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Faith in God is the timeless power source that changes lives. Those who have it recognize its power, and consider it their greatest treasure. Self-proclaimed Atheists and Agnostics, however, often cynically discount faith and prayer as useless and illogical. Yet, what is it about the gift of faith that makes it compelling, relevant and central in the lives of so many people in the US and around the world? There must be a reason…

Unmerited Favor

Faith in God is something that comes from God, through the power of the Holy Spirit. It is a gift freely given and received through grace—unmerited favor, by a God who knows our every thought and move. People who have faith in God are, in a sense, plugged in to God, the timeless power source for all peace, joy, and unconditional Love. They trust Him. Like a tree planted by a stream has deep roots, so it goes with people of faith as they place their trust in God. Their foundations cannot be shaken or destroyed. Conversely, life without God is like having no power source, no oasis or water source to replenish and flourish.

God’s Unmatched Generosity

Truly, the drudgery of this world can be dull and overwhelming—even underwhelming. Without God, when tragedy hits, there seems to be nowhere to turn, and little comfort can be found. We depend on our own devices to ‘get us through’ trials and tragedies. One cannot purchase faith or wish it into existence. That is, it cannot be bought by putting large donations in the offering basket. God’s grace and faith are not things that can be ‘earned’ through doing good works. Rather, faith is generously provided through God’s grace, freely given, for those who seek Him with a sincere heart. God’s grace, and subsequently faith in Him, are ours for the asking. For His generosity is unmatched and unsurpassed, and He cannot be outdone by any mortal being.

Even for those who reject God, the door to faith still always remains open for a change of heart. He stands in wait for their return. Is it possible that Atheism does not really exist; that it is simply that they are Agnostics who have not yet to come to know God, the All-powerful, Omniscient Creator of the universe?

Choice: Move Closer to God or Turn Away

Some people are born into families of faith at birth. For others, serious tragedy forces them to turn to God—or from God– such as major car accident, a surgery gone awry, or the loss of a loved one. It is a choice we all make to move closer to God or turn away. Sometimes it may be someone we meet or know that shares their faith with us, opening the door to our pursuing God with fervor. The truth is that God created us all and unconditionally loved us first. The proverbial ball is in our court as to how we respond—or don’t respond to His call. But like the prodigal son’s father, God stands in wait for us to turn to Him in humility, as we realize our limitations, that we are nothing without Him.

A Lifetime Love Affair

God manifests His Love and divine patience for us beyond our comprehension. In fact, He is the very definition of Love. To turn to God is the beginning of a lifetime love affair. No, faith does not make our lives perfect, or challenge-free, but it does make life more manageable, peaceful, and joy-filled. He really is the greatest power source in this life. With God by our side, and on our side, even our tragedies enable us to see His healing hand in our lives with a sense of optimism. And we have peace that transcends understanding as we have the privilege to wait, with anticipation and excitement, to see what God will do next in our lives and those of our loved ones.

© Copyright 2019   |   Adele M. Gill

Adele M. Gill, BSN, RN, CPC is the 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 at Barnes at Noble in print, Nook & Ki ndle versions.

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63 Million Babies Killed

Since the passage of Roe vs Wade legalized abortion on demand in 1973, 63+ million babies have been aborted in the US alone. Certainly anyone can understand that unintended pregnancy is a daunting, life-changing experience. But the killing of 63+ million babies on demand by the abortion industry? Indefensible. It is the equivalent of the killing of a whole generation. Almost as many as died in WW II. This statistic speaks volumes about the lucrative abortion industry as a whole, one that takes advantage of vulnerable women and ends the life of precious babies: “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart…”  Jeremiah 1:5

Abortion Up Until Birth

New York recently passed a bill, the Reproductive Health Care Act, legalizing abortion of babies up until birth. Abortions there can now be performed without a physician present, or regulations in place to ensure the mother’s safety. This legislation reverses many of the precautions and protections for the mothers. It promotes abortion on demand for virtually any reason, and most importantly, mortally endangers viable baby’s lives through infanticide. The passage of this new law in NY, more than a few other states are planning to follow suit in a sort of domino effect including OR, RI, NM, VT, VA, and CA, among others.

