Sunday, September 30, 2007

Keep praying!

Katy is still in the hospital and needs your prayers. The veins have collapsed in both arms, so they are no longer able to give her hydro-cordisone or anything else by IV. She is in continual pain, has no energy and needs constant attention to keep her electrolytes balanced. Please pray that her adrenal system will kick in and begin to produce what her body needs. Pray for supernatural intervention. Pray for God’s mercy for Katy. We are praying for a miracle.

Qavah is visiting with her grandparents and is keeping them quite entertained, from what I understand. She continues to be a blessing and a joy.

We have been reading “The Heavenly Man” to Katy. It is the amazing biography of Brother Yun, a pastor in China who has been persecuted for sharing Christ. The stories of his torture and persecution are heart wrenching and yet his faith never wavers. It has been such an encouragement to read how God has used this persecution to produce a life of commitment to Christ and intense motivation to continue carrying the message of the Gospel around the world, at any cost. It helps keep everything in perspective.

Thank you, dear friends, for your faithfulness.

I lift my eyes up to the mountains, where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord, the maker of the Heaven and the earth.
Psalm 121: 1-2

  1. Candice and Crystal Says:

    Dear Katy,

    Our hearts go out to you and your family tonight. We are sorry that you are in a lot of pain. How miserable you must be. We pray the Lord will send you HIS healing touch so that you can feel better and get out of the hospital real soon. Don’t be discouraged, keep holding on to Phil 4: 13. Thats the verse the two of us use when we are going through health trials. As long as you have Christ, you can do ANYTHING!! You’ve been through a lot over the past year and HE will give you the strength you need to get through this. Thanks for keeping us posted Jule. Love your sisters in Christ, Candice & Crystal

  2. andrea Says:

    I dont know what to say, but that we are praying for all of you never ceasingly!!

    Love Andrea

  3. Aleah Yunger Says:

    Katy, what does this even mean? How could this make sense in God’s plan? We sing this song in Common Ground called Held — when they made an a cappella tribute CD for VA Tech after April’s tragedy, they selected that song to go on there. One part goes like this:

    “We’re asking why this happens / To us who have died to live / It’s unfair”

    and then the chorus…

    “This is what it means to be held / How it feels when the sacred is torn from your life / And you survive / This is what it means to be loved / And to know that the promise was / When everything fell we’d be held”

    Praise God that He is holding you in the midst of your trial. Please know what a beautiful beacon of God’s light you are, be it while eating a delicious meal or while in a hospital bed. I miss you and love you… Aleah

  4. Jennifer Blugerman Says:

    I admit that I have been struggling to understand the “why” in all that you are going through, Katy. I pray and find myself saying things like, “Lord, why are you allowing this to happen to one who clearly loves you so much, who follows you so closely, to one I know is especially close to your heart…” Then, of course, as I think these thoughts, I am immediately reminded of Christ who loved and obeyed the Father perfectly, and who was the very closest to the heart of God. Yet God allowed His Son to go through horrific suffering and death for His glory and our salvation. So, Katy, I know that somehow God is doing this for His glory and our benefit, and I can only imagine the glories and reward that await you who are suffering with such grace, such joy, and such trust in Him who is allowing it. Truly, …”now we see through a glass darkly, but then face-to-face. Now I know in part; but then shall I know even as I am known.”

    In His grip,

  5. Jes Says:

    Katy -
    We are praying for you too. I know this is a really LARGE bump in the road and that you are so miserable. We continue to pray for relief and supernatural intervention!

    We love you!

  6. Heather Kirkwood Says:

    Dearest Katy,
    We continue to pray for you in Kansas. Hang in there girl!

  7. Fairlight Says:

    Oh, Katy…Praying for you, dear girl.

  8. Doris Harriff Says:

    Once again, it’s one of those times that I don’t know what to say, except that I’m still praying for you!

  9. Sandy Says:

    Prayers continue from here. I pray today is a better day and that the light clicks with her doctors about what to do next.

    And, I hope they can find some alternative site from which to administer IVs if Katy still needs them. I know a little boy who had an IV in the top of his head when the veins in his arms gave way! A weird thought but it did the trick for that little guy anyway.

  10. Lillian Oliveira Says:

    Dearest Katy, Dawn and all, I know you’ve been inspired and encouraged by the comments above, as I have, too. Thank you, Julie, for posting for us as we anxiously waited. For Sandy, scalp vein IVs are common in very young children, but in adults the veins are not usually that visible through the skin, which is very tough on the head. I’ve broken surgical needles trying to sew head gashes up! There are other IV sites, but probably would need a surgical “cut-down”, and I think that is something Katy doesn’t tolerate??

    Surely God is going to show us His majesty and glory with a miraculous resolution to this crisis! Remember the man blind from birth who was immortalized in the Word because his affliction was for the glory of God to be displayed. May His Name now be blessed and praised, that “all the ends of the earth may reverence Him.” Love and prayers, Aunt Lil

  11. Karen Tillman Says:

    Dear Dawn,

    How awful to hear that Katy’s veins have collapsed!!! I have had that happen in the past, and usually they put in a central line to help. I must have checked this right before you posted last night, and actually prayed for Katy as I felt something was awry. Isn’t it amazing how God gives us those feelings!!! Katy girl, you hang in there, and I will pray for your pain to ease, and that God will comfort you through this difficult period. We miss your comments on the list serv, and can hardly wait until you are well enough to post again. Take care and know that I am praying for God’s mercy and healing for your body right now!!!
    Love and many prayers and ((((((((((A GREAT BIG HUG!!)))))))))))))
    Karen Tillman

  12. Patricia Hagsten Says:

    Wow! Would think a central IV line would work …. but trust that her doctors know much more than I do.

    Continuing to pray for His grace and peace AND wisdom and passion for those attending Katy!

    Hang in there!!! Blessings!!!

  13. Martha Harrison Says:

    Dearest Katy,
    God hears our prayers. He is our GREAT PHYSICIAN, but His ways are not our ways.
    My prayer is that He will relieve you of your pain and give you a miracle. We all want to see your body healed! We love you so much, Katy!
    In His grace,
    Martha H.

  14. Sara Says:

    I have no words to say either, but know that we are all praying for you and that we love you dearly.

  15. Jes Says:

    Hey Katy-
    Ok - I have to confess - I’m a bit angry this evening - at HPS in general!!! My best friend and I used to have a saying ’sin stinks’ and since we are living in this fallen world - I can say with certanty this evening that ‘HPS Stinks’. I’m working on my study for tomorrow morning and a lot of it talks about the Judgement Seat - when we will have to give an account of how we have lived our lives. As I was reflecting - it started this current thought….about life in Heaven - with Jesus where there will be - no more diseases, no more collapsed veins, no more hunger pains….it will be glorious. I feel like I know a lot of the people who post here regularly who have HPS and my heart is aching for them and for you tonight….

    I am praying that you have some relief this evening.

  16. Jen L. Says:

    I agree with Jess…HPS STINKS!! I’m glad I got to spend a few minutes with you on Saturday. I wish I could take all the yuckiness away and get rid of the pain and suffering for you. Prayers going up for you.


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