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Short pithy gems from John Newton

All shall work together for good.
Everything is needful, that He allows.
Nothing can be needful, that He withholds.

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For the most part, the Lord’s children are a poor and afflicted people.
The Lord chooses poverty as the safest state for them in this ensnaring world.

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Blessed are we, when we can clearly see that every event and circumstance of our lives, is under the immediate direction and appointment of Him who cares for us, and who has engaged that all things shall, notwithstanding all our doubts and misgivings, work together for our good.

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We know not how to properly appreciate any one blessing–until we are deprived of it.

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The whole of our profession may be comprised in looking unto Jesus–to take our eyes off from other objects, especially from ourselves, and to fix them upon Him!

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    I would like to read your devotionals here rather than get another email in my in box. I hope you’ll post more and frequently!


      Thanks for writing! Good suggestion! I will do that…check under Devotional for new posts

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  1. CH

    I just read the poem “One Day at a Time” in one of your June devotionals, the 24th, I think. It was so true and so thoughtful. I think we might have lost the joy and art of thoughts through poetry. It was so on target in a brief and melodic format. I look forward to more poems; thanks for posting it. -CH

    1. aj

      Thanks so much! I will look for more poetry devotionals. 🙂

  2. CJ

    Perfect words at a time MOST needed…HE is SUFFICIENT!!!!

    1. aj

      Thankful they helped! Thanks for sharing. aj

  3. CJ

    God’s Glory is both our strength and our peace. We can have neither in His absence.

    1. aj

      AMEN and AMEN!!! aj

  4. CJ

    Coming to know our Father’s full Being we learn to see Him in everything because HE is EVERYTHING! The truth and proof of His Omnipresence and Omnipotence is the Glory of His power, His Majesty, His strength, His wisdom, His beauty and His love shown and proven minute by minute thruout His universe.

    1. aj

      So well said! THANK YOU! aj

  5. Chzzr

    NOTHING by chance …TYL!!! In HIM and thru HIM all is perfect….just the way HE designed it to be.

    1. aj

      Such a great relief, especially as we face each day and trial. Thank you for sharing! aj

  6. CJ

    We pray in confidence for God is our Father and He wants to share EVERYTHING with us….TYL!

    1. aj

      It’s is so encouraging to think He wants to share with US! Good wisdom words! aj

  7. Chzzr

    Come to Him as children. Our prayers need only be simple expressions of our hearts both in joy and sorrow. Our Father wants to hear from us in ALL things….in ALL ways….ALWAYS! Thanks you for reminding us aj.

    1. aj

      You’re welcome! I’m blessed to know they are good reminders…for me, too! aj

  8. CJ

    Wonderful reminder in ALL your devotionals aj. The essence of all is we live by Faith not by sight. Thank you for sharing.

    1. aj

      I’m blessed that they are helpful! Thanks for letting me know. aj

  9. Chzzr

    Knowing our Savior is there ready to hold us and cover us with His perfect peace ….what better way to stand against this world we are forced to endure. Thank you aj for this blessed reminder.

    1. aj

      Knowing our Savior is always there gives us hope in our darkest days and we can persevere in Him. Thanks for sharing! aj

  10. CJ

    HE is our solution in this fallen world. Simple words but impactful. The worlds sinful nature cannot be assessed by any other than our Father. We certainly are incapable of judging ourselves for our first desire is to gratify self…not glorify God. Thank you for the thoughtful words of reflection aj.

    1. aj

      Good point, CJ, of us being incapable of judging ourselves! Thanks for sharing! aj

  11. Chzzr

    Thank you for the reminder aj….HE CARES! In these times of anger, unrest, lies and deceit there is no greater comfort than knowing HE CARES!!!!! Where would our hearts be without this knowledge of His love?

    1. aj

      AMEN, well said! And good question we should all ponder. aj

  12. Chzzr

    Excellent reminder aj….we all need so many. Our true happiness is much more than a state of mind….it is found in our state of Spirit…..HIS! Thank you for the blessing. It is so well reflected in your book in all the adversity you were faced with. A true affirmation God in our lives and hearts.

