The Other Version

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So, I there I was, in the ladies room at the courthouse, when I heard this lady singing, what I thought, at first, was Blessed Assurance.  But she sang, “Triple insurance, the Countach is mine…I’m a rich woman, because you crossed the line…I got your mansion, the boat, and the car…Oh, thank you, Jesus, it’s been a good day so far…”  I almost laughed out loud, but I managed not too.

I don’t think she knew I was in there, because she went on to pray.  “Thank you, Lord, for blessing me so richly today.  But, Lord, when you said blessings would overtake me, I sure didn’t think you meant that guy would almost run right over the top of me in that intersection.  I’m just glad I had the car in park, or I might have rear ended someone too.  I almost choked on my handbag!  It was the only thing I could find to stuff in my mouth, so she wouldn’t hear me laughing.  OMG!!!!!

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, September 19, 2019, 3:13 p.m.

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Cultivating The Treasures Within

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, reminds us that we are a work in progress.  We are not to be stagnant.  We are bid to cultivate ourselves.

“Remember your great field of labor is yourself. That is your first task, the weeding, the planting, digging, pruning, bearing fruit. When that is done I lead you out into other fields.”  This is a direct quote from the message on the twolisteners website.  I recently posted a list of books that I’d read over the summer.  They were all inspiring to me as a poet and a story writer.  One, in particular, was quite inspirational to me as a Christian, and as a woman.  I’ve also spent some time researching articles on how cancer cells fool our immune system, how they communicate with each other, and how they shut down communication between healthy cells, even blocking communication from healthy cells.  This all has to do with DNA glitches.  Lastly, I’ve been designing homes, clothes, and great food offerings.  I do the designing in theory, as I am still homeless at the moment.  I shop online, sketch things in my notebook, and combine some different things when I’m putting my lunches from the supermarket together.  This is how we cultivate ourselves. I love to do all these things.

So many of us don’t really take the time to spend time doing things we love, at home, or away.  We attend events, we volunteer time, we give of our resources.  But we don’t give back to ourselves in the way of time and discovery.  Of course, the best canvas you have to paint you on, is yourself.  God doesn’t need cookie cutter Christians.  God needs each and every one with all your uniqueness, your talents, your strengths, your joys, and even your weaknesses.  Yes, He does.  Once again, one of my favorite inspirational books is Simple Abundance by Sara Ban Breathnach.  It got the juices flowing for me, and I will cherish it forever.  She also has one for men.  There is also God Calling, by A.J. Russell.  And, there are so many things out there to inspire us.  Look at some of the beautiful floral creations out there.  Check out some menus online.  Go windowshopping, or even browse some online shops.  Whether you’re into home design, or clothing design, they’re a great way to get some ideas and inspiration.  You’ll be surprised at how much fun you can have.  You’ll also be surprised at the beautiful, wonderful treasures within.  You know, God puts them there because He knows each one of us.  He loves to see us excited and loving ourselves.

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, September 8, 2019, 12:17 p.m.

 

Saturday Silly – September 7, 2019

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My, my, my!  Lot of things to celebrate in September.  Two of my babies were born in September; one at the beginning of the month, and one at the end of it. The first Miss America, Margaret Gorman, was crowned in New Jersey, on September 7, 1921.  Among other things, this is Chicken month, and Self-improvement month.  And, September 7th is the great Buddy Holly’s birthday.

Those of you who know me, know that I like to streamline, so often I combine tasks into one smooth operation.  That’s what I did with this bit of information.  For my self-improvement project, I started working out to get rid of those chicken wings on my arms.  I happen to be a Buddy Holly fan.  So, I was doing my workout to “Oh, Boy,” one of his hits.  Now, being homeless, I don’t have any dumbbells to work out with.  Well, not the kind you lift, anyway.  Anyway, I do carry a couple of bags that contain my water and stuff.  So, here I was, listening to Buddy Holly, and working those arms.

The trouble started when I got to the exercise where you’re reaching behind you with the weights.  The very first rep I did, I reached behind me, bags in hand, and some guy snatched one of my bags and ran off with it.  One of the guys at Catholic Charities tried to chase him down, but couldn’t catch him.  He gave up and came back to where I was standing.  He asked, “What were you thinking, anyway?  What were you doing, lady?”  I said, “I was trying to exercise my arms so I can keep them firm.  Older women like to look sexy too, you know.”  He broke out in the chorus of, “That’ll be the day.”  LOL  ** This is a work of fiction.  I’d never have let either one of those guys get away with that in real life.  LOL

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Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, September 6, 2019, 1:06 p.m.

