Work At Resting

Today’s message from God Calling – A. J. Russell, bids us to come unto Him; and to stay with Him. The Lord’s presence, you see, is our Sabbath rest. The Sabbath is holy to the LORD/Lord; and that holiness surrounds us as we rest in Him.

It is in the resting in the presence of the LORD/Lord, that power comes to us. “My strength is made perfect in your weakness.” (2 Cor. 12:9) “…in quietness and trust is your strength.” (Isaiah 30:15) My life changed completely, when I learned to just walk in that rest. I learned to stay there at all costs. No, things still don’t always go right; yes, I still get angry, frustrated, upset, etc. But, I can, and do, go right back into that rest immediately, or asap, when I do lose it. It’s a matter of working at it, until we get it so right the devil can’t pull us out anymore. It’s just like that seventy times seven forgiveness thing – in other words, “do it until it comes naturally to you.”

Happy Birthday, my love! My first baby girl is celebrating her 40th birthday today. May your day be blessed with all the love, joy, laughter, and beautiful memories your heart can hold…and then some. And may I tell you, you are my “and them some!” Love you!

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, September 22, 2020, 3:09 p.m.

It Is Wherein We Must Dwell

Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, reminds us that we must dwell in God’s Presence. Jesus said,  “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” (Matt. 4:17 ESV) When things start to go sour, when fears begin to assail, when tears begin to fall, that place within us where God’s Spirit dwells is where we must run to.

Dwelling there is a matter of presence of mind, persistence of will , and perseverance in effort and practice. We must be aware, and catch ourselves when we feel the tugs and bonds of the world pulling at us. We must choose and make a conscious effort, then, to reenter that presence of the Spirit of God. Finally, we must make it daily practice to start the day, and end the day in that Presence. In the Garden of Eden, God walked and talked with them in the cool of the day. (Genesis 3:8) (Lev. 26:12)

This is such a beautiful way to enter in to the Presence of the LORD/Lord. I love the whole album; but this is one of my favorites. Thank you, Paul Wilbur.

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, September 16, 2020, 2:10 p.m.

That Reveals Their Divine Nature

Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, reminds us that our loved ones are not gone. They are just gone from here. We’re told that we do well to remember them. As I read the message I am reminded of the many Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, and Easter too, in the kitchen with my mother, grandmother. There’s not one holiday that, when I’m in the kitchen, I don’t feel their presence with me. I hope you all will read the message for yourselves at twolisteners.org – it will really lift your spirit; especially if you’ve lost a loved one recently.

I’m going to quote directly from the message, this statement: “Learning to know Me draws that Kingdom very near, and in Me, and through Knowledge of Me, the dear ones there become very near and dear.” As I read this statement in terms of generational curses, I got a revelation about how God enables us to see the best in others. It is in Christ Jesus, and through knowledge of Him, that we are able to see the divine nature in those who, in and through their humanity, have wounded us. As we come to know the Lord more and more, we begin to gain some insight into the wounds and scars of those who have wounded us; and into their hearts. God helps us to see them as He sees us all. This is how He empowers us to let go of the worst in them, to forgive, and to hold on to the divine in them-the best in them. (Isaiah 43:25) In terms of generational curses, the sin here is two-fold. First, the sin they committed against us is sin. The results (fear, dejection, addiction(s), etc.), all the ways in which their sin binds us, cripples us, etc., is the second part of this. This second part is the part we need to remember no more. This is what the love of God frees us from, lifts us out of, and gives us treasures to take out with us-so that we can pass them on. We are blessed to be a blessing.

Finally, seeing the best in them, their divine nature, softens the scars and allows God to work His miracles of restoration to our generation, and hopefully, our children’s, and theirs.

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, September, 5, 2020, 10:45 a.m.

It All Goes Together

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, bids us to dwell in God’s Presence.  We’re told to dig deep into the soil of the Kingdom.  This message ties in with the one for Saturday, August 8th, and with my post on Friday’s message.  All three go together.

Friday’s message speaks of getting to know God intimately to dispel fear and doubt within.  Saturday’s message – read it at twolisteners.org- bids us to empty ourselves to ensure constant fresh supply.  This is so important when we’re finding ourselves stressed, anxious, angry, anything that’s contrary to the Divine Nature within us.  Immediately emptying ourselves of all that negative emotion and replacing it with truth from the Word of God, and what we know of God’s love and grace toward us, is critical.  This is the way we remain in His Presence.

