OCTOBER REFLECTIONS

OCTOBER REFLECTIONS

Emily P. Freeman invites us to explore what we have learned at the end of each month and share it with her readers. It can be funny or serious. I was reading it earlier and thought I’d give it a try. But, before I get to that I want to let you know, I have a blog on blogger.com that I do all of my blog posts on each Monday and since I can’t figure out how to get them all over here too, you can find my main blog site here.

Now, onto what I learned this month.

  1. Children grow way too quickly. My little baby girl turned 16 this month. Earlier this year our other daughter turned 18. Time flies and in that flying we must make the most of every little moment. mygirls

2. No matter how old I get, I will not be a dystopia fan. I really like the Hunger Games. I can get into that. But the rest of these books, especially if they have overtly sexual scenes in them, are not my cup of tea. Being a college student even at the age of 43 means I have to read certain things I’d rather not, but that doesn’t mean I can’t use them in a fire pit to warm up to. Warning, the book Into the Forest by Jean Heglund is not fit for human consumption. In my not so humble opinion.

3. I learned from another professor that I love certain types of Renaissance Literature in poetry. If you’ve never read A Certain Prayer By Lady Jane Grey then go. Now. Do it. (Scroll down the page on the link to see the prayer.) If you are a fan of the Psalms, this will absolutely give you the feels. Lady Jane Grey only lived to her 17th birthday but her love for God was immeasurably beyond her years.

I also love George Herbert’s poetry. He began the idea of shaped poetry and his love for God and ministering to God’s people was very important in his life. Both he and Lady Jane Grey inspire my writings now. My favorite poem by him is called, The Windows.

The Windows

By George Herbert

Lord, how can man preach thy eternal word?
    He is a brittle crazy glass;
Yet in thy temple thou dost him afford
    This glorious and transcendent place,
    To be a window, through thy grace.
But when thou dost anneal in glass thy story,
    Making thy life to shine within
The holy preachers, then the light and glory
    More reverend grows, and more doth win;
    Which else shows waterish, bleak, and thin.
Doctrine and life, colors and light, in one
    When they combine and mingle, bring
A strong regard and awe; but speech alone
    Doth vanish like a flaring thing,
    And in the ear, not conscience, ring.
Kudos to this professor! 🙂
4. I can listen to the same 4 songs over and over again and never get tired of them because I so need them in my life right now. I hope they minister to your heart too. Here’s the first 3:
5. There’s just that one song that if you didn’t listen to any others this is the one you want in your head forever and ever. I cannot explain or describe why I love this song. It just touches my soul so deeply I think I drown in it. Before you listen to it, watch Kristene tell her story about writing this song, then listen to the song with your eyes closed.
Rest in God,
Marcie
Psalm 32:7
P.S. I haven’t used WordPress in a very long time so sorry about the formatting errors. Learning in progress 😉

BY FAITH

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, 
for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go
Joshua 1:9
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                                BY FAITH

Ghostly apparitions hover over burnt orange grasses
Gray skies accentuated with billowed clouds
Gone is a sun playing more hide than seek
Trenches of tears streak down a windshield
Blurring the lines of reality and make-believe
Still a glimmer of hope where faith only sees.
Darkness invades where light should be
Haunting a soul filled of sorrow and grief
Road curves and twists through the screams.
So many see only what they want to
Asking, “Where is God?” around them
Can’t, or, won’t see the forest for the trees
Becomes the loneliest place to be
Like a poet in the midst of a dream
Looking for the song in the melody.
The Son never ever disappeared
Trust that He really, truly is there
Even when the foggiest of nights appear
Dreariest of days fill the pillow with tears.
One day the mask will be removed
Clear skies will once more bloom
And the haze that shadowed the land
Will transform in a most vibrant hue.

~Marcell Warner Bridges
©12 October 2014

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 Your word is a lamp to my feet
And a light to my path.  Psalm 119:105

 “Why can’t I see God?”

“Why can’t I feel God?”

“How do I even know He is really there? I can’t see Him.”

