Open My Eyes and My Heart, Lord

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, reminds us that Jesus knows every heartHe knows how every brain works, how every sense of humor, responsibility, compassion, etc., is set in motion.  (Psalm 139:13)

The message at twolisteners.org is so powerful.  I hope you’ll read it for yourself.  I learned so much from this one.  I learned that bringing someone to Christ is not always done by preaching the Gospel.  Sometimes, a tiny seed of love or laughter, a kindness, even just a smile, can be a powerful thing.  Jesus knows where every seed is planted too, you see.  Yes, we are to preach the Gospel.  But it’s about more than that, really.

I also learned to humble myself and pray, even when I seek God’s Word.  When I open my Bible, I pray and ask God to open my eyes to understand His Word, and to open my heart to receive His truth.  I don’t know about you, but my heart is not always willing to accept a truth-especially if I’m wanting to pout about it.  Yep, still a brat sometimes.  But, thank God, He is patient and does correct me in love.  (Matthew 13:3) is where you’ll find the parable of the sower and the seed.

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, March 13, 2020, 11:45 a.m.

What You Nail To Your Cross…

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Can save somebody’s life.  Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, reminds us that when we nail all that “stuff” we carry inside…anger, fear, unresolved this or that, pain, etc., we become life changing forces.  The difference between a victim and a victor is this:  The victim will wallow in his/her suffering, and be bound to his/her “mat.” (John 5:2-8) The victor will take his suffering, and make a road for someone else to get out on. (John 3:16-17, John 10:9-11, Matthew 11:28)

This is one of my favorite songs by Hillsong.  Jesus, draw me always to your cross, especially when I suffer, or am wronged.  Help me to present myself a living sacrifice.  I ask it and receive it in your Name, and I thank you for it, Lord.

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, March 13, 2020, 11:32 a.m.

 

Perseverance Is The Key

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, reminds us that perseverance in all God tells us to do, persistent carrying out of God’s commands, is the key to success; to victory.

When I read this message, and I hope you will read the message at twolisteners.org, I am brought back to working it all out in daily living.  It’s about persistently checking the boundary markers, putting them back in place, etc.  It’s about persistently going to God in prayer, in praise and worship, and just in waiting before Him…because that’s where we abide…in His Spirit, and with His Spirit in us.  Persistence is the key in everything.  If you have to pray for help to get up out of that bed, to make the bed, etc., do it.  It’s what will insure your victory.  I can say that because I’ve been there, and done that.

This message goes well with yesterday’s post; because the hosts of spiritual wickedness, and unclean spirits are very active in our world.  That’s not to say that they are behind everything that’s wrong in your life.  But, be aware, they wait for any and every opportunity to use every weakness to bring about your demise spiritually.  That’s why you have to be of one mind.  That one mind being this:  I am God’s child, a king/queen in the earth, the head and not the tail, and I am in authority over the darkness, and not under authority of it!

Satan loves chaos and division.  That’s why that one-mindedness is important.  If you’re on one path today, doin’ it this way one day, and that way the next, or not at all the next…do you see the division within you in that?  Divide and conquer, right? That’s Satan’s favorite game.  Jesus warned us about that. (Luke 11:17)   The other big stumbling block here is self-condemnation.  You have a lot going on, and you will get weary, you will make mistakes, etc.  The greatest weapon you have in this battle is persistence and perseverance.  Get back up and keep on going.  Get right back on track, and go forward. Leave that self-condemnation in the dust behind you.

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, March 13, 2020, 11:14 a.m.

Saturday Silly – March 14, 2020

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My goodness!  The police in this town really do take their jobs seriously.  They do not mess around with criminals.  I was walking to breakfast last Monday morning.  There’s a mortuary, crematory, and cemetery on the way to where I was going.  I watched a hearse pull in, with a police car right on its tail.

I was walking with a friend, and I said to her, “Wow!  They’re right on that hearse’s tail, aren’t they?”  She said, “Man, that person must have done something really bad, if they’re dead and the police are still going to arrest them!”

Yeah, well, she hadn’t had her coffee yet either.

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, March 13, 2020, 11:20 a.m.

