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...

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...

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...

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...

Workshop STEP 5: LEARNING TO ACCEPT IMPERFECTIONS

  By Adele M. Gill Adapted from the new book, ‘How to Go from Broken to Blest,’ by Adele M. Gill ______________________________________ “Every good and perfect gift is from above…” – James 1:17 Human perfection is an illusion, because we are all imperfect beings. And everything we are, everything we can do, everything we have is a gift from God, who is perfection. Scripture tell us: “every good and perfect gift comes from above.” Even people who seem to “have it all together” have imperfections like the rest of us. In this world, no one is better than anyone else; and we all have “stuff” we are trying to deal with and improve on, that can hold us back. We all make mistakes, disappoint ourselves and others, and even hurt people at times. But what we do have is a perfect God who loves us — all people— equally and unconditionally, as only He can.   God knows more about our imperfections than we even do—or ever could–and He loves each of us profoundly, and eternally, all the same, despite our blemishes. The truth is that God loved us first; and ‘the ball is now in our court,’ as to whether we decide to seek and follow Him, or not. Following Jesus is the most important decision anyone could possibly make—and doing so reaps unmatched benefits. If people knew how blest they would be by accepting Jesus into their lives, there would be no hesitation whatsoever in whole-heartedly seeking God—and they would find him!   Learning to Celebrate Your Imperfections Over the past few years, I have begun learning...

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...