It All Goes Together

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, bids us to dwell in God’s Presence.  We’re told to dig deep into the soil of the Kingdom.  This message ties in with the one for Saturday, August 8th, and with my post on Friday’s message.  All three go together.

Friday’s message speaks of getting to know God intimately to dispel fear and doubt within.  Saturday’s message – read it at twolisteners.org- bids us to empty ourselves to ensure constant fresh supply.  This is so important when we’re finding ourselves stressed, anxious, angry, anything that’s contrary to the Divine Nature within us.  Immediately emptying ourselves of all that negative emotion and replacing it with truth from the Word of God, and what we know of God’s love and grace toward us, is critical.  This is the way we remain in His Presence.

Do you know what Satan’s goal in the Garden of Eden was?  It was to separate Adam and Eve from the presence of God-and from the security there is in His presence.  That’s why we’re told to dig deep into the soil of the Kingdom…you’ll find treasure upon treasure, strength upon strength, glory upon glory, until your faith is unshakable!  You will think, feel, and act like the king or queen you are ordained to be.  *Remember what the King of kings said, though: “I have not come to be served, but to serve.”  And remember Solomon’s prayer for wisdom, so that he could rule over his people wisely and justly.

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, August 7, 2020, 11:45 a.m.

Saturday Silly – August 8, 2020

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It’s been an interesting week news-wise, hasn’t it?  I read the other day that the NY State Attorney General is suing the NRA.  Yeah, she’s seeking its closure.  I was discussing this with a friend yesterday.  I told her I am definitely for the right to bear arms; and I’m sure glad our right to bear arms is guaranteed us by the second amendment in the Constitution.  One look at her face told me she was pretty serious about it too.  She said, “Oh, my God!  I didn’t know they had to get the government involved in that!  I’m so glad, too, though.  I’d die in this heat if I couldn’t wear tank tops!”   Yeah, she was serious about it, alright.  Now, where did I put that tank top?

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, August 7, 2020, 11:24 a.m.

Look Not To The Left Or The Right

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, bids us to walk by faith in Jesus’ keeping power.

God’s power will never fail us; but we fail to keep our minds fixed on Him.  Again, Peter walking on the water comes to mind: “But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” (Matt.14:30 -NIV)  Looking neither to the left nor right, but keeping our minds and hearts fixed securely on our Lord and our Heavenly Father, is the way to get through every day with so much less stress!  What a burden is lifted off one’s shoulders when we get this right.

The next thing that comes to mind is putting on the whole armor of God.  (Eph. 6:13)  I think the helmet of salvation and the breastplate of righteousness are the most important.  You see, this is where our head and heart is at.  The shield of faith and the sword of the Spirit-which is the Word of God, do us no good whatsoever, if we do not believe and receive that Word; that truth.  This is where building our spiritual strength comes in.  We have to feed our spirit with the truth; which is, that we are children of God, the head and not the tail, nothing can separate us from the love of God, and nothing can stop God’s purpose for you!  If you have to write this down somewhere and read it aloud every morning, do it until it’s the first thought you think when you wake up.  It works.  Keep it with you and remind yourself that whenever you’re feeling anxious or stressed.  Before you know it, you’ll be sailing through most of your days joyfully.  Read about God’s love in the Psalms and the Prophets, about His keeping power, and about His fierceness in dealing with our adversaries.  (powers, principalities, hosts of spiritual wickedness) (Eph. 6:12)

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, August 6, 2020, 11:29 a.m.

 

Preparing The Soil

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, bids us to spend more time preparing the soil.  Jeremiah 4:3 tells us to break up our fallow ground and don’t sow among thorns.

There are two things that come to mind when I read this scripture.  First, fallow ground is unplowed.  That means the seed won’t get into the soil because the ground is unpenetrable.   If the seed doesn’t get into the soil, it doesn’t get the nourishment required for it to take root and grow.  It will just lie on the surface of the ground and be blown away by the wind, or scorched by the sun.  It’s important to create the right environment; one that will promote growth and success.  This works in every aspect of life; breaking generational curses included.  Secondly, we’re told not to sow among thorns.  Those thorns represent nay-sayers, or unbelievers, those that keep pulling us back into destructive ways and things, etc.  This, also, is very important when we’re breaking generational curses off, and/or breaking bonds of addictions and dysfunctions.

When we spend time preparing the soil, we’re sure to reap the blessings we were ordained to reap.

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, July 29, 2020, 11:33 a.m.

Saturday Silly – August 1, 2020

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Happy August, one and all!  August is Romance Awareness Month.  I mentioned this to a friend of mine.  She told me she’s known this for awhile.  “As a matter of fact,” she said, “I mentioned this to Archie (her husband), when I first found out about it.”  Then she laughed and said, “He must have thought I was hinting for more romantic attention.  That evening, we were watching television, and when I said, “dip, please, he got up, took me in his arms and dipped me.”  I thought, well that’s a new way to enjoy your chips, isn’t it?

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, July 29, 2020, 11:11 a.m.

