IT IS WELL

A PARAPHRASE OF THE CLASSIC HYMN: IT IS WELL WITH MY SOUL
By Marcie Bridges

© Tee-Tee Barnes Photography, 2014
And he said:“Naked I came from my mother’s womb, And naked shall I return there.

The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; Blessed be the name of the Lord.” Job 1:21 (NKJV)

**When peace, like a river, attendeth my way – – When everything is going well and right

When sorrows like sea billows roll; – – When life has taken its heaviest toll

Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say – –
                   No matter what is going on in my life You have taught me this one thing

It is well, it is well, with my soul! – – All is alright, With You by my side, 
                                                                                                    My soul is at peace.

©Tee-Tee Barnes Photography, 2014

It is well – – Thank You Lord!
With my soul – – With my whole being
It is well, It is well – – I rest in You, I trust in You,
With my soul! – – With my whole heart, soul and mind
                             With all I am, all I have
                              My inmost being.

© Karen Murphy Photography, 2014  

Thank You LORD that no matter what has come into our lives, whether because of something we have done, or someone else has thrown us into a pit, we can rest in You and we can find peace in our inmost being. I praise You LORD that one day the clouds will part, and You will call us home and we will have no more sorrow, no more pain, no more sin. Until then LORD, may we find within us the words to say, BLESSED BE YOUR NAME IT – IS WELL WITH MY SOUL.  
The Gaither’s Sing It is Well With My Soul with David Phelps soloing:
** Lyrics “It is Well With My Soul” by Horatio G. Spafford, Circa 1873, Public Domain

© Heart Thoughts, Marcie Bridges, 2014
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WHOM OR WHAT SHALL I FEAR?

 What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee.   
Psalm 56:3(KJV)
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FEAR

Sudden and without provocation
grips you with its talons deep and strong.
There doesn’t even have to be a reason.
It’s just there.
Lurking.
Waiting.
The moment will come and when it does
it will make you stop dead in your tracks.
No going back.
Whispering into your ear.
Heart beats in an unnatural rhythm
and hands begin to shake.
And then,
it snatches you up.
Eats into your mind.
Claws into your gut.
The world spins out of control
a merry-go-round
going faster and faster
stomach gets queasy
head begins to pound.
And just when you think
you can’t take it anymore
it stops.
You get off. Stagger a bit.
Confused for a moment.
Then walk away.
Everything is normal.
Or,
is it?

©Marcell Warner Bridges
29, March 2010

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Ever gone through an experience that was so horrible it almost paralyzed you? This last week I went through an ordeal that even now has me feeling kind of squeamish. It was one of those episodes in life you are sure you’ll never ever forget and you wonder if you’ll ever be able to do things the same ever again.

And I’m NOT going to tell you about it!  (I’ve told enough people and I don’t care to relive the memories right before bed time.)

But sometimes life can get pretty scary. Sometimes it scares us so much we can’t put one foot in front of the other. Or maybe we can’t even get out of bed. But I’ve learned something really important this week.

So when we feel like we can’t handle it, this is the time to give it to God and when we trust Him with it, we are strengthened and we are able to move forward. We are able to calm down and to rest in Him.

This last week was hard when it came to sleeping. I feared closing my eyes so I wouldn’t encounter the memories that come with nothing else to think about.  But last week my friend **Nan just happened to do a blog post entitled Be Still and with it she posted a video of Alan Jackson singing the old hymn, “In the Garden”. Every time I tried to close my eyes to sleep I found myself singing that hymn and many others. I found singing hymns specifically with the name of Jesus so soothing that I eventually drifted off to sleep and each morning waking up thanking Jesus that I did not have any nightmares.

LIVING IN FEAR IS NOT LIVING AT ALL. Give your fears to Jesus and see what He will rescue you from.

I made this video for some friends about a year ago, some of my favorite hymns. 

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**Nan Jones is an author/speaker who uses the words of her heart to assist fellow Christians in discovering the Presence of God in their darkest hour. Her devotional blog, Morning Glory, has become a place of community for Christians to find encouragement in God’s Word and comfort in His Presence. You may visit Nan at her website: www.NanJones.com or her blog, Morning Glory: http://morningglorylights.blogspot.com/. For personal communication you may email Nan at nan@jubilantlight.com.

 

  © Heart Thoughts, Marcie Bridges, 2014

 

 

 



COMING UP FOR AIR

“The Spirit of God has made me, And the breath of the Almighty gives me life.”  Job 33:4 (NKJV)
Tuesday morning 10:00 couldn’t come soon enough. The end of another chapter in a long book that I’m not sure how it will end…or when.  The endless hours of studying, reading, writing, and typing all coming to an end giving me a breather for a few short months until it will begin all over again. I wasn’t sure I was going to make it to the end of the semester this time.

If you’ve read my blog for very long, you know that I am in college studying for a Bachelor’s of English Degree with the goal of going into the editing/publishing field.  This has been my Junior year. A year in a new university, new professors, new concepts I am still not quite sure I understand all of but, with God’s wisdom, I will eventually have that “lightbulb” moment once again that I’ve had so many other times in life.

I have felt very absent in life lately though. As you can see, this is my first blog post in what? At least a month? I found myself drowning in homework. In the last 4 weeks of this semester I was challenged with 8 term papers. Two of them were redo’s. As deadlines loomed and I felt myself wondering once again what in the world I am doing in college. I often think this during the hardest times; the most stressful times each semester. Then finals came and I genuinely thought I was going to “lose it” for sure. My sense of humor was fading fast.

BUT…I persevered.  So HELLO AGAIN WORLD! I’m coming up for air and I sure do like what I’m breathing now. Looking forward to a summer filled with adventures with my family and friends (and being as creative as possible!)  Thank you all for your prayers and support through this difficult time for me. Thank you for reading my blog postings even while I’ve been away. You all are the bestest!

 
If this sounds like previous posts, I do apologize for that. I just wanted to let you know that I am still here. It is summer break and I am sooooo ready to get back into creative writing and sharing more poetry with you! I tried to take notes along the way during my captivity to remember ideas and thoughts I want to share with you. Creativity has seemed quite elusive lately but here’s a short Facebook status I meant to share with my friends while putting boundaries around myself during these last few weeks in order to get my work done on time. I forgot to share it then but, maybe it will make you smile.

I might have worn this shirt yesterday
and maybe even these jeans.
I think I’m standing up straight
but, I might be on my head.
Can’t really tell you if I’m alive or dead
one thing I know for sure:
I turned my homework in on time.
I think?

No matter how suffocated you feel right now. No matter how much you have to do and just looking at the mess takes your breath away, come up for air with me for just a minute. **Breathe in Jesus. And remember that He is using every thing we go through to bless us and to help us bless others. Cause just as Francesca Battistelli sings: “In the middle of my little mess I forget how big I’m blessed… Might not be what I would choose, But this the stuff You use”. Hope you enjoy her song!