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Title: Beauty from ashes

  • Username: JoshandKate
  • City: Upperco
  • State: MD
  • Notes: If you haven’t encountered pain in your life, than you haven’t been alive long. Life’s challenges come in with a blazing speed often with zero time to prepare or brace ourselves. When we are faced with the devastation that breaks the routine of busyness encircling our lives, we have a decision to make. Will this make us bitter or will this make us better? That was the case for Josh and Katie Redding just 3 weeks ago. While coming home from a family camping trip, the Reddings were in a devastating car accident. While driving home on route 97, a tractor trailer sped by creating a strong draft that unsettled the RV they were pulling. This caused the RV to roll, which then pulled their SUV over with it. How many times have you sat in a back up, cursing under your breath for the delays it caused you, completely unaware of the devastation a stranger was neck deep in? We’ve all been there/done that. What if we considered exchanging the curses for prayers to intervene on behalf of those whose accident has caused our minor delay to our business as usual. Katie’s mom woke the morning of the accident to a feeling of dread deep in her soul. However, she knew no amount of worry changes the course of life. ‘Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength.’ She would not allow worry to trap her. Instead this dread led her into prayer. No obligatory 30-second generic prayer. Her prayers flooded God’s heavenly throne for 3 hours that morning! This prayer vigil, held without a definite understanding of why at the time, is what Josh and Katie attribute their lives to today. Their three young children walked away from the accident. Josh walked away fine as well. So amazing how her obedience to that call to prayer changed her family forever! Katie was stuck in the car for an hour hanging partially upside down. She had to be cut out. By most people’s accounts she should have been wailing. Instead she was celebrating that although she knew she had sustained serious injuries, she was fully aware she could move her feet! This was cause for celebration! Katie and the kids were taken to Baltimore Washington Medical Center immediately. Katie was then sent on to Shock Trauma. Thorough examinations revealed her kids were fine. Josh held out on being checked out until he knew things were fine with his precious wife and children. He was stepping into the gap for what he holds most dear in this life—his family. This would start the journey that would lead to the realization that Katie’s upper back was broken and parts of her neck. Many would have given in to despair at this point. Josh and Katie began recounting God’s blessing to have them at one of the finest medical facilities in the world. Josh fell to his knees and with tears said, ‘thank You Jesus that my wife is alive, she can move and my children are alive and physically fine.’ "Father, we trust that You will use this accident to grow in us a beauty that we otherwise could not know. Our fellowship with You is sweeter, it's broken and it's humbled in a way that daily busyness as usual doesn't allow. So, we trust You to bring the beauty from these ashes in a way that points us to know You more and more. You are in control. You are good. You are our God. You hold the words of life, where else can we go?"
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  • Don & Laura Harting October 3, 2013  

    Laura and I have both been praying for you throughout this ordeal and know that the Lord will receive all the glory! You are both powerful witnesses of how God can bring good out of the most difficult circumstances. We look forward to the day you are fully healed and praising God for His goodness. For we know that God is good….all the time! And all the time God is good!

  • Robin Marlatt October 2, 2013  

    As this contest comes to a end my heart feels heavy knowing Katie’s healing is only beginning. Katie and Josh have made me realize I did not understand the meaning of true “grace”. Their faith and strength has been amazing and there is no doubt in my mind God has worked through them to help many other people. Nothing is a coincidence-there is a meaning for everything that happens…it is God.

  • Pat October 2, 2013  

    Katie and Josh praying for you and your family.

  • Brianna burchett October 2, 2013  

    Praying for all of your family! It is truly a miracle and I am happy that everything worked out and everyone is safe at home now. I will keep praying for you all!

