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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.

The Unseen


By Carolyn Dale Newell


While we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, But the things which are not seen are eternal.

2 Cor. 4:18 (NKJV)


In a few days, I will make the trip to Johns Hopkins. It has been an amazing two years since the last trip when the doctor told me that my vision was too inconsistent to use me on a clinical trial. I relax in knowing that God has it all figured out. I trust Him now more than ever.


As my vision has dwindled to almost nothing, I have seen God more clearly. He has shown me His protective hand when I walk alone on our neighborhood streets. I have seen His blessings when He brings a butterfly into my small visual field. I saw His love when I uttered a small, silent prayer to see a bear at Grandfather Mountain. He answered my prayer, and she sat right in front of me. I have seen grace when He has led my hand to something I had been looking for, something that I could not find on my own.


Ultimately, I have seen how God worked when I answered His call to write. He has opened doors to amazing opportunities, and I have met wonderful Christians from all over the world. I know He is not finished with me yet.


I have seen so much of God’s glory through visually impaired eyes that it doesn’t matter to me if my vision improves. It would be great if the vision loss stopped, but if it doesn’t, that is fine too. I make this trip with total peace that comes from a confident trust in my heavenly Father.


Whatever you are going through today, will you trust Him? Be encouraged that in the midst of your storm He will never leave you, but He will bring you safely to the other side.



I thank You for all I have seen from You. I pray for the dear Christian who is reading this devotion; that You will show them the mighty awesome grace that You have shown me. Amen.



Read 2 Cor. 4:15-18.



When have you seen the hand of God during your storms? Give Him praise for all His blessings and mercy.


Copyright 2015 Carolyn Dale Newell.