You’ve Got That Xtra Something, Baby!


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.

Binding Up the Broken Hearts


Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, reminds us that we prosper as our souls prosper.

Psalm 147:3 tells us of the Lord: “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.”  This is what Jesus was talking about when He asked which is easier to say-“take up your mat and walk,” or “your sins are forgiven you.”  The first one suggests condemnation and “do this.”  (sober up, get a job, etc.)  The other says, “You’re ok, I love you, and I’m here to help you.”   That first statement is the reason addicts, alcoholics, sex addicts, workaholics, etc., relapse. 

Those addictions are not just bondages, they are symptoms of deep wounds that someone is trying to bandage.  You can bandage a wound, but if you don’t clean the debris out, it will get infected and fester.  Infection eats its way inward to the entire system.  Pretty soon, it’s deadly.  People have lost limbs and life from wounds that weren’t cared for properly.  When it comes to changing your life, this principle is the one that will work.  We have to cleanse the wounds that have broken our hearts.

Vitamin C is a great thing.  It helps our bodies to heal, restoring our cells and tissue, even nerves…everything, really.  The Spiritual Vitamin C is Compassion, Caring, Correction without Condemnation, and sound and trustworthy Counsel.  Also, we need the right Companionship.  When these are brought into play in a person’s life things can begin to change because as the debris is cleaned from those heart wounds, he/she begins to recognize the soul.  Some people have been so battered and beaten down in and by their life that they don’t even know they have a soul; let alone its beauty, divinity, or power.  We need to remember this, and especially when we’re ministering to hurting people.  It’s also a great thing to focus on when we’re finding ourselves feeling as if we’ve fallen short, or we’re trying to deal with a personal flaw.

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyrght by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, May 14, 2019, 12:26 p.m.



Forgetting Myself


Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, reminds us not to expect a world in which all is in harmony with us.  Rather, we should humble ourselves, forgetting ourselves, and remembering God instead.   I thought I got this the first time I read it.  But it goes so much deeper and reaches so much farther than just striving to do things God’s way.  It’s about so much more than trying to be a good Christian.

Forgetting myself and choosing God instead frees me from injury to ego, and to my spirit.  When I choose God’s way, I’m looking through His eyes, I’m operating according to His heart (grace and mercy, and compassion).  This frees me from feeling rejected, or from fear, and even anger or indignation.  When I’m operating out of God’s heart and according to His will, I can more easily perceive the other’s need, the other’s heart.  I don’t even hear the insult(s) or feel the disdain and/or rejection.

Romans 15:3 – “For even Christ did not please himself but, as it is written: “The insults of those who insult you have fallen on me.”  That’s a powerful revelation for us.  When we operate out of God’s heart, forgetting our “self,” those insults and rejections, the fears and doubts, the weariness and hopelessness are absorbed by God, Himself.  They are changed by His mercy and grace, becoming tools and stepping stones for us.  Through them, we are empowered to feel and extend mercy, grace, love, peace, power.

Our task is not to force others to come into accord with us, or to be in harmony with us.  Rather, we are to come into harmony, or to remain in harmony and unbroken accord with God.  When we do this, we maintain our own heart’s peace.  “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” (Proverbs 4:32)

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, May 8, 2019, 6 p.m.

Be Filled With His Audacity


Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, reminds us that Jesus came to us as the Son of man.  He was subject to the same limitations (fatigue, hunger, thirst, etc.) as we do.  He walked through our world as a man (human), taught us how to live according to our divinity in this world of men, suffered in the flesh and was tormented, rejected, and killed-as the Son of man.  This was all so that we could live as the sons and daughters of God once again.  So we are warned that we, too, must share in the burdens of our fellow man; in their pain, their sufferings, their fears, etc.  However, that sharing doesn’t mean what we have believed it to mean for so long.

Oh, no, we aren’t immune from suffering and sorrows.  However, we have a hope.  We can rise above those things, thanks to our Heavenly Father, and our Savior, Jesus Christ.  So, when we think about sharing in the sufferings of our fellow man, we must think differently.  Jesus gave us wonderful examples.  Listen to His words as He asks the crowd there, “Why do you think evil in your hearts?  For which is easier to say, “your sins are forgiven, or get up and walk?”  That’s audacity!  “He’s not dead, but only sleeping.”  That’s sublime audacious faith!  “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.”  That’s absolute audacity in keeping to the standard, in refusing to be pulled down to anything less than His divinity, and in loving.  That’s what sharing in that suffering means.  You always hear that expression, “he/she is full of P&V.”  After knowing Jesus for all these years, and learning and growing in my faith, I can tell you that is a statement every Christian should have said about him, or herself.  “He/she is full of Passion & Victory!  Our sharing is not commiserating.  Our sharing is rising up from that situation or circumstance.  “You are the light of the world.  Let your light so shine before men that they see your good works and praise your Heavenly Father.”  We are the light in the darkness!  We need to have that sublime audacity that Jesus has.  Just read over all His dealings in the Gospels.  You’ll see that even His compassion and grace required sublime audacity.  You see, much like us, He walked in a world that was lost and hurting.  That’s why, as things are changing, -and you hear people say often that things are getting worse and worse, we are to be constant and unwavering in our faith.  Keep praying, keep walking, keep loving, keep praising!

