Monday, October 16, 2017

THE LAST LEAF

by Marcie Bridges, @Marcie_Bridges 

I have rejoiced in the way of Your testimonies,
As much as in all riches.
I will meditate on Your precepts,
And contemplate Your ways.
I will delight myself in Your statutes;
I will not forget Your word.
Psalm 119:14-16


The Last Leaf

As the leaves make their change
may I also shed my sin for grace

when the last leaf falls
may my faith tumble deeper

while I watch the storms
scatter each fallen leaf

help my heart to float upon
the wind of Your breath

carrying me gently until I can land
gratefully, peacefully into Your hands

of safety and rest.


~Marcell Warner Bridges
©2 November 2016
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O, Lord, do not let me forget Your words. Let the meditation of my heart be acceptable to You.

O Lord, as we enter into this week may our feet walk in faith and the knowledge that You are with us. As we journey into the middle of the week, help us to keep our focus on You and You alone. Not letting the hard parts of the week weigh us down. As we end the week, may it be on the breath of Your wings carrying us safely into the weekend where we can rest in You.

When we encounter difficult situation or difficult people, may we extend grace upon grace. When we feel burdened by circumstances, help us to remember You are at the end of the driveway waiting with open arms for us to run to You.

Thank You, Lord, for the afflictions of this world. For without the afflictions, our hearts would be afloat, drifting on the wind, never finding a sure place to land and feel secure.

Today I choose to trust You Lord. Today I choose to believe that You are here with me. Today I choose You.


 
 
Today I close my eyes and let myself fall. Fall into the arms of Your love. 

 
 
 
 
From My Heart to Yours,
Marcie
 


 
 
 
 
 
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Monday, October 9, 2017

PLAYING HOPSCOTCH

by Marcie Bridges, @Marcie_Bridges 


But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
2 Timothy 3:14-17

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Playing Hopscotch

Somewhere along the line
it became a habit.

Glossing over words and skimming
keeping emotion at bay or
letting it flood in on a whim.

Time didn’t stand still long enough
to take it all in. Breathe it. Inhale.

One letter blurring into another.
Eyes misting over ... foggy...
too many to keep up with.

There’s no meaning in reading
when reading is only snitches and
snatches here and there.

You can either read slow and absorb
each notion, each idea, each symbol
or
go through it at the speed of light
never realizing there was a point
the author was trying to make.

And I let it happen.
Playing hopscotch in my Bible
cause I’ve read those words
a hundred million times
they all fold together
boring me with their rhymes
instead of boring a hole
deep into my soul.

The all too familiar is no longer
a love made in heaven
until I decide to love what God has given

Quit skipping the familiar verses
read them like they're brand-spanking-new
let them refill and renew
because God’s words were never made
to be just words on parchment scrolls
but life and health and resurrection
to our souls.

Now if we would just quit
letting our minds tell us
we’ve read all of this before
what is new?
And let our hearts hold fast
to the truth
Because when we think He’s forsaken us
maybe it is we who have forsaken Him
by skipping over what we have read
over and over again.

Not anymore. No, not me.
I am going to savor each word
like the best food I’ve ever tasted
like the chocolate that melts as heaven
the water that quenches.

Maybe, just maybe, if I re-learn to savor
His words
all of them
I will be filled with His Spirit
as a vessel filled to the brim
with the choicest wine that only God can satisfy.
 

~Marcell Warner Bridges
©22 September 2017
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For awhile now I’ve found myself just skimming over the passages I know so well I could recite them in my sleep as I read during my devotion time or maybe as I read a blog post. 
It’s become a bad habit of sorts. In fact, in all sincerity, I think it has become the reason I am not getting as much out of my quiet times lately.

It’s kind of like going to church and the pastor or speaker says to open to Hebrews chapter 11. For many years I would groan inwardly and my mind would wander around during the sermon. Until one Sunday I had a thought and I followed through with it. I prayed, “Lord, I don’t want to hear another sermon about this. But someone needs to hear it. So help me to find something new during this time with you.” And I did. I can’t tell you what it was because it was several years ago; however, it taught me a great lesson.

God is always ready to show me something new. He is always ready to help me understand the His Word better and to grow even when I think I have heard it all before. There’s always something to be found in the “old”.

So here are some ways I’ve been experimenting with my quiet times lately.

10 Ways to stop hopscotching in God’s Word:

1. Learn to read slower. Absorbing the words instead of skimming them.

2. Try reading the verse in a different version.

3. Find one verse that resonates in your spirit, write it down, and place it where you can see it every day.

4. Make it personal. Write it down as though God has written it just for you substituting your name in the verse. For example: “The Lord is my shepherd” becomes, “The Lord is Marcie’s shepherd. Marcie shall not want. He makes Marcie to lie down in green pastures, He leads Marcie beside still waters.”...

