Saturday Silly – August 31, 2019

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A friend of mine has a daughter who just got her first apartment.  Her daughter insisted on looking for and choosing her own place, without any help or “input” from mom and dad.  My friends said that her daughter checked into about 50 places before she finally found the apartment she wanted.  She said her daughter sent her this picture from the pool nearby.  Thanking God this place is not in Las Vegas…LOL

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Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, August 30, 2019, 11:42 a.m.

Giving To The Stuff In Your Life

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, reminds us that we’re supposed to be givers.  Our Heavenly Father is a great giver.  He gives generously, and adds no sorrow to it.  We’re bid to give abundantly, feeling that we’re rich.

We’re bid to give of our thought, our time, personal ease, warmth, give of all we have.  Give, give, give.  We often don’t even realize that we’re giving, as we interact with others.  That smile and greeting is a gift to the one it’s intended for.  One never knows how much that might mean to that person, either.

What we often forget to do, is to give to the stuff in our lives.  I’ve been designing my future home; shopping online for the things I’ll be putting into my home.  I’m finding the longer I’m at it, the more of myself I’m giving to it.  I mean, my joy in certain things, my ideals, my pet things, etc., I’m finding is spilling over into my search.  As it does that, the whole thing is taking on a life of it’s own-that radiates my personality, my warmth, joy, peace, etc.   It’s so exciting!  I’m looking forward, joyfully, to bringing the whole thing together.

It made me think about how often we forget to give-of ourselves, our personal joys, pleasures, ideals, etc., to the things we surround ourselves with.  How often do we sort of just go through those projects, events, etc., without really being present in them.  I’ve done that at times, and ended up wondering what was I thinking when I was working on this?  It didn’t even come close to reflecting me!

When we’re mindful to give of ourselves to the stuff  that makes up our lives, we can create much better, much more uplifting, much more powerful and effective environments for ourselves.  That then empowers us to be even greater givers to others and the stuff in their lives.

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Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, August 29, 2019, 4:56 p.m.

He’s Really Good With Tangles

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, reminds us that Jesus can do what seems to be the impossible.  We are reminded that it is in quietness and trust that our strength lies.  We’re also promised that from the second we put it into God’s Hands, the working out, the cure, the victory is being brought forth.

When I read this message, I think back to the one that was illustrated by a skein of yarn in Mother’s hands.  I had to laugh, recalling how often my skein of yarn would get tangled, and I’d have to work that tangle out before I could go on with my project.  When you’re a child, you usually have to take those tangled things to Mom or Dad.  But there’s never any doubt in your mind that they can fix it, is there?  That’s the way we’re supposed to trust God.  I’ve had occasions to pray, and then stand silently and trust God.  You know what?  God always speaks back with His Word.  There’s always the assurance and the reassurance-that He hears, He sees, and He’s on it!

That being silent, and the being still-meaning, don’t put one end of that skein in His hands, and then run off with the other end in hand, and try to fix it yourself…that’s the toughest thing to do sometimes. “Just be still and know that I am God.”  And, you’re still His child.  And, He’s still in control-not only of your life, but of all life, and all of life.  That means God’s got His Eye, and hand, on the trouble, the trouble-maker, AND, on every single reason to doubt, to fear, to give up, to let go.  Take that, you tangle!

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Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, August 26, 2019, 11:42 a.m.

Only Wide Enough For Two

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, bids us, as Jesus did, to enter by the narrow gate.  Actually, the message speaks of walking a narrow way, or path.

When you put this together with the rest of the message, which is about physical weariness, frustration, and mind and soul weariness, the narrow gate and path make sense.  The narrow gate is one that only opens wide enough for one to pass through.  That one is you.  The narrow path is also only wide enough for you to walk down.  But, in terms of your spiritual well-being, and the growth of your faith, you need to seek the Lord alone.  That’s true especially when one’s soul is troubled.  Jesus deals with everyone, one on one.  You need to leave the crowd on the boulevard, and travel that narrow path to the narrow gate alone.  It’s there that you’ll find the Lord waiting.  It’s there that you can enter in to the healing presence.

Even in the midst of the largest congregations and meetings, you must enter in to the presence of the Holy Spirit alone.  God want those who worship Him to worship in spirit and in truth.  So, while the entire congregation is there in the meeting, each one must seek Him and enter in, alone.  Finally, the path to healing, for anyone, must be walked alone-with the Lord.  Even the path the leads to the narrow gate is not too narrow that He won’t walk it with you.  He’s the one who will give you the courage and determination to walk it.  He’s also the one who will give you the courage and determination to walk the path to victory.  You are the one who needs to walk it out, so naturally, it’s only wide enough for you and Jesus.

All those well-meaning family members and friends can be a hindrance on that path to healing.  They can trip you up because they don’t want to hurt you; or, sometimes because they do.  They’re famous for allowing you to keep those rose colored glasses on-when you really should take them off.  Sometimes, that’s because they’ve got their own pair of rose colored glasses on.  That’s why you need to walk it yourself.  When you get honest with yourself, that wide way you’ve been going and living, begins to narrow down pretty quickly.  Sometimes it’s painful, but Jesus is right there with you.  And, as your healing progresses, you’ll find the new path ahead of you will widen as you’re ready to handle it.

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Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, August 24, 2019, 11:32 a.m.

 

Saturday Silly – August 24, 2019

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I was having a little talk with the Lord yesterday, about some things that were on my mind.  I mean, sometimes I really have to wonder, you know?

God is supposed to be omniscient; all-knowing.  Well, then I really have to wonder, God, what were you thinking when you gave whoever that person was, the idea for sports bras?!  Good Heavens!  I just know my girls are plotting murder!  After having them in that thing all day, I’ll have to be afraid to go to sleep tonight.  God!  You had to see that coming, right?!  What were you thinking????

I was telling a friend of mine this stuff.  Boy, I thought I was a little flaky sometimes.  When I told her about my sports bra ordeal…getting into that thing, then getting back out of it…I thought we were going to the Olympics when I saw my breasts looked like two Shot Put discuses.  I thought to myself, “you know, God, if I could throw that far…guess what I’d be aiming at!”  Yeah, that person that invented these things!  Anyway, she said to me, “You know, that makes me wonder about something, too!  I mean, what was God thinking when He put hair on women’s legs?!  You know He knew we’re just going to shave it all off!  I mean, what woman wants to be a Clydesdale?!”  “Yep,” I thought, “dear God, what were you thinking?!”

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Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, August 23, 2019, 5:15 p.m.

Connecting The Steps To The Summit

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Today’s message from God Calling -A.J. Russell, reminds us that we need to take our eyes off the problems, long enough to see how they’re leading us to the goals.

Each day brings with it little irritations, little chances to give up, little difficulties to excuse doubt.  The list goes on and on.  We’re not to pay too much attention to those little things.  We’re not to allow them to throw us off track, that is.  We are to connect them to the goal we’re trying to reach.  The ultimate goal is to maintain our authority over our circumstances, and to remember we are kings and queens in the earth.  We rule; the circumstances don’t.  They shouldn’t, anyway.

The way we connect those little things to the goals, is by building a stairway leading upward to the goals.  We do this when we see those little irritations, difficulties, etc., as opportunities to practice our authority wisely.  Remember Solomon?  He asked God for wisdom.  He wanted to rule over his world wisely.  That attitude, or mindset, changes us immediately from being victims of the circumstances, to being masters over them.  *We practice this best when we slow down long enough to remain in the driver’s seat.  All that rushing, rushing, rushing, can throw you right into the rumble seat, if you don’t watch out.

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Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, August 22, 2019, 10:30 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.

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