Feast Like There’s No Tomorrow

Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, bids us to keep a listening ear bent toward the LORD/Lord. “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.” (Revelation 3:20) Those are Jesus’ words.

It is when Jesus is on the scene, that the feasting begins. This message reminds me of the hours I spent in Bible study after I first came back to the Lord. During my baby girl’s nap time I would just feast on God’s Word. I always tell people it was just as if I were sitting at Jesus’ feet, like Mary did when He visited the home of Lazarus.

This is the reason that we are to seek out time alone to study God’s Word. It’s the reason we have the privilege of prayer, and the joy of praise. It’s through these that we are able to gain more and more intimate knowledge of our LORD/Lord. It’s through that intimate knowledge that our relationship with Him grows.

This is one of my favorites by Mr. Ray Boltz. When I first heard this, what an absolute FEAST my torn and tattered soul did partake of. Thank you, Mr. Boltz. And, thank you, Jesus, for loving me so.

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, October 19, 2020, 12:51 p.m.

Seek It Within Yourself

Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, bids us to trust in the goodness of God. When we become children of God, we have that goodness put into our hearts. We are created in His image, and after His likeness; so we now can begin to grow into that image and likeness. (Genesis 1:26) “Be perfect therefore, as your Heavenly Father is perfect,” said Jesus. (Matt. 5:48)

“I will feast the soul of the priests with abundance, and my people shall be satisfied with my goodness, declares the LORD.” (Jeremiah 31:14) This is what God longs for us to have every day of our lives; souls that are feasted on the Word of God, and wholly satisfied by and with His goodness. The way we obtain that is to seek the goodness of God within us. As we discover them, we lose things like that sense of condemnation (by self or others). We lose things like fear; especially, of things like rejection, failure, loss of control and freedom, and even loss of time. We also begin to actually lose lack (within and in our lives); and begin to experience more and more fullness of spirit, life, peace, joy, all the awesome things God has for us.

“Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” (Luke 12:32) The first thing to do when things go wrong, is to look for that kingdom within; for that goodness of God in you. Perhaps you need patience, or courage, or comfort, or just an idea. It’s there within you. Getting quiet and just waiting for the Lord, for a minute, brings the peace we need to see those treasures; the goodness, and good things of God. I hope you’ll take time to read the message at twolisteners.org – it’s one that can revolutionize the way you see yourself.

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, September 17, 2020, 1:14 p.m.

And The Miracle Is…

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, is an encouragement to abide in God’s Presence, and be joyful.  The message speaks to us about miracle of being able to do the greater works that Jesus said we would do, because He went to the Father.  So what, really, is the miracle?

The miracle is God’s power manifest in, and working through us.  The miracle is that there is always hope-even if all you’ve got is a prayer.  The miracle is that we are unlimited in creativity.  You can make a molehill out of somebody’s mountain, with a little creative thinking.  You can make a mountain out of a molehill-or a feast for a crowd-out of a few fishes and loaves, when you’re working with God.  The miracle starts with switching your brain train over to possibility thinking.  Always looking for the possibilities, teaches us to no limit ourselves or God.

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, July 20, 2020, 1:14 p.m.

Know That It’s All Yours & Thank Him

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, reminds us that God’s children are, indeed, very rich.  We’re bid never to think or say we can’t afford it.  Always, instead, focus on God’s faithfulness to us.

When we say we can’t afford it, we’re actually cutting off supply.  We really do need to get those negative words out of our vocabularies!  But, what if we say, “I will need to save up for that.  Maybe I can change some things in the budget.  Maybe I can take on a little extra work.”  That’s possibility thinking, or hope.  Then, we follow through; putting our faith into action, and trusting God to bring it all to pass.  The heart of man plans his course, but the LORD establishes his steps. (Prov. 16:9) (ESV)  Notice that you must plan in order for God to work it out.

Something I’ve found to be helpful in trusting God for supply, is to affirm to myself daily that in Christ Jesus, it truly is all mine.  The second thing is to just thank God daily for it.  Healing in my body,  heart, mind, and soul includes adequate nourishment-and folks, I FEAST!  I really do.  It never fails that some of my favorite things, and good for me things are marked down when I get to the store.  Sometimes, I’ve even had a craving for something in particular, and sure enough; someone drives up and hands it to me.  God’s awesome!  As long as I have wholeness/soundness in my body, heart, mind, and soul, I know I’ve got what I need.  The rest manifests as God chooses to give it; and He does know best.  He has perfect timing, too.

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, July 2, 2020, 11:15

Turning To Him Empowers It All…

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, reminds us that we must turn to God, or seek Him, before we can become aware of His Presence with us.  Jesus said, “seek first, therefore, the Kingdom of Heaven”…and everything else will be added unto you.  I don’t believe He was speaking just of material needs.

Whatever situation we may find ourselves in, when we first seek God’s face, God’s will, His grace and purpose, maybe even His mercy, in it, we will find the key that unlocks the whole thing for us.  I knew a man who lost his legs in an auto accident.  He was very bitter for some time.  He’d lost his whole life, as far as he was concerned.  A friend of his talked him into attending church with him once, and the man’s life began to change.  The next thing you know, the man was on the slopes, skiing.  He never skied when he had legs.  He competes regularly in quad competitions of all kinds.  He’s made new friends, discovered new interests and talents he never knew he had.  He’s got a whole new life, and it’s even better than before.

One of the reasons the Lord’s prayer says, “give us this day our daily bread, is that we need that reminder to look for God in every day, all throughout the day.  Jesus is the bread come down from Heaven.  Bread is food.  Jesus feeds our spirit all day long when we let Him.  We have a continual feast when God’s in the “pantry” of our soul.  Seeking God in it, is seeking the good in it, or bringing the good into it.  We are, after all, His hands in the earth.  When we do this, every part of our lives is empowered to bring glory to us, to others, and especially, to God.

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, September 23, 2019, 12:13 a.m.

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.

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

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

 

You Must Prepare to Feel the Abundance

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, reminds us that life can feel like painful preparation.  It really isn’t as painful as we like to make it out to be, though, most of the time.  This message ties in with Saturday’s message which speaks to us about cultivating and maintaining a feeling of plentiful supply; abundance of life, as well.

Cultivating this feeling is a matter of preparation.  Prepare to find the best deals.  Prepare to feast, rather than just eat.  I wrote about this in a previous post.  Little things can make big differences.  This feeling is brought to life and kept flowing through our lives when we seek the best in everything; whether it be in material things, or in others around us.  As we cultivate this feeling of blessing, rather than one of enduring the “curses” of living, we begin to find more and more blessing, feel more and more blessed, and become more and more blessing to others.

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, July 6, 2019, 12:13 p.m.