The latest issue of Simple Grace highlights the story of Katherine Wolf, a young wife and mother whose life was changed forever when she suffered a massive stroke. Read a sneak peak of her story to see how tragedy drew her closer to God
After the stroke, Katherine lived at the hospital, enduring endless tests and procedures and re-learning to stand, speak and swallow. “My acting and modeling career was over,” Katherine says, “but when you can’t walk or talk, you don’t even think about beauty.”
Six months after the stroke, Katherine failed her ninth swallowing test. “It was the darkest time of my life,” she recalls. “I wondered what I could’ve done to invoke God’s anger—it seemed like a cruel curse out of the pit of hell. I couldn’t walk or eat or hold my head up. I felt stranded in a broken body. Watching Jay’s sister play with James that day, I had this overwhelming thought: God had made a mistake. I should’ve died. If I were gone, Jay could remarry and James would have a new mommy who could hold him.”
In that dark moment, Katherine suddenly felt God’s presence. “It was this sense of deep peace, this bizarre joy that had nothing to do with what was going on,” she describes. “But I felt so happy.” From out of nowhere, the words of Psalm 139 entered her heart: I am fearfully and wonderfully made. “In that moment, I knew beyond a doubt that God was speaking to me, encouraging me, directing my life,” she says. “Showing me that even now, I was wonderfully made!”
Read the rest of Katherine's incredible journey to healing in the June issue of Simple Grace on-sale now and in her new book Hope Heals.