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4 “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!”

Philippians 4:4

Joy vs happiness. Happiness and joy appear to be very similar, but they are very different. There are subtle nuances that help us discern which is which. Happiness is a feeling, as one would experience when enjoying job success, the birth of a child, or buying a new home. It is often dependent on what we do, or experience, and is accompanied by temporary positive feelings. The problem with focusing on your happiness rather than joy, is that happiness can be fleeting, while joy is enduring and unshakable. Truth is, happiness, and human feelings, come and go especially in times of adversity, but joy is lasting, and is accompanied by a deep, abiding peace that surpasses understanding.

“Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.”  Philippians 4:7

Joy Does Not Change With Circumstances

Joy does not change with circumstances, but rather over rides times of struggle, helping you to see the silver linings in every situation, even when life gets difficult and/or complicated. It helps you rejoice in the Lord at all times, putting aside negative, destructive feelings such as fear, sadness, anger and angst, replacing them with the gentle knowing that all is well as you place your trust in Jesus. Unlike happiness, instead of being a feeling, joy is more of a trusting state of mind and a peaceful heart in concert. It is a manifestation of the fruit of having the Holy Spirit with you, one that is stirred into being through gratitude to God for blessings received.

Joy Is the Result of Knowing You Are Loved

Joy is a blessed gift from God, received through His grace. It is the result of knowing you are loved by God and lovable in His sight; thereby enabling you to be comfortable in your own skin. A joyful heart does not solely depend on things always going well, or others perceptions of you. It is more about walking in gratitude and trusting in Jesus.

Certainly it is not easy to rejoice always in times of adversity. Yet through prayer, and God’s grace, we are able to hop over great emotional and situational hurdles. In essence, happiness is more about how we feel, but joy reflects a much greater reality that stabilizes us through the storms of life.

 

“Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible,

but with God all things are possible.” 

Matthew 19:26

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© Copyright 2018   |   Adele M. Gill

Chaplain Adele M. Gill, RN, BSN, ABDA is author of 3 books including “From Broken to Blest: Embracing the Healing that Awaits You,’ written with Dr. Verna Benner Carson. From Broken to Blest is now available on Amazon and Barnes at Noble in print, Nook & Kindle versions. Please click on this link:  https://amzn.to/2pNt9Sk

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by Chaplain Adele M. Gill

Whenever we get together with people, especially with family at Thanksgiving, we all bring something to the table. Yes, you may make and bring your favorite pie or stuffing to share, But we all bring so much more than just food for this annual feast. We may bring memories of all that has gone on since last Thanksgiving; and a deep abiding affection for our loved ones. High hopes for a perfect holiday, and/or anticipation that our favorite foods will be there just as we remember from years past. Sometimes we bring other things to the table that, if left unchecked, can derail even the finest holiday gathering. Things that can cause lasting resentments and strained relationships. Truth is, things are never really perfect because we are all human, and relationships can be challenging at times.

Barriers to Thanksgiving Bliss

Difficult childhood memories. Grudges. Political views. Unrealistic expectations. Negativity. Any one of these can easily be detrimental to the pursuit of an enjoyable, peaceful Thanksgiving family celebration. Unfortunately, despite all the preparation and festivities, sometimes people may still choose to disagree on a variety of topics, They may use that day to ‘share’ or defend their disparate views, or try to get the final word. We’ve all heard of families that have experienced arguments and conflict at Thanksgiving dinner, as those in attendance engage in heated conversation about various and sundry things. But there is a better way…

Clearly, as Christians, we all must do our part to make our holiday family gatherings peaceful and enjoyable for all that are there. However, each of us is responsible for our own behavior and happiness. Some find themselves in the role of peacekeepers—a valuable role in any family– striving to focus on commonality and unity rather than strife.

