Supply the Spirit First

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, reminds us that, first, all supply is fashioned from love.  Secondly, Spirit must be supplied first.  Third John 1:2 -“Our beloved, I pray for you that you will prosper in all things and be well, just as your soul prospers.”  (Aramaic bible in plain English)  See why I love biblehub.com?

The message outlines the “supply chain” and the domino effect of it briefly.  We are promised a constant supply, but “only if the need is a spiritual one.” -quoting directly from the message.  If we prosper as our souls prosper, this makes absolute perfect sense, doesn’t it?  So, for a child of God, because we are spirit in physical bodies, it is our spirit that receives.

Proverbs 4:23 tells us , “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.”  What you feed your body depends on what your heart is set on, doesn’t it?  Am I desiring health and well being?  Then I will avoid harmful foods, drink, activities, etc.  I will, instead, choose food and drink that is good for me, cultivate and maintain self-control and will power, and indulge in activities that are healthful for me-body, mind, and soul.

When I learned this lesson, I began to appreciate the peace, power, and joy that these things brought to my mind, heart, and soul.  The more peace, power, and joy I discovered in them, the more I sought them in every day living.  The more ways I sought them in every day living.  You would be amazed how peaceful and joyful fresh linen on the bed can make you feel.  This is a good reason and motivation to cultivate the discipline of changing linen often, and a joyful “treasure” of housekeeping.  Can you see what I mean?  When we seek to supply Spirit first, we not only are promised a constant supply; we can constantly find sources of supply as well.  And, yes, that supply is fashioned from love.  Love the LORD, your God with all your might, and love your neighbor as you love yourself.  Be good to yourself until that goodness and joy flows over and makes you want to be good to everyone else.  I promise, you will find ways to bless others.

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu                                                                                              Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, March 21, 2019, 10:34 a.m.

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He is All and is in All

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, reminds us that God works in mysterious ways.  Well, at times the ways seem mysterious, anyway.  We’re reminded that God works through may channels to supply our needs.  So, we are bid to trust Him.  At the same time, we are bid to simply strive to do His will.

When the revelation of today’s message became clear to me, my life changed in many ways.  Every sort of work, be it outside or inside my home, became an opportunity to be excellent in working, thereby serving the Lord.  Social activities such as 4H, kids’ ballgames, and even just a neighborhood get -together became opportunities to bless people.  This was true even if the blessings were small things like a listening ear, or a much needed hug, or a word of encouragement.  1 Corinthians 10:31  tells us this: “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all to the glory of God.”  The more I cultivated this attitude and put in into practice, the more awesome my life became.

And, as I became a channel of blessing, I began to receive blessings from every direction.  I believe when we do this, we activate a power that works throughout our circles, and even in the world around us at times.  That power ensures our needs are met, be they physical, material, emotional, or spiritual.  Anxiety ceases, and joy and peace, a quiet confidence take over.  Finally, I can’t even begin to tell you what a blessing it is to be able to bless someone.  Just the sight of their smiling faces, or the sound of their joy, is such a blessing to a heart and soul.  It works a wonder somewhere within a person, that brings joy bubbling up time and time again.

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu                                                                                                    Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, March 19, 2019, 12:41 p.m.

Take Courage; There’s Peace in His Power

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, bids us to rest assured in our God.  We are reminded that He is a God of power, as well as being a man who knows our weaknesses, trials, temptations, and pains.  He was tempted with every temptation known to man, the Bible tells us.  (Hebrews 4:15)

We are reminded of the power in His Name alone.  I had an experience with that just this morning.  Someone was,  taunting me covertly, they thought, about my posts.  Whispering, I praised the Lord, speaking His Name, Jesus.  I also spoke seven hallelujahs before I even knew what was happening.  The person got quiet for a few minutes, and then went on to something else.  There’s no way the person could have heard me, as they were across the parking lot from me.  Is that a powerful and beautiful Name?!  A powerful and beautiful God bears that Name.  A God who loves you and hears you, and does move on your behalf.

Psalm 20:7 is referenced in the message:  “Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God.”  Amen!  Here’s a praise song I found that fits this message perfectly.  I hope it blesses you as much as it does me.

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu                                                                                                Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, March 18, 2019, 12:30 p.m.

 

The Unsearchable Things

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, reminds us we must firmly and absolutely trust the LORD; being persistent in prayer, and in walking things out.  This is the way we learn, grow, and become empowered to help others.

Jeremiah 33:3 is referenced: “Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.’  Those unsearchable things are not really unsearchable.  They’re merely the things we don’t think to look for or at, or those we don’t want to look for or at.  God will always tell you the truth.  God will always bring you to the truth you need to know.  God will always show you His Truth.

