Monday, July 31, 2017

A FRESH PERSPECTIVE

by Marcie Bridges, @Marcie_Bridges 

But as it is written:

“Eye has not seen, nor ear heard,
Nor have entered into the heart of man
The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.”

But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God.

1 Corinthians 2:9-10


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Just a fresh look
a different perspective
of the words You have given to us.
Lord, open my eyes
in wonder and surprise
at the wisdom You have for my life.
The things I knew as a child
they were just what I needed
but now I’ve grown up and I’m old
Lord, put in my heart
a desire to learn more
deeper than the child I once was.


 

~Marcell Warner Bridges
©30 July 2017
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Adam & Eve. Noah & the flood. Abraham & Isaac. Joseph. Moses. David & Goliath. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego. Daniel & the Lion’s Den. Jonah. Zaccheus. The Good Samaritan. The Crucifixion...

A few years ago I decided to re-read each of the “famous” Bible stories I learned as a child. I wanted to see if I remembered them correctly.

And I was surprised. Not just to find tidbits I’d never known before, but how each one revealed a deeper meaning to me.

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There was a freshness about them. New insights discovered. I believe God gives us an understanding of the Scriptures for where we are in certain periods of our lives. As children, the stories are made fun and engaging. The lessons were easy to understand. But as we get older, God reveals extra insights and wisdom into in the same passages. Now they are no longer just childhood stories, but lessons for our everyday lives we can cling to as adults as well.

When was the last time you read the story of the walls of Jericho falling down just for the fun of it? Or Peter and John helping a man walk again instead of giving him money?

I challenge you to try it. No, wait. I dare you. Open your Bible and re-read these precious stories. See what God shows you this time. (I’ve listed each story mentioned in my post below with their references for easy access).


From My Heart to Yours,
Marcie

Adam & Eve: Genesis 2-3
Noah & the flood: Genesis 5-9
Abraham & Isaac: Genesis 21-22
Joseph: Genesis 37-48
Moses & the Ten Commandments: Exodus 19-20
David & Goliath: 1 Samuel 16-17
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego: Daniel 3
Daniel & the Lion’s Den: Daniel 6
Jonah: Jonah 1-4
Zaccheus: Luke 19:1-10
The Good Samaritan: Luke 10:25-37
The Crucifixion: Matthew 27-28
The Walls of Jericho: Joshua 6
Peter and John: Acts 3:1-10

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Monday, July 24, 2017

FAITH OF A CHILD

by Marcie Bridges, @Marcie_Bridges 

But Jesus called them to Him and said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of God.”  
Luke 18:16


FAITH OF A CHILD
They said she was too small, too young,
To understand the truth of the blood
Too innocent a faith to comprehend grace
Surely there's been a colossal mistake.

But when the invitation was given
Her tiny hand went up to heaven
She got out of her seat and ran
Down the aisle she flew, knew what to do
Exclaiming, "I want to be born again!"

Mr. Bob took her aside, said let's open the Bible
And he showed her what the old rugged cross meant.
How salvation is free, meant for you and for me,
How Jesus died to pay for our sins.
He said, " Jesus will come into your heart
Give you a fresh start, do you want to pray for this gift?"
Nodding her curls, tears on her cheeks, she said,
"Jesus please come in my heart. I know you
Love me and I love you too, oh please,
Make my heart clean and brand new."

That's all it took, just one small act of faith
From her little 5 year old heart.
From that day forward, she's loved her Lord
And they've never ever been apart.

Singing His praises over and over
Each day sweeter than the day before -
It's been 40 years of this love so dear -
With sweet mercies new every morning.

The faith of a child, how deep it can be
Their trust so innocent and true
Don't make the mistake of saying,
"It's too early or late", for God's grace
Reaches hearts of every age and race.
Jesus said, "Don't hinder the children
From coming to Me." He loves them just the same
Maybe more than we think because a
Child's faith is the truest expression of love.


~Marcell Warner Bridges
©23 July 2017
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Sometimes I think I need to go back to that day. Back to the faith of my childhood. Remember the day I realized how much I needed Jesus and how much I needed His gift of grace.

I need to go back, close my eyes and feel that love I felt for Him and the peace I felt in my heart.

I think sometimes I forget what it is like to have the kind of faith that moves mountains. All we need is just a little bit of faith but we make it so complicated as adults. Don’t we?

We decide it can’t be that simple. It can’t just be that I believe He will do what He says He will do. Or maybe we think there just has to be more to it than just asking and believing.

As a child I just trusted. I prayed and believed with all my heart God would give or do whatever I was asking. I read my Bible and believed the words it says. I sang with all my heart. I memorized Scripture verses because I knew they would help me in life.

Why can’t I do that now?

The faith of a child is pure. It’s innocent. It’s sweet. And it’s so, so trusting.

When was the last time you had that kind of faith?



From My Heart to Yours,
Marcie






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Monday, July 17, 2017

CONTENTMENT ROAD

by Marcie Bridges, @Marcie_Bridges 


“Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, 
in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.”  
Philippians 4:11

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 She said, “I’ve never felt at home here.”

And I had to nod with agreement in understanding.

They say, "Home is where the heart is," but when you move so much in life that you can’t call one single place home, it becomes hard to feel at home even when you’ve lived in the same place for more years than you have anywhere else.

