Family Reunion September 2014

Family Reunion September 2014

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

"Trey Tuesday" - May 26, 2015


Have you planted any seeds this spring?  Have you gathered the vegetables or flowers yet?  Of course not! :)  It takes many days/weeks/months of patiently nurturing the seeds, the soil, the water, and the temperature in order to successfully and properly grow healthy, fruitful plants.

Why do we get so anxious in all other areas of our lives?  Why do we not understand that we cannot have absolutely everything NOW!?!?  We can't be rich and good looking and popular and well toned and organized and...fill in the blank.....instantly and all at once!  And we most certainly cannot have all the bad and painful parts of life instantly taken away!  War, death, sickness, abuse, poverty, and neglect do not evaporate at our wish or prayer.  Even for the most devout Christian.  God still has us wait.

God's Word has some pretty rough illustrations regarding patience.  They are not always the words we want to hear when we are struggling or grieving or in pain:
"Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer"  Romans 12:12
"Love is patient, love is kind"  I Corinthians 13:4
Job questioned patience amidst his horrific trials, "And what is my end, that I should be patient?"  Job 6:11
"Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love."  Ephesians 4:2

Wow!  What a lineup!  How is this humanly possible!?!? 
Aha!  There is the defining word:  humanly.  It is humanly IMpossible to be patient while you wait!  Patience is a fruit of God's Holy Spirit working in your life.  It is God's work - not yours.  Even if life doesn't make sense, plant the seeds of your life (relationships, health, job, money, etc.) and nurture them with healthy habits. Then rest and have patience in God's timing.  Rely on His Supernatural power!  :)

"For Thou art my patience, O Lord: my Hope, O Lord, from my youth"  Psalm 71:5

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

"Trey Tuesday" - May 19, 2015

My Vote

It's Primary Election Day here in the state of PA.  The governing bodies and their candidates want your opinion!  :)

Did you ever wish that God had an election day when you got to vote on how things would work out in your life?  Would you like the opportunity to finally have your say in your life?  From the weather to finances to matters of life and death and every other preference, we most certainly have our expectations of how we think our lives should unfold.  But God has a different plan.  A better plan!  The most trustworthy plan ever!  :)

A very popular Bible passage is:
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to Him,
and He will make your paths straight."  Proverbs 3:5,6

Each phrase of those verses has powerful implications:
Trust in the Lord with ALL your heart....every nook and cranny and crack and crevice...even those people and things we hold on to the tightest.
Lean not on YOUR OWN understanding...our own understanding and perspective is so very limited and so heavily biased, favoring our comfort and!
In ALL your ways submit to Him...there's that inclusive word again....
And He will make your paths straight....That's a promise!  :)

Proverbs 3 is a chapter about wisdom.  God's wisdom.
Seek Him.  Seek His Truths.  Seek HIS perspective.
His vote is really, Truly, all that matters!

"Blessed are those who find wisdom"  Proverbs 3:13

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

"Trey Tuesday" - May 12, 2015

Happy Birthday Trey! :)

Three little words conjure up soooooo many thoughts, images and emotions!
How to sum them up?
We must rely on God's Truth: 

"This is the day the LORD has made.  We will rejoice and be glad in it."  Psalm 118:24

We WILL rejoice!  We WILL be glad!  We WILL celebrate the LIFE of Trey! :)

The following excerpts are tributes from Trey's Facebook page today.
Read, rejoice, and be glad!

- I have been thinking of it as Trey’s 1st birthday. Him and Jesus. ..eating frozen birthday waffles and jamming out to the birthday song.

- We love you, Trey Trey, and are celebrating and worshiping with you and Jesus on this beautiful day, celebrating your birth!

- Happy Birthday to my biggest Hero! Today Trey would have been 7 but instead he is having his first birthday in heaven!
- Jay writes:  Today is a celebration of his life.  Please go to and give the Mitlos the gift of a comment of your favorite Trey moment!  :)

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

"Trey Tuesday" - May 5, 2015

The Royal Baby

Are some things just too good to be true?
The royal couple already had a handsome prince and now they have a beautiful princess!  What a storybook life!  The parents and the children will never be in want.  Their every need and wish will be fulfilled by a member of their staff, ready and waiting to help them.  Oh, if only we all could be a part of a royal family!

But wait!  We can!  We are! 
I Peter 2:9 declares a favorite Truth that is very rarely heard in our culture:
"But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God's special possession, that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light."
Is that Truth too good to be true?  Absolutely not!
In Jesus' opinion, those who are His are Royalty!  :)
God's storehouse of riches is available to all who believe!  :)

Princess Charlotte is a very special girl.
Trey was a very special boy.  A very, very, very special boy!  :)
But guess what!?!?  YOU are a very, very, very special person, too!
Yes, YOU!!!
Are you living like you are a child of the King of Kings?!?
Is your focus on your privileges as His Royalty?

"To Him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by His blood, and has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve His God and Father—to Him be glory and power for ever and ever! Amen."  Revelation 1:5,6