Kathie Lee Gifford opens up about the strength she found after the death of husband 3 years ago (Exclusive)

Kathie Lee Gifford is looking forward.

The 64-year-old multihyphenate sat down with ET’s Katie Krause at the Hallmark Summer TCA gathering to discuss her upcoming projects and what she’s learned about herself after the loss of her husband, Frank Gifford, three years ago.

“How strong I am because of the lord,” she answered. “Yeah, I mean, he meets all of our needs and gives us everything we need according to his glorious riches, so I’m fine.”

“I keep very busy,” she added. “I just wrapped a film in Scotland that’ll be out at Christmas time that I wrote, and produced and starring in and co-wrote the score, so I’ve been busy!”

The film to which she is referring is When God Winks at You, an adaptation of a book by author SQuire Rushnell.

According to the Hallmark Channel, via Entertainment Weekly, the film presents a “true story demonstrating that God communicates with us, making incredible things happen in our lives every single day. Viewers will begin to recognize god winks in their own lives, both past and present. Through these tangible signposts from God, we receive personalized messages that reassure us, stop us from worrying, chart our path in life and help us keep the faith.”

During the interview, Gifford revealed that her daughter, actress Cassidy Gifford, very nearly joined her for the Hallmark production as well!

“She was almost in this film that I wrote, but due to budgetary concerns I had to write her out,” she shared. “She was going to play me as a younger woman, my character as a younger woman, and it just ended up not working out.”

When God Winks at You arrives on the Hallmark Channel on Dec. 17 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