  13. aj

    Thank you for your encouraging words re my upcoming book! I pray many will be helped through it and see their lives going from trials to triumph and having peace through pain. aj

  14. CJ

    Thank you aj for the blessing of HIS word. We are ALWAYS learning to praise Him at ALL times for ALL things. Sometimes we just wish we could graduate a little sooner. But then again His timing is prefect…just as HE is perfect.

    1. aj

      YES…we don’t always see His timing as being perfect…but there is where trust and faith comes in. Thank for your sharing! aj

  15. Chzzr

    WONDERFUL TRUTH! ALL not some. God’s Word is/must be perfect because HE is perfect. in the absence of HIS perfection there is no truth to His promises. Thank you for the reminder aj….the world needs to submit to serve.

  16. CJ

    Thank you aj for the reminder we all need daily. HE is our PORTION and for that I can THANK HIM!

    1. aj

      So often I’m tempted to rely on myself when He wants me to rely on Him…AT ALL TIMES! Thanks for writing. aj

  17. Chzzr

    PERFECT! When I look at the world around us today all there appears to be is self-gratification. It leaves little room for us to know our Father as our EVERYTHING. Wonderful blessing …be blessed.

    1. aj

      Yes, He really is our everything. So many look to the world or self (as you state). Thanks for your comment! aj

  18. CJ

    HE is our portion daily and for ALL our Father is we can….MUST be THANKFUL. As we enter into this Thanksgiving I pray God’s blessing over you aj and thank Him for your continuing holing His Truth before us all. Happy Thanksgiving!

    1. aj

      Thank you CJ and for the many encouraging message replies you’ve written in the Devotionals. I hope/pray many will read them when they read the Devotionals. I pray you and your family have a blessed Thanksgiving! aj

  19. Cathy Harvey

    Your devotional “Back to Calvary” for today, Nov. 26, 2019, like so many of your thoughts, is so poignantly sweet and so targeted at the same time. The simple reminders, such as this: go back to the cross, cut through the noise and buzzing mundane that sucks the life out of my days and reminds me of His love. Thank you for taking the time to share these gems.

    1. aj

      Thanks for your encouraging words which help me to press on each day! May you and your family have a blessed Thanksgiving! aj

  20. Cathy

    Sometimes, I wonder if God gets tired of hearing me thank Him for some of the same things repeatedly–like the privacy of indoor bathrooms, fresh air, and clean water. But the Thanksgiving Day devotional assured me not to worry or wonder about that. Then, I followed a link to another devotion about Jesus. Each one is such a rich pause in my day. I don’t always comment, but I really love the things you so thoughtfully post. I can’t wait for your book to come out!

    1. aj

      Thanks so much for your insightful post. Yes, sometimes it seems redundant to thank Him for the same things, but He desires our thanks and praise and it can never be too much. Having a constant attitude of thanks drowns out sadness and depression and blessed our God. Thanksgiving blessings and we thank Him together! aj

  21. ch

    Abbey, the devo you posted for today, Nov. 29th, might be just what a crucial chapter in my book needs. My writer’s group cannot grasp how calm I was when the coroner told me my daughter was hit and killed by a car, but I knew the Lord and I knew my daughter knew the Lord and she was in a better place. I think the verses from Ps. 139 on how God knows us to well might make good verses to quote at the end of a particular chapter. The readers are really struggling to understand my calm as opposed to it looking like I am cold and uncaring. I also possibly need to give them a little insight to how struggled her life was and why I was so relieved for her that her struggled was over, but the verses you shared today may help them see the bigger picture of how we can respond to life’s struggles when God is our help and shelter.

    1. aj

      I’m so blessed to hear that will make a difference in your explanation for your readers. I’ve used it in my book and I think it really helps readers to understand the peace we receive, not before we need it usually, but at exactly the right time. Thank you so much for sharing this important truth for all to see. aj

  22. Cathy

    You are so faithful, Abbey, to post daily, even during very busy holiday weeks–thank you. This thought from today’s (12/1/19) devotional rang so true with me, as I am sure it does with millions: “Ten minutes spent every morning with Christ–yes, even three minutes, if they are spent really with Him–change everything for the day!” -J.R. Miller. Going into the world of prayer is the most calming routine I know. It lowers my blood pressure, calms my spirit, and reminds me I am in the hands of the Creator of the universe! Thanks for sharing, as always.

