Monday, May 29, 2017

TITANIC TRUST

by Marcie Bridges, @Marcie_Bridges 

Some trust in chariots, and some in horses;
But we will remember the name of the Lord our God.
Psalm 20:7

I’ve been watching the movie, “Titanic”, and thinking about how much trust it took for the passengers to be on that boat.

The boat was supposed to be unsinkable. But as we all know, in the end, it did sink.

The people aboard that ship put their trust in the captain to get them safely to America. They trusted the architects as well. They trusted that the boat was built securely and strong enough to withstand anything that may come their way.

And still, many died that night.

But God is so much bigger than the Titanic. He’s bigger than anything we can dream of or fear.

He’s a mighty God. Strong. Dependable. Secure. His name is a strong tower. Jesus’ name is above all names.

When I place my trust in God I can be assured that whatever happens, He is here to hold me up and keep me safe. He is my strength when I am weak. His strength keeps me strong.

If I trust You Lord
    where will you take me?
Will I rise above the wings of the wind
will I journey to unknown lands
will I walk miles upon miles of roads
will I swim deeper than my breath can go?

You call me to trust You Lord
    even through grasses tall
to take Your hand and let You lead
to offer only one solitary dream
to give what I was never meant to keep
to love You with my heart - free.


 
Help me, Lord, to trust You more
    keeping my eyes fixed on You secure
teach me how to love You alone
leaning on You - the Everlasting Arms
tasting the goodness of obedience’s song
resting in Your presence forevermore.

 
~Marcell Warner Bridges
©28 May 2017
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Are you worried about your future? Maybe you’re worried about something that seems so much bigger than anything you’ve ever handled before? Whatever it is, place your trust in God. In Him alone is safety.

 



As you walk out on that water, keep your focus on Jesus. Keep your eyes fixed squarely on Him. Take His hand. He will not let you sink.

From My Heart to Yours,
Marcie 


Monday, May 22, 2017

HOW CAN I SAY THANKS?

by Marcie Bridges
@Marcie_Bridges 

Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!
2 Corinthians 9:15





From generation to generation
You have been good
You have been faithful
Your mercies ever new.
Generations long ago
Your blood poured out
may I never forget
the love that flowed down.
Even now, so far from that day,
Your grace extends
to hearts who truly believe.
Thank You, dear Jesus,
for this gift so free
Thank You, dear Jesus,
for saving me.


~Marcell Warner Bridges
©5 November 2016
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Lord, You have been my best friend for all my life. You've been my hope when all seemed lost. My comforter when I felt alone. My redeemer when I have sinned against You. You've never forsaken me. You've been faithful through and through.

How can I say thank You for all You've done for me? How can I say thank You for all You've been for me? 

If there's anything I can do for You, Lord, please make it known to me.

I love You Lord. Thank You for the gift of Your salvation so rich and free.

From My Heart to Yours,
Marcie


Monday, May 15, 2017

I LOVE YOU MORE

by Marcie Bridges
@Marcie_Bridges

In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation* for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.
 1 John 4:9-11

The conversation goes something like this:

“I love you.”
“I love you more.”
“Not possible. I love you more.”
“Nope. I love you mostest.”
“But I gave birth to you. I love you more than anything.”
“You’re my mother. I love you more than the stars in the sky.”
“Not even close. I loved you when you were just a wish in my heart.”

Maybe this is familiar to you in some way? The conversation continues on with each other trying to prove you love the other person more.

But that’s the thing about a mother’s love. It is deeper, wider, higher, longer than any other love on this universe. Some mothers show it more often or better than others, but deep down we love our children more than life itself. It isn’t something we can explain to anyone. It just is.

Sometimes I wonder what it would be like to have such a conversation with Jesus. He would win hands down though you know?

I’ll never be able to cleanse another of their sins. I’ll most likely never [literally] give my life for another human being. I’ll never heal them of disease or shelter them in the midst of their crises.

Only Jesus can love like that. Only Jesus gave His life, was buried, and rose again, so that we might be redeemed in Him.
 
