For the Road-Weary

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, reminds us that we’re not alone on the road.  We’re also bid to persevere at all costs.  “Nowhere is perseverance needed as much as in the religious life,” the message tells us.

There are times when the road seems so long, and even your mind is wearied; let a lone your spirit, you soul.  The two latter ones are most important to survival on this journey.  They are what keeps you from losing your mind.  When the road-weariness threatens to overwhelm us, we have the victories to recount-ours and those of the biblical heroes of old.  We have the Psalms -I like to call them the Balms because they truly do soothe the soul, stir up the spirit, and massage the heart back into a healthy and strong beat.  We also have that quiet time with the Lord, in His presence, and in the presence of the Holy Spirit.  He made it possible for us to enter into the Holy of Holies spiritually.  “I am the truth, the life, and the way.”  That means He’s the way into everything good from the Father.

I can’t say enough about praise music; it brings the presence of the Lord because He inhabits the praises of His people.  We need to recognize that spiritual burnout is a real thing.  Some people don’t want to admit that, but it happens.  That’s one of the reasons Jesus often went to a lonely place to pray.  He knew, as we all should, that our spirits need the same nourishment and nurturing, and rest and refreshing, as our bodies do-and maybe even more, or more vitally, because it is in the spirit that we have our beginning and end.  So, don’t stay wearied.  Put on that praise music, spend some time in the Word, reminding yourself and the devil who and whose you are, and rest your spirit in the presence of the Lord.  And remember, there are many ways to refresh and restore peace to your soul…classical music is a favorite of mine; Palchelbel or Rachmaninov…mmm, yes, with that cup of tea…now I’m talking…am I right?  Yeah, be good to your soul…

 

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu                                                                                                        Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, January 14, 2019, 10:28 a.m.

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Chilling Out

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, bids us to relax; to live in the Lord’s joy.  We are bid to “bathe our spirits in His joy.”

So here’s the story that goes with that.  Just this morning, I was walking along, and spotted four little birds bathing in a puddle of water.  One of them was almost dancing in the water; he was really enjoying it.  I laughed at his gleeful splashing of the water over himself.  Suddenly they were finished.  All four flew off across the street and perched on a wire there.  Then I heard one chirp, as if saying, “it’s all yours, lady.”  “Thanks,” I said.  “I think I’ll wash up in some warm water and get that hot shower, though.”

I was not that kind of person thirty years ago.  I was so worried about being perfect in this way and that; so concerned with whether or not people (close to me) were happy with me.  I was a people pleaser, and one of the saddest people you ever saw.  Through the years, I’ve had some struggles with that one still; up until about 15 years ago.

I said that to say this:  When Jesus tells us to be perfect as our Father in Heaven is perfect, He means for us to be perfected in love.  Everything else flows out from that perfected love-or it should, anyway.  Being perfected in love starts with knowing whose you are, and what you are in His eyes.  Then, the task at hand is accepting those truths, those declarations God makes over you even right where you are now, as you are now.  When we do that, we become perfected in love for ourselves.  We don’t live in denial of our problems, shortcomings, etc.  But, we love ourselves in spite of them; we love ourselves through them.  As we do this, we become over-comers; we grow into those things God declares over us.  We no longer need to be people pleasers, for we live in this truth: “This is my beloved son/daughter, in whom I am well pleased.” (Matt. 3:17)  Did you know God says that about you?  I didn’t way back when.  But today, I know it without a shadow of a doubt, and anything else never even crosses my mind.  I know my Heavenly Father loves me and is right there to pick me up and help me correct myself when I err.  I have but to turn to Him.  That brings us that joy of Lord, in which we can bathe our spirits.  That wonderful “warm water” awaits us in the Psalms…but you can, if you look closely, also find it all throughout the Bible.  So, you can relax; chill out, and just be you, right now.  You are loved just as you are, right where you are.  Grasp that, and you have your hands on the lifeline.

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, January 13, 2019, 12:43 p.m.

Daily, Hourly, Momentarily

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, reminds us that it isn’t life and its difficulties we have to conquer.  Rather, it is ourselves; out attitudes, misconceptions, misunderstandings, and selfishness.

We often align ourselves mentally and/or emotionally with falsehoods; making wrong agreements with them, and being bound by them as a result.  Quoting directly from the message: “When I died on the Cross, I died embodying all the human self. Once that was crucified, I could conquer even death.”  That’s a really powerful revelation for us, especially when we’re feeling weak or overwhelmed.

“Once the human self is crucified, I could conquer even death.”  When I apply that to myself, I am empowered to step up into my authority in Christ Jesus.  I am empowered to step up into every declaration and ordination God has spoken over my life.  Is that awesome?!  I posted a bonus yesterday that lists some of those declarations/affirmations.  It is titled A woman of Worth, but if you’ll remember, King Solomon prayed and asked God for wisdom; and there is no male or female in Christ Jesus, but all are one.  There is only One in the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  Jesus said, I and the Father are one, and we are in Him and He is in us-so we are part of that One.  So, that list pertains to every male on the planet as well.  We all too often look at those declarations and ordinations as checklists to see how we’re doing in our walk.  Then we get disheartened because we believe we’re not doing as well as we should be.   But, Jesus didn’t tell us to do perfect things, or do things perfectly. He said, “be perfect as your Father in Heaven is perfect.”  God is love; and He operates in the power and authority of that love.  That being said, we come back to the two greatest commandments: Love the LORD, your God with all you might, heart, mind and soul…Love your neighbor as yourself.  When we keep this in mind, we are empowered to step up into the Spirit, where we should be operating from in the first place-in power and authority; in joy, and peace.

https://inspirations.home.blog/2019/01/11/a-woman-of-worth/

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu                                                                                                    Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, January 11, 2019, 10:41 a.m.

