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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Trey Tuesday - May 29, 2012

Are you OK?

We always seem to be asking that question...whether we have toddlers, preschoolers, teenagers (!), a husband, wife, dad, mom, neighbor or boss.

We just want to know that everything is right between us, that our relationship is in good standing, that we are on the same page.

A good friend of mine has been going through many family struggles for quite some time now.

Some issues are unbearable...hopeless...dreadful....
I know you can relate.
I know Jay and Rachel can relate, too.

Trey having cancer is not OK in our book.  It's horrible!

Joe and Bella having to adjust their lives in order to always having to consider a little brother who needs his parents in extraordinary ways is not OK in our book.  It's unfair!
Jay and Rachel having to endure the hardship and heartache of having a baby with a terrible diagnosis is not OK in our book.  It's cruel!

Well, let's thank God that His Book reigns supreme!

God knows the end before the beginning!
His plan and purpose are good and perfect!  :0)

We praise God for Trey's healthy days!

We ask for many, many more!
We pray for continued success with Trey's current medication - including disappearance of the tumors!
We pray for complete healing for Trey!

My friend, Kristin, recently gave me another painful progress report on her family.

I asked her how she was feeling about it all.
She sweetly and humbly replied, "I guess I'm OK with what's not OK."

Let's sweetly and humbly surrender, too!  :)

"For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. You will seek Me and find Me when you seek Me with all your heart. "
Jeremiah 29:11-13

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Trey Tuesday - May 22, 2012

A Lesson from a Wrangler

Our family trip to the Rocky Mountains just wouldn't have been complete without horseback riding up and down the scenic trails!

Despite the fact that I had never really ridden a horse before, I had to give it a try!  :)
Just to be safe, I stayed close to the wrangler as he guided us as we guided our horses up steep hills and down narrow passages.
I watched carefully, prayed often, laughed a few times and listened to the wrangler share his cowboy tales and lessons.
Especially down the steep, narrow, rocky, uneven, mountain paths -
"What should I do with the horse?" I cried.  (not literally...well almost!)
The calm wrangler simply replied, "Lean back, loosen the reins and let him find his way."
Not my natural reaction facing downward, but it worked!

Trey and his family face many, many mountains!

Trey's days right now are filled with sweet and silly walks in peaceful meadows.
Some days and nights, though, feel like Rocky Mountain peaks and cliffs!

Let's pray for Jay and Rachel to
continue to guide their children as the wrangler suggested:
Lean back
- May Jay and Rachel trust God for the doctors and the current and future treatment plans.  May they all continue to enjoy Trey's strong health and silly antics! 
Loosen the reins
- Please pray for the Mitlos to be able to loosen the reins of fear and worry - and for Joe and Bella to continue to communicate their feelings!
Let Him find His way
- "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

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Trey Tuesday - May 15, 2012

Rocky Mountains

Rocky mountains and mole hills in our lives...we all have them.
Trey has more than average!

A recent look up close and personal at THE Rocky Mountains has helped me to put life in perspective.
We will skip the science lesson part (scientists estimate the mountains are 70+ million years old?)
Geography lesson time: The Rocky Mountains are approximately 2.5 miles high by 300 miles wide by over 3,000 miles long!
Nothing can "touch" these mountains, right?

"The mountains quake before Him
    and the hills melt away.
The earth trembles at His presence,
    the world and all who live in it."
Nahum 1:5

These massive pillars of strength and endurance quake and tremble before our Heavenly Father!
Do we?
Or do we allow our problems to become a barrier?

Trey's cancer certainly could be a HUGE barrier in the lives of the Mitlos!
But you know what?  Jay and Rachel have chosen Jesus as their Rock, their foundation on which to build their family.
I know they want us to do the same.

So look around at the structures God has created.
Humble yourself under His power and strength!
Entrust Trey to God!
Ask with hope for healing for Trey!
Pray with faith for continued success in Trey's treatments!
And praise God for being good!

The Lord is good,
    a refuge in times of trouble.
He cares for those who trust in Him"
Nahum 1:7