Speaking Through Silence


By Carolyn Dale Newell

…that you may walk properly toward those who are outside, and that you may lack nothing.

1 Thessalonians 4:12 NKJV

Obedience exercises were our 6 AM ritual at guide dog school. One morning, they switched things. No talking. Really? We can’t say “Sit” or Stay”? Imagine our amazement when the dogs quickly obeyed our hand motions.

As students, we were not silenced concerning religion, but we had to be careful not to be preachy. The same rule applied to politics. Religion and politics are the two most controversial topics in existence.

I freely testified about my relationship with Jesus Christ, but I did not cross the line. I did talk the talk, but more importantly, I walked the walk.

How many times does our conduct fall short of our conversation? How many times do we zip our lips when there are no rules to confine us? How often do we choose to say nothing when we are free to say anything?

Examine your daily life. If you were unable to speak, would your character amplify the gospel? Are you sending conflicting messages? The sound of our silence drowns out a multitude of words.

Just like our speechless obedience class, I spoke through my actions and attitudes. Not so much the mouthpiece, but definitely the hands and feet of Jesus Christ. My presence at this school was God ordained, and He knew from the foundation of the world that I would need wisdom to rise to the occasion.

Upon my arrival home, I received a message from one of my classmates. They were grateful for my kindness and expressed appreciation for seeing the light of God shining through me. In a similar manner, my body language communicated “Down” to Iva (my dog), my walk spoke volumes to those who came in contact with me.

Consider the message you are sending through your actions as you go through the day. What message are you speaking through silence?

Lord Jesus, enable us to drown out the world’s messages with our silence and give us the wisdom we need as we speak of Your wondrous glories. Amen.


Read Romans 13:13, Galatians 5:16, Ephesians 4:1; 4:17; 5:8, and Colossians 1:10.


Prayerfully consider your speech and your conduct. Do they line up with each other? How can you walk more like Christ today?

Copyright 2016 Carolyn Dale Newell.




Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, Rejoice!   -Phil 4:4


When we visit the Outer Banks of North Carolina, I wake up early to watch the sunrise. One morning, it looked as if the clouds would prevent it from being a beautiful sunrise. I waited and watched to see if the sun would pop out from behind the clouds. The clouds grew brighter and it was beautiful even though the sun only peered through the clouds at small intervals. Clouds get a bad rap because everyone wants to see the blue sky and cloudless days, but this day the clouds held such beauty with the sun behind them.

We want our lives to be like those sunny days without the clouds, but there are certain glories of God that cannot be seen until the clouds appear.

It is the times of heartache and grief that we feel the comfort of God. It is when our health fails, our vision dims, or we are filled with pain when we see God’s grace. It is when we are weak that we see His strength. These are the reasons that we can rejoice.

Paul was a prisoner when he penned these words. Not a likely place to rejoice, but it is not the circumstances that give us reason to rejoice. It is the Lord. It was important enough that Paul through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit repeated it; “Again I will say, rejoice!”

I have seen God’s work in my life. I felt His grace when I was struggling to learn braille. I feel His protection when I walk guided by the Hand of God and a white cane.

Nobody wants the cloudy days, but it is the only way we can see the Son of God working in us. Behind the clouds is the sun, and behind the cross is our living Savior.

Copyright 2013 Carolyn Dale Newell.