Family Reunion September 2014

Family Reunion September 2014

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

"Trey Tuesday" - March 31, 2015

Holy Week/Busy Week

The days before Easter are typically packed with feverish activity preparing our families and homes for our Easter celebrations!  There are baskets to fill, eggs to dye, and bonnets to buy!  :)

Take a peek into the life of Jesus during Holy Week:  He performed miracles, bestowed blessings and curses, taught, prayed, counseled, washed feet, and went to trial.  He must have been physically and emotionally exhausted long before his gruesome crucifixion!   Listen closely to how Jesus handles the stress:
"Haven't you ever read the Scriptures? For they say, 'You have taught children and infants to give you praise.'"  Matthew 21:16 

 Four verses before this, Jesus had just turned over the temple tables due to the temple activity in the name of profit.  Jesus stops it all to remind us that we are to praise children!  What an antidote for greed!  God doesn't need our grand Pinterest-style Easter decorations!  He wants our child-like faith to reach out and worship Him!  :) 
 A few verses later, Jesus simplifies it again for us:
"If you believe"  Matthew 21:22 

Trey's awesome example of pure child-like faith is an inspiration to us every day.  Remember the purely innocent photos and videos of Trey living out loud, praising, loving and believing.  This Easter week can the same be said of you?

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

"Trey Tuesday" - March 24, 2015

Jelly Beans, Peeps and Cadbury Eggs

Sweet treats!  :)
Are they a childhood memory of your past?
A guilty pleasure of your present?
Or a post-Lenten indulgence of your future?

The word "treat" implies it is not a daily staple.  A treat is something special enjoyed on a designated occasion, a reward or a change from the ordinary.

Easter Week is quickly approaching!  It is the best kind of sweet treat ever!
Spend some time in the upcoming days savoring the work of Jesus:
This Sunday is Palm Sunday - Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey past the people waving palm branches while shouting, "Hosanna!"  ("Save us!")  Matthew 21:1-11
Holy Thursday - Jesus' Last Supper with His disciples - The very First Communion Luke 22:7-38
Good Friday - Jesus' greatest act of love, sacrificed on the cross, making peace between God and all mankind once and for all - literally Mark 15:21-41
Easter Sunday - Hallelujah!  Jesus is Risen - just as He said!  :)  Matthew 28:1-10

One of Trey's favorite treats (he had many!) was a bag of fruit gummies from Grandma's house.  He counted on his treat, he relied on getting his treat and he savored his treat!  May the message of Easter be a gift for you to count on, rely on and savor - not just as a once a year treat, but for every day of your life!  :)

"Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in Him."  Psalm 34:8

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

"Trey Tuesday" - March 17, 2015

Luck of the Irish

Whether we wear green this St. Patrick's Day by heritage or just for fun, we all enjoy a holiday to eat special food, dance a jig and kiss a Blarney stone! (?)  Someone may even wish you the "Luck of the Irish."  Leprechauns revealing pots of gold sound pretty good to me.  Don't you wish we could have the Luck of the Irish every day?

Good News!  You can have something even better!
"The LORD your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you;
in His love He will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing."
  Zephaniah 3:17 

God is with you.  Jesus saves you.  God takes delight in you.  God will no longer rebuke you.  God will rejoice over you with singing.There's a 100% chance God's Word is true! 
That's better than luck any day!  :)

So go ahead - dance a jig!  (you could even do Trey's butter dance!)  <3
Whatever it looks like, celebrate God's delight in you everyday!  :) 

"The LORD your God is with you...He will take great delight in you...He will rejoice over you with singing."  Zephaniah 3:17

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

"Trey Tuesday" - March 10, 2015

This very precious and oh so timely "Trey Tuesday" brought to you by Jay Mitlo!  :)

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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

"Trey Tuesday" - March 3, 2015


Celebrate more snow and ice?
Or Dr. Seuss?
Or white and gold and black and blue?
Or tax season?
Or March Madness?

Celebrate...really!?!?!  Sure!  We can celebrate all those wonderful happenings!
But what about more snow and ice?
And world conflicts, debt, disease, grief and injustice?
And other times when we don't feel like celebrating?
Life is short....Celebrate anyway!  :)

We need to celebrate in spite of the troubles we face!
"In this world you will have trouble" we are reminded in John 16.
Yes, we will have trouble.  That is a given.
But....back up that begins with:
"I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have peace."
Peace!  God doesn't intend for you to suffer and struggle on your own!
With Him, we can experience His peace!
And then that verse ends with:
"But take heart! I have overcome the world."
Regardless of the trouble, God ultimately wins!

God's Peace and Victory certainly are worthy of celebrating every day!

"Everyone will celebrate Your abundant goodness and joyfully sing of Your righteousness."  Psalm 145:7