It’s A Choice

Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, bids us to rise into the realm of joy and appreciation; rather than stay “earthbound” in spirit by worry, burdensome toil, and poverty of spirit.

Poverty of spirit, or soul, is the greatest deciding factor regarding whether or not we appreciate our lives and have joy. Appreciation and joy are both choices. Each one elevates and enriches life. When we begin to appreciate the small things in our lives (morning coffee, peace within, those little moments of laughter and celebration, etc.), our lives begin to grow warmer and richer. I believe that it is when we realize and appreciate how truly blessed we are, God is able to bless us with more and more…and in more ways.

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, August 20, 2020, 10:52 a.m.

I Am Thankful For…

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, reminds us that praise is the way to move mountains.  Praise can make a molehill out of a mountain.

I used to write down ten things that I was grateful for, every evening, before bed.  I learned this from a book titled “Simple Abundance,” by Sara Ban Breathnach.  From this practice, I began to discover some beautiful simple pleasures, like that first sip of my morning coffee-especially Amaretto Coffee.  LOL

What does this all have to do with praise moving mountains?  Well, I got into the habit using that same technique, only, saying “thank you, Lord,” when faced with a difficulty-great or small.  If you make the same list, citing the little difficulties that were smoothed out for you, the things God does that we take for granted…like waking up and having one more day here with loved ones, etc., you’ll see just how much God is there for us, and does do for us.  This helps to get you into the habit of, not only blessing consciousness and thankfulness, but also of God consciousness and gratitude.  You begin to become more and more conscious of His Presence in your day.

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, July 20, 2020, 12:56 p.m.

Expecting Good In Everything

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, bids us to cultivate an attitude of expecting something good to happen, instead of something bad.  This is the difference between hope and fear.  We hope for good, we dread the bad that might happen, or could happen.  “Waiting for the other shoe to drop”, is how the world sees it.

This falls in line with not imputing wickedness to others.  Rather, we look for the good in them; in their intentions.  As we cultivate this attitude of righteousness (people/intentions) and good (blessings and joys), we grow in peace and peacefulness in dealing with others.  One of the best tools for developing this expectancy of good rather than evil, is simple thankfulness.  Then, purposefully seeing the good in what’s already there (morning coffee, birds singing, roof over your head, etc.), teaches us to seek something good, and something good to do, in all things we deal with and do.

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, July 9, 2020 11:09 a.m.

Saturday Silly – September 14, 2019

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The husband woke up with a start as his wife poked him in the ribs, almost shouting, “Honey, it’s time; the baby’s coming.”  As soon as he was dressed, and the “delivery day,” suitcase was in the car, along with mommy and baby, they headed for the hospital.  How exciting!

About 3 1/2 hours later, the labor pains increased in intensity.  Mommy was already tired of this ordeal.  “Oh, I wish this baby would hurry up and get here already,” she said. “Where’s your faith,” asked Daddy.  “Hang in there, Honey; God’s got perfect timing,” he said.  She gritted her teeth, moaned, and squeezed Daddy’s hand as hard as she could when the next pain came..  “Ouch,” exclaimed Daddy.  “Do you have to squeeze that hard?”  Mommy wasn’t impressed with Daddy’s attitude.  You promised you’d be here for me, Honey,” Mommy said. “Remember, we’re in this together.”  “I know, I know,” said Daddy.  “I just need a little break.  Think I’ll go get some coffee, if you don’t mind.”   Then Daddy realized that he’d forgotten his wallet.  “Honey, do you have any cash on you?  I forgot my wallet in the rush to get here,” said Daddy.   Mommy, still a little miffed, and very much in pain, replied, “Silver and gold have I none, but what I do have, in Jesus’ Name, I give to you.”  Daddy doubled over instantly, and dropped to his knees, clutching his tummy.  There he was, in pain as that stomach flu hit him and caused those awful cramps.  Daddy woke up from his dream with a start.  He looked at Mommy, who was sound asleep and smiling.  “Lord,” Daddy prayed, “please don’t let me forget my wallet when it’s time…and please help me be a good helper in the delivery room.”   LOL

Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, is about when faith fails.  It’s a good one, and I hope you’ll check it out at twolisteners.org.  When I read it, I thought of Peter trying to walk on the water…and later, healing a crippled man with those very words: Silver and gold have I none, but what I do have, in Jesus’ Name, I give to you.  That inspired this little story.  I wish I’d thought of that when I was having my babies…I’m kidding, their dad was awesome in the delivery room.

