Be Prepared

By Adele M. Gill   |   Silver Lining Ministries [Please click on blog title to read full article.] This past week, my brother Hank, and sister Beth, surprised me with an emergency weather radio for my birthday, so I would be prepared for any weather event that comes along. What a great gift! Recently, when we had a tornado come through very close to our area, Beth called from Columbia, MD to tell us she had just heard about it on her emergency radio, and strongly suggested that we go to the basement for cover, which we did though it went around us. The weather channel had indicated that the area where we live was right in the path of the tornado. Over the past 8 years, we have also experienced a micro-burst tornado in our back yard that took the tops of tall trees off, and threw live powerlines across our driveway; another time, our house was directly hit by lightning during another weather event. Though no one was hurt by any of these weather calamities, each one really made us feel grateful to God for His protection, as any one of them had the potential to be devastating. Though unexpected, each natural occurrence reminded me that we all need to be prepared for any event that comes along in life. Most of all, each event served as reminders to Phil and me of what is most important…And we are acutely aware of how vital it is to be prepared in every way: physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually…    “So too, you also must be prepared, for at an...

True Freedom

By Adele M. Gill [Please click on blog title to read full article]     True freedom. Have you ever had a relationship where the other person is all powerful and knowing, would do absolutely anything for you, be with you 24/7, especially in your times of greatest need, providing forgiveness for whatever you have done in your life; protection, comfort, guidance, strength, and grace—unmerited favor—even saving you from your enemies and all harm? Try as they will, I’m sure the answer is no. Because only God can do all that through His Only Son, Jesus Christ!   The Easiest Relationship A relationship with God, is the easiest relationship that you could ever possibly have. People have a tendency to want to try to heap unnecessary rules and conditions onto one’s relationship with God, and others. But that is just plain wrong, and can be detrimental. You see, it’s not about organized religion, or whether you attend church. These things are in place to help us grow in our faith.  It’s not just about being a good person, or how many rosaries you say a week; or how much you give in the collection basket, or donate to charity. Instead, it’s all about believing in and embracing the Love that God has reserved just for you.  Believe it! God loved us first–and waits for us to reach out to Him in response. He will never force anyone to do anything. Our relationship with God is all about just one thing: Love. Whether or not you accept His Love is a very personal choice… But He stands in wait for...

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...