Be Quiet And Praise Him

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Today’s message from God Calling –  A.J. Russell, bids us to trust God.  “Be still and know that I am God.” (Psalm 46) -and I encourage you to read the whole Psalm; it’s awesome.  Psalm 27 is also a great one.   There, King David asks, “Whom shall I fear?”  “Of whom shall I be afraid?”

I discovered sometime ago that reading these out loud not only stirs my spirit up in faith, courage, and even patience, but it also puts the spiritual realm on notice.  The powers and principalities, and hosts of spiritual wickedness are very real.  (Read The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis)  In Jesus’ Name, we have authority and power to over-rule them.  (Luke 10:20)  All that being said, put whatever it is in God’s hands, and just be quiet and praise Him.  It is, after all, the Lord’s Day!   This is one of my favorite praise songs.  Thank you, Chris Tomlin.

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, July 1, 2020, 11:16 a.m.

Simplicity Helps In The Striving

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Happy Birthday, America!  God bless the USA!  May we have a beautiful and peaceful day, and may the spirit of unity as men and women of the human race prevail.

Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, reminds us that God is our friend, as well as our Heavenly Father, our provider, savior, healer, and judge.  Getting to know Him in all those capacities really deepens and solidifies one’s relationship with Him.  In knowing Him and walking with Him, we become like Him.

The end of the message tells us to seek simplicity in all things.  As I thought about this in terms of relationships and generational curses, I was brought to the ten commandments.  I thought about the precepts and statutes of God.  He makes them perfectly clear to us, doesn’t He?  This makes, and keeps, the doing and being simple; don’t you think?  This is because we know what is expected of us, and what to expect from Him.  (Psalm 93:5) “Your decrees are very trustworthy; holiness befits your house, O LORD, forevermore.”

When we apply this principle to overcoming generational curses, to parenting -remember that new-born child within you -keeping it simple by knowing (1) what to expect. For example, when you’re living in an alcoholic or drug addict’s house, you never know if that person is going to be sober or drunk or high, or how incapacitated he, or she might be.  (2) What is expected of you as far as rules and requirements. This is the standard(s) and boundaries thing.  (3) What do you expect in and from this situation, environment, relationship, etc.  And, last but not least, what do you expect from you.  Lining ourselves up with God’s Word, and His will for us, helps to keep the expectations realistic and simple.

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, July 1, 2020, 10:45 a.m.

 

Think On These Things

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, bids us to look on the brighter side of things.  We are admonished not to weigh our spirits down by dwelling on the sins and sordidness in our world.  Philippians 4:8 bids us:  “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.” (NIV)

In terms of overcoming generational curses, or even just recovering from a painful past event, this is very important.  Dwelling on all the stuff that was wrong and went wrong, will only pull you down.  It’s like trying to walk on quicksand.  What we need to to is to collect up all the things that were right and went right.  We need to meditate on those things; to explore them fully in terms of emotional impact,  strength, and progress for us.  The key is to recount our victories rather than rehearse our next failure; because you will go wherever you let your mind lead you.

God Calling has been my favorite inspirational read for years now.  The only book  I love more is the Bible.  I’m grateful to the folks that put it online for us all to enjoy at twolisteners.org   If you haven’t already, check it out for yourself.  It completely changed my relationship with the Lord, Jesus.  And yes, there really is wonder upon wonder of revelation in a life with Christ Jesus.

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, June 30, 2020, 12:32 p.m.

 

The Child Within

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, reminds us that we must become as little children to enter the kingdom of Heaven.  “And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.”

As I said before, I’ve been studying about generational curses and how to overcome them.  Humankind has lived under a generational curse since Adam and Eve disobeyed God in the Garden of Eden.  In studying this out, I discovered just how much God really is in control.  You see, in putting enmity between Eve’s seed (man) and Satan’s seed (unclean spirits and demons), God insured that we would  be able to see the truth behind the lie.  We can see the devil and the lie for exactly what they are; evil, and meant to destroy us.

Generational curses happen as a result of disobedience to God, or removal or displacement of a standard and/or boundary.  “Thou shall…and Thou shall not…”  When this happens, we end up with sin that rules over us.  We have addictions, abuse, co-dependency, and dysfunction.  We are not getting the truth that empowers us to live successfully.  Thankfully, God has made it possible for us to become His children, and to re-raise, or be resurrected by Him.  This is what it means to bring up a child under the admonition of the LORD/Lord.  That child is the child within; your spirit.  You see, it isn’t your flesh that suffers the damage of faulty and flawed parenting -not usually, anyway.  It is your spirit.  I read a passage just today:  The LORD reigns; He is robed in majesty.  The LORD is robed; He has put on strength as His belt.” (ESV)  When I read this, I thought of that voice saying, “Go get me that belt!”  That stuff was meant to break the bad spirit(s) off of us.  But, most of the time, it breaks our spirit, doesn’t it?  Remember Jesus said that the Father has given Him everything; and He, Jesus, has given it to us, in turn.  That means you can read that passage of scripture this way: “I reign, I am robed in majesty.  I have put on strength as my belt.”  The admonition of the Lord strengthens us in our spirit, so that we can reign as kings and queens in life.  The first step is to be born again.

You can do that by asking Jesus to come into your heart and be  Lord of your life.  If you don’t know the LORD/Lord, now’s the time – today’s the day of salvation.  And Jesus will save you everyday; from all the old stuff that would hold you back or trip you up.

Pray this prayer:  Lord Jesus, please come into my life and be my Lord and Savior.  Please forgive me for my sins; I renounce them all right now.  I want to become a child of God, and learn to walk according to His Word and in His Way.  Please make me yours from this moment on.

