He is All and is in All

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, reminds us that God works in mysterious ways.  Well, at times the ways seem mysterious, anyway.  We’re reminded that God works through may channels to supply our needs.  So, we are bid to trust Him.  At the same time, we are bid to simply strive to do His will.

When the revelation of today’s message became clear to me, my life changed in many ways.  Every sort of work, be it outside or inside my home, became an opportunity to be excellent in working, thereby serving the Lord.  Social activities such as 4H, kids’ ballgames, and even just a neighborhood get -together became opportunities to bless people.  This was true even if the blessings were small things like a listening ear, or a much needed hug, or a word of encouragement.  1 Corinthians 10:31  tells us this: “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all to the glory of God.”  The more I cultivated this attitude and put in into practice, the more awesome my life became.

And, as I became a channel of blessing, I began to receive blessings from every direction.  I believe when we do this, we activate a power that works throughout our circles, and even in the world around us at times.  That power ensures our needs are met, be they physical, material, emotional, or spiritual.  Anxiety ceases, and joy and peace, a quiet confidence take over.  Finally, I can’t even begin to tell you what a blessing it is to be able to bless someone.  Just the sight of their smiling faces, or the sound of their joy, is such a blessing to a heart and soul.  It works a wonder somewhere within a person, that brings joy bubbling up time and time again.

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu                                                                                                    Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, March 19, 2019, 12:41 p.m.

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Take Courage; There’s Peace in His Power

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, bids us to rest assured in our God.  We are reminded that He is a God of power, as well as being a man who knows our weaknesses, trials, temptations, and pains.  He was tempted with every temptation known to man, the Bible tells us.  (Hebrews 4:15)

We are reminded of the power in His Name alone.  I had an experience with that just this morning.  Someone was,  taunting me covertly, they thought, about my posts.  Whispering, I praised the Lord, speaking His Name, Jesus.  I also spoke seven hallelujahs before I even knew what was happening.  The person got quiet for a few minutes, and then went on to something else.  There’s no way the person could have heard me, as they were across the parking lot from me.  Is that a powerful and beautiful Name?!  A powerful and beautiful God bears that Name.  A God who loves you and hears you, and does move on your behalf.

Psalm 20:7 is referenced in the message:  “Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God.”  Amen!  Here’s a praise song I found that fits this message perfectly.  I hope it blesses you as much as it does me.

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu                                                                                                Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, March 18, 2019, 12:30 p.m.

 

The Unsearchable Things

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, reminds us we must firmly and absolutely trust the LORD; being persistent in prayer, and in walking things out.  This is the way we learn, grow, and become empowered to help others.

Jeremiah 33:3 is referenced: “Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.’  Those unsearchable things are not really unsearchable.  They’re merely the things we don’t think to look for or at, or those we don’t want to look for or at.  God will always tell you the truth.  God will always bring you to the truth you need to know.  God will always show you His Truth.

Jesus said, “the truth you know will set you free.”  That’s a very powerful statement.  It works both ways, too; for good or for bad.  Remember when you thought someone loved you…and you found out they were just playing you?  That believed love was truth to you, wasn’t it?  And it led to heartache for you, didn’t it?   We often make wrong agreements, or align ourselves with false truths.  This is called denial, by the way.  Sometimes it’s because we’re afraid to be alone, or we’re afraid that we can’t make it alone.  Sometimes, we don’t know better; but sometimes we don’t want to know better, too.  That would mean that we have to do better, to be better.

One of the scariest things I’ve ever asked God was to tell me the truth; to help me to see the truth.  Whether it’s about a situation, a certain person, or even yourself, it can be terrifying.  That’s why prayer and persistence is so important.  That’s why your faith is so vital.  Thankfully, if we have faith the size of a mustard seed, we’re unstoppable!  We don’t need to be afraid.  We can take heart; we can trust our God, for He is a good, good Father.  He has plans to prosper us and not to harm us.  That’s something you might have to tell yourself a hundred times a day when you’re going through something.  Do it; shout it if you have to.  You will come through with those great things-those great things that will confuse your enemy when your victory surprises them.  God loves you!  Trust Him!

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu                                                                                                        Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, March 17, 2019, 1:36 p.m.

 

 

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day One And All

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I was inspired to write this little update on the Menesses this morning, after reminiscing about my Leprechauns on St. Paddy’s Day poem.  I hope you all enjoy it.  Don’t forget to watch Darby O’Gill and the Little People-you’ll love it-again and again!

St. Patrick’s Day at Church – The Menesses Stike Again

I knew that funny feeling in my gut was right on, as I was getting dressed this morning.  St. Patrick’s Day falling on a Sunday couldn’t be a good thing with those Meness kids around.  I was right…

Nobody’s Choir robe fit this morning.  It seems all the tags were mixed up.  The church bulletins were all printed backwards, so you had to hold them up to a mirror to read what they said.  “Ah,” said the Pastor when the deacon called him.  “It’s just someone’s idea of a prank on St. Patrick’s Day.  We must have some ornery little leprechauns about.  Don’t worry yourself; just tell everyone to read them when they get home.”  He laughed as he hung up the phone and headed out the door.

