thanksgiving and honor and power and might,
Be to our God
forever and ever.
Amen.”
(Rev. 4:8, 11; 5:12,13; 7:12)


My heart is beating so fast I can’t breathe. Is yours? Yes and Amen.
 

From My Heart to Yours,
Marcie  

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