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The Grace of Waiting

We live in an age where we’re a bit spoiled by instant gratification and the availability of quick fixes. But quick fixes don’t always come easily. And instant answers can prevent the gracious discipline of “waiting” that is an instructive work of God and is useful in training in righteousness (1 Timothy 4:6-16; Hebrews 12:11).

I’ve said before that waiting is good. And waiting is just where we are right now.

Short update is that LeRoy may have either “Devics” disease (which is a treatable but not curable neurological disease that can cause paralysis) OR another rare infectious disease that IS CURABLE. The second option is what we’re hoping for, but trusting the Father’s good intentions with all of this. They still have test results they’re waiting on to try to determine a diagnosis. Biopsies and lab work is making its way to Mayo Clinic as I type.

There are several teams of doctors who make regular visits to our room. They are actually asking our permission to use him as a case study in a medical journal.

I said, “Sure you can have our permission if it’ll help cover our hospital bill.”

They laughed at that. Oh, well, I tried.

Of course my man would have something that ranks putting it in a medical journal. Not exactly the kind of publishing you normally would aspire to, but hey, who knows how God might use it! Maybe LeRoy’s illness will provide medical information that will serve to help many others.

This morning I wrote the Scripture for the day on LeRoy’s white board and you can join us in lifting this praise to the Father today:

[box]”But I will sing of Your strength and will joyfully proclaim Your faithful love in the morning. For You have been a stronghold for me, a refuge in my day of trouble. To You, my strength, I sing praises, because God is my stronghold – my faithful God” (Psalm 59:16–17).[/box]

LeRoy’s PCT, Cody, asked him about the Scriptures that are on his board. Every single day God gives both of us numerous opportunities to share truth and spread God’s glory. It’s been amazing to us how open people are to hear gospel truth!

I’m trying to give updates here with specifics on how to pray for us, but it may be more than you want to read. Today I’ll try to be briefer than normal.

Prayer Praises:

1. Every morning the Lord provides LeRoy with an encouraging and strengthening Word from the Word!
2. If you have to be in the hospital, this is the one we’d choose and so grateful to be under their care.
3. Although the steroids raised his sugar level and he required insulin shots, his sugar level is staying under control at the moment!
4. LeRoy is regaining his strength and has even been able to use a cane to walk (briefly) with a physical therapist assisting him! That’s a HUGE praise! He’s still on a walker and has limited time out of the bed, but we’re seeing improvement in his mobility!!
5. He had his first good night’s sleep last night and we are PRAISING God for that precious grace!
6. Some of our friends have been able to come here from our home church and are helping us take care of the many practical details of life that we need help attending to: paying bills (we do nothing online), getting supplies for the long hospital stay, bringing pictures and notes from little ones at our church.
7. Four PLEX treatments down, three to go!
8. We are praising God for YOU!! Thank you for your prayers, comments, and faithful intercession. LeRoy is so encouraged as I read him the messages and comments from you. Sometimes when he’s so depleted from the PLEX treatments he’ll be so weak he can’t raise his head, but will say, “Babe, read me some of the comments, it helps me to hear from those who are praying.” And your messages encourage him, so thank you, so grateful for you!

Prayer Requests:

1. His fibrinogen level dropped so low that they’ve started giving him frozen Plasma. Pray for protection over the strange blood, meds, and treatments he’s receiving. This man normally doesn’t even take an aspirin for pain! So his body is probably in a bit of shock receiving all of this new stuff.
2. Continue asking for a clear diagnosis. We’re hoping it is only one rare disease and not two.
3. The ability for both of us to get sleep at night. Really needing SLEEP.
4. That God will continue to open doors for sharing His goodness. We’ve passed out many of our books during this hospital stay and had opportunity to share personally with several doctors (privately and individually).

We are so blessed and grateful for you all joining us in this. May God receive glory in the work He is doing.

19 Comments

  • Jaroslava Mitchell

    Dear Kimberly and LeRoy! Thank hub for sharing your difficult journey this week. It is amazing how God is walking with each of us. Am praying fiercely for you LeRoy and Kimberly and the family. It seems God is preparing His saints for something big. I have been handed over from one Dr to another these past 8 month because of being rear ended in my car and the brain injury has some very interesting symptoms come up. But our Lord is with us all one step at a time. Thank you for allowing us to be on your prayer team! Thank you for sharing your life with us. Blessings and hugs, Jarka from Oregon

  • Laurie

    Kimberly, thank you so much for the update. I’m praying for one curable disease… but knowing whatever He chooses will be the best gift for the two of you. It is so encouraging to know there is always a purpose for our suffering. God is at work through every second ofit. God bless you and LeRoy as you bring Him the glory He so richly deserves!

  • Laurie

    Kimberly, thank you so much for the update. I’m praying for one curable disease… but knowing whatever He chooses will be the best gift for the two of you. It is so encouraging to know there is always a purpose for our suffering. God is at work through every second of it. God bless you and LeRoy as you bring Him the glory He so richly deserves!

  • Laura Gonzalez

    Kim, we are so grateful for these daily updates. It is our opportunity to “walk”‘with you through this time from the distance. It is our joy and privilege to lift Leroy and you in our prayers every day. We anticipate these uodates to know how to pray specifically. May God continue to show Himself strong on your behalf. Love you sister! ❤️

  • Sharon Bell

    Thank you for update!! Know we are praying for you both!!! Praying for the curable one and that he will continue to improve and walk again. May you all get süffisant rest as much as you can!! We love you and pray without ceasing!!! The Bell Family from Trinity!!!

