THE VERY FIRST POEM

Hi Everyone! I thought for Fun Friday Poetry it would be fun to show you where poetry all began for me. In 1984 I was 12 years old in a Christian school in Northern California. Our teacher gave us the assignment to write something that started with “I like days…”.  And my very first poem was born. I hope you enjoy this blast from my past. ~Marcie

DECEMBER

I like days when it’s cold and dreary,
When frost bites your nose 
and everyone’s in a hurry,
And when shopping carts are full of bags and gifts.
I like days when the wind is blowing,
And lights at night are brightly glowing,
Leaves that flutter to the ground,
Red, yellow, green and brown. 
~Marcell Warner (Bridges)
December 13, 1984

© Marcie Bridges, Heart Thoughts 2013
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THERE’S JUST SOMETHING ABOUT THAT NAME

I think the meanings of names are really interesting.  We gave our oldest daughter her name because it was unique. Different. We didn’t know any Kaitlyn’s at the time. And our younger daughter we named after one of my best friends, Alyssa.  I think they are wonderful names.

Have you ever looked up the meaning of your name?  When Kaitlyn was dedicated in church the pastor asked me to find out what her first and middle names mean. It turns out she is “Pure Friend”. And Alyssa is “Floral Beauty”.  Isn’t that cool?  We put two names together and they go together so well!  (And just for giggles…I’m a “Beautiful Brave Bridge” ).

When I was pregnant with each of the girls we of course came up with a boys name before finding out for sure we would be giving birth to girls. We had chosen Zachariah as his name. And even though we didn’t have a boy, the meaning of his name has always warmed my heart. “Jehovah has remembered”.

God has many, many names. And each name in the Bible has a unique meaning.

JEHOVAH:   Lord
JEHOVAH – ADON(AI) : Lord of lords
JEHOVAH – JIRAH:  Lord our Provider
EL – ELYON:  Most high God
EL – SHADDAI:  God Almighty

The list goes on… God, Father, Emmanuel, Savior, Redeemer, Shepherd, Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace, etc…

But the one we know the most, the one name that captures us more than any is:

JESUS

THE name above all names, beautiful Savior, glorious Lord. JESUS. THE ONE who bore our sorrows, suffered our pain, took on our sins and died and was buried in a tomb. JESUS. THE ONE who rose from the dead and now sits at the right hand of His Father in Heaven. JESUS. THE ONE whose name whispers…peace!

Oftentimes it feels like He has gone to Heaven and forgotten us. We feel so alone and abandoned. But we’re not. Because JESUS IS EMMANUEL: GOD WITH US.

Sometimes when I’m feeling really down and I don’t know where to read in my Bible, I begin to think of His names. I saw this video at a Beth Moore conference a few years ago. It is a 5 minute countdown of the names of God and they played it right before we would start a session. It gave me goosebumbs as I watched each name come onto the screen and it still does every time I watch it. How big is our God? Here’s a glimpse….

For unto us a Child is born,
Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Isaiah 9:6
Isn’t it time you let the King of kings, the Lord of lords, Jesus, the Messiah, the Prince of Peace invade your life?
 (And if that video doesn’t give you enough chills)

© Marcie Bridges, Heart Thoughts, 2013

SEARCHING

LOOKING FOR GOD

I want to climb a mountain
    perhaps the higher I am
    the closer I can get to God.
So I climbed the mountain
    reached the top
    took in the view
    felt on top of the world
But
    He was not there.

Sitting on the shore
    watching the tides come in, go out
    I thought I’d find Him here.
Breathing in the salt air
    I felt so small compared
    to the vastness of the ocean
Where does the sky and sea meet?
    The distance felt too great.

The meadow so peaceful and quiet
    green grasses swaying in the breezes
    I lay down upon its blanket
    watching the clouds pass through the blue.
Surely He is here
    among the flowers, vibrant and fair
    the birds chirping, bees buzzing
The quiet is too quiet
    it is lonely here.

Sitting on the brown colored carpet
    the walls come caving in
    I’ve searched the world to find Him
    He’s not in any of it.
My head bows low, tears begin
    I speak His name, softly, then again
    somewhere in those moments
    a stirring awakens within
My heart fills with emotion
    as I hear Him
        speak my name.

~Marcell Warner Bridges
©7, May 2013

Dear Friend
are you in the midst of searching and looking for God? Have you searched the whole world and you still don’t seem to know where He might be or where He is? Maybe it is time to just quietly and ask Him to show you He is here. He will be found if you continue to seek Him with your whole heart. My prayer for you today is that you will find God and in finding Him you will also find the peace that passes all understanding.

Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you.  And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart I will be found by you, says the Lord, and I will bring you back from your captivity
Jeremiah 29:12-14a

FUN FRIDAY POETRY… I KNOW MY A,B,C’S

DOODLES

Alphabet letters written in block
up and down no style at all

Alphabet letters written in cursive
stylish, squiggly, over and under

ALPHABET LETTERS IN CAPITAL LARGE
CAN’T FIT THEM ALL ON THE SAME LINE

alphabet letters in lowercase form
small and inconsequential

Alphabet letters doodled all over
block, cursive, large, small
my mind has wandered yet again
soup has been drawn on my list
at home I sit
making words
with soggy alphabet letters.

~Marcell Warner Bridges
©12, April 2011

©Marcie Bridges, Heart Thoughts, 2013

IN REMEMBERANCE

We remember. We remember the horror. The nightmare of the attacks and every detail of that day. Those of us who experienced it even from afar felt the toll of the many lives lost and the many families who will never have the enjoyment of being around that husband, wife, father, mother, son, daughter, brother, sister….  Not all of us lost a loved one that day, but we did lose something. We lost our sense of freedom. We lost our sense of liberty. We lost our sense of self.

But…

But we haven’t truly lost our way have we?

We came together as a nation and we prayed.

We prayed for those who fought to save lives. We prayed for those who lost loved ones. We prayed and we prayed for God to show our nation how to heal.

And He did.

He brought us through a tragedy that at that moment we thought we’d never get through as a nation. Individually, He gave us each hope for a future.  As we watched people come together to help each other, we found our faith in God increase.

Twelve years later…

Memories have faded a little. Even with each name read on this day, it isn’t quite as breath-taking as it was that next year as we held the moments of silence. And we don’t care as much as we did then.

The question is…have we done this with God?

“FOR GOD SO LOVED THE WORLD THAT HE SENT HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON THAT WHOSOEVER BELIEVETH IN HIM SHALL NOT PERISH BUT HAVE EVERLASTING LIFE” JOHN 3:16

Do you still remember God? Do you still remember what Christ did for you? Did you receive Christ as your Savior early in life and now He is a faded memory?

God has not forgotten you. God has not left you. God still loves you.

How will you keep the flame of Christ alive in your life?

© Marcie Bridges, Heart Thoughts, 2013

FFF #2! THE ORCHID AND THE SPIDER

THE ORCHID AND THE SPIDER
There once was an orchid quite pretty
As lovely as lovely as can be
She sat by the window
With a book and a pillow
So happy and content was she.
One day came a spider
He sat down beside her
And he asked her,
“How about some tea?”
She replied with a shake,
“I don’t think I can take
Anything of the sort for me.”
He said she was ridiculous
The tea  has been steeped
To a fresh dark brown and so fine
She told him once more
She could stand no more
And to be gone forever and a time.

But the spider persisted in coming around
And every time invited her to sit down
To a nice cup of tea – just one drink –
She refused even a sip
Said not even a drip would be kind.
Until one day she’d had it
She decided to try just one small
little
tiny
itsy
bitty…


Then she saw the spider’s face
How it filled with such glee
And she picked up the cup
Tossed it all on his web
Turned her face to the window
Then she said,
“I’ll have none of your ilk
Don’t want any of your silk
Nor your fancy roasted tea;
Be gone now you spider
Before I conspire
To have you put away from me!”

So the spider he left
Took his silk and his thread
And went looking for another flower so fine
But there was none other
No others were lovelier
Than that Orchid so clever
And shy.


~Marcell Warner Bridges
©2013
All pictures by Karen L. Murphy 
These are orchids she has in her own home 
She loves her orchids and her pictures inspired this fun poem 
The spider picture she took just this week while visiting an apple orchard. 
©Marcie Bridges, Heart Thoughts, 2013

CHOICES

A CHANCE NOT WORTH TAKING

The choices you make
and the chances you take
the days that you wait
to decide on your fate
is up to you.

You know of His love
you know of His grace
you know it’s only by faith
that you are saved.

Why do you wait
to decide on your fate
don’t wait one more day
it’s too risky to take
any more chances.

You know you will die
it might be tonight
but why
are you waiting to make up your mind
when it is so simple, so easy…
Heaven or Hell, that is the question
when, my friend, will you make the decision
or
will God make it for you?

~Marcell Warner Bridges
©June, 1996

 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 

John 3:16 

© Marcie Bridges, Heart Thoughts, 2013