Let God Fight Your Battles

                                “The Lord will fight for you; you have only to keep still.”                                   Exodus 14:14 Sometimes we work too hard to fix or change things. Maybe we just need to do our best, then let God fight our battles. It has been said, “When life gets tough, the tough get going.” But there is a limit to what any of us can do. Sometimes circumstances are simply out of our control, and we seem to have run out of steam, and seemingly options, as well. We can’t always change our circumstances, or other people. It is possible that at times, things seem impossible. During these times, we need to consider the following wisdom excerpt from a writing by Reinhold Niebuhr, often used by Alcoholics Anonymous and other similar groups. It is noteworthy that the author turns to God for help: ~ The Serenity Prayer ~ “God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can,  and the wisdom                               to know the difference.” Clearly, there are times when we are all up against the wall. We have trouble accepting the things we can’t change. We lose our courage and are lacking in the wisdom to discern the right thing, the right way we should go. But what we do—and don’t do– makes the difference. God...

Whatever You Do

by Adele M. Gill                              “Whatever you do, do everything for the glory of God.”                     I Corinthians 10:31   Sometimes, in our humanness, we mistakenly take credit for God’s work. We may even claim ‘coincidence’ for what He does for us and those around us. We need to give Him the glory in every circumstance. We should always give God credit when credit is due, as He has His hand in every aspect of our daily lives. For it is God’s Only Son, Jesus,  the Great Healer, Provider and Savior that makes all things possible–not us. Whatever you do, do everything for the glory of God. The Arrogant Pharisee We need to humbly thank God for both good things in our life, and even for the difficulties and challenges that help us grow. For living a life of gratitude to God, regardless of circumstances, is the cornerstone of sound spiritual, physical, and mental well-being: Jesus said: “Two people went up to the temple area to pray; one was a Pharisee and the other was a tax collector. The Pharisee took up his position and spoke this prayer to himself, ‘”O God, I thank you that I am not like the rest of humanity–greedy, dishonest, adulterous — or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week, and I pay tithes on my whole income.'” ‘But the tax collector stood off at a distance and would not even raise his eyes to heaven but beat his...

How to Be Content in Any Circumstance

Adele M. Gill “I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation,              whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.”  Philippians 4:12 When Things Go Awry It is easy to walk in fear and dread when things go awry. When things go wrong, we too often focus squarely on the issue at hand, whether health problems, job insecurity, broken relationships, financial challenges, or some other unwelcome situation, that befalls us, leaving us feeling vulnerable. But our perspective and bringing God into it as much as is humanly possible, regardless of situation, can and does, make a huge difference. That is not to say that God causes these things. Actually, many times it is bad decisions that we make that are the culprit causing mishaps and mayhem in our daily lives. Poor nutrition, high risk behavior, a poor work ethic, selfishness in relationships, over spending are just a few examples of using our free will poorly and getting in over our heads. And sometimes it just ‘is what it is;’ there is no one to blame. But consider this… Easy to Blame  It is easy to blame others or even God for what befalls us. And tough circumstances can and often do provoke questions that can rarely be answered: “Why did God do this to me?” “Why is God punishing me?” These questions are sometimes asked by people who are angry when they have serious physical illnesses or...

Are You a Child of God?

Chaplain Adele M. Gill   14 “For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God… 16 The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. 17 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 8:14 Recently a friend asked me “Who are the Children of God?” Certainly there are many diverse answers and perspectives for that question. This is a poignant question posed by both believers and non-believers over the ages. It is my considered personal opinion that we are all children of God by birth—both people of every faith, and those who follow no religion, alike. Yet, we all have the choice to choose to follow God’s commands and ways.   Since I am a student of the Bible rather than a Bible scholar, I turned to the greatest source of wisdom I know to answer this timeless question: Holy Scripture. Though I was quite surprised by what I found, I consider Holy Scripture to be the true and ultimate authority. According to Scripture, God physically created all of humanity through His divine grace. However, the actual identity of the children of God, His heirs by adoption through Jesus, appears to hinge, according to Holy Scripture, on one’s belief, choice and free will—our believing (or not believing) in, and following, Jesus Christ, the Greatest Hope the world has ever known:   Scriptures about the Children of God 26 “So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, 27 for all of you...

God’s Compassion & Mercy for You

“11As you know, we count as blessed those who have persevered. You have heard of Job’s perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about. The Lord is full of compassion and mercy.” James 5:10-11 Recently, I had an exacerbation of myasthenic syndrome causing neuromuscular weakness that affected my respiratory muscles making it hard to breathe, and subsequently, garbled, slurred, raspy speech for a week and a half. I have experienced this many times over the past 36 years that I have had this condition. The doctor ordered the usual outpatient IV treatments—3 days in a row, 5 hours per day. The treatments were eventually helpful for returning my breathing and speech, but there was a week long delay before my condition improved. Yes, this scenario has occurred dozens of times in my life, but this time seemed different. What happened next was anything but the usual recovery from a neuromuscular exacerbation… Healing Happens Several days after going for the IV treatments, I attended a healing service at my church, St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. My speech had not yet returned and as usual, I was walking with my walker for distance due to poor balance. The healing service was quite an experience to say the least. However, about 3 days after the healing service, my speech and breathing returned. 5 days later, I went to the Mall to walk. Normally I walk there with my walker, but this time I forgot my walker and only had my cane! So I went in the Mall anticipating not being able to walk any distance without my walker as has been...

A Better Way

“I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.” JOHN 15:5 NASB We Are the Branches A better way. In today’s holy scripture, Jesus tells us that we are the branches that emanate from Him, The Vine. One need only prune a spindly vine to see that new life follows masterful pruning. Pruning removes dead debris that is no longer useful or needed. The vine is the foundation of the plant and subsequent growth. It is the very source of its sustenance, bringing much-needed nutrients into every branch, every leaf, into each and every fruit. Without pruning The Vine, there is no fresh new growth. The plant simply remains dormant or withers and dies and does not bear fruit. Pruning is necessary to rejuvenate the branches, and it is important for the production of abundant fruit.   Spiritual Pruning In real life, times of spiritual ‘pruning’ can be difficult. Figuratively, this pruning occurs whenever we ask God to take the reins, to help us conform to His Divine Will for us. Whenever we give him control over our circumstances. It occurs whenever we put aside our own desires in search of the ‘better way,’ the ‘greater plan’ God has for each of us. It comes every time we deny our own desires for the greater good, or reach out selflessly to others in need. But the challenges pruning presents are short-lived, making way for full, unencumbered new growth upon completion. Conduits of Love And so it goes, we as...