Monday, June 27, 2016

MASTER OF DISTRACTION

by Marcie Bridges, @Marcie_Bridges

I keep my eyes always on the Lord.
With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken. 
Psalm 16:8 (NIV)

“What are you doing?”
“Nothing. Don’t worry about it.” my husband replied.
A little bit later he reached over and messed with my hair again.
“Is there something wrong with my hair? Am I getting a bald spot?”
“Nope. Don’t worry about it. Everything’s fine.” he said again.

Over the course of the next hour he did this several times and I became a bit more agitated with him. He was acting weird and I did not hesitate to tell him so.

We were at the hospital so I could get an infusion of IV medications for a migraine which had lasted about 2 weeks. Hopefully this would break it. Finally the nurse came in and began preparations. Again, my husband messed with my hair and once again I prodded him for answers.


“What ARE you doing?”
“Nothing. Really.”
“You’re acting sooo weird! Tell me! Please!”
“All right. I didn’t want to have to talk about this right here, right now though.”

My eyes rounded into saucers as I looked at him like he was growing Froot Loops out of his ears and nose. This didn't sound good.

Then he said in all the seriousness of a man, “Have I ever told you how sexy your gray hair is? You have this one little white hair here that is sticking up like an antenna.”

I burst out laughing hysterically while on the other side of the bed I barely heard the nurse say, “One, two, three, I’m sorry...” and the needle pierced a vein in my arm.


This is how my husband distracts me when I’m getting any type of needle work done whether it is blood work, shots or IV’s. He’s the master of distraction for me. And for that few seconds as the nurse was doing her thing, he was making sure I was focusing all on him. He made sure I kept my eyes right on his as he cracked a joke so I would not feel the prick of the needle and pass out.

Jesus Christ does the same thing for us. When we focus our eyes solely on Him, He distracts us from all of the cares of this life and the circumstances we are in. He brings our minds and hearts to a place of peace so that no matter what we are facing, we can know that He is working it all out for our good. Just like I have to keep my eyes focused on my husband’s face during my times of distress so I don’t faint, keeping my eyes focused on Jesus keeps me from fainting and being weary in my walk with Him.

You will keep him in perfect peace,
Whose mind is stayed on You,
Because he trusts in You.
Isaiah 26:3



As an eagle swooping down to claim her prize
the cheetah sprinting toward its prey
a snake primed ready to strike
I focus my eyes to the sky
keeping my gaze fastened secure
my heart and soul surrendered to Your word.
Distractions no longer claim my mind
Circumstances diminish through Your sight
peace fills my veins like ocean’s high tide
keeping my eyes on You steadies my stride.

~Marcell Warner Bridges
©26, June 2016
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Are you focusing all of your heart, soul, mind and strength on Jesus? 

From My Heart to Yours, 
Marcie





Monday, June 20, 2016

READ ME A STORY DADDY

by Marcie Bridges, @Marcie_Bridges

“as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby, if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is gracious.”  
1 Peter 2:2-3



Daddy
will You please read me a story?

Tell me all about the children who
sat upon Your knee
tell me about the men and women
You set free.

Read to me the story of the prodigal son
and what about the widow’s mite?
The one who had none.

Sicknesses healed with just a slight touch
a little girl brought back to life, or,
how the sea calmed to disciples surprised delight
then Peter walked on water his faith becoming sight.

Daddy
please read to me how You sent Your son
a babe born in a manger grew to minister for You
how he was despised and rejected
then went to the cross...

and tell me dear Daddy
the sweet, tender ending when he rose from the grave
talked to so many then ascended to Your glory.

Oh Daddy, dear Father,
let me crawl into Your lap lay my head against Your breast
tell me the stories again and again
of Your grace and faithfulness.

Let me breath in Your scent snuggle in Your strong arms
Oh Daddy, sweet Abba Father,
thank You for caring and loving me so.

~Marcell Warner Bridges
©19 June 2016


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The next time you feel in need of encouragement, take a moment to crawl up into your Father's lap and let Him read to you. He’s the best storyteller I know!
 