They’re Just Gone From Here…

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, reminds us that our loved ones are not gone.  They are just gone from here.  But they are freed from all human limitations, rejoicing, and serving the Lord in Heaven.

The message tells us that they can also protect us, minister to us, and even intercede for us.  This is where all kinds of arguments get started, isn’t it?  I believe this is true.  In the Bible, we can read about the rich man and Lazarus.  The rich man asked that someone be sent to his family members on Earth, to warn them.  Another Lazarus in the Bible died, and his sisters, Mary and Martha were quite upset with Jesus about it.  Jesus told them Lazarus was only sleeping.  He told Jairus the same thing about his daughter.  The Bible tells us that Jesus conquered death and the grave.  We’re told that He has the keys to death and Hades.  Those are just some examples of scriptures that tells us death is not final.

I have had countless experiences such as hearing my mother’s voice-from memory, warning me about something, as I’m trying to decide what to do, whom to believe, etc.  There have been times when I was sick, and heard her voice in my sleep, comforting me like she did when she was alive.  There isn’t a holiday that goes by without my feeling her presence in the kitchen as I’m cooking.  Whenever I see a bouquet of red carnations, I can see her smiling; they were her favorites.  Those are some of the ways in which our loved ones stay with us.  We also keep them alive here with us when we share memories of them with friends and family.  It’s especially important to share those with the next generations.  But, have you ever just had this feeling, or something just told you not to go somewhere or do something, etc.?  Could that have been dear old Mom or Dad?  I can’t say for sure it was.  But I can say for sure that God can do anything; and will do whatever He has to, to protect us.  As for that interceding part…well, all I have to say is, “Thank you, thank you, thank you, Mom, Dad, Grandma, Gramps, and all of my buds who got that before me, if you do.  I need all the help I can get!”  I believe with all my heart, they’re not gone; just gone from here.

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, September, 5, 2019, 1:21 p.m.

 

His Hand is Ever Over Our Lives

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, reminds us that God’s hand is ever working in, and over, our lives.  The message ties in perfectly with Saturday’s message about straying.

In Saturday’s message, we’re bid to learn the overcoming power of Jesus.  He wasn’t daunted by anything or anyone.  He knew who and whose He was, what His standards and boundaries were, and what His destiny was.  He also knew His purpose(s).  We all serve many different purposes in life.  They come according to needs-of others, and ourselves.

The way this message ties in with that one, is that it reminds us that there is a seal on our lives.  We are sealed to God Almighty, through Jesus Christ, our Lord.  We are reminded that He leads us-out of darkness to light, out of despair to hope and victory, out of temptation to overcoming power.  It is when we remember that seal is on us and our lives, that those standards and boundaries become clear and strong.  That’s how I can drink one bottle of beer or one glass of wine and be done.  I know who and whose I am, what my standard is, what my boundaries are, what my strengths and weaknesses are.  I know who is right there with me when I am drinking that bottle of beer or glass of wine.

There is so very much strength in being mindful of that seal on our lives.  If you walk out your front door with it in mind, you can walk away from anything!  It isn’t that Jesus needs to be called to our sides.  It is that we need to remain mindful that He is there.  And, He’s not there to judge you or condemn you.  He’s there to help you, to encourage you.  He’s there to give you the strength to get up and walk away.  It works in reverse too.  He can give you the strength to go somewhere you need to go, or do something you need to do.  Remember, His strength is made perfect in our weakness.  When we stay mindful of Him and His seal on our lives, His strength can, and will be perfected in us, to overcome the weakness.

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, August 10, 2019, 11:41 a.m.

Saturday Silly – July 6, 2019

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“Well, Officer, these fireworks went off, and these two pigeons came flying up and almost ran right into each other in mid-air…well no, that’s not true…pigeons don’t run…well, not in mid-air, anyway…they almost flew into each other in mid-air…of course, they’d be flying in the air…ohhhhh…I’m so sorry I rear ended you, Sir….                                                    nncnp3g17zovk80h1ao5tgkn9q85wu9

That all actually went through my mind, on the fourth of July, as I was crossing the street…well, all except for that rear ending the officer part, thank God…and the fireworks did scare a couple of pigeons up into the air…and they almost collided in mid air…I’m still laughing at the sight. But really, you guys, shoo the pigeons away first, next time. That could have been bad…being hit by a falling pigeon…

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Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, July 5, 2019, 2:34 p.m.

 

He Sure is My Rescue Story! Every Day!

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I hope you all enjoy this as much as I do.  It really touches my heart.  Thank you, Zach Williams.

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Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, July 5, 2019, 2:42 p.m.