Prayer & Praise Move Things In the Spirit

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, reminds us that we need to value prayer and praise much more than we do.  I don’t think that we, as Christians, really fully understand the concept the Spiritual Realm.  That’s what prayer and praise are given to us for.  Do you know that when you pray or praise God, you are doing battle in that realm?  The Holy Spirit is not the only spirit operating here on Earth.  Jesus spoke about unclean spirits.  There are a couple of examples, one in Luke 13:11, and another in Acts 16:16.  I’m sure one can find more.  Fear is also a spirit.

The message tells us that service for God is not always activity in the flesh.  We’re admonished regarding a life apart filled with prayer, and told that God’s Spirit could accomplish much more if we all made a point of following this instruction.  That doesn’t mean that we cease doing…the poor and hungry still need to be fed and clothed and ministered to.  But I have to agree with the message here, and say that I think we could minister much more powerfully if we waited on the Lord/LORD and did some battle in the spirit through prayer and praise first.

God willing, I am recuperating from my angiogram today.   Have a beautiful day!  This is the song I want to share with you today:

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, June 13, 2019, 11:29 a.m.

One Day at a Time

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, reminds us that it doesn’t matter who you were yesterday, or what you did, or what someone else did to you, for that matter.  What matters today, is that Jesus loves you just at you are-even now.  What matters is that you have another opportunity, another day to win the race.  And, in case you didn’t know it, or didn’t read me before…Every day you wake up is another day you’ve won, Honey!  The battle, the storm, all of it is just a distraction.  Don’t let anything distract you.  That’s why we’re told to look straight ahead, and not to the left or the right.  Just keep right on walking with Jesus.

Psalm 25:5 is referenced in the message: “Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.” (NIV)

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, June 10, 2019, 11:12 a.m.

Patience, Indeed, It’s Divine

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, reminds us that we must be as disciplined about developing and practicing patience as we are about everything else.

We’re told that we must also be patient with ourselves.  Sometimes that’s a hard thing, isn’t it?  I often got frustrated with myself if it didn’t go right, or I wasn’t getting it done as quickly as I wanted to.  I have learned patience.  I have to admit that it felt so very strange to just put it up and walk away for a minute or the rest of the day, and feel perfectly o.k. about it.

I’ve also gotten quite a bit better at not setting myself up to be frustrated.  By that I mean that if I know the line’s going to be a long one, I will make a point of arriving later so I won’t have to wait so long.  I think that’s part of cultivating patience; good planning to accommodate that Murphy’s Law thing.

It certainly does help to kind of take an inventory of the things that frustrate you, and make some little tweaks to routine and such, in order to be less frustrated.  Patience is empowered by foresight, I think.  As for those unforeseen events…the person in front of you who is walking very slowly because he/she is disabled, the new checkout clerk who’s still learning, even the surly guy in the breakfast line with the bad attitude…well, that’s when you have to step back and let your Jesus out.  He’s the compassionate one at 7:30 a.m. when I’m still waiting for my coffee.  Thankfully, He’s usually right on time with the mercy and grace in those situations.

When we put all these things together, it’s easier to cultivate and manifest patience in our daily lives.  It’s well worth the effort, and oh, some of the best laughs I’ve had came from being patient in a situation.

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, June 3, 2019, 2:45 p.m.

Love Squelches Sin & Ousts It

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Ladies and Gentlemen, I have three pages plus worth of documentation of hacks into my WordPress account and password changes having been made, over just the last couple of months.  I’m having to change my passwords daily, and sometimes twice or three times daily.  The cowardly terrorists apparently have nothing better to do with their time or mine-or God’s, for that matter.  And, this all at the local public libraries, and, I suspect with their help and facilitation.  Today’s message fits perfectly here.

Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, reminds us that Love is the only real conquering force.  “Love is the power that can transform the world,” the message tells us.  “Eject sin with love,” is the title of the message in the book.

As I think about these two statements, I think about yesterday’s post about stepping out under that banner of love, and deliberately choosing to know the Lord more and more, until it is what we become.  When I read 1 Corinthians 13, the love chapter, I think not only of patience, kindness, etc.  I think also of discipline, chastisement, admonition, reproof, and education.  All these are what Jesus came to do for us.  God, who is a good Father, teaches us, chastises us when we need it, admonishes us with His wisdom and reproof, and not only disciplines us in love, but also brings us up to have a heart of discipline.  By that I mean that He empowers us to become disciplined about our faith, our growth, our progress, our power and authority.  I’ve spoken before about the importance of being disciplined to stick with it all, and to adhering to routine, etc.

Being disciplined about love means that I need allow God’s love for me and for others, and my love for God and for others, to help me measure and assess the situation I’m faced with, and to act accordingly, guided by God’s Word.  Then, the sin within will be dealt with.  That, in turn, empowers us to bring real change, positive change.

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, June 2, 2019, 12:25 p.m.

Until It Becomes You

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, reminds us that we are created in God’s image and after His likeness.  The more we spend time getting to know Jesus, the more we will understand, not only His divinity and authority, but our own as well.

