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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Trey Tuesday - July 26, 2011


In backyard races of days gone by, it all seemed so simple!  Someone got to yell to the line up of racers:
In just a matter of seconds the silent apprehension turned to screams and shouts of cheering friends on!

But sometimes the stakes are higher:
Race horses lined up to bolt out of the starting gate...
Race car drivers revving their engines...
Olympic athletes putting decades of practice on the line....

And yet waiting for the signal to "Go!" has never seemed so near and dear to our hearts as when Jay and Rachel
await the next step in Trey's treatment plan.  They are in good company, though!  The Bible is filled with accounts of
faithful servants waiting on God - despite the circumstances. 

As Jacob:
“I look for Your deliverance, O LORD
Genesis 49:18

As David:
But now, Lord, what do I look for?
   My hope is in You.
Psalm 39:7

As Isaiah:
I will wait for the LORD,
   Who is hiding His face from the house of Jacob.
I will put my trust in Him."

Isaiah 8:17
As Micah:
"But as for me, I watch in hope for the LORD,
   I wait for God my Savior;
   my God will hear me."
Micah 7:7
And as Jesus told the disciples:
"On one occasion, while He was eating with them,
He gave them this command:
"Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard Me speak about."
Acts 1:4

Thank you again and again for joining us in prayer for Trey!
This Trey Tuesday please hold Jay and Rachel close in prayer as they wait for the phone call, the discussion regarding surgery for Trey.
Please pray for continued amazing "health" for Trey!
Please remember to thank God for His sustaining wisdom and grace for Trey's team of doctors and nurses!
Please also pray for continued fun family times for Joe and Bella!
And as always, let's continue to pray for complete healing for Trey!  :)

And as we each run our race:
"Jesus replied, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.”"
John 13:7

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Trey Tuesday - July 19, 2011

Something to consider...

For Trey Tuesday this week, I ask you to consider your part in Team Mitlo One,
your part in God's plan and purpose for Trey having cancer.

I know it may sound odd to consider that Baby Trey/Young Warrior's cancer has anything to do with you personally. 
I mean, how could it?  You live miles, even hundreds or thousands or tens of thousands of miles, away from him!!!
Some of you barely know Jay and Rachel, let alone Trey!
Some of you may not have seen Jay or Rachel for more than 25 years!!!
(Sorry, Rachel, I just gave it away - you can't be 21 forever!!)  :)

However, God wants nothing to be wasted.
He wants every lesson to be learned.
Every inch of growth to be gained.
Every heart turned to Him!

As we pray for Trey this week - his healing, his health, his strength, his peace, his safety...
Jay and Rachel's hope and trust and faith...
Joe and Bella's peace and joy and patience...
The doctors and nurses kindness and gentleness...
I know Jay and Rachel wouldn't mind if we took a portion of Trey Tuesday to pray for each member/each friend of Team Mitlo One!  (over 900 including Facebook and CaringBridge alone!  That does not consider the countless prayer warriors in numerous Bible studies, churches, prayer groups and Sunday School classes across the globe!)

Trey loves the Lord His God with all his heart, all his soul, all his strength and all his mind!
Won't you join him?

The beginning of our scripture today is about Jesus in His journey to the cross and back to His Heavenly Father.
"For the joy set before Him He endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Consider Him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
Hebrews 12:1

Trey's beautiful smiling face and giggling spirit is an awesome testimony of God at work in and through him!
Trey, for the joy set before him, enduring chemotherapy and surgery, scorning its nausea and hair loss....consider Trey who endures such awfulness, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart!

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses,
(Team Mitlo One!)
let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles.
(Oh boy, does it ever!)
And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,
(Trey has cancer - what is your race?)
fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.  (That's what it's all about!)
Hebrews 12:2

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Trey Tuesday - July 12, 2011

Refreshment, anyone?