Upon passage of this new extreme abortion law  in NY, there was great jubilation, revelry, and celebration in the legislature, and the streets across the US. Surreal as it was to witness via mainstream and social media, prominent buildings in NYC were lit up in bright pink to commemorate this new infanticide law, bringing to mind the following scripture: “12 Wisdom will save you from the ways of wicked men… 14 who delight in doing wrong, and, rejoice in the perverseness of evil…’ Proverbs 2:12-15 (NIV)

Abortions in NY Surpass Live Births

There is much money changing hands within the abortion industry. According to Planned Parenthood, women pay approximately $1000. for an abortion, but other places may charge as much as $10,000 for an abortion. There is also a cost associated with having the remains of abortion disposed of. Baby parts are often sold for top dollar on the black market, and are then ‘recycled,’ used by medical researchers and for some vaccines. Abortion really is big business.

Some news reports say that in New York City, there are now more abortions than live births. In a very real sense, we are all witnesses to this reprehensible, new extreme pro-abortion laws promoting infanticide of unwanted babies. This new extreme abortion law does not bode well for women, babies, or our country. It is time for Americans with a conscience to speak up and speak out boldly on behalf of women and unborn babies regarding extreme abortion legislation. It is time to pray for an end to infanticide before this heinous practice of extreme abortion takes root.

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Adele M. Gill, BSN, RN, CPC is the 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 at Barnes at Noble in print, Nook & Kindle versions.

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In light of new US infanticide laws enacted, one must ask: Is the US still a civilized nation? To the shock and dismay of people all over the world, extreme abortion, a form of infanticide, the killing of a viable baby, even at birth, is now legal in NY as of January 22nd, 2019. This new legislation, the Reproductive Healthcare Protection Act is perilous legislation, and a scourge to this country and humanity.

Infanticide: Far Beyond Politics

There is contagion with this heinous legislation, as other states are working to follow suit including VA, RI, VT, NM, OR, and CA. Infanticide is only allowed in a handful of countries around the world, including two communist countries: North Korea and China. Infanticide also opens the door wide for other life and death issues most notably, assisted suicide, thereby further threatening the Culture of Life. Though it is noteworthy that progressives and Democrats voted for infanticide, this issue is far beyond politics. Rather, it is about the life and death of defenseless babies, something that endangers the very soul of this country.

The Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act

Similarly, more recently, on February 25th, 2019, the U.S. Senate voted down the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection bill, represented by Sen. Ben Sasse and backed by 48 other conservative legislators. The bill was defeated along party lines 53-44, as 60 votes were needed for it to pass, but it came up just 7 votes short. The Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act would have protected babies from being killed after a botched extreme abortion in the second or third trimester of pregnancy. Though not a direct challenge to Roe vs Wade, this bill would have provided compassionate medical care to babies who survived. This is the same medical care that is automatically provided to any other newborn at the time of birth. This basic emergent medical care is not mandated in the case of aborted babies born alive. Hence the reason why these viable babies are left to die a painful, tragic death by infanticide.

Infanticide Affects Us All

Concurrently, as these new infanticide laws are also being passed in the US, assisted suicide bills also loom large pressing for a vote in Congress and numerous states. Such legislation is an all-out assault on human life—especially the vulnerable. It is time for people of compassion to stand up and speak out. Write letters to your legislators, call them, and moreover, pray for our country. Infanticide, through extreme abortion, is a cruel and barbaric procedure. It affects us all, and our society, in one way or another, as it violently ends the life of a baby inside or outside of the womb after an extreme late-term abortion.

Far from health ‘care,’ the physical pain experienced by these babies, and the emotional trauma that mothers who abort during late-term abortions experience, are tragic. In reality, extreme late-term abortion is frequently a primary source of depression and PTSD as vulnerable women, new mothers, are traumatized by the procedure they have endured, with little if any medical or mental health follow-up care.

