God Is Speaking To Waco

"Make an altar of earth for me... & wherever I cause My name to be honored, I will come to you and bless you." Exodus 20:24

Christmas season 2015 in Waco, Tx

Christmas season 2015 in Waco, Tx

As a native of Waco, Texas, born and raised, I can't tell you how surprised I am at the growth of this small, yet great city that I once lived in. Living in a fast and bustling city on the east coast for 9 1/2 years and seeing how fast people live on a daily basis causes me to look back and appreciate where I was raised. I've always loved big cities. As a kid I would visit Houston, Texas to visit relatives, and when I graduated from high school that's where I went to college. But as I get older, I realize that I'm ok with living approximately close to a big city while living in a quiet neighboring location. It's fair enough for me to say, "Been there, done that!". 

During the last two years that I have gone home to visit my family in Waco, for some reason I would get excited, which was unusual for me; not that I wasn't excited to see my family, but normally when I there I'm usually always on the go or "in and out" as my mom would say. That was because for me, there was no excitement. For most people my age, we wouldn't think twice about living there for the rest of our days. But something different was happening. A little prior to the success of Chip & Joanna Gaines' big hit, "Fixer Upper" on HGTV, a turnaround was taking place. First, it started with Baylor University's football team. A young man by the name of Robert Griffin III(RG3)was creating a successful name for himself and the Baylor Bears. People were coming into town to see the games, and then new establishments started opening up. Remodeling started to happen at the Brazos River and Waco Suspension Bridge. Then there was a revamping of the Baylor University's football stadium. Something different was happening. 

Then a woman who is simply doing what she loves, blogging about designing, decorating, and family gets picked up by national tv. Something different was happening. Chip & Joanna Gaines, natives of Waco, Texas, are now being cast on HGTV. How awesome is that?! 

But during my recent trip home for the holidays during Christmas, God spoke to me around 3:00 in the morning while I was in a hotel in Austin, Texas. I tossed and turned and didn't know why, and as I woke up, The Lord said these words:  

  "A great REVIVAL is coming to Waco. There is a great light shining upon this city that has nothing to do with TV cameras...Don't miss the message. Whenever I bring attention to a place, it is because a PLATFORM is there with My name on it. The revival of broken places, physical and spiritual shall be restored. The same Breath of Life that was used to restore dry bones in a dead place & people is BLOWING. IT IS THE LORD, says The Lord." 

Waco, Texas, God is speaking REVIVAL to you which is not limited to a church building. Whenever God moves His glory into a place, RESTORATION begins. There are many people calling upon the name of The Lord in Waco, and as they have built a "platform" or altar before God, He is honoring this city and blessing it! The word REVIVAL, according to Webster Dictionary means this: 

:a period in which something becomes popular again after a long period of time  

:the growth of something or an increase in activity of something after a period of no growth or activity 

Think of a revival as God's Ark(His presence) simply moving into your home and blessing you just as it did with Obed-edom of Gath in the Old Testament! The bible says this, "The ark of the Lord remained there in Obed-edom's house for three months, and the Lord BLESSED Obed-edom and his entire household." 2nd Samuel 6:11.

May you perceive this truth that God is in your midst. Amen!  

XO, 

Bridge  

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The Editor

Hi. I’m Bridgett McNeill, and I am the founder of Bridge Over Waters, an inspirational lifestyle blog that focuses on connection, journey, destination. Read more about the Editor here.

A House of Prayer

 "My house shall be called a house of prayer." Matthew 21:13 

Predistined For Purpose Ministries, Yonkers, New York.

Predistined For Purpose Ministries, Yonkers, New York.

Last month on July 30th of this year, I had a dream throughout the middle of the night that I was standing on a stage in a theatre for a church service. In the dream as I began to pray on this stage I became distracted by the level of disrespect from the people that were sitting in the audience. As I prayed, my eyes were closed but at the same time it was as though I could see what was going on around me. Many people within the theatre were talking and whispering. Some were eating snacks on the front row and moving throughout the theatre with no level of reverence for the place that we called the house of God. It all seemed so natural to the people, just as it would if you were sitting in a movie theatre eating and talking while a moving is playing.

