Sunday, August 27, 2006

Sabbath Rest

Today has been a peaceful day with no medical complications. Praise the Lord! Thank you to Martha Pelish and Laura Griffith who stayed with me, so Mom and Dad could go to church this morning and small group this evening.

Psalm 117: 1-2
“Praise the LORD, all you nations; extol him, all you peoples. For great is his love toward us, and the faithfulness of the LORD endures forever. Praise the LORD.?

This morning, I read this Bible passage as part of my daily reading through Psalms. I have seen the faithfulness and love of God every day, often in the details of my life. He has indeed given me a “hope and future? (Jeremiah 29:11), not only by sparing my life, but also by giving me new friendships with people who live with and understand HPS. When my family first read the information about HPS, I was not sure I wanted to stay alive. I didn’t see any prospect of living a productive life. I imagined my future as someone who would not be able to enjoy food again. I did not want my life to be consumed with feeding tubes or hospital visits. The first time I experienced “hope? was when people from the HPS Network contacted my family. Many of you have probably read the comments from Heather Kirkwood. She has HPS, but God is using her as a newspaper journalist. Heather and others wrote to my family, telling us that there was a “hope and future? beyond the initial HPS diagnosis. I’ve been able to email people like Heather, Karen, Candice, and Crystal who continue to encourage me to keep pushing past the pain until things get better. Like all of them, I want to live a victorious life, sharing the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.


  1. Danae Says:

    Hey Katy,
    I am so glad there is hope for you and that other people with people with HPS have been able to encourage you. Praise God that you had no medical complications today; I’m praying that continues!

    I have taken some pictures of campus for you. I will take some more tomorrow, and then put them up on xanga or somewhere. My parents came this evening to bring me a fan and some cooler clothes. You know I like to wear jeans, but they are too hot right now!!

    Well, I need to get to my homework. I’ll talk to you on AIM sometime this week.


  2. Ryan Kirkwood Says:

    Hello Katy
    Heather is here with me in Northern Virginia and I just read your blog today and she is sitting hear blushing. In case you do not remember me I am Heather’s brother. She goes to NIH tomorrow and will be there throught the week. Of course she will spend her nights hear in Crystal City and Metro in to NIH. We both pray that for amny more Healthy days in your future and look forward to seeing you when you come to NIH.


    Ryan Kirkwood

  3. Julie Wensley Says:

    Hey Katy,

    You have so many friends and family that love you. And now you have your HPS friends. The cool thing is that while they were encouraging you, you were also encouraging them. I love the way that works. It reminds me of one of my favorite passages:
    11 Cor 1:3-4 -
    “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.”

    I love you! Sleep well.

    ~Aunt Julie

  4. Carrie Thompson Says:

    Dear Katy,
    It is wonderful to hear of your day yesterday! I am glad other HPS-ers can encourage you.

    Jeb was delighted to see the pics of you. I am continuing to pray for you.

    Romans 8:28, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”


  5. Crystal La Brie Says:

    Hi Katy, I am so glad to hear that you have had some relief from the neck spasms. You look great and fashionable-the brown dress that ties around the neck is GORGEOUS! Know that you are continually in my thoughts and prayers.


  6. Jennifer Blugerman Says:

    You look beautiful! I’m sorry I haven’t visited in a few days but Emma got a nasty cold a week ago, and now David and I both have it! We dare not get near you when we’re sick, but know that we think of you and pray for you and your family daily! It was great to see your parents at church on Sunday! Our joy will be complete when you are able to be there with them!


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