There’s Always an Opportunity

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, reminds us that it is God who sets the appointments and makes the opportunities for us.  We are bid never to doubt or fear, and to stop everything until we have that doubt or fear in check.

“Times of withdrawal for rest always precede fresh miracle-working.  Learn of Me.  To accept the limitations of human flesh is to be subject, except as far as sin is concerned, to the same conditions as man.”  Quoting directly from the book, and this is what I want to address today.

Jesus often withdrew to a lonely place, or to be alone.  This is where and when we get spiritual renewing, refilling, refreshing.  The revelation, and it’s a powerful one, is in the statement about accepting the limitations of human flesh, and being subject to the same conditions as man.  We live and walk in the Spirit.  For us to accept the limitations of human flesh, then, is defeating to us.  Some of those limitations come in the form of impatience, bad temper, gluttony, pride, sloth, etc.  We cannot allow these to rule over us.  However, we have to accept that they are part of the human condition, when we’re dealing with others.  Yes, we are as vulnerable as others to those kinds of limitations.  Sometimes more, sometimes less, depending on our maturity in Christ Jesus.

The conditions that we are subject to, are the conditions that the physical being is subject to here on Earth.  We need food, water, air, rest.  We age (some of us more slowly than others -LOL), we’re vulnerable to illness and injury, etc.  Our bodies are mere vehicles that we use to get around in down here.  Just like a car, they need fuel, they need to be kept clean, and they can get banged up and suffer wear and tear.  We need to take good care of ourselves.

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me,” is quoted in the message.  No, it doesn’t mean you have to do everything.  It does mean that when God asks you to do something, He also provides everything you need to get it done.  It also means that when you are stymied, feeling a little overwhelmed, or tired, etc., -those human limitations, right? – God can and will show you a way to get through it.  Again, my example is the unexpected dinner guests and the roast.  When it was made into stir fry, there was more than enough to go around.  God’s a whiz in the kitchen.  And that was an opportunity to bless someone, and to minister to them, and to bring them God.  There’s always an opportunity if you let God lead you, and just live your faith out.

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, April 25, 2019, 10:35 a.m.

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Joy of a Life With the Lord

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, reminds us that we must persevere in choosing to trust the Lord, at all times.

“But the constant experience of Me, the constant persistent recognition of My Work  in daily happenings — the ever accumulating weight of evidence in support of My Guidance —  the numberless instances in which seeming chance or wonderful coincidence can be, must be, traced back to My loving forethought — all these gradually engender a feeling of wonder, certainty, gratitude, followed in time by Joy.”

That’s a quote directly from the message in the book.  I didn’t get that recognition of God in the daily happenings until I chose to just trust His love for me.  Let me tell you how hard it is to trust that He’s got it all under control, when everything seems to be out of control.  But that brings us right back to the age old question, doesn’t it?  “If you are the son/daughter of God…”  “Are you really sure God loves you like that?”  Yes, I am!

The way I know that I know that I know that, is that every time I had to struggle, to fight with everything I have, to hold on to that faith and trust Him, He always came through!  He always comes through!  It is worth every effort you have to put forth!  Suddenly, you begin to see more and more of His working in all the daily happenings.  One of the best examples I can give is when I fell and hurt my right knee.  I was limping on it.  As I was eating my lunch that day, a little pigeon came limping right up to me-holding up her right leg-and looked me directly in the eye.  I knew it was God letting me know that He’s watching me!  He’s got me; He sees it all, and He’s got it all under control.  Struggle, fight for that faith with all your might!  You won’t be disappointed.

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu                                                                                                        Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, April 16, 2019, 1:03 p.m.

 

Loving Those We Serve

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, is actually titled, “Love Your Servants.”  We’re bid to love those we train, those who work with us, and those who serve us.  There’s really a dual message here.

First, this is a revelation into the humble heart of Jesus, who said to us, “I didn’t come to be served, but to serve.” (Matthew 20:25-28)  He was speaking to us about the way we exercise our authority, and wield our power.  We are admonished once again that God is love and so must we be.  This means, we’re told, no judging, no resentment, all patience, all power, and all supply.  That tells me that I am to go out of my way to accommodate the needs of my student, co-worker, servant, etc.  It means I am to exercise patience and not be resentful of his/her needing my assistance.  It means I am not to even think negatively about that one, let alone speak negatively.  I’ve personally seen a few folks give up completely, and even go so far as to leave their employment, because they overheard some derogative talk going on about them.  Children have run away from home for that reason.  One can only take so much negative energy and atmosphere.  Husbands and wives have destroyed their own marriages through impatience, resentment, and negativity.

