Sunday, October 29, 2006

"Go In The Strength You Have"

There are times that I see the discouragement in Katy’s eyes that comes from a lengthy recovery. I wondered if I should venture into that with her when I suddenly found the perfect opportunity. She voiced her concern that she was not contributing much to the family or anyone else and it was a source of frustration.

The Lord brought this verse to mind over the past few days and a “teachable moment” presented itself with Katy’s statement. I shared this with Katy last night. Gideon was so small and overwhelmed by the command of the Lord to go into battle to save Israel out of Midian’s hand. But that didn’t matter to God. Judges 6:14 says the Lord turned to Gideon and said, “Go in the strength that you have.” I asked her if she had enough strength to pray. She said, “Yes.” So I asked her if that is all the strength she had, would she be willing to use that energy to pray? She said, “yes.” So Katy has begun her prayer ministry. It is all the strength she has, but prayer is a powerful weapon and there will be some serious changes happening for the people that she will pray for. James 5:16b states, “The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.” YOU GO GIRL, IN THE STRENGTH THAT YOU HAVE!

16 Responses to ““Go in the strength that you have””

  1. Jennifer :-) Says:

    Dawn, thank you for that encouragement. So often it’s easy to get wrapped up in our trials and have tunnel-vision…we forget that He has promised to never give us more than we can handle. And that verse about “Go in the strength you have” goes right along with that. :-)

    I’m so thankful, Katy, to hear that you’ve gotten so much good sleep and also are learning to handle the pain. That’s truly an answer to prayer. Hang in there and keep strong in HIM!!

  2. Aunt Carrie Says:

    Of course you are contributing! Think how many prayer lives you have improved! :~) Think how your blog keeps your extended family in touch. Think how people have rallied around and built faith through the way you find blessings in some of your most miserable periods. Think how you have given people a way to reach out and exhibit caring they may not have known they were capable of. You are indeed righteous and powerful.

    Let me tell you that when you were just a picture on the refrigerator for your family (Kinda like being a gleam in your Mommy’s eye…) They told Uncle Dave and I that a doctor had looked at the picture and commented to them that you would certainly require medical care. That only strengthened their resolve that you should join their family.

    Do everything that your strength allows. (We pray for you physical strength to improve and for a lengthening of those periods that are free from pain.)

    As I write this, Uncle Dave is playing a CD he recorded last night. It is from a benefit concert for a friend of ours that had a stroke this summer. Many of the bands had someone that just wanted to give back to a community that had helped them in a time of trial (Leukemia, Heart Attack, Car Accident…) Now is your time to accept help. Later, will be your time to give back!

    Hang in there! Love and prayers,
    Aunt Carrie

  3. Aleah Yunger Says:

    Inspiration! That’s all you all are - truly! What a wonderful mother, to point you in the right direction.

    I could use a prayer warrior, Katy - I think you are the right one for the job :) Please pray for me about the rest of this semester at school. I can feel myself straying from God and forging my own path through the wilderness - and I can see that it isn’t working! I could just use prayers that I will ignore all the thorns and blinders that I put up to keep myself from looking fully at my Father and following His ways.

    I would love to come visit with you over Thanksgiving break or during my month in for Christmas break if you’ll be too busy over Thanksgiving. I would love to share some of the stuff I’ve been doing at school with you :) I know how you love politics and government stuff! We can have prayer with one another too - I would dearly love that. Praying for you!

  4. Sarah Meador Says:


    Echoing your mom, I want you to know that you are most definitely an encouragement to so many of us. I read this blog daily and am always blessed and uplifted by you. You, my dear, are a blessing and a source of God’s grace and beauty. I continue to lift you up to our great and merciful Father each day. I love you and am so thankful for you.

    Thank you Dawn, Paul, Colin, and Julie for keeping us so thoroughly updated. I truly appreciate the time you give to keeping us all up to date on Katy’s status.