"There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven
Ecclesiastes 3:1

Summer of 2011 - one to be remembered, for sure:
Sweltering temperatures,
scorching hot cars, dehydrated fields and lawns, devastating storms, damaging winds, flooding rains, yet sun-kissed cheeks and shoulders, and shrieks of joy coming from local pools....
All signs that summer time is just doing its usual thing.  Actually, God is doing His "thing."

And of course, Summer of 2011 brings to mind our dear sweet Trey and his family as they wait for direction and guidance with painstaking patience.
These past weeks have seemed like dry summer heat for Jay and Rachel as they long for Trey to be accepted into his next course of treatment at CHOP.  With great faith and trust they believe, they KNOW, God has everything under control both today and all of their tomorrows.

"Like cold water to a weary soul
is good news from a distant land."
Proverbs 25:25

Ahhhh, refreshment!  Good news from a distant land!  An appointment at CHOP for tomorrow!  We praise and thank God for moving the doctors and insurance companies and administrations to begin Trey's treatment in Philadelphia!  We give glory to God for His perfect timing and decisions!  We honor God by saying, "Yes!" to this next step for Trey and Jay and Rachel and Joe and Bella!  We exalt God as King of the Universe and we exalt Him as the most intimate Strength and Support within every believer!

Let's go in prayer for Trey before our Almighty King of Kings and Lord of Lords, our Alpha and our Omega, our Bread of Life and our Living Water, our Thirst Quenching Fountain and our Gentle Breeze!
For Trey's healing from cancer -
For the Mitlo's safety (and sanity!) in travel -
For Joe and Bella's peace and safety at their cousins -
For CHOP staff and facility -
For Dr. Shaw in Pittsburgh -
For wisdom and discernment and understanding at the consultation appointment.

Thank you, Team Mitlo One, for your sustaining prayers! 
Thank you for the joy and gladness your friendship and fellowship bring to Trey and his family!
And thank you for Praying for Trey wherever you are!  :)

The LORD reigns, let the earth be glad; let the distant shores rejoice.
Psalm 97:1

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Trey Tuesday - July 5, 2011

Taking a trip...

As Trey and his family prepare to take a trip to Philadelphia sometime soon to begin his new treatment plan, I think about the writers in the Bible that God used to record His message.  Paul wrote many letters to many followers as he traveled from town to town.  As Jay and Rachel prepare to take Trey and Team Mitlo One to a new city, let's pray that the gospel message that Trey is exemplifying and Jay and Rachel are boldly proclaiming is received and multiplied!

"For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for the sake of you Gentiles— Surely you have heard about the administration of God’s grace that was given to me"

Paul was imprisoned as he penned his words.
Trey lives physically imprisoned in his diagnosis.

"through the gospel the Gentiles are heirs together with Israel, members together of one body,
and sharers together in the promise in Christ Jesus.

Yet, Paul used his circumstances to lead those around him toward a life in Christ.
Trey's family - and Team Mitlo One - are using Trey's circumstances to witness to a watching world!

Paul reaches out beyond himself and compassionately prays for the needs of others.
Let's all do the same as Trey is facing his new beginning - as soon as God has all the details lined up - in His perfect time.
Please pray that Jay and Rachel are able to be at peace in waiting!
Please pray that Trey continues to be a happy, seemingly healthy little boy, lighting up every setting he enters!
Please pray for God's hedge of protection around Joe and Bella as they continue to be resilient and patient and kind and loving in these uncertain times!
Please stand in the gap for Jay and Rachel and their marriage during this extreme stress!
Please pray for Trey's new team of doctors and nurses and staff - they don't even know the power of God that is about to hit them!  :)  Let's bombard the city and the hospital with God's power and provision and message of hope! 

"I ask you, therefore, not to be discouraged because of my sufferings for you, which are your glory.
For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom His whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of His glorious riches He may strengthen you with power through His Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith."

Just like all of you - from all over the world - who support Trey and his family in prayer and in many tangible ways wherever you are - God's love and provision reach every corner right where you are!

"And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God."

And, as always and forever, please pray for Trey's healing!  Miraculous!  Unbelievable!  As only God can do!  :)

"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