Little Things Can Cause Big Falls

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, reminds us not to sweat the little things.  However,  we also need to deal with some of  them immediately.

I learned this lesson from a little Lego piece.  It was on the living room floor; one of the boys must have dropped it or forgotten it.  I saw it, didn’t really sweat it though.  I kept right on going, on my way to the kitchen to get my cup of coffee.  Everyone was off to school and the morning rush was over.  While I was in the kitchen, the phone rang.  I had a ten minute conversation with a neighbor, refilled my coffee cup, and headed back into the living room to enjoy the peace and quiet.  Sure enough, that Lego found its way right under my left foot.  After I cleaned up the puddle of coffee on the floor, and changed my coffee soaked shirt, I laughed at myself.  If I had just picked up that Lego right away when I saw it…LOL

The message tells us that it isn’t the little things that get to us.  It is when we allow them to grow, to accumulate-(every day it’s like this!), and to build in intensity until we blow, that they cause problems.  Sometimes the damages are pretty severe.  People have divorced after 20 years of marriage because somebody let all the little things build up.  Had they dealt with them immediately and worked out solutions, they might have made it to 75 years of married bliss.  No, things aren’t always blissful.  But knowing that mate loves you and you love him/her enough to work things out, to see things through, etc., is bliss.  For better or worse means even when things are as bad as they can be, or seem to be, we still love one another and fight for each other rather than against each other.  Work relationships work the same way.  The team is what counts.  The whole unit is affected by the little things that are allowed to build until the blow up causes a collapse.

Personal meltdowns happen the same way.  When we don’t deal with the little things that irritate us, or are stumbling blocks or barriers to us, we end up collapsing under the weight of them when they’ve built up to unmanageable size.  Things that irritate us do so sometimes because of our perception or expectation.  These can become stumbling blocks and/or barriers to us.  Sometimes, a fall over one of these can cause quite a bit of damage.  Just that one little cheeseburger because I’m angry and frustrated, is a good example.  It’s just one little cheeseburger…but how often am I angry and frustrated?  And pretty soon, you’re on a merry-go-round with the cheeseburger, the anger, and the frustration.  And, of course, now I’m angry because I’ve eaten that cheeseburger, and frustrated about my weight and my lack of will power…You’re shackled to all three because each one supports the others.  Now, it’s a big thing, and it’s overwhelming you.  That’s a good incentive to be very honest with oneself.  I absolutely hated having to be that honest with myself back in the day. My toughest little big things were in some of my relationships, and the alcohol.   But, and thank you, Jesus, I’ve learned to pick that Lego up right when I see it on the floor.  I’m much happier because I have much more peace within, and confidence about my ability to cope with life.

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, May 22, 2019, 5:40 p.m.

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His Hand Is Not Shortened At Any Time

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, reminds us that we are always rescued and guided.  We must cease the struggling, as it were, and let the Rescuer do His work.

“My hand is not shortened that it cannot save,” says the LORD.  That truth is the rope we need to take hold of in the midst of the storm.  That’s the rope we need to keep hold of all throughout the storm.  Interestingly, the message tells us that not all storms and tempests are of life.  “He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.”  (Psalm 40:2)  

Those slimy pits represent some of the situations we get ourselves into.  They send us slipping and sliding into disaster.  The mud and miry clay represent the things that stick to our souls and, as clay does, harden around us.  When I read that, I think of the facades, the airs we put on.  One day you look in the mirror and don’t even recognize yourself anymore.  You’ve spent so much time trying to be what everyone else will accept; their version of you.  Am I right?

But God doesn’t just pull us out of the fire to let us burn.  He sets our feet on solid ground and guides us from step to step; all the way.  Let me tell you, I found out some time ago that truth is not one dimensional.  First, there’s the truth of what the situation or circumstance is.  Then there’s the truth of how you are in the situation; what’s going on inside.  Finally, the truth that is the rope to take hold of; God will save you wherever you are.  His hand is not shortened; He can reach you.  Ecclesiastes 4:12 tells us that, “A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.”  Those three truths are all at play in any situation-good or bad.  But it is the truth of God’s Word that will dispel anything negative in the other two truths.  That truth will also empower anything positive, and magnify it to give you the victory.

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, May 18, 2019, 2:57 p.m.

Belated Peace Officer Memorial Day

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Yesterday, the 15th of May, was Peace Officer Memorial Day.  This is my belated shout out to all of you out there who work tirelessly to keep us safe.  Thank you for all you do; I know you quite often go far above and beyond the call of duty.  Thank God it’s not always about murder and mayhem.  I wanted to share something that would let you all know how very special, and how appreciated, you are.  I hope this little clip does it. Thanks again, and God bless you and your families.

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, May 16, 2019, 1:32 p.m.

Let Your Praise Be The Prayer

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, reminds us that we need to pray unceasingly, boldly, and never weary of, or in prayer.  We’re bid to always pray until prayer becomes praise.

After I’d been praying my usual morning prayer for a time (Thank you for healing in my body, heart, mind, and soul…etc…), I began to notice that I had fewer and fewer “wants” to pray for, and more and more thank yous to say to the Lord.  When a need does arise-mine or someone else’s-an immediate and simple request is spoken, heard, and almost always granted.  I’ve come to believe that’s what praying ceaselessly is. It’s merely living with an attitude of prayer, or with a prayerful attitude; being always ready to lift another’s needs to God.  What a privilege it is to be able to care for others in this way also.  There’s something powerful that happens within us as we pray for others.  It’s like planting a seed that brings blessing flowing back on us in numerous ways.  But, especially in the spirit.  Faith becomes stronger, and quicker to rise up in adversity, bringing joy and peace with it.