  • Lori

    Thank you Kim for being so great about the updates and letting us know the praises and prayer requests. I will keep you both in my prayers until this trial is over. You are both such an inspiration to me. I love hearing you on Revive our Hearts and love following your blog. Praise God Leroy was able to walk a bit. Praying for a complete recovery soon!

  • Mary Ann

    Thank you for being so open with your lives. I’ve been following you Kimberly ever since I heard your story over the radio. Sorry I can’t remember what program it was now.. maybe Family Life Today but also on Building Relationships. I bought your book and am reading. Our Story is similar to yours. But know that I will be praying and I thank you for sharing verses even in the midst of much unknown, you both are still focused on The Lord, His way and His timing. Don’t know you personally but glad for brothers and sisters like you who have been thru such difficulty and are a testimony to so many that God does work in hearts even when it seems so bad and impossible. We can Praise Him in whatever storm we are in . You are doing that now .. as you shared the verse in Psalms. I know that is from your hearts.

  • Brenda Allison

    Brother LeRoy & Kim, thank you so much for your willingness to share your journey as a living testimony – in the good times and the hard times – of your trust in the sovereignty of God. I’m praying for wisdom for the doctors and diagnostic teams as well as God’s peace, and much needed rest, for you two during this process. Your positive attitude and clear desire that God be glorified at every opportunity are encouraging examples for all. Continuing to pray expectantly! Ps 61:5-6

  • Kim Magnus

    Your verse today makes me think of the words to the song from a while back. They still hold true today. His strength is perfect and we’re praying that that would be a reality in your life. Praying God gives you Grace for every need and that He will heal you.

    I can do all things
    Through Christ who gives me strength
    But sometimes I wonder what He can do through me
    No great success to show
    No glory of my own
    Yet in my weakness He is there to let me know

    His strength is perfect when our strength is gone
    He’ll carry us when we can’t carry on
    Raised in His power, the weak become strong
    His strength is perfect, His strength is perfect

    We can only know
    The power that He holds
    When we truly see how deep our weakness goes
    His strength in us begins
    Where ours comes to an end
    He hears our humble cry and proves again

    His strength is perfect when our strength is gone
    He’ll carry us when we can’t carry on
    Raised in His power, the weak become strong
    His strength is perfect, His strength is perfect
    Through Christ who gives me strength

    But sometimes I wonder what He can do through me
    No great success to show
    No glory of my own
    Yet in my weakness He is there to let me know

    His strength is perfect when our strength is gone
    He’ll carry us when we can’t carry on
    Raised in His power, the weak become strong
    His strength is perfect, His strength is perfect

    We can only know
    The power that He holds
    When we truly see how deep our weakness goes
    His strength in us begins
    Where ours comes to an end
    He hears our humble cry and proves again

    His strength is perfect when our strength is gone
    He’ll carry us when we can’t carry on
    Raised in His power, the weak become strong
    His strength is perfect, His strength is perfect

  • Terri

    Praying for complete recovery and answers that are needed. Praying for those ripe hearts that meet y’all along this journey. <3

  • Vivian

    Thank you for updating Kim! I love how God has put you two in that ( I guess two hospitals now) in order to share the Gospel ! Reminds me of Paul’s imprisonment and his sharing the Gospel with the guards, those who had to be with him! Continuing to pray! So thankful some of your church family has been able to come help; I’ve been concerned about that for you! Praying that YOU get some sleep! Thankful LeRoy did! Thankful they are closer to a diagnosis! I wanted to share this phrase from my reading this morning– it’s out of 1 Cor 2:5 “so that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the POWER OF GOD.” He is worthy! Thank you for always pointing us to glorify Him! Much love and prayers! ❤️

  • Myra Wright

    Praying that God’s grace will be sufficient, in his healing. There’s nothing to hard for God, no matter what it is God’s got it. Praying for you and your family to feel God’s comfort during this storm may you all find shelter in is name, for our God is a healer, a present help in the time of trouble. Love you may God continue to bless you all.

  • Missy

    Praying for both of you as you walk this long road and await more test results. Prayers that it will be curable. It knowing that God will give you the strength to handle whatever the diagnosis is. He is already using y’all to spread His word with the staff that tend to you daily. When the wait seems so long, just remember how many people you’ve been able to share God’s grace with while you’re waiting. Praying you’ll get answers soon and that his strength continues to improve daily.

  • Donna

    Kimberly and Leroy,

    I will continue to lift you both up in prayer and pray for your protection against anything that will hinder your healing. I pray both of you will get peaceful rest at night So that you both can be strengthen and be able to carry out his will.

  • Kimberly Wagner

    So grateful for each of you!! We are touched by your kindness and blown away realizing how many of you are praying for us! I’m so sorry that I’m unable to reply to all of your comments, it’s pretty much a continual stream of medical personnel and activity here that prevents me from having enough time to let you know how grateful we are for you all. LeRoy is so encouraged by your comments, sometimes asking me to read them all again. Just knowing you are praying is a source of comfort to him! 💕

  • Greg Thornton

    Dear LeRoy and Kim:
    Grace and I are praying for healing, stamina, as well as sleep for you both.
    We love you!