Monday, December 26, 2016

A QUIET PONDERING

by Marcie Bridges, @Marcie_Bridges

“But Mary kept all these things 
and pondered them in her heart.”
Luke 2:19  

Ponder: To meditate, consider carefully, to think about, reflect on — to think or consider especially quietly, soberly, and deeply (Merriam-Webster Dictionary).

The Bible tells us that after Jesus was born and the shepherds had visited, Mary took time to consider all that had happened, meditating on it quietly and deeply.

This week I’m going to take a lesson from Mary. It is going to be a time of quiet meditation for me.

A time to reflect on this year and to pray. Asking God for direction for the coming year. A time to be quiet before the Lord and seek His face.

There have been many wonderful, joyful experiences this year but there have also been many hard, difficult lessons to learn as well.

 

Jesus my Savior, Redeemer and Friend
thank You for getting us through to the end
another month has come and gone
Your faithfulness to us has remained strong.
Let us lift up our voices in song
praising Your name all the day long.
For the gifts of Your grace, mercy and love
showered down from Your throne above.
In joyful thanksgiving we worship and sing
glory, honor and majesty to Your great name.
There’s so many things to be thankful for
no matter the circumstance we have endured.
Jesus, Emmanuel, God come in flesh
we humbly thank You for Your priceless gift
born of a virgin, a babe grown to die
may we remember Your love for us at this Christmastime.

 
~Marcell Warner Bridges
©30 November 2016
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As we come upon the New Year, I hope we will all ponder within our hearts this year and hold close those things that have made it special while letting go of the circumstances that make our hearts grow dim with pain.

This is my last post of 2016. May you have a blessed New Year in the Lord. Thank you for being such a special part of my year and being so faithful in reading my posts.

From My Heart to Yours,
Marcie 



Monday, December 19, 2016

MY HEART, CHRIST'S HOME

by Marcie Bridges, @Marcie_Bridges

“And she brought forth her firstborn Son, 
and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, 
and laid Him in a manger, 
because there was no room for them 
in the inn.” 
Luke 2:7


Years ago someone gifted me a small book. More like a booklet that can fit in your pocket. But don’t underestimate the size of this book. Its message packs a powerful punch and will transform your life and heart if you will let it: 



 
My Heart, Christ’s Home

Each little chapter takes us on a virtual tour of each room in the house to teach us a different aspect of how we can make our hearts a better home for our Lord. We get to examine the living room, dining room, bedroom and yes, the closet too.

“More than ten million readers have enjoyed Robert Boyd Munger's spiritually challenging meditation on Christian discipleship.

Imagining what it would be like to have Jesus come to the home of our hearts, Munger moves room by room considering what Christ desires for us. In the living room we prepare to meet Christ daily. In the dining room we examine together what appetites should and should not control us. We even explore the closets in our lives that Christ can help us clean out.

Munger's practical and profound booklet...helps you give Christ control over all of your life.”¹

Every time I’ve read this book it has convicted me of my need to dig deeper and ask the hardest question, “Have I REALLY made my heart Christ’s home?”
  

Jesus.
Holy is Your name.
The shepherd’s came
to see this infant babe
declared from on high
angels in the sky
singing Your praises
sharing the way
to Your manger.

And we today find You
like wise men of long ago
no longer in swaddling cloths
but sitting on high
on Your heavenly throne.
King of kings, Lord of lords,
we bow down and adore
humbly residing within
our hearts — Your home.


~Marcell Warner Bridges
©18 December 2016
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There may not have been any room in the inn for Jesus, but have I made room in my heart for Him? Have you?

"Room For Jesus King of Glory
Hasten now His Word obey
Swing your heart's door widely open
Bid Him enter while you may." 



From My Heart to Yours ~ Merry Christmas with Love,
Marcie




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Monday, December 12, 2016

THE GIFT OF ANTICIPATION

by Marcie Bridges, @Marcie_Bridges

Every good and perfect gift is from above, 
coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. 
James 1:17

It was our little tradition. Once mom and dad were in bed for the night, we were allowed to get up and see what was under the tree.

My brother and I would always get up somewhere around 3:00 or 4:00 in the morning. Where did all of those gifts come from?

And look! One was left unwrapped!  An acoustic guitar just for me, a shotgun for my brother and for my sister? A sewing machine!

How wonderful! How exciting! What else can there be? I shake out the contents of my green, white and red crocheted stocking.

Wow! Look at all of these lovely things.

 
THE GIFT OF ANTICIPATION

Excitement is in the air!
Can you feel it? Are you prepared?
Cookies, cakes and candy canes
a cinnamon flavor heaven made
greenery tall with sparkling lights
bring delight to each child’s eyes.
Packages with green and red bows
waiting ‘neath the tree for love
children all snuggled in their beds
hoping the morning will reveal their requests.
Look at the snow! Look at the scene!
Look at the precious Nativity.
Mary and Joseph both sit in awe
the shepherd’s and sheep bow low
Come Thou long - expected Son
King of kings, Emmanuel with us.
Oh how I can’t wait to open the gift
laying my crown at Jesus’ feet
how long must we wait our dear Lord
til the coming of Your Word?
I’m eager to see You, I’m eager to know
when the time will be—in the air we’ll see
Your glorious, enchanting appearing!
How I long for the day
what a celebration we’ll have
I can feel You so near as I wait right here.

~Marcell Warner Bridges
©12 December 2016
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Are you like me? Do you wait in anticipation for Christmas Day? Do you enjoy the excitement it brings?

I’ve been longing so much for Jesus’ return lately. Some days I’m more excited than others and if I were being really,  really honest? It scares me like standing at the edge of a cliff. But I can’t help that little tingly feeling that spreads throughout my heart when I think about being in Heaven.

 
From My Heart to Yours,
Marcie 


Monday, December 5, 2016

The Soft Swish, Swish of His Voice

by Marcie Bridges, @Marcie_Bridges 

“A word was secretly brought to me, 
my ears caught a whisper of it.”
Job 4:12

I can’t get this phrase out of my mind. I’m not sure what it leads to.

Is it an opening or a closing line? I don’t know yet, but if I don’t write it down, I’ll lose it.

So here it is:

the soft swish, swish of God’s breath

What does that make you think of? Does it ignite any emotion or feeling at all? Does it create a smile or even a thought? Maybe you spend moments just pondering it or wondering what it might feel like to have God’s breath be a soft swish around you?

After the thunder and the earthquake came a still small voice. In the garden His voice was like breathing—just a breeze passing by. Can you imagine it as a soft swish-swish? I can.

 Be still and listen and know
Trust in His everlasting arms
Rest in the cradle of His hands
Be still and feel His love, peace and Presence.

~Marcell Warner Bridges
©28, May 2016
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I lay my head upon my pillow thoughts swirling in my mind. “Dear Jesus,” I pleaded, “I have so many things to do I can’t seem to...”

Hush. (He interrupted.)

“But Lord, I need to decorate and get a tree. I need to be cleaning my house and editing. I need...”

Hush. Hush my child. Your mind is consumed with too many things. Just rest.

“But...”

Hushhhhhhhhhhhh...

Cool air like a feather floating on the wind brushed past my face. Slowly I sank into a quiet slumber.

As I woke up, my heart peaceful, I heard it once again within my inner soul:




swish, swish, hush,
 came the voice I’d heard so softly in my sleep
Be still and know. Just trust. I am here.


From My Heart to Yours,
Marcie


What does God's voice sound like to you?