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.

 

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.

Interludes Of Peace

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, bids us to protect our peace at all costs.  We’re told to stop everything and regain our peace whenever it’s been disturbed.  As I read this message, I think about Proverbs 4:23, which tells us to guard our hearts above all else because everything we do flows from it.

I found, some time ago, that little interludes of peace throughout the day help to keep me unruffled.  These can include a few minutes of some quiet instrumental music-I love bamboo flute music for calming and refreshing my spirit.  I used to take a short 30 minute “awake nap” after work each day.  This helped me to switch gears and get back into Mom mode.  Of course, an evening drive after dinner, or even a sunset picnic out in a quiet area make for a wonderful interlude of peace.  I wrote a song titled “Little Wild Rose,” after a drive in the country with my then husband.  See how that works?  Creativity is always refreshed after an interlude of peace.

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, July 21, 2020, 12:00 p.m.

And The Miracle Is…

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, is an encouragement to abide in God’s Presence, and be joyful.  The message speaks to us about miracle of being able to do the greater works that Jesus said we would do, because He went to the Father.  So what, really, is the miracle?

The miracle is God’s power manifest in, and working through us.  The miracle is that there is always hope-even if all you’ve got is a prayer.  The miracle is that we are unlimited in creativity.  You can make a molehill out of somebody’s mountain, with a little creative thinking.  You can make a mountain out of a molehill-or a feast for a crowd-out of a few fishes and loaves, when you’re working with God.  The miracle starts with switching your brain train over to possibility thinking.  Always looking for the possibilities, teaches us to no limit ourselves or God.

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, July 20, 2020, 1:14 p.m.

They Become Simply Marvelous

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, reminds us that stepping into, and walking in our authority and power, our divine nature, happens neither instantaneously, nor is it a one shot deal.  It’s a daily thing; a one-step-at-a-time thing.  I hope you’ll read the entire message yourselves at twolistners.org – it’s a goodie!

When I think back on all the things I used to really struggle with, and things that would just almost shatter my heart, I think about the way God brought me through them.  I thought about how God teaches me out of His Word.  And, yes, He does have a sense of humor-as you saw in yesterday’s post.

As we learn to walk fully in God’s love, His admonition, according to His will, and His Word, those things that seem like miraculous happenings – (you know, when you finally get it right, and it works easy as pie, and blows you away?) – become more and more natural, and naturally, expected. ..and marvelous; simply marvelous!

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, July 16, 2020, 11:58 a.m.

Hush, And You’ll Hear Him

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, bids us to just hush and trust the Lord.  He’ gets us through the storm; and then, when it’s quiet-and we’re quieted, He will teach us His Word and Way.

I’ve proven Him on this so many times.  I’ll get so worked up and upset; and then just one minute in prayer, and the storm’s gone.  “Help me, Jesus; I need to pray,” I’ll say.  And, when I’ve prayed, I’ll pick up my Bible, and there will be that beautiful little nugget that will stay with me from then on.   This is one of my favorite songs.  I hope you’ll be as blessed by it as I am.  These are some folks with the Gaither family.

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, July 14, 2020, 1:15 p.m.

It Might Just Be For Your Tomorrow

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell reminds us that we are athletes in training.  We are not running a short sprint race.  We are running a much greater, and longer race than that.

We are supposed to reach the whole world, you see.  That means we have a long way to go, don’t we?  It’s a lifelong race, and sometimes grueling and painful.  I learned something looking back over my life one day.  So many things I had gone through prepared me for so many people and places I would find myself dealing with and working in, in the future.  This is what God means when He says He’ll give us treasures in darkness, and rivers in dry places.

In looking back, I also discovered something else. Those wonderful play-times with  my grandmother, the games and puzzles, and all those other things I loved so much, and was encouraged in, were things that played a part in my calling(s).  As I’m studying out how God deals with us, how He draws us, calls us, and prepares us, I see why God puts all those little interests, gifts, and talents within us.  Theses are the things He uses to draw us to the paths we are to walk in life.  That’s why it’s important to foster creativity in our children, and to help them develop their interests and talents.

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, July 6, 2020, 11 44 a.m.

Know That It’s All Yours & Thank Him

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, reminds us that God’s children are, indeed, very rich.  We’re bid never to think or say we can’t afford it.  Always, instead, focus on God’s faithfulness to us.

When we say we can’t afford it, we’re actually cutting off supply.  We really do need to get those negative words out of our vocabularies!  But, what if we say, “I will need to save up for that.  Maybe I can change some things in the budget.  Maybe I can take on a little extra work.”  That’s possibility thinking, or hope.  Then, we follow through; putting our faith into action, and trusting God to bring it all to pass.  The heart of man plans his course, but the LORD establishes his steps. (Prov. 16:9) (ESV)  Notice that you must plan in order for God to work it out.

Something I’ve found to be helpful in trusting God for supply, is to affirm to myself daily that in Christ Jesus, it truly is all mine.  The second thing is to just thank God daily for it.  Healing in my body,  heart, mind, and soul includes adequate nourishment-and folks, I FEAST!  I really do.  It never fails that some of my favorite things, and good for me things are marked down when I get to the store.  Sometimes, I’ve even had a craving for something in particular, and sure enough; someone drives up and hands it to me.  God’s awesome!  As long as I have wholeness/soundness in my body, heart, mind, and soul, I know I’ve got what I need.  The rest manifests as God chooses to give it; and He does know best.  He has perfect timing, too.

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, July 2, 2020, 11:15