Growing Up Is Hard To Do

Growing Up Is Hard To Do

A man’s mind plans his way [as he journeys through life], But the LORD directs his steps and establishes them. Proverbs 16:9 AMP I don’t feel like a grown up. That’s what I told my therapist and she laughed. She said, “I don’t either.” We both agree that when we’re around people our own age, we don’t feel or think we act as mature as they are. I’m so glad I’m not alone in feeling like this! (And, if you do too, come join the party. The more, the merrier!) I have to say growing up I was pretty sure I knew where I was going in life. I knew I loved the Lord with all my heart and I wanted to serve Him. I knew God had special things planned for me. At least, that’s what I thought. Growing up is hard to do though. Life has a way of giving us plot twists. Some good, some bad, but each one gives us a chance to let God continue to weave His story through us. That is, if we’ll let Him. I don’t know what the future holds for me, but I sure am glad I know who holds it.
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Breathing Jesus in Springtime

Breathing Jesus in Springtime

A few weeks ago I attended a women’s luncheon. Although the theme of the luncheon was discipleship, God had another message for me. And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1:1, 14) I couldn’t get enough of this second verse. The Word became flesh and dwelt among us. Because the Word became flesh and in becoming flesh, He became life to us. When words become life, they breathe. And when they breathe, they move. In reading John, perhaps once again God’s Word would move within me again. I had spent the night before in a hotel room asking God to speak to me. Do you know what happens when you ask God to speak to you (and you take the time to listen)? Hint: He speaks.
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Draw Me Nearer

Draw Me Nearer

I’m not sure, Lord, what I’m doing. Everything feels like it is falling apart. Yet, I know You hold all things in Your hands. That song, “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands”, has run through my mind more than a time or two lately. And You know what amazes me? You don’t just have the whole world in Your hands, you have me in there too. As if I’m the only one You are holding. How can that be? Yes, Lord, Your love and grace simply amazes me. Lord, open the eyes of my heart please. Let me see Jesus. I want to reach out and touch you. Just let me see You. Open my ears, too, Lord. Help me to listen to You. Help me to hear what You have to say to me.
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Who Controls You?

Who Controls You?

Like a city that is broken down and without walls [leaving it unprotected] Is a man who has no self-control over his spirit [and sets himself up for trouble]. Proverbs 25:28 (AMP) When I think about the word discipline I think of a parent spanking or punishing a child. But recently God has been talking to me about having discipline in my own life. Discipline is not punishment, but it is self-control. And self-control is the foundation of living out the fruit of the Spirit in our lives. “Scripture describes self-control as a product of being connected to God. It’s something that grows when your life is rooted in divine reality. In fact, if it’s missing, your faith may be a ruse. No fruit, no root.” ² Okay, so that is an OUCH to the highest degree! Can you see why I would not have any peace in my life without establishing self-control? Drew continues on in the next chapter with this: What self-control requires, ultimately, isn’t control but surrender. ... Self-control, then, is about listening and obeying...submitting every decision we make to God. It’s about surrendering. When we do this consistently, it’s called self-control.” ² Which means even though it begins with the word “self”, it is not about me at all. It’s about God and my relationship with Him. It’s about letting HIM control mySELF.
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Do You Trust Me?

Do You Trust Me?

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways, acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6 Elva and Sharon were not only my friends, they were my mentors. I looked up to both of these ladies so much. I wanted to be like them, these two women missionaries to Bangladesh, India. As part of helping me learn what missionaries do, they took me on a trip to one of their meetings to tell a church what they did in Bangladesh and asking for support from that church. And I loved every minute of it. Part of our trip was to visit Old Sacramento for some fun time the next day after the meeting. I remember we started driving toward Old Sacramento but we got lost. This was back in the day when we didn’t have the GPS. Only maps and God.
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What Kind Of Love Is This?

What Kind Of Love Is This?

God sent a Valentine especially for you. I hope you will accept His love for you. It is deeper and wider, higher and more vast than anything on this earth. Its abundance is not limited. And when you know Jesus Christ as your Savior, there is not one thing — no thing — that can or will separate you from the love of God. (Romans 8:38-39) I pray with the Apostle Paul, that you will not only know, but feel the love of God upon your life this week.
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Where Are You Hiding?

Where Are You Hiding?

Jesus. Come and fill me with all You are. This is my prayer. Just come Lord fill me up with the praises of Your song. And let my spirit overflow with the filling of Your love. Nothing satisfies nothing compares all is hollow all is empty except You Jesus. Where do you go when you feel empty? Who do you run to when you feel alone? Oh that I would remember to run to Jesus when I feel so displaced and downhearted. Even when I don’t know why I feel these emotions, when I don’t understand who I am or what I’m doing here, if I would only focus my eyes on You instead of on all that is causing confusion and loneliness. Today I just want Jesus to come and fill me to the brim with Him. His presence. His goodness. His love. His joy. His peace.
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When You’re A Weary Pilgrim

When You’re A Weary Pilgrim

I am a weary traveler Lord. Yet, your word says if we wait on You, we will not grow weary, nor will we faint. (Isaiah 40:31) But I am weary, and I think I have figured out why. Waiting on You requires patience. Sometimes my patience runs out. And when the well runs dry, so does the spirit. That’s why we need our strength renewed. But how do we wait on the Lord properly so we don’t become weary? I believe the answer lies in keeping ourselves hidden in Christ. Proverbs 2:1-6 gives some vast insight into showing us how to search for the hidden treasures His word to gain the wisdom and knowledge we need to continue on in our Christian walk without becoming so weary in the journey.
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When You Don’t Want To Let God In

When You Don’t Want To Let God In

When reality sets in I can’t catch my breath hugging knees to chest not sure of the road up ahead constant lump in my throat wanting to be left alone But You won’t let me go it’s such a comfort to know you are here with me even when I don’t want you to be. ~Marcie Warner Bridges ©20 January 2019 I think when we ask God to meet with us, we think He is supposed to come and be right in our faces. It’s supposed to be a big deal and we should feel Him in a most exorbitant way. Yet we forget God is often a God of quietness. He doesn’t make a flamboyant entrance into our souls or a grand display. He seeks to be present in our quietness. In our stillness. We often get too wrapped up in “feeling”. Because if we don’t feel Him then He obviously isn’t there. Right? But Psalm 139 tells us that no matter where we are or what we are doing, God is always there. He was there when we were just a thought. He was there when we were in the womb. No matter how far down or up we go, God is there. Even when we DON’T want Him to be.
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