Prayer Changes Things

Prayer Changes Things Chaplain Adele M. Gill “Pray for one another, that you may be healed. The fervent prayer of a righteous person is very powerful.” James 5:16   Though it is truly a blessing to have people to pray for us, it is important as Christians to recognize that each of us has equal access to God through Jesus Christ, and the power of the Holy Spirit. Whenever we pray and ask for Jesus’ help, it is always a powerful experience whether we pray with others, have them pray for us, or we pray for ourselves. All of us have times have infirmity, worry, anxiety, sadness, and fear. So what can we do about that which is beyond our control? How can we maintain and restore balance, peace and joy in our lives in times of adversity, against all odds? One vitally important way is through prayer as prayer changes things. Relationships are restored, doors are opened, people are strengthened, comforted, protected, healed through God’s abundant supply, as He cares for all our needs in His own special time and way. Sometimes we all need divine intervention, and there is great relief to be found in prayer as we hand the situation to Jesus, giving Him control. For the Bible tells us in Matthew 18:19:  “Amen, I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything for which they are to pray, it shall be granted to them by my heavenly Father.” When you turn to your ‘praying friends’ or family to prayerfully intercede for you on your behalf, you will certainly be blessed. Prayer really does change things. However, each of us is...

Beware: Fake News

Fake news is the lowest form of journalism known today. Yet print, internet, and broadcast media bombards us every hour of every day, building tension and hatred among people. At best, it divides people, leaving them steaming angry and baffled, as the truth they do know is tested beyond measure, forcing them to settle for what they want to believe. With all that said, who can say they have a handle on any worldly events, or that “my news is better than yours?” Who can possibly form any opinions based on ‘media truth,’ when the news is so tainted, and we are living through what I often call, ‘The Truth Famine?’ It is foolishness to think that anyone really knows the truth these days based on news which is nothing more than hearsay-gossip on a national and global scale. Clearly. There is no room for sanctimony or indignation when truth stands in the balance.   The very existence and prevalence of fake news provokes doubt, disharmony, confusion and rigorous, misguided, unnecessary arguments in the hearts and minds of people around the world. Made up of believable half-truths, frequently laced with bold lies, it sometimes seems impossible to find even a kernel of verifiable truth in all the chaos. Beyond differences in opinion, fake news is actually designed to divide and conquer all who hear, watch or read it. But consider this:   “I urge you, brothers and sisters, to watch out for those who cause divisions and put obstacles in your way that are contrary to the teaching you have learned. Keep away from them.” Romans 16:17 New International Version (NIV)...

PART I: Telltale Signs of Childhood Trauma

Adele M. Gill http://www.theinspirationcafeblog.net Adapted from the new inspirational self-help book entitled, ‘From Broken to Blest: Embracing the Healing that Awaits You,’ by Adele M. Gill and Dr. Verna Benner Carson.  _________________________________________ Clinical depression is on the rise in the US, with over 21 million Americans diagnosed with depression each year. Most people are able to get treatment that is readily available, including medication and/or psychotherapy. Many come to understand the origin of their depression over time, however, sometimes they only have a vague idea as to why they are experiencing persistent clinical depression, sometimes combined with what I call ‘the trifecta: Depression, PTSD, and a neuro-autoimmune condition, such as MS or MG or fibromyalgia, which often go hand-in-hand. For those individuals who don’t know the origin of their depression, looking back on their childhood may be extremely helpful.   Understanding the negative effects of untreated childhood trauma can be life-giving, even life-saving, especially when depression affects ones physical health. Here is my story involving the telltale signs of childhood trauma in my own life:   Having endured physical, sexual, and mental abuse in my youth, I came to doubt my own existence, and self-worth. Though resolved, the truth is that my self-esteem was always an issue as I grew up in poverty with my abusive schizophrenic mother, and my father who was involved in the Mafia, who took me with him while doing ‘business.’     In my youth, and later into adulthood, I felt depressed, anxious, and ‘less than’ more often than I care to admit, which colored the way I looked at myself, others, and the world...

Great Anticipation

Great Anticipation   Commitment with great anticipation. Every day we have a series of commitments. Commitments to goals, our jobs, other people, to ourselves. Yet, what does it mean to commit your way to Jesus? In essence, to commit your way to Jesus is a weighted commitment that stands apart, far above all the rest…And your life is never he same. It is the commitment that supersedes all others, as it is based on a faith-filled bond between an individual and their triune God—Father, Son, Lord and Savior, and the Holy Spirit.   When you commit your life to Jesus, you are laying before Him every aspect of your being: Your desires, your character, your intellect, and emotions, and of course, most notably, your free will. You are opening yourself up to both the Lord’s scrutiny to make you a better person, and his protection, comfort, compassion, mercy and grace which He lavishes on all who seek Him in earnest. This form of commitment far exceeds commitment to a job or another person. In fact, it opens you up to personal growth, the likes you may have likely never seen before in your life. And it all starts with trust: “Commit your way to the Lord; trust that He will act…”    Psalm 37:5 Trust is the foundation of one’s commitment to Jesus Christ, the Greatest Hope the world has ever known. Trust is the basis for praying with great anticipation that one’s prayers will be answered in due time with the best possible outcome. It also has a stabilizing effect on the people who pray, as it enables...

Cultivating Peace & Joy

What greater gifts could God give us in our daily lives than peace and joy? Cultivating peace and joy are easier than one may think. Often it is a matter of putting aside all distractions, worries and concerns, and even turning off your technology to make room for solitude and serenity, even if only for a brief time. For it is times such as these that we are able to reconnect with our inner self and plug into the divine source of our strength and well-being. As Christians, the closer we follow Jesus, Our Savior, the closer we become to God, Our Creator–and the greater the joy and peace we experience. For me, sometimes all I have to do is repeat the name, ‘Jesus,’ and my peace is swiftly restored. It is important to resist the temptation to call a friend for solace or advice when distressed, rather than first take a breather and go into my room to pray before anything else. For many, it takes strength and self-control to turn to God first, but the benefits of seeking God first in all things can be life-changing. For Scripture tells us: “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him!” Romans 15:13 When peace and joy are reestablished, or even realized for the first time in a person’s life, there can be a feeling of letting go of longtime burdens. It can be similar to taking a deep sigh of relief when chaos and turbulence are put in their place, and you are free from turmoil and despair. With peace,...

3 Steps to An Attitude Adjustment

Adele M. Gill 3 Steps to An Attitude Adjustment I think it is fair to say that all days are not created equal. In fact, when I wake up in the morning, I am never sure if I will be able to walk, talk or breathe due Myasthenia-like Syndrome. For me, life is a great adventure – lived day by day, one day at a time. However, though I tend to worry about things, I understand well that it is by only by God’s grace that I can revel in the blessings of each new day despite my health issues. Sometimes I need to remind myself that I have beautiful remissions, and for that I am eternally grateful! There are, however, times when I feel fatigued, anguished, ill and/or down in general. It is these days that I must remind myself that attitude is at least 50%, if not everything. So what can you do when you need an attitude adjustment to reach for higher ground? Name it and claim. Ask yourself what seems to be wrong and start there. Once you have identified a feeling, you can claim it and embrace it as your own. Pray and read the bible to rediscover your inner peace for a better attitude. You’ll be pressing forward again before you know it! Call a trusted friend or invite them over for a visit. Sometimes we all have burdens that we just need to talk out with a close friend. Most of all, try to remember that every day is a new day; and feelings are temporary. A good attitude, a positive perspective,...