Family Reunion September 2014

Family Reunion September 2014

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

"Trey Tuesday" - September 19, 2017

Mountains and Waves

The Poconos....Appalachian Trail....Rocky Mountains....Mountains of Maui...oh the majesty and grandeur of God's beautiful creations!  Couple those with surfing and relaxing beside the waves of the mighty oceans!  Sheer delight!  :)

Mountains of debt, anxiety, disease, disability, and trials are never chosen as weekend getaways.  We endure these mountains.  Limp up them.
Waves of doubt and fear, anger and mistrust ruin lives.  And waves of hurricane force destroy the tranquil scenes we treasure at the beach. 

We all face mountains and waves of varying degrees....at many times throughout life. Hopefully, your friend can take the journey with you, yet in Christ, you are never alone.  Keep your eye on God. He will carry you up the scary, difficult mountains, He will show you a beautiful view from the peak, and then He will let you ski down to safety.

"Great is the Lord, and most worthy of praise, in the city of our God, His holy mountain.  Beautiful in its loftiness, the joy of the whole earth,"  Psalm 48:1,2

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

"Trey Tuesday" - September 12, 2017

WWTD?

Next time you are in a pinch, take a deep breath and ask yourself,
"What Would Trey Do?" in this situation.  More often than not the answer would be: sing, dance, shriek, jump, run around naked, call for Rachel, bug Joe, or tease Bella!  :)  Where is Jay in this equation?  Probably taking a picture or cheering Trey on!  :)

There is a lot of weariness in our world today.  Everyone seems to be carrying pretty heavy loads.  And lots of heavy loads.  Burdens that can't be fixed, changed, healed, bought, sold, moved, answered, calmed, united....unless God Himself intervenes and provides a miracle.  The need for prayer and companionship has never been greater.  We all need a little/a lot of TLC.  We need to receive it and we need to give it.

Aaaaaaaand maybe we need to don our Mickey ears and sunglasses, grab a saltine, and take a little time out with a friend.

"Your love has given me great joy and encouragement"  Philemon 1:7


Tuesday, September 5, 2017

"Trey Tuesday" - September 5, 2017

Waders, Watchers, and Warriors

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.
And it is Neonatal Intensive Care (NICU) Awareness Month.
And the month of weddings and anniversaries.
And birthdays.
And back to school.
And graduations.
And many other celebrations of life.
Many hardships of life, too.
Unemployment
Floods
Heartache
Sickness
And much, much more!

God probably hasn't called you to each one of the above mentioned major life events at the same time, but you most likely know people in the heat of the battle right now.  So, what is your role?  Are you less important because you don't have a BIG issue going on in your life?  God answers this question in I Samuel 30:24: "The share of the man who stayed with the supplies is to be the same as that of him who went down to the battle. All will share alike."
You see, God can use you right where you are. God needs you right where you are.  No waiting for further training or preparation  It's GO time!  :)

Some of you may be Waders - feeling like you are drowning, trudging through the thick of your trials.  You are deep in the situation.
Some of you may be Watchers - close to, but not in the center, you are standing on guard for your family, friend, neighbor, or coworker.  You provide a meal, a shoulder, a praying emoji on Facebook, a random card or call.
And some of you may be Warriors - praying fervently from a distance, maybe not ever meeting all the people involved.

Team Mitlo One was - and is - a beautiful example of Waders, Watchers, and Warriors. Thank you for hearing God call you - and answering in a big way time and time again!
  
Have great confidence in knowing God can use you to love others.....yes, even you!

"God has given each of you a gift from His great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another."  I Peter 4:10

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

"Trey Tuesday" - August 29, 2017

Flood Victims

Our heads and hearts are heavy with grief for the flood victims of Texas.  Their fear and loss are unimaginable!