Here are some scriptures to pave the way for a smoother holiday celebration:

Peace Be Within You: 5 Scriptures for Thanksgiving Bliss

  • “…Rejoice. Mend your ways, encourage oneanother, agree with one another, live in peace, and the God of love and peace will be with you.”  2 Corinthians 13:11 / NIV
  • “For the sake of my family and friends…“Peace bewithin you.” Psalm 122:8//NIV
  • “Loveone another with mutual affection; anticipate one another in showing honor.’  Romans 12:10 // NIV
  • “This is my commandment: love one another as I love you ” John 15:12  //NIV

 

  • 8 “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think [and speak] about such things.Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.”  // Philippians 4:8-10

For many people, preparing before you go to Thanksgiving dinner is important to set the tone for promoting and maintaining good relationships and living in unity and peace that day and beyond. If you know Thanksgiving dinner has the potential to be socially challenging with your family, try to embrace these Bible passages and let them be your guide. Pray and ask God for help before you go. You may be surprised at what transpires!

“Peace be within you.” Psalm 122:8//NIV

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© Copyright 2018   |   Adele M. Gill

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by Chaplain Adele M. Gill

http://theinspirationcafeblog.net/living-the-good-life/

 “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”  2 Timothy 3:16-17  (NIV)

To many unbelievers, the Bible is nothing more than an irrelevant and outdated book with vague words written long, long ago that seemingly have no application for our modern daily lives. It is a book that is sometimes passed down from generation to generation, but too often, one that collects dust, as it is put aside, and left on a shelf. But consider this when striving to live the good life…

The Bright Candle

To believers, Scripture is at the center of living a godly life. It is a bright candle, a beacon of light for the weary, the lost, the last and the lowly. Sustenance for poor and hurting souls in need of discernment, protection, comfort and guidance, the Bible stands ready to address many of the contemporary issues we experience. It is a light to your feet and your ticket to redemption, as you come to believe more and more in Jesus Christ, through the power of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is our guide and advocate who was given to us by Jesus himself at Pentecost.

Nothing New Under the Sun

The Holy Bible is chock-full of practical knowledge you can  apply to your daily life through word and deed. Relationships, work, times of adversity—it’s all in there. It has been said there is nothing new under the sun. Those words take on special meaning when talking about all we can experience and learn through Scripture. For believers, followers of Jesus, there is great insight and clarity in the Word, which leads us ever closer into relationship with Him.

Once you start reading the Holy Bible, you begin to embrace the scriptural meanings, and you are more able to apply the truths you learn to your own life. You are enabled to effectively teach others about Jesus’ life, and The Way to righteousness, as opposed to self-righteousness. You can strive to live a good life, and use it to help others to follow Jesus. With a renewed bold spirit, you are able to speak truth in Love, helping others to follow him with greater focus and fervor. In essence, you are to equip yourself for the Christian life by reading the Bible, especially the New Testament, then in turn, share the Gospel of Jesus with others.

Take a Closer Look

In as much as Jesus is the Light of the World, we are all commissioned to love God and one another, and to that end, bring His light into the darkness that surrounds us. We are called to tend the flock in our midst. If you look closely at Jesus’ life and His Gospel teachings found in Scripture, you can easily grow in zeal over time, and openly share Him wherever we go–In that way, you become a bright, shining light in your corner of the world.

 “Then Jesus asked them, “Would anyone light a lamp and then put it under a basket or under a bed? Of course not! A lamp is placed on a stand, where its light will shine.”

Mark 4:21

© Copyright 2018   |   Adele M. Gill

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Chaplain Adele M. Gill, RN, BSN, ABDA is author of 3 books including, “From Broken to Blest: Embracing the Healing that Awaits You,’ written with Dr. Verna Benner Carson. From Broken to Blest is now available on Amazon and Barnes at Noble in print, Nook & Kindle versions.  To order your copy, please click here:  https://amzn.to/2pNt9Sk

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by Chaplain Adele M. Gill

http://theinspirationcafeblog.net/the-power-of-civility/

“Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life,

and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”

Psalm 23:6

Like any loving parent, Father God stands in wait for our anguished pleas, for us to turn to Him so He can help us meet our daily needs and challenges.  Though He first loved us, He calls us to love Him, and others, with all our heart and soul. In fact, loving others—especially those who are difficult to love, is one great way that we express our love for God and answer His calling. We need to remember the times we have not been difficult or lovable ourselves, and use that as a starting point to build on in our relationships hence we slip into complacency.

