Monday, February 6, 2017

DEAR GOD

by Marcie Bridges, @Marcie_Bridges

O God, You are my God; Early will I seek You; My soul thirsts for You; My flesh longs for You
In a dry and thirsty land Where there is no water. So I have looked for You in the sanctuary, To see Your power and Your glory. Because Your lovingkindness is better than life, My lips shall praise You. Thus I will bless You while I live; I will lift up my hands in Your name. My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness, And my mouth shall praise You with joyful lips.
Psalms 63:1-5

 

I have written and rewritten the first line of this blog post at least five times now. Maybe more. I cannot seem to come up with a single thing to add to this poetic piece.

I have prayed. I have sought the Lord. I have pleaded. 

 

But He seems to be a bit silent tonight. And I wonder if I have done something to quiet the Holy Spirit within me.

I realized that even though I have had a quiet time every day this week, I have not felt satisfied.
 
DEAR GOD

I asked from You for days
to spend time basking in Your grace
not doing any tasks or errands
just sitting inside Your Presence.

Worshiping in prayerful adoration
Reading Your words in prayerful concentration
Speaking Your words in prayerful recognition
Being still, quiet, in prayerful contemplation.

Seems life has been too busy
days filled with worried agony
longing for peaceful security
finding a need for Your constant company.

Thought maybe all of these days doing nothing
resulted in a lazy and irresponsible identity
realized the truth that sets me free
spending time with You is priority.

I asked from You for days
to spend time just basking in Your grace
slowly coming to the dawn of truth
You’ve answered my prayer each day.

~Marcell Warner Bridges
©2016/2017
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Today a longing for God developed that I cannot quench. I feel so depleted — in need.

“But how can this be when I have spent time with You Lord?” I ask.

I spent time talking out loud to God in the car the other day and after a bit I said, “You know Lord, I think I’m doing too much talking. Perhaps You have something You’d like to say to me? I’ll just get quiet and listen.”

My mind tried to wander but I squelched it. I honestly needed and wanted an answer from God in a certain matter. His answer? (I kid you not. I heard this loud and clear.) “Wait...”  Stopping at a light I sat back confused. Drained. Empty.

More waiting?

Today a longing for God to fill this empty vessel moved within me. I am not sure how I got to this place of emptiness, I just know this one thing: 
 
When we fervently, sincerely, genuinely, honestly, openly seek God He will find us. He will satisfy us with from the springs of everlasting water only He can provide. 

From My Heart to Yours,
Marcie
 
 



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3 comments:

  1. I think we've all experienced the "dry times," Marcie. If God told you to "wait," there is something better and more real that He is about to reveal to your heart. I know it!
    Blessings!

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  2. Marcie, Oh, how I can relate to this post! Thanks for sharing your intimate experience with God. My word for the year is...wait for it. WAIT. Yeah, I even wrote a post on waiting.
    Much love and prayers as you wait patiently and quietly on whatever good thing God has in store for you, dear sister!
    Beckie from Spotlight: https://beckielindsey16.com/2017/01/10/when-god-says-to-wait/

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  3. I've often wondered if "I wonder if I have done something to quiet the Holy Spirit within me."I enjoyed reading this, Marcie. Thanks for sharing! God bless you.

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