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By Carolyn Dale Newell

Iva never ceases to amaze me. Recently, we have experienced various opportunities for Iva to show off her skills.

Sometimes, I need to spend a day or more in a large church or convention center. On those occasions, I teach Iva the routes to the important spots, such as the bathroom, my book table, my chair, and if I am speaking, the podium. No matter the size of the building, Iva nails it.

Saturday, she maneuvered me around a crowded Walmart without bumping me into anyone. Speeding buggies, running kids and crazed shoppers kept her on her toes. Iva never missed a beat, and she was not distracted.

One day, we came upon a few parked cars which were idling. This is tricky because you never know what to expect. Are they waiting for us to pass by, or are they getting ready to pull out at any second?

One car was sitting in the street next to two parked cars. The driver appeared to be waiting on someone. He said hello with a smile, the kind of smile you hear. Iva assessed the situation. She made her decision and weaved me safely through the maze. Iva was rewarded with praise, cookies (treats), and a scratch behind the ear. Yes, I am one proud momma.

I suppose her skill will continually shock me. Next week marks our one-year anniversary. I hope I never grow accustomed to Iva’s intelligence.

God never fails to amaze me with His astounding work either. I stand in awe when God answers my little prayers. Insignificant prayers are not insignificant to God.

When something falls on the floor, it is a daunting task for a blind person. Either iva finds it, or God leads me to it. I am so blessed to have such impressive help, canine and divine.

I seek God’s guidance concerning my Bible study topics. I pray about the messages I write and speak. God comes through in ways that can only be God.

Consider God’s awesome power when you see the strength of wind and water in hurricanes and storms. Appreciate God’s creative wonders when you admire the texture of a fragrant, vibrant flower. Praise God when the birds sing the songs He has orchestrated for them.

God’s timing astonishes me. For over ten years, September 18 was a dreadful day. The day my daughter became the prodigal. God, In His loving kindness, gave me a super special day nearby on the calendar. On September 20, 2016, I met my best friend. My black beauty, Iva. Isn’t that so God?

Take time to reflect upon your heavenly shock and awe today. Observe your surroundings, giving Him glory for His creative genius.

Boldly ask God for the little things as well as the larger ones. Thank Him for His answer the moment the request leaves your lips. Praise Him! Worship our awesome God because He is worthy.

Copyright 2017 Carolyn Dale Newell.


Guide Dog Tales Vol. 10


By Carolyn Dale Newell


Have you attended a dog birthday party? It was a first for all of us, but this celebration was the best event I have ever hosted. Iva is not your ordinary dog. She is a guide dog loved by all.

The attendees included my pastor, mother-in-law, and loved ones from church. Since Timmy works with LED lights, he made Iva a birthday hat that lights up, plus she had her own Tierra, too. The funny thing was the way she walked around showing each person her beautiful head coverings. We had a human cake beautifully decorated for the occasion. Iva had a doggy cake made of natural healthy peanut butter and apples. Everyone enjoyed Iva opening her gifts.

It was a night of fun and fellowship, but it was also a night of faith. We recognized that two years ago, a puppy was born, and God had a purpose for this black pup. Only God knew His plans. We were completely unaware.

During Iva’s first year, I prayed for healing, as her puppy raiser began the training process. I knew God was going to bless me with better vision through cataract surgery. Despite the discouragement of many, I believed.

For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. Mark 11:23 NKJV

Seeing new things thrilled me, but a problem arose. The implants are for distance vision, not close vision. Mobility was suddenly difficult, and one day, I found myself in the middle of the street unsure of my exact location. Thanking God for that frightening day seemed impossible. At the time, I could not understand why He allowed it to happen. Trying to help me find a solution, my friend, Gail, suggested a guide dog. I gave her the list of myths that I thought were true. You have to train with the dog for six months. No, just three weeks. They will take the dog any time. I don’t work outside the house. Again, no and no.

Maybe it was something Gail said, or a prompting from God, but I called the only person I knew who once had a guide dog. She encouraged me to do it, and she gave a wonderful recommendation for Guiding Eyes for the Blind. Great school!

Last week, as Gail colored my hair, we reminisced about that life-changing day. We stand amazed at God’s handiwork. It destroyed my self-confidence, and I could have locked myself safely in my house afraid to venture out, but God had a plan.

Maybe you are facing the worst day in your life today. We lack access to God’s blueprints for our lives. Designs to make our lives abundant and full.

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Jer. 29:11 NKJV

God was preparing my beautiful Iva before I knew I needed her. I found I needed her more than I ever thought possible. Hang on, friend, because God is working on something for you. This is not original. It’s a Jason Crabb song, but it is fitting now. When you’re down to nothing, God is up to something. Yes, He truly is!


Copyright 2017 Carolyn Dale Newell.