I’ll never love You Lord as much as You love me.
I could tell You that I do from now throughout eternity.
But my words and my actions are never enough
because how do I know what truly is love?
Have I ever laid down my life for You
or formed You in my womb?
No, I’ll never love You Lord as much as You do.
But Lord I love You as much as I can
I live by Your commands
I trust in You, I remain faithfully Yours,
from now as time endures.
I give You my heart and my soul
to You alone I pledge it all - the  whole
Lord, I’ll love You until the day I die
and I thank You dear Lord, for giving me life.
Not just at birth but again from sins death
You’ve been my great hope with each intake of breath
Is there anything more I can do or say
that will prove to You Lord I will love you always?
 

~Marcell Warner Bridges
©14 May 2017
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There is no other love like a mother. But even more so, there is no other love like Jesus’ love for us.
 



From My Heart to Yours,
Marcie 










*atonement or atoning sacrifice






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Monday, May 8, 2017

LET'S JUST PRAISE THE LORD!

by Marcie Bridges
@Marcie_Bridges

Enter into His gates with thanksgiving,
And into His courts with praise.
Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.
Psalm 100:4




Praise the Lord! O my soul!
Your goodness so faithful
Your grace so amazing
Your mercies are new
every single morning.
Your gates are open
for all to enter in
with thanksgiving we
praise You in Your courts
in joyfulness we shout forth
You are God! There is no other!
We are Your sheep,
You our Shepherd
we kneel before You
our King, our Maker.
From everlasting to everlasting
Your truth is our freedom
Your love our comfort
Your name our peace.
We bless You Lord each day
in thanksgiving we sing praise
to Thee—Jesus Christ our King.

~Marcell Warner Bridges
©24 November 2016
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Have a wonderfully blessed praise filled week with the Lord!

From My Heart to Yours,
Marcie 




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Monday, May 1, 2017

COMPLETELY COMMITTED...OR, NOT?

by Marcie Bridges
@Marcie_Bridges 


 Commit your way to the Lord,
Trust also in Him,
And He shall bring it to pass.
Psalm 37:5

I’m curious. Why is commitment so hard? I mean, why is it when we determine within ourselves we are going to be dedicated to something, we give it to God, we start off strong then all of a sudden we give up?

You wanna know what I think? I think we are human. We’re not perfect. Oh, we want to be more than anything.

You know exactly what I’m talking about. I know you do!

Come on, we want perfect bodies that don’t have lumps and bumps. We want the perfect job with the perfect salary. Perfect outfits to match our unblemished reflections. Perfect families with perfect children in a house that is sheer perfection inside and out.

Did I miss anything? I’m sure I could go on but I think you get my point. We strive in life for a perfection we can never achieve because only one person is perfect. The Lord our God.

So in our striving we forget that it takes work to achieve the things we want in life. And in our forgetfulness, we quit because we don’t want to believe that we have failed at something only God can do through us.

You see, just because we give our problems and cares to the Lord or we commit what we are doing to Him, it does not mean we can just expect it to happen. Like one day we place it in His hands and the next day, poof, all of our troubles are gone. 
 

Even in the valley of the shadow of death
there is a peace that brings forth thankfulness
as Your hand guides and holds us firm
You give hope to the weary and forlorn.
For it’s through the highways and bi-ways
we find the strength to face our fears
when we turn our eyes upon Your loving face
and at Your feet we fully cast our cares.

~Marcell Warner Bridges
©17 November 2015
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I really love how Matthew Henry explains this:

“What is the desire of the heart of a good man? It is this, to know, and love, and serve God. Commit thy way unto the Lord; roll thy way upon the Lord, so the margin reads it. Cast thy burden upon the Lord, the burden of thy care. We must roll it off ourselves, not afflict and perplex ourselves with thoughts about future events, but refer them to God. By prayer spread thy case and all thy cares before the Lord, and trust in him. We must do our duty, and then leave the event with God. The promise is very sweet: He shall bring that to pass, whatever it is, which thou has committed to him.” ¹

What have you committed to the Lord and still waiting on Him to fulfill in your life? Perhaps it is time to fully trust in Him with it.

From My Heart to Yours,
Marcie

¹Matthew Henry Commentary, Psalm 37:5, BibleHub.  http://biblehub.com/psalms/37-5.htm




 
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