The Way, The Truth, And The Life

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, is entitled: “My Richest Gift.”  The message speaks to us about abundant life; and bids us to take it, and to use it.  That abundant life spoken of here is the life flow of Jesus Christ, our Lord.

John 4:13-14 is referenced: “…but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”  In my Bible study, this morning,  I was reminded of Jesus’ words in John 14:6- Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life.”

Applying this scripture to overcoming generational curses, addictions, and any other adversity, really works.  You see, Jesus also said, “Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:32)  Putting this all together, we have this revelation.  The truth will lead you to the way to empower life…in any situation, in everyday living.  Example:  (Truth) The oven is hot when it’s on (Way) We do not touch it (Life) We don’t get burned and hurt.  This teaches, or empowers, the child to steer clear of the oven; especially when it is in use.  That’s a simple one.  If you use those three gifts (truth, way, life) your life becomes more powerful and joyful.  That spills over into other’s lives as well.  *The reason truth comes first, is because Jesus is the true bread from Heaven; and truth has to do with God’s Word- (Romans 3:4)

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Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, August 11, 2020, 11:33 a.m.

Until The Aroma Permeates Your Life

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, reminds us that we can sing, even in the darkness, just like Paul and Barnabas did.  We are bid to stay strong, be of good cheer, and be courageous.  We’re bid to turn to the Lord, always, even in the darkness.  I would say, especially in the darkness.

Mark 14:3 is referenced by the message: “While he was in Bethany, reclining at the table in the home of Simon the Leper, a woman came with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, made of pure nard. She broke the jar and poured the perfume on his head.”  I hope you’ll read the message @ twolisteners.org, because it’s awesome.  When I read the message, I thought about “monster spray.”  Monster spray was my perfume.  I sprayed it in the kids’ closets to keep the monsters away at night.

When that woman poured that Spikenard perfume on Jesus’ head, I bet the whole room was filled with the aroma.  That stuff was the very best gift the woman had to give.  Our trust and love for Him, is the very best gift we can give Jesus, and our Heavenly Father.  When we turn to the Lord, praise the Lord, pray to the Lord, and walk with the Lord, we are getting that perfume, that aroma, all over us.  Remember when Mom hugged you and you could smell her perfume on you?  That’s what faith does for us.  That living with the Lord infuses our lives with that same aroma.  That aroma brings joy, peace, comfort, power, and love, doesn’t it?  Yes, it does; just like Mom’s did.  Just like the monster spray did.

When that aroma fills your life, it permeates even the darkness.  It’s our favorite scent; but it is to the forces of evil, like the scent of a snake to a rodent.  The aroma of the Lord’s love and presence is an awesome thing.  You can’t smell it with your nose, really.  But you sure can pick up that scent, ever so faintly, in your spirit.  And, it really does dispel the power of the darkness to disarm fear and doubt.

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, October 7, 2019, 2:36 p.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’ve Got That Xtra Something, Baby!

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, reminds us that we are to be, and can be, generous givers.  Kingly givers, we’re told we can be.

The scripture referenced in the message is: “For the bread of God is He who comes down from Heaven and gives life to the world.” (John 6:33)  When I read this scripture, I think about Jesus’ words about seeking, knocking, asking.  If we live in the Presence of the Holy Spirit, which we do, we’re living in Heaven, essentially.  We are of the Kingdom of Heaven.  Jesus also said we would do greater works because He is at the Father’s side.  That means to me, that I can give life to the world.  That tells me, then, that the message to me is that I can be a kingly giver, being generous in thought as well as deed.  Generous in giving all I am and all I have.

When I translate this to daily living it works out like this:  I can seek and find ways to give just a little more than is required or expected.  Along with that sack lunch, I can give a handshake, a smile, a hug, an encouraging word, etc.  Who doesn’t love those little encouraging notes you find in that brown bag?  It also means I can go the extra mile at work, or at church, or somewhere else in the community.  I can stay and help that co-worker finish his/her project, so everybody gets to go home at a reasonable time…but the work is also finished.  Little things like that are acts of kindness and little shows of a big heart, a big person, and even more importantly, a big God.  That is what it’s all about.  This is also illustrated quite nicely in the stories about Jesus feeding the crowds with just a little.  See, it’s not what you have.  It’s what you do with what you have.  And, Baby, one of the greatest gifts the world can have, while you’re in it, is YOU!

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, September 10, 2019, 11:36 a.m.