Perils of Extreme Abortion

At the very least, extreme abortion endangers a baby’s first God-given and constitutional, rights— the right to be born, and the right to life. Infanticide deeply affects humanity at-large. As our country, our culture spins out of control and begins to adopt extreme life policies via new legislation, one can only ask: If we as a nation fail to take care of our most vulnerable citizens among us, if we accept infanticide, how can we—or anyone–possibly continue to call this country a civilized nation?

© Copyright 2019   |   Adele M. Gill

Adele M. Gill, BSN, RN, CPC is the 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 at Barnes at Noble in print, Nook & Kindle versions.

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One can only wonder if proponents of The Reproductive Health Act abortion bill that was passed by the New York legislature on January 22nd, 2019 understand the dire physical, emotional, mental, and most importantly, spiritual ramifications of their actions. Have they actually witnessed first-hand, personally, or experientially through others, what they just voted in? It is doubtful, as some find it is easy to stand tall for what they ideologically believe, avoiding the harsh realities of what they consider to be truth. In this case, it is a common strategy many legislators are using to circumvent this simple scientific/ DNA truth: Life and motherhood begin at conception rather than what some mistakenly believe, at birth.

 

Birth: The First Civil Right

At this juncture, it would be folly to underestimate the everyday workings of the lucrative abortion industry at-large, and the resulting fallout from their ending lives before they even get started. It is critically important not to confuse ignorance with evil in all of this. There is a huge difference, and it seems that the latter prevails in this calculated legislative decision, The Reproductive Health Act,  voted in by New York law makers. This legislation denies the unborn their first and most basic civil right: The right to be born. The right to be born is a universal, God-given right, and life and motherhood begin at conception.

Abortion, PTSD and Depression

I have met too many women who have aborted their babies, then went on to suffer with unrelenting, untreated PTSD, depression and unresolved, vague medical issues for the rest of their lives as a result of having made the traumatic life-ending decision to abort their babies. Mind-body illnesses can be the direct or indirect result of experiencing traumatic events such as a late-term abortion. Many mothers need to be encouraged to seek help to heal after an abortion.

My heart is broken for the pregnant mothers who feel they have no other option but to abort when they unexpectedly become pregnant. However, I am heartened by the use of ultrasound machines at Pro-life Women’s Center’s to introduce pregnant women to their pre-babies, thereby helping them decide against abortion. Fortunately, there is a program called Rachel’s Vineyard that can help women heal after having a abortion.

I grieve and pray for those swept up in the wake of this tragic legislation, thinking that the merciless killing of their baby is the only way out of motherhood. My heart aches for the pain the infants suffer as they are violently killed and painfully dismembered in the womb, never to have the privilege of experiencing the life God intended for them.

Judeo-Christian Perspective

Who will tell the proponents and followers of this legislation that they are setting a national, even international, trend that is in direct opposition to Judeo-Christian teaching? Would they care? The Bible tells us we will reap what we sow, and that judgement belongs to God alone. It is not our job to judge anyone. That job is already taken. But discernment says that it is time to revisit Row vs Wade, as we step up the ladder of depravity on this slippery slope fueled by the lucrative abortion industry that preys on vulnerable pregnant women and preborn babies.

Certainly there will be contagion with this unfortunate, devastating legislation, as this policy and practice catches on and is adopted by other states and countries. Who will tell these New York legislators, and their like-minded progressive compadres, that they have the blood of holy innocents on their hands? We serve an all-powerful, omnipotent, and forgiving God. Our nation must turn to Him now, and seek Him while He can be found.

“If my people… will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”

2 Chronicles 7:14

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Adele M. Gill, RN, BSN, CPC is the 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 at Barnes at Noble in print, Nook & Kindle versions. For more info:  https://amzn.to/2pNt9Sk

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Life and Motherhood Begin at Conception

The Reproductive Health Act abortion bill was just passed by New York legislators. To the dismay of many, this ‘progressive’ state legislation went through on Tuesday, January 22, 2019, on the 46th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade, which, in 1973, legalized abortion in the U.S. Tragically, it sets a precedent that will be hard to reverse as time goes on, and it catches on in other states and countries. When will we finally come to understand what science and DNA have already proven: Human life and motherhood both begin at conception?

