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.                  ...