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.

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

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

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

The Sabbath Rest Empowered

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, reminds us that God’s friendship is truly deep, intimate, and abiding.

Quoting directly from the message: “But to My subjects I have given the right to enter My Presence when they will, nay more they can summon Me to bedside, to workshop – and I am there.”  We have access to Him any time we want or need it.  We have but to call Him, and He’s there.  Isn’t that a wonderful assurance?!

When we cultivate a constant awareness of this truth, all fears, worries, doubts, etc., truly do vanish.  The Sabbath rest of walking in God’s abiding love, His presence, is empowered.  The longer and stronger our walk in that Sabbath rest is, the more our faith is empowered.

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, June 24, 2019, 3:33 p.m.