Secondly, this speaks to me about storing treasure up in one’s heart.  As we serve one another, we’re getting a double blessing.  We are sowing seeds of love, affirmation, and encouragement.  The Bible tells us that we are to build one another up.  We are also reaping treasures for our own hearts.  What wonderful memories of joyful celebration over a victory I’ve had.  One in particular was my oldest daughter’s victory over decimals in math class.  Face beaming, eyes aglow with joy, and a grin from ear to ear…that picture will be with me forever.  And oh, the joy of sharing in that celebration.  Jesus asked some on lookers once, “for which is easier to say…” (Matthew 9:5)  He had just healed a lame man.  Those scribes thought Jesus was blaspheming by claiming to have authority to forgive sins.  But Jesus set them straight.  It wasn’t about authority or power, it was about love and lifting someone up.  It was about giving someone the desire and the power, within, to get up.  A true king or queen uses his/her power and authority to reveal the divinity within, to his/her subjects.  This facilitates that one accord thing.  We lift one another up, we care for one another, we’ve got each others’ backs.  And that is exactly what our Lord, Jesus does and wants us to do for one another.

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, April, 15, 2019, 1:22 p.m.

Unequally Yoked Gets You Nowhere

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, reminds us that we are not to be unequally yoked with unbelievers.  The message here, goes much deeper than just religion or religious law, though.

The scripture about being unequally yoked with unbelievers, is found in 2 Corinthians 6:14.  But if you look in Deuteronomy 2:10, you’ll see it this way: “Do not plow with an ox and a donkey yoked together.”  That tells us something about cooperation or being like minded.  An oxen is docile and plows readily; it’s easily handled.  A donkey, on the other hand, has a mind of its own.  You may have to cajole and pull and bribe that critter to get it to do what you want it to.  Otherwise, your row is not getting hoed!  There’s also a revelation about temperament and/or personality compatibility there.

Let’s move on to something Jesus said.  “”No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.”  This tells us something about motives, purposes, agendas, etc.  Selfishness is addressed here as well.  Are you serving yourself, or are you serving God, the cause, the vision, the greater good, etc.?  Are you working that job because you feel you’re called to do that kind of work?  Are you working that job because the money is good?  There’s nothing wrong with getting paid well.  But, keep in mind that there’s a difference between money and wealth, between mental, emotional, and spiritual fulfillment and meeting material needs.  That’s the difference between life and existence or survival.  We can really get into some deep and very dark places if we allow ourselves to become confused about this stuff.  If you’re somewhere to serve yourself, or just to meet your material needs, you may be setting yourself up for disappointment.  Job stress is one of the most frequent stresses seen in the working class.  There’s also a lesson here about being careful who we surround ourselves with, and whom we choose as teammates.  Clearly, if the person you’re working with isn’t on the same wavelength as far as vision, agenda, and dedication or passion, it’s very likely going you’ll  have problems.  

Finally, there’s the scripture about sowing two kinds of seed, etc.. (Leviticus 19:19)  We can see clearly here, this speaks of one negating the other.  Deuteronomy 22:9 tells us sowing two kinds of seed in the same vineyard may defile both the crop and the harvest.  A spiritual example here would be if I, say, a shopaholic, decide to spend the entire day in the Mall, just window shopping… First mistake:  I’m sowing temptation by going to the mall.  Second:  I’m choking off any good seed (progress) I’ve made by window shopping.  I have set myself up for failure.  The harvest of this little vineyard, unless I run like a bat out of hell with the devil behind me, will be a bunch more clothes that I really don’t need, a blown budget, and a maxed out credit card, if I really splurged-which shopaholics tend to do.  Another example is to tell a kid that he/she can’t have a sweet snack before dinner, and then pop a toaster strudel into the toaster for yourself…and especially if you’re trying to lose weight.  You’re sending mixed messages to your child.  That’s confusing, and it also sets the stage for disrespect from that child because you’re sabotaging yourself.  When I caught these revelations in my spirit, I became so much stronger in regard to boundaries and standards.  I also learned that being selective is my responsibility as well as my right; especially if I want to succeed, or to progress.

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu                                                                                                Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, April 14, 2019, 2:40 p.m.

 

 

Never Feeling Inadequate

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Happy Palm Sunday!  Hosanna, Hosanna, Hosanna in the highest!

Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, reminds us that we need to retreat into silence, or quietness, until calm is restored within, whenever we feel ruffled.

We are admonished never to feel inadequate for any task.  There is a difference between being unprepared and being inadequate.  We may be unprepared (lacking tools, knowledge, materials), but we are never inadequate for any task that God gives us to do.  2 Corinthians 12:9 is referenced,  saying to us, “my grace is sufficient for you, for my strength is made perfect in your weakness.”  Another one comes to mind as I read the message.  It is “I can do all things through Christ Jesus, who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:13)  Still another is found in Psalms.  All throughout Psalm 18 the LORD’s power and love are revealed to us.  Psalm 18:32 tells us that it is God who arms us and makes our way blameless.

