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Encouragment Today
by Diane Musil

Diane Musil is a special friend of this ministry. Here is a picture of Diane with "Pup". I recently asked Diane how long she has been a Christian, and she responded, "I was saved 7/7/1977 (30 years ago). That is when I first became saved and accepted Jesus Christ as my Savior and Lord!!!!" She is a women of faith and a powerful prayer warrior. Diane loves the Lord with all of her heart and has a deep abiding relationship with Him, born out of life's struggles.

Since the beginning of this ministry, Diane has been an encouragement to Rhonda and me. Recently, we asked Diane if she would be willing to write devotionals, which we could add to this website, so that other people would be encouraged too. Diane said, "Yes,".

Diane is Deaf and legally blind, caused by being born almost three months premature. Many years ago, Diane was visiting at the Retreat Center here and preparing to share in chapel. Diane was in the kitchen and I happened to walk in on her as she was reading her Bible and praying. Diane had her Bible within three inches of her eyes as she diligently, slowly, was reading the Word of God. I backed out of the kitchen. That image of Diane reading her Bible has spurred me on to be faithful in reading the precious Word of God. Rhonda and I pray that God will encourage you as you read Diane's devotionals (this is the second devotional). Diane has lived in the Chicago area her entire life.


May God encourage and bless you,


This Month's Devotional - God's Deep Love

Ephesians 3:17-19 (NLT)
"And I pray that Christ will be more and more at home in your hearts as you trust in Him. May your roots go down deep into the soil of God's marvelous love. And may you have the power to understand, as all God's people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep His love really is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is so great you will never fully understand it. Then you will be filled with the fullness of life and power that comes from God."


In these verses Paul is speaking to you, to me, to the church and praying:

I pray--Christ may live in your hearts by faith.

I pray--you will be filled with love.

I pray--you will be able to understand how wide, how long, how high, how deep His love is.

I pray--you (insert your name here!) will know the love of Christ.

His love goes beyond anything we can understand.

I pray--you will be filled with God Himself.

WOW! Imagine, filled with God Himself!


I became a Christian July 7, 1977 and Jesus changed my life. I experienced God's love and forgiveness, and I grew in my faith as I read my Bible and went to church. In addition, I would watch Christian television programs. I had to sit real close to the television to be able to see the the programs and read the closed captioning.
My family were not Christians and did not understand my Christian faith. My dad was not very happy about it, and finally one evening in 1984, he expressed it to me by telling me that I went to church too much, watched too much church on television and talked too much about Jesus. Even though I had been a Christian for seven years and was growing in the Lord, I was still a "young" Christian. My dad's words hurt me deeply and I ran into my bedroom.
My heart was crushed. I cried out to Jesus, "Jesus, I love you so much" and in that moment of discouragement I opened my Bible and just happen to open to Romans 8. I was not looking for a specific scripture and I know it was God who led me to that page. Verses 38-39 seemed to pop-up from the page--I began to read, "And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from His love. Death can't, and life can't. The angels can't, and the demons can't. Our fears for today, our worries about tomorrow, and even the powers of hell can't keep God's love away. Whether we are high above the sky or in the deepest ocean, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord." The part that reads "our fears for today, our worries about tomorrow...can't keep God's love away" really ministered to me in a special way back in 1984 and continues to minister to me today.



How deep is Jesus' love? My friend, it is so deep that no one or anything can stop Jesus' love...I know it :) No matter what you may be going through today, Jesus loves you and Jesus cares about you.
Knowing God's deep, deep love;
Knowing my sins are forgiven and my sins do not separate me from Jesus;
knowing Jesus' arms are always open wide and Jesus will not reject me, even when others do--
these are just some of the reasons why I love Him so much.
"I love Him because He first loved me" (1 John 4:19).
My friend, no matter what happens keep going to church, keep reading your Bible and keep loving Jesus with all your heart!
"O The Deep Deep Love Of Jesus" by Samuel Trevor Francis (1875)
Worship the Lord as you meditate on these comforting words

Verse 1.
O the deep, deep love of Jesus,
Vast, unmeasured, boundless, free!
Rolling as a mighty ocean
In its fullness over me!
Underneath me, all around me,
Is the current of Thy love
Leading onward, leading homeward
To Thy glorious rest above!
Verse 2.
O the deep, deep love of Jesus,
Spread His praise from shore to shore!
How He loveth, ever loveth,
Changeth never, nevermore!
How He watches o'er His loved ones,
Died to call them all His own;
How for them He intercedeth,
Watcheth o'er them from the throne!
Verse 3.
O the deep, deep love of Jesus,
Love of every love the best!
'Tis an ocean vast of blessing,
'Tis a haven sweet of rest!
O the deep, deep love of Jesus,
'Tis a heaven of heavens to me;
And it lifts me up to glory,
For it lifts me up to Thee!
Dear Father in Heaven:
Thank you for your wonderful love that is so great we can never fully understand it. I pray that You, Heavenly Father, Son and Holy Spirit reveal to each person who reads this devotion more of the depths of Your amazing, unfailing love. In Jesus Name I pray. AMEN.
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