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...

PART I: Victimhood & Unforgiveness

By Adele M. Gill   |   Silver Lining Ministries [Be sure and click on the blog title to see the full article on my blogsite]   “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?”                            Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.” Matthew 18:21-22   Everyone at times feels like they have been used, slighted, overlooked, offended, or hurt in some other way. These feelings are only natural at times, but they can cause us to become depressed, anxious, and angry. Perhaps those feelings may be warranted. But the truth is that life isn’t always fair. Often, at the core of the ‘victim mentality,’ is feeling unloved and unlovable; fear of what others may think of you; and un-forgiveness, wrapped in the cloak of self-righteous indignation. But who does that all help? Certainly not those who fall prey to victimhood. This is not a perfect world. Sometimes things just don’t go as we had hoped, and things even may go wrong. Life happens, plans are delayed or derailed; and disappointment, anger and maybe even rage may set in. At that point, it is easy to feel like a victim. These stealth, negative feelings can quickly creep into our deep inner thoughts and being, without our awareness of them. In fact, these counter-productive thoughts may slip in so swiftly, that they are not vetted out, and promptly discarded, before they take root. Recognizing When You Feel Like a Victim It is easy to recognize when we...

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...

New Book: How to Go from Broken to Blest

By Adele M. Gill Today’s post has been adapted from my new book, ‘How to Go from Broken to Blest,’  now available on Amazon. Are you struggling? If so, this book was written for you! Certainly we all do from time to time. Yet, this pandemic has many of us in a state of uncertainty, some even fear and despair, as we hope and pray for protection, and that we have a smooth and healthy transition away from sheltering in place. Most are  acutely aware of the toll the plague has taken on both our country, and the global community.  Medically, socially, emotionally, and even financially, our lives have been sorely affected by this most unwelcome, invisible visitor. But there is always reason to hope. For Jesus said: “Come unto Me all who are weary and I will give you rest… ” Matthew 28:11 If you find yourself being negatively affected by this difficult time with Covid-19 disrupting our daily lives, and/or life in general, you are not alone. You may even feel broken by infirmity, social isolation, job loss, financial strain, lost loved ones, broken relationships… However, through this new self-help book, ‘How to Go from Broken to Blest,’ it is possible for you to get back on track quickly, and with ease, as you reach new heights. By reviewing the following 6 steps from my new self-help book, ‘How to Go from Broken to Blest,’ you can step onto a fresh path to a new and better life. As you emerge from this unprecedented time, could it be that it’s time that you let today be the...

Coronavirus: This Is the Day!

By Adele M. Gill                                  “This is the day which the Lord hath made;                                 we will rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118:24 This is the day…It’s so commonplace to try to live in tomorrow, especially when we are faced with daunting circumstances like the corona-virus. Sure we all live in the future at times. And right now, day after day, it’s almost become the norm for many of us to wish our days away, and move into the ‘If onlys.’ “If only I had my freedom to go wherever I please.” “If only I didn’t have to wear a mask when I go out.” “If only I wasn’t in quarantine with my siblings” “If only I didn’t have to worry about getting Covid-19.” “If only I didn’t have to practice social distancing.” “If only I could return to work…” Surely it seems like we have lost so much, but what it if there were things to gain that make us stronger during this most difficult time? Searching for Some Semblance of Normalcy It’s only human to want things to be restored to some semblance of normalcy during this most with all that is transpiring. But perpetual dread of any situation can easily become fertile ground for anxiety, fear, depression, and even infirmity to creep in. However, if we spend our time wishing away our days, pining away for what could be, we will certainly miss the blessed...