Family Reunion September 2014

Family Reunion September 2014

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

"Trey Tuesday" - January 16, 2018

Good News!!!!

Wait right there!  Don't read ahead!  How do you feel right now after reading that title?  The thought of good news cheers us up - lightens our step - brightens our day!  :)

I talk to my mom on the phone every night.  We tell lots of current event stories and reminisce over days gone by.  Regardless of where our times together takes us, we always end our phone calls with good news.  We try to end our conversations finding something good to share.  Sometimes it is a stretch.  We get creative, but we can always find a good angle in our messy lives.

Jay and I were talking the other night.  Believe it or not, we were praising God for how/when Trey died.  We found good news in a heart wrenching situation.  Trust me - the tears still flow - but God's love and mercy remain my plumb line in trying to understand that which is understandable.

What do you have on your plate today?  Can you find something - anything - that you can consider good news?  Where do you see God's love and power shining through your situation?  The lens of gratitude gives thanks to God!

"Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus."  I Thessalonians 5:18

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

"Trey Tuesday" - January 9, 2018

You're Invited!  :)

You are cordially invited on a wonderful journey! 
- as challenging as Amazing Race!
- as transforming as Fixer Upper!
- and a better (more real!) love story than The Bachelor!  :)

The journey is called becoming a Christian.....knowing Jesus, desiring to be made better by Jesus, and following Him for the rest of your life!  :)  
- Are there obstacles, detours, and roadblocks once you become a Christian?  Absolutely!  But the prize for persevering is better than a million dollars!!!
- Does following Christ mean your old life can be transformed to something new?
Absolutely!  Except God doesn't typically use shiplap!  :)
- Is there a promise of Paradise if you give your heart to Jesus?
Absolutely!  Endless roses, streets of gold, and face to face with God forever!  :)

I find great comfort in God's promise and hope of eternal Paradise forever...especially recently.  A precious little friend of mine passed in to Paradise this past week after an 18 month battle with cancer.  I am so quickly taken back to the day Trey died.  "Cancer lost.  Trey won," brought so much comfort in those early days.  Why?  Because at some point in their little lives, Trey and my little friend, accepted God's invitation to the most Amazing/Fixer Upper/Love Story ever!  I, and many, many others have, too! 

Will you please accept God's invitation to join Him on the journey?

"For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him."  John 3:16,17

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

"Trey Tuesday" - January 2, 2018

The Jays and Rachels
I have dear friends going through some heart wrenching trials these days.
I'm sure you do, too.
You know full well that we're not talking post-holiday/pre-bills arriving blues.
These are life altering issues.
Like when Jay and Rachel fought Trey's battle 24 hours a day.  On behalf of their little boy.
On behalf of their other children.  On behalf of their marriage.
To each of you weary warriors in the thick of your battles:
I am in awe of each one of you, my Super Heroes!  You who fight and stand strong for your children.  For your families.  For your marriages.  For justice.  For safety.  For the right thing.  For the victim.  For the sick.  For the poor.  For love.  For Jesus.
"Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or tremble at them, for the LORD your God is the One who goes with you. He will not fail you or forsake you."  Deuteronomy 31:6

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

"Trey Tuesday" - December 26, 2017

Christmas Cookies!

The average Christmas cookie platter contains 12 cookies and about 2,000 calories. Average. However, my Italian and German roots are anything but average!  :) Twelve cookies does not constitute a REAL cookie platter!  Soooo, let's call a REAL cookie platter one with 3 dozen delicious cookies at 6,000 calories. Biscotti, pizelles, stars, thumbprints and good old fashioned chocolate chip cookies.

I can't possibly eat an entire platter of cookies. (Believe me, I've tried lately!)  It wouldn't be good for me to do it alone.  I need the help of those close to me to conquer that goal. 

Life is sort of like that plate of Christmas cookies.  It's not good to conquer life alone.  It can make you sick.  Plus, it's fun to share the journey - AND the cookies!  

Thank you for joining us in prayer this year.  As we approach the new year, let's commit to sticking together as we continue to grow closer to God and to each other.

"My goal is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ"  Colossians 2:2

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

"Trey Tuesday" - December 19, 2017

Looking for Love....

Are you looking for love?  Or are you listening to hate?

Long lines of traffic and at the check out.
Forgotten or lost gifts.
Late packages.
Cranky kids (and parents!)
How will you react?  Will you focus on the negative?  or will you look for the good?

Luke 2:10 reminds us:  "I bring you Good News that will cause great joy for all the people."

Imagine the circumstances Joseph and Mary had to manage on that first Christmas:
Stinky shepherds leaning over the newborn King?  Probably
Dirty animals moving around the stable, doing what animals do?  Most likely
Were the swaddling cloths light blue to indicate a newborn boy?  I doubt it.

Did they have plenty to complain about?  They sure did!  BUT>>>The Messiah, the Savior of the World, had just been born - just as God promised!  That was Good News!  That still causes great joy today!  For allllll people!  Even you in your circumstances!

Look for love.  It's God's Christmas gift to you!  :)

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

"Trey Tuesday" - December 12, 2017

A Thrill of Hope

"A thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices....."

It is December 12....less than 2 weeks until Christmas!!  We have snow and cold and groceries and bills and car repairs and sickness and much, much more.  We can easily relate to the weary part of the song.  It's a weary world.  A weary community.  A weary home.  A weary family.  A weary person who lives in this skin.

But the song doesn't end there.  Keep reading....well, keep singing!  :)

"A thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices, for yonder breaks a new and glorious morn!  Fallllllllll on your kneeeeeeees....." 

In response to being weary we can easily fall....fall on our faces!  Yep - that's exactly where we land on our own.  But....the song ends differently.  "Fall on your knees....oh, hear the angel voices!"  What were the angels saying that first Christmas?

“Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace to those on whom His favor rests.”  Luke 2:14

Ahhhhh.....there is the thrill of hope!  Falling not on our weary faces, but falling on our knees in praise and glory to God!  Hope:  God's favor at rest in you.  <3

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

"Trey Tuesday" - December 5, 2017

That Voice

Can you imagine the voice of your favorite TV or movie character?  Does it take you back to good times watching the show?  You can recite the one-liners and punch lines of every joke?  They become a part of who you are!  :)

Well, Jay posted a video of Trey today.  That voice!  It takes my breath away!  My heart wants to be with Trey and laugh and play with him again.  I knew him so well, his voice tells me sooooo much about him!  <3

Have you ever felt like this with God?  Felt like you know what He is going to say?  Can you hear His still small voice in your life?  (or maybe His thundering voice...?)

Tune in often...He's calling your name.....

"He calls His own sheep by name and leads them out...and His sheep follow Him because they know His voice."  John 10:3,4