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BRIDGEHAMPTON, NY - OCTOBER 18: Frank Gifford and Kathie Lee Johnson pose for photos following their wedding celebration on October 18, 1986 in Bridgehampton, New York. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Frank Gifford and Kathie Lee Gifford attend Rainbow & Stars on 4/18/1996 in New York City. (Photo by Walter McBride/Corbis via Getty Images)
GOOD MORNING AMERICA - 12/31/87 Frank Gifford met Kathie Lee Johnson on the GMA set and we all know what happened after that! GM87 Mandatory credit ABC PHOTO ARCHIVES. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - APRIL 01: Frank and Kathie Lee Gifford (Photo by The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - CIRCA 1989: Kathie Lee Gifford and husband Frank Gifford attend the Moda Italia Gala promoting Italian trade circa 1989 in New York City. (Photo by PL Gould/IMAGES/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - APRIL 24: Kathie Lee Gifford and Frank Gifford attend the Dinner of Champions Benefit for the NY Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society on April 24, 1990 at the Waldorf Hotel in New York City, New York. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Frank Gifford & Kathie Lee Gifford attends the American Cancer Society Award for Artistic on May 31, 1990 in New York City. (Photo by Walter McBride/Corbis via Getty Images)
Regis Philbin, Kathie Lee Gifford and Frank Gifford (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Frank Gifford with his wife Kathie Lee Gifford in front of a cartoon backdrop; circa 1990; New York. (Photo by Art Zelin/Getty Images)
Sportscaster Frank Gifford watching as his TV talk show wife Kathie Lee teases their 2-yr-old son Cody as she holds on to him while he stands on coffee table at home. (Photo by Michael A. Smith/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images)
BARBARA WALTERS SPECIAL - 10/5/92 Barbara Walters interviewed Frank and Kathie Lee Gifford for an ABC Special. Mandatory credit ABC PHOTO ARCHIVES. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
Television sportscaster Frank Gifford and wife, television personality Kathie Lee Gifford. (Photo by Dave Allocca/DMI/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Washington, DC. 7-2-1991 Frank Gifford and wife Kathy Lee arrival at the White House to attend a State Dinner for South Korean President Roh Tae Woo. Francis Newton 'Frank' Gifford is a former American football player and American sportscaster. Kathie Lee Gifford (born Kathryn Lee Epstein;) is an American television host, singer, songwriter, and actress, best known for her 15-year run (1985???'2000) on the talk show Live! with Regis and Kathie Lee, which she co-hosted with Regis Philbin. She has (Photo by Mark Reinstein/Corbis via Getty Images)
Frank Gifford and Kathie Lee Gifford attend Rainbow & Stars on 4/18/1996 in New York City. (Photo by Walter McBride/Corbis via Getty Images)
273047 02: Frank and Kathie Lee Gifford stand together at a podium during the dedication of Cassidy's Place June 10, 1996 in New York City. The Association to Benefit Children created Cassidy's Place, which is a therapeutic day nursery for one hundred underprivileged children who suffer from serious medical conditions. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Liaison)
Television sportscaster Frank Gifford and wife, television personality Kathie Lee Gifford. (Photo by Marion Curtis/DMI/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - OCTOBER 28: Frank and Kathie Lee Gifford at a party for Larry King's book 'Powerful Prayers' at the '21' Club., (Photo by Richard Corkery/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
Television personality Kathie Lee Gifford and husband, television sportscaster Frank Gifford. (Photo by Dave Allocca/DMI/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Frank Gifford & Kathie Lee Gifford attend the Daytime Emmy Awards on 5/18/2001 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. (Photo by Walter McBride/Corbis via Getty Images)
Frank Gifford and Kathie Lee Gifford attend theBroadway Opening of 'Millie' on 4/18/2002 at the Marquis Theatre in New York City. (Photo by Walter McBride/Corbis via Getty Images)
Frank Gifford & Kathie Lee Gifford during The Actors' Fund of America's Standing Ovation! Gala 80th Birthday Celebration in Honor of James M. Nederlander at Sheraton New York in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
Kathie Lee Gifford and Frank Gifford attend 'SAY GOODNIGHT GRACIE' The Live Laughter and Love of George Burns Opening Night at the Helen Hayes Theatre, New York City October 10, 2002 (Photo by Walter McBride/Corbis via Getty Images)
KATHIE LEE GIFFORD and FRANK GIFFORD Attending The American Theatre Wing's Annual Luncheon at the Pierre Hotel, New York City. April 14, 2003 (Photo by Walter McBride/Corbis via Getty Images)
Frank Gifford and Kathie Lee Gifford during Opening Night of 'The Boy From Oz' - Arrivals and After Party at The Imperial Theater and Copacabana Nightclub in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)
Kathie Lee Gifford and Frank Gifford Attending the Opening Night of the New Broadway Musical, WICKED ( The Untold Story of the Witches Of Oz ), at the Gershwin Theatre in New York City. October 30, 2003 (Photo by Walter McBride/Corbis via Getty Images)
Kathie Lee Gifford and Frank Gifford during Opening Night of Fiddler on the Roof Broadway Revival at The Minskoff Theatre in New York, New York, United States. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)
Frank Gifford and Kathie Lee Gifford during Annual 'Bal du Printemps' of the Parkinson's Disease Foundation at The Pierre Hotel in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Harold Cook/FilmMagic)
