6-Step Workshop Series: How to Go from Broken to Blest: STEP 1

By Adele M. Gill Based on my new book: ‘How to Go From Broken to Blest’  )))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))) How to Go From Broken to Blest 1)  Acknowledge You’re Struggling 2)  Put Aside All Worry & Fear 3)  Recognize Your Greatest Resource 4) Forgive and take the High Road 5)  Learn to Accept Imperfections 6)  Embrace Your Healing )))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))  STEP 1: Acknowledge You’re Struggling                                     “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”                                                                                                               Matthew 11:28 [NIV–New International Version] We are all broken in some way at various times in our lives—no one is exempt. Imperfections, disappointments, struggles, and brokenness are all just part of our human nature. We need to accept the fact that in our humanness we are all imperfect people, frail in body, mind, and spirit. This is not a perfect world. At times, we are needy, reckless, selfish, careless, thoughtless, and impulsive. It can affect us and those around us in a myriad of negative ways. However, what we do with our words and actions, and how we see ourselves, and others, are paramount to how we live and find peace.                  ...

Bringing Light into Darkness

By Adele M. Gill “I urge you, brothers, to watch out for those who create dissensions and obstacles, in opposition to the teaching that you learned; avoid them… The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you.” Romans 16:17 Certainly in these polarizing times, it can be hard for Christians to remain steadfast, close to what we have learned in and through Christ Jesus. Even when armed with scripture, the Word of God, the world, and some of the people we know, may attempt to stir up harsh dissention using intimidation, half-truths and lies to derail us from speaking truth. They may even hurl provocative insults your way, and present obstacles in an attempt to press you to persuade you to change what you know in faith to be absolute truth. Certainly people all have their own opinions on things, but when someone tries to uproot your faith, it is another matter entirely …   At that point, it is important to recognize that only The Enemy would attempt such folly, refuting and interfering with the Word of God imparted in you. This can even happen with anyone—even our loved ones whom we treasure–but we should not be surprised. God’s ways are not the ways of this world. At that point, it’s not your battle to fight. It belongs to Jesus Christ himself. It is also important to remember that sometimes you just need to pray, agree to disagree, and move on. We must pray for peace and discernment, stay alert, and be aware when this happens. For scripture clearly gives us some practical advice on how to handle...

Our Greatest Hope

                                                                                          by Adele M. Gill                           So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers,                                              to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up …” <<<   Ephesians 4:11-12   >>> ____________________________________________________ Recently, I met a missionary leader named Pastor Edward Mikwamba who lives in Malawi. His ministry’s challenges are great, as he and his missionary team deal daily with the sobering realities of Covid-19, poverty, drought, famine, and, among other things, an AIDS epidemic that has killed over 1 million people, leaving behind an estimated 1 million orphans without parents. Especially during this time of worldwide unrest and global pandemic, he and his missionary team serve as beacons of light, as they minister to both believers, and non-believers, across 4 rural African countries: Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe. God is equipping the Pastor’s leadership team to build up the body of Christ—His Church—and serve as an example to all who know them. So how can it be that these brave souls encounter such dire adversities with such great hope and courage? The answer is clear: God is equipping these dedicated...

Peaceful Protesters vs Anarchists

By Adele M. Gill https://www.theinspirationcafeblog.net/blog/ “If My people, who are called by My name humble themselves, and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin  and will heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14 Right now, peaceful protests and unrest are happening concurrently in cities all across this country. People by the thousands are coming together, taking to the streets with angst and anger, carrying megaphones and picket signs, needing to be heard. Most of these peaceful protesters are in essence saying, “Enough is enough,” to police-related brutality/murder of Black citizens, their being treated as ‘less than,’ and feeling marginalized by society. Unfortunately, not all of the protesters are peaceful or there to defend the lives of our Black citizens. Tragically, some of these protesters are reportedly opportunistic, violent Marxist / anarchists–people who are in no way affected by the George Floyd or Breonna Taylor murders, but are spreading hate and violence, working to derail the peace and healing processes….   Anarchists Posing as Peaceful Protesters Though challenging to authorities, it is important for non-violent protesters to be able to exercise their First Amendment rights to free speech, so central to the American way of life per the Constitution. There is good reason why freedom of speech, and freedom of religion, are included in the First Amendment. Without those gateway freedoms, we can easily lose our way, and risk Communism. there are Marxist anarchists, reportedly paid, who are infiltrating the protests, with peaceful protesters, thereby sabotaging their cause. They are working hard to violently derail positive change...

The Truth Famine: 12 Ways to ID Fake News

By Adele M. Gill News and the Truth Famine. What can we believe to be true these days, as we witness opposing, conflicting and distressing news reports day-in day-out? God is not the author of confusion, chaos and mayhem—that is The Enemy’s job…                             “The Lord is near to all who call upon Him, to all who                call upon Him in truth.”    Psalm 145:18 So where do people of all ages ‘find truth,’ as the news agencies they depend on daily knowingly feed them biased, agenda-based, op-ed pieces and air half-truths and full lies, posing as ‘trustworthy journalism?’ Real journalism is true, objective and fair. However, it has been derailed in exchange for half-truths and lies confusing us all, and fueling mayhem. Charlatins! But take heart…There is a way to sift through media reports to find truth even in the age of media….     Like gossipy town criers, too many news agencies and politicians stir controversy and negativity in exchange for what is good and right and true. Media deception has become the new norm for the unwitting and unaware. Long gone is objective, trustworthy news you could count on…This deception overwhelms people, and wears them down, giving them ‘news fatigue,’ hence what I call, The Truth Famine. “…Each one deceives the other, no one speaks the truth. They have accustomed their tongues to lying, they are perverse and cannot repent.” Jeremiah 9:4   Each of us needs to find our own method and personal way to seek out...