  • Sue October 2, 2013  

    Continuing to lift you and your family in prayer! We have walked down this path with one of our son’s, that was critically injured in a car accident and I am happy to say that God, through some wonderful medical care, much prayer and hard work, performed MIRACLES! Our son had C2 & C3 broken (wore a halo for 3 months), pelvis broken in multiple places, femur broken (rod placed in it), torn spleen, torn ureatha, multiple cuts(stapled), bruises and a frontal lobe brain injury (memory loss and personality change, at the time), Today, 15years later, he is wonderful and his life is very full! He was truly blessed and came back to us as virtually the same person, only improved! I think something like this, certainly changes your perspective on life and truly teaches us how to really love one another, knowing that we truly are not guaranteed tomorrow! The 2 verses that the Lord used in our lives were Joshua 1:9 and Proverbs 3:5&6 There were times of fear and confusion, however, we learned to simply “Trust Him” and He would lead and guide us to where we needed to go! It always gave us such pleasure and peace, knowing that He was right there, walking with us and in control of it all! Praying for a full uncomplicated recovery! Our dear friend’s are the Sippel’s and they have shared your situation with us and have asked us to pray for you all and we certainly are!

  • Mel @ Trailing After God October 1, 2013  

    Praying for this family. What an amazing story. I always pray as an ambulance goes by but now I will be reminded to pray when we are sitting in traffic and don’t know why. Thank you for sharing this story. My heart goes out to them!

  • Fran October 1, 2013  

    Josh, Kate and family praying for all of you.

  • Wanda October 1, 2013  

    Dear Heavenly Father – please continue to hold Katie, Josh and their family tight within your hands and continue to heal her.

  • Josh & Kate September 30, 2013  

    I wanted to thank all of you for surrounding our family in prayer and bearing our burdens during the days and weeks since the accident. I also want you to share in our joy of today. Katie was able to leave Shock Trauma today. All of the necessary surgery to repair the injuries that she sustained during our accident have been completed. We will have many follow up visits there but she will not have to spend another night away from her family. It has been a welcome distraction from the hospital routine to check on the grace unlimited site and see where the vote count is at. Thanks to all for your votes. I wanted to share with you a passage that we have held close and tried to live during this time.

    I Thessalonians 516-18 Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstance; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

    Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to Him be the glory, in our lives, in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen. Ephesians 3:20-21

    Josh

    • Ryan Butler September 30, 2013  

      Really glad to hear that you all are headed home. Praying for a full and quick recovery. I can’t fathom the journey you’ve been on these few weeks. Thanks for living with strength, courage and faith.

  • Claudia James September 30, 2013  

    My prayers are with this family and God is Faithful to his children in All things. He has brought you to it and he in all his power will bring this family through it.God bless this family !!

  • Claudia James September 30, 2013  

    AMEN…God is Awesome and though it can be hard to see when you’re in the moment,all you have to do is BELIEVE that he has a plan for you. God Bless this family.

  • Amy Boutwell September 30, 2013  

    God bless you. Your testimony is powerful and humbling. I will always think of you when I’m ready to complaint about my trivial problems. Thank you Jesus for these two brave and souls that you are shining Your light through.

  • Sharon B oyd September 29, 2013  

    I am praying for you daily. Ours is a big God. He has plans for both of you.

  • Jenn Hurlock September 28, 2013  

    You both are such an inspiration!! My prayers are going out to you and your family! Love you guys!!

  • phyllis Bannister September 28, 2013  

    Katie and Josh, I do not know you but do know by all I have read GOD IS CERTAINLY ON YOUR SIDE. Your story has touched me deeply ……your family is and will remain in my thoughts and prayers.

    • Erin Rozansky September 30, 2013  

      God’s on everyone’s side. It’s us that are the ones who have to choose what side we are on.

  • Bill & Jane September 28, 2013  

    Katie & Josh, We have been praying for you all since we heard about your terrible accident. There are many people who have been keeping you in prayers…..some whom you don’t even know……God loves you always and is able to do a mighty work. “We know Who goes before you and Who stands beside you……the God of angel armies is on your side!” Never forget that He made you stronger than you know, but weak enough to lean on Him. love you, Bill and Jane

  • Tina McGinn September 28, 2013  

    Praise God from whom all Blessings come, you are in our thoughts and prayers daily, rejoice in the Lord always, again I say rejoice.

  • Denise September 28, 2013  

    Keeping you all in my prayers.

