COUNTING THE DAYS

I had planned on doing so many things over my Spring Break from college. A whole week to get caught up on things and to get my car fixed and who knows what else?! Just the thought of some relaxation made me giddy with anticipation.

I cannot tell you what I did Monday through Wednesday. I know I sat at my computer a lot. Perhaps too much? I know I went grocery shopping and I had lunch with my wonderful husband on Wednesday as we usually do. I also spent time reading a fiction novel. But I honestly cannot tell you anything else I did on those three days.

Thursday was a BIG deal though! You see, Friday was my birthday so my friends who live about an hour or so away from me wanted to have lunch together on Thursday to celebrate. Besides, we hadn’t seen each other in at least a month. So I drove up and we spent about 3 hours together and we laughed and laughed and had so much fun.

On Friday my family took me out to a birthday dinner and we did a little shopping afterwards then when we got home watched a movie. The girls made a birthday card for me and they gave me a small gift. It was so much fun and so special.

So now here I am on Sunday evening. Spring Break is over and I wonder how it went by so fast. I didn’t reach too many goals. I didn’t do a stitch of homework I could have done to stay ahead of the mess I’m about to dip into when I get back to school. Trust me on this one thing: I will be one busy lady over the next two months doing research projects up to the ceiling!

I’m guessing by now you are wondering why I’ve taken you down memory lane for this one week in my life. Why I would bother to bore you with such details. Here’s a hint: 
“So teach us to number our days, That we may gain a heart of wisdom.”  PSALM 90:12 (NKJV)

This is one of my favorite verses in the Bible. I often print it inside of birthday cards.  I wonder if we realize that God wants us to live each day to the fullest. He wants us to intentionally learn to count each day as a special day. Here, let Matthew Henry say it better than I can:

“We must live under a constant apprehension of the shortness and uncertainty of life and the near approach of death and eternity. We must so number our days as to compare our work with them, and mind it accordingly with a double diligence, as those that have no time to trifle.”  (http://www.biblestudytools.com/commentaries/matthew-henry-complete/psalms/90.html)

Live our lives each day as if it is our last. Now there’s a sobering thought. So in essence, had I lived each day in the light of it being my last, what would I have done differently? Would I have done things this last week that would have been more eternally significant? Or, would I have still lived it the way I did?

Lord –
may we make each day
a portrait of a life
lived for You.
May we use each color
that You put before us
as a reflection of Your glory.
May we take the canvas
You set before us
capturing each moment
of Your grace and mercy
displaying Your faithfulness
igniting a passion
for Your love
within all those who
come to behold
Your masterpiece.

~Marcell Warner Bridges
©23 March 2014

Have you ever watched someone paint a picture and wondered how they did it? I dare you to watch this video and look away from it…betcha can’t!

©Marcie Bridges, Heart Thoughts, 2014

IF I DIE BEFORE THE RAPTURE

IF I DIE BEFORE THE RAPTURE

If I die before the Rapture
    bury me under a lone oak
    wear your most colorful colors
    join with the angels singing
    Amazing Grace and Holy, Holy, Holy.

If I die before the Rapture
    picture me in Glory
    I’ll be waiting with open, outstretched arms
    for when you come to join me.

If I die before the Rapture
    write on my tombstone
    “Wife, Mother, Sister, Friend
    loved everyone with all she had
    and more
.”

If I die before the Rapture
    sing in one loud voice
    this one song I loved the most
    my life was lived in this
    ‘Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus.

If I die before the Rapture
    remember this one thing
    God is with you all the way
    He loves you more than anything.

~Marcell Warner Bridges
©2 March 2014

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You never know when something someone else is going through will impact your life and what you think about.  As I mentioned in my last post PASSING a dear family of ours have endured the passing of a very special lady in their family and this has had me thinking about the end of my life. About what I would want for my funeral and what I hope I leave as my legacy. May Jesus Christ be evident in our lives and may we leave a legacy that honors and glorifies Him. 

Featuring Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus by Casting Crowns
© Marcie Bridges, Heart Thoughts, 2014
Cemetery Pictures © Karen L Murphy Photography, 2014
Hymn Picture © BridgesCreations, 2014