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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Trey Tuesday March 29, 2011

Trey Tuesday

Welcome to Trey Tuesday and on this day what shall we say?  Should we go before the Lord of Lords with prayers and petitions?  Should we beg for mercy?  Extended grace?  Should we get on our knees or faces before God Almighty the Creator of Heaven and earth and beg for Trey’s health?  Imagine, God The Father, Jesus The Son and The Holy Spirit are on the line waiting to have a conference call with you to hear what you have to say about Trey, Rachelle, Jay, Joe and Bella Mitlo.  Imagine!  The God of the universe who paints the sky blue, the One who gives flight to the humming bird and beauty to the rose, the One who pastels the sunset just perfectly over the water’s edge, the One who makes a little babies fingers just so perfect, that One very God who loves you so much that He became flesh, born as a baby in the manger to die as your savior on the cross, right now, awaits your call.  I say yes to all of the above. 
Before you bow your head and pray for Trey and the family, may I suggest that you first begin by recognizing God as previously mentioned.  Then and very importantly may I suggest that you seriously ask God to forgive you for all of your sins?  Name them one by one, every one of them.  God knows them anyhow, so get them out in the open.  You see, if you have unconfessed sin in your life, any, it will hinder the effectiveness of your prayers for Trey and the family.  So, when you are cleaning out the dirt, clean deep into the corners where you usually don’t like to go.  Our little Trey needs fervent prayers from righteous people. (James 5:16)
Once you have honestly asked for forgiveness, now ask the Lord to hear your heart.  Please leave your mind out of this.   What should you pray for?  What would you pray for if he was your child?

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Trey Tuesday - March 22, 2011

A boy and his sling shot...

For Trey Tuesday this week, let's travel WAY back in time to the days of David, the youngest son of Jesse.  David's 3 oldest brothers had left home to join the war against the Philistines.  We all remember the champion Philistine, the giant, Goliath.  Looking into I Samuel 17 we learn just how massive Goliath was: 9'9" tall, wearing a helmet and armor weighing 125 pounds, carrying a spear with its iron point weighing 15 pounds!  Something for certain to cause fear amongst Saul and the Israelite army.

David, the youngest son in the family, went back and forth from the war, delivering food and bringing home tokens of spoils and tending to his father's sheep.  It is important to note here, that before David went to the battle lines to ask his brothers how they were, he left his supplies with the 'keeper of supplies.'

Keeper of supplies...hmmm....not the usual noble title of one vital to victory in times of battle.  But I begin Trey Tuesday prayer right here.  Offering thanks to God for you, Team Mitlo One - the keeper of supplies for Trey and Jay and Rachel and Joe and Bella!  Without you, there would be soooo much more stress, and uncertainty, loneliness, and empty arms.  Thank you for not being afraid to roll up your sleeves, get down on your knees, offer your shoulder to lean upon, be a hand to hold, an ear to listen, offer encouragement from your lips and heart and be a friend to simply walk beside in this journey.  The Mitlos could not be doing as well as they are without your obedience to God calling you to serve in His Name!  All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name!

"As David was talking with his brothers, Goliath, the Philistine champion from Gath, stepped out from his lines and shouted his usual defiance, and David heard it. Whenever the Israelites saw the man, they all fled from him in great fear."  As the doctors were talking with Jay and Rachel concerning Trey's cancer, they could have fled in great fear, except for the Heavenly Warrior (with a capital 'W'!) on their side!  Please continue to pray God's hedge of protection around Jay and Rachel and their marriage during this stressful time.

"David said to Saul, “Let no one lose heart on account of this Philistine; your servant will go and fight him.”  Servant.  Not a popular word today.  Let's remember to pray for all the servants God has placed in Trey's life: servants of the Lord, servants of the hospital, servants of the community, etc. all committed to their roles.  Please pray for them to use their knowledge and God's wisdom to care-filled-ly tend to Trey and the many, many details mounting in his daily care.  Please also pray for Joe and Bella and the special caregivers in their lives to be sensitive to their needs.

"Saul said to David, “Go, and the LORD be with you.”   Please pray for the Lord to be with Trey as he lays in his hospital bed.  Please pray for Trey to fight his fight and win his race.  Pray for his white blood cell count to be like those miraculous loaves and fishes and MULTIPLY!  :0)  And please pray for the Lord to make His power known to a watching world by Trey feeling better, and eating well and being a busy boy again - beyond medical expectations!

