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...

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...

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...

STEP IV: FORGIVE & TAKE THE HIGH ROAD

By Adele M. Gill Adapted from the new book: How to Go from Broken to Blest’ by Adele M. Gill Photo Credit: Conigsby Burdon “If you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.” –Matthew 6:14 ________________________________________ Me—Forgive? Forgiveness is a necessary part of life—but it’s easier said than done. If left unattended, un-forgiveness can demolish one’s peace and calm. It can infiltrate every aspect of one’s being, including one’s physical,  mental and spiritual health, and the fallout is costly for all involved. For some, there is what I call “spill over” that can affect one’s ability to relate with other people including their family, boss, friends, neighbors, and other relationships. Lack of forgiveness can also wreak havoc on one’s ability to grow in their relationship with Jesus. But there is hope…   It takes courage to forgive…but the benefits are enormous life-giving, life-changing and far-reaching. Forgiveness is one thing that can heal your body, mind, and spirit. We can actually become depressed, anxious, and/or physically sick when we harbor resentments. Nothing can bog you down more quickly than fear, and a lack of forgiveness. In fact, much hinges on one’s ability to forgive those who have hurt, betrayed, insulted, disrespected, walked away, neglected or even abandoned us.   The truth is that sometimes things happen that are just plain wrong. Usually, we can find a way to make things right, but sometimes we can’t. We are called by Jesus to “Love one another as He has loved us.” We need to always stand ready to take the high road and extend the olive branch, even...

Another New York Travesty

By Adele M. Gill   Luke 23:34 “Forgive them; they know not what they do.”   According to the Daily Wire, on Monday, April 13th, New York Governor Governor Cuomo attempted to boldly take credit for the lowered number of new cases of Covid-19 virus  there by saying, “God did not do that.” As a big believer in giving credit where credit is due—especially where God is concerned. I am saddened whenever political leaders publicly show complete and utter contempt, and disregard, for God’s handiwork. That is exactly what happened when New York Governor Cuomo arrogantly made this proclamation. In God We Trust No, God did not cause this corona-virus pandemic. Rather, it is my opinion that God allowed the pandemic to happen. Perhaps the US and global community needed a reminder, a wake-up call if you will, as some of our most prominent leaders, like Governor Cuomo, work tirelessly and diligently, and in a focused way, to prematurely end human lives, while systematically taking ‘God, In God We Trust,’ and Christian symbols out of our homes, schools, culture, and our country altogether. Could it be that such ungodly actions have put us all at risk for God’s wrath, while making New York ground zero for the pandemic in the US? The Bible tells us that God is slow to anger… but I’m sure there is a limit to what God will allow…   These days’ even our most basic civil right, the right to life, stands in the balance in the US. Governor Cuomo is proudly leading that legislative effort at the helm, as evidenced by his legislating...

Easter: Our Greatest Hope

By Adele M. Gill [Photo by Deb Jenkins] “I am the resurrection and the life; whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die.” John 11:24-25 Easter hope. Right now, people across the US, and all around the world, are in search of hope in the face of this pandemic. For some, hope is in the distant future as we endure great challenges in the face of the corona-virus. Hope takes many forms, as we hold onto the hope that we can soon resume life as we know it, without isolation. Hope that we and our loved ones won’t get Covid-19. Hope that if we do get it, will be a mild case that resolves quickly, without hospitalization or complications. Hope that we are able to emerge from this plague and that our finances and the economy will return to their previous pre-pandemic status. Hope we have everything we need to get through this most difficult time. Yet, there is another source and kind of hope that people all around the world are able to seek and find this Easter—especially Christian believers. That is the greatest hope possible in this life: Easter hope! Hope: Definition So what is Easter hope? Well, it is the very definition of Jesus Christ: The Greatest Hope the World Has Ever Known. So how is it possible that our hope today can hinge on just one man who lived some 2000 years ago? Irrelevant? Definitely not! Sadly, for some, especially agnostics and atheists, Jesus, Savior of the world, may seem irrelevant at a...