New Year, New Focus, New You
But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts. Romans 13:14 I found a stack of papers tucked away in the back of my Bible cover. Notes I had taken over the past year I had forgotten about. Among them, I found this poem I had written. I’m not even sure when I wrote it. But it spoke to my heart this afternoon in a way I’m not sure I can explain. It’s weird how we write things down then forget about them. I don’t remember writing this, yet, God kept it waiting in the wings for me to find one day when I would need it the most.READ MORE
The Road Of Gold Intentions
I’ve traveled this way before. I’m sure of it. This rugged and mountainous landscape looks familiar. The new year always presents us with the opportunity to grow and achieve. It gives us the ability to dream new and bigger dreams as well as reach goals whether they be ones we’ve already tried to accomplish, or new goals we’ve never thought of before. Our Christian walk is a pilgrimage. When we set our hearts on knowing God and letting Him be in control of our lives, He guides us in strength to endure the hardships and do the hard things. What goals will you be pursuing this year? Will you allow God to be your footsteps to achieving them?READ MORE
What Are You Doing Here?
And there he went into a cave, and spent the night in that place; and behold, the word of the Lord came to him, and He said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” 1 Kings 19:9 What Are You Doing Here? I step carefully among the Christmas paper ruins afraid of crunching on new found hope. Like walking on a sidewalk trying not to step on the cracks. You know that old wives tale we were taught as children, “Step on a crack you’ll break your mothers back.” Or, perhaps it’s a bit like walking on eggshells. Either way, crushing hopes and dreams made of new toys and gifts is not a good way to end the joyousness of the holiday. So I watch each step as I make my way to the bedroom. Moments after laughter and joy filled the room there is a solemness in my heart. A sudden switch from warmth to cold within me. What do I do with this sudden deflation of joy? This worry that has replaced the fun? What do we do when reality sets back in as the new year begins?READ MORE
Remembering the Greatest Gift of All
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