It’s About The Beauty Of The Lord

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, reminds us that everything we need can be found in our Lord, Jesus Christ.  That statement carries the most powerful revelation you’ll ever get in this life.  Ready?

God is love. (1John 4:16)  Jesus said, “when you see me, you’ve seen the Father.” (John 12:45, 14:9)  Thus, Jesus is LOVE, personified.  Everything love is, is Jesus. (1 Cor. 13:4-13, Gal. 5:22-23, Ephesians 5:8-10)

Psalm 27:4 – “One thing I ask from the LORD, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple.”  This Psalm is referenced by the message in the book.  All of the above scriptures tell me that love is my most crucial need.  It tells me that love is my most powerful weapon, tool, medicine, nourishment, shield, comforter, and inspiration.  It’s all I need, and the rest will follow.  (Seek first the Kingdom of Heaven, and all these shall be added unto you as well.) – Matt 6:33  And, all the other things of the Spirit, can, and will be found by you, in Christ Jesus, as well.

That’s the revelation.  Seek Him first.  Seek out everything about Him; all He is and all He has.  That’s what you are meant to be, were created to be, and what you have, and have had from the beginning.  It is rightfully yours as a child of God.  Take it, hold fast to it.  Don’t let go of it, no matter what.  Just like he did with Adam and Eve, Satan is trying to get you to turn loose of it.  They already were like God.  “Let us make man in our image (LOVE), and after our likeness (LOVE).” (Genesis 1:26)  Once you see, and experience the beauty of love, as it is meant to be, there is nothing more desirable.  

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, October 1, 2019, 11:25 a.m.

What You Need For It Is There

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, reminds us that God gives us everything we need for every task He assigns to us.  We are bid to “face each difficulty sure that the wisdom and strength will be given you for it.  Claim it.”

Wisdom is found all through the scriptures.  Two of my favorite books are the Psalms and Proverbs.  But, if you read carefully, you can learn tremendously awesome things from every book in the Bible.  And, it is like that field the man found a pearl in; filled with all kinds of treasure.  It’s truly worth every minute you set aside, so you can spend time digging up all the good things in that field.

Psalm 90:12 is referenced by the message: “Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.”  Numbering our days is good stewardship.  It has to do with scheduling; budgeting our time so that we have time to spend with the Lord.

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Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, September 26, 2019, 4:10 p.m.

When You’re The Burden

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, reminds us that Jesus is the great burden bearer.  “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” (Matt. 11:8)

Whenever I read this message, I think about the woman who wept at Jesus’ feet.  ”A woman in that town who lived a sinful life learned that Jesus was eating at the Pharisee’s house, so she came there with an alabaster jar of perfume.  As she stood behind him at his feet weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them and poured perfume on them.” (Luke 37&38)  I’m doing a Bible study on “Your Glory,” and this is one of the scriptures that illustrates perfectly the dropping of our sins and burdens at the feet of Jesus.  When I read about her wiping Jesus’ feet with her hair, I think about my “glory.”  The Bible tells us that a woman’s hair is her glory.  In effect, the woman was saying, my glory is as a rag with which to wipe the dirt off of your feet, Lord.  Whenever I read that scripture, I think about that song, “Glory Days.”  Whenever I hear that song, I have to laugh, especially at myself.  Years have a way of clearing the fog off the mirror, don’t they?   I said all that to say this.  Sometimes, it’s you who are the burden.  What do you do then?  Drop yourself right at His feet, just like Martha’s sister Mary did.   “She had a sister named Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet, listening to His message…” (Luke 10:39-42) 

Jesus’ message, pretty much, is summed up in Psalm 23.  Whenever I check-and recheck (sometimes it’s still hard for me to believe I could be my own trouble), I go to Psalm 23.  I’ve learned over the years that I need to follow the guideline there, about the green pastures (fertile, rich, life-filled), the still waters/quiet waters (peace and not chaos or confusion), etc.  When I get to that part about the table prepared for me, in the presence of my enemies, I’m usually ready to tackle the mess-even when it’s so “precious” to me.  You see, I’ve learned that what’s on that table is exactly what I need to get me through the mess I’m in.  We are all works in progress, subject to human limitations, etc., and sometimes, you are your own worst enemy.  Imagine my surprise the first time I sat down at that table and saw me sitting across from myself.  Nowadays, I just laugh and say Grace.  

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, September 3, 2019, 12:32 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.

Connecting The Steps To The Summit

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Today’s message from God Calling -A.J. Russell, reminds us that we need to take our eyes off the problems, long enough to see how they’re leading us to the goals.

Each day brings with it little irritations, little chances to give up, little difficulties to excuse doubt.  The list goes on and on.  We’re not to pay too much attention to those little things.  We’re not to allow them to throw us off track, that is.  We are to connect them to the goal we’re trying to reach.  The ultimate goal is to maintain our authority over our circumstances, and to remember we are kings and queens in the earth.  We rule; the circumstances don’t.  They shouldn’t, anyway.

The way we connect those little things to the goals, is by building a stairway leading upward to the goals.  We do this when we see those little irritations, difficulties, etc., as opportunities to practice our authority wisely.  Remember Solomon?  He asked God for wisdom.  He wanted to rule over his world wisely.  That attitude, or mindset, changes us immediately from being victims of the circumstances, to being masters over them.  *We practice this best when we slow down long enough to remain in the driver’s seat.  All that rushing, rushing, rushing, can throw you right into the rumble seat, if you don’t watch out.

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, August 22, 2019, 10:30 a.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 Holy Of Holies Wrapped In Flesh

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Today’s message from God Calling – A. J. Russell, reminds us that Jesus took on our humanity, so that we can take on His divinity.  That means we can live in divine power, peace, love, joy, unity, etc.  All the Fruits of the Spirit are ours in Christ Jesus.  In essence, when the veil was torn, the gates of Heaven opened wide to us.

I wrote this psalm some time ago, 2009, in fact.  It came to mind as I read the message this morning.

How Beautiful is the Love of my Savior:  How beautiful on the mountain are those nail pierced feet…and the hands, scarred and calloused, that reach for me.  How beautiful is the voice that says, “Come unto me.”  Oh, how beautiful is the love of my Savior.  How beautiful, the precious blood shed on Calvary.  How beautiful the prayer He prayed for you, and for me.  How beautiful is the life He gave to set us free.  Oh, how beautiful is the love of my Savior.  How beautiful is the heart that’s filled with mercy and grace.  How beautiful the day when we shall see His face.  How beautiful is this King that opens wide Heaven’s gate.  Oh, how beautiful is the love of my Savior…

I used to walk and collect cans and plastic bottles on Sunday mornings back then.  I would walk and praise the Lord as I went along.  the more I praise Him, the more praise He gives me.  I got this one started one Sunday morning, and finished it under a little shade tree at the shelter I was living in, later that afternoon.  God never fails us.  Thanks to Jesus, we can live in divine power, in every sense of the word.  We just get so distracted, overwrought, and overwhelmed, that we forget that-and all too often.

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, August 18, 2019, 2:08 p.m.