Why Pray? We Need All the Help We Can Get!

By Adele M. Gill   “First of all, then, I ask that supplications, prayers, petitions, and thanksgivings be offered for everyone… that we may lead a quiet and tranquil life in all devotion and dignity. 3 This is good and pleasing to God our savior,  4 who wills everyone to be saved and to come to knowledge of the truth.” 1 Timothy 2:1-3   |    NABRE So why bother praying? Because God hears and answers each and every single prayer as only He can, and we certainly need all the help we can get! Your prayers and mine are both important, as He hears ALL our prayers—every soul’s pleas for help. We all need to get praying for God’s grace and mercy in fighting this plague, Covid-19, on our behalf. The human condition is filled with imperfections, but Jesus Christ IS perfect, and through the power of the Holy Spirit, He will safely lead us out of any other situation—including and especially, this pandemic. Here is a new way to pray that you may find helpful… Great Discovery As you know, I am a big believer in the power of prayer, and I write about it often here on my blog. For many, many years, I have been praying, sort of randomly, for whoever drops into my heart and mind at any given time during prayer and throughout the day. Family, friends, coworkers, ministries, friends of friends…But about 2 weeks ago, that changed when I went to Holy Hour at my church just as social distancing was just beginning. Initially, I came to pray quietly for people I know in need of fervent prayer—which...

How to Quell Fear

Greetings from The Inspiration Cafe Blog! Today’s blog post: How to Quell Fear   NOTE: Please “Like” and “Share” this blog post on Facebook. Perhaps you could help someone else quell their fears by doing so. If you feel so led, please pray this prayer below daily, and share it with your loved ones. If you or someone you know would like to receive The Inspiration Café blog via email, please email me the name and email address, and I will send it to them. Today’s blog is adapted from a recent sermon by our good friend, Pastor Dan MacLeod. 9 ”If calamity comes upon us, whether the sword of judgment, or plague or famine, we will stand in Your presence before this temple that bears Your Name, and will cry out to you in our distress, and You will hear us and save us…”  2 Chronicles 20:1-20 ************************************************************************ Today we face an invisible enemy, and fear is growing as rampant—perhaps even more quickly than the Covid-19 we face. Though cures and vaccines are on the horizon, at this point, beyond social distancing and prayer, there is precious little, if anything, that we can do to stop the spread of this virus as it accelerates. So widespread now, could it be that unchecked fear is the real enemy, with far-reaching, and lasting physical and mental health effects?   In this holy scripture, Chronicles 20:1-22, God tells us not to fear our formidable enemy; that He Himself will take care of us. I am sharing this Bible passage, as there is much to learn from reading this life-giving scripture, and...

Surviving Social Distancing

By Adele M. Gill https://www.theinspirationcafeblog.net “Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:7   “…Nothing is impossible for God…” Luke 1: 37 With social distancing, it is so easy to think we are alone in this time of isolation, as we fight anxiety and fear—the great enemy, and even loneliness and boredom for those not on the front lines. I believe that it is in our human nature to try to be self-reliant, and move about our days freely, but even that has its limits at times, as we are finding out now by this most unwelcome visitor—Covid-19. Perhaps some of us are learning that no man is an island, as we struggle and yearn for normalcy—we long for things to return to status quo as they were before this pandemic. But for now—just for a while—it is what it is…So why not make the most of each day? The great temptation is to think that we are helpless and all alone in this time of isolation. But we are not! That scenario is nothing more than an illusion. Maybe it’s time we would really benefit from focusing on God to save us from this situation. And He will, in due time… For “All things work for good for those who love God and are called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28 Since God is Ever–present, Omnipotent, and Almighty, maybe it’s time we give Him the attention he so deserves from us. With most if not all distractions aside, what better time than now? I think prayer for...

Coronavirus: Fearless Faith

by Adele M. Gill Psalm 91:1-6  You who dwell in the shelter of the Most High, who abide in the shade of the Almighty, 2 Say to the Lord, “My refuge and fortress, my God in whom I trust.” 3 He will rescue you from the fowler’s snare, from the destroying plague, 4 He will shelter you with his pinions, and under his wings you may take refuge; his faithfulness is a protecting shield.                                                                               5 You shall not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day, 6 Nor the pestilence that roams in darkness, nor the plague that ravages at noon.” Do you have fearless faith? These days, we need all the hope and faith we can muster, just to get through the day. Yet, as we take pause and regroup during this global pandemic, there is great comfort in knowing God is in control above all the mayhem and isolation. This is all just temporary, and we are not alone, as the Living God is with us… His name is Jesus Christ! It may take bold, fearless faith to recognize all the blessings we have as we figuratively ‘tread water in place,’ while we wait for the pandemic to pass us by…Sure we all have ‘off days’ sometimes. But when we are able to trust in God, our days are markedly better than the days when we do not. When we...

Coronavirus: Contagious Hope

NOTE: If you’d like to start reading scripture daily with me during this difficult time, go to the https://www.USCCB.com website. Great website! There you will find the daily Mass readings that Christians all over the world—every country–are reading daily at the same time! ************************************************ Greetings from the Inspiration Café! Today’s blog post: CONTAGIOUS HOPE By Adele M. Gill 6 “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything.                     Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7 Contagious hope and faith…In this time of the devastating spread of the coronavirus, and fear and panic, what a novel idea it is to think that our peace, calm, hope and faith in God affects us in a positive way and also those we are with! But it’s so true–Hope and faith in God are even more contagious than the coronavirus!!! We just need to openly proclaim our belief in the name of Jesus Christ Why wait? I’m sure you agree: We need all the help we can get right now!!! For scripture tells us: “If you profess with your mouth, and believe in your heart that Jesus is God’s only Son who rose from the dead, you will be saved!…Everyone who calls upon the Lord will be saved.” Romans 10:9-13 Almost overnight, we are quickly learning one of life’s greatest lessons…No man is an island unto him/herself, we are all connected in so...