 

The Reproductive Health Act, the bill passed in New York this past week is a travesty, one which endangers the lives of both vulnerable pregnant women, and preborn babies, alike. However, according to its name, it is a misnomer. Abortion is, in actuality, an all-out assault on human life that is not about healthcare at all, as it is not health ‘care,’ For decades medical practitioners have taken the Hippocratic Oath, ‘do no harm.’ Nor is abortion ‘just politics’ as many suggest with conventional wisdom, like religion, both topics that ‘should not be discussed.’ Rather, abortion is a life and death moral and legal issue, one relating to end of life decisions, worthy of civil discourse.

What Makes This Legislation Different

The Reproductive Health Act is being proudly hailed by some people who think it is ok to take the life of a pre-born baby up until birth. It also allows for anyone to perform an abortion rather than a skilled physicians. This new legislation allows non-physicians to perform abortions in New York—people with little or no training or experience or any connection to medical facilities necessary in the event that emergent care is needed for botched abortions, once again, endangering vulnerable women and pre-born babies.

A direct assault on women and unborn babies, this bill was passed by NY legislators with great celebration and revelry. Even prominent building structures across New York City were lit up in pink to celebrate the passage of this bill. Historically, if someone were to kill a newborn, they would go to jail for murder. Apparently that has all changed in New York through this legislation. So where is the line? Where is the difference between that and aborting an innocent pre-born baby?

With 63 million pre-born babies aborted in the U.S. via the abortion industry since Roe vs Wade legalized abortion in 1973, abortion is big business—and involves a lot of money. The tenets of Judeo-Christian beliefs support human life from conception to natural death. Biblically, morally, and legally, no one has the right to end a human life, especially including the abortion of pre-born babies. No one has the right to take the life of another, much less based on race, gender, birth defects, like Down Syndrome,  or even inconvenience, all things that Margaret Sanger taught when she started Planned Parenthood. One can only ask this question: Is this the gateway to assisted suicide of those who are unwanted or imperfect? What will the consequences of such depravity?

Ideological Contagion

The Reproductive Health Act is beyond immoral, preying on vulnerable women and destroying unborn babies lives in the name of women’s rights is reprehensible. Vermont, California, and New Mexico recently announced that they are already on a similar path. We have just opened the proverbial floodgates and it makes one wonder. If humanity has lost its moral compass, what will happen next?

[PART II coming soon]

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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 at Barnes at Noble in print, Nook & Kindle versions. For more info:  https://amzn.to/2pNt9Sk

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‘The joy of the Lord is your strength.’ Nehemiah 8:10

Joy abounds. I recently wrote about joy in a blog called ‘Unshakable Joy.’ However, it is important enough to continue on the topic, hence Part II.

‘If God is for us, who can be against us?’

For Christians, love and peace and joy are central concepts. God-based joy especially has the ability to help us live hope-filled lives in peace. There is no need for despair and/or hatred when you are confident that God is in control and fighting your battles for you. ‘If God is for us, who can be against us?’ When you believe God is at the helm and in control, you are more able to hop hurdles and challenges that would bog anyone down in their humanness. In fact, joy is a manifestation of God working in one’s life, and is accompanied by a deep, abiding peace.

Happiness vs Joy

Joy is one of the first fruits of the Holy Spirit. To experience joy in our lives is a blessed gift from God, an enduring treasure. Happiness is similar to joy. However, it leaves us feeling good for a time, then the feeling soon passes, as life presses on with its ongoing issues, challenges, frustrations, and disappointments. In essence, happiness is often a fleeting feeling, but joy is lasting as it stays with us even and especially as we enter into times of adversity. Happiness is dependent on one’s mood, environment, short comings, successes and accomplishments, where joy is more of an enduring internal state found when one experiences the peace that the Holy Spirit of Jesus brings.

