Monday, November 28, 2016

HAVE YOU FORGOTTEN ME?

by Marcie Bridges, @Marcie_Bridges

“But the angel said to him: ‘Do not be afraid, Zechariah; your prayer has been heard
Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, 
and you are to call him John.’”
Luke 1:13 

I thought God had forgotten me. 

No. Wait. Let me rephrase that.

I thought He had forgotten the word He had spoken to me.

Maybe it’s the same thing?

I took the path on the right knowing this is the one He wanted me to take but the sights, sounds, and smells were all wrong.

I saw a sign that said, “Promised Land this Way”, but I must have read it in a fog because the landscape is barren, I’m thirsty all the time, and I feel like I’ve been circling this mountain for far too long. Didn’t I go this way already?

Every year at Christmas time I like to read the story of Jesus birth in order beginning with Luke. I love that God keeps things hidden from us until the right time — just when we need it most.  I’ve read this story over and over my entire life but I never connected these dots.

Zacharias and Elizabeth were old in age (just like Abraham and Sarah) when they were told through an angel that they would have a son. They had waited and waited and I think perhaps Elizabeth was feeling a bit forgotten by God. Don’t you? And Zacharias was maybe also wondering how he’d pass on his name I’m sure.

But the Lord had not forgotten them. In fact, Zacharias’ name means, “the Lord hath remembered”. I have always loved the name Zechariah because it represents that God has not forgotten us.

So it dawned on me this week that God has not forgotten me. He will bring to pass the things He has promised me. It may be a different path than I thought I’d take to get to my Promised Land, but He knows that this is the way I must go. Sometimes He must wait until we are mature enough to handle the Promised Land He has for us. And He will remember at just the right time that He promised it to me and He will fulfill that promise. 

A Forgotten Promise?

The leaves dim on the tree
like my love has dimmed for Thee
I cried out, but could not see
You have always been here for me.
As I stare at the fallen leaves
my mind drifts to a different scene
focusing on a cross
where blood was shed for all of us lost.
And there in my agony
I realized You’ve never forgotten me
Your love washes over my heart
covering my sin like leaves cover the earth.
Tears course down my cheeks
as my eyes gaze at Your tree
the one where You bore my crown
where Your blood flowed down.
In humbleness You shed Your authority
and took all my sins willingly
how can I let my love grow so dim?
Now my heart cries from within
thank You, Jesus, for Your Calvary.
Thank You for fulfilling destiny.
Renew my soul, O Lord,
may I always give praise and honor
to You my God and King. 


~Marcell Warner Bridges 
©27 November 2016
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Do you feel forgotten? Do you feel like the path you are on is not the right one? Are you waiting on God to answer a certain prayer you’ve been praying for so long you think He isn’t listening anymore? Go to God today and ask Him to seal His promises within you and to remember you.

From My Heart to Yours,
Marcie 


 


I am having so much fun doing 30 Days of Thanksgiving Poems this month! Each day I create a new poem and post it on my poetry page at Facebook. You can visit me here to read them:

Monday, November 21, 2016

TREE OF GRACE

by Marcie Bridges, @Marcie_Bridges

But God demonstrates His own love toward us,
in that while we were still sinners,
Christ died for us.
Romans 5:8

 




Lord, I stand in awe of You. I am humbled by Your gift of salvation. Free to all who will just believe and accept it. Thank You, Jesus, for shedding Your blood all those years ago for us and rising again from the dead to show us that You are not a fable, but a real person. You came to give us life and life more abundant through salvation so we can live eternally one day with You. 



TREE OF GRACE

Russet crinkles underneath my feet
Standing in awe at the base of Your tree;
Tears bottled for years run down my cheeks
As I kneel in the russet blood soaked leaves.
The sap of Your goodness flows from its bark
Reviving my spirit, refreshing my heart;
A taste of Your grace is what my spirit needs
As I kneel in the russet blood soaked leaves.
Cool, crisp air brings life to my lungs
Singing Your praises my eyes look up;
No more do I kneel at the base of a tree
But the Cross of Your Son who died for me.

~Marcell Warner Bridges
©21 September 2016
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As we celebrate Thanksgiving, may we learn to also make it an every day thanks-living. Each day thanking God for all the blessings He has bestowed on us; even when we don't feel like it or think there is nothing to thank Him for.

Blessings to each of you and your families this thanksgiving.

From My Heart to Yours,
Marcie 




I am having so much fun doing 30 Days of Thanksgiving Poems this month! Each day I create a new poem and post it on my poetry page at Facebook. You can visit me here to read them:

Monday, November 14, 2016

CASTING OUT FEAR

by Marcie Bridges, @Marcie_Bridges

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you. Philippians 4:6-9
 
©BridgesCreations, 2016
Everywhere I turn this week I see blog posts, Bible verses, memes and more that all talk about the same thing: FEAR.  I have drawn a single conclusion to this. God is trying to talk to me about fear in my own life. Every one of these blog posts have encouraged me to renew my thinking and to let God rule my life and heart―not fear. Living in fear is not living; living in Jesus is living life to the fullest. Maybe you are having trouble with it too?

