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...

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…...

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...