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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.


Why Is Friday So Good


By Carolyn Dale Newell

All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned, every one, to his own way; and the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.

Is. 53:6 NKJV

Good Friday is often overshadowed by Easter Sunday, but it is the day we reflect on the cross. That old rugged cross which represents love, grace and mercy. It was a day of violence, bloodshed and death, but Jesus rose from the grave three days later to triumph over sin, death, and Satan.

We are sinners, and our holy and just God requires a penalty to be paid for sin. It can never be paid through any amount of good works. Only by the sinless Son of God.

Jesus Christ paid our sin debt on that cross. It is the only way we can be saved. When sinners place their trust in Christ and His work on the cross, they are justified. As they say, “It’s just if I’d never sinned.” In God’s eyes, He no longer sees our unrighteousness; instead He sees the righteousness of Christ.

“I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I, who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.” Gal. 5:20

It was just as if I had been on the cross. He paid my sin debt, and oh, what a debt it was!

He was wounded for our transgressions. Spikes were hammered through His hands and feet. He was bruised for our iniquities – beaten, mocked and humiliated.

He held the power to come down from the cross, but He refused to use it. He stayed there out of His great love for us. No greater price has ever been paid. No greater love has ever been given. What does the cross mean to you today?

Heavenly Father,

Thank You for Jesus. Thank You for the cross. Thank You for saving a sinner like me. May I never forget the high price of redemption. Amen.


Read Rom. 6:1-14.


Do you have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ? Do you feel the guilt of your sin? Repent and ask God to save you because Jesus has already paid the sin debt.

Copyright 2016 Carolyn Dale Newell.

You may also want to read “Never Forsaken” https://amountainoffaith.wordpress.com/2015/04/04/never-forsaken/