Friday, February 8, 2013

Share the Love for Quinn 2013: Perseverance



Yesterday ended hard. Today started better. We put one foot in front of the other and go about doing what needs to be done. Quinn and I had a little chat about the extra therapies that needed to be done and we decided we could do it.

 Here is Quinn doing his nebulizer...we'll do this 2-3x a day

Quinn doing his Chest Percussion Therapy (CPT)...this is an air compressor shooting air quickly through the tube which inflates Quinn's vest and shakes his body. We'll do this 4x a day--it is what would be done if Quinn was hospitalized. Beat on your chest and talk--that is what Quinn sounds like.

 Sela pretends that she doing the nebulizer too.

In 2011, my friend Kim was pregnant and a few of us got together to share some words of encouragement. I wrote this for Kim then but this morning thought I would pull it out and revamp it as a reminder of truth for all of us.

per·se·ver·ance

[pur-suh-veer-uhns]
–noun
1. steady persistence in a course of action, a purpose, a state, etc., especially in spite of difficulties, obstacles, or discouragement.
2. Theology . continuance in a state of grace to the end, leading to eternal salvation.

Perseverance.” It is kind of an imposing word. 

No one remembers how to spell it. Where do you put the “r” and the “a”? 

Usually you use the word when you are enduring something. Who wants to endure something? 
 
And when I looked it up to define it, I was confident that this was the word for all of us. 

We are people who can persevere:

To persevere through seasons of Lost (I never knew which way that TV series was going to go),
to persevere through sleepless nights,
 
to persevere through tension,
to persevere through the seasons of rooting for your favorite team...which never seems to win,

to persevere through illness and discomfort,

to persevere through...

Our ability to persevere is key to being a mom, a dad, a son, a daughter, a husband, a wife, a widow or widower, a friend, a follower of Christ.

But it is the second part of the word that is the gift. It is the blessing.

Perseverance: Continuance, in a state of grace to the end, leading to eternal salvation.

A long obedience in the same direction~Eugene Peterson

You are a Pilgrim, a Disciple. 

And because you are willing to walk your road, you will draw your children, your people, your friends, your family with you. And you will show them how to live. And how to love. And how to speak truth. And how to walk. And you will do it each day. Day after day. “In a state of grace to the end, leading to eternal salvation.”

Because that is perseverance.

His peace to you…

We are partnering with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Great Strides Campaign to raise money to fight this disease. We know there are many needs in the world right now but if you feel compelled to "Share the Love for Quinn" to donate $1 or one million dollars you can click on Team Win With Quinn and donate to our campaign to raise $3000.

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