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...

Peaceful Protesters vs Anarchists

By Adele M. Gill https://www.theinspirationcafeblog.net/blog/ “If My people, who are called by My name humble themselves, and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin  and will heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14 Right now, peaceful protests and unrest are happening concurrently in cities all across this country. People by the thousands are coming together, taking to the streets with angst and anger, carrying megaphones and picket signs, needing to be heard. Most of these peaceful protesters are in essence saying, “Enough is enough,” to police-related brutality/murder of Black citizens, their being treated as ‘less than,’ and feeling marginalized by society. Unfortunately, not all of the protesters are peaceful or there to defend the lives of our Black citizens. Tragically, some of these protesters are reportedly opportunistic, violent Marxist / anarchists–people who are in no way affected by the George Floyd or Breonna Taylor murders, but are spreading hate and violence, working to derail the peace and healing processes….   Anarchists Posing as Peaceful Protesters Though challenging to authorities, it is important for non-violent protesters to be able to exercise their First Amendment rights to free speech, so central to the American way of life per the Constitution. There is good reason why freedom of speech, and freedom of religion, are included in the First Amendment. Without those gateway freedoms, we can easily lose our way, and risk Communism. there are Marxist anarchists, reportedly paid, who are infiltrating the protests, with peaceful protesters, thereby sabotaging their cause. They are working hard to violently derail positive change...

Pandemic: Be Not Afraid!

By Adele M. Gill   Are you feeling weary, worried, down, or fearful, struggling to cope with the far-reaching effects of the corona-virus? Certainly this pandemic has been challenging in every way—a difficult time for us all. Isolation, infirmity, uncertainty, required to wear masks, and social distancing. Due to the pandemic, we are being forced to miss or adapt important life events such as graduations, baptisms, and weddings. Even many schools are closed for class room learning, leaving children and their parents wondering what to do next. With all that going on, it seems highly illogical and is seemingly impossible at times to find peace or a silver lining in this turbulent time we are living—But is it really? Consider today’s scripture passage:    “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give it to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid.” John 14:27 This scripture gives us great hope! It serves as a reminder that God is in control, and that He will provide for our every need. He alone is The One that can bring us peace and settle our fears. He will help us rise above our circumstances—whatever they may be– to peacefully walk through this valley unafraid, with renewed confidence and hope. All we need to do is pray and ask for Jesus’ help. It is easy to fear the future when you believe you are alone in your situation. But this Bible passage tells us that peace can be found in Jesus Christ. Faith and fear cannot coexist. So we need...

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...

Mayhem Never Wins

By Adele M. Gill   “God is faithful and will not let you be tried beyond your strength; but with the trial he will also provide a way out, so that you may be able to bear it.” I Corinthians 10:13   Are you feeling tested beyond your strength as you endure the Covid-19 pandemic and isolation, and are also feelings of helplessness as you witness unbridled anarchists who are destroying our US cities? If so, you are not alone! Though it’s difficult, we need to try to trust that God is present to each of us, He has a purpose in allowing all this, and that He is in control…but how is that possible?  Why would He ever allow such mayhem and disruption to exist in our lives??? Distressing as these times are, surely God has a purpose for allowing times like these to happen. Could it be that He is trying to get the attention of a country, a world that has tried to systematically eliminate Him from every aspect of our daily lives? One need only watch our legislators closely to know the evil that pervades our culture today from the top down: Total, legislated disregard for human life; assaults on free speech and religious freedom; derelict, murderous organizations benefiting from our hard-earned tax dollars; congressman calling to dismantle our country on every level; tyrannical rule of violent anarchists in our streets making extortion demands, and too often getting what they demand; cancel culture trying to rewrite the history of our country so we cannot remember and learn from our mistakes, dooming us to repeated failings. Conflicting reports about...

7 Ways to Evict Negativity

7 Ways to Evict Negativity Adele M. Gill Today’s post based on my new book, ‘How to Go from Blest,’ page 23                                                                             “…Take captive every thought...”                                                                             2 Corinthians 10:5 It is very important to think before we speak, and check one’s mind and thoughts often. Before speaking, we need to ask ourselves: Is it true, is it kind, is it necessary;  does it build others up or tear them down? Does what I have to say promote faith, or fear and anxiety, in myself and others? Perhaps if you are experiencing a lot of negative thinking in your life, it’s time to evict negative thoughts. But how? Here are some practical ways to decrease negativity: Say aloud: “Today I choose faith over fear. Repeat 3 times: “Fear and worry, you have no place in my heart and mind. You have been evicted–be gone in the name of Jesus Christ!” Take a deep breath and say aloud, “Jesus I trust in you.” It is virtually impossible to experience fear when you trust that God is in control. In fact, trust in Him will bring you great joy! Get moving! Exercise, take a walk or a...