Exodus 33:20 – God told Moses, “you cannot see my face, for no one can see me and live.”  Reference is made to this scripture in today’s message.  Quoting directly, “True it is today as it was in the days of Moses that no man can see My face and live.  The self, the original Man, shrivels up and dies, and upon the soul becomes stamped My image.”  In essence, this is a personal resurrection and rapture.  We become translated into the Kingdom of Heaven, in heart, mind, and soul.  When all three are aligned with the authority and divinity of Christ Jesus, that is ours by right through Him, the divinity becomes us; we can step into that divinity and authority.  We do have the mind of Christ.  We have His heart of compassion and grace.  and we are free from all earthly bonds.

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright buy Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, June 1, 2019, 1:45 p.m.

Saturday Silly – June 1, 2019

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June is Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Month.   That would explain the dream I had last night about my Aunt and Uncle moving into the refrigerator

Girl Corn Cob Cartoon CharacterOh, God, that’s corny!  Think I’ll just make like a banana and split…cartoon_stock_2017_096457

I do love Banana Splits, though; for real!  I only eat one every once in awhile…cuz, well, I don’t want my pants to split.  OMG! orangeOrange you glad we’ve come to the end of this post?

Images courtesy of Google

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, May 30, 2019, 3:31 p.m.

 

Wordless Prayer Is Powerful

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, reminds us that God hears even prayers that aren’t spoken.  ” Prayer is of many kinds, but of whatever kind, prayer is the linking up of the soul and mind and heart to God.” -quoting directly from the message.

When you smile at someone who is alone in the world, acknowledging their presence in this world, you’re praying.  God hears your love and compassion for them in their loneliness.   When you hug someone out of compassion, you’re praying.  God hears you calling Him to come help.  When you share a laugh with someone, you’re praying.  God hears your joy and camaraderie as a member of the human race, a brother or sister in the family of man.

We don’t often think of prayer this way.  But, God hears every heart’s cry or ache for another.  He hears your every thought of love or compassion and caring toward another.  And, yes, He even hears every happy laugh or giggle over, or with, another.  He loves to hear these because they are life within us that’s radiating outward to make life in the world a little better.  That’s what Jesus came for.  “I’ve come that they might have life, and have it more abundantly.”

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, May 30, 2019, 2:09 p.m.

Knock ‘Em Dead!

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, reminds us that praise is the devil’s death knell.  I’ve already told you about how it changed the whole atmosphere in my home when I was going through depression.

What you might not know is that wonders happen in the spirit whenever you praise the Lord.  Sometimes they manifest right there where you’re praising Him too.  God inhabits the praises of His people.  Where God is, miracles are.  Where God is, peace is.  Where God is, love, laughter, joy is.  I’m listening to Third Day right now, as I’m posting this message.  Sunday’s I spend at least one hour just praising the Lord.  When we praise the Lord, we’re doing spiritual warfare as well.  We’re raising the banner of the LORD, God Almighty, Himself.  It is the devil’s death knell because it does bring God right on the scene.  Praise is one of our greatest blessings.

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, May 28, 2019, 1:44 p.m.

Pick Yourself Up, Learn, Go Forward

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, reminds us that we need to drop all the stuff we no longer need, and move forward.  Only in this way can we move freely and unhampered.  We’re bid to forget past failures and sins, and regret nothing.  We are to leave the past behind us.

Something I learned one time, when I found myself on my knees after a failure, is that it sometimes hurts to be honest with yourself.  But, if you want to  gather the treasures up from that fall or failure, you have to be brutally honest with yourself.  Only in the perfect truths can you see clearly to learn the lessons.  The lessons, and the growth of your relationship with God are the treasures you’ll find in those falls and failures.

The treasures we’re allowed to take with us; we need to take them with us.  But the shame, guilt, despair, confusion, etc., we must leave behind us.  Put them out of sight and out of mind.   We don’t need them anymore, do we?   Jesus is just and faithful to forgive us when we confess our sins.  He’s always ready, willing, and more than able to help us when we need Him.  In Christ Jesus, we have constant renewal, restoration, peace and joy, and a hope for tomorrow.  Tomorrow-that means I have a future; and so do you.

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, May 28, 2019, 1:31 p.m.

His Presence & It’s Promises Are Enough

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today’s message from God Calling – A.J> Russell, reminds us that just as the mere presence of a loved one is enough in any adversity, so is the presence of our Lord enough, no matter what you’re going through.  Know that you’re going through; and He’s right there with you.

I wrote this in my post a few days ago, and it fits this message as well.  “No, things aren’t always blissful.  But knowing that mate loves you and you love him/her enough to work things out, to see things through, etc., is bliss. ”  Knowing that God loves us that much, and He does, brings peace and joy welling up within, in any and every storm.  If it doesn’t, get back into His Word, praise Him, and get that back into your spirit until it does.  In quietness and trust is where you’ll find your strength.  If you don’t have peace and joy in the storm, the forces of darkness are robbing you of your strength.  You need to refuel.

God will never leave us or forsake us.  Sometimes it might seem like He’s a million miles away from you in the midst of your storm.  But I promise when the storm ceases, and the sun shines again, you’ll look back and see right where He was the whole time.  He’s got the wheel, every minute, in every storm.

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, May 26, 2019, 12:37 p.m.