Certainly with this mandate to love, it is important for us to be at peace with everyone in our lives lest hatred, loathing, and unforgiveness take root in us. Yet, what is it about our humanness that leads us to anger and disharmony with others that think and do differently than we do? Perhaps that is a question we’d prefer to answer another day, but there is no time like the present.

Hatred for others has the power to enable people to be ruled by their negative feelings. It can destroy lives, especially those who harbor deep anger, and remove all God given peace and joy in the process making us bitter. Hatred can be insidious, sometimes getting a foothold when we are fully unaware it is happening. When we hate others we know, we sometimes give up that peace and joy in the name of being self-righteous with the need to be right, superior or hostile, which are all counter-intuitive to God’s love for us.

But what about when we hate or fear those we do not know or respect, simply because they think differently than we do, especially in the current social climate? Well, the effects of hatred still apply—possibly in greater measure, as there is no room for negotiation. When the loathing of an individual involves an acquaintance, or even a public figure you do not personally know, judgement abounds. And the effects of hatred can linger on for years with no closure. Yet, as Christians, we know that there is but one judge, and human judgement of others should have no place in our lives, as one cannot love others and judge them all at the same time. We need to make a choice.

We need to ask for God’s Will in discernment of what is good and right and true, and seek out those things. When we differ with the beliefs or actions of others, whether we personally know them or not, it is best to step away and respectfully try to agree to disagree when necessary. The cost of giving away one’s peace and joy is steep and should be avoided at all costs. There is great power in coexistence and civility. Let that be a goal we strive for in our daily lives.

“Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”  Psalm 23:6

© Copyright 2018    |    Adele M. Gill

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Chaplain Adele M. Gill, RN, BSN, ABDA is author of 3 books including “From Broken to Blest: Embracing the Healing that Awaits You,’ written with Dr. Verna Benner Carson. From Broken to Blest is now available on Amazon and Barnes at Noble in print, Nook & Kindle versions.  Please click on this link:    https://amzn.to/2pNt9Sk

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                                           9 “This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged.                                                          For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”  Joshua 1:9

Some say God can only be found in church, others say he is nowhere to be found. However, today’s Holy Scripture tells us He is with us wherever we go. As believing Christians, we need to guard against limiting God in our own minds and hearts, and help each other understand the truth, the timeless realities, revealed in the Bible. The New Testament promises us that Jesus, our Savior, God’s only Son who was resurrected from the dead for us, is with us always; that He will protect us, guide us, lead us, comfort us and save us as we go about our daily lives and lead us into eternal life for the asking. He is intimately involved in our lives as we invite Him in.

In as much as Jesus loves us all unconditionally, He is ‘Emmanuel,’ which means God with us. He is with us in good times and in bad. How can it be that He is with us through it all; that He knows us better than we know ourselves? It is through the power of the Holy Spirit, imparted to the Disciples on Pentecost that the Holy Spirit it came into being when He breathed new life into the disciples.

In order to be present to humanity, Jesus stands close to us all, as the above Scripture says, ‘with us wherever we go.’  This is true for believers and non-believers alike, though the latter are generally unaware of His presence, or they would likely believe in salvation through Jesus Christ.

“If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” Romans 10:9 / NIV

This passage also talks about the command to be strong and courageous. Though through free-will, and fear and uncertainty we often fall short, we need to try to follow God’s commands. Perhaps to gain strength in times of weakness, and grow in our relationship with Jesus, we need to approach life reminding ourselves that we are never alone; that all that is good comes from God. He IS our strength in times of adversity, watching over us especially in times of need. Yes, it is easy to forget we are children of God and need to depend on Him for everything. But in our humanness we sometimes don’t trust Him as we should, as fear takes hold and we lose our courage.

Could it be that we need to pray more fervently for God’s help, that we will be able to trust Him fully, seek Him more often, and accept His Son as our Lord and Savior? Certainly it would be helpful in assisting us to grow spiritually, in peace and Love, the essence of Christian life.

