Family Reunion September 2014

Family Reunion September 2014

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Trey Tuesday - September 30, 2014

Update from Jay and Rachel today:

I wanted to fill you all in on what's going on. I talked with Trey's doctor yesterday afternoon and he had spoken with the doctor in Philly. They do NOT want to do a third round of the radiation therapy on Trey. Even though some of his scans had positive results, the MIBG scan being slightly worse, means that the radiation therapy is done working for Trey. On one hand, we didn't love putting Trey through that ordeal in the first place. However, on the other hand, now we're back to square one. There is no available treatment right now for Trey...again!! This is a scary place to be.

As Jay and I were talking about it last night, we DO have faith that if God is going to heal Trey on this earth, there doesn't have to be a certain medicine lined up right now. We are walking by faith, certainly not by matter what may happen.

So, let's not lose our focus, but continue to pray!
"Find rest, O my soul, in God alone;
my hope comes from him.
He alone is my rock and my salvation;
he is my fortress, I will not be shaken.
My salvation and my honor depend on God;
he is my mighty rock, my refuge.
Trust in him at all times, O people;
pour out your hearts to him,
for God is our refuge." ~Psalm 62:5-8

From Cathy:
Please hold this precious family close in your prayers!  I am amazed at the resiliency of Jay and Rachel (and Trey!) time and time and time again and again and again!

I had the blessing of playing about 30+ rounds of Hot Potato with Trey this weekend at our family reunion!  Each time around, Trey waited and hoped and watched and hoped for his chance to catch the ball! :)  May we all possess this hope, this spirit of sheer, pure, positive expectation as we pray for Trey to be healed!
"You will be secure, because there is hope"  Job 11:18

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Trey Tuesday - September 23, 2014

But I just want to know the answer!

Many (MANY!) years ago, I would commit the foolish act of asking my dad for help with my math homework.  Think early elementary, pre-common core basic subtraction.  My dad, an engineer, would take the opportunity to TRY to enlighten me with everything there is to know about math.  "You see," he would say, "what actually is a number?"  My head would fall to the table, tears would flow and I would whine, "But I just want to know the answer!!!!!"  I wasn't interested in the process or the lesson, I wanted the answer, the product.

Have I grown and matured over the years?  Hmmmm....let's take a peek at my prayer life. 
"God, please give me this or that or don't give me that or this."
God takes a deep breath and loves me as He refines me through the process of shaping my spirit and my will, instead of giving me what I want upfront.
God's way IS the right way!  :)

At least I am in good company.  We all have lessons to learn:
God is asking Moses to step up in leadership.  Moses is not really sure how all the details are going to work out...How will he lead?  How will he know what to do?  Where is he leading?  And who is going with him?  How will he know he has done what God has asked him to do? 

"Moses said to the Lord, 'If You are pleased with me, teach me Your ways so I may know You and continue to find favor with You.”
The Lord replied, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”  Exodus 33:13,14 

Not exactly the "answer" Moses was looking for, but yet an iron clad promise that God's Presence would go with Him.

And so, this Trey Tuesday, we face the same situation:  Yes God, please heal Trey.  That's the answer we want!  :)  And in the meantime while we wait, we will lean on Your promise:  "My Presence will go with Trey, and I will give him rest."  As Trey has follow up testing this week from his treatment, please pray for Trey and Jay and Rachel to know and sense God's presence and His rest as they undergo days of testing and waiting.  And please pray for God's power to reveal excellent test results!   

"The LORD Himself goes before you and will be with you"  Deuteronomy 31:8

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Trey Tuesday - September 16, 2014

Don't Go Fly a Kite!

Standing at the shore line of a lake or pond or ocean, it is great fun to skip stones across the top of the water.....find just the stone, angle it just right and let it go...across the water (hopefully) and into the deep....out of your hands.
It is also fun to run along the beach, holding on to a kite string as it dances and twists and turns...never letting go....keeping a watchful eye on the kite....ready to reel it back in if things get out of hand...or if a big gust comes...or if the line gets tangled.

Just like prayer.

We can talk with God while holding on to our need, clinging to the tether, sending it up, yet holding on to it for dear life...just like a kite.

Or, like skipping stones, we can send our prayers and our needs right out of our hands and into the vast depth of God's resources, abilities and provisions.  True, if we let it go we can't hold on to it anymore.  But God needs us to let go so He can pick it up!

As I pray for Trey, I'd like to have the image of a beautiful kite soaring across the bright blue sky, over a gorgeous body of water on a warm summer day, yet I'd much rather release my concerns and requests like a stone skipping across the lake....right where they belong...deep into God's strength and power and wisdom and might!

"Cast your cares on the LORD and He will sustain you"  Psalm 55:22

Trey's tests...
Trey's doctors and nurses and teachers...
Trey's platelets...
Trey's parents...
Trey's siblings...
Trey's healing...
Trey!  :)

"Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you."  I Peter 5:7

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Trey Tuesday - September 9, 2014

Out of Control!

Have you ever laughed until you cried and couldn't stop?
Or have you felt the exhilaration of a roller coaster ride, leaving your stomach, head and heart on a unimaginable plane? 
Or how about that deliciously deep sleep, when you can't even feel your body in bed?
Or floating away listening to or playing music, lost in the moment?
Out. Of. Control!

Let's pray like that for Trey today!
His platelets seeeeeeeeeemed to have responded to the special concoction from Chicago and for that we are so very, very grateful!
Please pray for his little body to begin to make its own platelets, for good health and strength all over so his body can continue to recover from his treatment.
Please also pray for Trey at school: his teacher and classmates - blessed to have this Young Warrior in their midst this year!  And for safety for Trey!
And for all the Mitlos as they continue to live out loud for Jesus in a watching world!
Take some time now to pray...pray deep....pray out of control!

"In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words."  Romans 8:26

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Trey Tuesday - September 2, 2014

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Trey and his family LIVE Childhood Cancer Awareness!
Team Mitlo One keeps the world aware of Trey, our Young Warrior!  And Team Mitlo One shares the awareness that God, Our Mighty Warrior, is well aware of all that Trey is going through in his fight against cancer!  (God is WELL aware of all that you are fighting against, too!)  :)

In fact, Jesus was very aware everywhere He went!
Matthew 12:15 Aware of this, Jesus withdrew from that place. A ...
Aware of this, Jesus withdrew from that place. A large crowd followed him, and he
healed all who were ill. ... Jesus, aware of this, withdrew from there. ...
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Aware of this, Jesus said to them, "Why are you bothering this woman? ... But Jesus,
aware of this, said to them, “Why do you trouble the woman? ...
// - 17k
Aware of their discussion, Jesus asked them: "Why are you talking about having no
bread? Do you still not see or understand? Are your hearts hardened? ...
// - 18k
Aware that his disciples were grumbling about this, Jesus said to them, "Does this
offend you? ... Jesus was aware that his disciples were criticizing his message. ...
// - 17k

This Trey Tuesday, let's also raise the awareness of the power of prayer!
Please pray for God to jump start Trey's platelet count!
And for Trey to be physically protected while his body is compromised!
And for Penn Hills School District, its teachers, staff and families as the Mitlo kids are entrusted there each day!
And for Jay and Rachel and Joe and Bella and Trey to experience rest...through sweet sleep and peace in the Lord.
And as always, for Trey to be completely healed!  :)

Aware of their discussion, Jesus asked, "You of little faith, why are
you talking among yourselves about having no bread? ...