Motivation Matters

By Adele M. Gill   |   Silver Lining Ministries There are so many good people in this world, both believers and non-believers alike! This includes those who pray with and for others, radiate kindness with a smile, help people through donating to important causes, do volunteer work for the common good. People who are dedicated to making this world a better place. We all know people like that. Where would we be without the goodness of such caring souls? Too often we only hear about all the sordid, destructive, and devious people in this world. But motivation matters. It is such a reprieve and a pleasure to know and hear about people who put others first before themselves! Motivation is Key Good or bad, right or wrong, there is always motivation behind why people do what they do. That is why it is good from time to time, to take stock of our own motivation(s). Laying aside any and all judgement, no one can really know the motivation of another person. It’s hard enough to know our own motivations!   People do what they do for many reasons. Actually, it is possible to do all the right things for all the wrong reasons. Sometimes, our motivation may be a little ‘off track’—even when doing “good things for others”— as when we act out of fear, to gain notoriety, to feel better about ourselves. When our focus is on pleasing others, trying to elevate our status, financial gain, even wanting to earn God’s love, we may need to take a minute and reconsider. By putting aside all pride and ambition, we...

Miracles Abound!

[Please click on the blog title above to read full article.] By Adele M. Gill   |   Silver Lining Ministries   About a week ago, I had a really tough day. It was the kind of day when you wonder if God is really listening to your prayers. The kind of day when you are way too distracted to pray, and try to “Go it alone” rather than asking for God’s help. During such times it is easy to doubt God…    and become a bit fearful, even hope-challenged.   “Always be ready to give an explanation to anyone who asks you for a reason for your hope…” 1 Peter 3:15   Last week I was [impatiently] waiting for the high-dose IV treatments I get to treat myasthenia gravis to begin working. Though I had not felt well for about 6 weeks, I was very sick. I had already prayed fervently and often, and had just waited seven days post-treatment for improved speech, and for my health to be restored. But nothing happened…Actually, I was beginning to wonder if the steroid treatments had stopped working. When the treatments work, they generally work well and quickly, restoring breathing, speech and mobility in a matter of less than a week. However, this time my healing was delayed. My speech was even [and still] garbled to the point that I couldn’t even understand my own speech. I was weary of being sick, and growing very worried by the day…   Sometimes we all get so overwhelmed by the realities of life that it is hard to pray—and that is exactly what happened. Recognizing this...

HOLY WEEK: The Rest of the Story

[UPDATE BLOG   |   Please click on the blog title to read full article.] For 10+ years, 2-4 times per month, I have written this God-inspired blog. Appreciated by many, it has also been scorned, unsubscribed to, and even avoided by some. During that time, I have also recently received Facebook warnings for some of my blog posts. But I continue to consider it my personal mission to “Go into the whole world and proclaim the gospel to every creature.” [Mark 16:15]. OK—that biblical goal may sound like a grandiose—and it is! But it’s actually a mandate from Jesus. For me, it is more a matter of sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ with as many people as possible in my little corner of the world…One can only try! Again, a lofty goal—one that can only be pursued with persistence, and God’s enduring help. “Those who have never been told of him shall see, and those who have never heard of him shall understand.” Romans 15:21. Some have received what is contained in these blog posts whole-heartedly; yet others not so much. A few have even been reportedly annoyed by the messages contained in The Inspiration Café blog. Clearly it’s not for everyone! As to those who have embraced this ministry effort, I am truly heartened. For those who have not, it is my express prayer that perhaps one day they may. Either way, I do not take it personally, count it as a success to boast, or deem it a failure, as I fully understand there must be a readiness for accepting The Son of God, Our Lord Jesus Christ. I am nothing more than a seed...

Great Anticipation

By Adele M. Gill   |   Silver Lining Ministries [Please be sure and click on the title of this blog post to read full article.] Great Anticipation. Our loving God has so many life-giving attributes, but one He is most well-known for is being ‘The Great Communicator.’ Unceasingly trying to reach us, especially when we are fully undeserving. God attempts to communicate with all of us in various ways. Some find God when they are in Church; others experience Him through nature. Some see God in the faces of those who are suffering. Yet others seek Him only when they are hurting or in turmoil, with nowhere else to look for help but up. Oftentimes, we experience God when we are alone in the middle of the night, away from worldly distractions. Other times we find Him while praying with others. We all hear and see God’s presence in different ways. Yet we need to recognize His finest work in our lives, give credit where due, and share His glory with others. It is so important to pray and to share with others what God is doing in your life any way you can, in ways great and small, so that they, too, may live in hope, knowing God’s unconditional love for them. “What I say to you in the darkness, speak in the light; what you hear whispered, proclaim on the housetops.” Matthew 10:27 Yes–we all have our own ways of seeking God out and sharing Him with others. He will dependably meet us wherever we are ,when we do. Could it be that we need to humble ourselves,...

Remedy For This Crazy World

By Adele M. Gill   |   Silver Lining Ministries Remedy for this crazy world… I don’t know about you, but I’m starting to grow a little weary, and less and less dismayed by what is transpiring daily in this country—numb, even. Perhaps I am finally coming to realize that it is a “God-job” to fix our country. Perhaps we need to remember that the battle we are fighting has already been won by Jesus on the cross. As promised, He is providing for our every need, gently leading those who believe in Him and eternal life. In essence, we are just sojourners passing through this life…. “If, then, you heed all that I command you, walking in my ways, and do what is right in my eyes by keeping my statutes and my commandments…I will be with you.” 1 Kings 11:38 God Loves All People Equally The Bible tells us that God, Our Creator, loves all people—all of humanity—equally. But that is just part of the story. Though His love for us all is eternal, scripture also reveals to us that God’s favor rests upon those who revere Him and keep His statutes. He is with His believers as they strive who seek Him, live good lives, serve Him through others, and give Him the glory. However, those who choose not to seek Him are certainly entitled to that choice, too; but they should know they are on their own… [Jesus said:] “A new command I give you: Love one another, as I have loved you…” John 13:34 So what is the remedy for this crazy world we live in? There are two: 1) Praying for sound, Godly discernment, peace,...

Beating All the Odds

By Adele M. Gill [Please click on blog title to view full blog post]                                               “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged,                                                        for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9 Life is full of surprises. Sometimes, it is even unpredictable, and can be overwhelming. Yet when your inner foundation is in Jesus Christ, the waves of the ocean of life will ebb and tide, but there is nothing to fear. He will carry you safely on His shoulders through the uncharted waters you face. Getting Prayed Up Certainly faith fluctuates, ebbs and flows for most of us. But like you, when I am “prayed up,” steeped in prayer, striving to serve God well, with Jesus at my side, I am confident like at no other time. I can see the positive possibilities and envision beating all worldly odds. I can face the future with peace in my heart, and joy, with sublime confidence that all is well. Beating all the odds By the grace of God, Jesus gives each of us the necessary strength to figuratively hop over the hurdles of ‘what ifs’ and hike mountains of fear, to reach the heights to proclaim the Lord’s Good News for the glory of God. All the while feeling ever so...

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...