Set If Before Your Face

Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, reminds us that it is the truth in God’s Word, received into our hearts and firmly stood on, that brings us out and up to victory. Jesus’ parable of the sower and the seed comes to mind. (Matt. 13:3-9)

This principle needs to be applied to every situation we’re dealing with. Dig into the Word of God, both new and old testaments, and write down those that apply to what you’re feeling. Put them on the bathroom mirror, tuck them into your bag, keep them in your desk drawer at work. God told the Israelites this in regard to the Law in Deuteronomy 6:8-9. Read them aloud until you feel your feet back on solid ground in your faith, instead of feeling like you’re being buffeted by the wind and waves under you. I assure you, this is the way to overcome that difficulty. It not only stirs you up and strengthens your spirit; it also puts the forces of evil on notice and reminds them who the real authority is!

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, August 22, 2020, 11:44 a.m.

Preparing The Soil

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, bids us to spend more time preparing the soil.  Jeremiah 4:3 tells us to break up our fallow ground and don’t sow among thorns.

There are two things that come to mind when I read this scripture.  First, fallow ground is unplowed.  That means the seed won’t get into the soil because the ground is unpenetrable.   If the seed doesn’t get into the soil, it doesn’t get the nourishment required for it to take root and grow.  It will just lie on the surface of the ground and be blown away by the wind, or scorched by the sun.  It’s important to create the right environment; one that will promote growth and success.  This works in every aspect of life; breaking generational curses included.  Secondly, we’re told not to sow among thorns.  Those thorns represent nay-sayers, or unbelievers, those that keep pulling us back into destructive ways and things, etc.  This, also, is very important when we’re breaking generational curses off, and/or breaking bonds of addictions and dysfunctions.

When we spend time preparing the soil, we’re sure to reap the blessings we were ordained to reap.

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, July 29, 2020, 11:33 a.m.

Faith Is Also Its Own Reward

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, reminds us of God’s promise that our faith will be rewarded.

As I read the message, in the midst of the Corona Virus pandemic and everything that’s been affected by it, I must say some thank yous.  Thank you, Lord, for keeping us in the palm of your hands; first of all.  Thank you, to all those who keep right on giving, right on caring about the rest of the world, and right on doing your best to help everyone get through this thing.  I’ll never be able to express how much I appreciate you, and how deeply grateful I am to you.

I also think about Noah, Abraham, Moses…and our Lord, Jesus.  What awesome faith they showed us!  I’m always blown away when I think about Jesus; about the strength of His faith; and His love.  He could have called the whole thing off at any given point in time.  But He didn’t.  And when I think about that, I think about the times I’ve trudged onward.  I don’t know how I got through any of it, except by God’s grace strengthening my faith as I went along.  The Bible does say we reap what we sow, right?  Yeah, that little faith seed becomes a beautiful and majestic tree over the years, doesn’t it?  Faith is its own reward.  Isn’t it cool how God works all that stuff out so perfectly?!

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, July 28, 2020, 11:30 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.

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

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

Don’t Discount Your Power, or Value!

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, reminds us of the power of a praying soul, and of it’s value to the Kingdom of Heaven and the world around us.

We tend, all too often, to forget that the battle is in the Spirit.  We don’t give much thought to the powers and principalities, and host of spiritual wickedness in the heavenly places.  (Eph. 6:12)  There are some other scriptures that refer to these, and to what Jesus did for us in regard to them.  Look them up, and you’ll get a better picture.

When we get a clear picture of the Spiritual things, we get a clearer picture of where the battles really are fought.  We also get a clear picture of just how powerful prayer and praise and worship are.  The weapons of our warfare are not carnal, we’re told in 2 Cor. 10:4.  What we don’t often see, are those little prayer warriors, who sit in their rooms or homes praying for the world we live in.  Some pray in the wee hours of the morning, some at night.  We don’t see a thing, we don’t hear a thing, but in the Spirit, there’s the roar of a mighty army doing battle for us.

We often discount the value of the prayers, the behind the scenes work, the hugs, the little words of encouragement, etc.  When a crisis comes, we feel overwhelmed because we forget the power of these things.  They’re all seeds, did you know that?  Yeah, you did, didn’t you?  You just forgot for a moment.  I used to all the time.  They’re seeds sown into hearts, lives, souls, and into the Spirit.  Remember what Jesus said about sewing into the Kingdom of Heaven?  (Matt. 6:20)  Those seeds are spiritual treasure.  You know what else?  All those things are like war medals that decorate your uniform.  Oh, my!  Just look at you now!  So awesome, worth everything, everything, to the world around you, and to our Lord, and our Heavenly Father.  Go get ’em, honey!  ROAR!!

