George Floyd: “Momma I Can’t Breathe”

By Adele M. Gill     “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14   “Momma I can’t breathe.” These were the gut-wrenching last words of George Floyd, as he was murdered while under police arrest in Minneapolis last week. Racism: Like Covid, In Need of a Cure Last night there was a peaceful protest in nearby Edgewood, Maryland in response to the murder of George Floyd. The protest called, ‘Momma I Can’t Breathe,’ was organized by a group called, Mothers of Murdered Sons & Daughters. During the protest, group co-founder, Daphne Alston, was quoted by Baltimore WMAR News as saying: “So as America is looking for a cure for Covid, Black America is looking for a cure from this racism…” Truer words were never spoken. The Scourge of Racism In actuality, we all need to work together to find a cure for the scourge of racism, it is not just up to the people directly affected by it to affect change. We need to dialog and check our own hearts for any hint of discrimination, because this battle is won one soul at a time. As Daphne Alston indicated, racism is, indeed, a social and cultural virus in need of a cure. We need to work diligently to dismantle and derail the plague of violent racism and bigotry gripping our country. In essence, the death of George Floyd provides us with an...

New Book: How to Go from Broken to Blest

By Adele M. Gill Today’s post has been adapted from my new book, ‘How to Go from Broken to Blest,’  now available on Amazon. Are you struggling? If so, this book was written for you! Certainly we all do from time to time. Yet, this pandemic has many of us in a state of uncertainty, some even fear and despair, as we hope and pray for protection, and that we have a smooth and healthy transition away from sheltering in place. Most are  acutely aware of the toll the plague has taken on both our country, and the global community.  Medically, socially, emotionally, and even financially, our lives have been sorely affected by this most unwelcome, invisible visitor. But there is always reason to hope. For Jesus said: “Come unto Me all who are weary and I will give you rest… ” Matthew 28:11 If you find yourself being negatively affected by this difficult time with Covid-19 disrupting our daily lives, and/or life in general, you are not alone. You may even feel broken by infirmity, social isolation, job loss, financial strain, lost loved ones, broken relationships… However, through this new self-help book, ‘How to Go from Broken to Blest,’ it is possible for you to get back on track quickly, and with ease, as you reach new heights. By reviewing the following 6 steps from my new self-help book, ‘How to Go from Broken to Blest,’ you can step onto a fresh path to a new and better life. As you emerge from this unprecedented time, could it be that it’s time that you let today be the...

Covid-19: Close Quarters

                                                                                               By Adele M. Gill                                                                                                 https://www.theinspirationcafeblog.net                              “Always be ready to give an explanation to anyone who asks you for a reason for your hope…”               I Peter 3:15   Close quarters. In a way, the coronavirus pandemic has drawn a line in the sand between people with optimism, and negativity and pessimism. Sure, sometimes we all have doubts, negativity, and fear. But whether we are optimistic or pessimistic is a personal choice, sometimes made hour by hour. Clearly, optimists and pessimists are considered to be polar opposites. And sometimes even optimists slide into negative thinking occasionally. However, these days, while trying to live in the same space with our families, sharing close quarters day after day, while we all shelter-in-place, can prove to be a testy challenge at best, for all involved. Meanwhile, most struggle to find reasons to hope in this seemingly impossible situation we find ourselves in.   Jesus: Full Access for All Sure, no...

Never Tried Beyond Your Strength

By Adele M. Gill                                                         “God is faithful and will not let you be tried beyond your strength;                                                       but with the trial he will also provide a way out, so that you may be able to bear it.” I Corinthians 10:13 Whenever we struggle, Jesus is cheering us on to new and greater heights, like no one else can. He is lifting us up in ways we are most often fully unaware of. He is there in the midst of it all. Though God does not necessarily cause the strife we experience, He often allows it for our personal growth. Though we may be tested to the brink of what we think we can bear, God will never try you beyond what you can handle. He will give you endurance, courage, and strength, make a way for you, and bring you peace when you seek Him with your whole heart, even for the first time. Endurance            10 “Because you have kept my message of endurance, I will keep you safe in the time of trial that is going to                                                       come to the whole world to...

Pandemic Peace

by Adele M. Gill  “Rejoice in the Lord always. I shall say it again: rejoice…                       Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:4-7   Pandemic peace?  Some days when I wake up in the morning and remind myself that the world is still in quarantine. I can hardly believe the pandemic continues to be upon us, affecting every aspect of our lives. And, like most, I think it’s been here way too long. If I let myself travel along on that path of thinking beyond a passing thought, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed, isolated, fearful, alone, angry, sad, even disappointed, because it’s not over yet. When I am able to better monitor my thinking, I soon recognize that I need to have a positive attitude adjustment to start my day off right. I try to remind myself that we all get to choose the thoughts we entertain.   Like weeds in a beautiful garden, negativity and fear can take over our thoughts and control your day, if we let them. At that point, we need to weed the ‘garden of our mind,’ so to speak, lest our negative thinking overcome us, dictating what kind of day we will have.   So we have to choose between a positive attitude and optimism; negativity and fear, even and especially, in times of adversity, like now. It is a choice we have to make each and every day. Truth is, negativity drags us down, zaps our energy, disrupts relationships, and can even make us...

Coronavirus: This Is the Day!

