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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Trey Tuesday - October 25, 2011

Imfrtdysmf (Understand?)

You start to type or text someone.
You fire away fast and furious.
You know what is on your mind and you are on a roll.
All of a sudden you look over as you are writing and the words just don't make sense!
You have your fingers on the wrong keys of orientation!
You thought you had it right - you thought you were going the right way - you thought you knew how it would turn out -
but you were "off" by just one key!

Isn't that just like life?  Trey and his family were going about their lives, loving and serving the Lord and their families and friend and their community.
All of a sudden everything just doesn't make sense!
They thought they had it right - they thought they were going the right way - they thought they knew how everything would turn out -
but God has a different perspective.  God is still in control, we just don't understand what He is doing...for now.

It's OK if you don't always understand what is going on in your life.  God doesn't promise you that privilege.
He does, however, promise that if we acknowledge Him, allow Him to be our Absolute Authority, He will make everything turn out for our good and His glory!

Trust in the LORD with all your heart
   and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to Him,
   and He will make your paths straight.
Proverbs 3:5-6

So as we gather for Trey Tuesday, let's keep these truths in mind as we ask God for complete healing for Trey!
- As we praise God for Trey's joy-filled spirit and smile and laughter!
- As we ask God for continued sweet times for Trey and Joe and Bella and Jay and Rachel!
- And as we seek God's protection over the health of Trey and his family!

Let's trust Him with all our heart!
Let's submit to Him!
And He WILL make our paths straight!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Trey Tuesday - October 18, 2011

A wedding song?

I Corinthians 13 brings to mind beautiful scenes from romantic weddings.  Tender memories.  Emotional words and promises.
But let's get out a magnifying glass and take a closer look at the passage we hear so often.  You know, the Love is patient, love is kind verse...?
Let's back up to I Corinthians 12.  God has not spelled this love verse out so the editors of Brides magazine could corner the market on mushy sayings for weddings.  God has MUCH more in mind than only expecting this kind of love out of husbands and wives.
What we are actually reading is God's message to the church, the body of Christ, the universal body of believers.
Shall I spell that out for you?  That's us!  :)  Today!  :)

"Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres."  I Corinthians 13:4-7

We all LOVE Trey!  It's easy!  He's cute!  He's charming!  He's adorable!  (Have you seen his latest photo in the leaves!?!)  :)
We LOVE him so much we are willing to carry his burdens before the Lord and pray for him.
We LOVE Trey and so we think of him, we yearn for updates about him, we think about him all the time.
And yet God LOVES Trey even more than we do!!!
So as we pray for Trey this week, yes, we pray for God to completely heal Trey from cancer!
And for successful chemo cocktails!
And for a clearing up of his cold!
And for God's peace that passes understanding for Joe and Bella and Jay and Rachel - and Trey, too!

But in light of our passage of scripture for today, on behalf of Trey, will you try and apply these truths to those around you?
Not just those who are easy to love...(Luke 6:27-36) but even those who you may consider your enemies, or those who are obnoxious,
or irritating, or impossible!  When you think of Trey, yes, pray for him...and then love one another!

"By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you love one another.”
John 13:35

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Trey Tuesday - October 11, 2011

Name those puppies!

Have you ever felt like everyone and everything is out to get you?

Dogs surround me,
   a pack of villains encircles me
Deliver me from the sword,
   my precious life from the power of the dogs.
Psalm 22:16,20

Why do you feel like that?
What is going on?
Go ahead - spell it out - Name those "puppies" that surround you.
We do that for Trey...
We focus on:
Healing from cancer
Good blood numbers
Clear chest x-rays
Continued miraculous recoveries
Dodging the stomach flu
Successful potty training, etc.

Take a look at all of Psalm 22 and you will see David foreshadow the words of Jesus in Jesus' time of battle:
My God, my God, why have you forsaken Me?
I am poured out like water
they pierce My hands and My feet
people stare and gloat over Me.
They divide My clothes among them and cast lots for My garment.
verses 1,14,16,17,18

It's OK to vent with God - He knows it all anyway!
So, go ahead - lay your requests at the feet of Jesus...

For Trey's continued happy, strong days,
for increased weight
and for peace and strength for Trey's family.

All the ends of the earth
   will remember and turn to the LORD,
and all the families of the nations
   will bow down before Him,
for dominion belongs to the LORD
   and He rules over the nations.
They will proclaim His righteousness,
   declaring to a people yet unborn:
   He has done it!
Psalm 22:17,18,31

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Trey Tuesday - October 4, 2011

Thank you, Christina Dozzi Costain, for this perfect inspiration!

Hello friends-
As we come together to pray for Trey this week, let's begin with a whole lot of thanksgiving. As Jay pointed out so well last week, God has already worked MANY amazing miracles through and in Trey already. Let's rejoice in those and be thankful!
And those are just the miracles we know about... we have always prayed that God would use Trey and this illness in a much bigger way than we could imagine. There's no doubt in my mind that He is doing just that, so let's continue to pray that for God's work through this.

Specific prayer requests for this week are:
-for the side effects of last week's chemo to dwindle and go away
-for Trey's upcoming X-ray and its results- no fluid please!!!
-for Trey's new diet and praises for cream of wheat, fat free pizza and tuna! hooray!
-that God would heal Trey completely of neuroblastoma

Now for a little thought on the Gospel I read today. From Luke 10:38-42
Jesus entered a village
where a woman whose name was Martha welcomed him.
She had a sister named Mary
who sat beside the Lord at his feet listening to him speak.
Martha, burdened with much serving, came to him and said,
"Lord, do you not care
that my sister has left me by myself to do the serving?
Tell her to help me."
The Lord said to her in reply,
"Martha, Martha, you are anxious and worried about many things.
There is need of only one thing.
Mary has chosen the better part
and it will not be taken from her."

Simply put: Martha did not choose something bad in this Gospel. Her choice was a good choice, but Mary chose the better part.
It's good to be a neighbor, but better to be a brother or sister. It's good to serve the poor, but better to sit at the feet of the poor Man from Nazareth, Jesus. It's good to talk to Jesus, but better to listen to Him. Don't be robbed of the better by settling for the good. If you choose the better portion, you will not be deprived of it (Lk 10:42).

Jesus, may things in my life not have to be bad for me to change. Help me to change when they're good.

thank you for blessing us with your prayers and may you be blessed by them as well.