Monday, January 29, 2007

Praying with friends

Yesterday friends and church family came and had prayer for Katy. We sang a couple of hymns together. Friends, you have done more than you know to help us keep going. Your comments after yesterday’s post meant so much to us, too. I’ve printed them out to take with us to Charlottesville to read to Katy during her tests. Your encouragement is such a great help to keep her in a positive frame of mind.

I received an email from NIH this afternoon restating the purpose of their mission, which is research. They are kind and said they would help by talking with any of Katy’s doctors but their involvement in any other way at this time is just not possible. I also sent an email to her doctor in Charlottesville to let them know of Katy’s condition. I received a phone call from one of the physicians at UVA a few minutes ago expressing concern that Katy is not improving in a way that we had all hoped. Therefore her suggestion was to stay in close contact with them and keep a careful eye on her weight and hydration. We will keep the appointment for tomorrow for the tests that were scheduled, but we will pack our things in the event that she would have to stay.

Meanwhile, our spirits are free of worry today. God has been faithful to keep our hearts in perfect peace. We had a good prayer time this afternoon and then put the speaker phone on the bed and called a few friends that we have been wanting to visit. We talked to each of them a few minutes. Each phone call was a lovely visit. The speaker phone idea worked so well that we are planning to make a list for a few more telephone visits. So have your cup of tea ready, one of these days we may be calling you! After our phone calls, Paul called us. When we told him about our speaker phone visits we put him on the speaker phone while he read Isaiah 41 to us. “For I am the Lord your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.”

  1. Aleah Yunger Says:

    It is such a blessing to read that so many people were praying for you yesterday. I joined them all and reached out to many of my friends, other “prayer warriors” in my life :) They were all ready to lift your family up before the Lord and petition on your behalf. We will all be praying for your doctor visit tomorrow - answers are sure to come soon! Love to you all!

  2. Ib & Patricia Says:

    We’re currently in Indianapolis….drove across yesterday and went one day without checking Katysblog…what a mistake.
    However, down on our knees now on Katy’s behalf. Our hearts are broken as I’m certain yours are.

  3. Karen Tillman Says:

    I am so glad that you posted, as I have checked your site a couple times already today. Actually as soon as I got home from the Dr.’s office. Anyway, I am sorry to hear that NIH cannot honor your request, and that Katy has to endure these tests again. Maybe with new eyes, a better treatment plan can take place. Sometimes one doctor can focus on something different than another becasue of their specialty. I hope that Katy doesn’t have to stay in the hospital, but let’s look at it like this. There are worse places right? GRIN Although, I can’t think of to many myself. And we will all be bathing you in prayer as you struggle with this trial. Gotta run as the hubby just pulled up, and I haven’t felt much like cooking today, so he and I will get to enjoy each others company in the kitchen tonight. Take care
    Karen Tillman

  4. The Williams Family Says:

    Dear Katy and Family,
    What a sweet time of prayer yesterday! We are still relishing every word that was spoken. Katy, we were honored that you roused to speak and spoke a word to Mom and me. You always bless us so. You have been on our hearts and minds last night and all through today. We are so glad that you have felt His peace today. We will continue to pray, especially tomorrow as you see the doctors at UVA. Even in the “waiting room” He IS faithful. We love you all so much.

  5. Candice & Crystal Says:

    Dear Katy,

    I am so sorry to hear that you are going through a difficult time right now. It is comforting to know that you both have peace with everything. I was glad to read about your afternoon. Candice and I talk to all our friends on speaker phone. It is so much fun! :)
    Please know that we are praying for you as you go through the tests tomorrow. We love you.

    Candice and Crystal

  6. The Williams Family Says:

    Dearest Katy,
    Tonight I was pouring over some hymns and came across the well-known Be Still, My Soul. As I was reading the words, I couldn’t help but have you on my mind. Because I know how much you love hymns, I thought I would remind you of its message. I love you so much!
    ~ Effie

    Be Still, My Soul
    Words By:Katharina von Schlegel, 1752

    Verse One:

    Be still, my soul: the Lord is on thy side.
    Bear patiently the cross of grief or pain.
    Leave to thy God to order and provide;
    In every change, He faithful will remain.
    Be still, my soul: thy best, thy heavenly Friend
    Through thorny ways leads to a joyful end.

    Verse Two:

    Be still, my soul: thy God doth undertake
    To guide the future, as He has the past.
    Thy hope, thy confidence let nothing shake;
    All now mysterious shall be bright at last.
    Be still, my soul: the waves and winds still know
    His voice Who ruled them while He dwelt below.

  7. Jennifer S. :-) Says:

    I’m so thankful for the peace God has placed in your heart. I know that through His strength you can handle anything this life throws at you!! Keep your chin up–we love you and are praying for you!!
    Love and prayers,
    Jen :-)

  8. Jess Lankford Says:

    Hey guys!
    Ellie is settled in and adjusting to life with 2 little ones again! They are sooo excited to have her - I can’t even tell you! Lydia is walking around panting like a dog and Noah thinks that he should be with her non-stop! (Thankfully - the dog and I can both retreat upstairs while Anne watches the kids in the morning! A good break for all involved! *grin*)

    We will be praying for the 11:00 apt. today!

  9. Lael Moreland Says:

    Dear Katy! I am so out of the loop…for I haven’t checked your blog in DAYS! The Lord kept telling me…”check her blog……go check her blog!” And I finally have. I think when the Lord tells me to do something…that I should pay closer attention from now on! We are all praying for you. I keep mom updated too….because with her being so busy at home, sometimes she can only get an update if I tell her.
    I am praying for peace in your hearts…
    trust in the Lord, for He is faithful…
    and healing for you Katy.
    What a journey He is taking you on! What a journey we are all on! Thank you for sharing it with us.
    We love you Katy!
    Love Lael
    (on behalf of all the Morelands too!)

  10. Jess Lankford Says:

    Katy -
    I came across this scripture this evening and thought of you and your family! The Lord is so good and He is creating rivers in this widerness you are walking through!

    We love you!

    - from Isaiah 41:17-20 “17When the poor and needy seek water, and there is none, and their tongue is parched with thirst, I the LORD will answer them; I the God of Israel will not forsake them. 18I will open rivers on the bare heights, and fountains in the midst of the valleys. I will make the wilderness a pool of water, and the dry land springs of water. 19I will put in the wilderness the cedar, the acacia, the myrtle, and the olive. I will set in the desert the cypress, the plane and the pine together, 20that they may see and know, may consider and understand together, that the hand of the LORD has done this, the Holy One of Israel has created it.

  11. Heather Kirkwood Says:

    Hey there - just checking up on you to see if there’s any news. I’ve had several HPS’ers e-mail me today wanting to know if there was any news. We just want you to know you’re in our prayers and everyone is concerned and cares for you.

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