Are You Surprised Yet?

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, reminds us that we are to do everything as if unto the Lord.  Keeping that in mind, would I grumble, complain, pout, etc., about having to do something for Jesus?  Yes, I do have to say ashamedly, there have been some times when I did just that.  One time, I even really cursed Him out.  That’s why I thank God each and every day for His mercy and grace toward me.

The message bids us to bow to God’s will and wishes gladly, and not in resignation.  Rather, bow, with the knowledge that this thing is going to end up so awesomely for you.  The Bible tells us that all the promises of God are yes and amen.  That tells me that God has something good for me at the end of this.  And, God, Himself, has promised us that He has plans to prosper us, and not to harm us.  So we can expect “glad surprises”, to quote the message directly.  How could you not smile about that?!

As I read the message, I think about daily prayers, chores, workloads, extra tasks when things go wrong, etc.  Do you know, it takes just as much effort to do it joyfully as it does to do it grumbling and begrudgingly.  Personally, I believe it takes more effort to do it grumbling and begrudgingly.  I have found, over the years, that joyfulness and positive energy, somehow lighten the loads, and speed up the doing.  Things get done much more quickly, and the whole atmosphere is beautiful.  When we put these principles into practice in our daily living, our growth in them, spiritually, is awesome.  That’s what God wants for us; abundant life here, and abundant power in the spirit-because the two go hand in hand.

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, October 28, 2019, 11:56 a.m.

Seeing Your Perfection

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, reminds us that we have but to look to Jesus to see our perfection.  He is strength when we are weak, peace when all is chaos within, compassion in the face of adversity, or hatred, love in the midst of indifference, etc.

“My strength is made perfect in your weakness…”  Take this to mean that His Presence, His Promise, and His Power will all be strong in your weakness.  They will shine through it to bring you the victory, the peace, the love, the power to forgive.  Whatever your need is, Jesus’ teachings, God’s Word, and the Presence of the Holy Spirit can meet it, and exceed the need.  The weakness will be weakened and/or eradicated, and you will rise to the occasion, and to the next level.

We have but to trust, and to step out in faith.  We are bid, even to look away from sordid surroundings, from poverty, etc., and to focus on Jesus.  Focus on His beauty, His love, and His love for, and in, you.  That infuses us with the right spirit; the Holy Spirit, the “yes, I can,” attitude, or spirit.  As we remain focused on our Lord, we can begin to see possibility in our surroundings, circumstances, etc.  The rest is history if we step out in faith.

I chose “Remind me who I am,” by Jason Grey, to go with today’s post.  I hope it blesses you as it does me.

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, October 16, 2019, 3:01 p.m.

Feeling Plenty Goes With Gratitude

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, reminds us that we are not paupers in the Kingdom of Heaven.  Rather, we are daughters of a King; the King of Kings, to be exact.

We are bid to feel the plenty that we have; to think thoughts of plenty.  When I read this message for the first time, it turned me around completely.  I realized that, at best, I had been merely accepting of whatever I had.  My thinking changed completely; from acceptance, to expectation and gratitude.

That feeling of plenty goes hand in hand with gratitude.  The expectation comes in as Jesus told us to do: “Seek and you shall find, ask and it will be given you, knock and it will be opened to you.”   I’ve told the story about the roast for four turned into stir fry for ten before.  That’s the illustration of expectation.  I didn’t see the roast as a roast anymore.  Rather, I saw it as a meal for a half dozen more people; a bigger meal.  I did ask Jesus to help me feed all those people.  The idea for stir fry came to me.  I had knocked on opportunity’s door, and it had been opened to me.  What a beautiful evening we all shared.  Yes, I did thank the Lord.

Making gratitude your attitude frames the day for plenty to manifest.  It empowers you to seek positive solutions and possibilities.  It will manifest in every area of your life, too.  You’ll find a way to streamline that project, and get it done a little earlier.  You’ll happen across a lunch special and be able to treat a coworker.  You may be able to leave work a little earlier because you saved time on that project, and that gives you the time to set a special table for hubby and yourself, or for the whole family.  Are you getting a picture of what I mean?