One of the posts I read encourages us to quit dwelling on what those things that are causing us fear by renewing our minds and taking those thoughts captive so that we are no longer living in fear but living in the abundant life of Christ.

“The enemy uses fear to bully many of God’s children. Spiritually, I see him as standing in the way of God’s blessings for us.

The enemy says (metaphorically speaking), “If you want to get to God’s blessings, you’ve got to get past me!”

Fear may mask itself as anxiety, worry, apprehension, or concern but these are still fear-based emotions... However, God’s word gives us prescriptions to stop fear at the source. My go-to prescription when fear tries to come upon me is 1 John 4:18:

“There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.”

God does not want His children to live in torment, victims of the enemy’s bullying. Jesus came to set us free and destroy the works of the enemy through the power of His word!” ¹ ~Kimberly Taylor, Take Back Your Temple

 
Fear is not welcome here
worry no purpose or plan
guilt is a bottomless pit
complaints have no gain
and doubt only causes pain.
Why should I speak of
thanksgiving each and
every day? Ahhh... my friend
now there’s the rub
what could it hurt to think
©BridgesCreations, 2016
on things of praise?
Take a minute, sit right down
take pen and paper out
write today’s thanksgivings
at least five treasures down.
“Five?” you say?
Oh yes, I think that
that will do just fine
whatever is good, lovely
and pure whatever is
noble and kind.
I see you have them
written and I also see
a most praiseworthy thing
a very peaceful smile
has accompanied your face.
What good is all the worry
what good is all the fear
why not end each day
with a grateful heart in prayer?

~Marcell Warner Bridges
©12 November 2015
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©BridgesCreations, 2016
I encourage to go read Kimberly’s blog post (click to read) for yourself as she outlines how we then go from being in fear to casting it down from our imaginations. But the one thing to remember is this:

“When you are fearful and/or dismayed, that means you are meditating upon thoughts of “I am not able.”

However, during those times, you need to remind yourself that the Lord is with you – and He is able.” ¹
 
God is here with us. He’s never left us. He never will leave us. And isn’t that the root of our fear? That God will not be there wherever we go? Oh beloved friend, God has already been there.

As Lauren Daigle sings in her song Trust in You, “There’s not a place where I’ll go You’ve not already stood!” ²

No need to worry. No need to fear. God is right here with us and goes before us so we can meet Him there.  

From My Heart to Yours,
Marcie 


¹Kimberly Taylor, Take Back Your Temple, 3 Scriptures to Cast Out Fear http://takebackyourtemple.com/3-scriptures-to-cast-out-fear/

²Lauren Daigle, Trust In You. (C) 2015 Centricity Music



I'm doing 30 Days of Thanksgiving Poems through November. Come join me at Marcie Bridges Poetry Page 

Monday, November 7, 2016

ELEVENTH HOUR PRAYER

by Marcie Bridges, @Marcie_Bridges

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  1 John 1:9

“My mother once said if there are any tears shed in heaven, they’re going to be shed over all the answers to prayer for which no one ever bothered to ask! John 16:23 quotes Jesus, who said, “I tell you the truth, my Father will give you whatever you ask in My name.”

To ask and pray in Jesus’ name means you come to God believing that Jesus is your Lord and Savior — believing He died and rose for you, and in response you have submitted to His authority. Jesus is waiting for you to ask! Waiting because He wants to get your attention. He wants you to acknowledge your need for Him. And when the answer comes, you will know it comes from Him.

Ask according to God’s will. Ask in Jesus’ name. Just ask.” ~Anne Graham Lotz *

 

I call upon You Lord
in this eleventh hour
for You alone God
have the power
to save us, redeem us,
strengthen us in weakness.
Lord, we may not like
the choices we’ve been given
but in our time of
such great need
please supply Your wisdom.
As we humble ourselves
we seek Your face
repenting, returning
from wicked, evil ways
God! Hear Your servant!
I am pleading with You
to heal this land
bring us back together again.
I bow my head to
Your great authority
I trust in You Lord
even when Your ways aren’t mine.
I bow my knees to
Your sovereignty
I open my hands to Your plans
I rest my heart in Your hands
Not my will Lord, no not mine
but Yours —
I place this prayer at the foot
of Your throne
In Jesus’ name I pray this alone.
And years from now may I
look back and see
that what You had planned
was the best I never thought
it could be.
To You be all glory and honor,
Your kingdom come, will be done
for You Lord, need to be, the
Author of this outcome.
In humble thanks I pray
Jesus Christ be praised
Amen, Lord, amen,
yes and amen.


~Marcell Warner Bridges
©6 November 2016
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There is not a greater time than this to ask God to change our hearts, our minds, our lives, so that He will heal us and heal our nation. “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.” **
 
From My Heart to Yours,
Marcie  


* Lotz, Anne Graham. Fixing My Eyes on Jesus. Zondervan Publishing, Grand Rapids, MI: 2012. Print. Page 330.

** Psalm 33:12



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