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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Trey Tuesday - January 29, 2013

Snow Globes

You know the snow globe scenes...pick up the heavy glass ball and shake the liquid so the white flakes sparkle and dance over the tranquil setting.
Safe and warm inside the bubble, neat and clean, preserved, controlled, contrived....
Not quite the reality of snow in our lives...cold, wet, slushy, slippery, inconvenient, unpredictable....
Yet we also know the fun, the joy, the adventure and exhilaration that comes from sledding and snow ball fights!  :)

We can choose to participate in this life God has given us in one of two ways:
Trying to treat life like you live in a snow globe - seemingly pristine, composed and controlled.
Or letting God work in and around you getting your feet wet and your cheeks rosy outside the glass bubble!
(After all, isn't hot chocolate the sweetest after a day spent playing in the snow!?!?)  :)

A weather broadcast the other day likened watching the falling snow outside the studio to peering into a snow globe....
That got me to most of life does...of Trey!  :)  And cancer.  And choosing life!  :)
How? You might ask?!?!?
Trey doesn't know it, but he makes a choice every day!  To live outside the bubble!
His treatment day photos scream of peace and trust and even joy!  :)
Trey lives every day to its very, very fullest!  :)

We praise God that Jay and Rachel exude a sense of trusting God whatever the weather!
We thank God for each and every lesson Trey and his cancer have taught us!
We ask God for continued health and strength and joy for Trey!
And we trust God for His timing in healing Trey!  :)
Thank you for your steadfast, faithful prayers!

"I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full."
John 10:10

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Trey Tuesday - January 22, 2013

Rock Solid

Temperatures below freezing - and staying there! - ensure that the soggy, rain soaked ground is finally firm! The weeds will be dying.  The bugs will be dying (except for the stink bugs that are safe in my house!)
I'm not quite ready to step out on the nearby lake, though.  The puddles, yes.  The lake, no.
I know if I step in/on a frozen puddle, that thin layer of water/ice is frozen rock solid.
The lake cannot be trusted.

Ever feel like life is like that?
The shallow things in life are easy to maneuver, even easy to invest a little trust.
But the deeper things? What? Risk ending up more vulnerable than an icy dip in the lake in January!??!

This Trey Tuesday I ask you to skip the rock solid analogies when it comes to relying on God.
He is Rock Solid, the Solid Rock, regardless of the weather in your neighborhood AND in your heart and life!
"For who is God except the LORD? Who but our God is a Solid Rock?"
Psalm 18:31 NLT

Throughout Trey's journey, God has been 100% Rock Solid Reliable Dependable Trustworthy...despite anything!
Trey's past, present and future are in His Reliable Hands...and pssssttttt.....yours are too!  :)

So jump in with us!  Both feet!  As we abandon fear and doubt and uncertainty and pray for Trey's continued treatments!
We ask for many more awesome reports!  And a miracle healing!  :)
And for the light of Trey and Jesus to shine brightly in the hospital to a watching and needy world!
And for strength and peace for Jay and Rachel and Joe and Bella and Trey!

“Jesus said, 'Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the Rock."
Matthew 7:24, 25

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Trey Tuesday - January 15, 2013

The Roar or the Whisper?

No, I'm not talking about Trey's voice (although I could be!) :)
Let's take a peek into I Kings 19 when Elijah is hiding from opposing forces which were out to get him.

"Elijah was afraid and ran for his life." verse 3
Ever feel like that?
Think you can outrun your problems, stresses, fears?

"He came to a broom tree, sat down under it and prayed that he might die." verse 4
Wow!  Elijah seems hopeless/desperate...out of possibilities.
From his point of view....

"All at once an angel touched him" verse 5
Well, well, well....I guess the human perspective was trumped by an angel sent by God Himself!
Elijah gave up.  Surrendered.  Quit trying with his own might.
And God's messenger came near...near enough to touch him!!!

But the story doesn't end there!
Strengthened for the journey, Elijah travels to a cave at the mountain of God.
Perhaps to hide?  Perhaps to rest?
God had other plans...

