Saturday Silly – September 5, 2020

Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, reminds us that progress is the law of the Kingdom of Heaven. We are bid to rise ever higher and to strive to be ever better. Be better today than yesterday -this mindset actually freed me from fear of other’s opinions, from the competitive spirit, and from being a “cookie cutter” copy of everybody else. Only compete with yourself; then you’ll always be better. Don’t measure yourself up against anyone; measure yourself up against yesterday’s you. And don’t be so hard on yourself.

I was discussing this with a friend of mine. I said to her, “The message made me think of Lot and his family. He was the guy living in Sodom and Gomorrah. Try as I might, I just can’t figure out what happened with those two girls. I mean, talk about going two steps forward and three steps back! God sends two angels to save them from the disaster, rains down fire and brimstone and totally demolishes, not one, but two towns, and what do these two do on the mountain? It never occurred to either one of them to ask God to send them husbands. They could have had a Johnny Depp or Brad Pitt! God can do that!!!” My friend said, “Yeah, and don’t forget about their mother. She was the pillar of the community; worth her weight in salt.” Hmm…I’m sorry, I had to laugh! She’s a Bible study leader. My friend, not Lot’s wife.

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Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, September 4, 2020, 1:51 p.m.

Right There, God Had Us!

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, reminds us that we do not need to plead with God to come to our aid.  He says, “Your need is my call.” – quoting directly from the message at twolisteners.org

During my studies regarding generational curses, I discovered a couple of things in the story of Adam and Eve and the devil, in Genesis 3:1-20.  I used the NIV Bible.  First, we’re all living under that curse.  Secondly, that curse is also a blessing that saves us.  Here’s how: “And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring  and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.”  What happens to those who embrace evil and wickedness?  That enmity just might save your life.  God ordained in us a loathing of evil and wickedness, to keep us from falling into it.  God went one step further: “To the woman he said, “I will make your pains in childbearing very severe; with painful labor you will give birth to children.  Your desire will be for your husband, and he will rule over you.”  This is exactly how our need for salvation, right then and there in that garden, was taken care of by God.  Right then and there, God had us!

You see, if you look at that in the spirit, and remember that the church is the Bride of Christ, you see the woman that surrounds man.  And who rules over the body of Christ?  Is our desire for our husband?  YES!  YES!  YES!  Lord, Jesus, YES!  Isn’t that awesome?!

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Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, August 4, 2020, 12:07 p.m.

Interludes Of Peace

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, bids us to protect our peace at all costs.  We’re told to stop everything and regain our peace whenever it’s been disturbed.  As I read this message, I think about Proverbs 4:23, which tells us to guard our hearts above all else because everything we do flows from it.

I found, some time ago, that little interludes of peace throughout the day help to keep me unruffled.  These can include a few minutes of some quiet instrumental music-I love bamboo flute music for calming and refreshing my spirit.  I used to take a short 30 minute “awake nap” after work each day.  This helped me to switch gears and get back into Mom mode.  Of course, an evening drive after dinner, or even a sunset picnic out in a quiet area make for a wonderful interlude of peace.  I wrote a song titled “Little Wild Rose,” after a drive in the country with my then husband.  See how that works?  Creativity is always refreshed after an interlude of peace.

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Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, July 21, 2020, 12:00 p.m.

Saturday Silly – September 14, 2019

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The husband woke up with a start as his wife poked him in the ribs, almost shouting, “Honey, it’s time; the baby’s coming.”  As soon as he was dressed, and the “delivery day,” suitcase was in the car, along with mommy and baby, they headed for the hospital.  How exciting!

About 3 1/2 hours later, the labor pains increased in intensity.  Mommy was already tired of this ordeal.  “Oh, I wish this baby would hurry up and get here already,” she said. “Where’s your faith,” asked Daddy.  “Hang in there, Honey; God’s got perfect timing,” he said.  She gritted her teeth, moaned, and squeezed Daddy’s hand as hard as she could when the next pain came..  “Ouch,” exclaimed Daddy.  “Do you have to squeeze that hard?”  Mommy wasn’t impressed with Daddy’s attitude.  You promised you’d be here for me, Honey,” Mommy said. “Remember, we’re in this together.”  “I know, I know,” said Daddy.  “I just need a little break.  Think I’ll go get some coffee, if you don’t mind.”   Then Daddy realized that he’d forgotten his wallet.  “Honey, do you have any cash on you?  I forgot my wallet in the rush to get here,” said Daddy.   Mommy, still a little miffed, and very much in pain, replied, “Silver and gold have I none, but what I do have, in Jesus’ Name, I give to you.”  Daddy doubled over instantly, and dropped to his knees, clutching his tummy.  There he was, in pain as that stomach flu hit him and caused those awful cramps.  Daddy woke up from his dream with a start.  He looked at Mommy, who was sound asleep and smiling.  “Lord,” Daddy prayed, “please don’t let me forget my wallet when it’s time…and please help me be a good helper in the delivery room.”   LOL

Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, is about when faith fails.  It’s a good one, and I hope you’ll check it out at twolisteners.org.  When I read it, I thought of Peter trying to walk on the water…and later, healing a crippled man with those very words: Silver and gold have I none, but what I do have, in Jesus’ Name, I give to you.  That inspired this little story.  I wish I’d thought of that when I was having my babies…I’m kidding, their dad was awesome in the delivery room.