When the sun hides behind the clouds, it is still there.  The clouds may be hiding it, but we know and trust that the sun is still there…by faith.

Just like the sun that is blocked by the clouds, by faith, we know in our hearts that God is there. We can sense Him in the weather, we can see Him in others, we can find Him in nature.

Where is God?  

For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.



He is the lamp for your feet, the light for your darkness, the shepherd to lead you, the hand to guide you.

Do not be afraid. Do not worry. Do not be dismayed.  

For the Lord your God is with you everywhere you go.
For You are my lamp, O Lord;
The Lord shall enlighten my darkness.  2 Samuel 22:29
© Heart Thoughts, Marcie Bridges, 2014

FEARFULLY, WONDERFULLY MADE

“So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. . .
Then God saw everything that He had made,
and indeed it was very good.” Genesis 1:27, 31a

 
© Bridgescreations, 2014
TO MY DAUGHTER
ON YOUR BIRTHDAY
Sunny and bright
not a cloud in the sky
you emerged
from your dark cocoon
beautiful in pink
you are so lovely to me
and now
you are already fifteen.

Love,
Mommy

~Marcell Warner Bridges
® ©4 October 2014

 
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When did you grow up on me? It was just yesterday you were born…right?! You were so little, so fragile, so wonderfully, perfectly made.

And now, here we are, fifteen years later. No. It can’t be.

Your older sister is just months away from breaking her momma’s heart. She doesn’t understand yet. Those college catalogs flying in faster than my brain can process it. She too, came into this world pretty in pink, wonderfully, fearfully, perfectly made.

And that’s what I want you to know. Not just you, my sweet daughters, but everyone. Yes, YOU were fearfully, wonderfully made. And the God of this vast, expanding, dynamic, all encompassing universe made you unique. There is no one like you. Nope. Not one.

Each star in the sky cannot compare to what God created when He created you. *You are worth more than the birds of the air and beast in the field. You are HIS creation made in the image of HIM!

So dear soul. Why are you putting yourself down? Why are saying things inwardly and outwardly about yourself that are lies? My husband has a thing he says to us three girls when we put ourselves down. “Why are you putting someone I love very much down?”

I would submit: Why are you putting someone God loves very much down?

He loves you simply because He created you. He loves me simply because He created me.

So here we are. Fifteen years later and that beauty you were born with, it shines so bright. And when God created you in my womb, He knew exactly what He was doing.

Dearest Daughters,

Remember the Psalmist’s words:

“For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works,
And that my soul knows very well. My frame was not hidden from You, When I was made in secret, And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, The days fashioned for me, When as yet there were none of them.”  

Psalm 139:13-16
This first video amazes me and brings me to tears. Very worth a watch, or two, or ten...
 
*Matthew 6:25-27
© Heart Thoughts, Marcie Bridges, 2014

BREAKING DOWN THE WALL

“Then the veil of the temple was torn in two
 from top to bottom” Mark 15:38
© Karen Murphy Photography, 2014
FIVE FEET TALL

It was five feet tall
and totally square
but in the center
it was not bare.
Massively strong
and yet, so weak
it held up tightly
then crumbled away.
No one saw through it
all, except one,
the one that was inside it
she was the only one.
Who knew all about this
‘cause she built the square
all around her soul.
A wall to protect her
from stones thrown
a way to feel secure
to be someone complete
to find hold of relief.
So she made it
five feet tall
and totally square
so that her whole being
could fit in there.

~Marcell Warner Bridges
(Originally penned under Marcie Warner)
©5, August 1991

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Walls are made for keeping things in and keeping them out. Some are made of stone, some of brick, and some of wood. Most of the time these walls are made to protect and to keep us safe.

There are also walls that should be torn down. Walls that keep us from opening up to others like in the poem above.

I was 19 years young. I was hurting and sad and mad. But I didn’t want to tell anyone. I just wanted to sit in my room, be by myself and keep the world out. Surely this would make me feel better. Surely this would keep me from being hurt anymore than I already was. But it also kept me from giving or receiving love.