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, September, 13, 2019, 10:57 a.m.

Count Your Blessings

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Happy September!  Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, bids us realize how rich, indeed, we really are.  We have Jesus, all His love, grace, patience, kindness, strength, power, authority, peace, and joy…the list goes on and on.  How can we fear the future, when Jesus holds it in His hands?

When I read the message, I thought about how blessed I was to listen to some good music over the last two weekends.  There were free concerts on Fremont Street Experience, here in Las Vegas.  I had to thank God, when I read this message, that I am able to hear the music.  I also think about how much I enjoy the taste of my morning coffee; especially when it’s a good cup of coffee.  Being able to take deep breaths is another treasure, after my ordeal a few summers ago, when my lungs crashed.

I don’t really fear the future.  There are things I want to get done while I can do them; but I know God’s got my life in His hands.  He holds the future.  All of that peace and joy came through Jesus Christ, our Lord.  While we can’t just wander aimlessly through life, we can be sure we’re going to survive it.  LOL  There is truly so much to be grateful for.  When we pay attention to those little things we often don’t think about, we can realize that we have been blessed and given such treasures.  I think of that “pressed down, shaken together, and running over,” scripture.  Our God is a good God!

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, August 31, 2019, 2:27 p.m.

Saturday Silly – July 27, 2019

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I apologize this didn’t make it up at midnight.  I was feeling pretty under the weather yesterday, and took the day off.  At any rate.  Saturday’s here…Thank you, Lord, for another week that you’ve walked with me.

I was on my way from breakfast this morning, and ran into a friend of mine.  He preaches on the streets; you may have spotted him near the freeway exits and on-ramps.  Anyway, he asked me if I knew how many books in the Bible start with the letter J.  I hadn’t had my coffee yet.  I have to laugh; I came up with two, and was at a loss for the rest.  You see, I ‘m the kind of person that reads the Word, and knows the Word, but I’ll be hanged if I can remember what book, chapter, and verse I read that Word in.  It’s all the same to me-God’s Word.  Whenever I do my Bible studies and posts, I have to look them up to be sure I’ve got their placements right.

Anyway, I made my way to the park behind the library, and was having my coffee, and thinking about my next Bible study: Your Glory.  “You made them a little lower than the angels; you crowned them with glory and honor”  This is the verse that came to me.  For the life of me, I could not remember where, in the Bible, I read it.  This thought came to me: “coffee.”  I thought, “What?”  “Coffee,” it came again.  OH!  HEBREWS!  I’m still laughing!

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, July 27, 2019, 10:30 a.m.

How The Race is Won

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, reminds us that we must press on, undaunted by the hurdles in front of us.  We are bid to rise above our fears and fancies into the joy of the Lord.  This message goes hand in hand with Saturday’s message about the best way.

The best way to win the race of life, is by the way that best suits the soul.  It is, after all, where we live.  That’s the part that will be going to Heaven.  Rising above fears and fancies (those are all those silly things we tell ourselves to deny the fears and such-or to cope with them) -rising above them is done via rigorous training of the soul.  Thus, we must always choose the way that best suits the soul.  “Will it be good for my heart, my soul?”  I’ve had to ask myself this question at times, and, quite often after I really got serious about God.  You know there are things you have to give up, even folks you have to walk away from for awhile, or for the long haul.

This what best suits the soul thing can be very gratifying as well as rigorous.  When you choose the Caramel creamer for your coffee on Sunday morning because Sunday is a special day, doesn’t that coffee taste a hundred times better than ever?  Yes!  One of my favorite treats is Philly Cheese Steak ANYTHING.  I don’t have it very often, but when I do, it tastes a hundred times yummier than all the other times I’ve eaten it.  Those are little treats that soothe our souls because they’re coming to our own little special need.  Quirks are the same.   You know; that’s where you have to have the shades drawn just so to be comfortable, or things like that.  When we honor those quirks, we’re honoring our uniqueness and our worth and worthiness as human beings.  All of these put together-the spiritual training and the loving of our souls, are the very things that make the race one that ends in victory.

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, June 6, 2019, 2:09 p.m.