I encourage you to find a believer to pray with you, and I’ll be praying for you.  Today can be the best day of your life; the turning point to a better life -everyday.

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, June 30, 2020, 11:54 a.m.

Fear Not! Rather, Take My Heart!

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, reminds us that fear is a real temptation; an unclean spirit, actually.  We are bid to attack it with the sword of the spirit, which is the Word of God.

As I’m studying about generational curses, this particular thing comes to the forefront time and time again.  As children, we fear the reproach of our parents, the rejection of our friends and peers, we fear things we don’t understand.  Then, depending on the parenting we had, the environment(s) we grew up in (addiction, co-dependency, abuse, etc.), that spirit of fear drives us.  We fear failure, fear emotional attachment, fear loss of control, and so many other things.  Sometimes, fear can actually cripple us.  There are people who actually cannot leave their homes and go outside, because they are so overwhelmed by fear.

As we learn to change the words we’ve heard and the ways we’ve handled things, and replace them with God’s Words and His ways, we can overcome those fears.  When we’re dealing with our children, doing this changes the entire scenario for that child.  Now, instead of creating a fearful and hesitant person, we are empowering a person with self-esteem and a sense of personal power over his/her world.

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, June 29, 2020, 11:28 a.m.

Oh, What A Joy It Is

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, bids us to put our lives into God’s hands and trust Him.

Learning to trust His will for us is not an easy thing.  He has promised that His will is to prospers us, and not to harm us.  I have seen, more and more, God’s will for us, in learning God’s ways with us.  You see, the first step in overcoming your past, truly is to be born again.  Jesus said so.  When you’re born again, you become God’s baby.  So, let God raise that baby.

In studying God’s Word, and learning His ways with us, we can apply those to the way in which we deal with ourselves.  An example is the spilt milk.  You might have had parents that got angry and yelled at you, and imputed wickedness to you – “You’re always making messes!”  God’s way is much different.  He sees your heart, fearful and trembling inside you, and probably ashamed for being clumsy (self-condemnation).  God rushes in to save you from that fear and condemnation.  He says, “That’s okay; accidents happen.  Let’s clean it up.”  Now, He’s helping you to clean up the spilt milk. And, when it’s over, you get a pat on the back and a high five for it.  The Bible tells us that God lifts us up and sets us in a broad place.  That means you have room to grow; like you just did.  God empowers us to come boldly to Him for help.  He empowers us to walk uprightly before Him, by making things right, or setting things aright again.  He builds our spirit up-always!  Isn’t that awesome?!  And the more we live in His ways with us, the stronger we become within.  The stronger we become within, the stronger our walk in His Way becomes.

Love you from Café du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, June 27, 2020, 1:29 p.m.

Are You Surprised Yet?

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, reminds us that we are to do everything as if unto the Lord.  Keeping that in mind, would I grumble, complain, pout, etc., about having to do something for Jesus?  Yes, I do have to say ashamedly, there have been some times when I did just that.  One time, I even really cursed Him out.  That’s why I thank God each and every day for His mercy and grace toward me.

The message bids us to bow to God’s will and wishes gladly, and not in resignation.  Rather, bow, with the knowledge that this thing is going to end up so awesomely for you.  The Bible tells us that all the promises of God are yes and amen.  That tells me that God has something good for me at the end of this.  And, God, Himself, has promised us that He has plans to prosper us, and not to harm us.  So we can expect “glad surprises”, to quote the message directly.  How could you not smile about that?!

As I read the message, I think about daily prayers, chores, workloads, extra tasks when things go wrong, etc.  Do you know, it takes just as much effort to do it joyfully as it does to do it grumbling and begrudgingly.  Personally, I believe it takes more effort to do it grumbling and begrudgingly.  I have found, over the years, that joyfulness and positive energy, somehow lighten the loads, and speed up the doing.  Things get done much more quickly, and the whole atmosphere is beautiful.  When we put these principles into practice in our daily living, our growth in them, spiritually, is awesome.  That’s what God wants for us; abundant life here, and abundant power in the spirit-because the two go hand in hand.

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, October 28, 2019, 11:56 a.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.

What Praise Unlocks

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, reminds us that there is an order to all things; even approaching God.  The message bids us to seek first something we can be thankful for-even in distresses, and then praise God for it…then approach boldly with your cry for help.

I learned some time ago to just live in a state of thankfulness.  Even in the darkest moment, the most outrageous distress, the most dire circumstance, you still have at least one thing to be thankful for.  That one thing is God.  If that’s all you can see that you have to be thankful for, so be it.  Thank Him for being Who He Is.  The instant you do that, the floodgates open, and the blessing flows.  Worry, doubt, fear, anger, bitterness, resentment all dam up that flow.  Praise breaks up the “log jam.”  Praise unlocks the door of the storehouse where your treasures are kept.  The next thing you know, the darkness is dispelled, the fear is gone, the shame and distress are both disarmed, and you know where, exactly you’re going.  “First right with Me, then righted in the eyes of men, too.”

Psalm 26:6-7 is referenced by the message: “I wash my hands in innocence, and go about your altar, Lord, proclaiming aloud your praise and telling of all your wonderful deeds.”  There is a powerful revelation in this scripture.  Washing your hands in innocence suggests that you aren’t going to allow a spirit of shame or fear to stop you from going to God’s.  When we proclaim aloud God’s praise and tell of His wonderful deeds, we are putting the forces of darkness on notice that we’re standing on God’s promises and His Word – “It is written!”  We are also stirring our own spirits up by recounting our victories in Christ, and our state of blessedness through Him. “I am a child of God Most High; and an heir with Christ Jesus!”  Hallelujah!

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, October 9, 2019, 4:49 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.