 

Angels Among Us

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, reminds us that we are not alone in this world, and we have friends in the heavenly places, as well as enemies.  Psalm 91 is one of my favorites to read; especially when things aren’t pretty.  “For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.  You will tread on the lion and the cobra; you will trample the great lion and the serpent.”

We are encouraged by the message not to despair or give up.  Remember this: “But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”  We usually don’t see those angels, but if you look with they eyes of your heart, and listen with your spiritual ears, they make themselves known to you.  I’m thinking of a little pigeon that limped up to me one day and looked me right in the eye.  He/she was babying the same leg that I was-I’d fallen down and hurt my knee earlier that morning.  I was feeling pretty down as I was eating my lunch.  That’s when the little dickens walked up to me.  I can almost hear Jesus laughing right now.  “Yes, and don’t forget I’m always with you too.”  It never ceases to amaze me how very much joy comes bubbling up over a little something like that, just when you need it.  Have I told you about the three sparrows who perched outside my window to chirp their thank yous for the seeds I put out for them?

Love you form Cafe du Mondieu                                                                                                    Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, January 11, 2019, 10:29 a.m.

Saturday Silly – January 12, 2019

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OMG!  January is National Braille Literacy Month.  It’s also Bath Safety Month, and I was gifted, at Christmas, with a pair of those gripper socks; you know the ones that have the little gripper things on the soles to make them less slippery on tile floors… I passed them on to a friend who always goes to the spa.  She’s married with four kids, and says she lives for those spa days.  And, I told her I was gifting her with the socks in honor of Bath Safety Month.

Her husband is blind from a war injury.  The other night she called me up and was laughing so hard I could barely understand what she was saying.  She hung up and called me back once she got control of herself.  She said, “Harry and I were having a romantic candlelight picnic in front of the fireplace, and I was wearing those gripper socks you gave me.  He started rubbing my feet, and all of a sudden changed course, rolled up my pajama pant leg and started licking my calf.”  She said, ” I didn’t know what the heck he was trying to do.  I jerked my leg away, and he started laughing like crazy.”  I asked her, “why was he laughing?”  She said, “He decided that in honor of Braille Literacy Month, he’d play a prank on me.  He told me that my sock told him to be a more daring lover and surprise me.”  I’m still giggling.  I think they are too.

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu                                                                                                    Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, January 7, 2019, 12:25 p.m.

When It’s Not Pretty…

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, reminds us that Jesus is a veil for us, as we walk out our paths through this world.  Quoting directly from the message: “I am the light of the world,” but sometimes in tender pity, I withhold too glaring a light, lest, in its dazzling brightness, you should miss your daily path and work.”

As I thought about this, I thought about Jesus ministry while on Earth.  He is the creator, “Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;”  (Philippians 2:6)  “rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.” (Philippians 2:7)  Can you imagine what we must have looked like to Him?  Can you imagine why He might have wept over Jerusalem?  We saw an example of His righteous indignation and zeal for the truth of God when He chased the money changers, buyers, and sellers out of the temple; even turning over their tables and using a whip.  Can you remember His prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane?  “Father, if it be your will, let this cup pass from me…”

Sometimes the ugliness of the things that go on in this world are just too much.  When it’s not pretty, we have the promise of His Presence.  He is the veil that gives us the peace, the power, and the passion in the midst of it all.  That’s what His prayer for us was all about.  The peace of God is ours in the midst of any storm.  The power of God is ours to get things done by; to be effective, even in our weaknesses.  The passion of Christ is ours when we want to throw in the towel; be it on a personal or public level.  We cannot just go lackadaisically through our lives and turn our eyes away from the needs, the ills, the woes of the world.  We, just like Christ Jesus, are anointed to bring the good news to those who need it.  Through Christ, we can come boldly to the very throne of God.  But, we have been blessed to be a blessing to the world He loves so much; the very one we were once a part of.  If we didn’t look, didn’t care, and didn’t strive to make things better, then He would have died for naught.  So, when it’s not pretty, know that you are beautiful, like the One who died for you.  And when it hurts, it’s because you are someone after His own heart.  It wouldn’t hurt if you didn’t care.   He came that we might have life, so we can surely, must surely,  continue His work as long as we are here.

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu                                                                                                        Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, January 10, 2019, 10:37 a.m.

A Woman of Worth

 

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A woman of worth is the crown of her husband  for in her is a spirit intelligent, holy, unique, manifold, subtle, agile, clear, unstained, certain, never harmful, loving the good, keen, unhampered, beneficent, kindly, firm, secure, tranquil, all powerful, all-seeing, and pervading all spirits, though they be intelligent, pure and very subtle.

I was reading in the Catholic Bible a few mornings ago.  As usual, the Lord gave me something good. This is a combination of the first line of Proverbs 12:4 and beginning with the second line of Wisdom 7:22.  This reaffirms Proverbs 31.  The part from Wisdom personifies Wisdom as a woman, like in Proverbs; and attributes these characteristics to her.  It was such an encouraging word to me, at just the right time.  The two pieces came together so awesomely, I wanted to share with you.

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu                                                                                              Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, January 10, 2019, 4:53 p.m.