"The Lord said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by." verse 11
Wait!  What!?!?!  Stand out on the mountain?
What if something happens while I am out there?
What if it's dangerous?
'You know, God,' Elijah might say, 'the depths of the cave sure are cozy and warm!'

"Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind.
After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake.
After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire.
And after the fire came a gentle whisper." verses 11 and 12

Oh, Team Mitlo One, Trey has been through the wind, the earthquakes and the fires lately!
Things like the stomach bug over the course of 5 days, CT scan, with contrast!, CT report, flu shot, and weekly treatment - without getting into
sibling rivalry, typical 4 year old behavior and moods, and oh yeah - cancer!
God indeed has spoken to many of us through those trials.
But perhaps God chooses to whisper...a gentle whisper.
Are you still enough to hear Him?
Do you speak the "language?"
Would you recognize His voice?

The Mitlos have been out on the mountain and your prayers have surrounded them!
THANK YOU for lifting up Trey and Jay and Rachel and Joe and Bella and Trey's team of doctors and nurses!
Thank you for rallying when the going gets tough!
And thank you for being there for the day to day!  :)

We shout out praise to God for this season of a HUGE blessing of NO GROWTH on Trey's scan!  :)
And yet we intimately whisper to God, pleas of continued great health and strength and joy and peace for Trey and his family!
Please continue to also boldly approach the throne of God on Trey's behalf, asking for God's mercies and richest blessings for the healing of his cancer!

"He stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea were hushed."
Psalm 107:29

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Trey Tuesday - January 8, 2013

This Trey Tuesday brought to you by Rachel - nobody speaks a passionate plea like a mom (or dad!)

Rachel writes:  This is a SCAN week! Trey will have (yet another) CT scan on Thursday. As always, we need to be there early so that he can get an hour of hydration before the scan, while he drinks the nasty contrast juice. Then the scan, then back to the clinic for more hydration (the contrast fluid can be hard on regular kidneys, so Trey's lone kidney needs to be protected). Please be praying for a STABLE scan. NO GROWTH! IF the scan is stable, then Trey will start another round of treatment that day. If the tumor(s) have grown, then he's out of the study and we need to come up with a plan B (or at this point more like a plan H). Thank you all for praying.

"Do not be anxious about anything, but in prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." ~Philippians 4:6-7
Here's my take on these verses....bear (bare?) with me, a scholar I am not. ;) I have read this about 1 million times over the years and it always strikes me as impossible. Who DOESN'T feel anxious every now and then? Who would blame me for feeling anxious as I wait for results that could mean life or death for my son? So, am I a failure? Am I not strong enough? Then it struck me!

Do you see the word 'but' in there? To me, that changes the whole thing! To me, it says 'try not to be anxious, but when you are, make sure you talk to Me about it.'

And the word 'guard'...this verse doesn't say that all of a sudden I'm going to be light hearted about Trey's scan. No! It says that God will protect my heart and mind from being taken over by anxiousness/fear.

Another verse: "Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you." ~ 1 Peter 5:7

Again, this verse acknowledges the anxiety that we will feel...but reminds us to give it to God.
Soooooo, I know this is my loose interpretation. And I know we're not supposed to worry and fret, especially about inconsequential things. If you think I'm super way off base, let me know. Thanks for praying!!!

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Trey Tuesday - January 1, 2013

New Year...same God! :)

God, through Trey, has been busy teaching each one of us important lessons in 2012!  :)
Thank you for your steadfast prayers for Trey and his treatments and his healing!
Keep up the great work!
And thank you for standing in the gap for Jay and Rachel and Joe and Bella!
Your support is a gift year round!

May your 2013 be a year of continued growth in the Lord.
Simply listening and trusting and following....just like Trey! 

Psalm 46:10:
"Be still and know that I am God"
(New International Version)

"Cease striving and know that I am God"
(New American Standard Bible)

"Stop your fighting - and know that I am God"
(Holman Christian Standard Bible)

"Be in awe and know that I am God'
(International Standard Version)

"Return to me and know that I am God"
(Aramaic Bible)

"Let go [of your concerns]! Then you will know that I am God."
(God's Word Translation)

“Step out of the traffic! Take a long,
    loving look at me, your High God,
    above politics, above everything.”

(The Message)