The Kingdom Within First

Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, addresses money values. It goes hand in hand with my post from September 10th. If you haven’t read that, I hope you will. This message builds further on that one.

The message speaks about seeking God’s Kingdom first, and securing our will, or setting our will, on that. Lining up our will with God’s is crucial. The next thing we’re told, to desire nothing less than that; and to desire nothing less than to advance His Kingdom. Matthew 6:33 “-Seek first the kingdom…”, and Matthew 6:22 are referenced.

Matthew 6:22 is the one I want to go to: “The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are healthy, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eyes are unhealthy, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!” This is the very reason we need to seek God’s Kingdom first. It is the very reason that we need to strive to advance that Kingdom within us-first and foremost. You see, we prosper as our soul prospers. When we do this, the fear, the greed, the lack of self-respect and dignity, and the insatiable need to fill the voids, are destroyed. “The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” (2 Cor. 10:5) See, the Father really does know what it is that you really need first. He loves us so! He loves us so!

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Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, September 10, 2020, 10:52 a.m.

Saturday Silly – August 29, 2020

Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, bids us to breathe Jesus’ Name. That Name strengthens us and banishes all fear. Proverbs 18:10 is referenced: “The Name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous runs into it, and is safe.” As I thought about how many times I’ve run into it, in terror, in dejection, even in anger…and ended up holding my sides and laughing as I came out…

That leads me to this little treasure. On this day, August 29, 1964, Walt Disney’s Mary Poppins was released. It’s one of my favorite Disney movies! I’m posting the link to one of my favorite scenes below. It reminds me exactly of how strong we ladies really are…in all our own silly ways…and, yes, I’m pretty sure I, for one, give poor Jesus some good laughs…Just keep breathing His Name! That’s were we get that power, isn’t it? Oh, we’ve come a long way, Baby; haven’t we? LOL I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. Thank you, Disney, for sharing!

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Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, August 28, 2020, 12:24 p.m.

Go, And Sin No More

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, gives us a powerful revelation about Jesus’ words in John 8:11 – “Neither do I condemn you; go, and from now on sin no more.”   The message bids us to “feel that between us and all scorn and indignity is a strong shield.”

We are also reminded that we are to be perfect as our Heavenly Father is perfect.  Being human, we are bound to do things imperfectly at times.  We are limited in patience, and even in perseverance at times.  Of course, it’s always easier to give up, isn’t it?  That’s because we have a tendency to be self-condemning.  Sometimes, we’re even harder on ourselves than others are.

Jesus spoke those words to a woman caught in the act of adultery.  The whole scene changed from one of self-righteousness and condemnation to one of self examination, repentance, and opportunity.  The men who were ready to stone the woman to death had to admit their own sinfulness, and repent  of their condemnation of her.  The woman was saved from them, and forgiven by Jesus, and given the opportunity to correct herself.  Jesus didn’t require anything from her, but to get up and go forward; onward.

We can do that very same thing when we miss it.  We can do it each and every time, if we just determine to step up and forward into the opportunity, learning from the mistake, without judging or condemning ourselves.  Psalm 119:1 says it like this: “Blessed are those whose ways are blameless, who walk according to the law of the LORD.” (NIV)  Now, if you give it little thought, you’ll realize that can also be applied to being non-judgmental, non-condemning…to learning what caused the failure, and correcting it, rather than focusing on who caused it.  Remember, God does not impute wickedness to us.  We ought not to either, then.  I, for one, do not attempt something with the intent of failing at it; do you?  Yeah, I didn’t think so either.  *Something I learned from my son when he dropped the bag of cookies at the store is that that’s the way the cookie crumbles.  LOL  PS – they’re just as good crumbly as they are whole.

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Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, July 27, 2020, 11:34 a.m.

Forgiving Is The Easy Part

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, reminds us that we need to forgive and forget, if we want to move on.  I’ve said it before; forgiveness is for us, the “wounded.”  It is for our benefit, so much more than for the benefit of the one(s) who hurt us.

Forgiving is the easy part.  Forgetting is what’s hard.  It’s also the obstacle that gets in the way.  This is especially true when we’re dealing with generational curses.  It’s often not even the old wounds that cause the problem, but the old ways of dealing with them, that keep us on that vicious merry-go-round-and round, and round.  They call that PTSD in the secular world.  A similar situation, or one that triggers those same feelings of fear, helplessness, etc., can cause us to lose so much ground.  One minute can undo six months or more of progress, if we’re not alert to the dangers.