The Greatest Gift You Have…

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Bittersweet…Life…Love…A gift from God, to know the truth…The bitter makes the sweet sublime…Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, August 13, 2019, about 8 a.m.   I was thinking of the bittersweet moments of life…kids’ firsts, some triumphs, some truths, etc.  Haven’t they all been made so much sweeter by the efforts we had to put in?  Yes, and they taught me so much!  Thank you, Lord.

Today’s message from God Calling  reminds us that the greatest gift we have is the power to bring life to living.  Jesus said, “I’ve come that they might have life; and have it abundantly.”  He gave us everything that He has; so we have that power too.  And, we are bid to hasten, or hurry, to take it and to use it.

We are to live a joyous and powerful life, physically, mentally, spiritually.  When you pair these things with creativity-because we are creators, you’ll begin to search for ways to bring joy, peace, power, progress, love, into your own life, and into the lives of others.  When we do this, little miracles happen.  That’s when we make moments and memories.  These are the things that will be here long after we’re gone.  These are the very things that will encourage, strengthen, and empower the ones we leave behind.

I’m choosing Third Day, again, for today’s post.  I hope you enjoy this one as much as I do…We should feel like this every day!

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, August 13, 2019, 12:01 p.m.

Lining Your Desires Up With God’s

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, reminds us that God uses our desires to accomplish His desires.

This is why we are gifted in different ways, talented in different areas, etc.  The Bible tells us that God gives us the desires of our hearts. (Psalm 37:4)  He uses those desires to accomplish His will and His desires for us.  He uses those desires to bless others through us.  Think about how many people doctors and nurses, policemen, firefighters, and rescue workers bless through their professions.  That’s just one example.  Look around, and you’ll find out that everybody has a call on their life; and they’re gifted and talented in ways that will empower them to answer it.

Here’s the key to lining up your desires with God’s:  “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.”  (Col. 3:23)  Psalm 37:5 tells us to “Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.”  (KJV)  When we begin to look at different things that touch our hearts, ways in which we are gifted and talented, and things we seem to just have a knack for, we have a list of “desires.”  The next step is to seek ways to use them to bless others, and to serve the Lord/LORD with.  The next thing you know, your desires are lined up with God’s, and some awesome things can happen-in your life, and in the lives of others.

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, July 7, 2019, 12:19 p.m.

Peace, Man, Peace…

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, reminds us why keeping the peace within is so important.  Peace in the midst of all the chaos and confusion, the darkness and dreariness…Peace within is the mark of the Kingdom.  It is the gift and the mark of our Lord Jesus Christ, according to the message.

When I thought about this, I had to agree.  There are people who freak out and become suicidal over a job loss.  There are people who know the Lord, who go through some horrendous storms in their lives…and come out smiling and praising the LORD.  “Peace, be still…and know that I am God,” says He.  And He’ll never fail you!  Peace within is cultivated and kept strong by knowing Jesus intimately, on a personal level.  You won’t find Him in church alone.  If you’ll remember, He went everywhere.

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, June 7, 2019, 12:21 p.m.

‘Nuff Said

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, reminds us that we talk too much at times.  I know I sure can get wordy when I’m writing these posts.  Still, when it’s the words are spoken, it doesn’t seem like there’s that much.  But, we have to keep in mind that God is very efficient, and loves simplicity.

The message is actually about pushing ourselves to speak to someone, or speaking to someone who isn’t ready to hear.  “Be not too ready to speak to others.  Never make yourselves do this.  Pray always that the need may be apparent, if you are to do this, and the guidance very plain. My Spirit has been driven out by the words of men.  Words, words, words.”  That’s a direct quote from the book.  I have often found that a hug, a smile, a simple thank you or God bless you, convey so much more than all the words I might have found to speak could.  Jesus was a man of few words, actually, when it came down to the wire.  “Take heart, you sins are forgiven.”  “Talitha Cummi, rise.”  “Lazarus, come out,” and of course, “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.”  That’s just a few, but they all changed the world for some of us.

I had a young lady walk up to me recently, and offer me one of those beautiful cactus leaf crosses you see being made on Fremont Street Experience; and probably on the Strip as well.  She said, “Excuse me, would you like this?”  I said, “It’s beautiful; is it a gift?”  “Yes,” she replied, “You can have it.”  I said, “Thank you, and God bless you.”  Then I hugged her.  She was smiling when she left me; and I smiled all day long.  As a matter of fact, I’m smiling now, remembering it.  She made my whole week!  I have that cross tucked safely away, awaiting it’s new home-which hopefully will come soon.  I’m pretty sure I will have to smile every time I see it.  What a beautiful young lady, and what a beautiful gesture to reach out like that.  Okay, ’nuff said.

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, April 22, 2019, 3:14 p.m.