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.

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

Blessed Assurance Is That Peace

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, reminds us that we are to seek peace; to pursue it.  We are told that blessed assurance, that calm, knowing that God is God, is what brings about true success.  Only when we attain this calm, can true work be done, and body, mind, and soul be strengthened to achieve the victory.

Isaiah 32:17 tells us that “The work of righteousness will be peace, And the effect of righteousness, quietness and assurance forever.” (NKJV)  This tells me that my work, as a child of God, is to seek peace in everything.  It is to bring peace to all situations; inner peace and peace round about.  This peace-making, bringing, and keeping, is righteousness.  (Matt. 5:9) -“Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called sons of God.”  This assurance is the result of a deep trust and certainty in God’s love, His promises, and His Word.  This is that calm, the peace, that we need to fight for.  This is the peace we must protect, at all costs.  By that, I mean, sometimes you need to walk away from things, or even people, if they are destroying peace in your home, your life, your heart.  I don’t mean just one or two events.  I’m talking about someone who chooses this havoc wreaking as a way of life.  That’s a coat you need to take off so you don’t drown in the pool kind of thing.

When we strive to bring about peace within, we are better equipped to establish and maintain peace in our surroundings, our relationships, our daily living.  That’s why the commandment says, love your neighbor as yourself.  It’s you first, then your neighbor and all else follows…often without struggle.

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Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, September 30, 2019, 12:22 p.m.

Press Onward…It’s Really A Key

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, reminds us that we’re running an endurance race, and not a sprint.  We’re bid to hold onto our courage, and press on to the next level.

The message speaks to us of being protected, shielded from self-loathing, from bitter remorse, and from self-defeat.  When I read it, I think of Peter, of Judas Iscariot, who committed suicide over what he’d done.  Peter wept bitterly over betraying Jesus.  I bet he had some serious struggles within himself during the following days and weeks.  We go through the same struggles with ourselves; especially when we feel like we’ve failed the Lord.  It’s so easy, when we fall down, to just lay there and wallow in self-pity, bitter remorse, self-loathing…yeah, that’s the very stuff that leads us right over that cliff called self-defeat.

The way to overcome that stuff is to open our eyes to the truth about that short-fall, that failure, that weakness.  What it really is, is a KEY that opens the door to learning, gaining strength, improving, and stepping up to the next level.  Jesus said, “I’ll give you the keys to the Kingdom of Heaven.  That truth is a key to freedom from all that self-defeating stuff.  It will open the door to courage, to boldness, to confidence, self-assurance, and most importantly, PEACE within.

This song by the Gaither Vocal Band is so precious to me!  I can’t even begin to tell you what it does for me.  I’m always so moved by it.  I think it fits perfectly.

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, August 19, 2019, 3:29 p.m.

The Greatest Distance

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Today’s message from God  Calling – A.J. Russell, speaks to us of the distances between souls and hearts.

We’re bid to abide in God’s love, in His presence, to remain close to Him.  We’re told that false words, fears, doubts, etc. are the things that keep us distant from Him.  What we don’t often think about is that the very same things hold true in our human relationships.  Angry words spoken in haste, fear instilled in someone-and that includes insecurity about being loved, these things create distance between two hearts.  They tear souls, and tear souls apart.

The message in the book is really powerful, so I hope you’ll visit their website, and read it for yourselves.  twolisteners.org

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Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, August 17, 2019, 2:27 p.m.

Saturday Silly – August 16, 2019

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I was doing some reminiscing about Montana the other day.  I had been checking out the Wolf and Bear Center up by Yellowstone Park.  I love the wildlife and wide open spaces in Montana.  One of my loves as a teenager there was a Native American boy.  I loved his sense of humor most.  Most Montanans have a pretty good sense of humor…and they love to tell those “Big as the Big Sky” stories.  

