Happy Easter One And All! He is Risen!

Do you know the king

 

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu                                                                                                  Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, April 18, 2019, 1:51 p.m.

Picture  of Jesus, courtesy of Google/ Pastor Chris’s Blog @ http://www.pastorchrismullis.com

 

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Saturday Silly – April 20, 2019

eapr_easter_happy_mtl_03 He said He’s going to rise after three days…I wonder if He’ll ask me if the eggs are kosher.  Of course they are!  They’re not deviled yet…

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Love you from Cafe du Mondieu                                                                                                Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, April 18, 2019, 1:38 p.m.

 

It’s a Love Thing

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Today’s message, on Good Friday,  from God Calling -A.J. Russell, is this:  “All you have missed you will find in Me, the Soul’s Lover, the Soul’s Friend, Father — Mother — Comrade — Brother. Try Me.”  Thus says the LORD, again and again, all throughout the Bible, in all of creation, and within your own heart every day.

I can tell you from personal experience, this is truth!  Jesus loved my soul back to life.  Jesus has been my best friend, and always will be.  Jesus has been father and mother to me.  Jesus, my comrade, my brother, my savior, my Lord, my King, my very life.

The Song of Solomon 2:4 is referenced in today’s message:  “He brought me to the banqueting house, and his banner over me was love.” (KJV)  As I think about my Jesus, hanging on the cross, tears come.  Tears of gratitude, tears of joy because He loves me so, and tears of compassion for all who don’t know Him and his awesome, awesome love.  My prayer is that all men will know come to Him, and love Him.  God bless you all.

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Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, April 18, 2019, 1:22 p.m.

Never Feeling Inadequate

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Happy Palm Sunday!  Hosanna, Hosanna, Hosanna in the highest!

Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, reminds us that we need to retreat into silence, or quietness, until calm is restored within, whenever we feel ruffled.

We are admonished never to feel inadequate for any task.  There is a difference between being unprepared and being inadequate.  We may be unprepared (lacking tools, knowledge, materials), but we are never inadequate for any task that God gives us to do.  2 Corinthians 12:9 is referenced,  saying to us, “my grace is sufficient for you, for my strength is made perfect in your weakness.”  Another one comes to mind as I read the message.  It is “I can do all things through Christ Jesus, who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:13)  Still another is found in Psalms.  All throughout Psalm 18 the LORD’s power and love are revealed to us.  Psalm 18:32 tells us that it is God who arms us and makes our way blameless.

The feeling of being inadequate is actually that same question in disguise…”if you are the son of God…”  That’s a negative emotion meant to bind our hands and feet, and cloud our thinking.  We need to battle that immediately when it crops up.  We need to replace that with an “I am that I am,” attitude.  We are creators, filled with creativity.  This means when I need to learn something, I can, because I have the mind of Christ.  It means I can tap into creative energy and come up with great ideas and effective solutions to problems, etc.  That’s why it is important to retreat into that place of quietness and commune with the Holy Spirit when we are assailed by those negative emotions of doubt, fear, and inadequacy.  The victory is already ours; we have but to walk in it.  Those negative emotions are just stumbling blocks in the road before us.        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NoM0AT8fBvs

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu                                                                                                    Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, April 11, 2019, 2:18 p.m.

The Grave Clothes

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, beckons to us to enter the risen life.  Rise from the tombs of your old life to life with Christ Jesus.

Luke 24:12 comes to mind when I read this message.  “Peter, however, got up and ran to the tomb. And after bending down and seeing only the linen cloths, he went away wondering to himself what had happened.”  The grave clothes were left behind.  John 20:7 tells us the cloth that had covered Jesus’ head was laying separate from the other linen cloths, and folded up neatly.

There’s a really powerful message in that.  The grave clothes, the shroud, represent to us all the excuses, all the false beliefs and wrong agreements, and all the fears we’ve been wrapped in.  The shroud kind of protects the corpse as it decomposes, and keeps the decomposition  from being visible outwardly.  The cloth that covered Jesus’ head was neatly folded up and kept separate from the shroud, though.

That cloth\, to me, represents the mind of Christ.  God’s promise to us when we become His children, and when we turn to the Lord for help.  You see, that crown of thorns represents the hedged in mind we have.  The thorns were about an inch and a half long, and pierced Jesus’ scalp.  They made Him bleed from His head.  A wounded mind, pierced by doubt, anxiety, fear, degradation, hatred, confusion, and chaos, and so much more negativity than there’s room to mention here, will cause your spirit to bleed.  Your life will bleed from the wounds that , then, often come self-inflicted as well.  That face cloth represents the healing power of our Lord, and of God’s love.  We may have to refer back to the things on that cloth from time to time.  We can gain strength, compassion, measure the distances we’ve come, etc., from looking back at that face cloth-because now, it’s neatly folded, and in it’s proper place.   Jesus wipes away the blood and the tears.  He helps us to put everything in the past neatly into place, and to fold it up and put it away.  He helps us make sense of it all.  And what we can’t make sense of, He helps us to let go of.  There are things that won’t make sense here.  They will one day in Heaven.   Now about that empty tomb…One of my favorite praise songs says it all!

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu                                                                                                      Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, April 8, 2019, 12:01 p.m.

