For You, There Really Is No Night

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell,  reminds us that He is the light in our darkness.  We can rejoice, just like Paul and Silas, even in the darkest darkness.   Isaiah 60:20 tells us that there really is not night for us.  “Your sun will no longer set, and your moon will not wane; for the LORD will be your everlasting light, and the days of your sorrow will cease.…”

Elton John does this wonderful song; and it says it all! for me  I have spent some time in darkness, and let me tell you…There is no more beautiful sight than the Lord, in your darkness.  Thank you. Lord, for loving me so.

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, July 13, 2020, 11:15 a.m.

And Amen!

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, bids us to joy in Him.  Some days it’s so hard to keep from just dancing through the day – literally!  I hope you’ll read the message yourselves at twolisteners.org

So, let’s begin the day in joyous celebration of His awesome love!  Thank you, Third Day!

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, July 7, 2020, 12:42 p.m.

Amen!

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, reminds us that it is sin for us who know Him as Father, to doubt Him.  The longer I’ walk with our Heavenly Father, the more reasons I find to trust Him, and to rest assured in His steadfast love for us.  That being said, I want to share one of my favorite oldies with you.  Thank you, Gaithers for all the joy you bring me through your music!

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, July 7, 2020, 12:37 p.m.

Be Quiet And Praise Him

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Today’s message from God Calling –  A.J. Russell, bids us to trust God.  “Be still and know that I am God.” (Psalm 46) -and I encourage you to read the whole Psalm; it’s awesome.  Psalm 27 is also a great one.   There, King David asks, “Whom shall I fear?”  “Of whom shall I be afraid?”

I discovered sometime ago that reading these out loud not only stirs my spirit up in faith, courage, and even patience, but it also puts the spiritual realm on notice.  The powers and principalities, and hosts of spiritual wickedness are very real.  (Read The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis)  In Jesus’ Name, we have authority and power to over-rule them.  (Luke 10:20)  All that being said, put whatever it is in God’s hands, and just be quiet and praise Him.  It is, after all, the Lord’s Day!   This is one of my favorite praise songs.  Thank you, Chris Tomlin.

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, July 1, 2020, 11:16 a.m.

Saturday Silly – July 4, 2020

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They were married 55 years ago on the Fourth of July.   She tells us that when they met, she was a showgirl and he swept her right off her feet.  He says they got married on the fourth of July so they could always say there were fireworks on their wedding night.  “But, after 55 years of marriage,” says he, “all I get nowadays is the Rockette’s red glare.”

Have a beautiful day!

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, July 3, 2020, 11:19 a.m.

Life Changes With This Daily Reminder

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, reminds us that it is in quietness and trust that we find our strength.  Some years ago, God gave me a daily prayer.  One part of it is, “Thank you, Lord, for the peace to find strength within, and for the strength to seek your peace in my life.”  God has promised us, both peace and strength.  That strength is His power, which is made perfect in our weakness.

My life began to change when I began to pray that prayer, along with the Lord’s Prayer, daily.  In terms of peace and strength, I can’t even begin to tell you how much anxiety left my life.  I KNOW that I Know, that I Know this:  Fear and anxiety are powerless in my life.  Strength is just automatically there, it seems.  Very rarely do I have to ask for it.  What a beautiful freedom this is!  Praying this daily reminds me there’s something I have within that’s powerful.  It also reminds me that I have that power, or strength within, to actively seek God’s peace in any situation, at any time, for any reason.  It reminds me that I am in authority over the circumstances; not vice versa.  Make it a point, daily, to remind yourself that God’s peace and power are yours.  Nobody can take them away from you, and nothing can overcome either one of them.  I encourage you to visit the twolisteners.org website and read the message for yourself.  Each message in the book, “God Calling,” reinforces scripture found in the Bible, and vice versa.

I chose this song by Chris Tomlin to remind us what an awesome God we serve; and what an awesome God serves us.

Love you from Café du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, September 14, 2019, 12:04, p.m.

