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The Father’s Gifts


By Carolyn Dale Newell

 “But the father said to his servants, “Bring out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet.

 And bring the fatted calf here and kill it, and let us eat and be merry…”

Luke 15:22-23 (NKJV)

Christians are familiar with the parable of the prodigal son.  The sinner has repented and comes to God.  The gifts that the father gives the prodigal may not appear to be extravagant, but we have to understand the culture of that time.

The best robe was the finest clothes that were only worn on very special occasions.  The ring was a signet ring which gave the prodigal authority to make decisions concerning the father’s estate. Sandals were never worn by slaves, so they symbolized sonship.  The fatted calf was only killed for a great celebration or festival.

The gifts symbolize the lavish blessings that God bestows on us. He has given us eternal life and clothed us in Christ’s righteousness.  We are adopted as sons and daughters, not slaves. Yet, we complain, we want more, because we are pursuing the things that the world offers rather than God’s glory.

God wants us to be holy and humble. He adores our worship and our witness to an unsaved world.

God comforts us when we are sorrowful.  He strengthens us when we are weak.  He gives us His divine peace and joy in the middle of the raging storm.

God never promised us a trouble-free life. Actually, Jesus told us that in this life there would be tribulation.  He said that we must bear our cross.  Scripture calls for a sacrificial life.

When you face the struggles and the sad times, look for God in the situation.  You will see that He is giving you the very best.

Heavenly Father,

Forgive us when we gripe about the small stuff. You generously bless us and we thank You. Draw us away from the cares of this world. In Jesus’ name, amen.


Read Matt. 16:24, John 16:33, Rom. 12:1-2.


 Although it may not seem like it right now, but God is giving you His very best. Our part is to trust Him.

Copyright 2015 Carolyn Dale Newell.

The Potter and The Clay


By Carolyn Dale Newell


But now, O Lord, You are our Father; We are the clay, and You our potter;

And all we are the work of Your hand.

Is. 64:8 (NKJV)


In 2012, I used this verse when I referred to my vision loss. I was the clay in the hand of my Father, the very capable potter. I was His to mold at His will. I still believe that.


I found an e-mail that I sent out back then.   I had just begun writing, and I never included this in anything I wrote, but God has laid it on my heart to share part of it now. I wrote it after the specialist told me that I could not be on the clinical trial for a drug that might have halted my vision loss. 



Our trip to Hopkins yesterday did not turn out as we had hoped.   They cannot use me on the clinical trial because my vision is so bad that they cannot consistently measure improvements…. Don’t feel bad for me.  Yes, I am disappointed, but not surprised.  I have prayed for God’s will to be done, not my own.  I have learned not to pray selfish prayers, but to ask God to use me with all grace and mercy.  I have seen in the last 6 months how God is using my disability for His glory.  Continue to pray for His mercy upon me and His will to be done in my life.  I need God’s hand to guide me every day, literally.  In Phil. 4:19, we receive the promise that God will supply all of our needs.  There are many blind people who live a productive life.  There are many people without a leg or an arm or in a wheelchair that live a productive life.  These are wonderful things to have, but when it comes down to it, we don’t really “need” them.  God gives us His strength, mercy and grace and that is what we really need.  I will continue with Christ as the “I” in my storm.



I will close this with just a prayer.


Heavenly Father,

Why You would have me share this after so long, I do not know, but You do. I pray that the person this is intended for will be wrapped completely in Your grace. Use this for Your purpose for we know that Your word does not go forth void. In the name of Jesus, amen.


Copyright 2015 Carolyn Dale Newell.