Saturday Silly – May 18,2019

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I don’t know if anybody else does this, but, sometimes when it’s been a very long day, my mind just kind of does its own thing.  The other night I was walking along to my spot.  It was late, and I was tired; very tired.  Anyway, I glanced up and happened to see this sign on a building: United Movement.

Immediately, Communal Outhouse comes to my mind.  I thought, “Now, can’t you just see that one? Four or five people on “the bench” in the outhouse; all at the same time…Oh, man!  You throw a good pot of chilli or some bad burritos into the mix…well, that sure would put a new spin on that thing they call “The Wave.”

 

Love you from Cafe du Mondeiu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, May 17, 2019

 

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Bringing Joy Into Your Sorrow

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, reminds us that joy can be found, or brought, into the midst of sorrow.  What’s required in the midst of sorrow is the determination to believe and trust God, and a refusal to give in to anything negative, doubt, fear, etc.  “Sorrow may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.” (Psalms 30:5)

The Psalms are my most favorite book in the Old Testament.  I call them the Balms because they will stir up faith, soothe frazzled nerves, bind up a broken heart, and infuse a body and soul with courage for the battle.  The fourth verse of that 30th Psalm says, “Sing to the LORD, you His faithful people; Praise His Holy Name.”  When I read this verse, I think about our Lord singing Psalms on the night of the Last Supper.  I think about how often I’ve turned up the praise music and sung my heart out, while the darkness seemed to be pressing in on me.  And, the joy always does come in the morning.  The sun will rise as long as God’s in charge.  That’s one of His promises, so I can be sure that I’m coming through the night.  That we come through is a sealed deal already.  How we come through is up to us.  Praise and thanksgiving are like war paint in the spirit.  When you can’t find your own words, use those in the Psalms-they’re King David’s.  Stir yourself up whenever you need to, and before you know it, that adversity, difficulty, whammy, whatever, won’t even cause a tremor of fear to rise up.  You’ll be able to take it in stride and keep moving.  Our God really is an awesome God; He left us with a great weapon called His WORD.

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, May 16, 2019, 2:20 p.m.

 

Belated Peace Officer Memorial Day

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Yesterday, the 15th of May, was Peace Officer Memorial Day.  This is my belated shout out to all of you out there who work tirelessly to keep us safe.  Thank you for all you do; I know you quite often go far above and beyond the call of duty.  Thank God it’s not always about murder and mayhem.  I wanted to share something that would let you all know how very special, and how appreciated, you are.  I hope this little clip does it. Thanks again, and God bless you and your families.

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, May 16, 2019, 1:32 p.m.

Let Your Praise Be The Prayer

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, reminds us that we need to pray unceasingly, boldly, and never weary of, or in prayer.  We’re bid to always pray until prayer becomes praise.

After I’d been praying my usual morning prayer for a time (Thank you for healing in my body, heart, mind, and soul…etc…), I began to notice that I had fewer and fewer “wants” to pray for, and more and more thank yous to say to the Lord.  When a need does arise-mine or someone else’s-an immediate and simple request is spoken, heard, and almost always granted.  I’ve come to believe that’s what praying ceaselessly is. It’s merely living with an attitude of prayer, or with a prayerful attitude; being always ready to lift another’s needs to God.  What a privilege it is to be able to care for others in this way also.  There’s something powerful that happens within us as we pray for others.  It’s like planting a seed that brings blessing flowing back on us in numerous ways.  But, especially in the spirit.  Faith becomes stronger, and quicker to rise up in adversity, bringing joy and peace with it.

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, May 15, 2019, 5:23 p.m.

Binding Up the Broken Hearts

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, reminds us that we prosper as our souls prosper.

Psalm 147:3 tells us of the Lord: “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.”  This is what Jesus was talking about when He asked which is easier to say-“take up your mat and walk,” or “your sins are forgiven you.”  The first one suggests condemnation and “do this.”  (sober up, get a job, etc.)  The other says, “You’re ok, I love you, and I’m here to help you.”   That first statement is the reason addicts, alcoholics, sex addicts, workaholics, etc., relapse. 