    Much love to all of you,

  5. Lucia Says:

    Dear Dawn,
    Greetings in our Lord Jesus. Praise to His Holy Name. The girls copy your blog site for me-I staple the days together. I read all the updates they print out for me- then, I read them again. I’m reading this living journal-and anticipating God’s special work in your families lifes. This is the first time I’ve gotten myself on the computer-what a lovely picture of Katy with the purple, white flower mix! I’ve been planning to write for some time now-I finally get up here on the computer-I read Katy’s last comment (about adopting her if you knew all these things would pass) Then I cried more and more.I
    thought- I can’t think of what I want to say now! Thanks Katy! Thank you to all your family for keeping this journal going. Thank you for being such an encouragement to those of us listening in watching you walk like Jesus.
    Everyday we pray for “Katee Cambull ” Julianna brings up her name throughout the day. Even when the day may seem busy and too much to do- Juli leans over and whispers, “pway por Katee Cambull” She requested to come and visit Katy. We hope someday soon that will be possible. We prayed again this morning for all of you at One Faith Fellowship- You have been on my heart all week,at different times of the day. I have asked God to help you have the energy to accomplish your new daily tasks.
    This past week, I would talk to God and wonder why all this is happening to Katy. I began praying for her birth family. I began coming against generational curses-then tonight as I sat here writing -God has shown me John 9. The story of the blind man. His disciples questioned Jesus as to why he was blind. He told them it was not because of any sin he commited or any sin of his parents. His blindness was an opportunity for God to show his glory and power. Jesus said, “that the works of God should be made manifest-revealed- in him.”
    Your family is very special. Recently, Shane was recalling one of Katy’s visits to the channel 10
    newsroom. He was very impressed with how she has grown up and carries herself very professionally.
    “Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the Lord the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding.
    He gives power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increases strength.” God Bless you today Dawn, Paul and sweet,precious Katy. May His merciful strength be upon you.Love in our Lord Jesus Christ, Lucia

  6. Candice & Crystal Says:

    Dear Katy,

    I agree with the words your mom has shared with all of us tonight. Prayer is a powerful tool. It is a gift that the Lord has given us so that we can communicate with him. It is wonderful to know we can share our hearts and words with our loving Lord. Even when we don’t have all our strength and energy. I want you to know that we are all praying for your recovery and we can’t wait to hear your angelic voice on the phone. You have been a blessing and an encouragement to all of us and we miss you much. Thank you Paul, Dawn, Colin, Julie and Dan for keeping all of us posted on Katy’s health. We love you all!!

    Your sisters in Christ,
    Candice & Crystal

  7. Aunt Judy Says:

    Thank you Katy, for being willing to be a prayer warrior. That is no little thing. What a blessing to draw near to the lord in prayer, knowing that as you intercede for others your own sweet fellowship is growing. I will ask for intercession for our family. As we complete our years of homeschooling this spring Uncle Todd and I need direction for our next step. A job for me - new possibilities for him - and of course direction for the boys as they make decisions about careers and schooling. As you have time and opportunity we would desire your voice lifted in prayer for us, and know that our voices are daily lifted in prayer for you.
    We love you and we are glad that you are a part of our family.
    With love abounding,
    Aunt Judy

  8. Trisha Ferris Says:

    Your walk through this suffering to which you have been called, & it is a calling, has so encouraged my faith. Your contribution to my life has been immeasurable, & I have been strengthened to do the things God has called ME to. So often we don’t get to see how our little lives are of any value in the Kingdon of God, but He makes no mistakes & each of our lives, whether “busy” or laid down, are part of the beautiful tapestry He is weaving. A tapestry called His glory. What a day it will be when we can see the whole fabric & finally see how our particular lives were woven in so perfectly.
    I covet your prayers for me as a mom, grandma, wife, neighbor & friend.
    In the Lamb,

