Dec 30, 2014 No Comments by


Derived from my website “EncouraGem” comes this new devotional book that shares some of my life stories of renewal and strength that the Lord has used to shape me into the vessel I have become today.

We are drenched in a blanket of depression. Conviction of our wrongdoing brings a feeling of hopelessness that we will not be strong enough to carry these burdens one more day. This is absolutely true. We are not strong enough — “But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me Christ Jesus might display His immense patience” . . .   Jesus is the One who has patiently waited for you to hand your burdens over to Him.  Listen to that inner voice saying, “Do it!”  Believe and lighten your load as I did, through a merciful God who longs for you to get to know Him.

This devotional is intended to encourage and uplift through its verses, stories, poems, and song lyrics. Find a cozy corner and read it daily, weekly, or whenever you find yourself in need of some uplifting words. The author has written this book as her gem of encouragement which also exists as a website with a Facebook and Twitter feed.

The mission through the author’s writing, whether through her website or book is to enlighten, inspire, teach, bring joy and laughter, and to love others just as Jesus loves me.

You will find my Book of Gems at —

Xulon Press:

Amazon Canada —
Amazon U.S. —
Barnes and Noble —

EncouraGem website:



About the author

Sybil was born in Timmins Ontario Canada. From there she moved to Red Lake, a little mining town in northern Ontario. When she was eleven years old, her family moved hundreds of miles south to the town of Bracebridge. It was here where she met her best friend Ann who introduced her to Jesus in a way that she had never known. A love for God and His word developed and she soon became a follower of Jesus. Sybil married when she was seventeen, and her husband was twenty-five. Over the years they were blessed with four children, three boys - Tim, Robert and Garth, and one girl - Karen. God took her faithful husband home to Heaven in December of 2010. And after much heartache and pain, but knowing what was best, God took her daughter Karen home to be with Him in February 2015. In spite of heart rending moments, God has blessed Syb in ways that often left her with her mouth hanging open in amazement! Years ago He began using her writings to reach out to those hurting, those needing an encouraging word, or to those needing to be strengthened with His love. Launching this website was another unimaginable blessing that God bestowed upon Sybil. As she began this new chapter in her life, she prayed Jesus would continue to put His words into her writings that would encourage you to seek Him for yourself. Through her writings and other writers articles included in this site, her prayer is that God will speak to you through these 'Gems' of Encouragement. May you be enlightened; inspired; taught Biblical truths; radiate with His joy; and that you will want to love others in the same way that Jesus loves you.

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