What Praise Unlocks

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, reminds us that there is an order to all things; even approaching God.  The message bids us to seek first something we can be thankful for-even in distresses, and then praise God for it…then approach boldly with your cry for help.

I learned some time ago to just live in a state of thankfulness.  Even in the darkest moment, the most outrageous distress, the most dire circumstance, you still have at least one thing to be thankful for.  That one thing is God.  If that’s all you can see that you have to be thankful for, so be it.  Thank Him for being Who He Is.  The instant you do that, the floodgates open, and the blessing flows.  Worry, doubt, fear, anger, bitterness, resentment all dam up that flow.  Praise breaks up the “log jam.”  Praise unlocks the door of the storehouse where your treasures are kept.  The next thing you know, the darkness is dispelled, the fear is gone, the shame and distress are both disarmed, and you know where, exactly you’re going.  “First right with Me, then righted in the eyes of men, too.”

Psalm 26:6-7 is referenced by the message: “I wash my hands in innocence, and go about your altar, Lord, proclaiming aloud your praise and telling of all your wonderful deeds.”  There is a powerful revelation in this scripture.  Washing your hands in innocence suggests that you aren’t going to allow a spirit of shame or fear to stop you from going to God’s.  When we proclaim aloud God’s praise and tell of His wonderful deeds, we are putting the forces of darkness on notice that we’re standing on God’s promises and His Word – “It is written!”  We are also stirring our own spirits up by recounting our victories in Christ, and our state of blessedness through Him. “I am a child of God Most High; and an heir with Christ Jesus!”  Hallelujah!

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, October 9, 2019, 4:49 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.

 

His Name Shall Be Called…

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, bids us to breathe His Name.  Jesus…As I think about that, being so aware of the power, peace, passion, presence in that Name, I don’t feel like I can breathe it nearly deep enough.  I need more and more.  That being said, let me share this song with you.  The Gaither Vocal Band says it beautifully…and one day, every knee will bow, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord…This song became a favorite of mine some time ago.  I love to hear it, and I love to sing it.  I hope it blesses you as it does me.

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Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, August 28, 2019, 1:45 p.m.

Suffering That Saves

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, reminds us that sorrow and suffering don’t have to dictate who we are.

We’re bid to offer up our suffering and/or sorrow to the Lord.  Use that suffering to help another, and it becomes a pleasing sacrifice unto the LORD.  Help another, bless another, love another, in spite of your sorrow and/or suffering, and it becomes a gleam of joy and pride in His eyes.  It becomes a seed sown into eternity; a treasure laid up in Heaven.  “Behold, my son/daughter, in whom I am well pleased,” He says.

That’s the suffering that saves, not only others, but our own soul; our own spirit.  Jesus never stopped blessing, never stopped praying, never stopped teaching, never stopped being Jesus…no matter the rejection, the doubt, the scorn, the sorrow.  He prayed, even on the cross, “Father, forgive them.”  The whole world, every human being ever born, was, is, and will be saved from eternal damnation-if they choose to be.

What that does for our own soul or spirit, is immeasurable.  It brings peace, strength, joy, love, freedom, and life.  That’s just part of the list.  We don’t really think about those little things we do for others, even when we’re hurting ourselves, in terms of the ways in which they might come back to us.  As Jesus said, some thirty, some sixty, some a hundred fold.  Now He said this about grasping and living out God’s Word.  But it is that very Word, that very love, that empowers us to give in such ways, and at such times.  “He sent His Word and healed them,” applies to every sinner that gets saved.  Finally, there are the words of our Lord, Jesus.  “Give, and it will be given unto you; pressed down, shaken together, and running over, will men give into your bosom.

This is an oldie, but goodie!  Steven Curtis Chapman, thank you for this old favorite of mine.

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, August 21, 2019, 2:12 p.m.

His Abundant Goodness Toward Us

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, reminds us of Psalm 31:19 -“How abundant are the good things that you have stored up for those who fear you, that you bestow in the sight of all, on those who take refuge in you.”  (NIV)  The KJV says it this way: “Oh, how great is your goodness which you have laid up for those that fear you; which you have wrought for those who trust in you before the sons of men.”  

I want to illustrate the difference between an abundance of good things, and the great goodness of God.  Goodness is the quality of being morally or virtuous, righteous, ethical, upright, upstanding.  Having integrity, principle, dignity, rectitude; and the list goes on.  These are qualities that God bestows on us, working them in us, and through us.  The good things are the blessings and rewards that manifest as a result of that goodness.  They’re the bonuses we get for trusting God and obeying Him.  The last part of that verse (Psalm 31:19) can be read two different ways.  I believe both are true.  First of all, God bestows all of it, the goodness, and the good things, in the sight of the sons of men, or the sight of all.  Secondly, though, I think about Jesus’ words: “whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father in Heaven.”

Sometimes, the hardest thing in the world you’ll ever have to do,  is to trust God in the sight of men.  They’ll laugh at you, just like they laughed at Noah.  They’ll jeer and mock you, like the did Jesus.  But, we know who’s behind all that, don’t we?  And we have this promise from the Psalms also: “You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.” (Psalm 23:5)  That tells me I am anointed to overcome, and I am more than able!  My cup overflows with God’s goodness and power, and God’s blessing on me, on mine, on my life.  Praise God!

