New Roles

-Written by Anna-

This weekend Mom (and all of us) had the chance to transition to our new environment. I have learned and am learning that the transition is hard even though good! New environment, new routines, new rules, new nurses, new therapists, new doctors. Tomorrow marks the beginning of week number four of learning lots of new things.

My sisters were able to see my Mom settled at the rehab before leaving today and we are so thankful for that gift! They worked hard to get her room to look more home-like and less hospital-like. What a precious gift to have been able to walk through these days together.

Samara and Mimi

Tomorrow marks a new beginning for all of us. My sisters and their husbands have the hard task of re-entering ‘normal’ life. That is always hard after Christmas but especially this year as they left two and a half weeks ago in a matter of hours when the doctors told us to call them in. Pray for them as they go back to work and school this week!

Dad and I begin our new roles tomorrow as cheerleaders and care givers. Pray that Jesus helps us know how to be there for Mom and gives us wisdom, courage, strength and health for these days!

Finally, Mom begins her new role in therapy tomorrow. This will likely be the hardest thing Mom has ever done and if you know my mother you know she is not one to shy away from hard things but she needs prayer as she begins therapy tomorrow. Can you pray for good sleep tonight? For courage and strength? And for continued steps forward?

Jesus continues to meet and use my Mom as a witness on a daily basis! We continue to pray that others will be drawn to Jesus through my Mom’s suffering. That is her deepest prayer. Thank you for journeying with us!





21 thoughts on “New Roles

  1. Praying for all of you as you adjust to this next step and those who have gone home and now have long distance

    Praying especially for Katy and patience with herself through the pain and limitations and that Jesus will grant her His grace. Praying for a beautiful time of worship and rest in Jesus tonight. I so remember after my accident not being able to hold a book because of broken shoulder and plates and screws on my arms and having people take turns reading the Bible to me because I couldn’t do it myself and what it meant to me as they ministered to me in that way.

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  2. 1 Cor. 2:9
    No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him.

    Knowing Katy loves Him, praying Jesus will supply all that is needed for the days ahead. One step at a time is all He asks. Praying for sound peaceful sleep, for strength, for miracles, small and large.

    For Stan and Anna…Encouragement and comfort, grace. For Sarah, Liz and families…peace knowing Jesus is still Lord.

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  3. I am excited for Katy! Therapists in rehabilitation facilities are so experienced in how to encourage without pushing a person beyond their present limits. I am sure God has seen to it that the best of the best will be working with Katy!

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  4. She is on my daily prayer, I pray “God will give her courage and strength and be the witness of Jesus through the trial! Amen!”


  5. Be strong and courageous……It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed. Deut 31: 7-8

    I setup these verses as a daily reminder on my phone yesterday after having read them during my devotions. Starting a new job today pales with the new challenges for Katy as she begins the road to recovery. Regardless of our current state or need(s), what a blessed assurance to know Jesus is mine! Praying for “day 1” strength, peace and courage to face the challenges ahead.


  6. Dear Katy,
    What an enCOURAGEment you are to all of us!!!
    When Anna writes and tells us that your desire is for others to be drawn to Jesus through your suffering, we see your heart … embraced by Grace.
    When I first came to LCC many years ago, you embraced me. When we returned to LCC years later, you embraced me again.
    You take the broken under your wing, You support the weak. That is your heart.
    I pray for you daily, sometimes many times through the day as I think of you. I can only imagine how this must be for you.
    May the loving care you have so freely offered to others be multiplied back to you, coming back on waves of Mercy and Grace, as you move forward “leaning on the Everlasting Arms” that are underneath you, to embrace you and support you now.
    With love and appreciation,


  7. Thanks so much for sharing all these posts. Please give you mom and dad my greetings. I’ve not written before now but I have been praying and following your mom’s progress. God is so good and faithful. If you mom wonders who I am, I went to Asbury with both your parents and have been with OMS for many years now,

    Thanks again for sharing, my prayers continue with your whole family. Esther


  8. Praying for each new step in this journey…thank you for allowing us the privilege of continuing to come alongside you in prayer for Katy and for your family by sharing these requests. Sending love.

