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Wag-a-thon Wednesday


What is Wag-A-Thon Wednesday?

In 2016, I attended Guiding Eyes for the Blind, and after three weeks, I returned home with a trained guide dog and the knowledge to work with her. Most of you know my beautiful Iva from the Guide Dog Tales.

A guide dog has drastically changed my life. Iva is a gift from God. With her, God has opened many doors for me and my ministry.

I want to give back to Guiding Eyes. All my training, room and board, delicious meals, and equipment including Iva were free. I did not have to pay for a single thing, not even my airfare, thanks to generous donors.

The following link will explain the details of the Wag-A-Thon, but would you please consider giving to Guiding Eyes by sponsoring us?

The Wag-A-Thon lasts through May 31, and I will keep you updated here concerning our progress.

Iva and I thank you for giving, along with many future guide dog teams.







By Carolyn Dale Newell

The unknown frightens us. We find ourselves in waters we have not traversed before.

Although my vision loss began at age seven, the rapid decline at age fifty stirred up fear. Life goes on after sight loss, but we do things differently, and until I learned the new techniques, I was on edge. Once I became proficient in doing things differently, it became natural. I discovered a new friend in a talking computer, and a black Lab.

Today, Iva and I faced a traffic problem. We raced through our route, and we were heading home at a slower pace. We approached an intersection with a car across the street. Iva stopped. We waited, and we waited some more. I raised up my sunglasses. I could tell the vehicle was not parked on the side of the street, but it was ready to pull out. There was no reason for it to continue sitting. I waved them on. I considered crossing, but I played it safe by giving them time to move. I motioned for them to go again.

Finally, I gave Iva the command to go forward. After crossing, we walked pass the idling vehicle. I shook my head in disbelief. Was the car unattended? Was the driver too engrossed in something that they were not watching their surroundings? What if another car pulled up behind them? A sighted person would have had insight into this, but Iva and I were clueless.

Sometimes life is like this confusing traffic situation. God knows what is going on in our lives, but we do not. I don’t like it when God keeps me in the dark. Maybe He has you there today. Is there something the doctors don’t understand? Are you facing unexplainable storms? Do you wonder why? What is this roadblock in your path?

We lack answers, and if you are like me, you struggle with that.

Christians are saved by faith. We live by faith. We trust God for everything, including the things we do not understand. We might not know the answers, but we have to confidently leave it in His capable hands.

Easier said than done. Living in calm beats living in chaos. We trust God to turn our chaos into calm.

When a driver abandons their car in the middle of the street, we must trust God. When life takes a turn for the worse, we must trust God. When the checking account hits zero, we must trust God. Isn’t it wonderful that we can rely on our divine Father to know what goes on in our crazy world?

Friend, whatever unknown faces you today, face it head on with God. Mr. Unknown, meet God. He will handle you.