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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Trey Tuesday - October 23, 2012

Turning the other cheek

We've all read the account in Matthew 5:39 or Luke 6:29:
"If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also."
Ouch...both in pain and in pride!
What is God telling us here?  To  subject ourselves to abuse?
Hmmm...quite the opposite!
Think about what physically and emotionally must go on when you turn the other cheek.
First strike: your head gets whipped to one side.
We know God tells us to turn the other cheek.
How can you prepare to be struck again?
You must face the opposition head on....face to face...looking it in the eye!
Second strike: your head whips to the other side
Back to the beginning, eye to eye, expecting what comes next....more and more and more....
Fear and running away and anger play no part here, you see.

Just like Trey!
Strike One:  Cancer
Strike Two: Chemo
Strike Three:  Surgery
Strike Four: Weekly Treatments
and much more and many more in between!

How does Trey handle it?  With his usual charm and wit, of course!
Bathed in a generous dose of trust!
Rachel's post from yesterday:
Monday night update! Thanks for praying, everyone!
Today went very smoothly and as we left Trey said "The hospital is SO much FUN!" Bless his sweet soul.Humanly unbelievable!  :)
Keep praying, friends!
God hears!
"With God all things are possible."
Matthew 19:26

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Trey Tuesday - October 16, 2012

Run vs. Grace
When I was in elementary school the teachers used a writing assignment as an in-school punishment.
For whatever misdemeanor, a student would have to stay indoors during recess and copy a definition from the dictionary.
Not just any definition of "run."
More than 100 definitions of the word "run!"
I recently have been studying "grace."
It's pretty amazing that a deep concept like grace can be summed up in such a small number of definitions!
Definitions are a tricky thing....especially when it comes to people.
Does cancer define Trey?  ABSOLUTELY NOT! 
Go ahead then - Try and define Trey!  :)
As we Pray for Trey this week, seek God's definitions and very best for Trey and his family!
Thank Him for His grace and mercy in the character of Trey!
And please pray for continued safe and effective treatments for Trey!
"Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be glory both now and forever! Amen."
2 Peter 3:18

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Trey Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Good job!
While we watched the Steelers rally to victory over the Eagles this weekend, my daughter and I noticed a peculiar tradition.
Anytime a player did a great job at scoring or tackling or moving the ball down the field or stopping the other team
from moving the ball down the field, the team mates gathered around to show their support!
How did these tough men encourage one another?
The traditional pat on the back side of course, or a more assertive slap on the back, or the silliest of all:
crashing their helmet into the other player's helmet!  "Good job!"  BAM!?
(Don't even ask my mom about the Miss America tradition of mauling the winner with congratulatory!? hugs!)
Trey had a rough day yesterday with a stomach bug/reaction. 
Trey had a BIG CT scan last week.
Joe and Bella live a unique life with a sibling with cancer, yet the very typical life of
being grade school kids with growing pains.
Jay and Rachel had decisions to make about surgery for a port for Trey.
How does Team Mitlo One rally?
With the same force as the Steelers, the same goal as the beauty contestants:
except in more spiritually acceptable ways!
* Storming the floodgates of heaven, praying for God's blessings over Trey!
* Encouraging Jay and Rachel with supportive texts and calls and messages!
* Showering the Mitlos with meals and gifts and hugs!
Thank you, for being a key member of Trey's prayer team!  Keep up the great work!  :)
And how amazing that despite geography or age or even political persuasion
we can all be on God's team!  :)
"Encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing."
I Thessalonians 5:11

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Trey Tuesday - October 2, 2012

Yesterday was a long day.
- waiting for the results of Trey's CT scan
- wondering how one doctor's words could have such an impact
- worrying about Jay and Rachel and Joe and Bella and Trey and all that could happen next.
Yes, yesterday was a very long day.
And I should know.  I welcomed the day at 12:00:01a.m. with an inability to fall asleep.  Plenty of opportunity to
worry/pray for Trey.  Sometime after 1:00a.m. I fell asleep.  5:15a.m. wake up time came very quickly!
What to do today?  Hmmm...I know....worry and pray some more!
But I know myself better than that, so into the Word I went!  :)
My devotional yesterday focused on I Corinthians 16:13:
"Be on guard. Stand firm in the faith. Be courageous. Be strong."
You see, worry had no place and I could no longer give it time.
I needed to be courageous and dot Trey!
Trey knowing full well what he was going to be going through yesterday, faced it like a soldier!
He trusted his parents, his doctors, his nurses.  He was courageous and he was strong because of where he placed his trust.
And, once again, the Young Warrior teaches me a lesson!  :)
Please wholeheartedly praise the Lord with us this Trey Tuesday for God's mercies in Trey's stable CT scan!
And thank Him that yes, in Christ we can be on guard!  Yes, we can stand firm in the faith!  Yes, we can be courageous!
And yes, we need to be strong!  Like Trey!  Like Jesus!
"Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go."
Joshua 1:9