We tape up a box around our hearts. We strive to keep everyone from knowing who we are. Don’t let anyone get close.

Including God.

God – The One Who created us. The One Who breathes life into us. The One Who gave His One and Only Son to be our sacrifice.

And He beckons us:


“COME TO ME AND LISTEN! Attune yourself to My voice, and receive My richest blessings.” – Jesus Calling, p. 281


Come and listen. How do we listen when we’ve built a wall between ourselves and God? How do we listen to obey His voice when we’ve hardened our hearts? We don’t. We can’t.

It’s time to tear down the walls. Open our hearts, our minds, our eyes and lives to The One who has saved us and The One who wants to commune with us because He loves us. The One who ripped the veil of the temple in two so we could come boldly to Him. With anything. Everything. Our WHOLE lives.

It’s time to quit shutting Him out and starting living a life worthy of our Christian walk.

It’s time to stomp the box to pieces. Crush it under our feet and let God in. Stop running from God. Stop running in fear.

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Incline your ear, and come to Me.
Hear, and your soul shall live;
And I will make an everlasting covenant with you
Isaiah 55:3
 
 
 
© Heart Thoughts, Marcie Bridges, 2014

FOR THE WEAK, WEARY, SOUL

“…Weeping may endure for a night, But joy comes in the morning…You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; You have put off my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness, To the end that my glory may sing praise to You and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give thanks to You forever.”  Psalm 30:5b, 11-12
 
  © Karen Murphy Photography, 2014

 HEALING

Weak and weary,
worn and torn
tired, heavy soul
cast aside black garments
the time for mourning gone.
Stand in strength
for the Prince of Peace
has made His presence known.
Grace and mercy comes
riding on Spirit wings
be still and listen closely
His voice whispers on the breeze.
Hungry, thirsty soul
see plenty of water in His well
come, drink of life everlasting
O desperate soul, be filled.
Rise, put on the colored robe
dance in praise before the LORD
O happy, joyful soul
the sun has come out once more
with blessings forevermore.

~Marcell Warner Bridges
©9 September 2014 
 

  
© Karen Murphy Photography, 2014

My spirit waged war within me. Every thought was nothing short of evil.

Evil? Me? Yes. The evil that is made up of words of wrath. Not horror, not Gothic, but words so un-Christian my brain needed washing out with bleach. Yeah. Those words. Those thoughts.

And what goes into the mind comes out in actions. The irritability, anger, frustration. Raw emotion that has pent up and now spews forth like vomiting everything eaten for at least a month.

Spent, tired, worn, broken, heavy soul. What good can come from such evil within me?

                                     COME AND SEE:
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Jesus asks us to spend time with Him. “When You said, “Seek my face,” my heart said to you, “Your face, LORD, I will seek.” Psalm 27:8

The other day I studied from **three different devotionals and all three for that date bid me come to Jesus and spend time with Him. By the time I had finished my spirit indeed was growing stronger, sweeter and more peaceful than it had in days.

Blood shot eyes fell upon the next page of my Bible drawing my heart like an avalanche to Psalm 30.  There my heart rejoiced and my mind completely cleared from the fog it had been trapped in as I read these words (read them again with me?):

“…Weeping may endure for a night, But joy comes in the morning…You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; You have put off my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness, To the end that my glory may sing praise to You and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give thanks to You forever.”  Psalm 30:5b, 11-12

Is your soul tired, worn, weary, even broken? Take it to the LORD! He will turn your sorrow into dancing. 
**If you would like to read the devotionals I alluded to:


JESUS CALLING BY SARAH YOUNG

 
Each devotional has some thoughts God shared with Sarah and verses at the end that go with it. 
REVEALING JESUS: A 365 – DAY DEVOTIONAL BY DARLENE ZSCHECH
Taken from life lessons she’s learned as a worship leader Darlene leads us into worship with the Savior.
GOD, ME, and SWEET ICED TEA: EXPLORING GOD IN THE MIDST OF EVERYDAY MOMENTS BY ROSE CHANDLER JOHNSON. 
A wonderful book of thoughtful reflections of God’s grace in everyday moments.
© Heart Thoughts, Marcie Bridges, 2014

