Doubt Will Make You Miss the Wonders

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, admonishes us to never doubt God’s love or power.  We’re told that wonders unfold constantly.  The Bible refers to this as: “They go from strength to strength until each one appears before God in Zion.”

As I watched my mother dying from lung cancer, wonders unfolding became very clear to me.  I hadn’t read God Calling yet, but looking back after I had read the book revealed the meaning and power, and promise of this message.  I was pregnant with my third child, and had one just in school, and a toddler as well.  Somehow, through the pain of the impending loss of my mother, the pain of watching her suffer, and the helplessness that was very real in the situation, God showed me wonders.

The wonders were the sound of my children’s laughter as they played.  I felt the peace and comforting arms of God around me as I rocked my child to sleep at night.  And I got to see the joy and pride in my mother’s eyes as she visited with her grandchildren.  We spent some time every afternoon with her at the hospital.  There were times I could feel God’s presence in the room.  It was as if He was letting me know that He was with her and she would be with Him in peace and joy when she did pass.  I had a dream about her about six weeks after she passed away.  She opened her grave as if there were French doors, stepped out in a beautiful long dress, and went into a house.  On one side of the room were all the people in our family that had passed away.  I was on the other side of the room.  I looked at her questioningly, and she smiled this gorgeous and brilliant smile, and shook her head as if to say, “don’t worry; I’m fine.”  I knew in my heart that she was at home in Heaven,  and safe and sound.

God never left either one of us during those months of her illness.  I learned from that, never to doubt His love or His power.  Adversity and suffering try to rob us of the wonders in the darknesses.  But, it is those very wonders that strengthen us for the next battle, and cement our love, trust, and joy in our God.  Whenever you find yourself in a dark place, look for a wonder.  God puts them there just for us on just such occasions.

Love you from Café du Mondieu                                                                                                      Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, March 24, 2019, 12:31 p.m.

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Knowing Him

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, bids us to seek more to know our Lord, Jesus, rather than just seeking revelation of the Word, or answers to questions about the future, etc.

I’ve posted messages on this before.  The repetition of this particular message throughout the book (God Calling), should tell us how important intimate knowledge of Him is to us.  There is much power in it.  Here’s a song to put us in that frame of mind.

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, March 23, 2019, 4:11 p.m.

Saturday Silly – March 23, 2019

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Today, we’re celebrating three things nationally.

National Chip and Dip day, National Puppy Day, Near Miss Day

Wowie!  Can you picture this?  You’re on the floor in front of the t.v. with your chips and dip.  The puppy comes over and lifts his leg over the dip bowl.  Your girlfriend saves the day as she grabs the chips bag and the bowl of dip, and scolds you for eating on the carpet.  How many near misses were there?

Answer: two; and you should be thankful for the one that saved your dip.

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, March 22, 2019, 11:08 a..

Women’s History Month

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You didn’t really think I’d forget, did you?  March is women’s history month, so I want to introduce you to a woman who made an impact on me.  Her name is Helen Keller.

Helen had the odds stacked against her from early childhood; age 19 months, to be exact.  She became ill, and lost both her hearing and sight as a result.  She beat the odds with the help of  Anne Sullivan, who became Helen’s teacher and friend, when Helen was seven years old.

There’s a wonderful film about Helen Keller that tells her story, and Anne’s.  It is titled The Miracle Worker.  The film stars Patty Duke Astin as Helen, and Anne Bancroft as her teacher, Anne Sullivan.  For those of you who don’t know Helen Keller or Anne Sullivan, I recommend the film to you.  Both women’s stories inspired so much courage, hope, and strength in me.  Patty Duke Astin won an Academy Award for her superb portrayal of Helen Keller.  Patty Duke Astin’s own biograpy is quite interesting, also.

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu                                                                                                  Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, March 22, 2019, 10:40 a.m.

Supply the Spirit First

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, reminds us that, first, all supply is fashioned from love.  Secondly, Spirit must be supplied first.  Third John 1:2 -“Our beloved, I pray for you that you will prosper in all things and be well, just as your soul prospers.”  (Aramaic bible in plain English)  See why I love biblehub.com?

The message outlines the “supply chain” and the domino effect of it briefly.  We are promised a constant supply, but “only if the need is a spiritual one.” -quoting directly from the message.  If we prosper as our souls prosper, this makes absolute perfect sense, doesn’t it?  So, for a child of God, because we are spirit in physical bodies, it is our spirit that receives.

