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...

The Truth Famine: Censorship & Truth

By Adele M. Gill   |   Silver Lining Ministries <<< Click on blog title to show full article >>> [Thus says the Lord] “Have I not commanded you? 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 As I posted recently, it appears that Facebook has given me a ‘Policy violation,’ a warning for the content in my “God-blog,” the Inspiration Café. This warning is the precursor to being fully blocked on Facebook. The policy violation was for the last blog I posted on January 5th: “The Law of the Land.” Despite significant efforts to do so, I have yet to be able to reach Facebook to ask why this occurred, as they are seemingly inaccessible by phone or email. But this much I do know…God will always make a way for good, and truth, will prevail… Though these emails will continue, in the event this blog becomes fully blocked, beyond this Facebook warning, I am also posting it on my WordPress website, https://www.theinspirationcafeblog.net/blog/, Amazon Author Central, Xapit, and MeWe.  For the scriptural Word of God cannot be silenced. I will not be intimidated, nor will I stop sharing God’s Love via practical, timely scriptures, any way and anywhere I can because: All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness…”  2 Timothy 3:16 God’s Love is all encompassing. He will always make a way for those who love Him and strive to serve Him, with all their being. His unmatched, unconditional Love for all of humanity knows no bounds. As we press on, it is important...

Jesus: Year-Round Light of the World

By Adele M. Gill “The people who walk in darkness will see a great Light; those who live in a dark land, the Light will shine on them.” Isaiah 9:2 [NAB] This week, some of us had the extraordinary opportunity to see the northern star that appeared when Jupiter and Saturn came into alignment. Reportedly, it appeared as a bright light in the sky, reminiscent of when it was seen, according to scripture, some 2000 years ago by the wise men. They followed the bright star to blaze the trail to the baby Jesus, the Messiah, laying in the lowly manger. It is not surprising that God used a bright star—a metaphor for Jesus, Our Lord and Savior, to blaze the way for them on their journey:   God is Light; in Him there is no darkness at all.”  I John 1:5   Light in Darkness It is noteworthy that in the Holy Bible, there are 263 references to light. Actually, light was created by God, as documented in the very beginning of the first book of the Holy Bible in The Book of Genesis:                           “And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. God saw that the light was good,                                               and he separated the light from the darkness.”                                                                     ...

Step VI: Embrace Your Healing

“Come unto Me all who are weary, and I will give you rest…” -Matthew 11:28 Adapted from the new book, ‘How to Go from Broken to Blest’ by Adele M. Gill. 6 Steps 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 God has a plan for your life and mine, but that doesn’t mean that we always cooperate with His plans for our lives. He will always make a way for you when you ask Him in the name of Jesus Christ. Regardless of your situation, He will somehow work things out for you, often in life-giving ways that you could never have imagined! For Jesus is the Great Healer, Protector, Provider, Comforter, Guide, Friend in time of need, our Lord and Savior. He is there for you. But you need to trust and ask Him for whatever you need. Once we can recognize the source of our angst, our struggle, we can, with God’s help, begin to embrace our healing and ‘put it behind us.’ At that point, we are free to go on to live a much happier, healthier life. Your Victim Card Has Expired! It is highly likely there has been a time in your life when you were a victim in some way. Maybe you struggle because you are, or were, a victim of someone else’s choices; maybe even your own. The truth is, that we all have times when we feel like a victim—warranted...