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, May 5, 2019, 10:39 a.m.

Is It Really “No?”


Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, reminds us that all the promises of God are yes and amen. (2 Corinthians 1:20)  That means that “I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me.”  Just because it isn’t happening right now, or just yet, doesn’t mean we should give up on it.

“As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” (Isaiah 55:9) Is referenced in the message.  As I’ve said before, it’s not always all about you because it is all about us.  God has perfect timing, perfectly pure motives, and perfect aim and reach.  So, if you’re ready to give up, don’t!  Look again, listen again, read it again, and see if you didn’t miss something along the way.  You just may have, and now is a great opportunity to get that thing-whatever it is.  That’s called gleaning, by the way.  Speaking from personal experience, God’s used the same exact scripture to speak to me in several different situations.  Now, this does not apply if you’re plans are for evil; I wouldn’t recommend that to anyone.  God will hedge you in to save you from yourself.  I’m speaking from personal experience there too.  Okay, ’nuff siad.  Have a beautiful day, know that God is with you, and He’s for you…so don’t give up!

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, April 30, 2019, 11:40 a.m.

Perpetual Springtime in Your Heart


Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, reminds us that we can, and should, have perpetual Springtime in our hearts.  That means we can have perpetual renewal of attitude, of effort, of energy.  We are constantly evolving and recreating ourselves as we progress from one level to the next in spirit.  (1 Cor. 14:20) ” In regard to evil be infants, but in your thinking be adults.”  Babies are about as close to coming face to face with God on this side, I believe.  They don’t judge anyone; they just love.  They’re not looking for the other shoe to drop; they’re excited about whatever’s next…well, most of the time anyway.  The world belongs to them.  That is exactly what God did for us in the beginning.  (Genesis 1:28)  I found the pics below on Google.  Thanks to all the contributors who allow us to use them.

Some of my favorite things about Springtime in Montana…


Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, April 29, 2019, 12:59 p.m.

Harmony Within, Harmony Without


Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, reminds us that when things aren’t going so great, it’s usually because of some disharmony within.  I’ve posted the link to the website, so you can read it for yourselves.  I’ve addressed the principles of harmony and power that are outlined in the message.

“The difficulties of life are caused by disharmony in the individual. There is no discord in My Kingdom, only a something unconquered in My disciples. The rule of My Kingdom is perfect order, perfect harmony, perfect supply, perfect love, perfect honesty, perfect obedience — all power, all conquest, all success.”

Perfect order results when we organize things to work best for everyone involved.  This also results when we are disciplined to put things where they belong, throw trash away right away, pick up after ourselves right away, make the bed first thing, etc.  There is no set standard because the order must be set to accommodate each person’s need.

Perfect harmony comes when perfect order becomes the priority for everyone.  We all work together to keep order.  Sometimes that means doing dishes for someone who’s unable to for whatever reason, etc.  The priority isn’t “making sure everyone does his/her share.  It is making sure order is maintained.  Remember fighting over chores as a kid?  “I did the dishes yesterday; why does she get out of doing them?” – etc.  However, fairness is also part of keeping order, so we must strive for that too.

Perfect supply comes from God.  He always either gives it to you, or gives you a way to get it, or get it done.

Perfect love is that which says, “I’ll do your dishes for you so you can finish your science project that’s due tomorrow.” Not having to be asked, but anticipating the other’s need; being mindful that we’re all in it together.

Perfect honesty, with oneself, and with others is essential to keeping all the rest going.

Perfect obedience is obedience to God’s Word and His Ways.  Pretty much, that means, “do unto others as you want them to do unto you.”

All power, all conquest, all success comes from adhering to the above principles, even when it hurts, even when you’re tired, even when…even then…anyway!

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu                                                                                       Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, April 26, 2019, 11:07 a.m.

Saturday Silly – April 27, 2019


Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, is about feeling the presence of the Lord with us.  I was sitting in the park this morning, enjoying the sunshine and warm weather.  I had one of those mockingbird encounters.  I’m pretty sure that was Jesus’ way of saying good morning to me.