Thank You, Heavenly Father; Thank You !

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, bids us to be brave and thankful.  And this in the midst of COVID -19!  Just in case you’re heart’s a little weary and weak at the moment, thankfully, we have Psalm 104 to stir us up.  It’s a reminder of all that God is and does for us.  I hope you’ll be as blessed by it as I am.  I always get so excited by the time I get to the end of one like that!  Hallelujah!  Praise the LORD/Lord!

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, July 28, 2020, 11:35 a.m.

Faith Is Also Its Own Reward

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, reminds us of God’s promise that our faith will be rewarded.

As I read the message, in the midst of the Corona Virus pandemic and everything that’s been affected by it, I must say some thank yous.  Thank you, Lord, for keeping us in the palm of your hands; first of all.  Thank you, to all those who keep right on giving, right on caring about the rest of the world, and right on doing your best to help everyone get through this thing.  I’ll never be able to express how much I appreciate you, and how deeply grateful I am to you.

I also think about Noah, Abraham, Moses…and our Lord, Jesus.  What awesome faith they showed us!  I’m always blown away when I think about Jesus; about the strength of His faith; and His love.  He could have called the whole thing off at any given point in time.  But He didn’t.  And when I think about that, I think about the times I’ve trudged onward.  I don’t know how I got through any of it, except by God’s grace strengthening my faith as I went along.  The Bible does say we reap what we sow, right?  Yeah, that little faith seed becomes a beautiful and majestic tree over the years, doesn’t it?  Faith is its own reward.  Isn’t it cool how God works all that stuff out so perfectly?!

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, July 28, 2020, 11:30 a.m.

Oh, The Wonder& Joy In Those

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, reminds us that life is not all toil and tribulation.  God, who has fashioned us -that’s in Psalm 119:73 – makes sure to put those restful places on the paths for us.

When I read this message, I think about living in Virginia.  There was a trail, through the forest, that led to a riding arena.  I loved to walk that trail!  It was my place of refreshing, of quieting my soul.  I didn’t think about it that way then, but that’s exactly what God was doing for me.  He was refreshing my spirit and quieting my soul with each step I took.  I can almost still smell the scent of the trees and the stables as I would near them.

Sometimes we have to seek out those places.  I’ve always found that the farther away from the city’s hustle and bustle I get, the easier it is to find them.  If you can’t get out into nature, try a zoo, or other nature exhibit.  We do have some awesome ones right here in Las Vegas.  Shark Reef and Sigfried & Roy’s Secret Garden are two that come to mind.  I’ve been to both places, and absolutely loved them!  Taking some walks on those quiet paths is a good habit to get into, for refreshing and quieting your soul.

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, July 27, 2020, 12:06 p.m.

Go, And Sin No More

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, gives us a powerful revelation about Jesus’ words in John 8:11 – “Neither do I condemn you; go, and from now on sin no more.”   The message bids us to “feel that between us and all scorn and indignity is a strong shield.”

We are also reminded that we are to be perfect as our Heavenly Father is perfect.  Being human, we are bound to do things imperfectly at times.  We are limited in patience, and even in perseverance at times.  Of course, it’s always easier to give up, isn’t it?  That’s because we have a tendency to be self-condemning.  Sometimes, we’re even harder on ourselves than others are.

Jesus spoke those words to a woman caught in the act of adultery.  The whole scene changed from one of self-righteousness and condemnation to one of self examination, repentance, and opportunity.  The men who were ready to stone the woman to death had to admit their own sinfulness, and repent  of their condemnation of her.  The woman was saved from them, and forgiven by Jesus, and given the opportunity to correct herself.  Jesus didn’t require anything from her, but to get up and go forward; onward.

We can do that very same thing when we miss it.  We can do it each and every time, if we just determine to step up and forward into the opportunity, learning from the mistake, without judging or condemning ourselves.  Psalm 119:1 says it like this: “Blessed are those whose ways are blameless, who walk according to the law of the LORD.” (NIV)  Now, if you give it little thought, you’ll realize that can also be applied to being non-judgmental, non-condemning…to learning what caused the failure, and correcting it, rather than focusing on who caused it.  Remember, God does not impute wickedness to us.  We ought not to either, then.  I, for one, do not attempt something with the intent of failing at it; do you?  Yeah, I didn’t think so either.  *Something I learned from my son when he dropped the bag of cookies at the store is that that’s the way the cookie crumbles.  LOL  PS – they’re just as good crumbly as they are whole.

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, July 27, 2020, 11:34 a.m.

He Loves You More

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, reminds us that God loves us, and longs for our love and companionship, as much as we do (or should) His.

I began to see God’s way of reaching out to me in the little birds I love so much.  I’ve shared some of the funny things that have happened-and I just know He was behind them.  Then, there are those quiet interludes of peace.  He makes His presence known in so many ways, if we just pay attention-look, listen, and live with our hearts.  I believe the best way to cultivate that intimacy with our LORD/Lord is to make time to seek Him; time to be alone with Him.

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, July 24, 2020, 2:28 p.m.