Coronavirus: Contagious Hope

NOTE: If you’d like to start reading scripture daily with me during this difficult time, go to the https://www.USCCB.com website. Great website! There you will find the daily Mass readings that Christians all over the world—every country–are reading daily at the same time! ************************************************ Greetings from the Inspiration Café! Today’s blog post: CONTAGIOUS HOPE By Adele M. Gill 6 “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything.                     Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7 Contagious hope and faith…In this time of the devastating spread of the coronavirus, and fear and panic, what a novel idea it is to think that our peace, calm, hope and faith in God affects us in a positive way and also those we are with! But it’s so true–Hope and faith in God are even more contagious than the coronavirus!!! We just need to openly proclaim our belief in the name of Jesus Christ Why wait? I’m sure you agree: We need all the help we can get right now!!! For scripture tells us: “If you profess with your mouth, and believe in your heart that Jesus is God’s only Son who rose from the dead, you will be saved!…Everyone who calls upon the Lord will be saved.” Romans 10:9-13 Almost overnight, we are quickly learning one of life’s greatest lessons…No man is an island unto him/herself, we are all connected in so...

Rejoice & Be Glad

“This is the day the Lord has made, we will rejoice and be glad in it!” ~ Psalm 118:24 ~ By Adele M. Gill This is the day to rejoice and be glad! Each and every day we are faced with a decision when we get up in the morning as to what kind of day we will have. If we don’t choose optimism, we can easily, mindlessly unravel as the day goes on. Then we may experience things happening that are not according to our plans. We really do get to decide if we will focus on the challenges or the benefits and blessings of each day—regardless of whatever transpires. It has been said that we all make over 2000 decisions in a single day. Some are truly minor decisions, such as whether or not we sit or stand. Stay on the diet or not. Be kind. Work hard or not so much. Go to the store or stay home. Then there are bigger decisions such as staying at or leaving a job you loathe, ending a toxic relationship, even going to Europe on vacation. But regardless of the decisions we make on any given day, we must live with the consequences of each and every one, though some are far more weighted than others. Silver Lining in Every Circumstances Deciding to put a positive spin on, or looking for, a silver lining in every circumstance relieves stress. Even and especially the stress of enduring our own imperfections and those of others. This perspective may initially take some self-discipline, but it is well worth it. When we are...

Gifts of God Are Irrevocable

                      “For the gifts and the call of God are irrevocable.”                        Romans 11:29 The gifts of God are irrevocable; that is, He does not take them back. When God gives you a gift, he does so freely through His unconditional Love, and divine grace. When He does that, He enables you to use that gift for good. As with Moses who had a speech impairment, Mary Magdalene who Jesus healed of 7 demons, and David who was an adulterous wanderer before becoming a strong leader and king, God used and often uses flawed, struggling people to accomplish His greatest work. ‘Truth is, He can and will use absolutely anyone, believers and non-believers alike, to lead souls to Jesus Christ, and hence to Heaven’s gate. God Waits fro Us With patience and persistence, God waits for each of us to recognize the gifts He bestows upon us, embrace them, and share them with others. All the while equipping us to use His gifts to enrich our lives and help others using those gifts. God’s precious gifts, such as the gift of faith, help us to clean up our lives, to forge ahead, and seek Him, and His Son Jesus, with great fervor, and all our being. God’s blessings and gifts are most often given for the benefit of building up His Kingdom, and are irrevocable—That is, they cannot be taken away. Even if through our free will, we choose not to use the gifts God sends, He still does not remove them. However, they may sit dormant waiting for...

Never Underestimate God

By Adele M. Gill  “Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you,”  declares the Lord.” Jeremiah 29:12-14 Never underestimate God! About 2 years ago, I got shingles on my face, just above my right eye. I was sent to the local hospital ER by my doctor, in hopes that it was something minor, perhaps just a rash on my face. By the time I got there, my right eye had fully swollen shut. It was quite uncomfortable, and after waiting hours in the ER waiting room, they admitted me for round-the-clock IV antibiotic and antiviral treatments. Waiting It Out I was there in the hospital for 3 days getting constant IV therapy, and by the third day, my right eye had been closed for 4 days, and my left eye was also almost closed completely shut from the infection. However, before they discharged me home with oral antibiotics with a sort of ‘wait and see’ approach, the doctor came in to my room. What he said next was extremely upsetting and unexpected. He told me the shingles had caused the spread of cellulitis to both eye’s eyelids, and that I could easily lose my eye sight altogether in both eyes. I just needed to wait it out. He said it was going to be a long road to healing, and he really hoped I did not lose my sight completely from it, but time would tell… God: You Can Do This!...

How to Get Rejuvenated

by Adele M. Gill                                                  “They that hope in the Lord will renew their strength, they will soar as with eagle’s wings;                                                        they will run and not grow weary, walk and not grow faint.” Isaiah 40:31   Do you need to get rejuvenated? Sometimes we all feel weary and overwhelmed by adversity and the storms that come our way. We are just not at the top of our game. It is in times like these,our lives may feel like they are falling apart. But all is not lost; for even as our lives are in disarray, there is always reason to hope… “Always be ready to give an explanation to anyone who asks you for a reason for your hope…” I Peter 3:14-16 Reason to Hope If this resonates with you, perhaps you need to lean in, take a new tact, and look a little closer at yourself, and the situation that has you bogged down. In my experience, things are rarely as dire as we think. In fact, there is always reason for optimism in every circumstance. When we acknowledge the following truths, windy paths straighten, and bumpy roads smooth out. We are able to quell the torrential storms in our life, and calm the riptide that is pulling us down and has us so turned around. These...

Wherever You Go

By Chaplain Adele M. Gill    “Be strong & courageous…Do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9 God will be with you wherever you go. In today’s world, it takes radical faith to be able to believe in Jesus and stand up in faith for one’s Christianity. It takes great strength and courage, especially in times of adversity, to seek God’s help, and hand Him the reigns. But when we realize that He is with us wherever we go anyway, and is fighting our battles with us and for us for the asking, we can strive to follow Him to higher ground. It is when we believe that we are sons and daughters, heirs of God, in fact, empowered to follow Jesus and do His divine will, that we can rest assured we are not alone in this turbulent world—Jesus is with us. Beyond self-esteem, this understanding helps us know our worth in the eyes of God.                                               “Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ,                                        if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.” Romans 8:17 Somehow, when we consider that God is with us everywhere we go, guiding, comforting, protecting, healing and saving us, it makes it easier to endure things....