We’re Heading Back to Texas

It’s been four weeks since we came home. Four weeks since we packed up our belongings from our eighteen-day stay at Zale Lipshy Hospital. It’s been a period of adjustment, learning, walking in foreign territory, shedding tears, lifting worship, and some days just plain shock and numbness. Only four weeks, but it’s been a long season of pain—much pain. Today I’ll load the car and we’ll head back.

Our first stop is an informational meeting for NMO patients in Austin, Texas. I’m asking God to give us direction and provide some answers and insight into the best options of care for LeRoy. We’ll drive from Austin to Dallas on Sunday and stay in a guest house provided by some precious friends. On Tuesday, LeRoy has his first appointment with the Neurologist that is taking over his case.

Monday is a marker day for us.

Thirty-six years ago we knelt together at the wedding altar to enter into a sacred covenant with God. Little did we know all that God had ahead for us. This wedding anniversary will be different than any other, sandwiched between the NMO meeting and the neurology appointment, we’ll be standing on the edge of our next season.

We’ve both been walking through the long corridor of memories, stretching back to that September so long ago when we first met. How young and full of ourselves we were then.

How naïve and certain at the same time.

But how little we actually knew.

Last year, we celebrated our anniversary by hiking the Columbia Glacier Icefields in Jasper National Park, in Alberta, Canada. Lately, we’ve returned there in our minds and hearts often. It’s so hard to imagine doing anything like that now. If you missed that blog post, I posted some of our pics of the trip here.

One thing we’re carrying with us to Texas today is the precious gifts from each of you. Your prayers, the kindness you’ve shown in various ways, the thoughtful comments you’ve left and the love you’ve poured out on us . . . these gifts are a treasure. We are very aware that we’re being supported in prayer—and we could never thank you enough. Will you pray again?

Things I’m asking God to do:

  1. Give us insight and discernment as we listen and learn.

I’m asking God to give us understanding from Him as we listen to the medical professionals, and lean not on our own understanding, but be led by Him in the decisions we make.

  1. Provide beneficial help and a plan for recovery.

We don’t know what to expect. We don’t know what the long term looks like, but we are hoping these appointments will give us a better idea. Of course, we aren’t looking to physicians to tell us what only God knows . . . but we would like to gain a better understanding of what we’re dealing with. We are very much in the dark on so much of this, and we’d like to have a better idea of what to expect for functionality, longevity, health, and recovery.

  1. Provide relief from the pain.

LeRoy has a high pain tolerance level. He never gripes, he doesn’t complain, but when he clinches his teeth and his body jerks into a contortion, I know he’s experiencing intense pain. It often comes rapid fire without ceasing. For hours. I’m asking God to provide healing and relief. A road trip used to mean an enjoyable time, now it is something I almost dread because it puts us in a vulnerable situation. I don’t want him to be suffering the entire time. Please appeal for merciful relief from the intense episodes of pain.

  1. Establish a good relationship with this neurology team.

We developed a sweet bond of friendship with the group of doctors that cared for LeRoy in the hospital, but we’ve never met those we’re seeing this week. We hope to give a genuine and gracious representation as Christ-followers to those we’ll meet on this trip.

  1. God’s glory—always.

No matter what—may this be our focus, motive, and action. In all that this journey holds, may we point others to His reality, His goodness, His steadfast lovingkindness, and His redemption! My prayer for us during this season of life has been from Psalm 92, and although “fruitfulness” looks much different now than what I thought it would when I first adopted this passage, I’m still asking God to allow us to exalt Him through bearing fruit for His glory.

[box]The righteous flourish like the palm tree and grow like a cedar in Lebanon. They are planted in the house of the LORD; they flourish in the courts of our God. They still bear fruit in old age; they are ever full of sap and green, to declare that the LORD is upright; he is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him. (Psalm 92:12–15)[/box]

Grateful for your prayers, please continue to intercede. Will you join us in these requests?