The Other Side of the Cross

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What Takes Place at Calvary

Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, reminds us that it is through Jesus’ death on the cross at Calvary that we are empowered to be restored to our divine nature, and to abundance of life here on Earth, and to eternal life with Him in Heaven.  This message is actually a continuation of yesterday’s message about the blessing of crucifixion.

The Bible tells us that the wages of sin is death.  (Romans 6:21-23   True life, abundant life, eternal life all come through death.  The death of sin, that is.  Sin, fear and other negative emotion, and ego are our three worst enemies, our fiercest battles are fought with them.  Freedom from sin requires death.  Either you crucify the sin, the fear, etc., or it crucifies you.  Death by crucifixion is a slow and painful death.  Let me tell you how I suffer every time I have to run past the cookies or the cheesecake.  Lord, that’s so painful to my sweet tooth!  That’s a heads-up about the sin.  It can, and probably will, rear its ugly head more than once, or time and time again for a while.  But if you, if your spirit is dead to that thing, it’s power within you is dead.  It no longer has the upper hand.

“I am a non-smoker.”  That statement speaks to the urge that’s trying to come on you.  It is truth told to that unclean spirit about who you are.  Can you hear that same taunt?  “If you are the Son of God…”  It also speaks truth to your spirit.  “Remember who and whose you are.  Remember who has the authority here.  This will rise up immediately in your spirit, disarming that urge or craving, by putting you on the defense against it, and in authority over it.

That brings us to this statement.  This is a powerful revelation, folks.  “I am that I am.”  (Exodus 3:14)  We can also find it in 1 Corinthians 15:10 – “I am what I am by the grace of God, and His grace to me was not without effect.”    That statement reveals to us exactly who it is that is in charge over you or over me.  It tells you who’s in control over you, your thoughts, emotions, speech, and actions.  You have authority and power to choose.  Take a spilled drink, for instance.  The choices are:  Anger, fear, shame, or other negative emotion.  Choice number 2 is acceptance and appropriate action.  Acceptance allows us to laugh at our humanity, to have compassion, to show grace toward one another, etc.

The urges are worked the same way.  Acceptance that the urge is there empowers us to act on it appropriately.  We can laugh, we can stand firm against it.  Negative traits can be turned around using this same principle and method.  I am a blessing, I am generous, I am truthful, I am strong, I am loyal, fair, impartial, dependable, etc.  You get to choose who and whose you want to be, what you want to be and what you don’t want to be.

“I am that I am,” empowers us, not only with choice, but also with creativity.  We can follow our heart’s desires, our curiosities, etc.  “I always wanted to learn…”  “I wonder if I’d be any good at…”  I love to…”  We are empowered through that statement to spread our wings and soar to the highest heights.  Can you see another facet of the glory of Calvary, now?  Praise God!  And, thank you, Jesus!

Love you from Café du Mondieu                                                                                                        Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, April 6, 2019, 12:58 p.m.

The Crucifixion is the Blessing

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, reminds us that through and in Christ Jesus we are indeed blessed.  We are bid to loose our grip on all of Earth’s things; especially the worries and woes.  Falls and failures, slips and stumbles, and the like are included in the earthly things.  Another thing that’s included, and is crucial for us to let go of, is the harm done within; be it by others or that done to ourselves.

The scripture that comes to mind when I read this message is Luke 9:23: “Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.”  You see, the cross, the crucifixion, is the blessing of Easter.  Yes, Sir, yes, Maam, the cry heard from that crowd that was gathered before Herod, that cry, “CRUCIFY”, that’s the blessing!  

How can that be, you ask.  Well, let me tell you about someone who is afraid to say, “no.”  Afraid of being rejected, ending up alone, etc., that person will agree to anything or go along with anything-and usually to their downfall.  Then, there are the drugs and/or drink he or she has to use to quiet that voice of conscience (the Holy Spirit), or to numb the pain and self-loathing of being so fearful and weak.  It’s a vicious ride on an out of control merry go round.  Wouldn’t you love to crucify (put to death) that fear, and the self loathing and weakness, the pain, and the addiction?  Yes, darling, you can.  Jesus gave you that gift-the power to put those things to death in your life, and then to be resurrected to a new life of fearlessness, peace, and power within.  That’s why we take up our cross daily.  Then we have it right there whenever we need to crucify something.  

Have you ever heard the words, “he/she’ll never change?”  “You’ll never amount to anything.”?  “You’re worthless!”?  Yeah, I have too.  But then, I heard a voice tell me, “I love you just as you are.  I am the truth, the life, and the way.”  That made me want to find out more about this person.  His Name is Jesus.  It’s an ongoing process, this resurrection thing; or at least walking in the newness of a true life, or truly life.  That’s why Jesus said, “daily.”  And, praise God!  I’ve never, ever, ever, not been blessed by the crucifixion of some earthly thing.  Whether it was a good thing gone bad because of my selfishness or misunderstanding, or abuse of it.  (food, alcohol, etc.), or a bad thing caused by myself or someone else.  Never has God’s love failed me!  I’ve always been resurrected from that thing to joy, to peace, and to more power within!    PS -I will be posting God Calling messages on Saturdays when I feel the Lord prompting me to do so.  This is an awesome revelation, I believe, anyway.  I hope it blesses you as much as it has me.

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu                                                                                                        Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, April 5, 2019, 10:32 a.m.