Proverbs 4:23 tells us , “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.”  What you feed your body depends on what your heart is set on, doesn’t it?  Am I desiring health and well being?  Then I will avoid harmful foods, drink, activities, etc.  I will, instead, choose food and drink that is good for me, cultivate and maintain self-control and will power, and indulge in activities that are healthful for me-body, mind, and soul.

When I learned this lesson, I began to appreciate the peace, power, and joy that these things brought to my mind, heart, and soul.  The more peace, power, and joy I discovered in them, the more I sought them in every day living.  The more ways I sought them in every day living.  You would be amazed how peaceful and joyful fresh linen on the bed can make you feel.  This is a good reason and motivation to cultivate the discipline of changing linen often, and a joyful “treasure” of housekeeping.  Can you see what I mean?  When we seek to supply Spirit first, we not only are promised a constant supply; we can constantly find sources of supply as well.  And, yes, that supply is fashioned from love.  Love the LORD, your God with all your might, and love your neighbor as you love yourself.  Be good to yourself until that goodness and joy flows over and makes you want to be good to everyone else.  I promise, you will find ways to bless others.

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu                                                                                              Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, March 21, 2019, 10:34 a.m.

Spiritual Fasting is Crucial in Crisis

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, reminds us that we do not walk alone; especially through the darkness.  Our Lord promised, saying, “Lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the age.”

We are bid to recall His words to the disciples:  “And he said unto them, This kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting.” (KJV – Mark 9:29)  *I’m going to note something here about the importance of reading different, and especially, earlier versions of the Bible.  The latest/newest versions left out the word fasting, thereby robbing the message, and Jesus’ words of their power.  Okay, back to the message.

In the scripture (Mark 9:29), they were talking about a demon.  Today’s message addresses fear, discouragement, worry, depression, anger, rage, and despondency, to name a few things attached to adversity.  We often fast to cleanse our bodies of toxins and sluggishness.  We fast physically in order to gain strength spiritually.  But how often do we fast from things like the ones I mentioned above.  How often do we even think of fasting spiritually?  I addressed this in a post a few years ago, but not in detail as I have in here.

Some time ago, as I was going through a real crisis, I learned something about “fearing not and taking heart.”  I learned that I can choose fear or faith.  I can refuse to indulge in worry, anger, discouragement, etc.  I can fast from those things, choosing instead, to indulge in the joys, the routines, the peaceful things, etc.  You see life continues on whether we’re in crisis or not.  When we fast from the destructive things and indulge in the joys, routines, and peace, we are cleansing toxins from our spirit.  Joy lifts the weight, routines steady our gait, and peace washes and soothes the spiritual wounds.  Crises can cause spiritual wounds that need to be tended to just as much as physical wounds do.

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu                                                                                                  Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, March 20, 2019, 4:35 p.m.

He is All and is in All

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, reminds us that God works in mysterious ways.  Well, at times the ways seem mysterious, anyway.  We’re reminded that God works through may channels to supply our needs.  So, we are bid to trust Him.  At the same time, we are bid to simply strive to do His will.

When the revelation of today’s message became clear to me, my life changed in many ways.  Every sort of work, be it outside or inside my home, became an opportunity to be excellent in working, thereby serving the Lord.  Social activities such as 4H, kids’ ballgames, and even just a neighborhood get -together became opportunities to bless people.  This was true even if the blessings were small things like a listening ear, or a much needed hug, or a word of encouragement.  1 Corinthians 10:31  tells us this: “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all to the glory of God.”  The more I cultivated this attitude and put in into practice, the more awesome my life became.

And, as I became a channel of blessing, I began to receive blessings from every direction.  I believe when we do this, we activate a power that works throughout our circles, and even in the world around us at times.  That power ensures our needs are met, be they physical, material, emotional, or spiritual.  Anxiety ceases, and joy and peace, a quiet confidence take over.  Finally, I can’t even begin to tell you what a blessing it is to be able to bless someone.  Just the sight of their smiling faces, or the sound of their joy, is such a blessing to a heart and soul.  It works a wonder somewhere within a person, that brings joy bubbling up time and time again.

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu                                                                                                    Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, March 19, 2019, 12:41 p.m.