    1. aj

      I’m so glad the daily devotionals bless you. Sometimes there is a message that really strikes home and this was one of them. Even on rushed days, prayer makes all the difference. I’m humbled when I realize those who have been put in prison for their faith, and knowing we can bring encouragement to them through prayer, helps me get through a day. We have so much…our brothers and sisters have so little in other countries. Prayer for them makes all the difference…in me and, prayerfully, for them. Thanks for your post! aj

  23. Cathy Harvey

    “Do not be conformed to it” from Dec.9th – that is a tough one. Living in the world as we do, subconsciously influenced by all the media around us, surely leaks into our lives. It’s hard to see ourselves from a truly biblical perspective. I’ve got to think about this: what am I doing that is quite “worldly” that has become a habit I don’t even care about? This is going to take some soul-searching and breaking of lazy habits. . . this may need to be a 2020 goal. . . Thanks for sharing!

    1. aj

      I agree with you…it is so easy to slip into worldly choices/habits without even thinking about it. Good idea for making this a 2020 goal! Thanks for your input!

  24. ch

    Your devo for today, Dec. 13th is so precious! I will share this with a dear friends who just lost her young husband to a rare cancer. He was diagnosed a year ago and went to heaven a few weeks ago. She has 3 little ones and they “help” her with farm chores. She will love this. I am going to copy and paste it to her FB page.

    1. aj

      I’m so sorry for your friend…this time of year is especially difficult. I pray this particular devotional will help and feel free to give her this website for future ones OR I send them out daily and she can request them at Or, if it would help her, I send out a VERY short 1 verse and short prayer as a daily thought Monday through Friday…she can request that at the above email. Thanks for blessing her with today’s devotional! aj

  25. Cathy Harvey

    I sent today’s (Jan. 22, St. Cross Hospital) devo to my son who is stationed on a ship in the Gulf of Mexico. He is such a leader; the evil one is often attacking him and he gets weary in the battle. I thought this would encourage him as he plods this pilgrim journey in the carnal body we must endure this side of Heaven. Of, for the Lord to come and rescue us for good!

    1. aj

      I pray this will be a special encouragement for your son…it must be so difficult to be stationed on a ship! Thanks for sending it to him and for helping to spread God’s word to the weary. aj

  26. Chzzr

    Thank you aj for being so Faithful in keeping HIS Truth before so many. Too often we get lost in the ‘dribble of the day’ and lose sight of all HE has,is and will do.

    1. aj

      You’re welcome! I’m happy they are a blessing. Thanks for writing! aj

  27. Cathy H.

    This was so enlightening! I don’t think I ever really read through that verse slowly enough to capture the words that were in bold, “as your days–so shall your strength be.” I don’t think I understood what that meant. The entire piece so perfectly captured exactly how life is: sometimes sunshine, sometimes the days are rainy. It’s okay. He is the same yesterday, today, and for every day we are alive and chugging along. He will give the strength we need for the day at hand. And on the rainy days, it’s okay to feel sad, or rest. Keeping our faith, but allowing for our physical need for rest or a time of sorrow is healthy. I love these thoughts to dig up for us. Thank you so much!

    1. aj

      You’re so welcome! I’m thankful they are a blessing and helpful. I need them as much as anyone so I assume others will be helped, too. Thanks for letting me know they are. 🙂 aj

  28. CJ

    Your providing all those verses are proving to be a blessing for so many. Please continue being obedient to HIS leading and keeping all His Wisdom and Words before us all.

    1. aj

      As long as the Lord gives me daily strength, they will continue to appear. Thanks for the encouraging words! aj

  29. Chzzr

    Wonderful reminder aj…HE is our Shepherd and HE will guide and protect us in the midst of EVERYTHING…IN that and in HIM we have our peace.

    1. aj

      YES…I really needed this one with all that is happening in our world. Thankful it helped you, too. Thanks for writing! aj

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