Whatever You Do

by Adele M. Gill                              “Whatever you do, do everything for the glory of God.”                     I Corinthians 10:31   Sometimes, in our humanness, we mistakenly take credit for God’s work. We may even claim ‘coincidence’ for what He does for us and those around us. We need to give Him the glory in every circumstance. We should always give God credit when credit is due, as He has His hand in every aspect of our daily lives. For it is God’s Only Son, Jesus,  the Great Healer, Provider and Savior that makes all things possible–not us. Whatever you do, do everything for the glory of God. The Arrogant Pharisee We need to humbly thank God for both good things in our life, and even for the difficulties and challenges that help us grow. For living a life of gratitude to God, regardless of circumstances, is the cornerstone of sound spiritual, physical, and mental well-being: Jesus said: “Two people went up to the temple area to pray; one was a Pharisee and the other was a tax collector. The Pharisee took up his position and spoke this prayer to himself, ‘”O God, I thank you that I am not like the rest of humanity–greedy, dishonest, adulterous — or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week, and I pay tithes on my whole income.'” ‘But the tax collector stood off at a distance and would not even raise his eyes to heaven but beat his...

The Bible: Stories vs Indisputable Truth

Greetings From Adele’s Inspiration Cafe! Today’s post: The Bible: Simply Stories or Indisputable Truth? https://theinspirationcafeblog.net/blog/    “Therefore, put on the armor of God…So stand fast with your loins girded in truth, clothed with righteousness as a breastplate, and your feet shod in readiness for the gospel of peace. In all circumstances, hold faith as a shield, to quench all [the] flaming arrows of the evil one …and take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God.”                                                 Ephesians 6:13-17                                                     New American Bible (NABRE) I have a friend who mistakenly believes that the Bible is nothing more than a collection of stories, a series of parables not to be taken literally. However, I believe it is a grave mistake in being dismissive of the Bible; as it provides indisputable truth, Light in darkness, and divine guidance. Moreover, the Bible is our primary source of encouragement, and unlocks our direct power source, the Holy Spirit. It is one of our greatest, blessed gifts from God, not to be minimized.   The Bible: Our Best Help The Bible is our best how-to help in dealing with everything from mind-body infirmity to enemies to temptation. The New Testament, in particular, is chock-full of God’s promises, Jesus’ timeless directives, designed to help us to follow Him. It provides practical help...

Calm in the Storm

Calm in the storm: Jesus said, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find;        knock and the door will be opened to you.” Luke 11:9   Rough Seas and Cruise Turbulence: 3 Hurricanes Recently, my husband and I went on a cruise. In the works for 10 months, unfortunately, we did not realize it was hurricane season, but it was. We went, together with 10 family members, to Bermuda and the Bahamas anyway. Day one and day two, we found ourselves in very turbulent waters with 30 foot tall ocean swells. It was scary, and hard to even stay upright while walking on the ship as the ship was being tossed about in the ocean. The drawers in our cabin, and even the latched, heavy bathroom door were swinging open and closed with a loud bang day and night, and I remember wondering how long it would last, praying I would not fall or roll out of bed. At the end of the cruise, the Captain told us over the PA something we had not known:  He admitted he had never before dodged three hurricanes on one cruise! All I can say is that I am so glad I didn’t really understand what was all around us. After the storm calmed, the islands we visited were beautiful, though powerlines were down and there was debris everywhere in both Bermuda and the Bahamas. The rest of the trip was smooth sailing. Jesus: Gatekeeper & Captain of Your Ship This experience was a reminder to me that Jesus is the one who gives us calm in the...