Those addictions are not just bondages, they are symptoms of deep wounds that someone is trying to bandage.  You can bandage a wound, but if you don’t clean the debris out, it will get infected and fester.  Infection eats its way inward to the entire system.  Pretty soon, it’s deadly.  People have lost limbs and life from wounds that weren’t cared for properly.  When it comes to changing your life, this principle is the one that will work.  We have to cleanse the wounds that have broken our hearts.

Vitamin C is a great thing.  It helps our bodies to heal, restoring our cells and tissue, even nerves…everything, really.  The Spiritual Vitamin C is Compassion, Caring, Correction without Condemnation, and sound and trustworthy Counsel.  Also, we need the right Companionship.  When these are brought into play in a person’s life things can begin to change because as the debris is cleaned from those heart wounds, he/she begins to recognize the soul.  Some people have been so battered and beaten down in and by their life that they don’t even know they have a soul; let alone its beauty, divinity, or power.  We need to remember this, and especially when we’re ministering to hurting people.  It’s also a great thing to focus on when we’re finding ourselves feeling as if we’ve fallen short, or we’re trying to deal with a personal flaw.

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyrght by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, May 14, 2019, 12:26 p.m.

 

 

Lover…Lover…Cont’d.

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I found this song, and it goes perfectly with today’s message.  It’s an oldie but GOODY!  It’s from one of my favorite albums by one of my favorite artists, Mr. Keith Urban.

If you’re at home together, now would be the perfect time to grab him, or her, and dance.  Yes, even in the kitchen!

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, May 14, 2019, 6:10 p.m.

Lover, Lover…

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, reminds us that Jesus is the lover of our soul.

The church is called the bride of Christ, and Jesus’ example of love toward us is an example of the love we should have toward one another.  More than that, though, we have a wonderful example of what a loving couple can have together.  Husband and wife are titles.  Behind those titles stand man and woman, friends, and lovers.  In as far as our spiritual walk goes, we are brothers and sisters, so we are to help one another grow in faith.

The message speaks of delighting in demands made upon one another; in the intimacy of those demands.  It speaks of frequent converse between the two.  Listening to one another, and obedience are also mentioned.   Then there is the yielding to insistence.  Yielding is not the same as giving in.  Yielding suggests a cohesiveness between two parties.  Giving in suggests a loss of power of one party.  A good example of yielding is allowing the person who needs a few quiet moments in the morning to have them; bringing that cup of coffee to him or her.  That’s teamwork; cohesiveness in operations.  An example of giving in might be one person giving up a usual get-together with friends, because the other didn’t approve of the friends or the time apart.  There’s a loss of autonomy there.  A lover would yield because he/she knows you need that quiet time, and the time with your friends is important to you.  Lovers are tender and compassionate toward one another.  That means I’m going to do whatever I can to comfort you when you’ve had a rough day or a big disappointment, etc.  I’ll tell you, I’ll show you, and I will think about ways in which I can do that-all the time.  I mean in every instance or event.   No, that doesn’t mean I’ll hang all over you, or stuff like that.  It means I will be thoughtful of your likes, dislikes, needs, and special joys and sorrows.  I will always look for the divine in you, and always help you to see that.

The Song of Solomon is referenced in the message; chapter 1, verse 7: Tell me, you whom I love, where you graze your flock and where you rest your sheep at midday. Why should I be like a veiled woman beside the flocks of your friends?  This is the lover looking for the beloved.  “I don’t want to be hidden from you either,” he/she says.  “I want to be counted as one that you care deeply about.  I want to be where you are.”  Grazing and resting during the heat of the day shows great care by the lover.  Do you know that two lovers can be together even when they’re far apart?  They can in thought of each other, in recollection of special moments or special and adored traits of one or the other, in laughter over special memories, etc.  In thoughtfulness of one another as each prepares to be reunited with the other.  An example would be picking up a favorite treat on the way home because you know he/she loves it.  Or maybe having dinner all ready and a beautiful table set when the one who usually does the cooking arrives.  A husband or a wife is a wonderful thing to have and to be.  But a lover of one’s soul is truly a gift from God!  **5/14/2019 -I just edited this to post the corrected version; seems that typos are creating themselves again.

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, May 13, 2019, 1:21 p.m.