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As the dream continued, I stopped praying and began to tell the people sitting within the theatre to repent of these kinds of simple activities in this church. I remember laying on the stage of the movie theatre crying so hard... It appeared as though I was broken and hurt from what was happening and then I woke up.

When I awoke that morning I forgot the dream, but as I began to pray God brought it back to my remembrance. I truly believe that God had me to share this dream because our churches as a whole has disrespected Him by treating His churches or houses of worship like movie theaters. We are truly all guilty. We eat, talk and text people throughout service and constantly move around throughout church services while pastors and preachers are giving the morning message. 

The place where we worship and praise God is the same place where God's presence abides and shows up to manifest His love, grace, healing and deliverance, and voice. Jesus made this very clear. One day while Jesus was in Jerusalem he paid the temple of God a visit. I believe he was more than likely going in to simply pray and worship. When he walked into the temple, Jesus became very upset at what the people within the temple had made of it(Matthew 21:12). Jesus spoke these words to everyone within the temple saying, "It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but you have made it a den of thieves." Matthew 21:13. I truly believe that God is reminding us of more than just our eating or texting, but the purpose of His presence within our midst. We are to not grieve God because of our disobedience.

As soon as Jesus corrected what had happened in the temple, we immediately see that the healing manifestation of God was performed as the blind and the lame came to him and were healed. Matthew 21:14. This is what God wants and it is still His will to see His presence flow throughout our midst. 

Don't rob God of this exchange. He still wants to MOVE, and we must continue to respect His mighty power in order for Him to move.

xo,

Bridge  

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Hi. I’m Bridgett McNeill, and I am the founder of Bridge Over Waters, an inspirational lifestyle blog that focuses on connection, journey, destination. Read more about the Editor here.

The Garden of Gethsemane

Photo taken by Jacque Wallace Photography

Photo taken by Jacque Wallace Photography

Everyone has a Garden of Gethsemane that they must face. The Garden of Gethsemane is a place of decision. It is likened unto a changing of the guards... from your will, to God's will. For most of us, letting go of our will is usually hard. We naturally have a tendency to want to hold on to everything that we are, but the word of God has specifically said this, "If you try to hang onto your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake and for the sake of the Gospel, you will save it." Mark 8:35.

Holding on to our life has the simple meaning of doing what we want to do. Giving up our life for the sake of God's will means that we decide to humble ourselves in doing what God wants us to do. Doing so puts us in partnership with God and therefore positions us to become "one" with Christ. Jesus is a witness to this statement when he said, "I and my Father are one." John 10:30, and then he also says, "I can do nothing on my own...because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which has sent me." John 5:30.

We, the human race, may have never experienced God's amazing grace, redemption and transforming power, had Jesus not surrendered his will to his Father in the Garden of Gethsemane. Jesus' victory and the redemption of the human race took place way before his crucifixion and death on the cross; it took place in the GARDEN when he decided to humble himself to the will of God. 

Garden under Brooklyn Bridge

Garden under Brooklyn Bridge

Matthew chapter 26, verses 36 through 44 gives us a clear picture of the humbling experience that Jesus was going through.  Prior to the cruxifixction and death of Jesus, we are able to witness him wrestle with God's will in Gethsemane. This is what made Jesus relatable to the human race(Hebrews 4:15). The book of Matthew described Jesus as being filled with great sadness and agony that was likened unto death when you lose someone you love.

Brooklyn Garden

Brooklyn Garden

Jesus fell on his face and pleaded with God three times in the garden saying, "Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will." Matthew 26:39. How many of us plead with God by begging, kicking and screaming, because we often find it hard to do what His will is requiring from us? Quite frankly, it IS hard! At times God challenges the parts of us that we are often still holding onto, and that major challenge is our will! But the beginning of God's own purpose is birthed in us as we obey Him. 

Even Jacob in the Old Testament wrestled with God, Hosea 12:3-4. We mainly read about Jacob wrestling with God for a blessing, but the thing that I want to point out about Jacob is this:

Jacob wanted God's will in him ultimately being blessed so much, that he was willing to FIGHT for it. Jacob wrestled with an Angel all night long(Genesis 32:1-32); sure, he could have given up at some point and said "enough is enough!". He could have quit because honestly-- he was ALREADY blessed. But just like Jesus, Jacob decided that He would rather hold on and humble himself to the will of God even if it meant that he had to die. 

