Here I Am Lord!

[Please click on article title to read full blog post.]   “Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send?        Who will go for us?” “Here I am,” I said; “send me!”  Isaiah 6:8   Certainly, we all have our own likes and dislikes, beliefs, perspectives and ways of doing things…All of us. And we are entitled to that freedom. The truth is, we are all on this train, this journey called life together, with people from every possible persuasion alongside us. To some, faith is vitally important; yet, to others, not so much. Some may be adverse to religion or faith practice of any kind, choosing to not believe in God at all.   In the course of our lives, we sometimes do encounter people who may see things very differently-even radically different– than we do. And it’s ok. We are all entitled to believe what we want. One such example is when a believing Christian and an Atheist or Agnostic meet. Though it may seem like an uncomfortable, overwhelming challenge at times for many Christians, it is in many ways like any other interaction. It is a great opportunity to ever so gently engage in conversation and share your faith. Though you may not agree with them at all, nor they with you, active listening and mutual respect are key. There is no reason to feel intimidated, as you need to remember that we (all of humanity) are, whether we recognize and acknowledge it or not, all children of God, Our Creator.   Through the power of the Holy Spirit, the gift...

Speak Lord, I’m Listening

By adele m. gill [Please click on article title to read full article.] “ … Be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry.” James 1:19 Be Quick to Listen For 38+ years, about every four to five months, I have experienced frequent garbled speech due to respiratory muscle weakness from myasthenia. This speech impairment can last weeks, even after receiving high-dose IV steroid treatments. During these exacerbations, when I am fully unable to speak clearly, I have learned a lot about both speaking and listening. I must choose my words very carefully, due to limited airflow which prevents me from speaking freely. During these times, my speaking ability is very limited, so I must decide what is most important to say whenever I speak, and keep it brief. Yes, it is difficult. But there are 3 silver linings, things that I have learned: 1) Listening is more important than speaking 2) I must choose my words carefully   3) It is just temporary. “Encourage one another and build one another up…” I Thessalonians 5:10 “Let us then pursue what leads to peace and to building up one another.” Romans 14:19 The words we say have the power to build up or tear down; and the decision as to which it is, is up to each of us to choose whenever we speak. We need to learn to listen to others–and to ourselves. What we say—and how we say it to others. But most of all, we need to pray/talk to, and listen to God. He knows us best, our situations, and even our thoughts far better than we do. He speaks to all...

7 STEPS TO HEAL ANXIETY

By Adele M. Gill [Please click on blog title to read full article] “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.” The Serenity Prayer   /   Reinhold Niehbuhr Anxiety and peace. The two just don’t seem to go together. And they don’t! In fact, they are polar opposites. When we feel anxious, worried, and we are usually also fearful about something, or a variety of things. Sure, we all worry at times: Will people like me if they know the real me? Will I ever be well again? Will I pass the exam? Will I get the promotion I deserve at work? Will my child get into the daycare we want? The list is endless for the things we worry about. The fact is, that worry doesn’t change a thing. I know this because I can be a world class worrier–worrying about almost anything at the drop of a hat—until I catch myself and change direction—which is something we can all learn to do. Over the years, I have learned to redirect my perspective from negativity to a more positive outlook when I need an “attitude adjustment.” I am able to put aside all the old tapes in my racing mind, and treat negative thoughts like storm clouds just passing through. We all have to catch ourselves before anxiety, worry and fear set in and get too out of control, to stay at peace. But how can we possibly do that? 7 STEPS to QUELL ANXIETY: Pray and give your day to...

