Saturday Silly – September 28, 2019

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Aunt Irma helped me with some writing I had to do today.  I was actually working on two projects at the same time.  One was a Bible Study, and the other was a little fill-in Trivia Quiz worksheet for the Red Hat Ladies from Aunt Irma’s Senior Center.  Aunt Irma offered to edit them for me, as I had a last minute errand that came up.  I didn’t realize she was entertaining RuthAnne’s grandchildren this afternoon.  Ruthanne is Aunt Irma’s BFF, and her grandchildren are little monkeys.  That’s putting it mildly; and nicely. Those little Mennesses!  That’s their last name.  Fitting, I think.   I left the key under the doormat and went off to do my errand.  This is how the two projects came out:

The twelve disciples were: Eenie, Meenie, Miney, Mo, and Curly, Peter, Paul, and Mary, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and Puff the Magic Dragon.                                                                What folk-song did Peter, Paul, and Mary sing in the days of Noah?  “If I Had A Hammer.”                                                                                                                                                      How did Jesus know the two coins would be found in that fish:  He was the Son of God.  Only the Son of God would have known they fell out of Jonah’s pocket when that whale swallowed him.  The fish must have been in there too, and ate them.                         Where did Puff the Magic Dragon live:   By the Sea of Galilee.  He was the reason Jesus liked to walk on water.  Puff kept it nice and warm, so it was like a foot bath…                  Who did Peter heal from being lame?  Meenie; he’d been lame ever since he broke his leg when he went to kick Balaam’s donkey and accidentally kicked the cartwheel.  (Not the gymnastic kind-the one that’s round and rolls)

I arrived home to find the two kids and Aunt Irma working, like busy little beavers, on my two projects…Oh, Aunt Irma!  Thank God I don’t need these until Saturday…and it’s only Wednesday evening.  Hmm…Does anybody have any spiked Holy Water?  Help!

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, September 25, 2019, 5:10 p.m.

Serving All Isn’t As Hard As May Seem

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, reminds us that we are here to serve…just as Jesus came to serve us, and not to be served.

The message bids us to be a servant of all.  The first time I read that, I scratched my head a couple of dozen times, and was still confused after I thought about it.  Oh, my God, how can I possibly serve everyone?  I don’t even know what some people need or want?  What?!   One day, I was reading about the woman at the well.  I read the part where Jesus told her that God seeks those who worship Him to worship in spirit and in truth.  That’s when it hit me.  I am to have an attitude of humility, friendship, helpfulness, and kindness toward others in my world.  I am to reject any notions that anybody owes me anything, that I am entitled to any honors, or preferential treatment, etc.  The best King is the one who will fight right alongside his soldiers.  Jesus never asks us to do anything He, Himself wouldn’t do.  When He does ask us to do something, He equips us for the task.

That last statement gets me every time I want to put my hands in my ears and act like I don’t hear God.  It makes me laugh at myself when I want to just fall to the ground and say, “I can’t,” or “I don’t want to.”  “Do it anyway,” God says.  When I change that attitude, and get the right one going, life is good.  Things get done, friends are found, or new ones made, and I’m not disappointed.  If you don’t expect anything, you won’t be disappointed.

Some might say that’s a negative viewpoint.  It isn’t.  It’s pure truth.  We are not entitled to anything more than anyone else is, nobody owes us anything in the way of lauds and praises, or preferential treatment.  We are all one in Christ Jesus.  That’s why we’re told to honor one another above ourselves.  When we do this, both you and the other person are honored.  God has said that whomever humbles himself will be exalted, but whomever exalts himself will be humbled.

Love you from Cafe du  Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, September 25, 2019, 3:54 p.m.

Staying In That Rest

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, bids us to come unto the Lord and rest…and to remain in that rest.  Quoting directly from the message: “Rest knows no fear.  Rest knows no want.  Rest is strong, sure.”

That tells me that when fear assails me, I must fight it.  When I feel lack of any kind, I must fight it.  I’m talking about lack within.  Lack of energy, lack of desire, lack of gratitude, etc.  Fear and lack go hand in hand.  “Rest is strong, sure.”  That means that I keep on keeping on, regardless of what it looks like, what someone says about it, what the general consensus may be, etc.  I stand on the Word of God.

