Saturday Silly – October 5, 2019

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Dad had been gone all week on his sales trip.  He arrived home bright and early Saturday morning.   The kids were all in the living room watching television, but Mom was nowhere in the vicinity.  “Where’s your mother,” asked Dad.  “The poor battered woman is in the bathroom cleaning herself and the two year old up,” answered Stephanie, the oldest of the children.  “Battered woman?  What? What are you talking about, Stephanie?  Did something happen to Mom,”asked Dad, now alarmed.  “I’ll say,” said Tommy, the second oldest child.  “Little Mike got so excited about pancakes for breakfast, he grabbed the bowl of batter, and threw it up in the air.  He got batter all over himself and Mom.”  Isn’t motherhood awesome?!  I think so; and I mean that with all my heart.  LOL

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.  Please encourage a survivor, and let a victim know she’s not alone, or, that he’s not alone.  Please light a candle for all the victims who did not survive, but lost their lives to this.  Thank you to all those who stood beside me.  I am eternally in your debt, and eternally grateful for your help. From a survivor … Yes, you will laugh again, my dear…keep fighting!  You’re not alone.

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, October 1, 2019, 12:32 p.m.

Serving All Isn’t As Hard As May Seem

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, reminds us that we are here to serve…just as Jesus came to serve us, and not to be served.

The message bids us to be a servant of all.  The first time I read that, I scratched my head a couple of dozen times, and was still confused after I thought about it.  Oh, my God, how can I possibly serve everyone?  I don’t even know what some people need or want?  What?!   One day, I was reading about the woman at the well.  I read the part where Jesus told her that God seeks those who worship Him to worship in spirit and in truth.  That’s when it hit me.  I am to have an attitude of humility, friendship, helpfulness, and kindness toward others in my world.  I am to reject any notions that anybody owes me anything, that I am entitled to any honors, or preferential treatment, etc.  The best King is the one who will fight right alongside his soldiers.  Jesus never asks us to do anything He, Himself wouldn’t do.  When He does ask us to do something, He equips us for the task.

That last statement gets me every time I want to put my hands in my ears and act like I don’t hear God.  It makes me laugh at myself when I want to just fall to the ground and say, “I can’t,” or “I don’t want to.”  “Do it anyway,” God says.  When I change that attitude, and get the right one going, life is good.  Things get done, friends are found, or new ones made, and I’m not disappointed.  If you don’t expect anything, you won’t be disappointed.

Some might say that’s a negative viewpoint.  It isn’t.  It’s pure truth.  We are not entitled to anything more than anyone else is, nobody owes us anything in the way of lauds and praises, or preferential treatment.  We are all one in Christ Jesus.  That’s why we’re told to honor one another above ourselves.  When we do this, both you and the other person are honored.  God has said that whomever humbles himself will be exalted, but whomever exalts himself will be humbled.

Love you from Cafe du  Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, September 25, 2019, 3:54 p.m.

Know That You Know, That You Know

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, reminds us that we, not only have the right to live in peace and joy, but also, the responsibility to.

There’s a very powerful statement in the message: “Success is the result of work done in peace.”  That tells me a couple of things.  First, it tells me that I have to be at peace within, if I want to make real progress outwardly.  By that, I mean manifesting positive change outwardly.  If I am not happy with myself, if I am hurting or confused, or angry within, etc., I’m not in a state conducive to positive change.  Secondly, it tells me that I must work to bring peace to another, if I want to truly help them.  First peace, then process, then, progress.  Finally, it tells me that I shouldn’t measure success by the wrong things.  There was a time in my life when just making the bed daily was a victory, a success.

Anything that brings peace, as long as it isn’t compromise with evil, is a success; it’s progress.  Of course, peace with evil, isn’t really peace, is it?  We have to be careful what we’re making peace with, also.  Sometimes, what we mistake for peace, can actually be compromise in the wrong direction, or even surrender.  Never surrender your peace, and the joy arising from true peace, to anything or anyone except the Lord, and the Word of God.

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, September 16, 2019, 10:57 a.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.

Make Sure It Serves You

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, reminds us that a life with God is one of continuous service.  We are to serve God, are to serve others as if serving Him, and we are to strive to serve the cause of Christ Jesus in everything we do.

