Sunday, November 12, 2006

Sabbath Day at RMH

Fairlight spent Saturday night with Katy and the two got to visit and enjoy the evening. (Thank you Fairlight!) Katy’s body cooperated and her medications worked well for her last night. This morning when Paul and I arrived, Katy was looking much better. We were so happy. It is such a relief to see her looking good and having some energy. After we got her up and ready for the day we took her for a little walk through the eighth floor of the hospital and got a view of the city from the eighth floor waiting room. It was refreshing for her physically.

And for her spirit, Paul read our devotions today, prayed and then read some hymns. It was a great morning, and very relaxing. We’ve been reading Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening. This morning we read about faith and how it is increased by trials. Often during devotions or scripture readings we happen upon truths we’ve always known with our head but now they hit us right in the heart. We find ourselves saying, “Yes, that’s right, Amen, and halleluiah.” Today’s verse: “That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honor and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ.” I Peter 1:7 AMEN!

The test results came back from the heart specialist. He said that Katy’s heart is having to work extra hard because of the problems she has been having, and he thinks her slow heart rate is nothing more than fatigue. He was also born in India and brought her a printout of her heart beats for her scrap book. We are grateful for those kindnesses. After that, the surgeon came for a visit and said that he will wait for lab reports to come back on the blood bacteria and if all is well they will put in a new nutrition line this week.

We have many things to pray about, but many blessings to praise Him for! Our day was filled with good times, good conversation, and good reading. Then tonight we decided to go to “church” in our hospital room. We got the bed comfy, and turned on the television to the Inspiration channel. We listened and sang along with a church service broadcast from Atlanta. Paul and I left the hospital just as another minister of the word was starting. Katy planned on watching until we return.

Your messages this week have been such a treat. Please keep them coming. It always amazes us when a new friend or old friend we haven’t seen in a long time leaves a message. It’s precious to us. The proverb that says, “good news brings strength to the bones,” is so true. When Paul comes to the hospital after work with a printout of your messages, Katy sits up with a lot more strength than when the nurse announces it is time for a blood sugar check.


  1. Trisha Ferris Says:

    Katy & Family,
    What a wonderful thing the internet is! While visiting my son & his family in Chattanooga, I was able to check your blog & continue to pray over the fresh info. Thank you for keeping us all informed. I’m sure it can be burdensome at times, but I pray the job of writing fresh material will be a blessing as you think of all the folks who daily check on you & pray for you. You are going through this time with a great “cloud of witnesses”, & I’m one of them.
    In the Lamb,

  2. Jess Lankford Says:

    Hey Katy!
    It was great to talk to you this evening! :) You are so sweet to encourage me when I feel like I should be the one encouraging you! When we got off the phone, and after I put the kids to bed, I sat down and thought - you have a lot of wisdom for someone as young as you are! From birth order to disability ministry opportunities - you have a lot of good stuff up there in that head of yours! :) Thank you for chatting with me! I’m glad you’ve had a good day and I really am sorry that I didn’t get to come stay with you this afternoon! I take full responsibility for the miscommunication….

    Dawn - I would love to come see Katy another day this week if it would be ok with you - I’ll try to call your cell tomorrow and see if we can pin down a time. (Katy gave me your cell number this evening.) Katy and I talked about maybe Wednesday morning…

    Love ya’ll…I’m sorry about tonight!

  3. LInda Burk Says:

    HI.. so glad Katy had a good day.. I am happy that Patricia and Ellen had soo much time together in the car alone. I know they had quality time to talk. It has been a long time since the two of them have spent so much time together. I wanted to visit Katy but felt mother and daughter needed time alone. I pray when we visit Katy will be home, strong and healthy, ready for a full life……………hugs, Linda

  4. Heather Kirkwood Says:

    Hey Katy girl…just checking up on you. I’m going to be early tonight. I’m tired, and I don’t know why really. I’m so glad to hear you’re feeling a bit better.

  5. Jennifer :-) Says:

    Hi Katy,
    YAY!!! I’m so thankful to hear that today was indeed a day of rest for you and your family. That is such a blessing and answer to prayer!! Keep that spirit of yours up–the Lord is doing great things!!
    Love and prayers,
    Jen :-)

  6. Lael Moreland Says:

    Dear Katy we love you!! I’m so glad you are able and strong enough to take a walk and to look out over the city. You did not say it was night time when you did so, but it made me think of my view of the city the other night. I was looking down from the Star of Roanoke, and it was so pretty! All the lights and watching the traffic snake through the city. I would never like to live in the city, but I love watching it at night. I don’t know what it is about a city at night, but it makes me think of all those people living their lives, and it makes me wonder how many of them know Jesus. It also makes me wonder how the Lord looks down on all of us, how He must love us to care so much for such small, lost people as we are. (Or were!) Well Katy, I hope that you continue to enjoy getting messages from all of us, because we sure do like hearing from you! I pray that you will have a restful and peacefull night! Love, Lael

  7. Lisa Patterson Says:

    Katy & Dawn,
    I am doing a Bible study on why bad things happen to Godly people. At this point it has become clear that Satan really attacks those who are making a STRONG statement for God. Katy, I don’t know what you have been doing, but you should keep it up because like Job you are strong with the Lord. In these times of trouble we should look to God to lift us up and carry us so our burden isn’t so heavey.
    It sound like you are making head way with this, because you are able to get up and walk around, and have a good laugh. Dawn, that is what a mother is for to make her childern wonder what will happen next.
    We are on our knees for you

  8. David Blugerman Says:

    Hi Katy!

    Praise God for His mercies! One mercy that is on my mind this morning is His goodness to give us beautiful music for worship. Do we have a cd for you!! New hymns written by Keith Getty. Christ-centered, Spirit-filled, Cross-enthralled, God-glorifying, mind-heart-and-will captivating lyrics with the best hymn music I believe that I’ve ever heard! Keith Getty is the one who gave the Church the hymn “In Christ Alone.” Other hymns are “The Power of the Cross”, “O Church Arise”, and “There Is a Higher Throne.”

    Here is the first stanza of a beautiful hymn called “Speak, O Lord”. It is co-written by Keith and Stuart Townsend.

    Speak, O Lord, as we come to You
    to receive the food of Your Holy word.
    Take Your truth, plant it deep in us;
    shape and fashion us in Your likeness;
    That the light of Christ might be seen today
    in our acts of love and our deeds of faith.
    Speak, O Lord and fulfill in us
    all Your purposes for Your glory.

    I’m glad for the good rest. I’ll look forward to seeing you in the next day or so and bringing with me a cd that will undoubtedly bless you!


  9. Alicia Richardson Says:

    Hey Katy!! I don’t know if you got the message or not but Isaac Scott Richardson came into the world on Monday November 6th at 7am!!! He is now a week old and time has gone so fast already! I know the Lord is with you and I pray that his Healing hand will be upon you!!
    God Bless

  10. Ib & Patricia Says:

    Just checking in from central Pennsylvania. Rain and fog in the mountains make driving tedious.
    May God continue to give you all the grace and the strength to face each challenge.

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