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.READ MORE
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.READ MORE
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.READ MORE
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.READ MORE
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.READ MORE
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