Terence Luttrell-was diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer at 46 in July 2009:PSA 431 & Gleason score 9. The diagnosis was advanced stage of the disease; Prognosis:6-18 months to live & came as a complete shock. Terence passed away after fighting for 37 months as the sun rose on Sunday August 19,2012.
Our family is learning how to pass through trying times, allowing it to challenge us in our faith growing in Christ & painstakingly learning how to live above the effects of cancer!
In the last 2 weeks, we've spent many hours in the hospital.
February 22, 2012
The day after chemo. T is tired and nauseated- emotional too. Today he is face to face with his physical limitations and the fact that cancer really does suck. He's had a long month; failed treatments, renal failure and started another/new chemo regimen.
We had prepared for the next phase of this journey realizing that we have need of endurance ( Hebrews 10:36)- in fact just a few days ago Terence and I talked about how we felt like we were running a marathon. Yes we decided, we need endurance.
But we are realizing that we need more than endurance- we need to be tenacious....
Tenacity is more than endurance; it is endurance combined with the certainty that what we are looking for is going to transpire.
Endurance + faith = tenacity.
Tenacity is also more than hanging on, which may be weakness of being too afraid to fall off.
Tenacity is the effort of a man refusing to believe that his hero is going to be conquered.
Spiritual tenacity is not to hanging on and doing nothing, but deliberately relying on the certainty that God is (doing something).
Today.....we are disappointed-we are processing the effects of cancer through a tired soul. This is where we need not only endurance, but tenacity. To press in, hope in God, waiting on Him, even though we are tired, because with God all things are possible.
One of the greatest strains in life is the strain of waiting for God.
"Be still, and know that I am God ".
Prayerfully, we'll we remain spiritually tenacious!