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...

Remedy For This Crazy World

By Adele M. Gill   |   Silver Lining Ministries Remedy for this crazy world… I don’t know about you, but I’m starting to grow a little weary, and less and less dismayed by what is transpiring daily in this country—numb, even. Perhaps I am finally coming to realize that it is a “God-job” to fix our country. Perhaps we need to remember that the battle we are fighting has already been won by Jesus on the cross. As promised, He is providing for our every need, gently leading those who believe in Him and eternal life. In essence, we are just sojourners passing through this life…. “If, then, you heed all that I command you, walking in my ways, and do what is right in my eyes by keeping my statutes and my commandments…I will be with you.” 1 Kings 11:38 God Loves All People Equally The Bible tells us that God, Our Creator, loves all people—all of humanity—equally. But that is just part of the story. Though His love for us all is eternal, scripture also reveals to us that God’s favor rests upon those who revere Him and keep His statutes. He is with His believers as they strive who seek Him, live good lives, serve Him through others, and give Him the glory. However, those who choose not to seek Him are certainly entitled to that choice, too; but they should know they are on their own… [Jesus said:] “A new command I give you: Love one another, as I have loved you…” John 13:34 So what is the remedy for this crazy world we live in? There are two: 1) Praying for sound, Godly discernment, peace,...

Beating All the Odds

By Adele M. Gill [Please click on blog title to view full blog post]                                               “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged,                                                        for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9 Life is full of surprises. Sometimes, it is even unpredictable, and can be overwhelming. Yet when your inner foundation is in Jesus Christ, the waves of the ocean of life will ebb and tide, but there is nothing to fear. He will carry you safely on His shoulders through the uncharted waters you face. Getting Prayed Up Certainly faith fluctuates, ebbs and flows for most of us. But like you, when I am “prayed up,” steeped in prayer, striving to serve God well, with Jesus at my side, I am confident like at no other time. I can see the positive possibilities and envision beating all worldly odds. I can face the future with peace in my heart, and joy, with sublime confidence that all is well. Beating all the odds By the grace of God, Jesus gives each of us the necessary strength to figuratively hop over the hurdles of ‘what ifs’ and hike mountains of fear, to reach the heights to proclaim the Lord’s Good News for the glory of God. All the while feeling ever so...

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...