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.

Hush, And You’ll Hear Him

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, bids us to just hush and trust the Lord.  He’ gets us through the storm; and then, when it’s quiet-and we’re quieted, He will teach us His Word and Way.

I’ve proven Him on this so many times.  I’ll get so worked up and upset; and then just one minute in prayer, and the storm’s gone.  “Help me, Jesus; I need to pray,” I’ll say.  And, when I’ve prayed, I’ll pick up my Bible, and there will be that beautiful little nugget that will stay with me from then on.   This is one of my favorite songs.  I hope you’ll be as blessed by it as I am.  These are some folks with the Gaither family.

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, July 14, 2020, 1:15 p.m.

Think On These Things

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, bids us to look on the brighter side of things.  We are admonished not to weigh our spirits down by dwelling on the sins and sordidness in our world.  Philippians 4:8 bids us:  “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.” (NIV)

In terms of overcoming generational curses, or even just recovering from a painful past event, this is very important.  Dwelling on all the stuff that was wrong and went wrong, will only pull you down.  It’s like trying to walk on quicksand.  What we need to to is to collect up all the things that were right and went right.  We need to meditate on those things; to explore them fully in terms of emotional impact,  strength, and progress for us.  The key is to recount our victories rather than rehearse our next failure; because you will go wherever you let your mind lead you.

God Calling has been my favorite inspirational read for years now.  The only book  I love more is the Bible.  I’m grateful to the folks that put it online for us all to enjoy at twolisteners.org   If you haven’t already, check it out for yourself.  It completely changed my relationship with the Lord, Jesus.  And yes, there really is wonder upon wonder of revelation in a life with Christ Jesus.

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, June 30, 2020, 12:32 p.m.

 

Oh, What A Joy It Is

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, bids us to put our lives into God’s hands and trust Him.

Learning to trust His will for us is not an easy thing.  He has promised that His will is to prospers us, and not to harm us.  I have seen, more and more, God’s will for us, in learning God’s ways with us.  You see, the first step in overcoming your past, truly is to be born again.  Jesus said so.  When you’re born again, you become God’s baby.  So, let God raise that baby.

In studying God’s Word, and learning His ways with us, we can apply those to the way in which we deal with ourselves.  An example is the spilt milk.  You might have had parents that got angry and yelled at you, and imputed wickedness to you – “You’re always making messes!”  God’s way is much different.  He sees your heart, fearful and trembling inside you, and probably ashamed for being clumsy (self-condemnation).  God rushes in to save you from that fear and condemnation.  He says, “That’s okay; accidents happen.  Let’s clean it up.”  Now, He’s helping you to clean up the spilt milk. And, when it’s over, you get a pat on the back and a high five for it.  The Bible tells us that God lifts us up and sets us in a broad place.  That means you have room to grow; like you just did.  God empowers us to come boldly to Him for help.  He empowers us to walk uprightly before Him, by making things right, or setting things aright again.  He builds our spirit up-always!  Isn’t that awesome?!  And the more we live in His ways with us, the stronger we become within.  The stronger we become within, the stronger our walk in His Way becomes.

Love you from Café du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, June 27, 2020, 1:29 p.m.

Are You Surprised Yet?

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, reminds us that we are to do everything as if unto the Lord.  Keeping that in mind, would I grumble, complain, pout, etc., about having to do something for Jesus?  Yes, I do have to say ashamedly, there have been some times when I did just that.  One time, I even really cursed Him out.  That’s why I thank God each and every day for His mercy and grace toward me.

The message bids us to bow to God’s will and wishes gladly, and not in resignation.  Rather, bow, with the knowledge that this thing is going to end up so awesomely for you.  The Bible tells us that all the promises of God are yes and amen.  That tells me that God has something good for me at the end of this.  And, God, Himself, has promised us that He has plans to prosper us, and not to harm us.  So we can expect “glad surprises”, to quote the message directly.  How could you not smile about that?!

As I read the message, I think about daily prayers, chores, workloads, extra tasks when things go wrong, etc.  Do you know, it takes just as much effort to do it joyfully as it does to do it grumbling and begrudgingly.  Personally, I believe it takes more effort to do it grumbling and begrudgingly.  I have found, over the years, that joyfulness and positive energy, somehow lighten the loads, and speed up the doing.  Things get done much more quickly, and the whole atmosphere is beautiful.  When we put these principles into practice in our daily living, our growth in them, spiritually, is awesome.  That’s what God wants for us; abundant life here, and abundant power in the spirit-because the two go hand in hand.

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, October 28, 2019, 11:56 a.m.

What You Need For It Is There

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, reminds us that God gives us everything we need for every task He assigns to us.  We are bid to “face each difficulty sure that the wisdom and strength will be given you for it.  Claim it.”

Wisdom is found all through the scriptures.  Two of my favorite books are the Psalms and Proverbs.  But, if you read carefully, you can learn tremendously awesome things from every book in the Bible.  And, it is like that field the man found a pearl in; filled with all kinds of treasure.  It’s truly worth every minute you set aside, so you can spend time digging up all the good things in that field.

