#161 – A She’s Still There Story with Katherine Wolf

#161 – A She’s Still There Story with Katherine Wolf

If God allowed catastrophe to strike in your life, would you continue to love and serve Him? Do you desperately need to know that God will do something great with your grief? Do you need clarity as to why God allows suffering? Do you need freedom from the grief brought on by your pain?

In this podcast, Katherine Wolf shares her journey through a life-altering brain injury that has led her to a beautiful and deep relationship with God. She tells the honest truth about despair but also declares her hope in Christ’s plan for her life.

When you picture yourself in your mid-20s, health and happiness would likely be two themes that would surface.  The thought of traumatic illness and depression would likely be far from your imagination. This is what Katherine Wolf abruptly faced over 10 years ago.

This chat is about suffering that creates a life giving change in perspective. Even after suffering a stroke as a young woman, Katherine has learned that while life as she knew it is forever changed, her new life can be even more beautiful. Katherine’s suffering has given her a  pivotal perspective that has defined her walk of faith. She vividly describes her 10 year journey that has allowed her to experience God in a rich and unique way. She is in awe and appreciation of what God has done in her life, despite her suffering. Being able to sympathize with people who have also experienced great suffering has allowed her to be an inspiring witness and encourager.

Katherine talks about her relationship with her husband, Jay, and how, he too, has been strengthened by what many thought would end their marriage. They share much of this story in a book they co-authored entitled Hope Heals.

Katherine’s spirit of resiliency and restoration is refreshing. Her ability to have authentic joy in the midst of major disability is a testament of God’s sustaining grace. On today’s podcast, Katherine shares the truth of God that overflows from her heart that will speak to the deep issues of suffering, grief, and love of God. Katherine has learned to  “embrace her assignment” and be intentionally content by “loving what remains”.

Highlights from Today’s Episode:

  • Thriving and flourishing during suffering
  • Experiencing internal joy  
  • Seeing your disability as a blessing
  • The power of God working in weakness

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Let’s Talk!

After you’ve listened to the podcast, I’d love to continue the conversation. Be sure and leave a comment!

  1. Do you have a specific assignment that God has given you? What is it? Have you been pursuing it?
  2. Do you struggle with understanding why God allows suffering? How do you reconcile God’s nature of goodness when he allows “bad things” to happen ?
  3. Do you have a situation that was “bad” that God used for good?


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How to Listen to The Podcast

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1. Listen right here on the blog. Click the little play button at the beginning of this post.

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By |2018-03-30T07:34:55+00:00March 30th, 2018|Faith, Podcast|3 Comments
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  1. Scott Rodriguez April 1, 2018 at 12:01 am - Reply

    “Lord, we’re grateful for the privilege of carrying Your banner You have given us, as with this very special family presented here, for whom we ask Your honor and Your hedge to be upon their household.”

  2. Tam Cole April 3, 2018 at 12:27 pm - Reply

    Thank you soooooooo much for sharing your hospital and home experiences on your podcast Chrystal. It has been a blessing and EXTREMELY encouraging to my husband and I. Here’s what has happened in the last 6 weeks:
    Buried my mother-in-law on February 14th
    Buried my aunt February 24th
    Went on a mini vacay with my husband on March 8th and that same night he had a mild stroke. In ICU for 6 days, in hospital for total of 9days.
    After many prayers , we were able to fly back to Dallas and get admitted into a rehab facility. Reuben is making progress daily PRAISE GOD!!!!! No slurred speech no paralysis!!!! The feeling on the left side is returning daily. On March 20th my mom had heart surgery. All went well and she’s recovering great. So you sharing your story, and Katherine Wolf testimony, has been, and still is, an inspiration to the both of us and we are in continued prayers for the complete healing of your kidneys and foot. Love you sis and please pray for us too, Tammy 😊🙏🏽

    • Chrystal Hurst April 7, 2018 at 9:09 pm - Reply

      My goodness Ms. Tam! You’ve had a wild February and March too. I’m so sorry about the loss of your mother-in-law and aunt. And your husband! Oh my word. You know my husband has experienced a stroke as well. I’m so sorry. I’m happy to hear that he is making progress though! My husband recovered well. So glad that the podcasts have been encouraging for you. Appreciate you.

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