A Prayer for Guidance
To the Chief Musician. With flutes. A Psalm of David.

Give ear to my words, O Lord, Consider my meditation. Give heed to the voice of my cry, My King and my God, For to You I will pray. My voice You shall hear in the morning, O Lord; In the morning I will direct it to You, And I will look up. 

  Psalm 5:1-3

© Bridgescreations, 2014
today I don’t want to miss a thing
not a word You say
not a touch of Your hand
not a sight of Your beauty
not a taste of Your goodness

hear me when I pray
when I call to you in praise or dismay
may I feel Your embrace while I meditate
listen to me, O my God and King,
this morning my voice raises to You
in boldness, in humbleness, in truth
today I focus my prayers and my mind upon You
and I will continually look to You for my help
my strength, my comfort, my peace and my hope.

~Marcell Warner Bridges
©24, October 2014

© Karen Murphy Photography, 2014
It was an impulsive gesture really. There really was no premeditated thought to my action that morning. I was in my first year of college in Clearwater, Florida. It’s a beautiful campus and each dorm room had a living room surrounded by 4 bedrooms and a nice large bathroom. This restroom had a large window in it. And this one particular morning I was all alone in the whole dorm room.

I had just had a shower and the window was all fogged up. It was so spur of the moment but it started a new “tradition” for me. I threw up the sash and smiling I sang out, “GOOD MORNING LORD!”

So began each day after that. Well, most every day. But I noticed something. On the mornings I did not do this, I felt sad and down most of the day. Yet, the mornings I greeted my Lord, I always felt happy and joyful that day.

Somewhere along the years I forgot about doing that little gesture. I forgot to greet my Lord in the mornings and to let Him know I wanted to hear from Him as much as He wants to hear from me.

A few weeks ago my friend Norma added a poster to her Facebook wall that reminded me of that day long ago:

And then I read this scripture the other morning and it also reminded me of God’s love for us and how important it is to start our day with Him:

“And so it was, when Solomon had finished praying all this prayer and supplication to the Lord, that he arose from before the altar of the Lord, from kneeling on his knees with his hands spread up to heaven. “Blessed be the Lord, who has given rest to His people Israel, according to all that He promised. There has not failed one word of all His good promise, which He promised through His servant Moses. May the Lord our God be with us, as He was with our fathers. May He not leave us nor forsake us, that He may incline our hearts to Himself, to walk in all His ways, and to keep His commandments and His statutes and His judgments, which He commanded our fathers. And may these words of mine, with which I have made supplication before the Lord, be near the Lord our God day and night, that He may maintain the cause of His servant and the cause of His people Israel, as each day may require, that all the peoples of the earth may know that the Lord is God; there is no other.”  1 Kings 8:54, 56-60


© Karen Murphy Photography, 2014
I’m thinking it is time to start this tradition again. How about you?
It is so nice to have our family say good morning to us. What do you
think it would mean to God, the one who wakes us up every morning
providing us with a brand new day, to hear us say, “Good Morning Lord!” ? 

All pictures besides the posters are courtesy of  Karen Murphy Photography

© Heart Thoughts, Marcie Bridges, 2014

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