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...

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...