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Leave Your Mark: Katherine Wolf on Suffering

Katherine Wolf was just 26-years old when her life changed forever. She suffered a significant stroke that left her disabled. In a wheelchair, deaf in one ear, blind in one eye, and one hand that doesn’t work, she spent years learning to eat and stand up. In this first episode on our new series of Leaving Your Mark, Katherine inspires us with her resilience and faith despite her continued challenges.

Katherine wants us to know her spirits are good now, but there were many dark days. Days when she wondered if God had forgotten about her or simply if it would be better if he’d let her die. She now knows that suffering is always a season. That it won’t always be as bad as it is today and that God refines us in the dark places. Katherine’s words of encouragement speak directly to our core as she reminds us that everyone suffers as part of life and when we hear God’s voice in the midst of suffering we step into a new kind of identity and beauty.

If you don’t listen to anything else this Advent season, we encourage you to listen to this conversation with Katherine Wolf. She reminds us that God comes in the darkness. This is exactly what we celebrate at Christmas. You will feel less alone after listening to this episode.

Connect with Katherine:

On her website, Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube

Listen to this episode:

On iTunes or watch it here on YouTube:

A few things mentioned on the show:

Samford University

Pepperdine University

Hope Heals Summer Camp

Katherine’s books:

Katherine’s first book: Hope Heals: A True Story of Overwhelming Loss and and Overcoming Love

Katherine’s new book: Suffer Strong: How to Survive Anything by Redefining Everything

Scripture for life:

Psalm 139: 7-12: Where can I go from your Spirit?
    Where can I flee from your presence?
If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
    if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
    if I settle on the far side of the sea,
10 even there your hand will guide me,
    your right hand will hold me fast.
11 If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me
    and the light become night around me,”
12 even the darkness will not be dark to you;
    the night will shine like the day,
    for darkness is as light to you.

Romans 5:3-5: Not only so, but we[a] also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.

2 Corinthians 12:9: But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.

Esther 9:1: So on March 7 the two decrees of the king were put into effect. On that day, the enemies of the Jews had hoped to overpower them, but quite the opposite happened. It was the Jews who overpowered their enemies. (NLT)

Isaiah 45:3 I will give you hidden treasures,
    riches stored in secret places,
so that you may know that I am the Lord,
    the God of Israel, who summons you by name.


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