One beautiful Saturday morning, He and I headed out to a little butte just outside of the reservation.  His grandma and grandpa lived on the reservation.  We were going to spend the morning exploring, and then have a nice picnic lunch.  After lunch, he said he’d promised to send a smoke signal message to his grandpa, at home.  He built a fire, took a blanket out of the back of the truck, and sent some smoke signals up.  Then he asked me if I would like to learn some smoke signals!  “Won’t that be fun,” he asked.  I thought that was awesome.  I thought anything he did was awesome.  He gave me the blanket, and said, “Okay, you’re going to signal the word, “butte.”  Then Grandpa will know where we’re at.”  Then he said, “Just kind of swoop it down, and sweep it slowly over the fire. That’s “butte.”  I did as he told me to.  He said, “Hmm, I don’t think you got it quite right, honey.  You swept too fast. Try again.”  Again, I swooped and swept-slowly, of course.  “No,” said he.  “This time, swoop just a little bit slower.  But the sweep was good there.”  Again, I swooped-slowly, and swept.  Right about that time, we heard sirens.  Up the hill came this little fire engine.  I thought, “Oh no, we’re in trouble for having a fire up here.”  The fire truck stopped and a couple of Native American firemen got out.  “What’s the trouble,”  one asked?  “there’s no trouble”, I said.  “I was just learning smoke signals. I signaled “butte” to tell my boyfriend’s grandpa where we’re at.”  “No,” said the fireman.  “You signaled, “My butt’s on fire!”  Some of those Native American boys are real pranksters!  Those firemen were his cousins.  I used to be soooo gullible!  That was my “Big as the Big Sky” story.

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Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, August 16, 2019, 1:35 p.m.

Rest in Work, Work to Rest

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, reminds us that forced, or tired work never shows the best within us.  We’re told that it is wrong to force work.

As I think about the message, I think about all the times Jesus withdrew to be alone.  I’m sure He needed rest from all the activity, the stress of dealing with the haters, and of the upcoming events that He knew He would have center stage in.

Our lives are no different.  We have all kinds of acitivity going on around us all the time.  We’re involved in all kinds of activities.  We deal with haters, nay-sayers, doubt, and fatigue at any given point in time, too.  It’s stressful.  We have upcoming events like deadlines, finals, presentations, etc.  The spot-lights will be on us then, won’t they?  That’s stressful too.  It can be, anyway.  It can make the projects, the problems, and the prospects seem overwhelming.

That’s when we need to step back and recharge.  We need to work, then, at resting in quietness and confidence; strengths we’ve already gained.  We need to draw on our knowledge of who and whose we are, and all the gifts and talents He’s given us.  He never calls us to do anything without empowering us to do it.  When we work to rest in those truths, and in the peace of confidence in Him, and in ourselves, the tables turn in our favor.  We are rewarded then, with restful work.  No flurry, hurry, worry, etc.  Just a peaceful and restful soul at work.  I’m smiling now, because of Jesus’ words: “Come to me all ye, who labor and are heavily burdened, and I will give you rest.”  Also, “Greater things than these shall you do because I go to my Father in Heaven.”  I know, that’s taken a little out of context; but, it’s true.  He does go to the Father and intercedes for us.

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, August 15, 2019, 12:22 p.m.

No Punishment For Past Sins

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, reminds us that there is no punishment for our past sins.  When we accept Christ Jesus as our Savior and Lord, all of that is removed-as far as the East is from the West-from us.  They’re gone!

However, their impact and effects on us, our character, attitudes, choices, lives, have not been removed.  They will be gradually wiped clean, and/or smoothed and polished into a beautiful soul.  One that manifests it’s true being -created in the image and likeness of God, Himself-more and more.

Remembering that we go from strength to strength and glory to glory, we can begin to understand the admonition of the Lord.  God brings us up in the admonition of the Lord, just as we are to bring our children up the same way.  When a child errs, we help him/her to correct that error.  We teach our children how to clean up messes, and how to do things correctly.  This isn’t punishment; it’s training.  God does the same with us.  We can only act/react according to what we believe to be true.  When we come to the Lord, we’re operating out of old truths-usually untruths, about ourselves and the world around us.  God patiently works with us, allowing us to come face to face with the consequences of our actions, and face the truth that we need help to change things, or to do them correctly.  When we turn to Him for that help, He’s always ready, willing, and more than able to teach and train us in the correct ways.  King David wrote often about being taught the Lord’s ways, and His paths.  And, remember, King David erred-and even sinned knowingly.  But, King David also repented, went boldly the throne of God, asking forgiveness.  God called King David a man after His own heart.  We can learn and be inspired and encouraged by that.

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Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, August 14, 2019, 10:44 a.m.

