Throwback Thursday: Thank You Isn’t Enough


By Carolyn Dale Newell

To the end that my glory may sing praise to You and not be silent.

O Lord my God, I will give thanks to You forever.

Ps. 30:12 NKJV

I didn’t begin 2015 expecting a miracle. It started with an appointment to see my ophthalmologist at Johns Hopkins, which was postponed. There was very little that I could see, and my world appeared to be wrapped in a heavy fog.

One by one, seven appointments were cancelled for various reasons: snow, medical conferences and illnesses. I began seeking God’s guidance after the fifth cancellation, and then came the riots in Baltimore leading to a deadly crime spree.

I made an appointment with a new local doctor that my primary care physician had recommended. On my initial visit, she informed me that the haze I was experiencing was due to cataracts, not my primary visual disorder. We scheduled surgery for October, three months away.

God providentially directed me to the right doctor. Now He impressed upon me to believe without a doubt that my vision would be much better after surgery. “Believe that you receive them, and you will have them” (Mark 11:24).

Several hours after the first surgery, with a shield over my eye, I noticed that what had once been blobs on the shower curtain were now lighthouses. I strolled through the house, seeing wedding pictures and forgotten flowers on the drapes. I wept rejoicing, thanking God.

How do you thank God for something like this? It is far from 20/20, but what I see is clear. Colors are brighter. I see flowers across my patio. The moon is larger than life, and raindrops are wondrous. The most beautiful sight is the cross at the front of our church.

Now I am believing God for complete healing. He has not only opened my eyes, but He is enlarging my faith. No, thank You isn’t enough. I will praise Him forever.

Dear heavenly Father,

Thank You isn’t enough for the many blessings You shower us with. Help us live in a manner glorifying You. Remind us to be eternally grateful. Amen.


Read Mark 11:20-24.


Ask God to give you the faith to believe the impossible is possible.

Copyright 2015 Carolyn Dale Newell


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