Joy is easy to spot

Joy is particularly easy to spot. When one gets into times of adversity; that is because it is paradoxical as joy abounds. For joy is best witnessed in someone who is going through times of tumult, yet they are seemingly at peace. With that kind of joy comes a quiet knowing that all is well, despite how things appear. Scripturally, that is called ‘walking by faith, not by sight.’ Through prayer, you are able to put aside daily strife and walk in the sublime confidence that God is leading the way.

 7 Bible passages relating to living a joy-filled life

Romans 15:13

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”

John 16:24

“Until now you have not asked anything in My name [Jesus]; ask and you will receive, so that your joy may be complete.”

Philippians 4:4

“Rejoice in the Lord always. I shall say it again: rejoice!”

3 John 1:14

“Nothing gives Me greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.”

Proverbs 12:20

“Those who promote peace have joy.”

Luke 15:7

“I tell you, in just the same way there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous people who have no need of repentance.”

My prayer for you today is that your joy will outweigh whatever you endure this day. May God himself be with you and yours showering you with enduring joy especially in times of adversity. May you walk in the confidence that God is with you through it all, in control, and fighting your battles with you and for you. Amen!

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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 at Barnes at Noble in print, Nook & Kindle versions. For more info:  https://amzn.to/2pNt9Sk

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‘When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows Me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”’  John 8:12

Light. God’s light. Light is vitally important in both the spiritual sense, and the practical sense. The Bible talks a lot about Light. In fact, it is so central to Judeo-Christian teachings, that it is referenced 263 times in the Old and New Testament. Probably one of the most poignant of all usages of the word light is found in the above scripture when Jesus made His seven ‘I Am’ statements found in the Book of John.

A Light Illuminating the Darkness

We think about light allowing us to see the path ahead of us with confidence. When we speak about light, we think about warmth and comfort and about it illuminating the way, leading us where we are going, as in a lamp for our feet. A light illuminating the darkness. A light at the end of the tunnel. All things eventually come into the light. Some even say there is something wrong if you can’t shine a light on it. For without God’s light, we are lost and living in darkness.

The Light of the World

In today’s reading, Jesus says, “I am the Light of the world.” In God’s light, there is no darkness at all. Those who follow Him will never walk in darkness, as He shines His light on every aspect of our lives. God knows everything about us, and His people understand the concept of His abiding Light and Love, despite our short comings. He brings us out of the darkness of sin and death, and by so doing, we are transformed, and equipped for every good work. We are able to trust in Him, and His leading, through the power of the Holy Spirit.

Blessings of Light

In the following well-known Old Testament Bible passage, God gave Moses a life-giving prayer for us that says it all, as He refers to Himself as a Light, “the Lord make His face shine on you.” Though many believe it is an Irish blessing, this Bible passage is actually from the Old Testament Book of Numbers:

The Lord said to Moses, “Tell Aaron and his sons, ‘This is how you are to bless the Israelites. Say to them: “’The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.”’ Numbers 6:22-2

It is so awe-inspiring that our loving, patient God thinks enough of us to have given us such a beautiful, hope-filled prayer that is still revered today. As is His way, it is ‘so God’ that this timeless prayer still stands as a beacon of light leading the way for our enduring relationship with Him. Let all who follow Him praise Him and walk in His great Light!

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And Mary said: “My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord  my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.”’

Luke 1:46-47

What will Jesus do for you? This week is very special. It marks 19 months of remission from needing acute care for myasthenic syndrome, a debilitating condition I have lived with for 36 years. In and out of the hospital, in all of those years, I have never had a remission like this—and there have been no recent medication or treatment changes. The only explanation I have is that God is working a miracle in my life. So what does it mean to have such a medical healing? Well, I’d say it is about trust, hope, and faith in Jesus Christ, our Great Healer, Lord and Savior.

Giving Credit Where Credit is Due

Sometimes we all have small and not so small miracles happen in our lives. And we barely notice, or avoid calling it just that—a miracle. Too often we try to explain away miracles without giving God the credit, when in fact we fully know that what has happened defies human logic. Accidents averted, miracles of timing, financial blessings, experiencing capabilities far beyond our abilities. I believe miracles happen every day, but we often fail to recognize them and give credit where credit is due.