From My Heart to Yours,
Marcie  
  
  

Monday, June 13, 2016

GROWING IN GRACE

by Marcie Bridges, @Marcie_Bridges

“But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.”  
2 Peter 3:18

Gracious Lord,
fill me to overflowing
consume me with Your fire

may You be all I desire.

More of You Lord,
may I continually seek
only Your precious name
let my lips honorably speak.

Growing ever, always, Lord,
in Your sweet grace
through knowledge and wisdom
let me humbly partake.

Always becoming more like You
less of me in all I do.

As I grow Lord,
teach me to love
milk that refreshes and
the meat of Your Word.

Gracious Lord,
lead me to Your well
where grace in abundance abides
draw me near to You
with only Your water that satisfies.

~Marcell Warner Bridges
©12 June 2016
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One day this last week I was researching an idea I felt God had given me to strengthen my walk with Him. As I researched a passage I have known all my life, I found out the meaning of it I grew up with is not what it actually means.

As I pondered this, I wrote about it on my Facebook status and one of the things I discovered through conversing about it in the comments is how God gives us an understanding of His Word for the time of life we are in. He helps us through situations in our Christian walk by giving us knowledge that can be applied to that time in our lives. Then, at a new time in our walk, He might enlighten us with that same verse in a new and different way to further our growth in Him.

It’s the whole idea of crawling before walking. First we have to learn to crawl, then stand, then finally move our feet and walk. Part of being a Christian is growing in Christ. Maturity.

How do we do this? Through reading God’s Word and prayer. Not just reading the Bible though but studying it, asking questions, and writing down what we learn. Praying for wisdom to understand what we are reading and the knowledge to know how to apply it to our lives.


As Matthew Henry says in his commentary on this verse: “And that we may avoid being led away, we must seek to grow in all grace, in faith, and virtue, and knowledge. Labour to know Christ more clearly, and more fully; to know him so as to be more like him, and to love him better. This is the knowledge of Christ, which the apostle Paul reached after, and desired to attain; and those who taste this effect of the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, will, upon receiving such grace from him, give thanks and praise him, and join in ascribing glory to him now, in the full assurance of doing the same hereafter, for ever.” ¹
 
May we continue to seek to know God more abundantly and fully in our lives that we may grow in His grace with all wisdom and understanding.


 From My Heart to Yours,
Marcie

¹Matthew Henry Commentary at Biblehub.com http://biblehub.com/2_peter/3-18.htm

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Monday, June 6, 2016

REST IN GOD

by Marcie Bridges, @Marcie_Bridges

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He makes me to lie down in green pastures; 
He leads me beside the still waters.
He restores my soul; 
He leads me in the paths of righteousness 
For His name’s sake. Psalm 23:1-3
 
©KMURPHY Photography 2016

Dear Child,
just rest.
Quit striving, cease wrestling
from sunrise to sunset.
Lay your head upon My shoulder
as I sing a lullaby to your soul.
Give Me your worries and your cares
nestle your heart right here.
You work yourself to a frenzy
when you don’t need to be in a hurry.
Listen closely to My bidding
hush now, quiet your musings.
Feel My heart against you beating
be still and know I’m not leaving
just lay down your burden and rest
in Me.

~Marcell Warner Bridges
©March 2016 
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SPIRITUAL REST*

    
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Have you ever complained to your doctor, “Something’s wrong. What’s the matter with me?” Perhaps after an examination the doctor concludes, “You just need a rest.”


    All of us need to take a break from time to time, but my real concern is that I not become weary in my spirit. I need to make not just physical rest, but spiritual rest, a priority!  Henry Drummond, an old-time revivalist, explained that spiritual rest “is not a hallowed feeling that comes over us in church. It’s the repose of a heart set deep in God.”
 
    Psalm 116:7 says, “Be at rest once more, O my soul, for the LORD has been good to you.” Do you need that kind of rest? Rest from burnout? Rest from trying to please God by your own efforts? Rest from worry, fear, or anger? 

    Be at rest. Stop striving, and start trusting the Lord who has been good to you. ~
by Anne Graham Lotz


From Our Hearts to Yours,
Marcie (&Anne)

*©Fixing My Eyes on Jesus: A 366-Day Devotional by Anne Graham Lotz. Spiritual Rest, page 236



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