  9. Linda Kochendarfer Says:

    Good morning! It must be wonderful to wake up in your own bed in that very special room of yours. I am imagining that you will be able to sit up for a while and look out the window at the creek and the beautiful fall leaves. Rich and I went to the Reformation Service at Westminster Presbyterian last night. It was amazing to talk to those who were aware of your illness and see what a blessing you’ve been to so many. Sarah Meador and I got to chat for just a moment; what a sweet young woman and a dear friend she must be. As you gain more strength I would enjoy coming to help you scrapbook. Mr. K has pictures of the wedding and some gorgeous autumn photos he wants me to bring to you to enjoy. Katy, we love you and want you to know that God brings you to our minds numerous times during the day - we pray for you and rejoice in your precious ministry to those of us who are learning from your perseverance.
    With thankfulness for you,
    Mrs. K

  10. Kendall Pelish Says:

    If I understand this post you are now establishing yourself as a prayer warrior. I wouldn’t want to burden you with my requests, but it seems like that’s your job right now. So, I’m not going to pass this opportunity to be prayed for by a person who’s been fasting more than a monk, and has actually spoken with Jesus.
    My request is for faith that God can break from me sins that have been with me longer than I’ve been a Christian. Essentially I want to be granted a true repentance.
    Thank you,


  11. Jess Lankford Says:

    Hey Katy!
    I’m so thankful for you too! You have given back so much already - just by being who God created you to be! I encourage you, my friend, to look at all these wonderful posts - testifiing to how you are changing lives! You have reached more people in the last 3 months than many will reach in a lifetime - all because Jesus’ light is shining through you and showing His perfection in your weakness! You and your family have not been afraid to share your trials, sorrows, struggles and even anger. God has taken that open brokeness and redeemed it!

    Thank you for boldly approaching the throne - on the behalf of others! I would ask for prayer for Josh’s job and his travel - he’s projecting that he will be on the road about 50% of the time next year - and it’s going to be hard on all of us.

    We love you Katy!

  12. April Lang Says:

    Dearest Sister,
    Never think you are not making a difference… your very presence and just knowing you as a friend what a difference it has made in my life and in the lives of so many! Stay strong!

    I miss you…
    Love ya,


    P.S. A SMILE FOR YOU :-D !

  13. Barbara Walker Says:

    Dear Sweet Katy,

    You are contributing to the world much much more than you think!!

    I see Jesus reflected in you as fine gold. You see, Job knew (Job 23:10) that God had not overlooked one moment of his agony, but knew that after the agony, he would come forth as gold! That’s you, sister in Christ!

    Love in Christ,


  14. Carson Kistner Says:

    Katy -

    What DOES your mother mean when she says, “Your prayer ministry has begun”? The day we came to see you at UVa after you had had such a miserable few days, you grabbed our hands and prayed for us a prayer that touched our hearts immeasurably. That was right before you took your ride over to see little Jacob (and, I am sure, pray for him!) Perhaps your prayer ministry is “official” now; but don’t doubt that you have been practicing it all along, dear sister.

    We love you and continue to pray for you too!


  15. Jan Domalski Says:

    Dear Katy and all your family,
    A friend at my church encouraged me to go to your blog, in fact, she actually called me and left your entire day on my answering machine prior to my first visit. It was really neat because there were four young women here for bible study and they heard the entire message and we prayed for you at the end of the evening.
    Katy, I was a part of the group of people who prayed for you when you were still in India—your family waited patiently for their little girl and were overjoyed when you finally arrived. And now, these many years later, I find out how God has blessed you with such rich faith! Praise Him!
    Thank you for sharing your life with us. We stand amazed at the love and grace of God to you and will continue to lift you up in
    prayer. John and Jan Domalski

  16. Delmar Short Says:

    I had thought earlier that we ought to be asking you and your family to pray for us- please pray for our ministries with children, for continued strenthening of our faith, for those we are attempting to lead to the Lord. thank you.

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