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Throwback Thursday: At a Price


By Carolyn Dale Newell


And He, bearing His cross, went out to a place called the Place of a Skull, which is called in Hebrew, Golgotha, where they crucified Him…

John 19:17-18 (NKJV)

As I came into the house after my walk, I thanked God as usual. I am almost totally blind, and I normally walk alone. Therefore, I always thank God for keeping me safe from harm. That particular day I was giving details in my thanks. “Thank You, God that I did not fall down or become a victim of some crime. I really thank You that I did not get hit by a car…” That is when I realized that He has rescued me from something much worse than getting hit by a car.

I began asking God for forgiveness. He has kept me from an eternity in hell. Not only have I been saved from the horrors of hell, but that cost Him something. It costs Him nothing to keep me safe every day, but the price for my salvation was extremely high. It cost God His only begotten Son.

How could I be so grateful for safety without thanking Him daily for the enormous price of my salvation? This needs to go beyond the simple gratitude for saving me. I need to be reminded of the cross of Christ every day. I want to remember the beatings which pierced His skin. I want to remember the thorns pushed into His head. I want to remember the nails in His hands and feet. I want to think about the splintery cross as He hung there gasping for air.

We get so caught up in today – our needs for today, our blessings for today – that we sometimes forget that all this doesn’t cost God anything. Our salvation cost Him everything. I still thank God for my safe walks and rightly so, but I make a point to remember how He rescued me at a price.

Lord Jesus,

Help me remember the enormous suffering You endured on my behalf. Thank You for making it possible for me to receive salvation. Amen.


Read John 19:1-24.


During this Easter season, reflect upon the great price that was paid for your salvation. If you have any doubts about your salvation, ask God to forgive you for your sins, and commit your life to Him. If you have questions, feel free to contact me: devotionsforyou@gmail.com


Copyright 2014 Carolyn Dale Newell.



He Has Called Me Friend


By Carolyn Dale Newell

“No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you.”

John 15:15 (NKJV)

I would like to introduce you to my best friend, Jesus Christ. I am honored that He calls me friend. He is always there for me. When I call upon Him, He always listens. He has supplied me with everything that I need. He provides me a home with plenty of food and a wonderful husband. He gives me peace when fear wants to grip my heart. He comforts me when I am down. He gives me joy in the midst of sorrow. His protective hand guides me and keeps me safe. When I am weak, I can depend on His strength.

I wish I could be a more faithful friend to Jesus. It is very much a one-sided relationship because He does everything for me, yet I have cost Him so much. He has even given His life for me. You see, I am a sinner and the wages of sin are death (Rom. 6:23). Jesus Christ loved me so much that He died in my place on a cruel cross. Three days later, He rose from the grave, and He lives now. I will have eternal life in a glorious place called heaven because of His sacrifice. “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends” (John 15:13 NKJV).

Is Jesus Christ your friend, your Lord, and your Savior? If so, tell Him how much you love Him. If you do not know Him, now is a good time to fix that. Call on Him, and ask Him to forgive your sins. Tell Him that you want to turn from your sins and live for Him. You will never have a better friend than Jesus Christ.

Dear Jesus,

Thank You for being my friend, my Lord, and my Savior. I love You. Help me to be more faithful to You. In Your name, I pray. Amen.


Read John 15:11-17. What is necessary in order to be called a friend to Jesus (v. 14)?


It is said that in order to have a friend, you must be a friend. What can you do today to be a better friend to Jesus? How much time did you spend with Jesus this week?

Copyright 2014 Carolyn Dale Newell.