Oh how I understand. But I got to thinking about it and something occurred to me:

Paul says that he learned to be content no matter where he was. Do you know where Paul was when he wrote those words? Paul was in jail. How in the world do you find contentment in jail?

Because his contentment was not found in what he wanted or even what he had. Paul’s contentment was found in Jesus Christ. So no matter whether he abounded in things or was in great need,  whether he was free or in jail, whether he was hungry or had plenty, Paul was at peace with his life because he placed his trust in Christ.

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I wonder what it would be like
to live in such happiness and bliss
everything goes as planned
and nothing is ever amiss?

While such dreams can be pleasant
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bringing a smile upon our face
they are just a wistful notion
never to be given a place.

Contentment isn’t found in the wanting
but in our security through Jesus Christ
when we put all of our trust
in His provisions for our life.

When our hearts become discontented
we must let Jesus be our guide
to the peace that passes understanding
only He can provide.
 

~Marcell Warner Bridges
©16 July 2017
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Home is where contentment is.  Home is where we find our identity in Christ. 

I could go back to California but I have to agree with my best friend who said, “I bet if you go back there you wouldn’t feel at home anymore. Too much has changed since then.”  Sounds like great wisdom to me.

I can go to any place on this earth I think might make me happy and contented, but if God is not with me, if I don’t place my trust in Him and let Him provide for me, then I’ll never know contentment in life.

Contentment is not in the wanting. Contentment is not found in dreaming. Contentment is not the greener grass.

Home truly is where the heart is. Because if your treasures are laid up (stored) in heaven, there will your heart be also.**

Contentment is Jesus Christ.


From My Heart to Yours,
Marcie 


**Matthew 6:19-21:  “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal;  but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.  For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. 



Is home REALLY where the heart is? @Marcie_Bridges shares where to find contentment in life


Contentment isn't found in wanting or dreaming-it's found in Jesus Christ


Monday, July 10, 2017

RETURN TO REST

by Marcie Bridges, @Marcie_Bridges 

Return to your rest, my soul,
    for the Lord has been good to you.  
Psalm 116:7


My tire went flat
my finger was smashed
oh what a week it has been!
Too busy to be
the friend that you need
and my head, oh it pounds
like each time my heart beats.
Feeling a little left out
but I’m not gonna pout
it’s kinda my fault anyway
In need of a break
from all of this craze
can anyone help me out?

I read in God’s word
how He cares for the birds
yet He loves me even more than they
He’s calling me to rest
from all of this mess
think I’ll lean my head against His breast.
It’s so quiet here
don’t think I’ll dare
move from this spot for awhile
This comfort I feel
nothing compares in this world
with a sigh I close my eyes and smile.


~Marcell Warner Bridges
©9 July 2017
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It’s summertime, isn’t it?

Well, you wouldn’t know it around here. Both my husband and I have been extremely busy and it doesn’t look to be slowing down anytime soon.

Unfortunately, with all of the busyness has also come hard times with my family. My body just doesn’t know what to do with all of this stress.

If you suffer from Tinnitus, then you know how annoying it can be. Especially if it persists often. I have Tinnitus in my right ear 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. But most the time I don’t really notice it anymore. Tonight, it is louder than usual and isn’t helping my headache at all. Plus, it can cause me to feel sick. Even better, is a new type of Tinnitus I have acquired in my left ear—my good ear. It’s whooshing and it, too, happens mostly when I’m under too much stress or my sinus’s are acting up.

This is how I know it is time to take a break. Time to get quiet and still. Take time to relax and get away from it all.

I don’t think God meant us to be so busy we get consumed by our work and overloaded. I don’t believe God meant for us to make ourselves crazy by always saying yes to everything and not taking time to spend with Him and with our families and friends.

Summertime is usually a time to slow down, go on vacation, and breathe a little easier. So if you don’t see me on social media as much, don’t be alarmed. I’m just resting in Jesus’ arms.

I hope you will too.
From My Heart to Yours,
Marcie



Monday, July 3, 2017

PRAYER OF A BURDENED HEART

by Marcie Bridges, @Marcie_Bridges 


“Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord,
    the people he chose for his inheritance.”  Psalm 33:12



Prayer of a Burdened Heart

My heart is heavy Lord
with burdens too great
struggles too hard
scars buried too deep.

Our nation is sinking
we need Your intervening
please Lord,
come heal our land.

Thank You for our freedoms
Thank You for our blessings
Thank You, Lord,
for keeping us in Your hands.

May we always remember
You are our Creator
You are our Savior
Only You can change hearts.

We seek You on bended knee
we love You Lord
in Jesus’ name we plead
we pray, we ask
Amen, Lord, Amen.

~Marcell Warner Bridges
©7 November 2016
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I’ve always been proud to be an American.

I am one of the most patriotic persons you will ever know. I love my country. I love our freedoms. I love our flag. I love our history.

My ears and my head do not enjoy the sound of fireworks anymore so most years we spend our Fourth of July at home. I always order pizza and we watch the fireworks shows on television.

But just because I’m at home doesn’t mean I don’t stand when the national anthem is played. I sing loudly along with all of the songs and I praise God for my country. 

This morning during church our pastor asked us to pray with him for our nation. We prayed for our president, our congress, our leaders, our military and for ourselves. We prayed that God would send revival once again. We asked for revival to begin with us.

My heart has been burdened for a long time for our nation. I pray revival will begin with me.

Happy 4th of July
From My Heart to Yours,
Marcie