Family Reunion September 2014

Family Reunion September 2014

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

"Trey Tuesday" - December 29, 2015


Have you taken time off work/school this week?  Have your plans of nothing-ness gone smoothly?  Are you sitting around in your PJs for hours on end enjoying the remnants of eggnog and sugar cookies?  No?  Life not going according to your expectations?

That puts you in good company!  The Wise Men had just spent time with the precious Christ Child, presenting their gifts after their long journey.  I can imagine they were looking forward to their return trip home, anxious to tell of their travels.  Plans changed, however, when they were warned in a dream to go home "another way" in order to avoid answering to Herod.  Joseph and Mary also experienced a spontaneous Plan B when Joseph was told in a dream to take his family to Egypt!

God has detailed reasons for our changes of plans, with repercussions well beyond our comprehension.  We must trust His divine wisdom, whether it's a canceled appointment, a sick child, a broken down car.....even when it means the loss of a precious loved one.

Let's finish out this holiday season with open minds and hearts, ready to hear and heed God's will. 

“Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to Your Word.”  Luke 1:38

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

"Trey Tuesday" - December 22, 2015

Which One are You?
I look at the Nativity scene and I wonder where I fit in....And I pass on that challenge to you...
Where do you fit in?
As a humble shepherd?  "there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night."  Luke 2:8
A wayward sheep?  "We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way"  Isaiah 53:6
A donkey?  (No explanation necessary!)  :)
The available and welcoming stable?  "there was no place for them in the inn."  Luke 2:7
Joseph?  "he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him"  Matthew 1:24
Mary?  "Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.”  Luke 2:19
An angel?  "I bring you Good News that will cause great joy for all the people."  Luke 2:10
A star?  "Let light shine out of darkness"  2 Corinthians 4:6

Each and every one of us has something to offer...some unique way of sharing who we are with others -  a special touch no one else can do.  Take some time right now to listen for how God can use you in the life of someone near you this Christmas.

I'm so thankful for Team Mitlo One and the critical role each person played in the life of Trey, and I'm thankful for you now in the lives of Jay, Rachel, Joe and Bella.
Thank you for sharing the gift of YOU!  :)

"God Himself gives life and breath to everything, and He satisfies every need."  Acts 17:25

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

"Trey Tuesday" - December 15, 2015

What's in a Name?

Trey - our Young Warrior.  His name said it all!  :)

Emmanuel - God with us.
"The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son and will call Him Emmanuel (which means 'God is with us').  Isaiah 7:14
What a wonderful Name for that innocent Baby Jesus, born so many years ago!
God with US!  Here!  Now!
His Name says it all!  :)

It's very easy for us to envision Baby Jesus, lying in his mother's arms.  You can even imagine His sweet newborn face seeming like a piece of God brought to earth.
But fast forward a few decades to Jesus hanging on a cross with His mother watching on.
He was equally as innocent then as He was the day He was born.

But it's all Good News!  God is with us now because we, and all our sins, were with Him on that cross!  :)

God is with y-o-u.

"She will give birth to a son, and you are to give Him the name Jesus, because He will save His people from their sins.”  Matthew 1:21

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

"Trey Tuesday" - December 8, 2015

The Gift of Jury Duty

Yes, you read that right - I appreciate the gift I received at jury duty yesterday.
Long, wonderful story short, God gave me the gift of Himself yesterday.  I encountered extraordinarily heavy traffic as I drove the 20 miles to jury duty, arriving with moments to spare.  Not sure which entrance to use, I logically followed the woman in front of me who was also holding a jury summons card.  After a very few minutes of small talk, the woman and I discovered that we not only live 2 miles apart, but share our faith, doctors, acquaintances and places of work!  We instantly bonded, journeying through the jury selection process together!  (Neither one of us was chosen, though.)

Will she become a new friend now that life is back to "normal?"  Will we visit and have coffee together?  I'm not sure.  (She's a very busy mom of young children.) However, I view this unusual circumstance as directly orchestrated by God to set us both at ease and encourage us (and amuse us!) in an otherwise stressful situation - a gift we found in the justice system one day.

As I continue to read the comments and experiences that the friends of Team Mitlo One share, I consider you all as gifts.  We may never have a conversation or a cup of coffee together, but I treasure the bond that God has built through the life of our sweet treasure, Trey.

"I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.  It is right for me to feel this way about all of you, since I have you in my heart...And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God."  Philippians 1:3-11

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

"Trey Tuesday" - December 1, 2015

What's next!?!?

Thanksgiving Thursday
Black Friday
Small Business Saturday
Sunday - a day to worship, rest, and check your bank balance
Cyber Monday
Giving Tuesday

Whew!  All this and it's only December 1!  How will we survive the next 24 days until Christmas!?
Do you ever feel like you live from one hottest fire to the next?  Do you find yourself saying, "As soon as I get out of this meeting, I'll feel better." or "I can't wait until college finals are over"?

As soon as it arrived, Trey would study the Target or Toys R Us Christmas catalog, day after day after day.  He wasn't worried about the prices or the availability or the shipping fees.  He lived 100% (maybe 110%!) in the present moment.

The birds of the air are loving this 50 degree weather.  They are not fretting about when this "warming" trend is going to break.  Even my little green plants still think it is growing season, and they're growing!

Take a deeeeeeeeep breath.  Yes, Christmas is coming, but it's not here yet.

"But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth His Son"  Galatians 4:4