I’m Marcie Bridges, Writer & Editor
There’s always a defining moment in our life when we embark on the thing that will define us, grow us, and be the one thing to center our life upon. In the beginning, we may not realize how important this hobby or interest will be for us. Eventually, though, that aha moment happens, and we grab a hold of it with all our hearts.
My defining moment was, unbeknownst to me, at the tender age of 12 when my teacher assigned us to write a poem starting with the words, “I like days.” Thus, my love of poetry began.
Poetry has become the building blocks helping me find my place in this world. My book, Broken and Spilled Out is a collection of poetry and prayers for the hurting soul. Besides chronicling my own insights, readers can also journal and record insights of their own. I’ve also released a new book, Wanderings & Ponderings. This book is dedicated to those who are deep-thinkers and ponderers of life.
The second defining moment was the day I went back to college in my late 40s. During my time in creative writing and English classes, I realized how much I enjoyed editing my classmates’ essays, poems, and stories. In 2016 I graduated from Lenoir-Rhyne University with a Bachelor of Arts in English.
When I’m not editing or writing poetry, I’m spending time with my husband, Mark. We have two beautiful daughters, a son-in-law, and 3 cats I’m allergic to. I am totally addicted to chocolate and reading suspense novels.
Heart Thoughts was a two to four page newsletter I used to put together in my own home once a month for family and friends. It included poetry (by myself and other authors I liked), little quotes and sayings and general encouragement. Usually it was based on a theme for the month, especially if the month included a holiday. It was just a fun, colorful little paper I liked to send out each month that I hoped was enjoyable to read. I love to make people smile, laugh, and feel good as well as give them hope in their lives and hearts through God.
After several years of sending out about 40 of them a month using my own printer, paper, envelopes and stamps I decided I needed a break from it. It could be time consuming and expensive for me and with little toddlers in the home I made the difficult decision to break from it, intending to start it up again one day. I was also hoping to expand it into more of a magazine but that hasn’t come to pass yet. In the years since I went back to college to work on an English degree and that consumes a majority of my time after caring for my husband and children.
Of course in that time the Internet has become such a major area of our lives that it seemed only natural to start my adventure with Heart Thoughts back up as a blog. So in 2009 I created the Heart Thoughts blog to pick up where I had left off. Maybe one day I will be editor of a publishing company or a magazine, but for now I’m content to branch out with my writing career through this little blog that I hope encourages you and maybe even gives you some food for thought from time to time.
I began writing poetry at about 10 years of age. Since then it has become one of my greatest passions in life and I am very honored that God has given me a place to share it with you. I pray with every post that those who come and read it will be encouraged and walk away feeling refreshed in their spirit.
Some of my poetry has been published in anthologies and literary magazines. The overall message I hope to leave with you is that we will learn together how to fix our eyes on Jesus so we can walk in the fullness of His grace, power and love.
FROM MY HEART TO YOURS,