"Then David took his staff in his hand, chose five smooth stones from the stream, put them in the pouch of his shepherd’s bag and, with his sling in his hand, approached the Philistine.  Meanwhile, the Philistine, with his shield bearer in front of him, kept coming closer to David.  “Come here,” he said, “and I’ll give your flesh to the birds and the wild animals!”   David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the LORD Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the LORD saves; for the battle is the LORD’s, and He will give all of you into our hands.” As the Philistine moved closer to attack him, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet him.  Reaching into his bag and taking out a stone, David slung it and struck the Philistine on the forehead. The stone sank into Goliath's forehead, and he fell facedown on the ground.  So David triumphed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone; without a sword in his hand he struck down the Philistine and killed him."
VICTORY!!!  Look carefully:  How did David kill the giant?  (hint:  don't say with a stone....)
It was with GREAT FAITH that David faced his giant and slayed him! 
“You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the LORD Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the LORD saves; for the battle is the LORD’s, and He will give all of you into our hands.”
And it is with GREAT FAITH that on behalf of Trey and his family we face his giant cancer and pneumonia and know that God has everything under control!

Take great comfort and peace and strength in praying with us to our Champion God on behalf of our young warrior!
"The battle is the LORD’s."
I Samuel 17

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Trey Tuesday - March 15, 2011

“Praise be to You, O LORD,
   God of our father Israel,
   from everlasting to everlasting.
Yours, O LORD, is the greatness and the power
   and the glory and the majesty and the splendor,
   for everything in heaven and earth is Yours.
Yours, O LORD, is the kingdom;
   You are exalted as head over all.
Wealth and honor come from You;
   You are the ruler of all things."

What a blessing to bask in the mighty power and provision of God!
Let's go back and highlight each of the names/attributes of God in this passage!
Owner of All!
Ruler of all things!
How well do you know God?
Which of these attributes is most near and dear to you?

Trey is so near and so dear to so many of us!
Please join us in prayer this week as we lift him before our All-Sufficient Jehovah Jireh!
"In Your hands are strength and power
   to exalt and give strength to all."
And yes, Father God, Creator and Ruler of All things, we bring before you our Baby Trey.  We place in Your hands Trey and his cancer, his parents and his siblings, his doctors and nurses and his treatment plan.  Your Word promises us that in Your hands are strength and power to exalt and give strength to all.  We ask for that strength and power for Trey physically, spiritually and emotionally.  Strength to fight his fight.  Power to win his race.  Health to continue to progress with Your power and might.  And, as always, a healing miracle of killing the cancer cells in his body!

"Now, our God, we give You thanks,
   and praise Your glorious name.

Yes!  Throughout this ordeal, there is much to be thankful for!
Thank you, Team Mitlo One, for your continued steadfast love and support!
Thank you, Life Giving God, for a wonderful birthday celebration for Joe and Bella!
Praise be to You, O Lord, for Trey's smiling face, his contagious laugh and his zeal for all that he loves!
And praise be to You, O Lord, for Trey's timely release from the hospital this weekend - with no signs of pneumonia!
And now, our God, we give You thanks for Jay and Rachel and their ability to stand firm in Your Name, in Your Power, facing major hurdles, obstacles and temptations of emotions.  Continue to empower them to keep their hearts and their family loyal to You.

"So they all praised the LORD, the God of their fathers; they bowed low and fell prostrate before the LORD and the king."
I Chronicles 29:10-13,20

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Trey Tuesday - March 8, 2011

Psalm 24

The earth is the LORD’s, and everything in it,
   the world, and all who live in it;
for He founded it on the seas
   and established it on the waters
What a great wake up call as we begin this Trey Tuesday!
The earth is the Lord's AND everything in it!
Puts a lot of ownership issues of material things into perspective, doesn't it?
How much time have you spent today taking care of physical aspects that have no lasting value?
And how much time have you spent today tending your spiritual walk?
Let's set aside a few minutes to consider the everlasting, eternal spiritual life!

"Who may ascend the mountain of the LORD?
   Who may stand in His Holy Place?
The One who has clean hands and a pure heart,
   who does not trust in an idol
   or swear by a false god."

Thank you, God, for sending us Your perfect Son as our source of redemption,
covering over a lifetime of sin and filth that separates us from You!
Thank you, Jesus, for being our perfect sacrifice that WE may be presented

before God with clean hands and a pure heart in Your sight!
And thank you, Holy Spirit, for guiding us and the choices we make!

