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...

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...

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...

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.                  ...