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Throwback Thursday: Witness During Suffering



By Carolyn Dale Newell


And Jesus said to him, “Assuredly, I say to you,

today you will be with Me in Paradise.”

Luke 23:43

No one has suffered greater than our Lord when He was nailed to a wooden cross to die for our sins. Yet, during His ordeal, He took the time and the strength to assure the thief on the cross of his salvation. Jesus had been severely beaten, bruised and wounded. His body was traumatized, but He made the effort to speak.

I thought about what it took just for Him to speak. He was in so much agony and every breath was difficult.

We can learn from our Lord’s selfless actions. We can witness to others during our trials. I never cease to be amazed when I hear a believer proclaiming the mercies of God rather than complaining about their situation. It blesses my heart to hear praises ascend to heaven as they thank God for entrusting them with a trial. It is wonderful when Christians use their hospital stay to witness to everyone who enters their room.

When we witness and praise God through our afflictions, we are glorifying God. We are also encouraging other saints. Even if they are not going through their own trial, they will remember your words and your attitude. The unsaved will hear and take notice that this is something different. They may see their need for salvation.

Our sufferings will never compare to those of our Lord. However, we can honor and glorify Him, encourage other believers, and spread the gospel. Remember His sufferings. Remember His words.

Lord Jesus,

Help us always witness to people, but especially when we are suffering. Prepare the hearts of those who we will come in contact with today to hear from You. Amen.DIG DEEPER

Read Luke 23:39-43.


Make a plan to witness to one new person this week.

Copyright 2013 Carolyn Dale Newell.



Hating the Waiting



By Carolyn Dale Newell

But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.

James 1:4 NKJV

Traffic jams, check-out lines, and waiting rooms. Do you hate to wait? Our real problem with patience occurs while we wait for the test results, the pain to end, the healing to come, or the breakthrough to finally break through.

Even Jesus waited, not just the four days He tarried in reaching Lazarus, but He delayed His own resurrection. Christ revealed His timetable to His disciples on many occasions. Three days in the tomb, but they failed to believe. This resulted in their despair and grief. If they had only understood, Saturday could have been joyous rather than grievous.

Like the remaining eleven, we fail to appreciate future glory. We want our trial to end, now.

During Jesus’ time in the tomb, the women prepared the spices to anoint His body. We make preparations as we linger in our trials. Life seems to go on, but Jesus kept busy in the spiritual realm, during His three-day delay.

Friend, Jesus is busy during our wait too. He works behind the scenes, and like the women, we move forward. Like the disciples, we try to make sense of the senseless.

On September 18, 2006, my world crashed around me. I lost all reason for living, but time continued. God showered me with grace and love. I went as far as to say life was great, but life in heaven would be so much better. No more heartache. No more memories.

Almost ten years later to the day, September 20, 2016, I met a beautiful black Lab. My guide dog, Iva, is a source of boundless joy. Her silliness keeps me laughing. Her unconditional love reminds me of the love of Christ.

Jesus surprised me with this new addition to our family, and Iva gave me a reason to live, not merely survive. During the ten-year wait, Jesus worked. Patience had its perfect work. I have grown in grace and wisdom.

Our microwave world doesn’t offer slow cooker results. In my little kitchen, nothing comes out of my microwave as scrumptious as what comes from the crockpot. Isn’t that true with life? Instant satisfaction robs us of gradual gratification.

You might be waiting, or like me, you might not know you are playing the waiting game. While we wait, Jesus works. While we wait, the world continues to turn. While we wait, we become more like Jesus. While we wait, we gain strength. While we wait, we learn patience, and patience will have its perfect work. Friend, you will lack nothing. Trusting Jesus means trusting His timing.

Lord Jesus, help us slow down. Help us not get in a hurry. Help us see the value in waiting. In Jesus’ name, Amen


Read Mark16.


I challenge you to strive for patience. They say it takes 30 days for a habit to form. What perfect work could patience in 30 days, if we commit to patience. Join me in this challenge!

Copyright 2018 Carolyn Dale Newell.