A Miracle in Progress: The Healing Installment Plan

With this healing I know my prayers are being heard and being answered. I still have a long way to go, as I remain mobility impaired, have occasional garbled speech when fatigued, and am on a respirator 12 hours per 24 hour day. But I am trusting God more than ever that He is in control, and He has purpose and plans for my life. I am also believing that more healing is on the way. To say I am encouraged is an understatement. In essence, I have been on the Healing Installment Plan, looking for any sign of improvement through prayer for most of my adult life. Yes, setbacks are always a possibility, but I am no longer waiting for the other shoe to drop, figuratively speaking. In the past, I have not been able to plan ahead with any real certainty due to ongoing medical complications. Now, it is possible to make plans with the probability that I will be able to be there when I say I will, rather than requiring acute medical care.

What Will Jesus Do for You?

Having been frequently in and out of the hospital for 3-1/2 decades, I now have new found freedom to grow in hope for myself and others. If God would answer my prayers in such a major way, imagine the healing He has in store for you! For I believe that, in His own time and way, Jesus provides healing for His flock in every way possible during times of infirmity, disability, addictions, mental illness, poverty, aging, loneliness, and grief. He sends His Holy Spirit upon all who call upon His Holy Name. Jesus helps us all in unimaginable ways beyond our comprehension—and saves us in times of adversity. This is not to say that believers will have perfect lives. Rather, when God allows adversity, He always equips us, prepares the way, and gives us whatever we need to accomplish the work he starts in each of us. Today, like Mary in this Bible passage, my heart is full of gratitude to God, and I can hardly wait to see what He does next!

And Mary said: “My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.”’                              Luke 1:46-47  // NIV

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“The Mighty One has done great things for me and holy is his name.”

Luke 1:49

Today’s Holy Scripture is an answer to the question posed by a popular song called ‘Mary Did You Know?’ that came out just a few years ago. The angel appeared to Mary, and was very clear about what was ahead for her, and she said “Yes!’ all the same. In this Bible passage, Jesus’ mother, Mary, spontaneously expounds on her awe-inspiring feelings of gratitude that she has for God’s unsurpassed gift to her and humanity. She is grateful to God for allowing her the privilege to be Jesus’ mother. Yet Mary had a choice. She did not have to say “Yes,” but did so willingly, with some trepidation, and with complete abandon, then went on to become Jesus’ mother and His first disciple.

Do Not Be Afraid!

Here is the contextual Bible passage for when Mary was approached by God to become Jesus’ loving mother:

29 Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. 30 But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. 31 You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.”

34 “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?”

35 The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called[b] the Son of God… 37 For no word from God will ever fail.”

38 “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fullfilled.” Then the angel left her.

Comfort Zone

Sometimes God asks us to do things that are out of our comfort zone. Such was the case with Mary. She was just a young girl, unmarried, and a virgin. Though she was betrothed to Joseph, as you can imagine, in those times, her pregnancy presented serious complications in her life. But she still said “Yes!” to God’s request.

How many times have we tried to avoid what God is asking us to do? How often do we opt to stay in our comfort zone rather than follow God’s leading in our life? Unlike Mary, it is likely that we have never been approached by an angel with a message from God, yet all of us have had times where we feel compelled to ‘do the right thing’ through blessings of conscience. Though I don’t believe in  coincidence, there have been times where I felt I got a God-wink that led me out of my comfort zone, to act on something, or to look at something—or someone—in a new way.

God’s Grace for You

I believe that God tries to communicate with all of us in a way we can understand and embrace. Perhaps not to the extent of Mary through an angel, but we need to pray to God in the name of Jesus, listen and try to be open to whatever He has in store for us and our lives. We need to be open to God’s grace and Holy Love, his peace, His kindness, and His mercy, and share them with others as we have received them from Him. Putting aside any negative imagery of God the Father, we need to bask in His benevolence and Light, and listen a little closer to what He is trying to tell us and show us. His presence is real. Maybe we need to seek Him with greater fervor and a grateful heart and see what miracles He has in store for each of us!

© Copyright 2018   |   Adele M. Gill

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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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