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

 
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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

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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:
  © Karen Murphy Photography, 2014
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

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

PRAISE THE LORD!!!!

PRAISE THE LORD!

Praise the Lord for blessings dear
From those we have so close and near
For the things from our Lord we hear
At just the right time.
Praise Him for His Word of Life
For His salvation to grasp tight
And tender mercies we can share
For love from Him who really cares.
Praise God from whom all blessings flow
Thank Him for His grace bestowed
Of which is given in abundant love
To those of us in Him we trust.
Praise Him! Praise Him! Lift your voice!
Sing His praises, shout for joy
Clap your hands with thanksgiving
Give the Lord the praise that is due Him!
Praise and worship to Him give
Praise Him for our Redeemer Lives!
Be ye joyful forevermore
Praise Him! Praise Him! O my soul!

~Marcell Warner Bridges
©19, July 1995, All rights reserved

Psalm 148 (NKJV)
Praise to the Lord from Creation

148 Praise the Lord!

Praise the Lord from the heavens;
Praise Him in the heights!
2 Praise Him, all His angels;
Praise Him, all His hosts!
3 Praise Him, sun and moon;
Praise Him, all you stars of light!
4 Praise Him, you heavens of heavens,
And you waters above the heavens!

5 Let them praise the name of the Lord,
For He commanded and they were created.
6 He also established them forever and ever;
He made a decree which shall not pass away.

7 Praise the Lord from the earth,
You great sea creatures and all the depths;
8 Fire and hail, snow and clouds;
Stormy wind, fulfilling His word;
9 Mountains and all hills;
Fruitful trees and all cedars;
10 Beasts and all cattle;
Creeping things and flying fowl;
11 Kings of the earth and all peoples;
Princes and all judges of the earth;
12 Both young men and maidens;
Old men and children.

13 Let them praise the name of the Lord,
For His name alone is exalted;
His glory is above the earth and heaven.
14 And He has exalted the horn of His people,
The praise of all His saints—
Of the children of Israel,
A people near to Him.

Praise the Lord!

All Photos  © Tee’s Photography, 2014
© Heart Thoughts, Marcie Bridges, 2014