I want to take a moment to thank all who have prayed for me, all who have encouraged me, cried with me, and laughed with me…all who have walked with me.  You have helped to get me this far.  Thank you!

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, August 11, 2019, 11:47 a.m.

Preparing the Soil

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, reminds us that the ground must be readied before God can drop seed blessings into it.  I’m reminded of the parable Jesus told about the sower and the seed, and the different kinds of soil.

Prayer and praise does much to prepare the soil, or one’s heart.  That’s true whether it’s our own heart or someone else’s we’re trying to open to the Lord.  Then, I think about Abraham, too.  And before him, Noah.  These two men believed, and walked in obedience to their calling.  How many know that whenever God tells you to do something, that’s a calling?  Steadfastness, diligence, and discipline in faith and obedience to whatever God calls us to do, even in our daily living, also prepare the soil for blessing.  That soil can be a heart, a place, an upcoming event, etc.

It all happens in the Spirit/spirit.  When I think about that, I think about Jericho.  How many times did God have them march around that city…before the final time, and that shout?  Soil preparation is kind of a wind up or warm up for the actual game, in some ways.  The blessings come in the form of readiness, growth, maturity, confidence, fitness, or ability, peace, and joy, or excitement.  If you can’t get excited over what God’s called you to do, you better make sure it was Him who called you.  God not only gives us the desires of our hearts, He gives us the heart to desire good things.  Anytime God calls you to do something, you know it’s got to be a good thing.  You can’t help but get excited about it.

Finally, I think about tilling and weeding, and plowing a garden.  That readies the soil for the seeds.  I remember finding all kinds of things as we worked the ground.  People have found arrowheads, awesomely shaped rocks, old coins, wonderful little treasures.  One of the greatest treasures you can find in preparing the soil, or your heart, for God’s blessing, is yourself.  You might discover some wonderful things you never knew were in you.

Here’s a great song for today’s post:  Again, Third Day is the group to thank for this awesome song.

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, July 31, 2019, 3:14 p.m.

For, Which is Easier to Say – and Do

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, reminds us that what we do and say are seeds sown.  Not only are they seeds sown into the hearts and lives of others, but also into our own hearts.  I hope you will all visit twolisteners.org and read the whole message; it’s powerful.  I want to concentrate on this one statement from the message that really impacted me.  “Always seek to understand others and you cannot fail to love them.”

As I read this message today, I thought of 1 Peter 4:8: “Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.”  When I think about making God’s Word personal, in regards to this scripture, it means that sin is covered to my eyes as well.  The twofold message is that God’s love covers our sins, –daily.  However, He doesn’t impute wickedness to us; meaning He looks for the best in us.  He looks at, and weighs the heart.  That’s what seeking to understand is about.  So, when we apply that scripture to any situation, we are empowered by love to look past the sin and see the heart of the person.  Love also seeks truth, because love tells the truth-always.  Therefore, we look at the truth of the circumstances, the situation.  

I’m using women in shorts as an example because that seems to be a big problem, and a serious error in perception to some men.  In fact, I heard a comment last evening about me “showing out.”  All I was doing was sitting in the shade, reading my book.  My shorts were entirely appropriate-not “booty shorts,” or the like.  First of all, the truth is that it’s very hot, sometimes dangerously so, outside.  Secondly, not every woman wearing shorts is looking to sell herself sexually; not all of us are advertising services.  Thirdly, why is your mind in the devil’s playground?   If you were really walking in the Spirit, your mind wouldn’t even be in the devil’s playground and thinking about sexual services or the like.  Sex belongs between a man and his wife.  I’m not your wife; why are you thinking about me sexually?   Take some responsibility for yourself,  and stop trying to pass the buck, Sir.  Get your mind where it belongs.  You don’t have to stand in the judgment for anybody but yourself.  You can’t stand there for me because you’re a sinner too.  And, for the record, Jesus already did stand; for both of us.

Here’s how the second part of that love cover works for us:  Love also covers your own eyes in the face of sin, so that you can see -and admit- the truth, apply this truth, “I desire mercy and not sacrifice,” and not sin, yourself.   When we practice this principle, we are empowering love, and love conquers all sin.  I’ve had to check myself more than once, I’m ashamed to say, in regard to this principle.  But, thank God, He is a loving and merciful Father, and His mercies are new every morning.

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, June 29, 2019, 10:57 a.m.