The Divine Giver

Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, bids us to be kingly givers. I encourage you to read the message for yourselves at twolisteners.org, because it is an awesome one.

Jesus, in the message, says to us, “I am Love and Joy and Peace and Strength and Power and Healing and Humility and Patience.” -quoting directly from God Calling. We’re told that our nature must be the same as His. Then, also, our Lord says to us, “You live with Me, and then My Life accomplishes the miracle-change.” -again, quoting from God Calling.

I re-potted and nursed a plant for a co-worker once. I grew up with a grandmother who loved to put little gnomes in her garden, and I had found a couple of miniature gnomes in a store. I put one in with one of my potted plants. The other, I put in with my co-worker’s plant. I thought it might bring her a little joy. We so often miss the opportunity to elevate our giving to touching someone’s soul. And, we so often forget how great a difference giving a little bit of our own heart in our giving, can make in someone’s life. We must be as generous with our spirit as we are with everything else.

I had such an awesome Sunday worship last Sunday. I want to share this song with you. It is so beautiful, and touched me so deeply. This is exactly what this message is about. Paul Wilbur, thank you so much!

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, September 10, 2020, 10:28 a.m.

There’s Your Sabbath Rest

Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, reminds us that those everlasting arms are always open to us. They are our refuge. (Deuteronomy 33:27) (2 Samuel 22:33) (Proverbs 18:10)

When I think of the arms of Jesus, I think of the Sabbath rest spoken of in Hebrews 4. I want to enter in as often as I can. Jesus, the Lord of the Sabbath, made exactly that possible. That’s why in Hebrews 4:16, Paul says: “Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”

We can approach boldly when we remember Jesus’ words: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” (Matt. 11:28)

Incidentally, I did a study on the Sabbath principle not too long ago. The Christian church deems Sunday to be the first day of the week, and the Lord’s Day, according to first fruits principle. Jesus is the Alpha. The work week usually runs from Monday through Saturday; which makes Sunday the seventh day, or Sabbath day. Jesus is also the Omega. But, here’s something awesome. Jesus made the Sabbath rest personal to each one of us. He knew this was necessary. Can you imagine if all the hospitals, police stations, fire stations, etc., were closed on the Sabbath Day? It’s not about a day, folks. It’s about a Savior who wants to have personal and intimate time with you, to refresh, restore, recharge you. It’s about a Savior who wants to reveal Himself, more and more, to you personally.

**I am not trying to get anyone to change the way of their faith, or argue about calendars, principles, of creeds.

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, September 5, 2020, 11:27 a.m.

We’re Resting…He Isn’t

Sunday’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, bids us to rest when we’re weary and frazzled. We’re bid to allow the Lord to come in and do His work of restoring and refreshing our soul.

This post is coming to you on Monday for that very reason. I didn’t accomplish the things I wanted to on Saturday, and was exhausted, physically and in spirit yesterday-so didn’t make it to the library to do the posting I needed to. But, good news! God always comes through! Really, He’s never failed me yet.

When we just stop and lay our head on His shoulder, and just rest there…He knows exactly what we need-and provides it. Inspiration comes out of that rest, strength is renewed, joy is refreshed, and faith is always rewarded. I caught the most beautiful sunrise this morning (Monday), and actually wrote a little verse about it. This is the Gaither Family to help us kick off the week.

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, August 17, 2020, 10:35 a.m.

Feeling His Healing Touch

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, bids us to wait quietly before the Lord, until we feel that healing power of His touch flowing into, and through us.  The only way I can describe that feeling is that it’s as if your entire being is vibrating and glowing with a wholeness and joy that’s unimaginable.  It’s almost unbelievable; this feeling.

I learned, some years ago, not to wait until things are overwhelming, or I am at the very end of my rope, with the knot coming undone.  Rather, first thing daily, I seek the Lord’s face.  I sometimes don’t get to my daily prayer until later, because I’m wrapped up in that time with the Lord.  I also learned to turn into that place and wait there the very minute I feel as if the boat’s swamped.

When I read the message, I thought about the woman with the issue of blood.  She only touched the hem of Jesus’ garment, and was healed.  She touched the Lord.  I believe that His Presence there strengthened, not only her resolve, but her efforts to be healed.  Have you ever needed peace in the midst of a tumult?  And the minute you turn toward the Lord, seeking His Presence, you feel strength come to you.  Now, you’re determination to get through is strengthened.  Now, you can almost see the sharpness of the Word, as you open your Bible.  Now, your voice is strong and clear as you speak to your mountain.  John 17:26 – “I have made you known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them.”  No wonder that strength is there almost immediately…actually, it’s there all the time.  We just forget, or lose our connection to it.

I chose this wonderful old song by Tata Vega to go with today’s post.  It still fills me with such joy!

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, September 26, 2019, 3:59 p.m.

Life Changes With This Daily Reminder

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, reminds us that it is in quietness and trust that we find our strength.  Some years ago, God gave me a daily prayer.  One part of it is, “Thank you, Lord, for the peace to find strength within, and for the strength to seek your peace in my life.”  God has promised us, both peace and strength.  That strength is His power, which is made perfect in our weakness.

My life began to change when I began to pray that prayer, along with the Lord’s Prayer, daily.  In terms of peace and strength, I can’t even begin to tell you how much anxiety left my life.  I KNOW that I Know, that I Know this:  Fear and anxiety are powerless in my life.  Strength is just automatically there, it seems.  Very rarely do I have to ask for it.  What a beautiful freedom this is!  Praying this daily reminds me there’s something I have within that’s powerful.  It also reminds me that I have that power, or strength within, to actively seek God’s peace in any situation, at any time, for any reason.  It reminds me that I am in authority over the circumstances; not vice versa.  Make it a point, daily, to remind yourself that God’s peace and power are yours.  Nobody can take them away from you, and nothing can overcome either one of them.  I encourage you to visit the twolisteners.org website and read the message for yourself.  Each message in the book, “God Calling,” reinforces scripture found in the Bible, and vice versa.