His Spirit In You…His Spirit Through You

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, reminds us that we should never entertain any spirit but the Lord’s; the Holy Spirit.  Spiritualism, we’re told, is wrong.  I can see a couple of reasons for this, right in the Bible.

First, (2 Cor. 11:14) tells us that Satan, himself masquerades as an angel of light.  So do his servants.  There are a bunch of scriptures that give us information about unclean spirits.  There are also scriptures that give us information about hosts of spiritual wickedness in the heavenlies.  Jesus gave us authority over unclean spirits; to cast them out.  Secondly, and simply put, the serpent, who is Satan, “is more crafty/cunning than any of the wild animals the LORD, God, had made.”  (Genesis 3:1, Rev. 20:3, 1 Peter 5:8)  I would look up every scripture in the Bible dealing with Satan, with spiritualism, and with the hosts of spiritual wickedness in the heavenlies.  It will give you a clear picture of who you’re dealing with.  Jesus also said, “My sheep know my voice, and obey it.” (John 10:27)  Ladies and gentlemen, in these times especially, we need to put on the full armor of God, and be ready to wield the sword of God (His Word).

There’s a lot of talk and speculation about this Coronavirus.  While it is a serious thing, please don’t panic.  Please remember the 91st Psalm, which promises that God’s got your back.  I discovered some years ago, a little thing called Earl Grey Tea-Bigelow is my favorite brand of tea.  I had bronchitis, drank a cup of that tea, and it actually loosened the tightness in my lungs, and soothed the pain.  My lungs/chest quit hurting and I was able to cough up the mucus, clearing the congestion.  There’s something in Earl Grey tea, called Oil of Bergamot.  In doing some research, I also found out that the actually used this stuff to help those suffering from Tuberculosis, way back when it was still called “Consumption.”   Vitamin C, as much as you can get, will help boost your immune system, enabling you to fight this virus off.  Tea also has tannins in it, that are good for fighting bacteria and viruses.  Earl Grey Tea has both.  Hot Tang is also good, as well as that good old Chicken soup-I like the kind with rice in it, because the rice is easier to digest.  Practice good hygiene (hand-washing, throw tissues in the garbage or flush them, etc.).  Other than that, remember, you are blessed coming in and going out…(Deuteronomy 28)

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, March 13, 2020, 10:56 a.m.

Simplicity Promotes Progress

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, reminds us to keep things simple.  We are bid to strive to simplify our lives; to honor the humble and simple things in life.

(Matthew 6:33) “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”  Jesus was talking about worry and anxiety, and how we complicate our lives with these.  The lesson is that life really is about much more than stuff, stuff, and more stuff.  We over schedule, over work, over do, etc.

I received a single rose recently; a gift from a friend.  I cut the stem a little and put it in some water.  Then I watched the leaves fill with a beautiful pale fuchsia color, and give off a wonderful its wonderful scent.  How absolutely beautiful!  Now, had I a home, I would have probably taken the petals, and put them in my bath water later.  They’d probably be beautiful tucked around a votive in a candle holder. (Use the LED kind so the petals don’t burn)  See how that one simple little gift, can progress to more joy for someone?

Simplicity really does promote progress.  Think of a desk top cluttered with papers, utensils, etc.  Doesn’t that just give you brain freeze, right there?  Organization is part of simplicity, and simplicity is actually rule number one for organization.  This might be a good time to take an inventory, and see if there’s anything that needs to be organized, and/or simplified.  I do this on a regular basis…it helps to preserve my sanity.

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, March 9, 2020, 12:37 p.m.

Seek It, Absorb It, Create It, Give It

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, bids us to seek beauty.  This is going to be a short post.  I want you to read the message at twolisteners.org.

I’m going to remind you of what our Lord Jesus said to us, in (Matthew 12:35) “A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him.”  Seek beauty, absorb beauty, create beauty, give beautiful things to others, become more and more beautiful by doing so.  “Nuff” said?  Let this song help get you in that frame of mind.  I’m assigning homework today.  Find at least three songs about the beauty of the Lord, and about your own-remember, you’re His baby!

Thank you, Third Day, for bringing so much joy and beauty into my life through your music!

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, March 9, 2020, 12:22 p.m.