GREENWICH, CN - OCTOBER 14: Frank Gifford and Kathie Lee Gifford attend the Westport Country Playhouse benefit dinner at The Hyatt Regency on October 14, 2004 in Greenwich, Connecticut. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - JANUARY 6: (U.S. TABS AND HOLLYWOOD REPORTER OUT) TV personality Kathie Lee Gifford and husband Frank Gifford, son Cody and daughter Cassidy arrive at the opening night of her new musical 'Under The Bridge' at The Zipper Theatre January 6, 2005 in New York City. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Getty Images)
Kathie Lee Gifford, Frank Gifford and daughter Cassidy Gifford (Photo by Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)
Frank Gifford and Kathie Lee Gifford (Photo by G. Gershoff/WireImage)
NEW YORK - OCTOBER 24: Frank Gifford and TV personality Kathie Lee Gifford attend the 10th Anniversary of Cassidy's Place at Cassidy's Place on October 24, 2006 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images)
Frank Gifford, honoree, and Kathie Lee Gifford (Photo by Gary Gershoff/WireImage)
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 01: Kathie Lee Gifford and her husband, former Monday Night Football announcer Frank Gifford, attend the opening night of 'Cyrano De Bergerac' at the Richard Rodgers Theatre November 1, 2007 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - OCTOBER 25: (L-R) Cody Gifford, Cassidy Gifford, Kathie Lee Gifford, Gretchen Buchenholz, Founder and Executive Director to Benifit Children ABC, and Frank Gifford attend the unveiling of a new variety Cody Gifford House Program and Playground at 404 East 91st Street and 1st Avenue on October 25, 2007 in New York City. (Photo by Janette Pellegrini/WireImage)
UNITED STATES - JANUARY 10: Kathie Lee Gifford and Frank Gifford arrives at the Lunt-Fontanne Thea. for the Broadway Opening Night performance of Disney's 'The Little Mermaid' (Photo by Richard Corkery/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
BURBANK, CA - OCTOBER 13: TV Host Kathie Lee Gifford, Husband TV Commentator Frank Gifford and their Daughter Cassidy Gifford attend the Walt Disney Legends Ceremony at the Walt Disney Studios on October 13, 2008 in Burbank, California. (Photo by Valerie Macon/WireImage)
NEW YORK CITY, NY - NOVEMBER 6: Kathie Lee Gifford and Frank Gifford attend Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory's Double Helix Medals Dinner at The Mandarin Hotel on November 6, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by JACKIE SNOW/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Aired 03/13/2009 -- Frank Gifford, Kathie Lee Gifford (Photo by Virginia Sherwood/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - MAY 13: Kathie Lee Gifford and Frank Gifford attend the Society of Memorial Sloan Kettering's 2nd annual Spring Ball at The Plaza Hotel on May 13, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images)
Frank Gifford & Kathie Lee Gifford attending the Broadway Opening Night Performance of ' 9 to 5 the Musical ' at the Marriott Marquis Theatre in Times Square, New York City. April 30, 2009 (Photo by Walter McBride/Corbis via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - JUNE 01: Actress and media personality Kathie Lee Gifford and Frank Gifford attend the American Theatre Wing's 2009 Spring Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street on June 1, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Jemal Countess/WireImage)
Frank Gifford and Kathie Lee Gifford attend(s) Literacy Partners Evening of Readings Gala at David H. Koch Theater on May 10th, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by PATRICK MCMULLAN/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - APRIL 26: Honoree Kathie Lee Gifford (L) and husband Frank Gifford attend the City of Hope-East End Chapter 2010 Spirit of Life Award luncheon at Waldorf Astoria - Grand Ballroom on April 26, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Gary Gershoff/Getty Images for City of Hope)
TODAY -- Pictured: (l-r) Hoda Kotb, Frank Gifford and Kathie Lee Gifford appear on NBC News' 'Today' show (Photo by Peter Kramer/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK CITY, NY - OCTOBER 11: (L-R) Hoda Kotb, Kathie Lee Gifford and Frank Gifford attend HODA KOTB Celebrates 'Hoda: How I Survived War Zones, Bad Hair, Cancer and Kathie Lee' at Deutsch Residence on October 11, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by CLINT SPAULDING/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
Frank & Kathie Lee Gifford attending the Opening Night of Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures' Inaugural production of LESTAT at the Palace Theatre with an after party at Time Warner Center in New York City. April 25, 2006.?? Walter McBride/WM Photography (Photo by Walter McBride/Corbis via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: (l-r) Frank Gifford and Kathie Lee Gifford appear on NBC News' 'Today' show -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: (l-r) Joan Epstein, Frank Gifford, Kathie Lee Gifford and Regis Philbin appear on NBC News' 'Today' show -- Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC/NBC NewsWire
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 14: Frank Gifford and Kathie Lee Gifford arrive at the funeral service for Marvin Hamlisch at Temple Emanu-El on August 14, 2012 in New York City. Hamlisch died in Los Angeles on August 6, 2012 at age 68. In his long and distinguished career, the composer and conductor received a Pulitzer Prize as well as the Oscar, Tony, Emmy and GRAMMY (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: (l-r) Kathie Lee Gifford and Frank Gifford appear on NBC News' 'Today' show -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)
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