Your New Life

By Adele M. Gill   |   Silver Lining Ministries [Be sure and click on the blog title on the blogsite to read full article.] “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!’ 2 Corinthians 5:17 As I write this blog today from my home in Maryland/USA, the snow is coming down to beat the band. Despite almost white-out conditions here this morning, surely as the winter is long, spring is coming! Really! Though there are people that read this blog across the US, and beyond, including Pakistan, and Africa, I am certain that we all go through seasons in our lives; cold and sweltering weather seasons/events; jobs, financial insecurity, strained and broken relationships, and difficult circumstances. Yes-we all experience various seasons in our lives that are similar, yet different.  But often when we come through our seasons, we are renewed and are able to enjoy and appreciate new life! Truth: No season in this life lasts forever–whether it’s actually stormy weather, or a metaphor for a season in life such as infirmity, depression, unemployment, poverty. When we walk by faith, trusting and placing our hope in Jesus, we recognize that everything in this life is just temporary. When times get tough, we need to try our best to walk by faith, trust that God is with us, and remember that better times are ahead. The Bible advises us to:  “…For we walk by faith, not by sight.”   2 Corinthians 5:7 Whenever I write this blog, it begins with prayer and a bible passage review. And through this combination of prayer and...

PART II: Victimhood: Your Victim Card Has Expired

By Adele M. Gill   |   Silver Lining Ministries                                                            “Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned.                                                       Forgive, and you will be forgiven.” Luke 6:37 Feeling like a victim can, and eventually will, negatively impact your relationships, livelihood, mental health, and certainly your physical health. In actuality, hard as it is to believe, the lack of forgiveness, that most often fuels feeling like a victim, can easily cause unnecessary stress and torment leading to sleepless nights, depression, anxiety, and can even make you physically sick. Heart attacks and other cardiac conditions. Autoimmune conditions. Lowered immunity and infections. Skin conditions like psoriasis. Asthma flare-ups. Diabetic complications. Ulcers and other gastric conditions. And the list goes on… So what can we do when we recognize that we are feeling like, or behaving like, a victim? Take a deep breath. Remind yourself that it’s all temporary in this life. When you recognize you are struggling, check and see if you are feeling like a victim. Console yourself by saying, “It is what it is.” Try not to expect an apology or judge the other person. Forgiveness does not depend on what other others do; it’s an inside job. Always try to give others a pass. Certainly you’ve made mistakes in the past, too… Pray for yourself to...

PART I: Victimhood & Unforgiveness

By Adele M. Gill   |   Silver Lining Ministries [Be sure and click on the blog title to see the full article on my blogsite]   “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?”                            Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.” Matthew 18:21-22   Everyone at times feels like they have been used, slighted, overlooked, offended, or hurt in some other way. These feelings are only natural at times, but they can cause us to become depressed, anxious, and angry. Perhaps those feelings may be warranted. But the truth is that life isn’t always fair. Often, at the core of the ‘victim mentality,’ is feeling unloved and unlovable; fear of what others may think of you; and un-forgiveness, wrapped in the cloak of self-righteous indignation. But who does that all help? Certainly not those who fall prey to victimhood. This is not a perfect world. Sometimes things just don’t go as we had hoped, and things even may go wrong. Life happens, plans are delayed or derailed; and disappointment, anger and maybe even rage may set in. At that point, it is easy to feel like a victim. These stealth, negative feelings can quickly creep into our deep inner thoughts and being, without our awareness of them. In fact, these counter-productive thoughts may slip in so swiftly, that they are not vetted out, and promptly discarded, before they take root. Recognizing When You Feel Like a Victim It is easy to recognize when we...

Political Correctness, Disputes & Truth

By Adele M. Gill   |   Silver Lining Ministries   “Hatred stirs up disputes, but love covers all offenses.”  Proverbs 10:12 Recently, some of my readers have been asking why I have been incorporating current events into this “God-blog.’ My answer is this: I pray and write whatever God sends me to write. Many have shared their concerns with me about unsettling disputes/arguments they have had that arise from differences in political opinions. Like them, I have certainly had my share of similar uncomfortable challenges, especially lately. Though we as Christians are living in this world, we are set apart–not of this world, as we strive to follow God’s way. And as believing Christians, we are called at times to share the biblical world view that we have learned from scripture, rather than the worldly view, with others. It’s just that simple. Personally, I have found that some topics that I consider non-political, may not be seen that way by others. To talk about them is politically incorrect.  Additionally, everyone has their own idea of what is ok to talk about; and what is right and wrong. The biblical world view is very different than the worldly view. Some say one should never mix religion and politics. But in my mind, that approach to life begs this question for Judeo-Christians believers: How can we, as believers, share biblical truths, if we refuse to engage in, or even avoid altogether,  hard conversations, and people who don’t think like we do? As believing, practicing Christians, each of us has a ministry of one as Ambassadors for Christ, striving to bring love, peace and...