My to question to you today, what is your Garden of Gethsemane requiring of you? What decision are you fighting with God on? God is speaking today for us to stop fighting with Him. As we yield to God, there will be a great strength that will come to us just as it came to Jesus in the hour when we need it most. Luke 22:39-43. 

The Spirit of Christ is whispering in this hour: 

"Do not be like the horse or mule, which have no understanding, but must be controlled by bit and bridle or they will not come to you."

Psalm 32:9  

May God's will be done completely in your life as you yield to him....

 

Blessings, 

Bridgett McNeill  

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Hi. I’m Bridgett McNeill, and I am the founder of Bridge Over Waters, an inspirational lifestyle blog that focuses on connection, journey, destination. Read more about the Editor here.

Follow Me

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Photo taken by houseofevbuomwan.co

Technology is increasing like never before, and our private and public lives are equally being displayed on social media outlets screaming, "look at me", "follow me!" constantly. We follow people on social media for a host of reasons. For some, it is the privy to superstars that we admire. To others, it gives us the sense that we "know" the people that we follow. But to my surprise when I looked at the word 'follow' in the Webster Dictionary, the transitive verb describes the word as:

: to engage in as a calling or way of life

: to come into existence or take place as consequence of

: to cause to be

From the definition, how many of us as a result of following someone are being prompted to engage in what we have been called to do in order to come into the existence of a life that we were called to live in? Sadly, far too often are we following people for all the wrong reasons. 

 "Follow Me" were the words that Jesus spoke several times throughout the bible to His soon to be disciples, and here is what I want to point out:

So many people have replaced God for people or leaders(great leaders), but we are never to replace Him for people. When it comes to people who live for God, we are to follow God and not people. Now, in no way am I saying to stop attending church or stop being respectful to people you admire or look up to. But what I am saying is that we are to keep our focus on God. 

"It's great to admire a person, it's honorable to follow a righteous example, but it is obsessive & idolatrous to want to become them."   

          Pastor Kimberly Ray

In the Old Testament, Isaiah a prophet called by God said these words, "It was in the year King Uzziah died that I saw the Lord." Isaiah 6:1. Here is Isaiah following in the ways of God, and yet he didn't see God for himself until a king passed away. Sometimes we can become so accustomed to relying on people and what "they say" that they could very well be crutches in our lives. God wants us to rely totally on. God will always allow people to give us words of wisdom, and yes He will always position people in authority to teach us. That is His will. But God's will is to never make idols out of people to replace seeking Him. 

Here are a few tips for following people:

1. Make sure that they follow Christ. This is a prerequisite that Jesus gave to every disciple that followed Him. Then he said to them all, "whoever wants to be my disciple, they must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me." Luke 9:23

2. We must follow people as they are following Christ. Paul, The Apostle said this, "Follow my example as I follow the example of Christ." 1st Corinthiantians 11:1 NIV. So since Jesus is the chief cornerstone (principle or primary stone) Ephesians 2:20, He is to be at the head of every person that we follow.  

3. The people that we follow will bear witness of the fruits or attributes of Jesus Christ.  "I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit." John 15:5

4. You will never have to wonder or be fooled by people when we are truly following Christ. It is in our seeking after God and following Him that makes us sensitive to His voice, His ways, and attributes. "My sheep know My voice, and a stranger they will not follow." John 10:1-5.  

Taken by Jacque Wallace Design Studio

Taken by Jacque Wallace Design Studio

XO, 

Bridge  

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Hi. I’m Bridgett McNeill, and I am the founder of Bridge Over Waters, an inspirational lifestyle blog that focuses on connection, journey, destination. Read more about the Editor here.

