The Sweet Life

The Sweet Life

I’m just going to get real with you. At some point while growing up in the church, you’ve heard every sermon you think can be preached. You’ve heard the same verses used over and over with the same lessons and the same teachings. And if I could be even more transparent, searching for the motivation to go to church sometimes feels like I can’t even breathe. Solomon, the author of Ecclesiastes, laments there is nothing new under the sun. Sometimes the Christian life feels empty, void of that childlike faith, and hard to live. Then the soul gets dry and thirsty. It wants something new to hang its hat on. Something fresh. Something . . . miraculous to pierce through the wall of monotony. Just because it feels old, doesn’t mean it can’t be made new.
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Eye of the Storm

Eye of the Storm

As for me, I will call upon God, And the Lord shall save me. Evening and morning and at noon I will pray, and cry aloud, And He shall hear my voice. He has redeemed my soul in peace from the battle that was against me, For there were many against me. Psalm 55:16-18 As Hurricane Dorian bears down on Bermuda, we all watch in fascination at its strength and the damage it leaves behind. We are all waiting to see which way it is going and how it will impact the United States. As I watch the news, something occurred to me about hurricanes. How calm the eye of the storm is. Look at the images and you’ll see the winds and rain surrounding it. They are fierce. They are powerful. They do not care what destruction they cause. But in the very center, in the middle, of this massive structure is an hole. And in that hole is sweet, luxurious, peaceful calm.
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Lord, Have Mercy

Lord, Have Mercy

Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I am weak; O Lord, heal me, for my bones are troubled. Psalm 6:2 I’ve struggled with whether or not to share this poem. It’s quite personal and a bit more transparent than I feel ready to give. But God urges me to share it. Maybe someone else is feeling the same way? We know God freely gives His grace and mercy to us. When we confess our sins, He is ready, willing, and able to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. When we repent, our lives are made new again. Over and over. So why do I feel so unworthy to even ask for His mercy even one more time?
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When Tomorrow Comes

When Tomorrow Comes

“Now therefore, fear the Lord, serve Him in sincerity and in truth, and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the River and in Egypt. Serve the Lord! And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods...

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I’ve Been Grounded

I’ve Been Grounded

I’m good, down here on the ground. I’m not a high-flying, tight-rope walking, edge-of-the-cliff standing type of girl. I have to look away from the TV even when cartoon characters get too close to the cliff or a commercial comes on and the people are in a Ferris wheel. I like it just fine down here on the ground. Perhaps, I’m really not meant to fly. It’s scary to put yourself out there. It’s hard to believe we can do something we’ve dreamed of doing. Sometimes we fall off the horse so many times, we’ve decided we just can’t bring ourselves to get back up on it. So what do we do when we just can't find the strength to try for those dreams once again?
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90 Years Lived & Loved

90 Years Lived & Loved

Not every drop of rain will cause a flood Not every puff of wind a tornado make Sometimes you just have to stop Breathe in Jesus and trust in His name. ~Marcie Bridges ©5 August 2019 Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God. Psalm 20:7 This week my mother-in-law is 90 years old. Because her birthday is in the middle of the week, we took time yesterday to surprise her with a birthday party. Even at 90 years old she has a sharp mind and good wit. And she’s earned the right to speak her mind and tell us like it is. Here is Nell’s advice on living 90 years.
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Why Won’t You Help Me, Lord?

Why Won’t You Help Me, Lord?

And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19 Sometimes Lord, I don’t take Your hand walking by myself, finding no place to land crying out for help over and over again but You promised Lord ... I don’t understand. Can I trust you Lord? Are you really there? Did I make a mistake giving you all I have? And you say to me, as gently as can be, “My child, you can always trust Me. I will always be here, I will always provide, I keep My promises, just stay by My side.” ~Marcie Bridges ©29 July 2019 How many times do we pound our fists crying out to God for help? We remind Him of His promise to meet our needs but then we don’t take Him up on what He gives us?
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Restoring the Mind

Restoring the Mind

I realized something this past Friday as I sat with the other ladies in bible study: renewal of the mind does not happen overnight. We were talking about practicing righteousness. It’s not something we do once and then we are forever righteous. Paul says we must learn to practice right living. It needs to be worked on daily. I am often frustrated with myself because I see no evidence of a mind renewed or a heart transformed. I look at my outward self and think I’ll never be able to be the person I want to be or I even know God wants me to be. But where is that focus? That focus is on me. Not on Him. And while I might not see the changes, God is changing me. Slowly.
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Loving Well in a Controversial World

Loving Well in a Controversial World

I’m tired. Tired of the arguing. Tired of the complaining. Tired of the fighting. I’m tired of men criticizing women, and women having to defend themselves against men. And while you may be expecting me to be talking about politics, sexual orientations, or sexual assault; I am not. I am talking about the body of Christ. If you haven’t been on Twitter lately, you probably have no idea what I’m talking about. You may not realize how much fire women of faith have come up against by their fellow male counterparts. You may not know that Satan is having a field day over there. But you need to know. Why? Because we are all part of the body of Christ. We are all part of the church. If you are born again, saved by grace, you are the church of God to this world. And you need to know the fierce war we are in.
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