Most of us have never experienced a physical flood like Hurricane Harvey has produced, but we all have suffered similar feelings in life:
- the flood of mourning
- the flood of stress
- the flood of illness/diagnosis
- the flood of un/underemployment
- the flood of fear
- the flood of loneliness
- the flood of exhaustion
- the flood of unworthiness
- the flood of betrayal

Maybe your life hasn't been filled with huge tragedies like floods or storms, but you live with a constant drizzle, chronic cloudiness, or perpetual fog.  They can be just as devastating!

How did Jay and Rachel weather the journey of Trey's diagnosis?
With faith in something bigger, stronger, and more stable than the doctors or any present circumstance!

Right now - right where you are - read over Psalm 18.  Read it.  Pray it.
Believe it!

"I love you, Lord, my Strength.
  The Lord is my Rock, my Fortress and my Deliverer;
my God is my Rock, in Whom I take refuge,
my Shield and the Horn of my Salvation, my Stronghold."
Psalm 18:1,2

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

"Trey Tuesday" - August 22, 2017

Separation Anxiety

Do you still have your security blanket?  Or a favorite ball hat?  Or first license plate? Why?  Why do you hold on to something worthless like that? Because it isn't worthless!  :)  You don't want to experience separation anxiety from giving something up!

What you don't want to give up is not really the physical item, is it?  I mean, is that stuffed animal from your first boy/girlfriend realllllllly that cute?  Will you ever ever ever wear that rock band tshirt again?!?  Is that painting your preschooler made worthy of that frame you bought without a coupon?!

I still keep in my car a towel that Trey carried the day before he died.  He held on to it just in case he got sick while he was shopping at Five Below.  It's a plain old yellow towel.  Worth about 10 cents.  To anyone else.  To me?  It is priceless!

Holding that towel instantly takes me back to that day.  That place.  That precious, precious moment with Trey.  It's not about the towel.  It's about Trey.

God has also provided many physical items branded with His message, His comfort, His love: a newborn baby, thunderstorms, corn fields, an eclipse, seasons, puppies, friends, and much, much more!

"Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God."  2 Corinthians 1:3,4

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

"Trey Tuesday" - August 15, 2017

I'm exhausted!

My brother, Jay Mitlo: How to Meet Emotional Needs, will be so proud of me when I tell him about my day!  :)  I was able to spend some time with a long lost friend, catching up on life.  We laughed.  We cried.  We cried some more.  And then some more.  She had a lot of recent hurts to tell me about.  I rode the virtual roller coaster of life with her, all while sitting in a local coffee shop.

No, I don't have a counseling degree.  (farrrrrrrrrrrr from it!)  :)
No, I wasn't paid to listen to her.
No, I didn't try and fix her.
And no, I don't have so much free time in my life that I can just sip coffee with friends all day.  God simply united us at this time with His wisdom and strength and love.

Anyone can be a friend.  Any one.  Listen and learn from those who make you feel loved.  Cling closely to the Author and Creator of Love and Relationships.  
He's ready and waiting to love you up close and personal so you can then sit with friends, walk with them, laugh, cry, carry burdens, and share life.

"love one another deeply, from the heart."  I Peter 1:22
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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

"Trey Tuesday" - August 8, 2017

A lot

Our lives are filled with A LOT lately.  We live in a country and culture filled with lots of stuff - and lots to do - and lots of technology - and lots of noise - and lots and lots of interruptions!  It can be overwhelming!  How do we get off the hamster wheel?  How can we invest time in cleaning, resting, praying, dieting, exercising, bonding, and balancing a budget without losing our minds?!?! 

Jay and Rachel learned how priorities need to be rearranged quickly.  Major life changes do that.  They grab our attention and can hold us hostage....but we don't have to surrender to them.  God can redeem those times for your good and His glory!

Get off the merry go round regularly.  Take a walk.  Go ahead - use the fine china.  Let a close friend in.  Give yourself some grace.  And space.  And time.  And rest.  And prayer.

"May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit."  Romans 15:13