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...

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...

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...

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...