What we don’t often think about is whether or not certain things serve us.  We often get ourselves into situations that end up having us serving them.  When I speak of this, I’m talking about bad situations, things that aren’t really good for us, people who really don’t have our best interests at heart.  These situations serve to enslave us; distract us from our life with God.  Those things that aren’t good for us serve to put us into bondage to them if we’re not careful.  Those people are usually using us for their own interests and ends.  Paul said, “all things are lawful, but not all are helpful.” (1 Cor. 10:23)  We are to be mastered by none but The Master, Himself.

That scripture goes on to say that not all things edify, or build up.  We are to build one another up, and we are to build ourselves up, as well.  “Love your neighbor as you love yourself.”  That’s in the 10 Commandments.  Therefore, I need to survey the situations, the things presented and offered to me, and the people I involve myself with.  Then, I can best measure the distance I want to keep between myself and them.  When we do this, we’re also serving God by setting an example and bringing encouragement to others who see us.  We are building up the weak, the fearful, the shy, etc., and shining a light for the lost to see.  “Let your light so shine before men that they see your good works and glorify your Father in Heaven.” (Matt. 5:16)

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Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, August 27, 2019, 11:20 a.m.

Suffering That Saves

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, reminds us that sorrow and suffering don’t have to dictate who we are.

We’re bid to offer up our suffering and/or sorrow to the Lord.  Use that suffering to help another, and it becomes a pleasing sacrifice unto the LORD.  Help another, bless another, love another, in spite of your sorrow and/or suffering, and it becomes a gleam of joy and pride in His eyes.  It becomes a seed sown into eternity; a treasure laid up in Heaven.  “Behold, my son/daughter, in whom I am well pleased,” He says.

That’s the suffering that saves, not only others, but our own soul; our own spirit.  Jesus never stopped blessing, never stopped praying, never stopped teaching, never stopped being Jesus…no matter the rejection, the doubt, the scorn, the sorrow.  He prayed, even on the cross, “Father, forgive them.”  The whole world, every human being ever born, was, is, and will be saved from eternal damnation-if they choose to be.

What that does for our own soul or spirit, is immeasurable.  It brings peace, strength, joy, love, freedom, and life.  That’s just part of the list.  We don’t really think about those little things we do for others, even when we’re hurting ourselves, in terms of the ways in which they might come back to us.  As Jesus said, some thirty, some sixty, some a hundred fold.  Now He said this about grasping and living out God’s Word.  But it is that very Word, that very love, that empowers us to give in such ways, and at such times.  “He sent His Word and healed them,” applies to every sinner that gets saved.  Finally, there are the words of our Lord, Jesus.  “Give, and it will be given unto you; pressed down, shaken together, and running over, will men give into your bosom.

This is an oldie, but goodie!  Steven Curtis Chapman, thank you for this old favorite of mine.

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, August 21, 2019, 2:12 p.m.

Saturday Silly – August 3, 2019

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A friend and I were discussing the technology boom recently.  The speed at which everything changes is just mind boggling.  I mean, you have to upgrade almost everything you own, every other month, it seems.  Am I the only one who feels this way?  Yeah, and everything you own, now comes with a remote control.

I’m getting to that time in my life where I really should be looking into one of those life alert or medical alert devices.  It’s just good judgment, I think.  Better safe than sorry.  I was checking into some recently and pricing them.  Do you know, they have some that look just like those little garage door opener remotes.  Seriously; you almost cannot tell the difference.   I thought, “boy that’d be me…fall on my butt somewhere in the house, push the help button, and the garage door would be going up and down all day long…or at least until  I could get up and figure out why nobody came to help me.”

Ooh, that could be really bad too.  Can you imagine visiting the neighbor’s across the street?  You take the medical alert thingy off for just a minute…and accidentally pick up their garage door opener remote?  He’s out there on a ladder the next morning, trying to fix the sensor, right about the time you trip over the dog’s toy at home…and push the help button…OMG!  What if I accidentally picked up the remote to his RV awning?  And it’s parked in the garage…Hmmm, maybe I’ll just move in with the kids…LOL…watch ’em all move overseas!

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Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, August 1, 2019, 12:13 p.m.