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Healer of the Heart


By Carolyn Dale Newell

Then He spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart,

Luke 18:1 NKJV

Waves crashed upon the boat as the men trembled. They were seasoned fishermen, but this was no ordinary storm. They feared for their lives. How could Jesus sleep in the boat while the tempest raged? The disciples needed Him now!

They roused Jesus from His nap, and He reminded them about their “little faith”. I doubt His voice was condemning. Possibly, He consoled the terrified disciples, telling them it would be OK. Jesus was on the scene, as He hushed the winds and waves.

Friend, it is going to be OK for you too. We all experience weaknesses, the particular ordeals which create anxiety and heartache. Our minds know God never leaves us, but sometimes, we feel abandoned. We have quoted verses to friends and family, but during our storms, we doubt these promises. We have felt peace beyond understanding, but now peace eludes us.? We know Scripture by heart, but today, our heart does not sense it.

In our verse, Jesus said that we ought to pray and not lose heart. There are seasons when we lose heart. His promises feel unattainable in moments of brokenness. He promised not to put more on us than we can bear. True, but He is our burden-bearer since He commanded us to cast our cares on Him.

When you have lost your spouse and the tears are unceasing. When the squall of depression rips you apart. When the doctors offer no hope. When your child strays. When the pressures boil. We lose heart, but we can pray.

Friend, if you feel helpless, you are not hopeless. These hearts are still human. Persist in prayer! Pray until peace envelops your soul. Pray until the winds are silenced. Pray until the waves stop churning. The Healer of hearts is on the scene, like He was that long-ago night. Can you hear Him whisper, “It’s gonna be OK.”?

Jesus, Jesus, sometimes all I can do is say Your precious name. At this moment, I don’t feel strong. I don’t feel at peace. I don’t even feel Your presence, but I know You are here. I won’t stop praying until You manifest Yourself to me. I need Your grace to see me through this storm. So I will be still and listen… Amen.


When we lose heart, we need some reminders. Here are some well-known promises from God:


  • 1 Corinthians 10:13
  • 2 Corinthians 12:9
  • Philippians 4:6-7, 19
  • 1 Peter 5:7


Never believe you have failed as a Jesus girl or a godly man because you experience momentary weakness. You are human, and it is normal. In the end, you will be stronger for it.

Copyright 2016 Carolyn Dale Newell.

Sorrow With Hope


By Carolyn Dale Newell

But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope.

1 Thessalonians 4:13 NKJV

My husband sits by his brother’s side, speaking words of peace and love to him. For months, Matt has been in and out of hospitals and nursing homes. Soon, his suffering will end. The hours tick by as Matt waits for angels to carry him across Jordan. Matt has fought. He was so close to a liver transplant, but it was not part of God’s plan. My husband knows that, even if he does not understand it now. He did all a brother could do for Matt.

The family will sorrow, but not like those who sorrow with no hope. Matt has assured us of his relationship with Jesus Christ. This quiet young man who loved pizza, his dog CoCo, and the dollar stores loved Jesus. When he departs this world filled with pain, he will slip into the glories of heaven. As Matt walks through the valley of the shadow of death, Jesus walks with him. It is just a shadow, just a veil to slip through. What a wondrous moment that must be when he steps out of darkness into heaven.

We have the confidence of knowing without a doubt that we will join Matt one day. Yes, we grieve, but we have that hope.

Somewhere another family weeps, but they have no hope. That is a sorrow which will never be comforted. Do you have hope? Do you know Jesus?

You can never do enough good works or give enough money to enter heaven. There is only one way, and it is Jesus. Jesus made a way when He paid the sin debt on the cross. When you genuinely trust Christ as your Lord and Savior, you will share in this hope. It’s not a “hope so” salvation, but a “know so” salvation.

God has received glory numerous times when doctors and nurses witnessed His mighty hand upon Matt. Now, Matt’s story will bring God glory each time a sinner comes to saving faith by hearing Matt’s story. We love you, Matt.

Lord Jesus,

Matt will have the joy of Your presence. We will be along shortly. Come quickly, Lord Jesus. Amen.


Copyright 2016 Carolyn Dale Newell.