I chose this song by Chris Tomlin to remind us what an awesome God we serve; and what an awesome God serves us.

Love you from Café du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, September 14, 2019, 12:04, p.m.

Walking In Love Is A Twofold Thing

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, bids us to walk in God’s Love.  We sometimes forget that this is a twofold thing, and that we must put first things first.

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.  The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’  There is no commandment greater than these.” (Mark 12:30&31)  We all do our best to walk in love toward our fellow man.  We pray for them, we give where and what we can, we try to lift others up, etc.  But, we don’t often really think about exactly what that second greatest commandment says-about loving ourselves.

That’s step one in regard to this commandment.  The most important part of loving yourself, is to love the LORD/Lord with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength.  But, do you know that you are also to walk in His love toward you?  We don’t really give that a lot of thought; because we’re usually busy trying to do good things, to do the right things, etc.  That’s one of the reasons we get weary and suffer from burnout.

I couldn’t believe how much my life changed-for the better-when I made time every day, just to be with Jesus.  Just to bask in His love for me wipes the whole world away from my spirit.  It fills me with such strength, with peace, and with joy.  There is a joy that nobody can take away from you.  It’s the joy of knowing how very loved and cherished you are by God Himself.  Yes, God Himself loves and cherishes us.  One of my favorite Psalms is Psalm 8.  It tells us about God’s love for us.  Sometimes, it still leaves me awestruck.  I encourage you to make a little time each day, just to be with the Lord.  Read about His love for us.  Listen to the praise music that tells us of His love.  Just bask in the knowledge, the peace and joy, of being a child of God Most High.  Then, walk in that knowledge, staying mindful of it always as you go along.  It makes the second part of that commandment so much easier!  It also makes loving yourself, being good to yourself, and making better choices for yourself easier.

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, September 7, 2019, 10:36 a.m.

Count Your Blessings

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Happy September!  Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, bids us realize how rich, indeed, we really are.  We have Jesus, all His love, grace, patience, kindness, strength, power, authority, peace, and joy…the list goes on and on.  How can we fear the future, when Jesus holds it in His hands?

When I read the message, I thought about how blessed I was to listen to some good music over the last two weekends.  There were free concerts on Fremont Street Experience, here in Las Vegas.  I had to thank God, when I read this message, that I am able to hear the music.  I also think about how much I enjoy the taste of my morning coffee; especially when it’s a good cup of coffee.  Being able to take deep breaths is another treasure, after my ordeal a few summers ago, when my lungs crashed.

I don’t really fear the future.  There are things I want to get done while I can do them; but I know God’s got my life in His hands.  He holds the future.  All of that peace and joy came through Jesus Christ, our Lord.  While we can’t just wander aimlessly through life, we can be sure we’re going to survive it.  LOL  There is truly so much to be grateful for.  When we pay attention to those little things we often don’t think about, we can realize that we have been blessed and given such treasures.  I think of that “pressed down, shaken together, and running over,” scripture.  Our God is a good God!

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, August 31, 2019, 2:27 p.m.

The Holy Of Holies Wrapped In Flesh

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Today’s message from God Calling – A. J. Russell, reminds us that Jesus took on our humanity, so that we can take on His divinity.  That means we can live in divine power, peace, love, joy, unity, etc.  All the Fruits of the Spirit are ours in Christ Jesus.  In essence, when the veil was torn, the gates of Heaven opened wide to us.

I wrote this psalm some time ago, 2009, in fact.  It came to mind as I read the message this morning.

How Beautiful is the Love of my Savior:  How beautiful on the mountain are those nail pierced feet…and the hands, scarred and calloused, that reach for me.  How beautiful is the voice that says, “Come unto me.”  Oh, how beautiful is the love of my Savior.  How beautiful, the precious blood shed on Calvary.  How beautiful the prayer He prayed for you, and for me.  How beautiful is the life He gave to set us free.  Oh, how beautiful is the love of my Savior.  How beautiful is the heart that’s filled with mercy and grace.  How beautiful the day when we shall see His face.  How beautiful is this King that opens wide Heaven’s gate.  Oh, how beautiful is the love of my Savior…

I used to walk and collect cans and plastic bottles on Sunday mornings back then.  I would walk and praise the Lord as I went along.  the more I praise Him, the more praise He gives me.  I got this one started one Sunday morning, and finished it under a little shade tree at the shelter I was living in, later that afternoon.  God never fails us.  Thanks to Jesus, we can live in divine power, in every sense of the word.  We just get so distracted, overwrought, and overwhelmed, that we forget that-and all too often.

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, August 18, 2019, 2:08 p.m.

The Greatest Distance

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Today’s message from God  Calling – A.J. Russell, speaks to us of the distances between souls and hearts.

We’re bid to abide in God’s love, in His presence, to remain close to Him.  We’re told that false words, fears, doubts, etc. are the things that keep us distant from Him.  What we don’t often think about is that the very same things hold true in our human relationships.  Angry words spoken in haste, fear instilled in someone-and that includes insecurity about being loved, these things create distance between two hearts.  They tear souls, and tear souls apart.

The message in the book is really powerful, so I hope you’ll visit their website, and read it for yourselves.  twolisteners.org

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, August 17, 2019, 2:27 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.

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

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