By Their Fruits You Will Recognize Them

    By Adele M. Gill [Please click on blog title to read full article.] l “Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.” Matthew 7:20 Have you ever met someone new, and you feel right away that they seem like kindred spirits? Perhaps it’s what they say, or their gentle manner. Maybe it’s the kindness in their eyes, or their helpful actions that catch your attention.  They may seem all too familiar to you, even though you have never met them before. None the less, there is something different about them that you can relate to. You are drawn to them in a way that is difficult, even impossible, to explain. But there may be a reason for it… What are the Fruits of the Spirit? When you invite the Holy Spirit into your heart and mind, he will come and reside within you, and you will receive the Fruit of the [Holy] Spirit. When that happens, you are changed from the inside out for the good, in all the best ways. When you begin to turn toward God, you are a changed person as you strive to love God and others more fully; and begin to believe in, and trust in, Jesus. You will naturally take baby steps towards becoming more loving, a little kinder, more joy-filled, peaceful, and gentle; more patient, faith-filled and self-controlled. It’s all part of the tremendous, blessed gift that God has prepared for those who love Him. Many soon find that they no longer try to do the right thing just because they are obligated to do so. It is not possible...

The Prodigal’s Father

[Please click on blog title to read full article.] “Let’s have a feast and celebrate. 24 For this son of mine was dead and is alive again;          he was lost and is found.”(From the Prodigal Son scripture) Luke 15:23-24   While working as a Chaplain, I often encounter people who say they are “beyond God’s reach.” They say they are not worthy of God’s love or help. Sometimes they say that they are “not good enough for God,” because they have done a lot of living”—or have a sinful past and/or present. Some do not go to church. Others are estranged from their loved ones or live with depression or addiction. Some don’t understand that God’s Love is unconditional, and that all their prayers are heard and answered.  Some in need of healing believe they are sick because God caused it, due to their sinful life or past. In this world that tells us that God is irrelevant, even non-existent, there are a myriad of reasons why people experience feelings of being unworthy of God’s Love. But the truth is, from a biblical perspective, God loves each of us so much that He sent His Only Son to die for our sins, and the sins of the whole world. In our humanness, it’s not always easy to understand, accept and follow God’s ways, or the depth of His love, as they are very different than our worldly ways. But it’s vitally important to try… “For God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten Son so that everyone who believes in Him might not perish but might have eternal...

PART II: Light in the Darkness

[Please click on blog title to read full article] Photo credit: Con Burdon “Blessed are the eyes that see what you see. For I [Jesus] tell you that many prophets and kings wanted to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it.” Luke 10:23-24 God’s Light helps us to keep a biblical world view even during trying times. It is so easy to stumble and fall when we walk in darkness of any kind. But God generously provides His Divine Light so we can stay upright. We need to pay most attention to what is of God, rather than what is not of Him–that which is of this troubled, godless world–lest we lose our way. “For God who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to bring to light the knowledge of the glory of God on the face of [Jesus] Christ.” 2 Corinthians 4:6   In every way, Light helps us navigate our world: physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. We cannot possibly know where we are going without Light, as we may lose direction, become anxious, negative, lost, confused or even despairing. “The light of the just gives joy, but the lamp of the wicked goes out.” Proverbs 13:9 God provides light for our feet as we traverse this complex journey we call life. As believing Christians we are Jesus’ ‘Ambassadors of Light’ here on earth. So what does that mean? Well, for starters, it means that we need to strive to bring light into every circumstance. To lovingly shine a light on what is not of God...

PART I: Light in the Darkness

[Please click on blog title to read full article.]   By Adele M. Gill “God is light, and in him there is no darkness at all.” I John 1:5   Light is one of God’s very first creations according to the Book of Genesis. Numerous biblical references attest to its value, necessity, and purposes. “Then God said: ‘Let there be light, and there was light.’ God saw that the light was good. God then separated the light from the darkness. Evening came, and morning followed—the first day.” Genesis 1:3-5 There are good reasons why the Bible tells us that light comes after darkness, as night comes before the dawn. In the spiritual sense, the light of inner peace—even joy in times of adversity– comes after heartfelt prayer and reading The Word of God. For it is through the Light of Christ that we are able to stay on God’s path He prepared for us to Eternal Life. Jesus is the Light, the lamp for our feet. We need to try not to block His Light with negativity, distractions, discord, and the like. “Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”  John 8:12 Who can see clearly physically or spiritually, without Light? Light comes in many forms. Spiritually, God consistently shines His Light on all of humanity, and upon every situation, as only He can. He sees it all: the good, the bad and the ugly. By so doing, He is able to separate out absolute truth from half-truths and lies; and good...

