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...

5 Ways to Allay Stress

“Your faith has saved you. Go in peace.”   Mark 5:34  New American Bible (NAB) by Adele M. Gill Stress is just a fact of life. We need to know how to allay stress. When we are in the thick of things, it is easy to get distracted by our circumstances, and forget to pray and ‘invite God in.’ When things are going smoothly, we often have little use for prayer. However, truth is, when we are in the thick of things is when we need God the most, but easily forget He is in our corner. That is when He is the closest to us–in times of suffering, strife, and yes, even times of stress. Here are 5 ways to allay stress and place God first in your life: Pray and invite God in before things seem to get out of control to allay stress. Ask your Christians to pray for you in stressful times, especially when you cannot pray for yourself. Thank God for all the blessings that He has showered upon you. Gratitude to God opens doors to His grace. Give credit where credit is due. When you pray and God ‘shows up’ to help you, be sure and thank Him, and tell others about what He is doing in your life. Prayer and gratitude are the keys to a deep, abiding inner peace and subsequent joy. Read the Bible daily for practical, spiritual direction. The Power of Prayer Is Strong Some people say faith in God is a waste of time, nothing more than a sign of weakness. But there is much they do not understand...