by Marcie Bridges, @Marcie_Bridges
And so it was, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed; and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed. But Moses’ hands became heavy; so they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it. And Aaron and Hur supported his hands, one on one side, and the other on the other side; and his hands were steady until the going down of the sun. So Joshua defeated Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword. Exodus 17:11-13
For I, the Lord your God, will hold your right hand,
Saying to you, ‘Fear not, I will help you.’
Isaiah 41:13


Dear Lord,
Just between You and me I am so weary
heavy-hearted for my friends their pain
and struggles never seem to end. And even
though I carry my own shoulder load
mine seem so insignificant compared to
their woes. But here is what is troubling me
that I don’t
know how to say but I’ll
try —
anyway. I love my friends so much dear Lord
but sometimes I need to put down their load.
Bearing each others burdens is a blessing and
a must, yet, sometimes Lord I confess it gets to
be too much. Is it okay to need a break? Will
they hate me if I stay away? Will they quit
telling me of their needs and requests
simply because I need a rest? I want to know
how to pray. I don’t
want to stop encouraging
them or holding their arms up in the fray. Yet
sometimes my own arms and heart get tired
and I can’t
lift them anymore so here’s
my own
request, my desire:
Dear Jesus, help me to bear their load.
Give me the strength to stand beside each friend
as we seek Your face. Help me to be the one that
is ready to give You praise. And Lord, when I am
weary and troubled in my heart, please, bring another
friend to stand beside me and lift my flailing hands.
When I feel discouraged from the onslaught of their
needs, remind me Lord You are the one who placed this
longing inside of me. I love praying for Your
children so may I always keep my heart open to Your
bidding and ready to impart a prayer for each of my
sisters who so desperately need Your grace. Let me
find my own encouragement in Your loving and
merciful embrace. When I begin to complain remind
me Lord, I pray, that they are also praying for me
each and every day.
~Marcell Warner Bridges

82015, All Rights Reserved

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the Christian life just seems like one huge battle every. single. day. 
Prayers go
to the ceiling and come crashing back down at our feet and we stare at them
wondering why we even uttered a word. 
Prayers turn
to little sighs then big sighs, before the torrent of tears we’ve been trying
to hide gush into a full waterfall that just will not stop. 
It’s these
days we can’t lift our head off of our pillow, we can’t open our eyes lest we
see sights that only bring more misery. 
These are
days we utter in our haste to get away from it all, “Lord, even so, come quickly.”
Moses knows
all too well this burden-this weariness. He held his rod up and the Israelites
prevailed but when his arms grew too heavy and they began to fall, the
Amalekites prevailed. God provided help for him. God gave him 2 friends to
stand on either side and support his arms so that Israel could have the
There is
such a precious communion between friends who hold each other up. There is such
sweet love between those who give of themselves no matter what. “The prayers of
a righteous man avails much” (James 5:16). 

I hope and pray each of you have someone willing to support you, encourage you and lift your arms when you are weary. Someone who will bear your burdens and that you will bear their burdens too. I know I couldn’t get through half of my days without the prayers of my sisters.

If you are needing someone to lift you in prayer, I would be honored to pray with you. You may contact me privately at
From My Heart to Yours,
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Thoughts, Marcie Bridges, 2015


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