US Negotiating with Terrorists

[Please click on blog title to read full article] By Adele M. Gill “The nations fall into the pit they dig; in the snare they hide, their own foot is caught… by the deeds they do the wicked are trapped.” Psalm 9:16   Afghanistan has fallen into the evil hands of the Taliban. As news reports abound about Christians, Americans, Afghan and other allies being tortured and stranded in Afghanistan, tens of thousands are being held under siege, even as I write this. I shudder to think what the beloved, benevolent people of that country are experiencing, and will experience, at the hands of the Taliban and Muslim extremist despots. Christians and woman and girls in particular are being handed over and sold into tyranny. Meanwhile, President Biden has the military standing down, and foolishly places his trust in, and negotiates with, evil ‘leaders’ of the top three most untrustworthy diabolical, terrorist organizations in the world: The Taliban, ISIS and Al Qaeda.   “You make us the reproach of our neighbors, the mockery and scorn of those around us. You make us a byword among the nations; the peoples shake their heads at us… Psalm 44:14-18 Enabled Enemies, Lost Allies   Watching this chaotic, feckless, poorly executed, failed evacuation of Afghanistan has been incredibly painful for compassionate people of sensibility everywhere. Whether or not you think we should have ever gone into Afghanistan or not is absolutely immaterial now. The long term and present ramifications of this tyrannical takeover debacle are many—and will be felt and viewed for decades to come by all the world, both in the US...

The Taliban & the Afghanistan Miracle

[Please click on blog title to read full article.] By Adele M. Gill   |   Silver Lining Ministries “The fervent prayer of a righteous person is very powerful.” James 5:16 As news reports from across the globe focus squarely on the recent, evolving Taliban incursion of Afghanistan, one can only imagine how many lives are being tormented and lost by this ruthless army of extremist terrorists. Yet, even in this uncertain, harrowing time, God is still the one ultimately in charge. In fact, I believe there is a series of miracles that God will provide for His hurting people caught in all of this mayhem. Here is one such Afghanistan incursion miracle that hits really close to home…   William, a lifelong, dear friend of mine, has a son named Rafael who has worked as a US government independent contractor in Afghanistan for many years. While watching the news last Saturday about the early incursion and possible fall of Afghanistan to the Taliban, it quickly dawned on William that his son was directly in harm’s way, as he was stationed at embassies in Afghanistan. William was crest-fallen as reports revealed that the situation there was deteriorating and escalating rapidly.   William felt so helpless, as he watched the news and realized that if his son, Rafael, stayed there in Afghanistan, he would likely never see him again. He knew it was just a matter of time until the Taliban reached his post, the very place where Rafael had been assigned. But what could William possibly do to help his son from across the globe?   Grieved and not knowing what else...

Critical Race Theory vs The Golden Rule

                            [Please click on the blog title to read full article]                                         By Adele M. Gill   |   Silver Lining Ministries                                         http://theinspirationcafeblog.net “Do unto others whatever you would have them do to you…” Matthew 7:12   Certainly most of us have at some time or another heard their mother say The Golden Rule: “Do unto others whatever you would have them do to you…” In my youth I always thought my mother made this saying up to settle disputes between my siblings and me. However, in reality, it is actually an important Bible scripture verse in the words of Jesus Christ himself. Though easier said than done, this timeless approach, written some 2000 years ago, is key to dealing fairly with others, especially where Critical Race Theory is concerned.   When we treat others as we would want them to treat us (friends, family, neighbors, co-workers, aquaintenences–even our enemies), we bring all involved to higher ground—both them, and us. In the most practical terms, following The Golden Rule may mean giving the other person the bigger piece of the pie; being kind, offering a smile or an encouraging word; reaching out to the sick or lonely; or, opening a door for someone. It may mean letting someone go ahead of you in traffic even when you are in a...