No, we’re not to just go along lackidaisically.  But we don’t need to be immobilized by fear of anything.  We can be sure that God will provide, protect, lead, and guide us, etc.  We are to walk in that faith, not changing banners, but holding fast to the promises of God.  We are not moved, or motivated by fear.  We are held up, made strong, equipped by in the Word of God, and our faith in it.  The more readily we attack and fight fear and inner lack, the stronger faith becomes, and the more powerful the soul rest is.

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, September 23, 2019, 1:03 p.m.

Learn From The Master, Himself, Yourself

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, bids us to learn from Jesus, ourselves; to go straight to the source of truth, life, and the way.  There is no greater teacher than Jesus, Himself.  That’s why it’s so important to have that personal time, that personal relationship with the Lord.

As children of God, we all have things to share with one another.  We all have varying talents and gifts, and all are important to the family of God.  (Ephesians 4)  However, each one of us is unique, each one has his/her own past, own fears, own doubts, own barriers, etc.  Jesus, knows each and every single one of us intimately.  He knows us better than we know ourselves.  It is Jesus, Himself, who will reveal to you that thing that keeps tripping you up.  Usually, it’s you. – LOL  It was in my case.  Me, I mean; not you.  Jesus will show you exactly how that one scripture in the Bible applies to your particular situation.  I have a great example of that.  “As far as the East is from the West, so far will I remove your sins/transgressions from you.”  (Psalm 103:12)  Do you know that that’s a double portion blessing?  Yes.  First, God will remove sins/transgressions you have committed that far from you.  Secondly, God will remove sins/transgressions others have committed against you that far from you.  Hallelujah!  When I caught that in my spirit, my whole life changed.  My outlook about my life changed.  Victim turned to victor.  Sinner turned to Saved…and savior-once you know your way out of the woods, you can lead someone else out, can’t you?

That also taught me something about that scripture that says, “The word of God is sharper than any double-edged sword….” (Hebrews 4)  That scripture now makes me look for the other side…the side that is for my spirit, my heart.  Jesus said “the good man out of the good treasure stored up in his heart, brings forth good things…”  So, I know that I not only need affirmation, general education or training, etc., from the Word of God.  But, I also need to apply that personally to my attitude(s), fear, doubt, whatever I may be going through, and feeling or thinking.  Sometimes, my attitude really isn’t a very good one.  God will let you know when you’re thinking is stinking.  He will also let you know how to get it realigned with Him.  He loves us.  **If you don’t know the Lord personally, anybody can come up to you and say, “I am He.”  Jesus said, “My sheep know my voice.”  But, if you never spend time with Him, and learn yourself, from Him, how will you know it when you hear it?

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, September 23, 2019, 12:40 p.m.

Turning To Him Empowers It All…

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, reminds us that we must turn to God, or seek Him, before we can become aware of His Presence with us.  Jesus said, “seek first, therefore, the Kingdom of Heaven”…and everything else will be added unto you.  I don’t believe He was speaking just of material needs.

Whatever situation we may find ourselves in, when we first seek God’s face, God’s will, His grace and purpose, maybe even His mercy, in it, we will find the key that unlocks the whole thing for us.  I knew a man who lost his legs in an auto accident.  He was very bitter for some time.  He’d lost his whole life, as far as he was concerned.  A friend of his talked him into attending church with him once, and the man’s life began to change.  The next thing you know, the man was on the slopes, skiing.  He never skied when he had legs.  He competes regularly in quad competitions of all kinds.  He’s made new friends, discovered new interests and talents he never knew he had.  He’s got a whole new life, and it’s even better than before.

One of the reasons the Lord’s prayer says, “give us this day our daily bread, is that we need that reminder to look for God in every day, all throughout the day.  Jesus is the bread come down from Heaven.  Bread is food.  Jesus feeds our spirit all day long when we let Him.  We have a continual feast when God’s in the “pantry” of our soul.  Seeking God in it, is seeking the good in it, or bringing the good into it.  We are, after all, His hands in the earth.  When we do this, every part of our lives is empowered to bring glory to us, to others, and especially, to God.

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, September 23, 2019, 12:13 a.m.

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.