Monday, September 26, 2016


by Marcie Bridges, @Marcie_Bridges
As the deer pants for the water brooks, So pants my soul for You, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and appear before God? My tears have been my food day and night, While they continually say to me, “Where is your God?” Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God; For I shall yet praise Him, The help of my countenance and my God.
Psalm 42:1-3, 11

“Fill my cup, Lord, I lift it up Lord. Come and quench this thirsting of my soul. Bread of Heaven feed me til I want no more. Fill my cup. Fill it up and make me whole.”¹

I sat on the top step listening to the river as it bubbled over the rocks. Nature was singing all around me. A light breeze stirred the leaves of the trees as birds sang along to the song. I was mesmerized. 

Tears flooded my eyes as I sang this chorus. It had been flooding my heart for weeks leading up to this retreat. God’s presence wrapped around me and His soft voice whispered to me…come to me Marcie. Come to me. Don’t be afraid. Just come.

We had all come thirsty. Thirsty for the Living Water. Thirsty for more of Jesus and less of us. We had come dehydrated longing for renewal. Longing to be quenched of this thirst that would not abate.

The words of our keynote speaker took root inside my heart:

"When we get dehydrated we forget who we are. But, God is the great I AM. And He says, I AM WHATEVER YOU NEED ME TO BE WHENEVER YOU NEED ME [TO BE IT]." ² (addition mine)

Now if that doesn’t fill you up even a little bit then I’m not sure what will. I mean, come on! God promises to be whatever we need at the moment we need Him. And whenever we accept His invitation to come to Him, He is right there to fill us up with whatever we are hungering and thirsting for.

Cup your hands
let them be filled
with living water
for your soul.
Deeply of His grace.Stretch out your hand
open, willing, needing,
to be filled
with mercy and truth.

Let His words
His love, His heart
reside, quenching
the thirsting of your soul.

~Marcell Warner Bridges
©25 July 2016
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Do you need strength? Do you need joy? Do you need peace? The invitation is still open. Come. Ask. Believe. Receive. Because I AM THAT I AM is here. Longing to quench your deepest thirst.

From My Heart to Yours,

¹Fill My Cup, Lord. Lyrics/Music by Richard Blanchard (1925-2004). 
²©Nan Jones. “Come Thirsty” Retreat, September 2016.

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  1. God will truly meet our every need, whatever it is, wherever we are.
    Blessings, Marcie!

    1. Yes, Martha! He will! He is so faithful to us. :-)

  2. Thank you for sharing your memory of a moment at the retreat. I'm so very thankful the Lord met us there and quenched our thirst.

    1. His mercies are new every morning. Great is His faithfulness! :-)


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