Giving Thanks in Suffering

This is a hard road to walk. But every day brings fresh new batches of reasons to give thanks. Rather than focusing on the tough stuff today, I just want to list some “Thank Yous” and share with you a small bit of my “Gratitude List.”

I’m Thankful For:

God’s Perfect Timing

I keep thinking about how much harder this would’ve been if this had hit LeRoy while I was in Europe with my mom last April. I’ve thanked the Father so many times for the timing of this! I’m so thankful it happened while we were thousands of miles away from home . . . all the way up in Prince Edward Island, Canada! In God’s providence, we were forced to find an emergency room! If LeRoy had lost his ability to walk before that trip, and we’d tried to get an appointment with the Neurologists at UT Southwestern, it would’ve been months before we could’ve been seen by anyone. By going through the ER (after getting a connecting flight rerouted to Dallas), we were seen immediately by the Neurology team.

It’s His Left Leg

LeRoy loves to drive. No, really, he LOVES driving anything: Bicycles, motorcycles, cars, BIG trucks (most especially eighteen-wheelers). If his right leg had been the one affected, driving would be out of the question. But right now, he still has use of his right leg, and although his left leg gives him excruciating pain . . . we’re hoping he can still drive once he’s stronger and has the pain at a more manageable level.

Friends Who Understand

There aren’t a lot of people who know what you’re talking about when you mention nerve pain. But for those who’ve experienced it, or walked with a loved one through it, they have enormous compassion and are able to pray with understanding. It meant so much to receive a text from a friend who understands, who put it into these words: “I understand the severity and gravity of this situation, and . . . I weep with you and love you. I carry you both in my heart and prayers.”

Friends Who Meet Practical Needs

It has been a joy to read your comments and to receive your kind words and know you are praying. For those of you who know our great financial need and have helped to provide through an account our son and daughter-in-law set up . . . we are blown away and hardly know how to begin voicing thanks. And for those who’ve brought food to our doorstep and cards from precious little ones . . . thank you. Your support and help is a fragrant and merciful gift of love during a very hard time.

The Presence of Christ

For all of the many things we are grateful for, this is what we most deeply appreciate. He is with us. He has not forsaken us. We hear Him greet us each morning through the Word. He is sending personalized messages of hope, affirmation, and encouragement. His Spirit draws us close and reminds us of our history with Him and how we’ve seen Him be faithful throughout our lifetime, and far beyond that, throughout history!

He’s brought many Scriptures into clearer view, and one that keeps popping up in our reading is this reassurance:

[box]But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. “The LORD is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.” The LORD is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him. It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the LORD. (Lamentations 3:21–26)[/box]

Please continue to keep us in your prayers. We have a long road ahead of us.

Photo by Ales Krivec on Unsplash


  • Lori

    What a great reminder to be thankful and try and focus on the good things God is doing! Leroy will continue to be in our prayers. What wonderful examples both of you are to me. Thank you for continuing to share your journey.

  • B

    Your words are exactly what I needed today as a reminder as I deal with my son’s severe medical challenge. I too have reasons to be grateful in the face of difficulty. Thank you for your counsel to see blessings in the sufferings of life.

  • Trudie Sahnger

    I woke up this morning and began singing the song “Thank You Lord”. Then I checked my email and there was yours talking about thanking the Lord. I have been following the journey of suffering that you and Leroy are traveling and keeping you in my prayers. I have heard that nerve pain can be excruciating and my heart goes out to you. I will be having neurological surgery in Dallas the end of this month and am trying to be thankful and give God praise in my journey of pain. In the devotional “Streams in the Desert ” on May 26 it states, “Our praise will bring ‘water . . . in the wilderness and streams in the desert'(Isa. 35:6). You encourage me by giving praise even in the midst of the wilderness.

  • Pauline Butler

    It’s so nice to hear your words of thanksgiving in the midst of your great trial, Kim. God continues to use you in the lives of so many through your testimony. As I care for my mom, she often deals with pain and suffering, your words are a means to help encourage her heart. I am blessed by reading your messages and continue to pray for you and your dear husband. Thank you for your honest sharing!

  • Mary Stuart

    You are right, those of us who haven’t experienced what you are going through don’t understand. Thank you for keeping us posted so we will know how to pray.
    Your BSF Buddy

  • Jody Gates

    Thank you so much for sharing this list. It is an encouragement and gives us ways to praise with you and continue to pray. My husband/pastor injured his right shoulder 20+ years ago, injuring the king thoracic nerve that runs from the shoulder down his arm and into his hand. We weep with you over the excruciating pain. Relief is coming for him, we are praying, in the form of surgery they can do now but wouldn’t touch it a long time ago. All this to say, I’m praying for you Kim as well, one of the hardest things I’ve done is to watch my dear husband suffer. May God’s empowering Holy Spirit give you the strength you need for today. And may our Great God continue to give you what you need as you walk with Him on this journey.

  • Julie Musil

    Oh Kimberly, you two are so precious. You continue to give, even during this difficult time. Giving thanks during a trying season is a powerful punch in the gut to the enemy!! Pausing to pray for you both right now.

  • Julie

    I woke at 4:30 a.m. and couldn’t fall back to sleep. Discovered your story through Revive Our Hearts and have prayed for you dear folks already this morning. My husband has a rare condition called POEM’s Syndrome, which includes severe nerve pain as a symptom, so I know something of what it can feel like as a wife to watch a husband in pain.

    I’m praying for wisdom for the medical staff your husband has, and for your hearts to be continually encouraged and strengthened. Also praying for your financial needs to be met, and for necessary sleep for the two of you.

    I wish I could give you both a gentle hug of comfort.