Eden’s Breakfast On The Grill

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Ingredients:  1- 9×13 cookie sheet or baking pan… 1 LB. Bulk ground Pork Sausage, 1 med. bag frozen O’Brien Potatoes, 1 dozen Eggs, 1 eight ounce package Sargento Cheddar Cheese slices, Butter, Salt, Pepper

Make a nice bed of coals, and get them good and hot.  When the coals are hot, your grill’s ready. ***Please keep in mind that when you’re working on a grill, temperatures vary, and you need to check frequently to make sure the food is cooking correctly, and not burning.**   Place cookie sheet or baking pan on the grill, and add the ground sausage, breaking it up as it cooks.  Cook the sausage until near done, stirring well to prevent burning. The meat should be pale pinkish.   Now, move the sausage to the cooler side of the pan, and melt about 3-4 T. butter in the cookie sheet or baking pan.  Spread the melted butter around evenly.  Now add the O’Brien potatoes, tossing them lightly to cover with the butter.  Next, spread them out across the pan, incorporating the cooked sausage into them.  Cover with foil and let cook for 15-20 minutes, stirring about halfway through cooking time.  At 20 minutes, they should be tender.  Crack the eggs over the top of the sausage and potato mixture, one at a time, covering the mixture evenly.  Now’s the time to add a little salt and pepper, if you like.  Cover with foil and let cook another 10-20 minutes, until the egg yolks are set.  Uncover and top with the cheese.  Cover and let the cheese melt-about 5 minutes.                             I put two strips of cheese “diamonds” down the pan.  Image result for images diamond shape  When the cheese is melted, remove the pan from the grill, uncover and let sit 3-5 minutes.  Serves 6  

Serve with some red grapes or canteloupe melon on the side if desired.

What a great way to end the summer!

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Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, August 13, 2019, 12:41 p.m.

The Greatest Gift You Have…

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Bittersweet…Life…Love…A gift from God, to know the truth…The bitter makes the sweet sublime…Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, August 13, 2019, about 8 a.m.   I was thinking of the bittersweet moments of life…kids’ firsts, some triumphs, some truths, etc.  Haven’t they all been made so much sweeter by the efforts we had to put in?  Yes, and they taught me so much!  Thank you, Lord.

Today’s message from God Calling  reminds us that the greatest gift we have is the power to bring life to living.  Jesus said, “I’ve come that they might have life; and have it abundantly.”  He gave us everything that He has; so we have that power too.  And, we are bid to hasten, or hurry, to take it and to use it.

We are to live a joyous and powerful life, physically, mentally, spiritually.  When you pair these things with creativity-because we are creators, you’ll begin to search for ways to bring joy, peace, power, progress, love, into your own life, and into the lives of others.  When we do this, little miracles happen.  That’s when we make moments and memories.  These are the things that will be here long after we’re gone.  These are the very things that will encourage, strengthen, and empower the ones we leave behind.

I’m choosing Third Day, again, for today’s post.  I hope you enjoy this one as much as I do…We should feel like this every day!

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, August 13, 2019, 12:01 p.m.

Perfecting It All

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, reminds us that we are works in progress.  We are told to strive for perfection, by taking inventory at least weekly.  We are to check our attitudes, character, shortfalls, weaknesses, etc.  We’re also to look at that in regard to everything about our lives; from housework, or homemaking, to even self care.  Now, here’s a surprise.  You already are perfect in God’s eyes.  (John 17:22) You’re precious and honored in His sight.

When Jesus says, “Be ye perfect, therefore, as your Father in Heaven is perfect,” we all skip over that word, “Be,” and we start frantically doing.  Did you forget that God sees Jesus when He looks at us?  Yes, He sees Jesus’ righteousness, Jesus’ love, Jesus’ compassion, mercy, etc.  He attributes perfection to us the instant we come to Him.  (Hebrews 12:1-24) is a wonderful piece that speaks to us regarding this.  Verse thirteen tells us to make level paths for our feet.  This is what that inventory is about.  You check for any place, anything, that can be improved upon-even, and especially within.  The outward often manifests where the inward (spirit) is…be it depressed, anger, sloth, confusion, etc.  When we deal with those things, and include discipline and perseverance to correct them and the outward situations created by them, things change.  This is called progress, which is the rule of the Kingdom of Heaven.  2 Cor. 3:18, in the New Living Translation Bible says it this way: “So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image.”  Also, Psalm 84:7 tells us we go from strength to strength until we appear before God in glory.

Sadly, I must tell you that we are all “only human.”  This is to say we are subject to fatigue, depression, laziness, confusion; all those things that clog up the spirit within, and weigh us down.  God knows that, though.  He’s given us the Holy Spirit and the power of prayer.  We can go boldly to the throne to confess and to get help.  He doesn’t love us any less at any given point in time-not one second of our lives!  You are already perfect in His eyes.  His love, grace, and mercy are going to help us manifest that-in this life.  As we manifest that glory to glory progression, it becomes the testimony that draws others to Him; and to Jesus Christ, our Lord.

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, August 12, 2019, 12:00 p.m.