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Encouragement Today
by Diane Musil



Diane Musil is a special friend of this ministry. I asked Diane how long she has been a Christian, and she responded, "I was saved 7/7/1977. Diane explains, "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. 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 graciously responded, "Yes,". Her first devotional appeared online May 2007 (see archived devotionals at bottom of web page).
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 each month. Diane has lived in the Chicago area her entire life.
May God encourage and bless you,

Diane holding her dog "Pup"
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January 2009


Hi Friend:

As we begin the new year, I want to share with you one of God's characteristics that I am especially THANKFUL for--HIS FAITHFULNESS. Our world today is full of uncertainty. What does the future hold? I am THANKFUL that our God is ever FAITHFUL!

"Your faithfulness continues through all generations;
You established the earth, and it endures." Psalm 119:90



The moon is smaller than the sun, stars and earth. The moon in closer to us than the stars and sun. It takes the moon about four weeks to spin around the earth. However, the way that the moon spins, we never see the other side of the moon (except through the technology of the camera). People used to think the moon was bright because it was on fire. But the moon has no light of its own. The sun shines on the moon and it reflects light (like a mirror). The other side of the moon is always dark because it faces away from the sun. We see the moon in various shapes, this is due to the angle of the moon to the sun and the way the sun's light reflects off the moon's surface. If we stood on the moon, and looked at the earth, we would see a very bright, tiny earth.

The sun is a star. Stars are fireballs that burn hot. The sun looks bigger than other stars, because it is closer to the earth. It is the perfect distance from the earth. If it were further away, there would be no life on earth as it would be too cold. And if the sun was closer to us, the earth would burn up. There are billions of stars.

The air around the earth is perfect for sustaining life. The moon has no air. The sun shining on the earth gives us day, while the other side of the earth is dark and it is night time. The earth is always spinning on its axis, yet we don't fall off or even feel it moving. The earth spins all the way around on its axis once every 24 hours. It takes one year for the earth to go around the sun.

Planets (just like the Earth) look like they are bright, but it is only because they reflect light from the sun deep in space. Planets and the moon help ships and airplanes navigate at night.

I could go on and on and share more of the amazing facts about God's creation. You could do a search on the internet to read much more.

The above are not just interesting facts, but proof of God's amazing faithfulness. And if God is so faithful over the universe, imagine how faithful He is to His masterpiece in all of creation--people, you and me!


"My eyes shall be on the faithful ones of the land" Psalm 101:6.

We see God's faithfulness in all of His creation. But there is also many examples of God's faithfulness in the Holy Scriptures. Consider Abraham, he had a good testimony. Abraham followed God even though he did not know where God was leading Him. And Sarah, his wife, though she was past child bearing age, she conceived and gave birth to a son.


We see God's faithfulness in the Holy Scriptures but also in the lives of God's people throughout each generation. There is a story about a pastor of a small, rural church in Scotland. He had been forced out by his elders, who claimed they saw no fruit from his ministry. The village in which the pastor served was a difficult place. People's hearts were cold and hostile to the truth. During the time the pastor served, there had been no conversions and no baptisms. But he did recall one positive response to his preaching.

When the offering plate was passed during a service, a young boy placed the plate on the floor, stood up, and stepped into it. When asked to explain, he replied that he had been deeply touched by the minister's life, and while he had no money to give he wanted to give himself wholly to God.

The boy who stepped into the plate was Bobby Moffat, who in 1817 became a pioneer missionary to South Africa. He was greatly used of God to touch many lives. And it all started with that small church and the faithful work of that unappreciated pastor. We can see the faithfulness of God in the lives of both the unappreciated pastor and Bobby Moffat.

Do you ever feel unappreciated? Do you sometimes feel like you are the only one who is faithful? While the world looks to the famous, the successful, be encouraged as you remember, "His eyes are on the faithful." His eyes are on you and me. Just as God was faithful to Abraham and Sarah, the unappreciatede pastor and Bobby Moffat, along with countless others, we can rest assured knowing He is faithful to you and me.

"The faithful love of the Lord never ends!
His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness;
His mercies begin afresh (are new) each morning" Lamentations 3:22-23.

"Well done My good and faithful servant" Matthew 25:23.


Great is Thy Faithfulness (LINK TO YOUTUBE VIDEO)
Words by Thomas Chisholm 1923 and Music by William Runyan
CHORUS: Great is Thy faithfulness
Great is Thy faithfulness
Morning by morning new mercies I see
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided
Great is Thy faithfulness God unto me.


Dear Jesus: You are the Creator of everything that is. You are the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last. And, yet, you care about me. You love me. How amazing! Jesus, thank You for your love and faithfulness. I pray you help each person reading this devotional to realize more and more Your deep love and faithfulness in a fresh way this new year Thank you Lord Jesus. AMEN.

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December "Born to Die"
November "THANKSGIVING" acronym
October "Psalm 23" conclusion
September "Psalm 23:6"
August "Psalm 23:5"
July "True Liberty"
June: "Psalm 23:4b"
May: "Psalm 23:4a"
April: "Psalm 23:3b"
March: "Psalm 23:3a"
February: "Psalm 23:2"
January: "Psalm 23:1"
December: "Born to Die" (by Gary Barrett)
November: "Thanksgiving-Give Thanks (acronym)"
October: "Discover the Peace that God Gives"
September: "The Heart of a Pilgrim"
August: "Abide"
July "True Liberty"
June "Knowing God's Deep, Deep Love"
May "Revive Us Again"
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