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Today’s Special is: The Potter and The Clay
Carefully prepared just for you by your friend, Carolyn Dale Newell
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But now, O Lord, You are our Father; we are the clay and You our potter; and all we are the work of Your hand.

Isaiah 64:8 NKJV


Usually I write about God’s grace during my difficult time of rehabilitation.  I tell people that I consider it a privilege to lose my vision because through it, I see the glory of God.  Allow me to take you back to the days of fear and sadness when I realized I was going blind.

The doctors had told me that my visual impairment would not lead to total blindness.  Imagine my shock when I noticed a drastic decline in my vision.  I had noticed changes, but during our Christmas trip to Dollywood, I realized that I could no longer see the shows like I had before.  I fought back the tears until we reached our hotel room, and I admitted to myself and my husband that I was going blind.  When we came home, I made appointments with rehab counselors and doctors.

Often, I would cry.  I was scared of the unknown.  It was sad to think that I may live in total darkness.  The problem was that I really did not trust God to supply my needs and strengthen me to do all things, but God is faithful even when I have doubts.

My Bible study had taught me to let God mold me because He was the potter, and I was the clay.  I prayed for His will to be done, not my own selfish will.  As the potter molded me, I learned to trust Him.  The fears and the tears vanished in His loving hands.

People tell me that I am so strong, but they don’t know about the fear when I was mourning the impending loss of my sight.  They only see the finished product after God molded me – “the work of His hand”.

Take Out:

It is normal for us to experience some grief when we are faced with the loss of one of our senses or the loss of an arm or leg.  We often take our healthy bodies for granted.  We need to remember that God is as faithful to His promises today as He was when He parted the Red Sea or when He protected Daniel in the lion’s den.

Whatever you are going through, trust God.


Dear heavenly Father, forgive me when I doubt and fear.  Increase my faith for I know that You, the Potter, know what is best for the clay.  In Jesus’ name, amen.

Listen to “The Potter Knows the Clay” by the Perrys

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© 2015 by Carolyn Dale Newell.  All rights reserved.

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Carolyn there are so many thoughts after I read your devotional so just bare with me.

1. July 2010 I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis; one breathe I was thanking God for not allow it to be a tumor then next I was crying thinking my life was over.  Then a couple of months after my diagnose my dad was found to have throat cancer with no chances of beating it.

2. It took a while and a lot of prayer warriors praying for me.  I finally realized just a smidgen of my lessons.

1. God was drawing me back to him

2. He used my parents strength and disease as a life lesson for me and I think for others too

3. He has protected me or not allow MS to worsen (I still work full time).

3. One of the most important LIGHT Bulb going off, by having MS it has opened my eyes, heart and life to others in need and got me involved with the National MS Society Louisiana Chapter. 

There has been something laid on my heart and I've prayed for God's will and blessings I am trying to start a Support Group that would allow people who work to have a place they can go to and find MS in all stages to come and share.

Sorry got off of subject.

This devotional hits on a lot spots how I was angry about daddy's cancer, how I thought my life was over.  NOW I can't imagine life without MS I am still scared but I do my best not to over think or worry about tomorrow or what might happen in 5yrs.  I've done all of the planning that I can do or that we can plan money wise (that is another story).  I am happy with my efforts with NMSS and I am tickled pink that I've made new family members (MS'ers).  I've had friends off and on tell me they can see a change in me (for the good) because I allowed God to work on me which flows out to others.

Thank you for allowing God to work through you to me (I've shared your devotional to a few friends hope you don't mind)


Whatever we face, God is faithful.  Thank you for your courage to share your fears before Your triumphs.  That is comforting to know.  God bless you for your encouraging words today.  Dawn Neely

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