She Said Yes!
Has it ever occurred to you Mary didn’t argue with the angel? Sure, she questioned him about how it could be that she would be pregnant since she’d never known a man in that way (I mean, wouldn’t you?) but she didn’t argue with him. Can you imagine having an angel show up and tell you, “You are going to give birth to Jesus,”? Alone and afraid, not at all certain of what she was seeing or hearing, who would have blamed her had she said no. Who would have condemned her if she’d not believed? But instead, she chose to believe. And in her belief, accepting this as God’s will for her life, she obeyed. She said, “Yes.” How often do we get asked to do something and our first response is to say we will pray about it. We will think about it and pray about it. But what if God just wants to hear us say, "Yes, Lord."READ MORE
Therefore, my beloved and longed-for brethren, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, beloved. Philippians 4:1 I made a mistake and it made a colossal impact on my faith. A few years ago, in my senior year of university, I was speaking privately with one of my professors. She made a comment that not only stuck with me, but it impacted my faith and my life in a profound way. She said, “All you’re interested in is your faith and poetry. You don’t have any other things you like to do or read about?” I began to wonder, “Am I that one dimensional?” And so I set out to find out what I had been missing in life.READ MORE
His Divinely Beautiful Presence
The LORD replied, "My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest." Exodus 33:14 As I watched these clouds float by, I suddenly felt like I was underneath His wing (Psalm 91:4) and He was breathing on me giving me new life and renewed energy to keep going. This week, I am thankful—grateful—for God’s presence. Because in His presence is fullness and joy. Happy Thanksgiving to all of you. I pray you will enjoy every minute of this week and feel His abiding Presence in your lives.READ MORE
When You Pray Upon A Star
I wished upon a star Then watched it fall And I knew that God Didn't hear me after all. Downcast I closed my eyes And breathed my wish to Him Then felt it float up and away To heaven where He lives. ~Marcell Warner Bridges ©October, 2018 Do you remember wishing upon a star as a child, hoping it would bring you what you secretly wanted most? Or how about sending Santa a letter hoping he would bring that special something to you on Christmas day? Then when your wish didn’t come true or you didn’t get that special thing you wanted more than anything, what happened? You quit believing and maybe even quit dreaming and asking. God is near to us. He is near to the broken-hearted. Are you feeling far away from Him? Take a breath and breathe a prayer to Him our of a sincere heart. When we seek Him, we will find Him.READ MORE
An Exceptional Thanksgiving
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 God doesn’t want us being lukewarm people. He wants us to be ignited for Him. How do I do that when I feel so down and out? How do I shine His light out into the world when my world feels like it has fallen to pieces and there’s no warmth in sight? With joy, prayer, and thanksgiving. I know it is hard to be thankful when life feels anything but good, but learning to experience everyday in thanks-living is a gift not only to us, but to those around us. Go on, try it. Try saying out loud a few things you are thankful for or writing them down and see if your face doesn’t turn that frown upside down.READ MORE
For All Women & Daughters
When God made you He made you with delight. It pleased Him to create you and to fashion you in your mother’s womb. And we have the audacity to declare ourselves . . . not good. We have bought into Satan’s lies that we are not beautiful unless we conform to what the television and magazines tell us. We’ve let other people tell us that we ought to weigh a certain amount, have certain features, carry ourselves a certain way and act in ways that are not becoming to us. Do you know how precious you are to Me O daughter of Mine? Do you know you are loved everlastingly My beautiful child? Creation has nothing on you. The most awe-spiring sunset can not compare To your beauty so rare. I made flowers and trees, birds and bees, Created skies and endless seas; I fashioned mountains and valleys Seasons and weather to change But out of all of these things I gave you heart and soul, a Certain inner glow Passion, emotion, beautiful life. O daughter of Mine do you know You were bought with a price? You are Mine And you, my child, are beautiful. I love you.READ MORE
Oh The Wondrousness of God!
“Listen to this, O Job; Stand still and consider the wondrous works of God.” Job 37:14 Does the vastness of the stars or the oceans make you feel as small as they do me? It’s like standing at the edge of the ocean and staring out at the ever expanding sea wondering, why in the world God would ever even think of me compared to all this glory? And I know I’m not alone in these thoughts. Job seemed just as amazed in wonderment of it all. In Job’s distress he ventured to tell His God how small he felt. And in reply, God asked Him all kinds of questions like... Did you form the world? Can you make it do this and that? Did you create the animals? (Job 37-42). Of course Job had to say no. But he also realized in those moments, God doesn’t do anything small. Everything God does is for a purpose whether we see that purpose or not. Sometimes we’re so intent on finding the forest, we miss the trees. We are so consumed with our despair or circumstances, we miss what God is doing in that moment. But, how DO we see what He is doing? Where do we look? What do we do?READ MORE
Come, Follow Me
We wonder what’s the use to even try. Let others be the courageous lights because bravery and courage are just too high a price. Jesus calls us out and says, “Don’t worry about what they think. Don’t be afraid. They hate me and take their hate for Me out on you. Follow Me. I will make you fishers of men. But you must do as I command of you. Obey Me. Seek Me with your whole heart and I will give you the desires of your heart.” In this, we can relax and exhale. Because Jesus yoke is easy and His burdens light. We can be a city of light on a hill. Burning bright for all to see. A beacon of hope. We just have to do as He asks: “Come. Follow Me.”READ MORE