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Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, September, 13, 2019, 10:57 a.m.

Saturday Silly – August 10, 2019

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I spoke with a friend of mine in Washington recently.  She lost her husband a few years ago.  In June of this year, she finally sold their house.  She’s moving into a retirement community, and is excited to be starting this new chapter in her life.

On this particular weekend, she had begun to move into her new place.  She was carrying her husband’s urn from the car to the condo, when it slipped out of her hands.  It hit the ground with a clatter, popped open, and spilled hubby all over the walk.  There was nothing to do but scoop him up and put him back.  She got her little broom and dustpan, and began sweeping him up.  She was so rattled that she didn’t notice the little muddy clump of dried grass she’d swept up along with the ashes.  Her next door neighbor came over just then.  She’d heard the clatter, and decided to check on her.  When my friend explained what had happened, she got this horrified look on her face and asked: “Was that poo in there when you got him out of the mortuary?!”  My friend’s hubby had quite a sense of humor.  It must have rubbed off on her, because she looked up at the lady and replied: “Yep, that it did.  He was always getting lost when he was alive; even with a map, he’s get lost.  He must have thought he was in Hell when those flames hit him, and pooped.”

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Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, August 9, 2019, 12:04 p.m.

Their Need;Your Call-That Call, Your Need

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, reminds us that the need is the call.  Jesus has promised always to be with us, so we can be sure that He’s going to be there to answer the call.  Our need is also His call.

I want to explore the need and the call a little more today.  First of all, obviously, when we see a need, we are called to meet the need somehow.  God is a provider.  Jesus has promised that when we ask anything in His Name, it shall be done for us.  Even without material provision, we can answer the call.  That call creates our need for the Lord’s presence, guidance, power.  God hears prayer, and we have the church community to go to for assistance.  That’s part of what the church is here for; we are, after all, the body of Christ in the earth.

Now, I want to address a need you might have, that is your personal call.  It may be a call to turn back to God.  It might be a call to further your education.  It can be anything that you may need to do, or need to stop doing, in order to better your life.  We’re usually pretty good at hearing the need that tells us we need to do something to further advance ourselves, right?  I heard it when I was going through my first separation from my husband, and realized I couldn’t feed three children on minimum wages.  But, oh, those little calls…the one that comes when you need to call in sick because you’re too hungover to work.  Then there’s that one that comes when boyfriend/girlfriend blows you off and you see him/her later with someone else.  OMG!  I sure loved my blinders and earplugs in that one.  I had another call when my belly was trying to roll off my knees.  Ignoring those calls is called denial.  That is usually based in fear.  We’re afraid of change, of failure, of vulnerability, etc.  Those calls are wake-up calls that tell us we need to take better care of ourselves.  We need to respect ourselves more, we need to love ourselves more, etc.  Jesus said, “I’ve come that they might have life, and have it abundantly.”  It’s crucial for us to answer those calls, because through them, we are spared a lot of heartache, and we are empowering that abundant life.  I know-it sure doesn’t feel that way when we’re going through that stuff.  But, it is all worth it in the end…and the new beginning.  Thank God for new beginnings.

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Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, August 4, 2019, 1:33 p.m.

Here’s to That Hush Within

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, reminds us that we need to just determine to get peace and be still within.  That’s where the storms are, really, aren’t they?

When I think back on some of the worst times of my life, I find they were times that I didn’t walk away and get quiet within.  I didn’t take time to stop and regain my inner peace.  It doesn’t matter what it is, loss of a job, argument with hubby/wife, argument with your child, whatever crisis-and yes, those arguments are crises in your relationship because they can strain and even break the bond that’s crucial there, whatever it is, you need to just stop and regain your inner peace.  Just a quickly as you realize it’s going downhill, you need to step away and let God take the wheel.

He’ll remind you who and whose you are.  He’ll remind you how much strength and power you do have.  But, strength and power are not ours to rule over one another with.  Rather, the strength and power are ours to use to overcome the evil, the fear, the anger, the doubt, the loudness of the friction and strain on spirit-yours and theirs.  The Bible tells us that our strength lies in quietness and trust.  It’s hard to trust God when you’ve lost sight of Him within you.  When the “whatever” is screaming in your spirit, His Word in your Heart is pretty much inaudible; and your brain just freezes.  I know, I’m living proof.  And I’ve been on both sides of that fence.