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Chaplain Adele M. Gill, RN, BSN, ABDA is the author of 3 books including, “From Broken to Blest: Embracing the Healing that Awaits You,’ written with Dr. Verna Benner Carson, now available on Amazon and Barnes at Noble in print, Nook & Kindle versions.

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Catholic Church: Time to Heal

“For we must all stand before Christ to be judged. We will each receive whatever we deserve for the good or evil we have done in this earthly body.”  2 Corinthians 5:10

By Adele M. Gill

Most days this blog is about Scripture and God’s Love. However, in light of recent events, I feel I would be remiss if I did not address the ongoing crisis in the Catholic Church. Certainly by now most have read or heard about the reports about the devastating, reprehensible abuse that child victims have suffered at the hands of some Catholic priests going back some 70 years, and the complicit cover-up by Catholic Bishops and Cardinals. It is my expressed hope to shed some light on this extreme evil that has occurred over time, so we can all better deal with the heinous news that is unfolding even as I write this.

Initially, my reaction was astonishment, disgust, and deep sadness. How dare those priests defile vulnerable, helpless children? How dare they bring scandal and evil into the lives of so many? Clearly, the church has made a big mistake all along with dealing with—or not dealing with—pedophile priests–two words that should never be used in the same sentence. I believe that to say these priests are mentally ill is a mistake, which may be why they say there is no help available for pedophiles; that even with psychiatric treatment, they cannot and do not change. Rather, I believe pedophilia is pure evil–evil incarnate–that needs to be dealt with swiftly and directly to get innocent children out of harm’s way.

These pedophile priests should have been charged for their high-crimes and incarcerated rather than hidden. Most of the accused priests on the list reportedly have never been tried in a court of law, have died, or are covered by the statute of limitations, due to the Church knowingly covering for their crimes. There are precious few who will actually be charged for their crimes, and perhaps fewer yet who seek out the opportunity to reconcile with God for their sinful behavior.

This week, I have started praying for all the children who were used and abused, whose lives were affected, forever changed, by sexual abuse by their trusted parish priests. I pray these children/adult children can someday, somehow, some way be able to forgive those who molested them, and the Lord will heal them fully. As difficult as it is, I have also been praying for the priest perpetrators, as they are in dire need of God’s mercy. They have both destroyed lives and brought scandal and shame upon the Church of my faith. Once trust worthy, they have destroyed mental and physical health of many of those they abused, have eroded public trust in priests and the Catholic Church, and these effects will likely last for decades to come.

My gut says they need to be punished to the full extent of the law, and the victims need to be afforded much needed resources and help– every opportunity to heal. In all of this, when I pray, it has occurred to me over and again that, as much condemnation as I feel, I cannot be judge and jury. By the Church hierarchy covering up for these pedophile priests, they likely avoided incarceration, which may have led them to repent of their sins and ask for forgiveness, which the Bible tells us is necessary to make things right with God. Due to the Church hiding and shuffling them from parish to parish, most, in essence, went Scot-free.

‘There is forgiveness of sins for all who repent.’ Luke 24:47

I especially pray for all the good, caring priests left behind in the wake of this travesty, those who may be somehow held accountable by the people for the sins of their priest colleagues, though they are really good priests—and that is the majority. May our Dear Lord protect them and give them peace, comfort, wisdom, and discernment as they continue to effectively minister to their parishes/communities.

The Bible tells us to let Jesus handle the evil among us that we encounter; our job is forgiveness. Take it to the foot of the cross and allow Jesus to deal with the perpetrators as He will. Most of all, my fervent prayer is that God’s will be done in all of this, as He deals with each of these pedophiles as only He can, while enabling their victims to fully heal.

© Copyright 2018   |   Adele M. Gill

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Adele M. Gill is a retired RN/BSN, a Chaplain, and the author of 3 inspirational self-help books including ‘From Broken to Blest: Embracing the Healing that Awaits You,’ written with Dr. Verna Benner Carson, available on Amazon in print, Kindle and Nook formats. 

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