Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Tuesday's Blessings

By faith I am believing that there is a lot of healing going on inside Katy’s body that will bring glory to her Healer soon. Her steroids and other medications are beginning to settle the swelling in her abdomen. She had broth this evening without an increase in pain as it traveled through her body. How often have we sat down to a meal and said, “bless this food to our bodies,” and never thought about what it is like for people suffering with intestinal disorders who pray that same prayer with fervor, begging God for the food to be a blessing. Katy’s last meal was a jar of baby food on October 7th. Yet, today we can say with full delight, “Oh taste and see that the Lord is good.”

We had another precious day in the Word. Our devotions and prayer centered around the book Praying God’s Word by Beth Moore. It is one of those books to keep handy when you want to pray using God’s own words as you speak to Him about your difficult circumstances. We prayed for many of you and your ministries, as you asked.

If you can imagine us with bed head, in our PJ’s, with the sunshine streaming through the lace curtains at noon, then you have a picture of our perfect day. After the noise and activity of the hospital, the relief we feel to be home is enormous. Praise Him!

Comments:
  1. Aleah Yunger Says:

    It’s true! I stalk this website, ever waiting for new updates :) Tonight I just wanted to share with you some beautiful words, lyrics from “Jesus, I Come” - I thought of you as we sang this tonight…

    Out of earth’s sorrows into Thy balm,
    Out of life’s storms and into Thy calm,
    Out of distress into jubilant psalm,
    Jesus, I come to Thee.

    Praise God for broth and PJ’s! Thinking of you as always…

  2. April Lang Says:

    My Precious Friend,
    What a joy it is to hear that you have eaten some broth and it just seems like the Lord is allowing you and your mom to enjoy some precious time together and a time to study His word - to know Him more!!! What a precious Savior we know and serve!!! Keep smiling dearest friend!!! :-D

    Luv you!
    April

  3. Sonia Says:

    So happy that you guys are home and that Katy is feeling a little better! Praise God!!!

  4. Jess Lankford Says:

    Hey Katy!
    I’m so glad that being home is more restful! You really do have a wonderful place to recooperate! I’m thankful that the broth didn’t create more pain and that the medications seem to be taking effect!

    I’ve found a new interesting website recently - when you are stronger and can spend some time on the internet - we should talk! I think it might be right up your alley and I would love to have a friend volunteering with me! :) (And the best part is everything can be done remotly - via internet!)

    Thinking of you and praying for you often!

    Jes

  5. Linda Kochendarfer Says:

    Katy,
    When I dropped by the other day while you were resting, I wanted you to know how you made me smile. As I drove up, your mom had her sheets and towels out drying on the line . . . I just knew that while that task can sometimes be a real chore, Dawn was joyful to be at home taking care of such everyday things. When I stepped into the foyer, there you were sleeping on your cot and the life of the household was going on all around you! Even Ellie was there adding her “Woofs” to the chorus. Rich and I are so glad you’re in your own home and feeling a bit better. I am assuming you know Candice is having surgery next Wednesday on her lung. As you pray for the many requests people have been sending you, would you also remember her and her dad? I know they are anxious to talk to you as soon as you’re strong enough. I’m on the way to the Church Revitalization Conference in North Carolina with Mr. K. We’ll be back Saturday but will keep up with what’s going on through the blog. Bunches of love to you, Katy.
    Mrs. K

  6. Jan Domalski Says:

    You two are such an inspiration to me! I really did imagine bedhead, etc! Dawn, you have such a great gift of expression.
    John has been inspired as well, Katy, by your firm commitment to our Lord under such hard circumstances. You really have no idea how many lives you are touching spiritually - as the scriptures say, our sufferings will be used to help others. We all want to have your faith, dear child. You are living out Job 23:10. Maybe that sunshine coming through those lace curtains is as bright as it is because it is beaming onto all that gold in that bed!
    Praying for you all.

  7. Trisha Ferris Says:

    Katy,
    Like Mrs K., I’m going to be traveling for a few days. Maybe next week will be a good time for me to visit. I’ll bet you’ll be eating filet mignon by then! Do get someone to take a pic of you & your mom with bedhead. I’ll reciprocate by showing you a really bad one of me.
    My soul feels peaceful, knowing you are in a place of peace & rest. What a gracious home you & your mom have created, much lovlier than any hospital room, right?
    But whereever our Lord has you, you are in His strong, neverfailing hands. Rejoice that you are His.
    In the Lamb, Trisha

  8. Barbara Walker Says:

    Dear Miss Katy,

    I was just reading my Bible and thought of you instantly when I read this passage:

    The Lord Your God is with you,
    He is mighty to save.
    He will take great delight in you,
    He will quiet you with His love,
    He will rejoice over you with singing.

    Zephaniah 3:17

    Can you picture yourself being rocked in the Lord’s arms as He quiets you?! Pajamas, bed hair and all!!

    Love to you in Christ,

    Barbara

  9. Jane Slocomb Says:

    October 29th, 2006
    “She voiced her concern that she was not contributing much to the family or anyone else and it was a source of frustration.” Oh Katy, you don’t even know me and I have felt what I cannot even put in words from your bed of suffering. I can sense the peace, joy and love that pours forth from the Christ in my heart. I absolutely know without any doubt that all my fears, anxieties, losses, pain will be so completely enveloped in the arms of my precious Savior when I am with Him walking on those jeweled streets you saw. You have touched my heart so completely. You have breathed into me the fragrance of Christ’s love. I know that nothing on this corrupted earth has any value, except Christ and Him glorified. Not even the hurt of not seeing my son for three years or my grandchildren. I know so well that all will be right one day in His presence. All will be completely covered and completed in the love of Christ. I will know love as you have known, I will be at peace as you have been, I will be cherished as you are. And even now I have such a part in those things and dear Katy you are a part of the Lord’s wonderful work in my heart. Katy one thing I have learned during much suffering…whatever befalls me is precious and good because nothing can befall me unless the Lord allows it. His love is so full and complete I am safe walking through the shadow of death…He is with me. You dear one, are such a blessing to me. I have seen the wondrous love in the presence of the Lord with you. You have wrapped me in the joy of the Lord. My heart overflows with Christ and the completeness of His love and you have given me a window, a view of the fullness of love. Thank you, dear little sister, you are my daily blessing.
    Jane Slocomb (gramma to 4 plus one coming)

  10. DeeDee Says:

    Dear Katy,
    I was reading through Ps. 119 this morning and when I came to verses 73-77 you were instantly placed in my mind and on my heart. They read as follows…
    * Your hands have made and fashioned me;
    give me understanding that I may learn your
    commandments.
    * Those who fear You shall see me and rejoice,
    because I have hoped in Your word.
    * I know, O LORD, that Your rules are righteous,
    and that in faithfulness You have afflicted me.
    * Let Your steadfast love comfort me according to
    Your promise to Your servant.
    * Let Your mercy come to me that I may live: for
    Your law is my delight.

    Oh Katy, if you only knew how many people see you and rejoice because of your hope in our great God, I know you would be overwhelmed.
    Amidst the struggles that you have endured, I so appreciate the smiles that have peppered your journey. What a vivid picture your creative mom painted in my mind of two pajama clad bed-heads snuggled in bed on a glorious sunny day. Thank you for sharing the sorrows and the joys with us.
    How thankful I am in knowing how near to the Father’s heart you are. Love, DeeDee

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