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 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...

Bringing Light into Darkness

By Adele M. Gill “I urge you, brothers, to watch out for those who create dissensions and obstacles, in opposition to the teaching that you learned; avoid them… The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you.” Romans 16:17 Certainly in these polarizing times, it can be hard for Christians to remain steadfast, close to what we have learned in and through Christ Jesus. Even when armed with scripture, the Word of God, the world, and some of the people we know, may attempt to stir up harsh dissention using intimidation, half-truths and lies to derail us from speaking truth. They may even hurl provocative insults your way, and present obstacles in an attempt to press you to persuade you to change what you know in faith to be absolute truth. Certainly people all have their own opinions on things, but when someone tries to uproot your faith, it is another matter entirely …   At that point, it is important to recognize that only The Enemy would attempt such folly, refuting and interfering with the Word of God imparted in you. This can even happen with anyone—even our loved ones whom we treasure–but we should not be surprised. God’s ways are not the ways of this world. At that point, it’s not your battle to fight. It belongs to Jesus Christ himself. It is also important to remember that sometimes you just need to pray, agree to disagree, and move on. We must pray for peace and discernment, stay alert, and be aware when this happens. For scripture clearly gives us some practical advice on how to handle...

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...

Part II: Mayhem Never Wins

By Adele M. Gill “Scoffers enflame the city, but the wise calm the fury.” Proverbs 29:8 In these times of turbulence, chaos, and seemingly widespread unrest across the U.S., some days it may seem that our country is spinning out of control, and be beyond repair, and we will never resume normalcy and peace in this country again. Such unbridled mayhem may easily stoke the flames of fear and anxiety within us, leaving us feeling helpless, baffled as to ‘what to do’ and how to make sense of it all. I believe that the vast majority of Americans condemn anarchy, and that we all need to pray together for it to end swiftly. As is always the case, such destructive evil is only temporary… As God will not allow it to go on indefinitely and without consequences.   The Destruction of Anarchy Anarchy is clearly not a form of mental illness, nor is it warranted or right–ever. Rather, it is an evil that if left unchecked, will destroy, maim, and kill innocent people.  It threatens us all. Such violence can be very destructive on so many levels, far beyond the obvious—even to our sense of well-being. It is unsettling to watch anarchical violence on TV or our Face Book news feeds, as it leaves us feeling unsettled, fearful, and yearning for peaceful times. Often originating in  urban areas, as destruction and unnecessary violence ensues, it can spread to the suburbs, as well. The idea of defunding the police, especially at a time such as this, because of a few bad actors, defies logic. Though police reforms are much needed, we look...