The feeling of being inadequate is actually that same question in disguise…”if you are the son of God…”  That’s a negative emotion meant to bind our hands and feet, and cloud our thinking.  We need to battle that immediately when it crops up.  We need to replace that with an “I am that I am,” attitude.  We are creators, filled with creativity.  This means when I need to learn something, I can, because I have the mind of Christ.  It means I can tap into creative energy and come up with great ideas and effective solutions to problems, etc.  That’s why it is important to retreat into that place of quietness and commune with the Holy Spirit when we are assailed by those negative emotions of doubt, fear, and inadequacy.  The victory is already ours; we have but to walk in it.  Those negative emotions are just stumbling blocks in the road before us.        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NoM0AT8fBvs

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu                                                                                                    Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, April 11, 2019, 2:18 p.m.

It’s Your Faith…

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, reminds us that our need is God’s golden opportunity to let our faith find expression.

“That expression of faith is all that God needs to manifest His Power. Faith is the Key that unlocks the storehouse of God’s resources.”  Faith turns every opportunity into a golden one.  Faith turns every problem into an opportunity.  Faith moves mountains of difficulty, mountains of failure, mountains of disappointment.  Faith is what removes the dross from the gold.  The gold is perfected faith at work.

I think when I first noticed that I wasn’t even really thinking about where it’s going to come from, how it’s going to be paid, etc., I was a little surprised.  Then, I had to laugh at myself, because I know God’s got me.  What I didn’t realize before, was the peace and security that came from the prayer of thanks and faith.  That’s the prayer God gave me to say daily, in addition to the Lord’s prayer.  It had changed my heart and quieted my soul.  And the longer I say it, the more assured and strong in my faith I become.  And this is true in every area of my life.

When I’m trying to do a project on a budget, I don’t worry whether or not it’s going to turn out okay.  I know by faith that it will.  I’ve seen God move and make things happen time and time again.  The surprise dinner guests was a prime example.  Faith shines a light onto possibility.  Faith calms and quiets a soul.  Faith is a strong refuge when fear and panic want to take over.  Sometimes we have to take hold of faith and hold on with a resolve and a death grip, and through gritted teeth.  But faith never fails.  The hardest part of having faith, is not letting go of it.  I’ve always found that had I just held on a little longer, had I just been still a moment more, had I not been in such a hurry or so impatient…yeah, hindsight is twenty twenty, isn’t it.  Well, it is a lifelong journey, and fortunately for us, God’s faith never wavers.

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu                                                                                                    Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, April 10, 2019, 3:15 p.m.

Holding the Lines You’ve Drawn

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, bids us to hold the fort.  Simply put, we’re being admonished to be unwavering about the standards we set; for ourselves, and in regard to others.

When I think about this, I think back to a life of turmoil, insecurity, and constant chaos.  I think about my struggle to grasp, once again, the concept of peace and harmony, of balance and security.  Then I think about my battles to put standards and boundaries back in place, and to maintain them.  At times, I had to battle with myself.  I would get frustrated or depressed, and want to give up; I’d want to let things slide.  I’m not talking about one morning of not making the bed, or one night of not doing the dishes.  I’m talking about morning after morning when I didn’t even want to get up, and had to actually struggle my way out of bed.  Then, making the bed was just me going through the motions.  My emotions had me distracted and kind of disconnected.  As soon as I caught what was happening (the routine was coming apart, I was giving up ground, etc.), I grabbed that standard and held it up.  I clung to the standard with all my might, until I felt the ground beneath my feet was once again steady.  “Never yield any point you’ve already won.” (quoting directly from the message)

When we give up ground, we end up losing to the tide.  The way to avoid doing that is through obedience, prayer, and perseverance in both.  Even if it feels as if you’re only going through the motions, do it.  Don’t break the routine, don’t give up, don’t back up.  Those things are all powerful statements to the spirit, and in the spirit realm.  Even those who don’t believe have draw lines and put standards into place.  To keep what you’ve gained, you have to refuse to yield to anything less than the standard you’ve set.

When we do this, we cultivate peace, harmony, balance, and security within and round about us.  These things are well worth the struggle to achieve and to maintain, as they are vital to a good life.  Sometimes that means saying, “no.”  Sometimes it means closing the door to certain things or people.  Sometimes it means opening the door to certain things or people.   When we are honest with ourselves we are empowered to put such standards into place, to draw the lines we need to draw, and to maintain them.

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu                                                                                          Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, April 10, 2019, 2:56 p.m.