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...

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...

Our Greatest Hope

                                                                                          by Adele M. Gill                           So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers,                                              to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up …” <<<   Ephesians 4:11-12   >>> ____________________________________________________ Recently, I met a missionary leader named Pastor Edward Mikwamba who lives in Malawi. His ministry’s challenges are great, as he and his missionary team deal daily with the sobering realities of Covid-19, poverty, drought, famine, and, among other things, an AIDS epidemic that has killed over 1 million people, leaving behind an estimated 1 million orphans without parents. Especially during this time of worldwide unrest and global pandemic, he and his missionary team serve as beacons of light, as they minister to both believers, and non-believers, across 4 rural African countries: Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe. God is equipping the Pastor’s leadership team to build up the body of Christ—His Church—and serve as an example to all who know them. So how can it be that these brave souls encounter such dire adversities with such great hope and courage? The answer is clear: God is equipping these dedicated...

The Truth Famine: 12 Ways to ID Fake News

By Adele M. Gill News and the Truth Famine. What can we believe to be true these days, as we witness opposing, conflicting and distressing news reports day-in day-out? God is not the author of confusion, chaos and mayhem—that is The Enemy’s job…                             “The Lord is near to all who call upon Him, to all who                call upon Him in truth.”    Psalm 145:18 So where do people of all ages ‘find truth,’ as the news agencies they depend on daily knowingly feed them biased, agenda-based, op-ed pieces and air half-truths and full lies, posing as ‘trustworthy journalism?’ Real journalism is true, objective and fair. However, it has been derailed in exchange for half-truths and lies confusing us all, and fueling mayhem. Charlatins! But take heart…There is a way to sift through media reports to find truth even in the age of media….     Like gossipy town criers, too many news agencies and politicians stir controversy and negativity in exchange for what is good and right and true. Media deception has become the new norm for the unwitting and unaware. Long gone is objective, trustworthy news you could count on…This deception overwhelms people, and wears them down, giving them ‘news fatigue,’ hence what I call, The Truth Famine. “…Each one deceives the other, no one speaks the truth. They have accustomed their tongues to lying, they are perverse and cannot repent.” Jeremiah 9:4   Each of us needs to find our own method and personal way to seek out...