Great Anticipation

By Adele M. Gill   |   Silver Lining Ministries [Please be sure and click on the title of this blog post to read full article.] Great Anticipation. Our loving God has so many life-giving attributes, but one He is most well-known for is being ‘The Great Communicator.’ Unceasingly trying to reach us, especially when we are fully undeserving. God attempts to communicate with all of us in various ways. Some find God when they are in Church; others experience Him through nature. Some see God in the faces of those who are suffering. Yet others seek Him only when they are hurting or in turmoil, with nowhere else to look for help but up. Oftentimes, we experience God when we are alone in the middle of the night, away from worldly distractions. Other times we find Him while praying with others. We all hear and see God’s presence in different ways. Yet we need to recognize His finest work in our lives, give credit where due, and share His glory with others. It is so important to pray and to share with others what God is doing in your life any way you can, in ways great and small, so that they, too, may live in hope, knowing God’s unconditional love for them. “What I say to you in the darkness, speak in the light; what you hear whispered, proclaim on the housetops.” Matthew 10:27 Yes–we all have our own ways of seeking God out and sharing Him with others. He will dependably meet us wherever we are ,when we do. Could it be that we need to humble ourselves,...

PART II: Victimhood: Your Victim Card Has Expired

By Adele M. Gill   |   Silver Lining Ministries                                                            “Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned.                                                       Forgive, and you will be forgiven.” Luke 6:37 Feeling like a victim can, and eventually will, negatively impact your relationships, livelihood, mental health, and certainly your physical health. In actuality, hard as it is to believe, the lack of forgiveness, that most often fuels feeling like a victim, can easily cause unnecessary stress and torment leading to sleepless nights, depression, anxiety, and can even make you physically sick. Heart attacks and other cardiac conditions. Autoimmune conditions. Lowered immunity and infections. Skin conditions like psoriasis. Asthma flare-ups. Diabetic complications. Ulcers and other gastric conditions. And the list goes on… So what can we do when we recognize that we are feeling like, or behaving like, a victim? Take a deep breath. Remind yourself that it’s all temporary in this life. When you recognize you are struggling, check and see if you are feeling like a victim. Console yourself by saying, “It is what it is.” Try not to expect an apology or judge the other person. Forgiveness does not depend on what other others do; it’s an inside job. Always try to give others a pass. Certainly you’ve made mistakes in the past, too… Pray for yourself to...

The Law of the Land

By Adele M. Gill Silver Lining Ministries “Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil who put darkness for light and light for darkness…” Isaiah 5:20   The law of the land…The time is rapidly approaching when we will all witness, and endure, unprecedented upheaval in this country. Though it has already begun, our nation, with God historically held in high esteem via the Constitution, is swiftly changing. One must simply observe our legislature in action to recognize this hard truth. Soon we will be put to the test by legislators and the civil unrest that will ensue for a time. During these coming days and months of trials and tribulations, people of faith will be sorely tested. However, we need to try our level best to walk by faith, not by sight…for the battle between good and evil belongs to God alone…    “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” Ephesians 6:11-12   In the coming days and months, as this unsettling period evolves, people of faith — every denomination–will need to stand together, and pray fervently for our country, as we continue to strive to faithfully follow God’s Will. This is accomplished by doing the following 3 things: Pray fervently for an end to the current rise in national lawlessness, godlessness, anarchy, legislative deception, media and social censorship, and also Christian persecution so prevalent in our country, our world today. For among other basic civil rights, our constitutional First Amendment right to freedom...

Settling Disputes

By Adele M. Gill “He [God] will judge between many peoples and will settle disputes for strong nations far and wide.” Holy Bible: Book of Micah 4:3   [NIV]   Settling disputes. Sometimes harsh disputes occur between people, organizations, factions, and nations. We hope and pray as we wait for due diligence, thoroughness, and fairness, as uncertainty prevails and Truth is revealed. Sometimes it takes much patience as we wait for such revelations to be sorted out and manifested. However, at such times, it is prudent, and important, to seek impartial Truth with every fiber of our being—even when it is inconvenient, in opposition to, and disruptive of popular opinion.   Regardless of the outcome of the pursuit of Truth, it is necessary for people of good will and conscience to stand up for, and peacefully accept, what is good and right and true without violence or judgement of opposition—even while popular opinion may say otherwise. For the destiny and trust of all people concerned, affected, and involved, may very well be at stake–and depend on the Light of Truth.   “Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in the way of a brother or sister.” Romans 14:13   We need to always embrace the Truth when it is revealed, through fortitude in prayer, and impartiality, in the pursuit of freedom. For scripture tells us to transcend our own opinions and failings, and to accept and revel in the lawful outcome found from seeking Truth in all its forms. Subsequently, the fruit of the Spirit: “Against such...

Workshop Week 2: Put Aside All Worry & Fear

WORKSHOP SERIES  WEEK 2 / STEP 2: Put Aside All Worry & Fear  By Adele M. Gill Based on her new book: ‘How to Go from Broken to Blest,’ now available at Amazon.com. )))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))) 6-STEPS TO GO FROM BROKEN TO BLEST 1) Acknowledge You’re Struggling2) 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 ))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))) As the following scripture passage above says, we need to put aside all fear, anxiety and worry. Only then will we be able to refocus and see things more clearly in a non-emotional way. Then we are free to pray fervently and with confidence for whatever we need, knowing that God hears and answers our prayers. “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts, and your minds, in Christ Jesus.”  –Philippians 4:6-7 Always a Reason to Hope Negative thoughts and words can drag you down, hurt your relationships, making you negative and pessimistic, when all you really need is to be at peace with life on its terms. It takes fearless faith to move forward, trusting that “ALL things work for good for those who love God.” [Romans 8:28] Though this may seem like an oversimplification, it really is that simple. For when you understand that faith and fear cannot possibly coexist, you are able to choose one or the other: faith or fear. This is a choice we...

Stay In Your Own Lane

By Adele M. Gill                   If you know me, then you will also know my Father.                                      From now on you do know Him and have seen him.” John 14:7 I have a friend who once told me no one has ever seen God. However, the truth is that the New Testament reveals Jesus in a way that we can both understand and recognize Him through His words and actions—even in modern times. Reading about Jesus makes us want to seek Him in a personal way, like light in the darkness. We need to believe that He is trustworthy; our Almighty–taking care of us in every way through all things great and small for the asking.   What Jesus talked about and did on earth some 2000 years ago—often via parables, healings, and miracles–remains with us today as a testament to God’s great, unconditional love. What He said while on earth was so vitally important, that the Bible is today still the longest running, most read book of all times. Some versions of the Holy Bible are actually written in red ink for clarity and edification. Jesus was/is just that important. He is the face of God that we revere and follow.   Today’s scripture tells us that Jesus and God are One. They are both the Truth, the Way, the Life, and Light. Jesus’ was anointed, and His spoken word in the Bible is one of God’s special ways of communicating with us....