The Pastor wanted to keep the sermon short this morning, so the choir only needed a lead in song and a closing song.  The first song they were to sing was Word of God Speak.  Thankfully, that one went off without a hitch.   Everyone sat down and the Pastor went up to the pulpit.  He opened the service with the usual prayer, blessing everyone.  The congregation said, “Amen,” and everyone sat down.   That’s when the trouble started.  Came a voice from the big Bible on the pulpit, saying, “That’s not how I taught you to pray, Son.”  The Pastor jumped back a couple of feet at first.  “Oh, I see,” he said.  The little leprechauns have been at my Bible too.  Very funny!”  He picked up the Bible and turned it over a couple of times.  Then he turned it this way and that, and rand his hands over the front and back covers.  He found nothing out of the ordinary.  “Would you stop that, please; you’re making me dizzy,” the voice said.  “Alright,” said the Pastor.  “That’s about enough.  Who’s in the sound room this morning?”  The front cover of the Bible opened and closed as the voice came again.  “I’ll let you know when it’s enough.  And there’s nobody up in the sound room right now.  Where’s your faith, Son?  You sang, “Word of God Speak, and I’m speaking.”  “Be still,” he said to the Bible.  There was some muffled laughter from somewhere in the sanctuary.  “That’s “Peace, be still,” replied the voice.  “Shut up!” – The pastor was now just a little rattled.   “My son, is that nice,” asked the voice.  “I mean, have you read 1st Corinthians 13?  You know, the Love Chapter?”  The pastor, feeling a little overwhelmed at the moment, decided to call the choir up to sing the closing song.  He thought that would give him time to get to the bottom of the talking Bible and put a stop to these shenanigans.  Then they all could get on with the service.  The choir members all took their places on the platform and the music began.  They finished the first verse and went smoothly into the chorus…” Bring me joy, bring me peace.  Bring the chance to be free.  Bring me anything that brings You glory.  And I know there’ll be days when this life brings me pain.  But if that’s what it takes to praise you, Jesus bring the rain…”  That’s when the sprinklers went off in the sanctuary.

Some were screaming, some were laughing, and those little Menesses were all but doubled over on their pew.  “Oh, my God!” The pastor was shouting now.  “What on Earth is going on in here today?  Jesus have mercy on us,” he shouted.  Came that voice from the Bible again…”There you go again.  Did you forget that I answer prayer?”

Well, somebody got the sprinklers turned off, and somebody else handed out some towels.  Things got calmed down, and the service resumed…right after those little Menesses “unrigged” that talking Bible, and turned their little recorder over to Mom and Dad.  They’ll get to wear little leprechaun costumes when they’re cleaning the sanctuary for the next six weeks.  Leprechaun moms don’t mess around.  The pastor?  He’s still laughing.

Love you from Café du Mondieu                                                                                           Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, March 17, 2019, 1:05 p.m.

Eternal Living…

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, bids us to enter into that Sabbath rest that God offers us.  When we enter into that rest, our laboring ceases.  By laboring, I mean the struggling to survive.  Rather, when we enter into that rest, we begin to truly and fully live.  There are two parts to that Sabbath rest; I believe.  First, it is salvation.  Secondly, it is a daily commitment to believe and trust the LORD, and to walk in His truth and His way.

The message makes this statement: “We know no life but Eternal Life and when a man enters into that, then he lives.”  I can attest to this being true.  I speak from personal experience when I say, my life truly did begin-not when I got saved, but when I got real with God.  Unfortunately, for some of us, that takes a minute or two, doesn’t it?  I can laugh at myself now, but I really did go through some tug-o-wars with fear, selfishness, stubbornness, and anger.  When I finally got over myself in those areas, and yes, they were crutches…I finally got real with God.  You know what?  That’s when God got real in me.  That’s what it’s all about, really.  It’s about God in us.  He can’t be real in us until we get real with Him.  All that “self” stuff gets in the way; and not in His way, but ours.  You see, flesh and blood cannot enter the Kingdom of Heaven.  As long as all that stuff is on and in you, you’re in the flesh.

Once I got past all that stuff, I found life in so many ways. I found abundance in so many things-small things especially.  Abundant life, eternal life; life that wells up from within, no matter what you’re faced with.  The fears go away, the chains come off, and life becomes a wonderful journey instead of a battle for survival.  That is what it’s all about.

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu                                                                                                      Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, March 16, 2019, 12:53 p.m.

He’s at the Center of Every Soul

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I don’t usually post a God Calling message on Saturdays, but someone asked me about my post from March 14th.  In it, I said that in my spirit, I heard the Lord’s answer to my question…”When’s the last time you spoke to me?”  Let me clarify that answer.

Jesus is the truth, the life, and the way.  You can’t get just part of Jesus.  He is all that He is all the time and all the way.  That means He’s the truth all the time.  He is the life all the time, and He is definitely the way all the time.  The one that works best, anyway.  When I heard that in my spirit, I knew God was calling me out and drawing a line.  I was playing prayer and worship at the point-which really is attempting to manipulate Him; because what I really wanted was my way.  Like I said, He is the truth all the time.  And the truth was, what I thought I wanted would have destroyed my life.  I found that out a short time after I walked away from it.  Yes, I did listen to the Lord that time.  As painful as the truth was, I faced it, I accepted it, and I stepped into God’s truth for me.  Jesus not only will tell you the truth, but He makes you tell the truth.  Not because He needs to hear it, but because you do.  Oftentimes we shy away from the Lord, because we’re really avoiding the truth.

Today’s message goes hand in hand with March 14th message.  I’m posting the link to the Two Listeners website so you can read it for yourselves.  I hope you are as blessed by this little book, God Calling – A.J. Russell, as I am.  https://www.twolisteners.org/?page_id=399

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu                                                                                                    Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, March 16, 2019, 12:32 p.m.

Saturday Silly – March 16, 2019

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I found this cute little picture online and couldn’t resist.  Thanks to Shutterstock.com

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Kiss me!  I’m Irish!

That gives me an idea for next year…just need some stencils and indelible ink…

PS – March is also Irish American Month

 

 

 

 

 

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu                                                                                        Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, March 15, 2019, 1:11 p.m.