Monday, March 27, 2017

CARRIED BY THE SHEPHERD

by Marcie Bridges
@Marcie_Bridges

He will feed His flock like a shepherd;
He will gather the lambs with His arm,
And carry them in His bosom,
And gently lead those who are with young.
Isaiah 40:11

 
There have been days when I felt like a switch flipped in my brain. I would wake up, be doing well, having a good day, and then out of the blue my mood would change.

I’d quit singing. Everything around me turned from technicolor hues to grey.

Sometimes I just needed a good long nap. Sometimes it required the heavy artillery—a chat with my best friend.

But even these “happy pills” couldn’t, shouldn’t, can’t take the place of the best prescription in the world. 

JESUS
His name speaks peace to me.

Many a dark day
    drowns out my praises;
Hours of isolation
    subdues my power;
Darkness descends rapidly
    my heart grows colder.

But...

Somewhere in the bleakness

    comes a comfort and a peace
Like a shepherd rescuing
    a lamb from canyon deep
Holding it close to his breast
    there in his arms to rest
Then as he releases me back
    into the fold my lips begin
A soft song of praise
    as I follow his lead to water’s edge.

~Marcell Warner Bridges
©26 March 2017
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And when I am in my greatest time of need, He gathers me into His arms and loves me like no one else can.

Then once again, my soul and my voice, releases praises unto my Lord, the Shepherd of my heart.





From My Heart to Yours,
Marcie 




Monday, March 20, 2017

IT'S BEEN A WONDERFUL LIFE

by Marcie Bridges
@Marcie_Bridges

O Come, let us worship and bow down; 
let us kneel before the LORD our Maker! 
Psalm 95:6


2 years old
Lord, how can I thank You for these many years of life on this earth? 

I look at my life and I am filled with awe and wonder at the ways You have kept me from destruction. When I went astray, You brought me back into Your fold. You never left me, never forsook me, never abandoned me.

And here I am, this week another birthday to celebrate. People ask me why I dare to tell my age. And I wonder why they won’t be honest about theirs.

Each day You breathe new life and new breath into my lungs. Each day is a day to give back to You as You have given to me. Each day is another day to show Your love, grace, and mercy to someone else—to share with them who You are and what You have done for me. Why would I be ashamed of how many years You have given to me?
13 years old

I remember my lunch with a friend quite a few years ago. We were talking about birthdays and I have never forgotten what she told me about how she felt turning 30 years old. She said, “I was in awe of the last 10 years God had given me. How He brought me through them. I can’t wait to see what He’ll do for me these next 10 years.”

Isn’t that wonderful? What a blessed reminder that each new decade is a chance to look at how He has blessed us and to look forward to the coming blessings. 
18 years old
 You formed me when I was yet in thought
You gave me breathe when I was a whisper
You provided love and grace so tender
You have been faithful through every year
every joy, every trial, every tear.
You redeemed my young heart and soul
You live—making every day worth far more than gold
You bring to remembrance how You brought me to this day
so that I will always follow you in my old age.
You are my hiding place. You are my joy.
For these many years on earth, thank You, my Savior, my LORD.

~Marcell Warner Bridges
©3/17/16
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My mommy
My husband and I last Christmas
 
My daughter's graduation...a rare picture of us 4
My graduation! With Karen! Mentor & Friend
Me and Mary - Such a special friendship
The 3 Muskateers...Nan, Norma, Me...Best Friends
Nan and I...words can't express the meaning of this friendship

Thank You Lord for the past 44 years. Thank You for my loving family and friends. I look forward to seeing what You have in store for the next years of my life. You have been good. You have been faithful.

Yes and Amen.

From My Heart to Yours (Lord),
Marcie 


Monday, March 13, 2017

I WILL PRAISE YOU

by Marcie Bridges, @Marcie_Bridges

“Now therefore, our God,
We thank You
And praise Your glorious name.
But who am I, and who are my people,
That we should be able to offer so willingly as this?
For all things come from You,
And of Your own we have given You.
For we are aliens and pilgrims before You,
As were all our fathers;
Our days on earth are as a shadow,
And without hope.”
1 Chronicles 29:13-15








I WILL PRAISE YOU

I will praise You, Lord
for You are the help of my strength
The Mighty One to save
there is none like You day unto day.
You go before me to lead my way
You come behind me to keep me from going astray
Your love, O Lord, reaches to the heavens
and dwells in the midst of the waves.

How can I give You thanks?
my heart longs for You like a
puppy waits for his childhood mate
could I not live if not for Your grace?
Blessings I count too numerous to say
my heart overflows like Jordan’s banks
I look to You for my salvation today
thank You Lord for your mercies great
new every morning like a sunrise in paint.

And I will praise You, Lord
no matter what comes
I will praise You, Lord
because You are worthy of all my praise.
This I know as I stand here now
You alone are Redeemer renown
I can put my whole trust in You
for You have proven Yourself
faithful and true.

I will praise You, Lord
whatever may be
You alone worthy of praise
from everything that breathes.

~Marcell Warner Bridges
©5, March 2017
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From My Heart to Yours,

Marcie 




Monday, March 6, 2017

I HAVE ALWAYS LOVED YOU

by Marcie Bridges, @Marcie_Bridges

We love Him because He first loved us.  
1 John 4:19

I was told, “You are beautiful in your heart”,  so many times growing up.

As a child, this is never enough. In fact, it wounded. It hurt.

Because comparing my “unloveliness” to my sister’s model-like beauty made me feel ugly.

I wanted to be like her. Not just beautiful of heart and soul but beautiful outwardly to the world.

And when those same people told me that my beauty was more lovely than hers, I did not believe them. How can that be to a 10, 12, 16 year old? You couldn’t have convinced me if you tried for a zillion years.

Watch this video and know —

God made you with all of the abandonment and joy of these awe-inspiring views.

He made you: wonderfully, beautifully, intricately.

All the way down to distinct fingerprints and DNA.

There’s nothing quite like you. There’s NO ONE AT ALL like you!
Did you know even twins have distinct features just to each of them?
 
OH! THE WONDER! THE MAJESTY! THE BRILLIANCE! OF YOU!


Because God loves YOU. Every single part of you. He loves you with an everlasting love.
 

LOVE POEM FROM GOD

I love you.
Not just your eyes or hair
Not just the clothes you wear
Not just the way you walk
Not just the way you talk.
I love you.
Every part of you.
Each little dent and wrinkle
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Each little crack and crinkle
Each little frown and sneer
Each little smile and fear.
I love you.
From the day I created you
I knew you would be
Something special and unique.
I made you and wrapped you in love
Hoping one day you'd return to My arms.
Please do not ever doubt
The sincerity of My words
But when you do just remember
I have loved you with an everlasting love.
Not like the ones who've left you
Not like the one who betrayed you
Not like the ones who never forgave you
Not like anyone past, present, or future.
I love you.
You.
Yes, you.

~Marcell Warner Bridges
©22, February 2017

 


You may scoff at such ideas. You may think you are the most unlovely on this planet.  But that just couldn’t be further from the truth.

You are worthy because He has made you worthy.
You are enough because He is enough.
You are beautiful because He is beautiful through you.
You are loved because He loved you first. He has never stopped loving you and He will never quit loving you.

 
I’m soon to be 45 years old in a couple of weeks. I’ve learned a lot in my years. And that little thing about being beautiful in your heart? It’s a bit special now to know that others saw Jesus in me even at that young age. And that’s all I want anyone to see:

How much Jesus loves you.
 
From My Heart to Yours,
Marcie