Monday, August 14, 2017

THINK ON THESE THINGS

by Marcie Bridges, @Marcie_Bridges 


I would have lost heart, unless I had believed
That I would see the goodness of the Lord
In the land of the living.
Wait on the Lord;
Be of good courage,
And He shall strengthen your heart;
Wait, I say, on the Lord!
Psalm 27:13,14


I lay in my bed with tears upon my face. Thoughts of hatred on my lips as my thoughts sank deeper and deeper into a pit of sorrow.

Words of hatred at myself—condemning me for all the things I had done to deserve this new diagnosis. Once again, I cried out to God, “I don’t want to be a member of this club!”

It’s been almost a year since I found out I had had a stroke. Deep inside my brain, it is small, not leaving any affects upon my life. In fact, had I not gone to have a CT Scan done for a different problem, they would not have found this for awhile. It’s been quite a shock to me—to my system. Yet, even in its smallness, it is so large in my mind I cannot seem to fathom this diagnosis.

I have asked all of the usual questions: what, where, how, why, and when. But on this particular day for some reason the words of my neurologist from that morning exploded into a new depth—a new dimension—of unrest within me. “Though we found it incidentally, a stroke is a stroke, and we must do everything we can to prevent another one. Because who knows if the next one might be larger and do damage.” Thus began my loathing and “cursing” at myself.

Oh faithless child
where is your trust in God?
You whine and cry
when will you seek His love?
Burdens will come
some greater than you can endure
temptations will knock
there’s always escape through an open door.
Life may not be
all that you hoped and dreamed
but there is an answer
to even the most troubling of things.

Oh faithless child
quit your doubting today
turn your eyes upon Jesus
remember His goodness and grace.
Sorrow comes for a night
but there’ll be dancing in the morning
when you praise God
with thankful remembrance of His glory.

Oh child of faith, take heart!
Remember this most special part
God has never abandoned you
He’s always been faithful through and through.
There is nothing so big or so small
take it to the Lord, give it all,
trust in His mighty hand
He loves you more
than you’ll ever be able to comprehend.


~Marcell Warner Bridges
©13 August 2017
All Rights Reserved.

As I lay there settling down from my tirade I picked up my iPad to do my devotions for the day. But even before I opened my First5 app my heart suddenly said, “Think on the things you know to be true. Remember who God is.” 

My heart began to release as my mind remembered the goodness of God. His faithfulness. His sovereignty. His love for me.

Then I opened my devotion. We are studying the book of Job and that day we were on chapter 10. Job was no stranger to suffering. And if anyone had reason to complain it would be him. In fact he says, “I will give free course to my complaint.” And boy did he! Yet, within his complaining and loathing he acknowledged who God is and His sovereignty.

And as my heart gave thanks to God for who He is, it also gave thanks to God for never forsaking me and being faithful to me know matter what I may be going through.

From My Heart to Yours,
Marcie 

Monday, August 7, 2017

DO YOU SEE ME?

by Marcie Bridges, @Marcie_Bridges 


He tried to see who Jesus was. But Zacchaeus was a small man, and he couldn’t see Jesus because of the crowd. So Zacchaeus ran ahead and climbed a fig tree to see Jesus, who was coming that way.  
Luke 19:3-4


I’m just a little nothin’
a speck upon the earth
invisible and slighted
not really much of worth.
So why would God care
about someone as little as me
when there’s so many people
who are more important to see?
Yet, He cares about the sparrow
and He cares about the ant
but He cares much more for hearts
that He created by His hands.
Just because I’m little
doesn’t make me insignificant
He wants to be with me
more than any teeny tiny ant.


~Marcell Warner Bridges
©6 August 2017
All Rights Reserved.

He was so excited. Jesus was coming to his town. And he desperately wanted to see Jesus.

There was just this one little problem. He was too short.

As the crowds pressed in around Jesus, Zacchaeus tried his hardest to see. He jumped up and down. He tried to push through. He tried peeking around people. But to no avail. He was just too short.

Then he had an idea! Zacchaeus saw a Sycamore tree up ahead. So he climbed up the tree, found a good sturdy branch, and watched as Jesus came closer and closer.


I think Zacchaeus might have been happy just to watch Jesus as He walked by the tree. But wait! What’s happening?


When Jesus came to the tree, he looked up and said, 
“Zacchaeus, come down! I must stay at your house today.” 
Luke 19:5

Can you imagine how fast Zacchaeus came down from that tree?

We all know this story about how Zacchaeus was not liked because he was a tax collector and then how he came to salvation. But I want to focus on this: Jesus didn’t care that Zacchaeus was short.  Jesus wanted Zacchaeus to know He cares about him. He sees him. He hears him. He is not invisible to Him.

Are you feeling a bit lonely today? Are you feeling a bit left out? Do you feel as if nobody sees you or hears you?

Take heart dear friend. God sees you. He knows you. You are not invisible to Him.

No matter if you are short or tall Jesus loves you and He wants to come to your home today too.

And if you need to, get up high in a Sycamore tree and see if you can find a better view of where you’re at and where you need to go.

From My Heart to Yours,

Marcie Bridges


*Some content excerpted from my blog post over at Moments with Marcie
**Scriptures taken from ©God’s Word Translation (GW) at BibleGateway.com





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