I Don't Look Like What I've Been Through

Brooklyn, New York Summer 2015

Brooklyn, New York Summer 2015

There are a lot of great messages and encouraging words that have been spoken or written from great people- big or small, in the earth. A lot of those great messages of inspiration we have seen recycled throughout Instagram, Facebook or wherever else. One of the greatest inspirational authors of pastime is better known as C.S. Lewis. One of my favorite quotes by Mr. Lewis says, "There are two kinds of people: those who say to God, 'Thy will be done,' and those to whom God says, 'All right, then, have it your way,." The thing I have discovered about some of the most amazing quotes is-- they often become sensationalized without really taking to heart their meaning. 

Another great quote that I've heard several times is, "I don't look like what I've been through." I'm not too familiar with the person who may have coined the phrase, but it carries a lot of weight in the Christian arena. Although quotes are highly beneficial in enhancing our and shaping our frame of thinking, we must become wise enough to consider their origin of being. Most inspirational quotes that we do tend to hear or see comes from the perspective or basis of God's word. So, it is no wonder that we don't look like what we have been through because God keeps us! 

Verona Park. West Orange, New Jersey 2015

Verona Park. West Orange, New Jersey 2015

Here are a few scriptural reasons why we don't look like what we've been through! 

Isaiah 43:2(NLT): When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you. 

Deuteronomy 29:5-6(MSG): I took you through the wilderness for forty years and through all that time the clothes on your backs didn't wear out, and you lived well without bread and wine and beer, proving to you that I am in fact God, your God. 

Job 10:12(NLT): You gave me life and showed me your unfailing love. My life was preserved by your care.  

Psalm 91:3-4(NLT): For He will rescue you from every trap and protect you from deadly disease. He will cover you with His feathers. He will shelter you with his wings. His faithful promises are your armor and protection. 

For indeed the Lord says, " I will rescue those who love me. I will protect those who trust in my name." | Psalm 91:14. 

 

xo,  

Bridge

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The Editor

Hi. I’m Bridgett McNeill, and I am the founder of Bridge Over Waters, an inspirational lifestyle blog that focuses on connection, journey, destination. Read more about the Editor here.

Launching Deeper

South Carolina, Summer 2015

South Carolina, Summer 2015

Over the weekend our great country, America, celebrated its Independece on July 4th. With all of the celebrations with firework displays and boat rides across the Tri-State area, I couldn't help but to be taken captive by all the festivities taking place. I love gatherings, and I love people coming together to have good, clean fun! 

Early Sunday morning as I was waking up, I heard these words spoken by the Holy Spirit, "launch into the deep." As I heard those words, I felt as those God is wanting us, His children, to go deeper...deeper in believing Him, deeper in trusting Him, and having more faith in Him to see that what hasn't work in pastimes WORK. I was reminded of the story of the fishermen(better known as the disciples) in Luke chapter 5, versus 1-11 in the bible. Here in this beautiful story was Peter and several other disciples first encounter with Jesus. Here in the story Jesus was teaching a multitude of people in a boat that belonged to Peter.

Peter was known to be a fisherman. After Jesus had preached to a large amount of people, He spoke to Peter and said, "launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch." Peter, who had grown accustomed to doing the same thing without any results, replied to Jesus and said, "Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless at your word I will let down the net." What makes this passage so relevant to our time is that: just as The Lord encouraged Peter to let down his net to get what he had been waiting for, He Is encouraging us to do the same. The season that we are in is like no other season. God is saying for us to go a step further, go deeper, try one more time. The very thing that didn't work before, is going to work THIS time. This time, you're going to CATCH what you've been waiting for. The blessing is guaranteed as we trust God. 

Taken in Atlanta, Georgia 2015

Taken in Atlanta, Georgia 2015

God is ready to put some things into our hands that has been ordained for us to have, but we must continue to trust and listen to His instruction just as Peter did. There are three things that I felt impressed to encourage you in doing: 

1. Make sure Jesus is IN whatever it is that you are doing. Luke 5:1-3

2. Listen to the instruction that God gives to you. Like 5:4

3. Have FAITH! Faith without works is dead! Luke 5:6, James 2:26

Verona Park, New Jersey 2015

Verona Park, New Jersey 2015

Launch Deeper! 

xo, 

Bridge

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Hi. I’m Bridgett McNeill, and I am the founder of Bridge Over Waters, an inspirational lifestyle blog that focuses on connection, journey, destination. Read more about the Editor here.