5. Draw a picture in your Bible beside the verse. Make it come alive in your heart and mind. Get creative!


6. Take notes during your devotion time. Don’t just read it. Write down what you feel and understand about what you have read. Yes, this takes a little time, but it is so worth it!!!!

7. Pray. Ask God to come and sit with you while you read. Ask Him to reveal Himself to you.

8. Find out what the verse means during the time it was written. A great place to start is at Biblestudytools.com or the Matthew Henry Commentary online.

9. Ask a spouse or friend what the verse means to them. Ask them to study it with you or to make it their verse for the week too.

10. Pray over the verse. Highlight it in your Bible. Make notes beside it. Ask God to hide it in your heart so it will become special to you. Each time you read it, you will want to savor it, not just skip over it.

Those are my 10 ways to stop hopscotching, what are yours?



 From My Heart to Yours,
Marcie





 

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Monday, October 2, 2017

THIS CHANGED MY LIFE!

by Marcie Bridges, @Marcie_Bridges 

God’s word is living and active. It is sharper than any two-edged sword and cuts as deep as the place where soul and spirit meet, the place where joints and marrow meet. God’s word judges a person’s thoughts and intentions.
Hebrews 4:12
*

“This is the best book ever! It will change your life!”

“A must read! You will never be the same after reading this book!”

There are many books claiming they will change your life. Many say they have the cure to what ails us or will make us better than we’ve ever been before.

But there is only one book that will completely change—transform—your life.
 

The Best Book EVER!

I finally found a
book to save my
soul.

Each word placed
carefully, each
sentence ready to
break my heart to a
million, jillion, little
pieces.

It’s the kind of
work that can only be
written from a
heart of pure
love.

No other book, no pages,
no words, phrases,
metaphors, similes
speak like these.

Tell me your
book will save my
life.
I will hand you MY
BOOK that will
resurrect your darkness to
light
.

I finally found a
book that could
save my soul
but
its author saved me
instead
.


~Marcell Warner Bridges
©September 2017
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The Word of God is a living, breathing book. The Bible gives us the instructions for how to live the Christian life. But more important, it leads us to Jesus. The only One who can save our souls.

There’s only two catches to this.

#1. You must read God’s Words.
#2. You let His Words sink into your heart and you allow Christ to change you.

God's Word helps us to know when we are not following God as we ought to be. It shows us whether we are going in the right direction when we are trying to make decisions. As the verse above tells us, it convicts us of sin in our lives but it also provides comfort when we are hurting. 

I can promise you that if you will allow Jesus Christ to be your Savior, to be Lord of your life, and if you will read His Word then your life—your inner most being, heart, and soul—will truly be changed...forever.

From My Heart to Yours,
Marcie


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Monday, September 25, 2017

'TIS SO SWEET TO TRUST

by Marcie Bridges, @Marcie_Bridges

I will sing to the Lord as long as I live;
I will sing praise to my God while I have my being.
May my meditation be sweet to Him;
I will be glad in the Lord.

Psalm 104:33-34


‘TIS SO SWEET TO TRUST**

Soggy messy puddle on the floor
from tears that cascade over and over
hurts, fears, insecurity had surfaced
again
gasping for breath beneath the weight of sin
sin not realized, recognized, released
didn’t fully understand there was this need
blinded by half-truths and lies
now every little splinter brought to light
the darkness that once covered these secrets
has vanished into the forest
because
all things are made new
when seen in the transparency of love
things hidden from view become illuminated
and when truth sinks in freedom comes
washed in the water, renewed by The Blood
the fears that once strangled
become
redeemed through grace so gentle
amazing, yet, unconditionally powerful
full of mercy, healing and love
and there is no turning back
falling, falling
into His arms open wide to catch
ME.


~Marcell Warner Bridges
©6 February 2015
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Dear Heavenly Father, I appreciate You. I love You. I adore You. I’m learning to trust You day by day, hour by hour, minute by minute, second upon second. Letting You catch me as I fall. Some days are messy but You’re always right there to pick me up. May we never forget that You are with us. Thank You for Your comfort. Thank You for guiding us and directing us when we seek You with our whole hearts.

No matter how alone I feel, where I go, what I do, how I act, whom I’m with I will trust the Lord at all times. I will allow Him to lead me. I will trust in Him because trusting in myself or others is fruitless. I will cling to His promises. I will lean on ― press in ― to Him. I’ll wait on Him. I will not rush. I will hold on to the things I know to be true and let His love sink into my heart and soul through and through. 

I’m learning to lean upon Jesus and to praise Him no matter the situation. How about you?

Bless the Lord, O my soul! Praise the Lord!   
Psalm 104:35b

From My Heart to Yours,
Marcie  

 

**The above poem is excerpted from my book Broken & Spilled Out: an offering of poetry and prayers for the hurting soul. Available here on Amazon.com  





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Monday, September 18, 2017

WHERE ARE YOU GOD? ... Part 2

by Marcie Bridges, @Marcie_Bridges 

Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart. 
Jeremiah 29:12-13



Lord if I could find you on the mountain top I would go there,
If I could find you out at sea I would swim the ocean deep,
If I could find you in the meadow I would bask in its stillness
But I found you right here where I am on my knees in your presence. 