  • Diane Negi

    Dear Kim,
    With all that has been going on, it is an evidence of God’s grace that you can communicate so well! I just prayed through these requests. May you have strength, clarity and wisdom as you meet with the new neurologist and It struck me when you said that you would be loading the car, because I am sure that is something that Leroy would usually do. May you feel the prayers of going of many holding up your arms as you lift your belongings into your car. Romans 15:13

  • Lynda Butler

    Praying through your requests this morning and celebrating 36 years of marriage with you! Your books have blessed us beyond words. THANK YOU SO MUCH! 😘❤️

  • Melinda Thomas

    Prayers for safe and pain free travels. Praying for this medical team to give you some answers. Anniversaries are a gift from God much love to the both of you as you celebrate your 36th with a new journey ahead of you!
    Love you both , Melinda

  • Lynne

    Praying for you cousin. So glad physicians are able to get you to this point.
    Stay strong medicine and prayers do work.
    Love you.

  • Peggy

    Happy Anniversary – To celebrate God’s healing in your marriage is an awesome thing! Now asking that God might bring healing to Leroys body. I rejoice that you are in the hands of the One who gives strength beyond measure and love without end. May you experience the fullness of Him as you have tests, consultations and diagnosis. Safe travels. Thy will be done.

  • Vicki Bedford

    Kim, praying all you have requested. Asking for safe travel, zero mechanical or tire issues, easy access restrooms, etc. Thankful to know God goes before you and with you. Praying.

  • Anna Schrock

    YES! Thank You for your Prayer Request List-keep it coming for us please!
    Our pastor went through a physical attack on his body of hives-rare for under 45 years old. BUT HE KNEW IT WAS A SPIRITUAL ATTACK. Our church is just coming out of the paralysis of legalism;gently firmly the Lord is giving new freedom to His people in Watertown Wisconsin and even gave Maranatha Baptist College new accreditation and a new name Maranatha Baptist Univertsity. I was not raised Baptist; have attended and been members of Southern Baptist Lutheran (liberal AND conservative synods), Evangelical Free,Pentecostal, Assembly of God and Missionary Alliance.
    WOW! And learned a lot from all of them,but always always always was led to Father God and His word to double check what was being preached!
    Please Kimberly band Leroy know you are being prayed for and over;
    Lord,in Jesus healing name, lead Kim and Leroy to seeing your Mighty Power being manifested in big ways and quiet ones. Alleviate if not totally dispel Leroys pain-that he may serve you fully again and reveal the stronghold and threats of Satan’s deceitful and disabling lies to all they come in contact with! Father God-I am sobbing for the unsaved we ALL come in contact with including those close to us! Amen.
    In Him who saves;JESUS!,
    PS- Praying through for you and Leroy gives us the chance to praise YAHWEH; Fierce Women-Soft Warrior saved our marriage! My daughter in law and I through prayer,have finally connected after almost 11 years of being at odds. Loaned out my “FW-SW” (notes in the margins and all!) gave out two and have no idea (God Does!) where mine went so ordered two more. Three “Men Who Love Fierce Women” are on the way also. The guys (my husband,our youngest son [husband of dau in law] and oldest son (unmarried….) will each get one-I want them to know where we as women are coming from and just how valuable and instrumental “our men” are in “their women’s” lives!
    PPS-my dau in law and I are surrounded by men only-praises be to Father God for healing our relationship-AAARGH! 😳🤣😂😉💝

  • Rache'l Campbell

    Happy Anniversary! Thank you so very much for sharing this journey with us and allowing others the great privilege of standing beside you in prayer! Bringing all this needs and concerns before the Throne of our great and loving Father…..on that blessed day when both of you enter through the gates of heaven where there is no more sickness or pain may you hear the wonderful words of our Lord “Well done My good and faithful!”!

  • Rebekah

    Beautiful! I can so relate. My husband loves to jump boulders and step out past the boundaries in such places as Petit Jean State Park overlooking the Arkansas River as well as the Grand Canyon North Rim. What will we do now? Something! Maybe not the same somethings, but we cannot vacate our pioneering spirit! Praying for complete healing, something astounding for you both so that everyone will know where it came from! And praying in the meantime land of not sure you will always know that God loves you and He’s for you both ALWAYS.

  • Vivian

    Definitely joining you in praying for these specific things! Sorry I am just now reading this: was on a retreat with our youth all weekend. Thank you for sharing and keeping us updated. I pray you sense the Lord’s nearness and love especially today as you celebrate your anniversary! To God be the Glory! Great things He has done and IS doing! Much love!