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.

 

Count Your Blessings

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Happy September!  Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, bids us realize how rich, indeed, we really are.  We have Jesus, all His love, grace, patience, kindness, strength, power, authority, peace, and joy…the list goes on and on.  How can we fear the future, when Jesus holds it in His hands?

When I read the message, I thought about how blessed I was to listen to some good music over the last two weekends.  There were free concerts on Fremont Street Experience, here in Las Vegas.  I had to thank God, when I read this message, that I am able to hear the music.  I also think about how much I enjoy the taste of my morning coffee; especially when it’s a good cup of coffee.  Being able to take deep breaths is another treasure, after my ordeal a few summers ago, when my lungs crashed.

I don’t really fear the future.  There are things I want to get done while I can do them; but I know God’s got my life in His hands.  He holds the future.  All of that peace and joy came through Jesus Christ, our Lord.  While we can’t just wander aimlessly through life, we can be sure we’re going to survive it.  LOL  There is truly so much to be grateful for.  When we pay attention to those little things we often don’t think about, we can realize that we have been blessed and given such treasures.  I think of that “pressed down, shaken together, and running over,” scripture.  Our God is a good God!

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, August 31, 2019, 2:27 p.m.

Connecting The Steps To The Summit

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Today’s message from God Calling -A.J. Russell, reminds us that we need to take our eyes off the problems, long enough to see how they’re leading us to the goals.

Each day brings with it little irritations, little chances to give up, little difficulties to excuse doubt.  The list goes on and on.  We’re not to pay too much attention to those little things.  We’re not to allow them to throw us off track, that is.  We are to connect them to the goal we’re trying to reach.  The ultimate goal is to maintain our authority over our circumstances, and to remember we are kings and queens in the earth.  We rule; the circumstances don’t.  They shouldn’t, anyway.

The way we connect those little things to the goals, is by building a stairway leading upward to the goals.  We do this when we see those little irritations, difficulties, etc., as opportunities to practice our authority wisely.  Remember Solomon?  He asked God for wisdom.  He wanted to rule over his world wisely.  That attitude, or mindset, changes us immediately from being victims of the circumstances, to being masters over them.  *We practice this best when we slow down long enough to remain in the driver’s seat.  All that rushing, rushing, rushing, can throw you right into the rumble seat, if you don’t watch out.

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, August 22, 2019, 10:30 a.m.

The Holy Of Holies Wrapped In Flesh

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Today’s message from God Calling – A. J. Russell, reminds us that Jesus took on our humanity, so that we can take on His divinity.  That means we can live in divine power, peace, love, joy, unity, etc.  All the Fruits of the Spirit are ours in Christ Jesus.  In essence, when the veil was torn, the gates of Heaven opened wide to us.

I wrote this psalm some time ago, 2009, in fact.  It came to mind as I read the message this morning.

How Beautiful is the Love of my Savior:  How beautiful on the mountain are those nail pierced feet…and the hands, scarred and calloused, that reach for me.  How beautiful is the voice that says, “Come unto me.”  Oh, how beautiful is the love of my Savior.  How beautiful, the precious blood shed on Calvary.  How beautiful the prayer He prayed for you, and for me.  How beautiful is the life He gave to set us free.  Oh, how beautiful is the love of my Savior.  How beautiful is the heart that’s filled with mercy and grace.  How beautiful the day when we shall see His face.  How beautiful is this King that opens wide Heaven’s gate.  Oh, how beautiful is the love of my Savior…

I used to walk and collect cans and plastic bottles on Sunday mornings back then.  I would walk and praise the Lord as I went along.  the more I praise Him, the more praise He gives me.  I got this one started one Sunday morning, and finished it under a little shade tree at the shelter I was living in, later that afternoon.  God never fails us.  Thanks to Jesus, we can live in divine power, in every sense of the word.  We just get so distracted, overwrought, and overwhelmed, that we forget that-and all too often.

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, August 18, 2019, 2:08 p.m.