Sometimes, you can’t walk away physically right then.  That’s one of the reasons the kingdom of Heaven is within us.  It’s one of the reasons His Word is to be written on our hearts.  It’s also one of the reasons we need to know our limits.  We need to know when we’re heading for the cliff, long before we get there.  I’ve found it’s a lot easier to just pray and kind of “refuel” with that Word, right when I suspect things are not as they should be.  In relationships, especially, it involves integrity and truthfulness.  It all really goes back to your standards and boundaries.  Peace is important to everyone’s well being, and also essential to promote progress and success.  Chaos makes it impossible to get things done, to learn, to teach, etc.  That’s why it’s one of Satan’s favorite games to play.

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Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, July 16, 2019, 4:37 p.m.

He’s the Fountain of Youth

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, reminds us that God’s hand keeps us in, and through all things.  When I read this, I think about the fourth man in the furnace with the three; Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednigo. (Daniel 3:25)

I also think about the disciples in the storm, with Jesus right there in the boat.  I wonder how much we really age when we live depressed, anxious and worried, angry, and in all those other negative mindsets.  I know that stress can cause all kinds of illnesses, and wreak havoc with our health.  Spiritually, and emotionally, it can cause us to do a great deal of damage to ourselves.

Here’s a quote directly from the message: “There is no age in Eternal Life.  Have no pity for yourself, nothing but joy and gratitude.”   Does that give you some idea of how soon you should be measuring yourself up?  Does it speak to you of God’s patience with us?  it spoke volumes to me, of God’s confidence in me.  Do you know He believes in you?  Yes, He does!  You say, “But how can i be joyful and grateful when I fail?”  Well, look at it from God’s vantage point:  It isn’t perfect yet, so this is an opportunity to make it so.

Here’s the other part.  I love this one!  I’ll be sixty years old this year.  I do have a chronic health problem; Systemic Inflammatory Disorder.  It’s aggravated by stress-both physical and emotional stress.  Guess what I’ve learned to do as a result of this illness.  I have learned how to manage stress better.  I’ve also learned to cultivate healthier eating habits, healthier lifestyle choices, and most importantly, I’ve learned that self care is important.  I have a great deal to be grateful for, and joyful about.  I have been able, for the most part, to get it to go back into remission, and keep it there for pretty long periods of time, when it has flared.  I don’t have time to feel sorry for myself; I’m too busy enjoying the health I’ve gotten back and kept.

I think, especially for us women, that self care ends up on the back burner all too often.  We have husbands, children, family members, friends…to care for…and to distract us from those things within self that we really don’t want to deal with at times, don’t we?  Yes, oh yes, I’ve been there myself.  Here’s a secret:  When you get diligent about your self care, you’ll find the fountain of youth.  Yes, you’ll still wrinkle, you’ll still fight the battle of the bulge, you may even get a little stooped or bowed over, and your stride may lessen in length and strength.  But, you will always be the very best you can be in spite of all those things.  You see, you’ll be living from the inside out, which is the right way.  Jesus said, “Seek first the kingdom of Heaven.”  Well, He also said, “The kingdom of Heaven is upon you, or within you.”  When we get this all aligned like it needs to be, we truly can take joy and be grateful for all we have, and for all we are…no matter what we have, or what we are.

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, July 13, 2019, 11:04 a.m.

Saturday Silly – June 29, 2019

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Wow!  Only 5 days until the Fourth of July.  I always wanted to get married on the Fourth of July.  That way, my husband could always say there were fireworks on our wedding night.   My mother wasn’t so keen on a Fourth of July wedding; she didn’t really like my husband.  She thought a June wedding would be much better-because it’s Turkey Lovers Month.    She even picked the day; June 29th.  I looked that day up on one of those Holidays and Observances pages.  June 29th is Waffle Iron Day.  Needless to say, that day was scrapped right then!  I am not ironing any waffles, no Sir!  Not even for my hubby.

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Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, June 28, 2019, 11:17 a.m.

Saturday Silly – June 22, 2019

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bb04e6109a02681586e08ae274c2e94b_with-two-daughter-clipart_1468-1600The doctor said he found a heart in my chest, girls, so I don’t want to hear anymore of that “Mom, you’re heartless!”  Your brothers?  Umm, I’ve cut them out of my will!  LOL  Just kidding, kids.  I love you.

Husband to surgeon:  “Well, doc, tell us the truth; there’s no heart in there is there?  Wife to husband:  “Knock it off, Aaron!”                                                                                             Surgeon to husband:  “I’m sorry, Sir, but there’s definitely a heart in there…and it says, “I love you forever, Enrique`!”  Ha ha!

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Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, June 18, 2019, 12:28 p.m.