By Adele M. Gill                                  “This is the day which the Lord hath made;                                 we will rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118:24 This is the day…It’s so commonplace to try to live in tomorrow, especially when we are faced with daunting circumstances like the corona-virus. Sure we all live in the future at times. And right now, day after day, it’s almost become the norm for many of us to wish our days away, and move into the ‘If onlys.’ “If only I had my freedom to go wherever I please.” “If only I didn’t have to wear a mask when I go out.” “If only I wasn’t in quarantine with my siblings” “If only I didn’t have to worry about getting Covid-19.” “If only I didn’t have to practice social distancing.” “If only I could return to work…” Surely it seems like we have lost so much, but what it if there were things to gain that make us stronger during this most difficult time? Searching for Some Semblance of Normalcy It’s only human to want things to be restored to some semblance of normalcy during this most with all that is transpiring. But perpetual dread of any situation can easily become fertile ground for anxiety, fear, depression, and even infirmity to creep in. However, if we spend our time wishing away our days, pining away for what could be, we will certainly miss the blessed...

Covid -19: Pleading with God

By Adele M. Gill “The fervent prayer of a righteous person is very powerful.” James 5:16 NABRE / New American Bible ********************************************************* The fervent prayer of a righteous person is very powerful. Today’s blog, on the heels of my last blog article on April 20th 2020 entitled, ‘Another New York Travesty,’ expounds on Abraham bargaining and pleading with God to save the people of Sodom and Gomorrah. In this dialog, Abraham asks God to spare them because of a small number of praying, ‘righteous’ people there. Roget’s Thesaurus defines the word ‘righteous,’ used in the following scripture, not as “perfect,” but as “godly, devout, moral, virtuous” I think this Bible passage is self-explanatory and timely, in the face of this Covid-19 plague: Genesis 18:20-33 20 Then the Lord said, “The outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is so great and their sin so grievous 21 that I will go down and see if what they have done is as bad as the outcry that has reached me. If not, I will know.” 22 The men turned away and went toward Sodom, but Abraham remained standing before the Lord.[d] 23 Then Abraham approached him and said: “Will you sweep away the righteous with the wicked? 24 What if there are 50 righteous people in the city? Will you really sweep it away and not spare the place for the sake of the 50 righteous people in it? 25 Far be it from you to do such a thing—to kill the righteous with the wicked, treating the righteous and the wicked alike. Far be it from you! Will not the Judge of all the earth do right?” 26 The Lord said, “If I find 50 righteous people in the city of Sodom, I will spare the whole place for their sake.” 27 Then...

Another New York Travesty

By Adele M. Gill   Luke 23:34 “Forgive them; they know not what they do.”   According to the Daily Wire, on Monday, April 13th, New York Governor Governor Cuomo attempted to boldly take credit for the lowered number of new cases of Covid-19 virus  there by saying, “God did not do that.” As a big believer in giving credit where credit is due—especially where God is concerned. I am saddened whenever political leaders publicly show complete and utter contempt, and disregard, for God’s handiwork. That is exactly what happened when New York Governor Cuomo arrogantly made this proclamation. In God We Trust No, God did not cause this corona-virus pandemic. Rather, it is my opinion that God allowed the pandemic to happen. Perhaps the US and global community needed a reminder, a wake-up call if you will, as some of our most prominent leaders, like Governor Cuomo, work tirelessly and diligently, and in a focused way, to prematurely end human lives, while systematically taking ‘God, In God We Trust,’ and Christian symbols out of our homes, schools, culture, and our country altogether. Could it be that such ungodly actions have put us all at risk for God’s wrath, while making New York ground zero for the pandemic in the US? The Bible tells us that God is slow to anger… but I’m sure there is a limit to what God will allow…   These days’ even our most basic civil right, the right to life, stands in the balance in the US. Governor Cuomo is proudly leading that legislative effort at the helm, as evidenced by his legislating...

Easter: Our Greatest Hope

By Adele M. Gill [Photo by Deb Jenkins] “I am the resurrection and the life; whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die.” John 11:24-25 Easter hope. Right now, people across the US, and all around the world, are in search of hope in the face of this pandemic. For some, hope is in the distant future as we endure great challenges in the face of the corona-virus. Hope takes many forms, as we hold onto the hope that we can soon resume life as we know it, without isolation. Hope that we and our loved ones won’t get Covid-19. Hope that if we do get it, will be a mild case that resolves quickly, without hospitalization or complications. Hope that we are able to emerge from this plague and that our finances and the economy will return to their previous pre-pandemic status. Hope we have everything we need to get through this most difficult time. Yet, there is another source and kind of hope that people all around the world are able to seek and find this Easter—especially Christian believers. That is the greatest hope possible in this life: Easter hope! Hope: Definition So what is Easter hope? Well, it is the very definition of Jesus Christ: The Greatest Hope the World Has Ever Known. So how is it possible that our hope today can hinge on just one man who lived some 2000 years ago? Irrelevant? Definitely not! Sadly, for some, especially agnostics and atheists, Jesus, Savior of the world, may seem irrelevant at a...

Corona-virus: God’s Promises for You

By Adele M. Gill ********************************************* 9 “To whom I have said, You are my servant;     I chose you, I have not rejected you— 10 Do not fear: I am with you;     do not be anxious: I am your God. I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my victorious right hand.” Isaiah 41:9-10 I AM WITH YOU. This is God’s unwavering promise to all His people. He also goes on to say He “will strengthen and help” His people. That is, He will always take care of those who serve Him, and revere his holy name. In this reassuring, timeless Bible passage, God also tells us, “Do not to fear: I am with you.” He beckons us to put aside our fears and do not be anxious about anything. It is as if He is saying directly to us, “Trust Me, and don’t worry about anything–I’ve got this.” This scripture is not to be taken lightly, as it is a loving directive to trust in God; a very personal invitation, to trust in Him in times of adversity, and that would be now, as we battle this invisible enemy, the coronavirus! For scripture tells us in 2 Timothy 1:7 (KJV-King James Version): “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” No, we can’t control the coronavirus. But we can heed this scripture, and try our level best to stay calm, free of fear, as we pray with sublime confidence for God’s help. Even if you have not prayed before, you can start anytime. And there is no time like the present…...