Here’s where God comes in, though.  Isaiah 40:10 tells us – “Behold, the Lord GOD comes with might, and His arm establishes His rule.”  God will take all those old things, show you the truth in, and about them, and then destroy their power over you completely.  I’ve been there.  We develop ways of coping, adapting, surviving.  Unfortunately, they’re not always the right ways.  God’s way is.  He not only will destroy those old strongholds, but He will teach you the right ways to think.  Our attitudes toward the sin in our lives-whether the sin is ours or belongs to others-are what affect our living.  God will give you some great attitudes!

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, July 24, 2020, 2:13 p.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.

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.

Nothing…I Know Nothing

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, reminds us that we are little children in the Kingdom of Heaven.  I had an experience during praise and worship one afternoon, in which I saw myself as a toddler being scooped up by the Lord, and held in His arms.  His face was the most beautiful thing I’d ever seen.  No features, just pure radiance, pure love.  I’m getting chills as I write this.

The message bids us to cling to Him, as a child clings to his/her parent.  We’re asked the question that, if we would hardly fail that child, how then, could our Heavenly Father fail us?  We’re bid to trust, to know that God’s love for us is as strong as ever.  Know that there is nothing He cannot accomplish, in us, for us, through us.  Nothing!

1Kings 3:7 is referenced by the message: “Now, O LORD my God, You have made Your servant king instead of my father David, but I am a little child; I do not know how to go out or come in.”  Do you know that it’s alright to tell God you don’t know what you’re doing?  I have to laugh as I write this, because there are so many times I finally said that to God…and I swear I almost heard Him laughing.  “It’s about time,” He probably was saying.  “Now I can help you.”  The one thing I’ve learned over the years is that the longer I know God, the more I know that I know nothing.  It’s just best to get His take on it all first anyway.  I’m so thankful for His patience and grace.

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Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, October 2, 2019, 5:30 p.m.

Staying In That Rest

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, bids us to come unto the Lord and rest…and to remain in that rest.  Quoting directly from the message: “Rest knows no fear.  Rest knows no want.  Rest is strong, sure.”

That tells me that when fear assails me, I must fight it.  When I feel lack of any kind, I must fight it.  I’m talking about lack within.  Lack of energy, lack of desire, lack of gratitude, etc.  Fear and lack go hand in hand.  “Rest is strong, sure.”  That means that I keep on keeping on, regardless of what it looks like, what someone says about it, what the general consensus may be, etc.  I stand on the Word of God.

No, we’re not to just go along lackidaisically.  But we don’t need to be immobilized by fear of anything.  We can be sure that God will provide, protect, lead, and guide us, etc.  We are to walk in that faith, not changing banners, but holding fast to the promises of God.  We are not moved, or motivated by fear.  We are held up, made strong, equipped by in the Word of God, and our faith in it.  The more readily we attack and fight fear and inner lack, the stronger faith becomes, and the more powerful the soul rest is.

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Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, September 23, 2019, 1:03 p.m.

His Hand is Ever Over Our Lives

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, reminds us that God’s hand is ever working in, and over, our lives.  The message ties in perfectly with Saturday’s message about straying.

In Saturday’s message, we’re bid to learn the overcoming power of Jesus.  He wasn’t daunted by anything or anyone.  He knew who and whose He was, what His standards and boundaries were, and what His destiny was.  He also knew His purpose(s).  We all serve many different purposes in life.  They come according to needs-of others, and ourselves.

The way this message ties in with that one, is that it reminds us that there is a seal on our lives.  We are sealed to God Almighty, through Jesus Christ, our Lord.  We are reminded that He leads us-out of darkness to light, out of despair to hope and victory, out of temptation to overcoming power.  It is when we remember that seal is on us and our lives, that those standards and boundaries become clear and strong.  That’s how I can drink one bottle of beer or one glass of wine and be done.  I know who and whose I am, what my standard is, what my boundaries are, what my strengths and weaknesses are.  I know who is right there with me when I am drinking that bottle of beer or glass of wine.

There is so very much strength in being mindful of that seal on our lives.  If you walk out your front door with it in mind, you can walk away from anything!  It isn’t that Jesus needs to be called to our sides.  It is that we need to remain mindful that He is there.  And, He’s not there to judge you or condemn you.  He’s there to help you, to encourage you.  He’s there to give you the strength to get up and walk away.  It works in reverse too.  He can give you the strength to go somewhere you need to go, or do something you need to do.  Remember, His strength is made perfect in our weakness.  When we stay mindful of Him and His seal on our lives, His strength can, and will be perfected in us, to overcome the weakness.

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Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, August 10, 2019, 11:41 a.m.