Monday, August 15, 2016

NOW WHAT, LORD?

by Marcie Bridges, @Marcie_Bridges

“He must increase, but I must decrease.”
John 3:30

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Week before last God whispered, “It’s going to be okay. Really. It is.”*

And last week He urged us just like Dory, “just keep swimming, just keep swimming”, to just keep going. Just keep going.* Don’t give up.

When I’m texting with my friend who lives in San Diego oftentimes we will get to a stopping point in our conversation. We don’t want to end our time together, but we don’t know what to say next and the topic we were on has been run into the ground so inevitably one of us will type, “So now what?”

Ever asked God that question? Yeah. Me too. A lot lately actually.

Maybe you’re stuck at the end of your side of the conversation with God. You are settled knowing it’s going to be okay and you’ve kept going even when it feels too tough to hang on. But, now what Lord?

Lately in my quest to understand where God is leading me I’ve begun to crave more of Jesus in my life. In one of the Bible studies I worked through with Beth Moore she said that she spends 6-8 hours a day in God’s Word. I thought, “What bliss! I wish I could!”

I’d love to spend that kind of time with You Lord but I have all of these other things I need to do. I’m a wife and mother, there’s housework and errands and internships and, and, and... but man do I just want to sit and bask in Your presence.

But maybe it’s not just sitting and reading God’s Word for hours. Maybe it’s not praying each minute. Maybe, just maybe, while tending to other things in life I take time to contemplate what I’ve read, heard, and learned. Maybe I turn off the television to listen to praise music and turn my heart to thanksgiving and adoration. Delighting in the goodness and grace of the Lord.

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More of You, Lord,
that’s what I crave
this empty shell
needs filling today.
Make me aware
of Your presence
fill me this hour
with Your mercy and grace.
When my eyes wander
my feet are ensnared
place in my path
a detour to Your Word.
There’s no other place
I’d rather be
living more of You
and less of me.
A servant of surrender
here is my part
I trust in You, Lord,
with all of my heart.

~Marcell Warner Bridges
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I want more of the Lord. No, not want—I am craving more of Jesus and less of me. I know it’s going to be okay while I keep moving forward with my eyes fixed, solely focused on Jesus. And as I do, the things of this world will ever so gradually, fade away, and grown dim.

From My Heart to Yours,
Marcie 

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More of You and less of me that's what I'm craving Lord


 

6 comments:

  1. More of Jesus, less of me - that's what I crave, too, Marcie. And I truly believe we can have that throughout the day, no matter what we are doing, if our focus is on Him.
    Blessings to you!

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  2. Congrats on your first poetry collection coming out next month, Marcie!

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  3. I love this post Marcie. Thank you. I'm so thankful we know the One who holds all of our tomorrows and we can trust Him to keep us on that straight and narrow path to fulfill all He has planned for us. A spotlight instead of a lamp unto our feet would be nice though, right?

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    1. I would think if we asked for a spotlight He'd give it to us :-) I'm so glad this ministered to you my friend.

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