Psalm 90:12 is referenced by the message: “Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.”  Numbering our days is good stewardship.  It has to do with scheduling; budgeting our time so that we have time to spend with the Lord.

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, September 26, 2019, 4:10 p.m.

Feeling His Healing Touch

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, bids us to wait quietly before the Lord, until we feel that healing power of His touch flowing into, and through us.  The only way I can describe that feeling is that it’s as if your entire being is vibrating and glowing with a wholeness and joy that’s unimaginable.  It’s almost unbelievable; this feeling.

I learned, some years ago, not to wait until things are overwhelming, or I am at the very end of my rope, with the knot coming undone.  Rather, first thing daily, I seek the Lord’s face.  I sometimes don’t get to my daily prayer until later, because I’m wrapped up in that time with the Lord.  I also learned to turn into that place and wait there the very minute I feel as if the boat’s swamped.

When I read the message, I thought about the woman with the issue of blood.  She only touched the hem of Jesus’ garment, and was healed.  She touched the Lord.  I believe that His Presence there strengthened, not only her resolve, but her efforts to be healed.  Have you ever needed peace in the midst of a tumult?  And the minute you turn toward the Lord, seeking His Presence, you feel strength come to you.  Now, you’re determination to get through is strengthened.  Now, you can almost see the sharpness of the Word, as you open your Bible.  Now, your voice is strong and clear as you speak to your mountain.  John 17:26 – “I have made you known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them.”  No wonder that strength is there almost immediately…actually, it’s there all the time.  We just forget, or lose our connection to it.

I chose this wonderful old song by Tata Vega to go with today’s post.  It still fills me with such joy!

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, September 26, 2019, 3:59 p.m.

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.

Practicing The Presence Of It

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, reminds us that God is a good God.  He is also eager to share His Goodness, and all good things, with us.  We are bid to taste and trust that goodness, and to hold fast to it, even in times of trouble.

When I read about God sharing His Goodness with us, I think about things like the fruits of the Spirit-because God is Spirit.  I also think about His love for us.  He gave His only begotten Son to save us.  That’s a pretty extravagant gift; don’t you think?

So, in order for me to experience and grow in trust, or faith, and intimacy with God, I must practice the presence of His Goodness.  I must receive it within myself; cultivate it in my life, my home, my relationships, etc.

That means, first, I recognize that I am worth dying for.  I am worthy of the best.  That means I will make good choices for myself, I’ll go the extra mile-(put that vase of flowers on the dinner table, or light that candle, etc.).  I will also be deliberate about creating my spaces, my surroundings, when possible.  Look at the way God created the planet, the Garden of Eden, etc.  The Bible says God devises ways to restore us to Himself.  That’s a clue on how we ought to view our relationships with one another.  We’re also told that God blesses us richly, and adds no sorrow to it.  (Proverbs 10:22)  -“The blessing of the LORD brings wealth, without painful toil for it.”  I like the Berean Study Bible version; it says the blessing of the LORD “enriches…”

When we seek to enrich our daily living experiences, even something like just a meal, we can turn it into a feast for the soul.  God seeks those who worship Him to worship in spirit and in truth.  It stands to reason then, that God would love to enrich our soul, our spirit.  When we seek to do the same to others, life takes on a much more beautiful hue.  As we practice the goodness of God within, and bring it out around us, trust that God’s Goodness is always present becomes solidified.  Before you know it, nothing can shake it.

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, September 19, 2019, 2:59 p.m.

 

Life Changes With This Daily Reminder

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, reminds us that it is in quietness and trust that we find our strength.  Some years ago, God gave me a daily prayer.  One part of it is, “Thank you, Lord, for the peace to find strength within, and for the strength to seek your peace in my life.”  God has promised us, both peace and strength.  That strength is His power, which is made perfect in our weakness.

My life began to change when I began to pray that prayer, along with the Lord’s Prayer, daily.  In terms of peace and strength, I can’t even begin to tell you how much anxiety left my life.  I KNOW that I Know, that I Know this:  Fear and anxiety are powerless in my life.  Strength is just automatically there, it seems.  Very rarely do I have to ask for it.  What a beautiful freedom this is!  Praying this daily reminds me there’s something I have within that’s powerful.  It also reminds me that I have that power, or strength within, to actively seek God’s peace in any situation, at any time, for any reason.  It reminds me that I am in authority over the circumstances; not vice versa.  Make it a point, daily, to remind yourself that God’s peace and power are yours.  Nobody can take them away from you, and nothing can overcome either one of them.  I encourage you to visit the twolisteners.org website and read the message for yourself.  Each message in the book, “God Calling,” reinforces scripture found in the Bible, and vice versa.

I chose this song by Chris Tomlin to remind us what an awesome God we serve; and what an awesome God serves us.

Love you from Café du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, September 14, 2019, 12:04, p.m.