…and a little child will lead them.

-Written by Katy-

One of the most moving parts of this journey has been the prayers of children who have followed this blog and my progress. One of the saddest parts for me has been that, in spite of their earnest prayers for Wilson (my left arm) and Wilma (my left leg) to come fully alive again, they have not yet. There is a measure of disappointment for them and for me.

However, I am realizing that truly God’s ways are not our ways. His healing comes in unexpected ways and times. However misguided and idealistic it might have been, I have always felt deep down that someday, I would just begin walking again and moving my arm, because these are normal actions that I have done for 60 plus years. So I kept waiting for my body to return to the way it was, to normal, but it has not happened like this. Instead, I have had to relearn (and am continuing to relearn) how to swallow, walk, move, even crawl all over again, like a little child. When I walk now with a cane, I have to be conscious of everything involved in taking a step. You can often hear me saying aloud as I take a step,”lean on the left, move the right.” When I stand, I must make sure my feet are squarely under me,shoulder width apart and be conscious of my left foot not slipping out, causing me to fall. Injury by a fall, either broken bones or dislocation of joints is a very real concern and would be a serious setback for me. Therefore I do what I’m told. And what I used to do without thinking, I now do with intense concentration and as much perseverance as I can muster.

I have to admit I’m tired of working so hard to regain something as natural as walking. I have had to accept that my body and my lifestyle have changed and with that change comes the discipline of relearning how to do life differently. I’ve been doing physical therapy for almost a year and I want to be done, but I’m not. I am once again learning to embrace God’s ways and times over my own, all the while still trusting God for restoration of mobility and independence once again. Sometimes we have to make conscious deliberate efforts to arrive at the place where certain actions can be unconscious. So while healing hasn’t come in a dramatic way of walking or playing piano again, there is an endurance and perseverance that is being strengthened in me as I wait and work in hope.

I am so thankful for those who have persevered in prayer for me so that I would have the perseverance to continue to relearn what is necessary. Your prayers have given me strength to keep on working and believing that He is answering all of our prayers even if not in the way and time we expected or wanted. While there are many, I am especially thankful for David and Sarah in Chicago; James and Joseph from upstate NY; Luke and Sarah from Gabon, West Africa; Katherine, Elizabeth and Mark from upstate NY; Ransom from Indiana, to my great nieces and nephews and my own grandchildren! God has heard the prayers of his children from Scotland, Germany, Hungary, Malaysia, France, GA, KY, etc. Thank you to all of those kids, big and little, who have not stopped praying that God would heal me. I want you to know He is hearing and answering in His time and in His way.

Thank you. I will never forget your faith and perseverance on my behalf.

Prayers from Grandchildren

 

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24 thoughts on “…and a little child will lead them.

  1. I continue to pray for you, dear Katy, as you are going through this difficult time. He is our only strength and comfort. Love, Ruth MacBride

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  2. Thank you for sharing. We forget life is a struggle in different ways. What you stated, we all struggle without even knowing it. You are in our prayers. Alice and Gene Wang

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    1. Gene and Alice,
      It means much to us that you have stayed in touch with us. We want to send our love and warm greetings to all the wags this Christmas. Thanks for the encouragement and support of your friendship.

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  3. What sweet blessings to have kids praying for you!!! You are loved by many Katy!! May God continue to give you His strength and the rest that you need on this journey of healing! Love, Sherry Bennett

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  4. Such sweet prayers from these special kids in your life. Praying that God continues to hear the prayers of each of us to bring complete healing in Wilson and Wilma. I trust Him to give you continued grace and mercy for each day. Happy Thanksgiving dear friend.

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  5. Oh, how we ALL want you to be whole again and like you, especially want God to answer those grandchildren’s prayers! Thankfully, we know whole healing will come, but until then we wait on Him, “who is able to keep you (us) from falling”, literally and figuratively. In the meantime, we know that “surely goodness and mercy will follow me (you) all the days, all the days of my (your) life” and it certainly has with the authentic love of Jesus towards you from those grandchildren. What goodness and mercy is following you in these days! Loving and praying for you all!

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  6. Our continued prayers for your healing. How precious are the prayers of your dear grandchildren.
    My favorite scripture is Philippians 4:6-7 “do not be anxious about anything but in everything by prayer and petition with thanksgiving make your requests known to God and the peace of God which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
    Keep trusting God. You are looking so good, keep up your exercises so Wilson and Wilma can heal.