Coronavirus: Calming the Storm

By Chaplain Adele M. Gill, RN/BSN                                                         “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace.                                                                                In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”                    John 16:33 The arrival of the corona-virus pandemic is truly an anxiety provoking event for most people around the world. As we hear daily of its global spread, including within the US, many people are experiencing significant fear and anxiety just waiting for its’ arrival. But we need to remember that though we have little if any control in this situation, we must fight both fear and anxiety with all our being. We must find a way to quell our fears and axiety, lest they take over our lives, creating hysteria. Whenever viruses attack, the point of entry is most often the immune system—that also happens to be where much stress is physically processed. Because of that fact, we need to find a way to deal with this most unwelcome turn of events, calmly. Here is a prayer for your protection to invite God into this difficult situation. Please feel free to pray this prayer daily alone, or...

Rejoice & Be Glad

“This is the day the Lord has made, we will rejoice and be glad in it!” ~ Psalm 118:24 ~ By Adele M. Gill This is the day to rejoice and be glad! Each and every day we are faced with a decision when we get up in the morning as to what kind of day we will have. If we don’t choose optimism, we can easily, mindlessly unravel as the day goes on. Then we may experience things happening that are not according to our plans. We really do get to decide if we will focus on the challenges or the benefits and blessings of each day—regardless of whatever transpires. It has been said that we all make over 2000 decisions in a single day. Some are truly minor decisions, such as whether or not we sit or stand. Stay on the diet or not. Be kind. Work hard or not so much. Go to the store or stay home. Then there are bigger decisions such as staying at or leaving a job you loathe, ending a toxic relationship, even going to Europe on vacation. But regardless of the decisions we make on any given day, we must live with the consequences of each and every one, though some are far more weighted than others. Silver Lining in Every Circumstances Deciding to put a positive spin on, or looking for, a silver lining in every circumstance relieves stress. Even and especially the stress of enduring our own imperfections and those of others. This perspective may initially take some self-discipline, but it is well worth it. When we are...

Gifts of God Are Irrevocable

                      “For the gifts and the call of God are irrevocable.”                        Romans 11:29 The gifts of God are irrevocable; that is, He does not take them back. When God gives you a gift, he does so freely through His unconditional Love, and divine grace. When He does that, He enables you to use that gift for good. As with Moses who had a speech impairment, Mary Magdalene who Jesus healed of 7 demons, and David who was an adulterous wanderer before becoming a strong leader and king, God used and often uses flawed, struggling people to accomplish His greatest work. ‘Truth is, He can and will use absolutely anyone, believers and non-believers alike, to lead souls to Jesus Christ, and hence to Heaven’s gate. God Waits fro Us With patience and persistence, God waits for each of us to recognize the gifts He bestows upon us, embrace them, and share them with others. All the while equipping us to use His gifts to enrich our lives and help others using those gifts. God’s precious gifts, such as the gift of faith, help us to clean up our lives, to forge ahead, and seek Him, and His Son Jesus, with great fervor, and all our being. God’s blessings and gifts are most often given for the benefit of building up His Kingdom, and are irrevocable—That is, they cannot be taken away. Even if through our free will, we choose not to use the gifts God sends, He still does not remove them. However, they may sit dormant waiting for...

Never Underestimate God

By Adele M. Gill  “Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you,”  declares the Lord.” Jeremiah 29:12-14 Never underestimate God! About 2 years ago, I got shingles on my face, just above my right eye. I was sent to the local hospital ER by my doctor, in hopes that it was something minor, perhaps just a rash on my face. By the time I got there, my right eye had fully swollen shut. It was quite uncomfortable, and after waiting hours in the ER waiting room, they admitted me for round-the-clock IV antibiotic and antiviral treatments. Waiting It Out I was there in the hospital for 3 days getting constant IV therapy, and by the third day, my right eye had been closed for 4 days, and my left eye was also almost closed completely shut from the infection. However, before they discharged me home with oral antibiotics with a sort of ‘wait and see’ approach, the doctor came in to my room. What he said next was extremely upsetting and unexpected. He told me the shingles had caused the spread of cellulitis to both eye’s eyelids, and that I could easily lose my eye sight altogether in both eyes. I just needed to wait it out. He said it was going to be a long road to healing, and he really hoped I did not lose my sight completely from it, but time would tell… God: You Can Do This!...

How to Get Rejuvenated

by Adele M. Gill                                                  “They that hope in the Lord will renew their strength, they will soar as with eagle’s wings;                                                        they will run and not grow weary, walk and not grow faint.” Isaiah 40:31   Do you need to get rejuvenated? Sometimes we all feel weary and overwhelmed by adversity and the storms that come our way. We are just not at the top of our game. It is in times like these,our lives may feel like they are falling apart. But all is not lost; for even as our lives are in disarray, there is always reason to hope… “Always be ready to give an explanation to anyone who asks you for a reason for your hope…” I Peter 3:14-16 Reason to Hope If this resonates with you, perhaps you need to lean in, take a new tact, and look a little closer at yourself, and the situation that has you bogged down. In my experience, things are rarely as dire as we think. In fact, there is always reason for optimism in every circumstance. When we acknowledge the following truths, windy paths straighten, and bumpy roads smooth out. We are able to quell the torrential storms in our life, and calm the riptide that is pulling us down and has us so turned around. These...