Steps of Faith - Encouragement Café - Mar. 27, 2014

Steps of Faith

Café Menu for Thursday, March 27, 2014

Today’s Special is: Walking While Holding His Hand

Carefully prepared just for you by your friend, Carolyn Dale Newell

Main Ingredient:

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

– Philippians 4:13 NKJV


I have always been visually impaired, but two years ago, I noticed a rapid decline in my vision. I was sad at the thought of not seeing the beauty of God’s creation. I wondered how I could identify the color of my clothes. How could I cook? I knew that God had allowed this for His purpose, and although fearful, I prayed for His will, not mine, to be done.

I began a rehab program which taught me to live as a blind person. The very first day, I received answers to all my troubling questions. I finally had some peace, but I knew I had a rough road ahead of me.

There was so much to learn. I learned to cross streets by listening for traffic. This allowed me to enjoy walking again – alone, but not alone. God is with me every time, and every walk begins with prayer and it ends with praise to God for His protective guiding hand.

I was not a technological person, but it opens many doors for the blind. I learned to use a computer with speech software. That is when I began writing Christian devotions to encourage others to trust God while journeying these rough roads of life.

The hardest thing was learning braille. I wanted to quit many times. God helped me immensely. When I struggled with it, I asked God for grace. I could feel it immediately. I could have never done it without Him.

I consider it a privilege to have this disability which keeps me so close to God. I depend on Him for so much – even when I drop something on the floor, I ask for His help. It is such a sweet walk with God because every step is one of faith, and with every step, He is holding my hand.

Your needs may be different, but God is the same. Trust in His strength to do all things.

Take Out:

Are you living with a disability or a severe illness? When you are weak, God is strong (2 Cor. 12:9). He is a very present help in time of need (Ps. 46:1). He loves you and He wants you to give Him all your burdens, big and small.


Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for loving me and saving me. Please help me through this time. I cannot do it on my own. Thank You for being my Help. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

© 2014 by Carolyn Dale Newell. All rights reserved.

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Originally published Thursday, 27 March 2014.