Pandemic: Be Not Afraid!

By Adele M. Gill   Are you feeling weary, worried, down, or fearful, struggling to cope with the far-reaching effects of the corona-virus? Certainly this pandemic has been challenging in every way—a difficult time for us all. Isolation, infirmity, uncertainty, required to wear masks, and social distancing. Due to the pandemic, we are being forced to miss or adapt important life events such as graduations, baptisms, and weddings. Even many schools are closed for class room learning, leaving children and their parents wondering what to do next. With all that going on, it seems highly illogical and is seemingly impossible at times to find peace or a silver lining in this turbulent time we are living—But is it really? Consider today’s scripture passage:    “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give it to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid.” John 14:27 This scripture gives us great hope! It serves as a reminder that God is in control, and that He will provide for our every need. He alone is The One that can bring us peace and settle our fears. He will help us rise above our circumstances—whatever they may be– to peacefully walk through this valley unafraid, with renewed confidence and hope. All we need to do is pray and ask for Jesus’ help. It is easy to fear the future when you believe you are alone in your situation. But this Bible passage tells us that peace can be found in Jesus Christ. Faith and fear cannot coexist. So we need...

Stay In Your Own Lane

By Adele M. Gill                   If you know me, then you will also know my Father.                                      From now on you do know Him and have seen him.” John 14:7 I have a friend who once told me no one has ever seen God. However, the truth is that the New Testament reveals Jesus in a way that we can both understand and recognize Him through His words and actions—even in modern times. Reading about Jesus makes us want to seek Him in a personal way, like light in the darkness. We need to believe that He is trustworthy; our Almighty–taking care of us in every way through all things great and small for the asking.   What Jesus talked about and did on earth some 2000 years ago—often via parables, healings, and miracles–remains with us today as a testament to God’s great, unconditional love. What He said while on earth was so vitally important, that the Bible is today still the longest running, most read book of all times. Some versions of the Holy Bible are actually written in red ink for clarity and edification. Jesus was/is just that important. He is the face of God that we revere and follow.   Today’s scripture tells us that Jesus and God are One. They are both the Truth, the Way, the Life, and Light. Jesus’ was anointed, and His spoken word in the Bible is one of God’s special ways of communicating with us....

Part II: Mayhem Never Wins

By Adele M. Gill “Scoffers enflame the city, but the wise calm the fury.” Proverbs 29:8 In these times of turbulence, chaos, and seemingly widespread unrest across the U.S., some days it may seem that our country is spinning out of control, and be beyond repair, and we will never resume normalcy and peace in this country again. Such unbridled mayhem may easily stoke the flames of fear and anxiety within us, leaving us feeling helpless, baffled as to ‘what to do’ and how to make sense of it all. I believe that the vast majority of Americans condemn anarchy, and that we all need to pray together for it to end swiftly. As is always the case, such destructive evil is only temporary… As God will not allow it to go on indefinitely and without consequences.   The Destruction of Anarchy Anarchy is clearly not a form of mental illness, nor is it warranted or right–ever. Rather, it is an evil that if left unchecked, will destroy, maim, and kill innocent people.  It threatens us all. Such violence can be very destructive on so many levels, far beyond the obvious—even to our sense of well-being. It is unsettling to watch anarchical violence on TV or our Face Book news feeds, as it leaves us feeling unsettled, fearful, and yearning for peaceful times. Often originating in  urban areas, as destruction and unnecessary violence ensues, it can spread to the suburbs, as well. The idea of defunding the police, especially at a time such as this, because of a few bad actors, defies logic. Though police reforms are much needed, we look...

God Is Our Help In Every Situation

By Adele M. Gill                                         “ All who call upon me I will answer, I will be with them in distress;                                                                                     I will deliver them and give them honor. With length of days I will satisfy them                                            and show them my saving power.”     Psalm 91:14-16 In this scripture today, we have great promises from God. What else could we want than to call upon Him, and have Him answer our prayers? In times of distress, He is clearly available to all of us in both good times, and in challenging times. We need to take this scripture very personally, as an invitation to prayer.  Ask Jesus for whatever you need, and He will help you when you need it the most. He is there for you when you are weary and your spirits are sagging at the end of a chaotic day. He stands in wait for you to pray to Him through infirmity, disability, and in times of grief. He beckons you to come close when your heart is broken from your child who is suffering from drug and alcohol addiction. He provides food and shelter...

Mayhem Never Wins

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   Are you feeling tested beyond your strength as you endure the Covid-19 pandemic and isolation, and are also feelings of helplessness as you witness unbridled anarchists who are destroying our US cities? If so, you are not alone! Though it’s difficult, we need to try to trust that God is present to each of us, He has a purpose in allowing all this, and that He is in control…but how is that possible?  Why would He ever allow such mayhem and disruption to exist in our lives??? Distressing as these times are, surely God has a purpose for allowing times like these to happen. Could it be that He is trying to get the attention of a country, a world that has tried to systematically eliminate Him from every aspect of our daily lives? One need only watch our legislators closely to know the evil that pervades our culture today from the top down: Total, legislated disregard for human life; assaults on free speech and religious freedom; derelict, murderous organizations benefiting from our hard-earned tax dollars; congressman calling to dismantle our country on every level; tyrannical rule of violent anarchists in our streets making extortion demands, and too often getting what they demand; cancel culture trying to rewrite the history of our country so we cannot remember and learn from our mistakes, dooming us to repeated failings. Conflicting reports about...