Pandemic Peace

by Adele M. Gill  “Rejoice in the Lord always. I shall say it again: rejoice…                       Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:4-7   Pandemic peace?  Some days when I wake up in the morning and remind myself that the world is still in quarantine. I can hardly believe the pandemic continues to be upon us, affecting every aspect of our lives. And, like most, I think it’s been here way too long. If I let myself travel along on that path of thinking beyond a passing thought, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed, isolated, fearful, alone, angry, sad, even disappointed, because it’s not over yet. When I am able to better monitor my thinking, I soon recognize that I need to have a positive attitude adjustment to start my day off right. I try to remind myself that we all get to choose the thoughts we entertain.   Like weeds in a beautiful garden, negativity and fear can take over our thoughts and control your day, if we let them. At that point, we need to weed the ‘garden of our mind,’ so to speak, lest our negative thinking overcome us, dictating what kind of day we will have.   So we have to choose between a positive attitude and optimism; negativity and fear, even and especially, in times of adversity, like now. It is a choice we have to make each and every day. Truth is, negativity drags us down, zaps our energy, disrupts relationships, and can even make us...

How to Quell Fear

Greetings from The Inspiration Cafe Blog! Today’s blog post: How to Quell Fear   NOTE: Please “Like” and “Share” this blog post on Facebook. Perhaps you could help someone else quell their fears by doing so. If you feel so led, please pray this prayer below daily, and share it with your loved ones. If you or someone you know would like to receive The Inspiration Café blog via email, please email me the name and email address, and I will send it to them. Today’s blog is adapted from a recent sermon by our good friend, Pastor Dan MacLeod. 9 ”If calamity comes upon us, whether the sword of judgment, or plague or famine, we will stand in Your presence before this temple that bears Your Name, and will cry out to you in our distress, and You will hear us and save us…”  2 Chronicles 20:1-20 ************************************************************************ Today we face an invisible enemy, and fear is growing as rampant—perhaps even more quickly than the Covid-19 we face. Though cures and vaccines are on the horizon, at this point, beyond social distancing and prayer, there is precious little, if anything, that we can do to stop the spread of this virus as it accelerates. So widespread now, could it be that unchecked fear is the real enemy, with far-reaching, and lasting physical and mental health effects?   In this holy scripture, Chronicles 20:1-22, God tells us not to fear our formidable enemy; that He Himself will take care of us. I am sharing this Bible passage, as there is much to learn from reading this life-giving scripture, and...

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...

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....

The Generous Homeless Man

By Chaplain Adele M. Gill http://www.theinspirationcafeblog.net/blog  “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope, by the power of the Holy Spirit.”  Romans 15:13   Something wonderful happened this week, at the Soup Kitchen/Community Outreach where I volunteer once a week. It involved a woman with special needs named Vicki, and a generous homeless man. So Many Blessings, So Many Gifts! The woman who leads our clothing ministry brought in gifts for all 100+ guests in attendance to select from. Before our guests came, she carefully set the gifts out along 6 long tables in the back of the room, and eagerly anticipated the arrival of our guests. Shortly after we opened, a homeless man named Charlie, came over to talk with me as he does each week. He and his wife live in a camper with no running water, no bathroom facility, no electricity, but they say they feel blessed to “have a place with a roof over our heads.” Though they are homeless, Charlie is a hard worker, and has held down a full-time job for some time now. By the grace of God, they are soon moving into an apartment. Great Joy, Little Christmas Tree You can imagine how surprised I was when Charlie approached me at the Christmas celebration that day, and handed me a small, live, 10 inch small Christmas tree, a spruce, with the pot wrapped in burlap that he had just gotten from the gift table. “This is for you for helping me and my wife.” “Thank you” I said,...

Not Just Passing Through

Not Just Passing Through Chaplain Adele M. Gill 20 “But our citizenship is in heaven.  And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, 21 who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.” Philippians 3:20-21 As Christians, our citizenship is really in Heaven. Our passport? Love of God and others, and how we use our God-given free-will. Could that be why we as believing Christians, sojourners even, we are set apart to some degree; often uncomfortable here as the world is spinning out of control and away from God’s commands? Could it be that in actuality, we are just passing through this life on our way (by the grace of God) to Eternal Life. Citizens of Heaven Could it be this life is just the audition, the waiting room, if you will, for living the afterlife with God?  We are here on earth for such a short time, and we need to make the most of each day as we are not just passing through this life. We are need to be preparing for Eternal Life. As believing Christians, we are actually citizens of Heaven in process. It is very important not to forfeit ones heavenly passport! Through God’s grace and mercy, and our own free will to love God and others–or not–the choices we make about what we believe and how live our lives set the stage for where we spend eternity. Recently, the topic of Eternal Life has come up in discussion, as has the topic of Hell....