Happy Monday!

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Today’s message from God Calling -A.J. Russell, reminds us that we do not walk alone.

The message bids us to sing, and to allow our hearts to sing, as we go along.  No matter the path, how steep the climb, what obstacles may present themselves, we’re not walking alone.  The Bible tells us that in all things, God works for our good.  That’s reason enough to sing, right there.  When we praise the Lord, we’re not only filling ourselves with strength, we’re putting the enemy on notice that there’s a mighty army coming.  Oh, yes, a mighty army.  You see, God has also given His angels charge of us.  Remember what Jesus said?  “Don’t you think that I could call on my Father, and He would send me more than twelve legions of angels…?”  Yes, and then He also said, “Whatever you ask my Father in my Name, He will give you.”  We have everything Jesus has.  We are a mighty army.

This song goes perfectly with the message.  I hope you are as blessed by it as I am.  What a great way to start the week.  Thank you, Fearless BND for a beautiful rendition.

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, July 14, 2019, 12:59 p.m.

 

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Again, and Again, and Again, Lord!

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This is my choice for praise today.  “Do it again,” from Elevation Worship.  He never has failed me yet.  There are not enough thank yous, Lord, to express my gratitude for your precious love.

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, July 14, 2019, 1:05 p.m.

He’s the Fountain of Youth

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, reminds us that God’s hand keeps us in, and through all things.  When I read this, I think about the fourth man in the furnace with the three; Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednigo. (Daniel 3:25)

I also think about the disciples in the storm, with Jesus right there in the boat.  I wonder how much we really age when we live depressed, anxious and worried, angry, and in all those other negative mindsets.  I know that stress can cause all kinds of illnesses, and wreak havoc with our health.  Spiritually, and emotionally, it can cause us to do a great deal of damage to ourselves.

Here’s a quote directly from the message: “There is no age in Eternal Life.  Have no pity for yourself, nothing but joy and gratitude.”   Does that give you some idea of how soon you should be measuring yourself up?  Does it speak to you of God’s patience with us?  it spoke volumes to me, of God’s confidence in me.  Do you know He believes in you?  Yes, He does!  You say, “But how can i be joyful and grateful when I fail?”  Well, look at it from God’s vantage point:  It isn’t perfect yet, so this is an opportunity to make it so.

Here’s the other part.  I love this one!  I’ll be sixty years old this year.  I do have a chronic health problem; Systemic Inflammatory Disorder.  It’s aggravated by stress-both physical and emotional stress.  Guess what I’ve learned to do as a result of this illness.  I have learned how to manage stress better.  I’ve also learned to cultivate healthier eating habits, healthier lifestyle choices, and most importantly, I’ve learned that self care is important.  I have a great deal to be grateful for, and joyful about.  I have been able, for the most part, to get it to go back into remission, and keep it there for pretty long periods of time, when it has flared.  I don’t have time to feel sorry for myself; I’m too busy enjoying the health I’ve gotten back and kept.

I think, especially for us women, that self care ends up on the back burner all too often.  We have husbands, children, family members, friends…to care for…and to distract us from those things within self that we really don’t want to deal with at times, don’t we?  Yes, oh yes, I’ve been there myself.  Here’s a secret:  When you get diligent about your self care, you’ll find the fountain of youth.  Yes, you’ll still wrinkle, you’ll still fight the battle of the bulge, you may even get a little stooped or bowed over, and your stride may lessen in length and strength.  But, you will always be the very best you can be in spite of all those things.  You see, you’ll be living from the inside out, which is the right way.  Jesus said, “Seek first the kingdom of Heaven.”  Well, He also said, “The kingdom of Heaven is upon you, or within you.”  When we get this all aligned like it needs to be, we truly can take joy and be grateful for all we have, and for all we are…no matter what we have, or what we are.

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, July 13, 2019, 11:04 a.m.

For All Eternity!

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Here’s David Crowder with the song I chose for today.  It’s joyful, speaks of God’s love for us.  High energy; I love it!  Yes, it does fit with today’s post…Forever is supposed to be how long a marriage lasts.

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, July 13, 2019, 11:17 a.m.

Saturday Silly – July 13, 2019

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Boy, what a week this has been!  My cardiology appointment went well, and, thank you, Jesus.  After my appointment I decided to take the afternoon off and go do a bit of sight seeing.  There’s a lot of construction going on all over Las Vegas.

Someone is opening a new wedding chapel downtown.  They’re re-purposing an old building.  I happened to notice a Porta Potty just outside the back door of the wedding chapel.  Now, I’ve been married twice…I thought to myself, “I wonder if that’s for those couples where you just know the whole relationship’s going to be down the toilet before the reception’s even over.  You know, the in laws haven’t met each other until the wedding day…and the fight’s on the minute Rudy tells “Skippy’s” wife to go “fetch” each of them a beer from the bar fridge…before the bride arrives in the limo…and sure enough, somebody invited cousin Leroy, the playboy…He goes to weddings to meet women…yep, I’m pretty sure that’s what that Porta Potty’s for…but hey, it’s really a good idea…when you think about those people with lactose intolerance and such…Hmm, I think I’m telling my children to elope…I’m kidding, kids, you know I carry a gun…LOL..oh, alright, I ‘ll be good then…

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, July 12, 2019, 12:20 p.m.

 

Lo, I am With You Always…

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I chose this song to go with today’s post about Jesus being our Savior everyday.  We can laugh at some of our foibles.  But the truth remains, Jesus is there to save us every day, every time, every cry…be they big or small.  I love Josh Groban’s version of this.

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, July 12, 2019, 12:43 p.m.

He’s Only Just Begun

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, reminds us that Jesus doesn’t stop saving us when we get saved.  I hope you’ll all check the twolisteners.org website out and read the entire message, to help you understand what I’m talking about.

Salvation is an ongoing thing.  We get saved from death when we come to the Lord, accepting Him as Lord and Savior. (John 5:24)  But we also get saved as we’re going along and trying to walk out this new life with Him.  I can’t begin to tell you how many times Jesus has saved members of my family…from me.  He’s always saving me from myself; you know, the salty fries I’m not supposed to eat, the cookies that I really only need two of…Yeah, and then there are the two sizes too small pants…worked when I was 25.  But, if I tried that now, I’d have to call 911 just to get me back out of them.  Then again, maybe not.  Denim is so thin nowadays, I might be able to just bust out myself.  Jesus knows this.  So, He sends a little angel to whisper in my ear and remind me I have better sense than that.  He’s my Savior every day, all day long, He is.

The point I want to make is this:  Guess what, Mr./Mrs/Ms. Christian-you’re not perfect yet.  You still need Jesus just as much after 20, 30, 40 years, as you did when you first came running to Him.  And guess what else-He loves it!  He loves it when you are bold enough to come running and say, “Lord, I need you, cuz I really messed up…”  We shame and guilt ourselves out of that quite often, because we get under the mistaken impression that Salvation makes us perfect.  It does in God’s eyes, because He sees Jesus when He looks at us.  He sees Jesus’ righteousness; we don’t have any outside of Him. (Romans 3:10)  But God also remembers that we’re just babies spiritually.  That’s why Jesus is our Savior until that great day.  (Philippians 1:6)  He’s always ready, always willing, and always able, more than able!

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, July 11, 2019, 11:39 a.m.