Workshop STEP 5: LEARNING TO ACCEPT IMPERFECTIONS

  By Adele M. Gill Adapted from the new book, ‘How to Go from Broken to Blest,’ by Adele M. Gill ______________________________________ “Every good and perfect gift is from above…” – James 1:17 Human perfection is an illusion, because we are all imperfect beings. And everything we are, everything we can do, everything we have is a gift from God, who is perfection. Scripture tell us: “every good and perfect gift comes from above.” Even people who seem to “have it all together” have imperfections like the rest of us. In this world, no one is better than anyone else; and we all have “stuff” we are trying to deal with and improve on, that can hold us back. We all make mistakes, disappoint ourselves and others, and even hurt people at times. But what we do have is a perfect God who loves us — all people— equally and unconditionally, as only He can.   God knows more about our imperfections than we even do—or ever could–and He loves each of us profoundly, and eternally, all the same, despite our blemishes. The truth is that God loved us first; and ‘the ball is now in our court,’ as to whether we decide to seek and follow Him, or not. Following Jesus is the most important decision anyone could possibly make—and doing so reaps unmatched benefits. If people knew how blest they would be by accepting Jesus into their lives, there would be no hesitation whatsoever in whole-heartedly seeking God—and they would find him!   Learning to Celebrate Your Imperfections Over the past few years, I have begun learning...

Step III: RECOGNIZING YOUR GREATEST RESOURCE

By Adele M. Gill Adapted from ‘How to Go from Broken to Blest’ by Adele M. Gill ___________________________________________ “Ah! Those who call evil good, and good evil, who change darkness to light, and light into darkness…“ –Isaiah 5:20 __________________________________________________________ Life is not always fair, and truth can be an elusive butterfly whenever evil prevails. However, regardless of your circumstances, when you truly believe that “All things work for good for those who love God and are called according to His purpose.” [Romans 8:28], you can relax knowing everything will workout for the good. God’s in control—He’s got this! God will make a way for you–for good–for the asking, because He loves you unconditionally, even bringing Truth and Light into and through evil times of confusion, chaos, and darkness.   Where Does Your Help Come From? Through life’s storms, we can often feel lost, disappointed, afraid, and/or defeated. We sometimes hit the proverbial wall, and wonder how much more we can take before we reach the breaking point. But what we really need to do is realize that with Jesus, hope is ever present, even if it’s not something we can see or feel in the here and now. Hope in Jesus can enable us to thrive in difficult times. It can allow us to endure great things, looking ahead with positive expectations for the future, even as the temptation for despair looms large in your heart and mind. During tough times we may allow ourselves to focus more on our problems than on the remedy. But there is a better way to navigate storms as they arise, and placing...

Election Discernment 2020

By Adele M. Gill 14 “If then my people, upon whom my name has been pronounced, humble themselves and pray, and seek my face and turn from their evil ways, I will hear them from heaven and pardon their sins and heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14 New American Bible (Revised Edition)   Today is Voting Day—an extremely important election that will decide the direction of our country for years, even generations, to come. I am not here to tell you who to vote for. This is America, and voting is a very personal decision. However, after much praying for discernment during, I have decided to vote for what is most important to me: My faith.   This is an election like no other in our history, as our freedoms hang in the balance. The first amendment, which is very much about freedom of speech, and especially religious freedom, is front and center on the chopping block, due to the emergence of dominant, far-left leaning ideologies. Choosing our country’s leadership can be daunting, especially in these times of distorted media, but we must make a life-giving choice for the future of this country.   This election is far more than choosing who we like the best. There is too much at stake to treat this election like a high school popularity test by choosing the candidate we like best based on their personality. For me, it is about the preservation of what is good and right and true. Yes, both candidates are clearly serious flawed individuals. One is actually likeable, the other perhaps not so much. If you really want...

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...

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...