Emmy Award–winning Today show host Kathie Lee Gifford opens her heart to Simple Grace about how God's faithfulness turns every heartbreak into hope. She tells of the moment her beloved husband of nearly 30 years, NFL legend Frank Gifford, passed away unexpectedly and how God gave her strength to trust Him through her loss:
Despite her grief, Kathie Lee will never forget the look of incredible love and peace that graced Frank’s face. “It was a look of pure awe and I knew that Frank saw Jesus,” Kathie Lee tells Simple Grace. “Jesus took his breath away.”
Just one week later, Kathie Lee returned to the Today show with an important message in her heart. “The Holy Spirit was encouraging me and the Lord was telling me, ‘Go tell them about Frank. Tell the story,’ and that’s what I did,” she says. On air that morning, Kathie Lee courageously spoke to the nation about God’s promises and grace, and how she found comfort in knowing Frank had lived his life for the Lord. “I didn’t plan what I said, I just wanted to show people hope,” she smiles. Her message did just that.
“I’ve learned if we focus too much on what we’ve lost we can’t live in the now,” Kathie Lee explains. “And while I don’t know what my future holds, I do know Who holds my future in His tender loving hands. Jeremiah 29:11 says, ‘I know the plans I have for you…plans to give you hope and a future.’ I still cling tightly to that.”
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Also, check out Kathie Lee's new book, The Rock, the Road, and the Rabbi detailing her journey through ancient Israel with Messianic Rabbi Jason Sobel, as they shed light on the Hebrew language, culture and heritage that helps illuminate God's word!