Give Them By Bringing Him Into Them

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, bids us to give God the moments.  A moment here, giving thought to His goodness, brings Him into it for us, too.  A moment there, reflecting on the beauty of the afternoon spent with family and friends, reveals His Presence in the whole afternoon.  When we give, even just one thought, to God’s love and the joy it brings to those moments, the moments become sublime.

This works quite well when we have our “moments,” too.  You know…Monday morning, and everything that can go wrong is doing exactly that…and you are not having this today…you work too hard…OMG…oh, yes, God…JESUS…Oh, JESUS…and the “Peace; be still,” comes over you…and it all comes out okay.  I have to laugh at myself when I think of poor Jesus up there watching me in some of those moments.  I’m pretty sure He’s had some good laughs over them too.

We have the power to bring God into somebody else’s moments-be they good or bad.  If we just stop and step into His presence in that moment, we can change that moment from a bad one to a great one.  We can turn that good moment into a joyous celebration.

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, August 1, 2020, 10:55 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.

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.

Saturday Sentimental Silly-July 25, 2020

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, reminds us that God is the boss-the controller of every second of every minute of every day.  We are asked if we can see how wonderful life really is with Him.

It got me thinking back to our military days.  We don’t always like what’s happening.  I hated having to move away from friends; and it seemed as if that’s exactly what we were always doing…moving, moving, moving.  I was the oldest kid in the family, and, naturally, not very impressed with some of the stuff my younger siblings pulled.  My mother was always good for embarrassing this teenager too.  But, just when you think you’re at the end of your rope, God throws the curve ball…and everybody’s roaring with laughter.  This very thing happened on one particular journey.  Six women in the family; and all had to use the restroom.  At this particular place, there was ONE restroom for ladies.  Also, we were on a time constraint; my dad did not like to get off schedule traveling.  So, there was I, on the potty, while my sister was washing her hands-both of us crammed into this little stall.  My mother was supposed to be holding the door ajar slightly, so the next girl could duck in quickly when ready.  Something happened, and she got distracted and let go of the door, which opened wider all by itself.  Just at that instant this gorgeous guy happens by.  He’s looks in at me, and says, “Hi.”  I’m smiling at him, thinking how cute he is…”Hi,” I said back to him.  That’s when I remember I’m on the potty with my pants down around my ankles.  Needless to say, I didn’t need any blusher when touched up my makeup.

It gets better, we had dinner there.  After dinner, we all piled into the car, and Dad had to go into the restroom.  He came out of the restroom, and headed straight for this station wagon that looked exactly like ours – but wasn’t.  We were all roaring as he started to tell the poor lady in that car she needed to get out; just before he realized she was the only one in it, and he was at the wrong car.

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, July 23, 2020, 11:56 a.m.

Be His Shadow

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, reminds us that the way to know the way to go, is to stay very, very, close to the Lord.  He is the Way.

I had to laugh when I read the message, because it made me think of me with my grandmother.  I was her shadow. The poor woman couldn’t make a move without me from the day I was born.  I had a sister that was that way with me.  We were like two peas in a pod for quite some time.  That’s the way we need to be with our Lord.

When we practice that consciousness of Him in the world around us, we begin to sense His presence more and more.  As we do this, we do find ourselves “shadowing” Him.  LOL  I’m pretty sure He loves it, too…because He sure can get some good stuff over on us, can’t He?  He does on me, all the time!

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, July 21, 2020, 12:20 p.m.

They Become Simply Marvelous

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, reminds us that stepping into, and walking in our authority and power, our divine nature, happens neither instantaneously, nor is it a one shot deal.  It’s a daily thing; a one-step-at-a-time thing.  I hope you’ll read the entire message yourselves at twolistners.org – it’s a goodie!

When I think back on all the things I used to really struggle with, and things that would just almost shatter my heart, I think about the way God brought me through them.  I thought about how God teaches me out of His Word.  And, yes, He does have a sense of humor-as you saw in yesterday’s post.

As we learn to walk fully in God’s love, His admonition, according to His will, and His Word, those things that seem like miraculous happenings – (you know, when you finally get it right, and it works easy as pie, and blows you away?) – become more and more natural, and naturally, expected. ..and marvelous; simply marvelous!

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, July 16, 2020, 11:58 a.m.