Jesus said, “the truth you know will set you free.”  That’s a very powerful statement.  It works both ways, too; for good or for bad.  Remember when you thought someone loved you…and you found out they were just playing you?  That believed love was truth to you, wasn’t it?  And it led to heartache for you, didn’t it?   We often make wrong agreements, or align ourselves with false truths.  This is called denial, by the way.  Sometimes it’s because we’re afraid to be alone, or we’re afraid that we can’t make it alone.  Sometimes, we don’t know better; but sometimes we don’t want to know better, too.  That would mean that we have to do better, to be better.

One of the scariest things I’ve ever asked God was to tell me the truth; to help me to see the truth.  Whether it’s about a situation, a certain person, or even yourself, it can be terrifying.  That’s why prayer and persistence is so important.  That’s why your faith is so vital.  Thankfully, if we have faith the size of a mustard seed, we’re unstoppable!  We don’t need to be afraid.  We can take heart; we can trust our God, for He is a good, good Father.  He has plans to prosper us and not to harm us.  That’s something you might have to tell yourself a hundred times a day when you’re going through something.  Do it; shout it if you have to.  You will come through with those great things-those great things that will confuse your enemy when your victory surprises them.  God loves you!  Trust Him!

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu                                                                                                        Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, March 17, 2019, 1:36 p.m.

 

 

Eternal Living…

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, bids us to enter into that Sabbath rest that God offers us.  When we enter into that rest, our laboring ceases.  By laboring, I mean the struggling to survive.  Rather, when we enter into that rest, we begin to truly and fully live.  There are two parts to that Sabbath rest; I believe.  First, it is salvation.  Secondly, it is a daily commitment to believe and trust the LORD, and to walk in His truth and His way.

The message makes this statement: “We know no life but Eternal Life and when a man enters into that, then he lives.”  I can attest to this being true.  I speak from personal experience when I say, my life truly did begin-not when I got saved, but when I got real with God.  Unfortunately, for some of us, that takes a minute or two, doesn’t it?  I can laugh at myself now, but I really did go through some tug-o-wars with fear, selfishness, stubbornness, and anger.  When I finally got over myself in those areas, and yes, they were crutches…I finally got real with God.  You know what?  That’s when God got real in me.  That’s what it’s all about, really.  It’s about God in us.  He can’t be real in us until we get real with Him.  All that “self” stuff gets in the way; and not in His way, but ours.  You see, flesh and blood cannot enter the Kingdom of Heaven.  As long as all that stuff is on and in you, you’re in the flesh.

Once I got past all that stuff, I found life in so many ways. I found abundance in so many things-small things especially.  Abundant life, eternal life; life that wells up from within, no matter what you’re faced with.  The fears go away, the chains come off, and life becomes a wonderful journey instead of a battle for survival.  That is what it’s all about.

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu                                                                                                      Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, March 16, 2019, 12:53 p.m.

Saturday Silly – March 16, 2019

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I found this cute little picture online and couldn’t resist.  Thanks to Shutterstock.com

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Kiss me!  I’m Irish!

That gives me an idea for next year…just need some stencils and indelible ink…

PS – March is also Irish American Month

 

 

 

 

 

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu                                                                                        Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, March 15, 2019, 1:11 p.m.

Don’t Just Go to the Cross-Go Through It

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, reminds us that it is the self that needs to be crucified.  All those things we find within that hinder our progress and deter us from reaching our goals and gaining the victories.

Something i realized some time ago, is that it isn’t enough for me to go to the cross.  You see, there is a resurrection that has to take place, in order for the salvation to be complete.  Jesus rose from the grave; the tomb was empty.  I find it interesting that the grave clothes (linen strips) were left in the tomb, and the cloth that covered His head, was neatly folded up and left there also.  That’s a significant revelation about what we have on us-or on our hearts and minds – be it in adverse circumstances, or in victory.  I did a study on the cross once, and the significance of that crown of thorns became very clear to me.  You see, if your mind is hedged in, your hands and feet do you no good; they can be bound, and you’ll get nowhere, and accomplish nothing.  Hence, the resurrection has to be part of the equation.

Jesus arose in a glorified body; a glorified state.  When we seek what’s after the crucifixion – risen and glorified life, we discover that there is a better way.  That’s what’s on the other side of that cross.  The resurrection is one to newness of attitudes, thoughts/beliefs, ways and means, and language.  “I am the resurrection and the life.” -to be exact.  Think about the power of that statement when you apply it to yourself.  “I am living higher, I am higher minded, I am aiming higher for myself.” -in effect, that’s what that statement says to your soul.  Instead of death and deadly or harmful thinking and ways of living, doing things, etc., you now bring life and power into play.  Instead of failure, success-one step at a time, success.  Remember, you’re in this for the long haul-eternity.  So it isn’t a sprint race, it’s a long one that requires endurance.

Crucify all of the self that hinders and impedes.  But, resurrect your soul with the higher things that truly do give you the victory over the power of death in your life.  Education, nutrition, stress-management, routine, etc., are all higher things, depending on your battle and/or the hurdles in your race.

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu                                                                                                        Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, March 14, 2019, 12:31 p.m.