My song choice for today is Let it Rain.  I’m still praying for an end to all cancers, but most especially, childhood cancers.  Please pray with me.  Thank you, Michael W. Smith for your faithfulness to the Lord, and for sharing that beautiful voice.

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, August 6, 2019, 11:28 a.m.

Preparing the Soil

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, reminds us that the ground must be readied before God can drop seed blessings into it.  I’m reminded of the parable Jesus told about the sower and the seed, and the different kinds of soil.

Prayer and praise does much to prepare the soil, or one’s heart.  That’s true whether it’s our own heart or someone else’s we’re trying to open to the Lord.  Then, I think about Abraham, too.  And before him, Noah.  These two men believed, and walked in obedience to their calling.  How many know that whenever God tells you to do something, that’s a calling?  Steadfastness, diligence, and discipline in faith and obedience to whatever God calls us to do, even in our daily living, also prepare the soil for blessing.  That soil can be a heart, a place, an upcoming event, etc.

It all happens in the Spirit/spirit.  When I think about that, I think about Jericho.  How many times did God have them march around that city…before the final time, and that shout?  Soil preparation is kind of a wind up or warm up for the actual game, in some ways.  The blessings come in the form of readiness, growth, maturity, confidence, fitness, or ability, peace, and joy, or excitement.  If you can’t get excited over what God’s called you to do, you better make sure it was Him who called you.  God not only gives us the desires of our hearts, He gives us the heart to desire good things.  Anytime God calls you to do something, you know it’s got to be a good thing.  You can’t help but get excited about it.

Finally, I think about tilling and weeding, and plowing a garden.  That readies the soil for the seeds.  I remember finding all kinds of things as we worked the ground.  People have found arrowheads, awesomely shaped rocks, old coins, wonderful little treasures.  One of the greatest treasures you can find in preparing the soil, or your heart, for God’s blessing, is yourself.  You might discover some wonderful things you never knew were in you.

Here’s a great song for today’s post:  Again, Third Day is the group to thank for this awesome song.

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, July 31, 2019, 3:14 p.m.

Blessed By That Bond

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Happy August, everyone!  Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, reminds us that the bond between one’s soul and our Lord, is truly a wondrous one.  There is no glory on Earth that compares; nothing comes close.

That bond is a blessed one.  We are blessed by, and through, that bond.  When we cultivate our awareness of the Lord’s Presence in our lives, we begin to see more and more of His Presence in everything around us.  Suddenly, you might feel His gentle touch in a breeze.  You might hear His happy laughter in a gurgling brook.  That awareness grows into a constant consciousness of the Lord, Himself, in our lives.  It’s the most beautiful thing I’ve ever experienced.

I think we often miss the mark on this because we’re afraid to let ourselves go.  We hang on to reason and what we consider to be normal, or acceptable, etc.  You won’t regret letting go of yourself and cultivating that awareness of His Presence in everything around you.  I haven’t yet; and I doubt I ever will.  I believe He’s quick to remind me that He’s there, whenever a couple of days go by that I kind of forget it.  Yes, people called Jesus crazy; His own mother and brothers did.  Most will call us crazy too.  Don’t let that stop you.

I’ve chosen this song by Third Day to go with today’s message:

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Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, July 31, 2019, 2:43 p.m.

Put Yourself Into The Hands of the Potter

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I chose this song by Casting Crowns for today’s music post.  It goes perfectly with today’s message.  I hope it inspires and blesses you, strengthens you, as much as it does me.  I’m blinking back tears as I write this.  Sometimes it’s so very hard to let go and let God…but oh, how He does love us, and oh, how awesomely He takes what’s meant for evil against us, and brings it, and us to a beautiful glory in Him.  God bless you!

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Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, July 25, 2019, 1:21 p.m.

For Giving You Power Through It All

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, reminds us that forgiveness is not an option.  We are bid to forget all that lies behind us, and to fill our world with love and laughter.

I had to change my definition of forgiveness some time ago.  I had to expand my understanding of forgiveness.  That’s when I learned about the power, peace, and possibilities found in forgiveness.  How can you lead someone out of a forest you’ve never been in yourself?

First of all, to forget the past is to be doomed to repeat it.  However, the parts of it we need to forget are those very ones that held us bound to the ground, in pain, and immobilized by fear, guilt, shame, etc.  That’s what forgiveness helps us to do.  We are empowered by forgiveness, so that we are able to break the hold those things have on us; to let them go.  That’s really all that forgiveness is; it’s letting go of the things that hurt and the ones who hurt us.  Not necessarily in the sense of letting go of those who hurt us; but letting that “debt” go.  Just as God forgave us through Christ Jesus, we can, through Him, forgive those who hurt us.

In order to do that, we need to change our definition of forgiveness, expanding it to it’s full meaning.  You see, God uses all those things we go through for giving us power in regard to them, and in spite of them.  We are blessed to be a blessing.  When we are able to let go of the hurts, and of those who hurt us, we are empowered to be a blessing through them.

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, July 25, 2019, 1:09 p.m.

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.