When we train our minds and mouths to speak plenty instead of lack, positive instead of negative, etc., we begin to sow seeds that will bring us plenty…abundance of life, and abundance in life.

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, October 14, 2019, 2:43 p.m.

 

What Praise Unlocks

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, reminds us that there is an order to all things; even approaching God.  The message bids us to seek first something we can be thankful for-even in distresses, and then praise God for it…then approach boldly with your cry for help.

I learned some time ago to just live in a state of thankfulness.  Even in the darkest moment, the most outrageous distress, the most dire circumstance, you still have at least one thing to be thankful for.  That one thing is God.  If that’s all you can see that you have to be thankful for, so be it.  Thank Him for being Who He Is.  The instant you do that, the floodgates open, and the blessing flows.  Worry, doubt, fear, anger, bitterness, resentment all dam up that flow.  Praise breaks up the “log jam.”  Praise unlocks the door of the storehouse where your treasures are kept.  The next thing you know, the darkness is dispelled, the fear is gone, the shame and distress are both disarmed, and you know where, exactly you’re going.  “First right with Me, then righted in the eyes of men, too.”

Psalm 26:6-7 is referenced by the message: “I wash my hands in innocence, and go about your altar, Lord, proclaiming aloud your praise and telling of all your wonderful deeds.”  There is a powerful revelation in this scripture.  Washing your hands in innocence suggests that you aren’t going to allow a spirit of shame or fear to stop you from going to God’s.  When we proclaim aloud God’s praise and tell of His wonderful deeds, we are putting the forces of darkness on notice that we’re standing on God’s promises and His Word – “It is written!”  We are also stirring our own spirits up by recounting our victories in Christ, and our state of blessedness through Him. “I am a child of God Most High; and an heir with Christ Jesus!”  Hallelujah!

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, October 9, 2019, 4:49 p.m.

 

They’re Stepping Stones

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, reminds us that those downfalls, those sorrows, those turbulent and tumultuous events, even the catastrophic events that happen in our lives, are all stepping stones, or safety lines.

It may not seem like it, but all those things can serve to draw us or draw us back to the Lord’s side.  They’re like those road signs-great big arrows that say, “This way to…” -hopefully, the exit, right?  Yeah, I can’t even count how many of those things I’ve seen.  Fortunately, I finally learned to heed them.  You still have to go through, but you know with God, you’re going to get through!

They’re not tests and trials that God puts us through.  They really aren’t.  They’re actually tests and trials that God gets us through.  He’s not the tempter.  But Jesus did say, “in the world you’ll have tribulation.”  He overcame the world; so we can be confident that we can overcome.  And each time we overcome, it brings us closer to the Lord.  It gives us new and better understanding of Him.  It strengthens our faith and our courage to walk in faith.

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, October 7, 2019, 2:50 p.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.

Nothing…I Know Nothing

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, reminds us that we are little children in the Kingdom of Heaven.  I had an experience during praise and worship one afternoon, in which I saw myself as a toddler being scooped up by the Lord, and held in His arms.  His face was the most beautiful thing I’d ever seen.  No features, just pure radiance, pure love.  I’m getting chills as I write this.

The message bids us to cling to Him, as a child clings to his/her parent.  We’re asked the question that, if we would hardly fail that child, how then, could our Heavenly Father fail us?  We’re bid to trust, to know that God’s love for us is as strong as ever.  Know that there is nothing He cannot accomplish, in us, for us, through us.  Nothing!

1Kings 3:7 is referenced by the message: “Now, O LORD my God, You have made Your servant king instead of my father David, but I am a little child; I do not know how to go out or come in.”  Do you know that it’s alright to tell God you don’t know what you’re doing?  I have to laugh as I write this, because there are so many times I finally said that to God…and I swear I almost heard Him laughing.  “It’s about time,” He probably was saying.  “Now I can help you.”  The one thing I’ve learned over the years is that the longer I know God, the more I know that I know nothing.  It’s just best to get His take on it all first anyway.  I’m so thankful for His patience and grace.

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, October 2, 2019, 5:30 p.m.