~Marcell Warner Bridges
©August 2017
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Everything was spinning. Around and around and around. So fast. How did I get on this merry-go-round?

Oh Jesus. Where are you? Are you here?

Floating. I see a hot air balloon wayyy up in the sky. Can I reach it? Why are my feet in the air above my head?

Jesus? Are you here? Mark is holding my hand. I feel him. I hear him. Where are You? Jesus ... Jesus ... Jesussss... there’s just something about that name ...

A voice began to sing along with me. So gentle. So sweet. “‘Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus, just to take Him at His word. Just to rest upon His promise. Just to know, thus sayeth the Lord. Jesus, Jesus how I trust You, how I’ve proved You o’re and o’re. Jesus, Jesus, precious Jesus. Oh for grace to trust You more...”

And the world stop spinning and I stopped floating as things went a bit dark for awhile.

Such was my experience on Nitrous Oxygen a few weeks ago right before having a tooth extracted and a bone graft done. I was so nervous my blood pressure was at an all-time high. But when I woke up, my arms and legs felt extremely limber. Relaxed was an understatement!

When asked if I remembered anything during my time of Nitrous floating or in the surgery my immediate response was, “I was singing with Jesus.”

Lately I’ve been longing to find Jesus in every part of my life. The Bible says when we intentionally seek God we will find Him. When we search for Him with all of our heart He will come to us and be present with us.

This surgery has given me a lot of time to sit and be still. I am not sure why my energy level is not coming back like it was (though I’m thinking it’s because I’m still experiencing so much pain I can’t eat regular foods even three weeks later). So while I am spending time recovering, I’m spending a lot of time with God. Searching for Him behind every door, every tree, every shadow, every corner.

Psalm 139:7-10 tells us that no matter where we go or what we are doing God is there with us. Doesn’t that give you the most comforting assurance you’ve ever had? He promises to never leave us nor forsake us.

Have you been searching for God too? I promise you, when you seek Him with all of your heart, He will be found.

Even in a dentist’s chair out of your mind on Nitrous Oxide.



From My Heart to Yours,
Marcie 

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Monday, September 11, 2017

STORM WATCH

by Marcie Bridges, @Marcie_Bridges 


But of that day and hour no one knows, 
not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only.
Matthew 24:36


STORM WATCH

You’d never know a storm is about to blow through
with skies so beautiful, white cloudy pale blue
no need to rush about there’s plenty of time
we’ve been waiting for years
what’s one more line?
But in our complacency, our moments of doubt
we don’t prepare like we ought
and just sit around.
Suddenly, without warning, the tides change in a hurry
we find ourselves snowed in
with our guilt and our sins
the trumpet calls, Michael gives a shout
now it’s too late to shovel ourselves out.
You may think it’s funny I’ve prepared for this storm
but safer than sorry is the motto I’ve born
and you would be wise to heed to the forecast —
one day you may find if you’d not waited to decide
what you thought was just hype
is the reason He died —
The storm is approaching, why do you wait?
Today is the day to know for sure of your fate.
And when the flurries begin there’s a warm peace within
we can weather it out we’ve been saved from the pit.
No matter how deep, no matter how grim
you will always be prepared for whatever they predict.
 

~Marcell Warner Bridges
©21 January 2016
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Many of us are preparing for a hurricane; not a snowstorm. But any potential disaster causes us to reflect. To look on our lives and wonder if we have prepared ourselves for the things to come.

A song has been ringing in my brain lately. “Have you made your reservation? We’re gonna meet Him by and by. Have you made your reservation? Don’t want see you left behind. It’s gonna be a celebration. When we reach the other side. Have you made your reservation for your mansion in the sky?”

I think God is trying to get our attention. He's giving us a chance to repent and turn to Him.

God doesn’t wish anyone to perish and go to hell. He sent His son, His only son, Jesus to die on a cross to pay the penalty for our sins. The offer of this free gift of salvation is open to us until the day we die.

Just as we are given time to prepare for many storms in this life, God has given us the opportunity to prepare for the life to come. Eternity with Him in heaven, or eternity without Him in hell. 

Romans 10:8-13 promises, “But what does it say? “The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart,” that is, the message concerning faith that we proclaim: If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. As Scripture says, “Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.” For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’”

Jesus will return one day. Have you prepared your heart? Have you made your reservation? Today is a beautiful day and tomorrow is predicted to be as well here where I live. But there’s a storm coming through soon.  I have made my preparations and my hope is that you will too and I will meet you in heaven one day.


From My Heart to Yours,
Marcie 







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