    Joshua 1:9
    Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.


  9. Katy is ministering to people she doesn’t even know. I read yesterday’s blog in church during the “joys and concerns.” The others in the congregation were applauding that Katy is doing better, and several told me after the service that the reading had touched their hearts. Thanks be to God.


  10. For our suffering to be “redemptive”, is a desire right from the heart of God. To be able to desire this, even in the darkest hours, is saintly. Pastor Stan is right in saying Katy (his wife is a saint). She surely is and Sandy above is SO-O right in writing we “cannot conceive what God has prepared for those who love Him” and Katy has demonstrated the love of Christ to so many of us and the very heart’s desire of Christ and has “become more like Him” in all this. “Oh, to be like ‘Him’. Oh, to be like Thee. Precious Redeemer, pure as thou art. Come in thy sweetness, come in thy fullness. Stamp thine own image deep on my heart.” Praise God that we get to witness such an example of Christ-likeness. Pastor Stan has often called others real live heroes of our faith and rightly so, but he is married to one of mine!


  11. Praying now for Katy’s rehab session! The therapists will make all the difference. But it is tough and painful work. Praying also for the therapist team. My closest friends are physio and occupational therapists who worked on victims of land mines in AFG. Amazing what the body can recover! God give Katy the strength to do this! And Jesus, be the encouragement she needs each step of the way! Libby

    Sent from my iPhone



  12. “For you who revere my name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings. And you will go out and leap like calves released from the stall.” Malachi 4:2
    Praying that for Katy.


  13. Thanks for the update on her. Our son worked at that facility as an intern back in his high school days and I used to visit people there. It is a great place with compassionate staff. Praying for her sleep and strength for the rehab. Praying also for your all’s families that God would sustain everyone in the separation and also the transitions. Love to all, Randy and Bernadette.


  14. A reminder…about therapy schedule…

    Unless the rehab unit is very punctual with their therapy schedule meaning on time as indicated…

    The visitors need to be flexible…therapy takes priority over visitor visiting that is when a transporter or therapist come for your Mom…your Mom will need to go….

    Katy would need to go whenever the therapy is ready to see her….can be early or later the day…

    Be aware the therapy session can last between 30min to 70 min…sometimes on request of the patient, the long hour can be split in half…weekend has therapy sessions too.

    Family like your Dad can request to watch your Mom in therapy session, but ask first before entering inside the exercise room.

    As progress is happening, your Dad or caretaker might be asked to assist your Mom given direction from the therapist.

    In due time, the therapist will ask your Dad n Mom how Katy be care/function at home before Katy could be discharged…there will be questions asked by the therapists to help them to have a better picture of your Mom living arrangement so they can better prepare your Mom’s mobility etc…

    Do not let these info scare you, but something to keep in mind…eventually your Mom will go home and be ready to care for herself and the therapists are there to equip her through strengthening her physical movements and providing her with skills etc to live at home…

    Your Mom will do well…remind her…one baby step at a timeJ

    Encourage Katy to move her arms, legs, etc in her free time in the room…don’t wait until a therapist come.

    I told the patients if they could, do “warm-up” exercise before therapy session.


    P.S. Whoever brings your Mom back to her room, be sure the person places her nursing caller button near her (clip on her cloth, wrap the peeper on the wheelchair…this peeper is like a life line to request nurse aide for help).


  15. Dear Katie & family,
    We have been following your progress with continual prayers of hope& thanksgiving!!! Our Father truly is the great Physician, as well as our Friend & Comforter! May He continue to raise you up on Eagle’s wings, & hover over you with His almighty shadow, as you dwell in the secret place of the Most High!!!🎶😊🙏🌈🎆
    Love & Blessings,
    Marilyn Insko Brown &Harvey
    PS: You were an answer to my prayers when you moved across the street from my sis, Rethia. You are a sweet friend & neighbor!


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