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, May 15, 2019, 5:23 p.m.

Binding Up the Broken Hearts

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, reminds us that we prosper as our souls prosper.

Psalm 147:3 tells us of the Lord: “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.”  This is what Jesus was talking about when He asked which is easier to say-“take up your mat and walk,” or “your sins are forgiven you.”  The first one suggests condemnation and “do this.”  (sober up, get a job, etc.)  The other says, “You’re ok, I love you, and I’m here to help you.”   That first statement is the reason addicts, alcoholics, sex addicts, workaholics, etc., relapse. 

Those addictions are not just bondages, they are symptoms of deep wounds that someone is trying to bandage.  You can bandage a wound, but if you don’t clean the debris out, it will get infected and fester.  Infection eats its way inward to the entire system.  Pretty soon, it’s deadly.  People have lost limbs and life from wounds that weren’t cared for properly.  When it comes to changing your life, this principle is the one that will work.  We have to cleanse the wounds that have broken our hearts.

Vitamin C is a great thing.  It helps our bodies to heal, restoring our cells and tissue, even nerves…everything, really.  The Spiritual Vitamin C is Compassion, Caring, Correction without Condemnation, and sound and trustworthy Counsel.  Also, we need the right Companionship.  When these are brought into play in a person’s life things can begin to change because as the debris is cleaned from those heart wounds, he/she begins to recognize the soul.  Some people have been so battered and beaten down in and by their life that they don’t even know they have a soul; let alone its beauty, divinity, or power.  We need to remember this, and especially when we’re ministering to hurting people.  It’s also a great thing to focus on when we’re finding ourselves feeling as if we’ve fallen short, or we’re trying to deal with a personal flaw.

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyrght by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, May 14, 2019, 12:26 p.m.

 

 

Lover, Lover…

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, reminds us that Jesus is the lover of our soul.

The church is called the bride of Christ, and Jesus’ example of love toward us is an example of the love we should have toward one another.  More than that, though, we have a wonderful example of what a loving couple can have together.  Husband and wife are titles.  Behind those titles stand man and woman, friends, and lovers.  In as far as our spiritual walk goes, we are brothers and sisters, so we are to help one another grow in faith.

The message speaks of delighting in demands made upon one another; in the intimacy of those demands.  It speaks of frequent converse between the two.  Listening to one another, and obedience are also mentioned.   Then there is the yielding to insistence.  Yielding is not the same as giving in.  Yielding suggests a cohesiveness between two parties.  Giving in suggests a loss of power of one party.  A good example of yielding is allowing the person who needs a few quiet moments in the morning to have them; bringing that cup of coffee to him or her.  That’s teamwork; cohesiveness in operations.  An example of giving in might be one person giving up a usual get-together with friends, because the other didn’t approve of the friends or the time apart.  There’s a loss of autonomy there.  A lover would yield because he/she knows you need that quiet time, and the time with your friends is important to you.  Lovers are tender and compassionate toward one another.  That means I’m going to do whatever I can to comfort you when you’ve had a rough day or a big disappointment, etc.  I’ll tell you, I’ll show you, and I will think about ways in which I can do that-all the time.  I mean in every instance or event.   No, that doesn’t mean I’ll hang all over you, or stuff like that.  It means I will be thoughtful of your likes, dislikes, needs, and special joys and sorrows.  I will always look for the divine in you, and always help you to see that.

The Song of Solomon is referenced in the message; chapter 1, verse 7: Tell me, you whom I love, where you graze your flock and where you rest your sheep at midday. Why should I be like a veiled woman beside the flocks of your friends?  This is the lover looking for the beloved.  “I don’t want to be hidden from you either,” he/she says.  “I want to be counted as one that you care deeply about.  I want to be where you are.”  Grazing and resting during the heat of the day shows great care by the lover.  Do you know that two lovers can be together even when they’re far apart?  They can in thought of each other, in recollection of special moments or special and adored traits of one or the other, in laughter over special memories, etc.  In thoughtfulness of one another as each prepares to be reunited with the other.  An example would be picking up a favorite treat on the way home because you know he/she loves it.  Or maybe having dinner all ready and a beautiful table set when the one who usually does the cooking arrives.  A husband or a wife is a wonderful thing to have and to be.  But a lover of one’s soul is truly a gift from God!  **5/14/2019 -I just edited this to post the corrected version; seems that typos are creating themselves again.

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, May 13, 2019, 1:21 p.m.

There Goes the Judge

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, reminds us the we are never to judge others.  We cannot control others; we can, and should control ourselves.

This message ties in a little bit with the one from Thursday, about forgetting oneself.  When I disassociate myself from what I’m seeing or hearing, or from the thing that’s bothering me about an individual, I take the power away from it, and have it back in my hands.  When we do this, we can see past the alcohol to the motivation to drink.  We can see past the sin to the soul’s wound(s) or fear(s); to the soul’s sorrow(s).  This empowers compassion and mercy, and grace.

I’ve had many experiences that brought back the message Jesus sent us when He asked which is easier to say; “get up and walk, or your sins are forgiven you?”  Each one deposited something within my spirit; seeds of mercy, grace, and love.  As I gave mercy, grace, and love, it was given unto me, pressed down, shaken together, and running over.  And each experience loosed something from my spirit.  What came loose were bonds of fear, pride, self doubt.  When we shake off those bonds, we truly are free to accept God’s love toward us, and to bring it to others.  That’s what the woman at the well did.  The Bible tells us that all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.  So, we’re all on the same creek, right?  Just some of us are in different boats.  That’s why God tells us to build one another up, and not to tear each other down.

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, May 11, 2019, 3:35 p.m.