  • Ginny Bergman September 28, 2013  

    Josh and Katie, praying for you all, knowing that God’s grace will sustain you. Love you

  • Sarah Von Bergen September 28, 2013  

    Josh and Katie, I’ve been praying and voting and spreading the word!

    <3

  • Barbara Ruark September 27, 2013  

    I choose this one but I am unable to vote for it because I can’t figure out the page.

    • kam September 27, 2013  

      Just click on the “heart” symbol to vote.

    • Elise Zeigler September 27, 2013  

      To vote, click on the the pink heart over top of the series if Facebook, twitter… icons. : )

  • Jeanie Albright September 27, 2013  

    Praying for you and your family

  • Margie Mercer September 27, 2013  

    Praying for you Josh and Katie!

  • Dewey Sweet September 27, 2013  

    I am amazed and in awe of, but not surprised by the faith and resilience of these two. Josh and Kate are amazing friends and devoted followers of Christ. They are an example to everyone as to what true faith and belief is. Josh lives what husbands are supposed to do for their family.

  • Roseanne Cabral Henry September 27, 2013  

    I pray that you would be healed and the Holy Spirit will fill your room with Angels that minster to you.
    and the he would put a song in your heart, that would carry you to the presents of the Father. Praying for you and your Family Roseanne

  • Don September 27, 2013  

    Josh and Katie you are in my prayers

  • sharyn sponar September 27, 2013  

    We will be praying for Katie and Josh

  • erin September 27, 2013  

    Praying for you guys!

  • Pam Hepner September 27, 2013  

    Katie and Josh you are in our prayers constantly!!
    Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.
    Romans 12:12

  • Judy Myers September 26, 2013  

    We continue to pray for you Katie. You are an inspiration to us all, as is Josh.

  • Alex Yuncker September 26, 2013  

    Thts terrible I just saw an Instagram post to come to this site and I’m sure to vote

    • Claude September 26, 2013  

      I didn’t know how to vote until Alex above said to click on the heart above the Facebook icon.

    • Kay Benton October 1, 2013  

      Don’t forget to come back tomorrow and vote again.

  • Vickie Blackson September 26, 2013  

    You all are a witness to so many! God Bless this whole family. Continued prayers.

  • Heather September 26, 2013  

    Praying for this family!

  • Amanda September 26, 2013  

    An amazing testimony to what God can handle for us in our lives. Praying for Katie and her sweet family <3

  • Shirl Bateman September 26, 2013  

    Praying for you and your family.

  • Stephanie wright September 26, 2013  

    Praying daily for this family!

  • Becky Addicks September 26, 2013  

    Praying for you Josh & Katie. You are an amazing

  • Daniel Benton September 26, 2013  

    We love you guys….you are in my constant prayers.

  • Kathy September 26, 2013  

    You don’t have to know someone personally to recognize Grace. We are all members of God’s family, therefore we pray for our family when we are called on to do so. Prayers and blessings to the whole family and for those who are members of Josh and Kate’s church who will be serving in the months to come! ♥

  • KAY BENTON September 26, 2013  

    praying for Katie and Josh and their lovely family. God Bless you all. Miss seeing you all at church. Keep the faith,

  • Kim Terry September 26, 2013  

    There is God at work all the way around in and through this tragedy. They are trusting only Him.

  • Lori September 26, 2013  

    Prayers being said for the family. Where do I cast a vote?

    • Sue September 26, 2013  

      click on the heart above the facebook icon.

      • Claude September 26, 2013  

        Thanks, that really wasn’t clear at all.

    • kim September 29, 2013  

      Hey,
      To vote, just click on the heart! :) Have a great day!

  • jennifer DiDio September 25, 2013  

    Josh’s example of a husband stepping into the gap for his wife is a true picture of servant hearted love that Jesus calls us all to!

  • Kelly September 25, 2013  

    Continuing to pray for this amazing family, knowing that God is good… all the time!

  • Joanna September 27, 2013  

    Repost the picture/post that says “this is the post”.

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