PRECIOUS IS HE

“Oh come, let us sing to the Lord! Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation. 2 Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving; Let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms. 3 For the Lord is the great God, And the great King above all gods. 4 In His hand are the deep places of the earth; The heights of the hills are His also. 5 The sea is His, for He made it; And His hands formed the dry land. 6 Oh come, let us worship and bow down; Let us kneel before the Lord our Maker. 7 For He is our God, And we are the people of His pasture, And the sheep of His hand.”  Psalm 95:1-7a
  © Tee-Tee Barnes Photography, 2014

Precious is He who has set us free
Wonderful Lord, God Almighty
Whom created the earth, sky and sea,
Precious is He who gave life to me.

Faithful is He who laid down His life
Jesus our Saviour willing to die
Upon a cruel cross He paid the price
Faithful is He our Sacrifice.

Patient is He who forgives of our sin
Holy Spirit living within
Convicting our hardened hearts of it
Patient is He with those who are His.

Righteous and Holy is He on the throne
Eternal Father, everlasting Lord
Ready to make His entrance bold
Righteous and Holy is He, O my soul!

Glory to Thee forever, amen.
Alpha, Omega, Beginning and End
True and Faithful, glorious Friend
Glory to Thee, our praise we give!

~Marcell Warner Bridges
4, March 1996

© Tee-Tee Barnes Photography, 2014
 
“I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End,” says the Lord, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.”  Revelation 1:8 

© Tee-Tee Barnes Photography, 2014
 
LET’S GIVE GOD PRAISE!!! GREAT IS THE LORD AND GREATLY TO BE PRAISED!!! 



© Heart Thougts, Marcie Bridges, 2014

WAITING FOR YOU

Therefore the Lord waits to be gracious to you, and therefore he exalts himself to show mercy to you. For the Lord is a God of justice; blessed are all those who wait for him.  Isaiah 30:18 (ESV)
© Karen Murphy Photography, 2014

LADY IN WAITING
I waited
I called you and we talked
I waited
I texted you and you texted back
I waited
I asked you how you are doing
I waited
and waited
and waited…

My phone is silent
My messages blank
My email empty
Day
after day
after day…

And I can’t
I can’t keep on like this
I can’t
Keep hearing you tell me I’m your friend
I can’t
Keep playing your words in my head
I can’t
Be in this one sided friendship
I can’t….

I waited
For you to be MY friend
I’m still waiting
To hear from you
Because being the one to always
pick up the phone, start the conversation
has gotten
old.

~Marcell Warner Bridges
©11 January 2014

© Karen Murphy Photography, 2014
Have you ever felt this way? Doesn’t feel very nice does it? Let’s turn this upside down.

How do you think GOD feels when WE treat HIM this way? Is your relationship with Him one-sided? Day after day after day He is waiting…

He waits and waits for us to come to Him.  He is so patient. So loving. He delights in our time with Him.

An Excerpt from Sarah Young, Jesus Lives:

          “…  Although many of your prayers remain unanswered, you can trust in My great faithfulness: I keep all My promises in My perfect way and timing. Among other things, I have promised to give you Peace that displaces the trouble and fear in your heart.

            If you become weary of waiting for answers to your prayers, remember that I also wait: so that I may be gracious to you and have mercy on you. I wait till you are ready to receive the things I have lovingly prepared for you. Blessed are all those who wait for Me—expectantly, longingly, trustingly.

Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.”

—Lamentations 3:22–24″

(Jesus Lives, Sarah Young)

It is just as much a blessing and glory to God to wait for us to come to Him as it is for us when we DO go to Him. He’s waiting for your friendship. He’s waiting for you to come, just as you are, to receive His blessings. Softly and tenderly Jesus is calling you. Can you hear Him? Will you go to Him today? He’s waiting for you with open arms. COME.

© Heart Thoughts, Marcie Bridges, 2014