Monday, March 26, 2007

Believe it!

There is a word that is used quite often in our culture. The word is “unbelievable.” Whenever something of an unusual nature occurs we hear “unbelievable!” or “no way!” The story you are about to read is “believable” and the Lord himself has made “a way.” We know this is news that will make you smile.

Saturday night and Sunday were torturous for Katy. Without warning her fingers and toes would begin to curl up and her entire body would be gripped by what we call a “charley horse.” This continued happening into the night Saturday so I set a timer to go off every three hours to get up and give Katy muscle relaxers to keep her half-way comfortable. On Sunday afternoon, in spite of how drugged she was, and how little sleep we had, we prepared for our Sunday night small group. Katy complained of muscle pulling and back pain so we sat her in a comfortable padded chair near the table where we were having our Bible study.

Only one other couple in our small group could come Sunday night, which is very unusual. However, they brought their visiting friends from North Carolina to join us for the evening. Their friends are happy grandparents to seventeen grandchildren. He is also a retired surgeon, who spent four of his years in medicine doctoring in Afghanistan. He also served on several medical missions teams to Haiti and Uganda in recent years. He takes his wife along with him, and as he ministers to the sick, she witnesses to the lost.

As our prayer time started, I looked at Katy and saw that she was in trouble. Her hands and arms had curled and she couldn’t move her jaw to speak. Our guest looked over and in a quiet, very gentle voice said, “I’ve seen this before. Katy is having a reaction to too much calcium in her bloodstream. She needs magnesium.” He took his fingers and tapped along her jaw line and asked if it hurt. She shook her head to indicate that it did. I went to the cabinet and found magnesium capsules, broke one open, and we began to work it into her mouth. After about an hour she was able to “uncurl,” open her eyes, and talk to us!

After that I watched for signs of muscle tightening and gave her more magnesium right away. The difference in Katy today is remarkable. She has been enjoying the past few hours and rode with me over to the hospital to pick Paul Burton up at the end of his work day. After all those times she suffered with that problem in the presence of medical people, no one had identified it because it is so unusual. Lab tests did not reveal the imbalance.

I am very sure that when our guests packed for their trip to Virginia, they had no idea how the Lord would use them. Many people have been praying for Katy. They have prayed that “a doctor” would be able to figure out what was wrong when her symptoms were so unusual. On a Sunday evening, in our own home, the Lord brought a stranger to our door who had the answer for us. This is the first time we have ever heard of a doctor making a house call on a Sunday evening, sent by the Lord. We thank Jim and Lynda for inviting them, we thank their friends for coming, and we thank all of you prayer warriors who BELIEVE! Therefore I tell you whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. Mark 11:24

  1. Jennifer S. :-) Says:

    WOW!!! Again I’m amazed at how wonderfully God works. What provision and mercy!! I’ll definitely be thanking Him for that tonight. I pray that your week continues to get better!!
    Love and prayers,
    Jen :-)

  2. Heather Kirkwood Says:

    I’m so glad Katy’s feeling better. This begs the next question - why is the calcium out of wack? That’s very interesting.

    Katy, how’s the redecorating going? I was grinning about your stack of magazines from the library. Working on magazines I sort of see them like books - I can’t stand to throw them out because I know all that goes into creating them. Plus, I love to look at the pictures over and over again. My mom subscribed to Country Living the entire time I grew up and I loved looking at the pictures. In my early 20s I used to subscribe to a magazine called Victoria. I think it went out of print because I can’t find it anymore. I let my subscription lapse because suddenly every issue was everything white, white, white - and it got boring. But, you’re project has had me thinking about redecorating. Well, more like dreaming. Grin!

  3. Sheena King Says:

    Hi There:

    I am really happy to hear that you are feeling better Katy. I haven’t written that much but have been following your blog every day. I was one of the girls who was on the phone when we called you from conference this year. I live in Canada, Newfoundland and Labrador Canada actually.

    When I read your blog the other night and it mentioned that you were having muscle cramping it reminded me of my brother Kirk. He was very sick for a long time with his Crhon’s and finally had an ostomy in March of last year. But he too had the same thing happen to him while on a little outing with my mom at the hospital, his just curled up and couldn’t move, that’s exactly what they did for him, got him back to the hospital quick as he was an inpatient anyway and they pumped him full of magnesium. He still up to now uses an IV pump at home every few weeks to give him self a boose of his electrolytes when he needs them. They don’t really know what causes his lytes to drop either but they do and Kirk knows the first sign when his hands and feet start to cramp that he needs his lytes rebalanced.

    I just wanted to share that with you so you guys know you’re not alone in all this, we are all behind you and are all very happy that you are feeling better.

    Take care

  4. Trisha Ferris Says:

    Thanks for sharing another faith-stregnthening miracle with us. I’m becoming more aware of how God uses ordinary means to accomplish his purposes. An ordinary visit, an ordinary doctor, with medical training & experience, an ordinary Sunday night small group meetting. No flashes of light, no unusual event at all. Just an answer to prayer by an extraordinary God. Praise Him.

  5. Sandy Says:

    Oh my, how God works in wonderful ways! What a gift He gave you all, and such a simple remedy too. Prayers continue!

  6. Jes Says:

    Wow - there really isn’t much more to say is there?? I’m so thankful that God has heard our prayers and brought Katy some much needed relief! What an interesting thing - that in your previous quote you said ‘we can’t take her to the doctor for every little thing’ - and God brought the doctor to you! :) He knows EXACTLY what you need and when you need it!

    Thank you for posting - it really is a faith strenghtening thing to watch how He is working in your lives!

  7. Gene & Shirley Murphy Says:


    What an incredible story! Don’t you just love stumbling onto something only to discover how provedential it was? Magnesium. How simple. God is good, isn’t He?

    Please know how much “fodder” you are providing for those of us who wish to share Jesus with others. Nothing speaks more to an unbeliever that true life stories of how God meets the needs of His people. I will be glad to share your life with others and how God continues to reveal Himself in incredible ways

    In, through, and for Him are all things,
    Gene & Shirley

  8. Barbara Walker Says:

    Dear Katy and Dawn,

    Our Lord is so glorious! I know He placed those particular good folks in your home to witness what was happening to Katy. He is hearing our prayers and answering in wonderful, awe-inspiring ways. I just wish so deeply that you didn’t have to go through this - any of you! We at the Walker home pray for your everyday and our Tuesday Morning Bible Study and Sunday afternoon prayer group lift you up in prayer. There has to be a breakthrough soon! I know He is delivered you through this fire!

    Praise be to the name of God for ever and ever; wisdom and power are His! Daniel 2:20

    Yours in Christ,


  9. Karen Tillman Says:

    My my Katy,
    I go away for one weekend, and you just never cease to amaze me!!! I am very curious to who your missionary doctor was, especially since Westover where we go to church supports so many. I guess the big question now is why would your calcium be so weird. I truly would love to know the answer to that. I am so thankful that God provided you with such a unique and special gift this weekend, that’s for sure. The Human Race was a lot of fun this year, and our fundraiser went a little better than expected, especially with so much sickness for people who normally walk with us, but that’s ok, b/c there is always next year, and I will pray that you can visit with us and walk with us next year.
    Continue to believe, and I will continue to pray
    Love Always
    Karen Tillman

  10. andrea russell Says:

    Hello Katy and Dawn and Family.

    What WONDERFUL, AWESOME news :smile:

    Our God always comes through, hopefully you are now out of the valley and return to the mountain tops.

    Love you Katy and Family

  11. Jennifer Wellington Says:

    Thank you for sharing this wonderful example of God’s power and mercy.