Do you know what Satan’s goal in the Garden of Eden was?  It was to separate Adam and Eve from the presence of God-and from the security there is in His presence.  That’s why we’re told to dig deep into the soil of the Kingdom…you’ll find treasure upon treasure, strength upon strength, glory upon glory, until your faith is unshakable!  You will think, feel, and act like the king or queen you are ordained to be.  *Remember what the King of kings said, though: “I have not come to be served, but to serve.”  And remember Solomon’s prayer for wisdom, so that he could rule over his people wisely and justly.

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, August 7, 2020, 11:45 a.m.

Abide, Then, In Perfect Love

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, bids us to make our Lord, Jesus Christ the one abiding presence we are conscious of all the time.  This means we need to abide, then, in perfect love; because that’s what Jesus is.  God is love, and Jesus said when we see Him, we’ve seen the Father.

The message tells us that it is God’s eternal life flowing through us that is the miracle working power. Please read the message at twolisteners.org –  it’s a powerful one.  When we have that life eternal flowing through us, we have wholeness within; real life within.  Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.  (John 17:3 -NIV)  This spills over into every aspect of our lives, and touches the lives of others.

Fear is the greatest obstacle to remaining in this consciousness of God’s presence.  Why?  I believe it is because we do not know God personally.  We try to be good Christians; but forget that we are Children of God.  He’s our Daddy!  As I’ve read, especially in the Psalms and Prophets, I’ve seen more and more clearly God’s heart for us.  In Jeremiah 4:19 God says: “My anguish, my anguish! I writhe in pain!  Oh, the pain in my chest!  My heart pounds within me; I cannot be silent.  For I have heard the sound of the horn, the alarm of battle.” (BSB)  That battle is the battle against fear and condemnation, against doubt, and detachment.  Nothing can separate us from the love of God; but we can, and do stray-especially when we’ve done something wrong and are afraid.  But  Jesus said, “”I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (NIV)  

There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. (1John 4:18-NIV)  Being made perfect in love includes knowing our Heavenly Father’s deep, deep, steadfast, and awesome love for us!  The more intimately you know Him as Father-I call Him Daddy-the less fear you will have in your life!   The more, peace, joy, and power you will gain.

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, August 3, 2020, 11:37 a.m.

 

Give Them By Bringing Him Into Them

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, bids us to give God the moments.  A moment here, giving thought to His goodness, brings Him into it for us, too.  A moment there, reflecting on the beauty of the afternoon spent with family and friends, reveals His Presence in the whole afternoon.  When we give, even just one thought, to God’s love and the joy it brings to those moments, the moments become sublime.

This works quite well when we have our “moments,” too.  You know…Monday morning, and everything that can go wrong is doing exactly that…and you are not having this today…you work too hard…OMG…oh, yes, God…JESUS…Oh, JESUS…and the “Peace; be still,” comes over you…and it all comes out okay.  I have to laugh at myself when I think of poor Jesus up there watching me in some of those moments.  I’m pretty sure He’s had some good laughs over them too.

We have the power to bring God into somebody else’s moments-be they good or bad.  If we just stop and step into His presence in that moment, we can change that moment from a bad one to a great one.  We can turn that good moment into a joyous celebration.

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, August 1, 2020, 10:55 a.m.

 

He Loves You More

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, reminds us that God loves us, and longs for our love and companionship, as much as we do (or should) His.

I began to see God’s way of reaching out to me in the little birds I love so much.  I’ve shared some of the funny things that have happened-and I just know He was behind them.  Then, there are those quiet interludes of peace.  He makes His presence known in so many ways, if we just pay attention-look, listen, and live with our hearts.  I believe the best way to cultivate that intimacy with our LORD/Lord is to make time to seek Him; time to be alone with Him.

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, July 24, 2020, 2:28 p.m.

Be His Shadow

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, reminds us that the way to know the way to go, is to stay very, very, close to the Lord.  He is the Way.

I had to laugh when I read the message, because it made me think of me with my grandmother.  I was her shadow. The poor woman couldn’t make a move without me from the day I was born.  I had a sister that was that way with me.  We were like two peas in a pod for quite some time.  That’s the way we need to be with our Lord.

When we practice that consciousness of Him in the world around us, we begin to sense His presence more and more.  As we do this, we do find ourselves “shadowing” Him.  LOL  I’m pretty sure He loves it, too…because He sure can get some good stuff over on us, can’t He?  He does on me, all the time!

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, July 21, 2020, 12:20 p.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.

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.