He (the bird; not Jesus) started out just chattering at me.  Then there was, “Good morning.”  I was just about to eat a croissant when he chirped something like, “ready?”  I laughed at him and asked, “are you hungry?”  He didn’t answer, but he did come down out of the tree.  Then, he made the rounds under all the empty picnic tables.  There was a man sitting at one table, with his head resting on his arms.  The little mockingbird went back up into his tree, which was just beside that table.  Then I heard what sounded like an alarm going off.  It was the bird.  I said, “are you an alarm clock?”  I laughed when the little man sat up and was looking around.  The next sound that little mockingbird made was like a truck backing up…”beep, beep, beep,” he twittered.  It made my day, but I thought, if I see that little bird moon-walking on that tree limb right now…”  See there, Jesus is a very entertaining Lord.  I could almost hear Him up there giggling at us.  And, I’m sure grateful that He’s the ringmaster in this circus called life.

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu                                                                                                  Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, April 26, 2019, 10:31 a.m.

There’s Always an Opportunity


Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, reminds us that it is God who sets the appointments and makes the opportunities for us.  We are bid never to doubt or fear, and to stop everything until we have that doubt or fear in check.

“Times of withdrawal for rest always precede fresh miracle-working.  Learn of Me.  To accept the limitations of human flesh is to be subject, except as far as sin is concerned, to the same conditions as man.”  Quoting directly from the book, and this is what I want to address today.

Jesus often withdrew to a lonely place, or to be alone.  This is where and when we get spiritual renewing, refilling, refreshing.  The revelation, and it’s a powerful one, is in the statement about accepting the limitations of human flesh, and being subject to the same conditions as man.  We live and walk in the Spirit.  For us to accept the limitations of human flesh, then, is defeating to us.  Some of those limitations come in the form of impatience, bad temper, gluttony, pride, sloth, etc.  We cannot allow these to rule over us.  However, we have to accept that they are part of the human condition, when we’re dealing with others.  Yes, we are as vulnerable as others to those kinds of limitations.  Sometimes more, sometimes less, depending on our maturity in Christ Jesus.

The conditions that we are subject to, are the conditions that the physical being is subject to here on Earth.  We need food, water, air, rest.  We age (some of us more slowly than others -LOL), we’re vulnerable to illness and injury, etc.  Our bodies are mere vehicles that we use to get around in down here.  Just like a car, they need fuel, they need to be kept clean, and they can get banged up and suffer wear and tear.  We need to take good care of ourselves.

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me,” is quoted in the message.  No, it doesn’t mean you have to do everything.  It does mean that when God asks you to do something, He also provides everything you need to get it done.  It also means that when you are stymied, feeling a little overwhelmed, or tired, etc., -those human limitations, right? – God can and will show you a way to get through it.  Again, my example is the unexpected dinner guests and the roast.  When it was made into stir fry, there was more than enough to go around.  God’s a whiz in the kitchen.  And that was an opportunity to bless someone, and to minister to them, and to bring them God.  There’s always an opportunity if you let God lead you, and just live your faith out.

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, April 25, 2019, 10:35 a.m.

Love Never Fails


Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, reminds us that love is very powerful.  To give someone love is to give them God.  To show someone love is to show them divinity in humanity; the divine within man.

Romans 13:10 is referenced:  “Love does no harm to a neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.”  We are encouraged not to feel as if we must try to help them (I have to do something!)  Rather, we are to love them, showering little joys on them, building them up in spirit, encouraging them in their weak moments, etc.  In doing this, we’re told, they must be helped.  When I read it, I thought of 1 Corinthians 13, the love chapter.  Love never fails, and love conquers all.  It covers a multitude of sins.

When I think about that covering, I think, not of my own sins, but of the sins others commit against me.  I thank God for my grandmother daily; it’s a perpetual prayer of gratitude.  I know what her love and her example of love and faith meant to my life.  I would probably not be here today if I had not had them to look to.  Just like Jesus’ love, His shedding his own blood for us, covers our sins, the love we receive from others, covers the sins, or the wounds from sins others have committed against us.  That’s a powerful revelation about the importance of love.  There is no higher power, and no more powerful medicine than love.  Always seeking to do good to others, and never seeking to harm them, is a powerful way of life.  We are then, truly, surrounded by a goodwill, as with a shield.  The Bible does tell us that we reap what we sow.  Choosing to live loving, empowers us to love living.  The message tells us that if we all could learn this lesson, there would be no dark days.

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu                                                                                                        Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, April 17, 2019, 3:18 p.m.