"Lift up your heads, you gates;
   be lifted up, you ancient doors,
   that the King of glory may come in."

Let's lift up our heads, our hands, our hearts in prayer for Baby Trey!
Let's give thanks for Trey's tremendous week "off" of chemo last week!
Praise God as Trey was able to make it to church to encourage his mighty prayer warriors!

And thank you, God, that Trey and his family have had a "normal" time at home these past days during Trey's week off...days filled with good sleep, good blood numbers, fun times with siblings, and plenty of blessings from Team Mitlo ONE!  Father God, it seems we ask and ask and ask...and yet You answer and answer and answer!  You are so Faithful!
You are so Mighty!  We entrust Trey into your tender care as he enters the hospital again for his next round of chemotherapy.  Guide his doctors and his nurses just as You are the Great Physician.  Comfort Joe and Bella in this stressful time with Your Peace.  Encourage Jay and Rachel with Your wisdom, Your spirit of hope, allowing them to hide in the shadow of Your wings when they feel they can't survive one more day.  Nothing is impossible with You and we cling to that promise!

"Who is this King of glory?
   The LORD strong and mighty,
   the LORD mighty in battle."

May the King of glory - the Lord strong and mighty - the Lord mighty in battle surround our brave little warrior,
bless his little body, heal him, cleanse him of cancer, and unite us in the Name of the Lord!

"Lift up your heads, you gates;
   lift them up, you ancient doors,
   that the King of glory may come in.
Who is he, this King of glory?
   The LORD Almighty—
   He is the King of glory"

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Trey Tuesday - March 1, 2011

"When Jesus heard what had happened, he withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place."
Let's begin this Trey Tuesday in "a solitary place" - wherever, whatever that means to you...
Tune everything out except your thoughts and heartfelt devotion to our All Compassionate Heavenly Father!

Hearing of this, the crowds followed him on foot from the towns."
And what a great crowd of Team Mitlo ONE we have!  :0)
Oh, that all would be followers of Jesus!
Please pray for Trey's crowd of followers to be Jesus' crowd of followers!

When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick.
And of course, we can begin to pray for Trey right here:  healing the sick.
Trey's white blood cell counts are high, and for that we are sooooo thankful!
His platelet count is high, but not high enough to start chemo tomorrow.  In obedience to the Word, (I Thessalonians 5:18)
for that we are sooooo thankful, too!
Please pray for the compassion of Jesus to enter into Trey and his cancer and may Trey be healed from it!

"As evening approached, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late. Send the crowds away, so they can go to the villages and buy themselves some food.” Jesus replied, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.”

How many times do we have such good ideas - good plans of dates and times and agendas, even seemingly good ones - that do not coincide with the plans of God?  Like Trey's cancer.  Please pray for Jay and Rachel and Joe and Bella and Trey to find peace and contentment in their spiritual, emotional and physical health.
As we continue to pray for Trey, may Team Mitlo ONE remain united not only in bracelets and cheering this family on, but in being ready, willing and able to do what God has for each one of us!  Thank you for all that you do, and all that you are for Trey and his family!

“We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish,” they answered.
“Bring them here to me,”
He said. And He directed the people to sit down on the grass.
We have been at this mission of life long enough to realize we feel the same way as the disciples:  But I only have...
I am sure Jay and Rachel have felt that way many times in their journey as singles, a young married couple, new parents, and now parents of a child with cancer.  But I only have....
Listen to Jesus:  Bring them here to me.  Bring Trey here to me. 
By God's Grace, to His Glory, Jay and Rachel obey!
Please pray for the Holy Spirit to continue to be their Guide, their Comfort, their Indwelling Strength and Protection.

Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven,
He gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then He gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people."
The breaking of bread, the breaking of Jesus' body; broken to be made whole, new!
Please pray for the chemotherapy and medical treatments, that at times may seem to break Trey's body, to do their job!  For the doctors and hospital staff to be filled with the wisdom necessary to fight this fight, to win this race!

"They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. The number of those who ate was about five thousand men, besides women and children"
Oh, the abundant goodness and plentiful resources of God!
THAT is being satisfied!  :0)
Please pray for God's mercy and goodness and peace to be showered upon Trey!
And for him to feel the love and joy, even when he is afraid or in pain, of the love of God - and so many, many others!

"Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.
Ephesians 3:20-21