Family Reunion September 2014

Family Reunion September 2014

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

"Trey Tuesday" - February 24, 2015

Jennifer Hudson vs. Frozen

Of all the breathtaking music performed at the Oscars on Sunday night, it wasn't Lady Gaga's timeless rendition of The Sound of Music that brought me to tears.  And I did not join the audience weeping at the Academy award winning, "Glory." No, it was Jennifer Hudson's heart wrenching song that opened the floodgates....

"I Can't Let Go" she sang.  "I Can't Let Go"
Trey.  I can't let go.  I can't let go of him.
And at that very moment I remembered a sweet little voice singing at the top of his lungs,  "Let It Go!"  "Let It Go!"
The tears turned to a smile.
Innocently and joyfully singing and trusting, never ever knowing anything about the cancer growing inside him, Trey would sing out loud, "Let It Go...."
It took my breath away! 
Do I have such trust in what I do not know?  What I do not see?  What I do not understand?
Once again our Young Warrior teaches me a lesson!  :)

Yes, "I Can't Let Go" of trusting God's promises!
And yes, I must entrust my life, my agenda, my past, my present and my future..."Let It Go"...and leave it with our Lord and Savior!  :)
"Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart."  Hebrews 12:1-3

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

"Trey Tuesday" - February 17, 2015

Footprints in the Snow

We can't get our toes to the beach yet to find Footprints in the Sand, but God has provided a beautiful illustration right outside my kitchen window this week....
Footprints in the Snow.
We have a bird feeder visited by many types of birds.  Each one of them, from the large pileated woodpecker to the teeny tiny house wren, nibbles away at the seed in the feeder, swooping in and away with their treasures.  Sometimes seed bits drop and we have a different sampling of birds feasting from the ground.

When all is said and done, the footprints in the snow are amazing!  These little birds, weighing ounces (or portions of one ounce!), collectively manage to flatten snow mounds to get their treats with their continual and persistent activity!  Despite the cold and the wind, the birds make progress.

How are you doing this season?  Making progress despite the harsh conditions of your life?  Are you using your little footprint to work together to make a big difference in someone else's life?

Trey's smile, laughter and charm certainly left little footprints in each of our lives.
Let's do the same wherever we are!  :)
"In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven."
Matthew 5:16

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

"Trey Tuesday" - February 10, 2015

True Grit

A dear friend ministers to the homeless on the streets of New York City.  The stories of their strength and perseverance and desperate faith knock the breath right out of me!  They draw me to my knees in worship and adoration of the One True God who sustains these mighty soldiers time and time again!  He knows!  :)

Have you ever been that desperate?  Have you ever totally released a loved one (or yourself or your situation) 100% in to the arms of Jesus?  100%?!?  Perhaps you have a prayer request you are actually afraid to pray:  "Lord, do whatever it takes to...."  "God, I wholeheartedly give you my..."  "Jesus, I don't know how to fix this situation.  Please use Your power and will to...."  Have you ever dared to finish those sentences, afraid of how God may choose to accomplish them?

Or do these songs make you squirm?
"I Surrender All"
"Have Thine Own Way, Lord"
Or let's even go Disney with "Let it Go"

God gave us Trey as a trophy in our faith walk....even though it hurts.
God IS Faithful.
God IS Truth.
God IS Trustworthy.
God knows best....every single time.
What song symbolizes your faith today?

"Jesus replied, "You of little faith, why are you so afraid?"  Matthew 8:26
"if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you."  Matthew 17:20

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

"Trey Tuesday" - February 3, 2015


To vaccinate or not to vaccinate?
Traditional hymns or contemporary praises?
Mayonnaise or Miracle Whip?
Paper or plastic?

Our lives are filled with choices.
Some of our choices are critically important.
Others are matters of preference or opinion.

Regardless of the choices we make, we don't have a choice as to how we are to behave and react.  
"If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. " I Corinthians 13:1

We will always have circumstances and decisions to make.  More importantly, we will always have the BIG choice to make of HOW we are going to answer.
"speak the truth in love" Ephesians 4:15

Each precious life is so very fragile.
Put the people before and above the issue.
Let's celebrate Valentine's Day a little early this year...
Choose to love.

"Love never fails." I Corinthians 13:8