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.”

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

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

It Is His Love That Saves Us…Daily

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This is my choice of praise music for the day.  It does go with today’s message.  Thank you, Aaron Shust, for a powerful reminder of God’s love toward us.

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, June 30, 2019, 11:57 a.m.

For, Which is Easier to Say – and Do

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, reminds us that what we do and say are seeds sown.  Not only are they seeds sown into the hearts and lives of others, but also into our own hearts.  I hope you will all visit twolisteners.org and read the whole message; it’s powerful.  I want to concentrate on this one statement from the message that really impacted me.  “Always seek to understand others and you cannot fail to love them.”

As I read this message today, I thought of 1 Peter 4:8: “Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.”  When I think about making God’s Word personal, in regards to this scripture, it means that sin is covered to my eyes as well.  The twofold message is that God’s love covers our sins, –daily.  However, He doesn’t impute wickedness to us; meaning He looks for the best in us.  He looks at, and weighs the heart.  That’s what seeking to understand is about.  So, when we apply that scripture to any situation, we are empowered by love to look past the sin and see the heart of the person.  Love also seeks truth, because love tells the truth-always.  Therefore, we look at the truth of the circumstances, the situation.  

I’m using women in shorts as an example because that seems to be a big problem, and a serious error in perception to some men.  In fact, I heard a comment last evening about me “showing out.”  All I was doing was sitting in the shade, reading my book.  My shorts were entirely appropriate-not “booty shorts,” or the like.  First of all, the truth is that it’s very hot, sometimes dangerously so, outside.  Secondly, not every woman wearing shorts is looking to sell herself sexually; not all of us are advertising services.  Thirdly, why is your mind in the devil’s playground?   If you were really walking in the Spirit, your mind wouldn’t even be in the devil’s playground and thinking about sexual services or the like.  Sex belongs between a man and his wife.  I’m not your wife; why are you thinking about me sexually?   Take some responsibility for yourself,  and stop trying to pass the buck, Sir.  Get your mind where it belongs.  You don’t have to stand in the judgment for anybody but yourself.  You can’t stand there for me because you’re a sinner too.  And, for the record, Jesus already did stand; for both of us.

Here’s how the second part of that love cover works for us:  Love also covers your own eyes in the face of sin, so that you can see -and admit- the truth, apply this truth, “I desire mercy and not sacrifice,” and not sin, yourself.   When we practice this principle, we are empowering love, and love conquers all sin.  I’ve had to check myself more than once, I’m ashamed to say, in regard to this principle.  But, thank God, He is a loving and merciful Father, and His mercies are new every morning.

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, June 29, 2019, 10:57 a.m.

 

Bonus: Making Your Will an Offering

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This was a pretty awesome revelation, so I’m posting a bonus today.

Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, reminds us that we can’t get away from God’s love and caring.  Actually, quoting directly, “you can never go beyond my love and care,” God says.  We are also reminded that He blesses only the things that are right for us-individually.  We’re bid to lay our will  down before Him as an offering.  That’s the first step, isn’t it?  Yeah, I’ve been reminded of that so many times…after trying to do it according to my will, and finding out it didn’t work out so well.

I discovered that diligence in obedience and perseverance are great helps.  Nowadays, I’m diligent regarding my prayer life.  I’m diligent to seek, to ask, and to knock, as Jesus told us to.  When we do this in every circumstance, life changes for the better.  The things you need to seek, to ask, and to enter into change, depending on the circumstances, but the principal of receiving and progress remain.  Sometimes we get ahead of ourselves too, don’t we?  Like, when we’re seeking relief from something, but haven’t sought the cause of the problem yet.  I have memories of some of those instances that still make me laugh at myself.  Thank God that He knows what I’m doing, because, Oh, my God! -Sometimes I don’t know how but by the grace of God that I’m still here.

Laying your will before the Lord isn’t some horrible painful thing when we get the hang of the diligence, perseverance, and obedience thing.  That’s when it is received by Him, and perceived in your spirit as an offering.  You’ll realize that it is actually linking up and coming into one accord with the Lord; becoming one with the Holy Spirit.

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, June 28, 2019, 10:43 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.

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

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

Are You Ready For Brunch?

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I can’t think of a better song to go with today’s message than this one by Mercy Me.  It always reminds me how delightful it is to get into God’s Word.

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, June 28, 2019, 10:21 a.m.

Let His Mercy Engulf You

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Today’s song is one of my very favorites!  It goes perfectly with today’s message, and I hope it blesses you as much as it does me-time and time again.  Thank you, David Crowder; thank you, thank you, thank you!  Tears in my eyes when I hear this.

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, June 26, 2019, 3:19 p.m.