Motivation Matters

By Adele M. Gill   |   Silver Lining Ministries There are so many good people in this world, both believers and non-believers alike! This includes those who pray with and for others, radiate kindness with a smile, help people through donating to important causes, do volunteer work for the common good. People who are dedicated to making this world a better place. We all know people like that. Where would we be without the goodness of such caring souls? Too often we only hear about all the sordid, destructive, and devious people in this world. But motivation matters. It is such a reprieve and a pleasure to know and hear about people who put others first before themselves! Motivation is Key Good or bad, right or wrong, there is always motivation behind why people do what they do. That is why it is good from time to time, to take stock of our own motivation(s). Laying aside any and all judgement, no one can really know the motivation of another person. It’s hard enough to know our own motivations!   People do what they do for many reasons. Actually, it is possible to do all the right things for all the wrong reasons. Sometimes, our motivation may be a little ‘off track’—even when doing “good things for others”— as when we act out of fear, to gain notoriety, to feel better about ourselves. When our focus is on pleasing others, trying to elevate our status, financial gain, even wanting to earn God’s love, we may need to take a minute and reconsider. By putting aside all pride and ambition, we...

Miracles Abound!

[Please click on the blog title above to read full article.] By Adele M. Gill   |   Silver Lining Ministries   About a week ago, I had a really tough day. It was the kind of day when you wonder if God is really listening to your prayers. The kind of day when you are way too distracted to pray, and try to “Go it alone” rather than asking for God’s help. During such times it is easy to doubt God…    and become a bit fearful, even hope-challenged.   “Always be ready to give an explanation to anyone who asks you for a reason for your hope…” 1 Peter 3:15   Last week I was [impatiently] waiting for the high-dose IV treatments I get to treat myasthenia gravis to begin working. Though I had not felt well for about 6 weeks, I was very sick. I had already prayed fervently and often, and had just waited seven days post-treatment for improved speech, and for my health to be restored. But nothing happened…Actually, I was beginning to wonder if the steroid treatments had stopped working. When the treatments work, they generally work well and quickly, restoring breathing, speech and mobility in a matter of less than a week. However, this time my healing was delayed. My speech was even [and still] garbled to the point that I couldn’t even understand my own speech. I was weary of being sick, and growing very worried by the day…   Sometimes we all get so overwhelmed by the realities of life that it is hard to pray—and that is exactly what happened. Recognizing this...

HOLY WEEK: The Rest of the Story

[UPDATE BLOG   |   Please click on the blog title to read full article.] For 10+ years, 2-4 times per month, I have written this God-inspired blog. Appreciated by many, it has also been scorned, unsubscribed to, and even avoided by some. During that time, I have also recently received Facebook warnings for some of my blog posts. But I continue to consider it my personal mission to “Go into the whole world and proclaim the gospel to every creature.” [Mark 16:15]. OK—that biblical goal may sound like a grandiose—and it is! But it’s actually a mandate from Jesus. For me, it is more a matter of sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ with as many people as possible in my little corner of the world…One can only try! Again, a lofty goal—one that can only be pursued with persistence, and God’s enduring help. “Those who have never been told of him shall see, and those who have never heard of him shall understand.” Romans 15:21. Some have received what is contained in these blog posts whole-heartedly; yet others not so much. A few have even been reportedly annoyed by the messages contained in The Inspiration Café blog. Clearly it’s not for everyone! As to those who have embraced this ministry effort, I am truly heartened. For those who have not, it is my express prayer that perhaps one day they may. Either way, I do not take it personally, count it as a success to boast, or deem it a failure, as I fully understand there must be a readiness for accepting The Son of God, Our Lord Jesus Christ. I am nothing more than a seed...

Your New Life

By Adele M. Gill   |   Silver Lining Ministries [Be sure and click on the blog title on the blogsite to read full article.] “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!’ 2 Corinthians 5:17 As I write this blog today from my home in Maryland/USA, the snow is coming down to beat the band. Despite almost white-out conditions here this morning, surely as the winter is long, spring is coming! Really! Though there are people that read this blog across the US, and beyond, including Pakistan, and Africa, I am certain that we all go through seasons in our lives; cold and sweltering weather seasons/events; jobs, financial insecurity, strained and broken relationships, and difficult circumstances. Yes-we all experience various seasons in our lives that are similar, yet different.  But often when we come through our seasons, we are renewed and are able to enjoy and appreciate new life! Truth: No season in this life lasts forever–whether it’s actually stormy weather, or a metaphor for a season in life such as infirmity, depression, unemployment, poverty. When we walk by faith, trusting and placing our hope in Jesus, we recognize that everything in this life is just temporary. When times get tough, we need to try our best to walk by faith, trust that God is with us, and remember that better times are ahead. The Bible advises us to:  “…For we walk by faith, not by sight.”   2 Corinthians 5:7 Whenever I write this blog, it begins with prayer and a bible passage review. And through this combination of prayer and...

PART I: Victimhood & Unforgiveness

By Adele M. Gill   |   Silver Lining Ministries [Be sure and click on the blog title to see the full article on my blogsite]   “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?”                            Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.” Matthew 18:21-22   Everyone at times feels like they have been used, slighted, overlooked, offended, or hurt in some other way. These feelings are only natural at times, but they can cause us to become depressed, anxious, and angry. Perhaps those feelings may be warranted. But the truth is that life isn’t always fair. Often, at the core of the ‘victim mentality,’ is feeling unloved and unlovable; fear of what others may think of you; and un-forgiveness, wrapped in the cloak of self-righteous indignation. But who does that all help? Certainly not those who fall prey to victimhood. This is not a perfect world. Sometimes things just don’t go as we had hoped, and things even may go wrong. Life happens, plans are delayed or derailed; and disappointment, anger and maybe even rage may set in. At that point, it is easy to feel like a victim. These stealth, negative feelings can quickly creep into our deep inner thoughts and being, without our awareness of them. In fact, these counter-productive thoughts may slip in so swiftly, that they are not vetted out, and promptly discarded, before they take root. Recognizing When You Feel Like a Victim It is easy to recognize when we...

Political Correctness, Disputes & Truth

By Adele M. Gill   |   Silver Lining Ministries   “Hatred stirs up disputes, but love covers all offenses.”  Proverbs 10:12 Recently, some of my readers have been asking why I have been incorporating current events into this “God-blog.’ My answer is this: I pray and write whatever God sends me to write. Many have shared their concerns with me about unsettling disputes/arguments they have had that arise from differences in political opinions. Like them, I have certainly had my share of similar uncomfortable challenges, especially lately. Though we as Christians are living in this world, we are set apart–not of this world, as we strive to follow God’s way. And as believing Christians, we are called at times to share the biblical world view that we have learned from scripture, rather than the worldly view, with others. It’s just that simple. Personally, I have found that some topics that I consider non-political, may not be seen that way by others. To talk about them is politically incorrect.  Additionally, everyone has their own idea of what is ok to talk about; and what is right and wrong. The biblical world view is very different than the worldly view. Some say one should never mix religion and politics. But in my mind, that approach to life begs this question for Judeo-Christians believers: How can we, as believers, share biblical truths, if we refuse to engage in, or even avoid altogether,  hard conversations, and people who don’t think like we do? As believing, practicing Christians, each of us has a ministry of one as Ambassadors for Christ, striving to bring love, peace and...