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*Abundant Gifts from the Word free emal devotional    



What people have been saying about Abundant Gifts from the Word (which have also sent out from Today's Christian Woman online site as "Encouraging Words"):

"These are the first thing I read every morning when I turn on my computer. I have been completely blessed by these!"

--Marian L., Illinois

"These devotionals are awesome! I print them out and give them to my daughters, people at work.

"I posted one on the refrigerator for my husband to read. It fit our situation so exactly I couldn't believe it. It was from Proverbs 18:13, about spouting off before listening--something my husband is always doing. Even though I didn't say a word to him about it, I notice he's changing--listening more before spouting off. Your words touched him and this is helping our marriage!"

--Mary F., Connecticut

I wanted to let you know, Diane, that I cannot thank you enough for writing the devotional which came through Encouraging Words today.

There are so many things coming against me right now and it is so encouraging to be reminded that it doesn't mean God doesn't love me and He does not withhold His love from us in the midst of it. Also, that verse about how He did not spare His own son is one of my favorite and I needed to be reminded of it. Also, that I can have victory in the midst of these overwhelming circumstances.

I want so much to move ahead with writing the book God has laid on my heart and right now because of the trouble and things I'm walking through, though I am writing, it is very difficult to focus on organizing a book proposal.

In the midst of this trauma, here comes these beautiful, reassuring and strengthening thoughts.

It reminds me of the importance and power writing can have on others because of the impact this devotional had on me.

I pray God will deliver me from these troubles so I can also minister to other people the way you have today.

Anyway, I just want to thank you for being faithful to use the gifts God has given you to strengthen, encourage and comfort the body of Christ.

Warm Blessings,
--Sharon Gibson

Here's the message Sharon was referring to: 

"Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won't he also give us everything else? … Can anything ever separate us from Christ's love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? … No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us. … No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord." (Romans 8:32, 35, 37, 39, New Living Translation)

My message focused on how nothing can separate us from the love of God. We must not look to circumstances for evidence of God's love or proof that he will take care of us. Since God did not withhold the best he had to give us—the life of his Son—we can be assured he also give us everything else, including his love and power.

Do not look at circumstances; gaze instead at the cross of Christ and what he suffered there for you. Then his suffering—and victory—will swallow up your suffering. Paul says that "overwhelming victory" is ours.