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  7. We’re so thankful for God giving you strength and courage to persevere in tedious and arduous PT, especially when the results are not as dramatic as we have prayed for. We do know that God’s ways are good, although we surely cannot understand them. You and Stan and your daughters are weaving a legacy for your children, grandchildren, and many others who are on your team. May you know His presence dearly.

    It was nice to see a picture of Stan at GMHC – wish we could have been there to hear him.

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    1. Shirley, so kind of you to comment and your words ministered to me. Thank you. We would have loved to see you,too, in Louisville forGMHC. Brackenhurst maybe? Stan comes in January for PAACS training….but I won’t come this time.🙁Lots of love to you and yours this Christmas! Katy

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  8. I am thankful for you Katy. For God’s grace to help you through this trial and suffering. And for your family – your immediate family and the family of believers whose hearts are knit together with yours. Because you all are a picture of what Jesus prayed for – that we may be one… just as He is in the Father and the Father is in Him. ….”May they also be in us so that the world may believe”. I see in your lives this answer to Jesus’ prayer. Have a blessed Thanksgiving.

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    1. Sue, this is an interesting take on Jesus prayer.i am grateful that you are part of the family of God united with us with hearts knit together with ours. Have a blessed Christmas with your loved ones near and far. Thank you for your encouragement through such insights and heartfelt prayers for us.
      Katy

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  9. Katy, You are such an inspiration to me….your endurance spurs me on…and your trust in our Almighty is such an encouragement. I pray for your total healing and that it would come sooner rather than later! Thank you for your honesty…I do understand the discouragement when the healing doesn’ t come in our way and in our time! May you feel His presence in a new and mighty way this Thanksgiving! Much Love in Christ. Rena Doran

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    1. Oh Rena! Holidays without your beloved! I am so dependent on mine now, I can’t imagine it! As the new version of Anne of green gables comes out, we think of you when we think PEI!! Your kindness in remembering me hastouched my heart deeply! Thanks for reading our. Log and praying for us! Praying for you too esp this time of year.
      Much love
      Katy

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  10. I consistently pray for daily endurance, hope and acceptance of your progress. So often, being very close to the circumstances clouds our vision of progress. You may be having more success than you realize. Devon and I pray for you and Stan on a regular basis.

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  11. Katy I pray for you and pastor Key every single day…My friends Joan and Mason Springstead…BOTH had strokes 2 yrs ago in the same month…Mason actually had 2…They are presently 83 and 84…they came home to live in their own home after a yr and they take care of each other with weekend help from sons that travel 200 and 300 miles one way alternating weekends…this yr proved that they could do it… To me this is a miracle at their ages and condition…Joan has learned to do a lot like getting in an out of a car …God works in mysterious ways…I pray for them each nite also….Through them I can imagine your struggles…God Bless you and keep you and your family safe and Happy through this beautiful time of year….God’s Love , Joan

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    1. Don, our renewed friendship at this time in our lives is certainly a gift to us, as you have supported us with your love and prayers. I love your prayer for hope, endurance, and acceptance, and I agree I think it’s harder to see your own progress in the day to day struggle. Thanks for reminding me of this.katy

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    2. Joan, as much as I feel like I’ve aged 20 yearswith this stroke, I have been grateful that I’m actually not 20 years older trying to regain mobility. How good of you to pray for these two friends in their eighties, as they relearn things like getting in and out of the car safely. I can so relate. I pray,too, that Joan and mason make steady progress. Thanks for sharing, commenting, empathizing, praying. Katy

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  12. Praying for you and family daily. With your gift of teaching I know The Lord can use that right hand of yours to encourage and teach many of us. His words through you can turn our hearts towards Him. Hope we see your lovely face at Bible Study in January.
    Because He Lives,
    Paulette

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  13. Your posts are always so uplifting. Life is not always easy–or even bearable–at times. I admire you so much and prayer for you often, altho I had not to body parts by name. Shame on me. I will do better. Pray for a happy Christmas season for you. Will all the girls be home at some time?

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    1. Mike, it’s just so good to see your name here. Hoping to see your faces again sometime, somewhere…… we are so grateful for our renewed friendship and humbled by your love and prayers and encouragement during this difficult time for us. Yes, our girls will be home for Christmas. Hope your boys will be as well. Love to you n Carolyn from the keys!

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  14. Thank you, dear Katy, for the beautiful, powerful, and sincere writing! Thank you for sharing children prayers! They are so sweet! Praying for your complete recovery in Jesus’ name! Love you!

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    1. Dear Tatyana,your pain is more hidden than mine but no less real. Your own perseverance and hope inspire me,so thank you!!you are loved! Katy

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