Tuesday, April 26, 2016
"Count it all joy when you meet trials of various kinds" James 1:2
This photo was Trey at one of his countless hospital appointments, Strawberry Shortcake tea set by side, computer game capturing his attention, colorful Fibber nose confidently in place....awaiting chemo, or a test or the results of one of his many scans. Did Trey look worried? Um, not one bit. Why? Why could he count it all joy?!? (Well, almost all joy - he did have a few small fits here and there!) :)
Trey could live a life of joy because he always had at least one of his parents by his side. He trusted them. He believed in their love and devotion. He loved the attention of the doting staff. He loved the love he gave and received wherever he went. Trey looked for and expected joy. How are you doing with that?
God's love, attention, and provision should enable us to "count it all joy" also, but as adults it is a lot more difficult to remember and process that concept. Try and take one tiny little baby step today. Look for the silver lining that God may be providing for you in your dismal circumstances. Through prayer or time spent with a dear friend, crawl up in to your Heavenly Daddy's lap and tell Him all about your terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. Sing a song of praise - out loud! Go for a walk and thank God for this beautiful springtime. And maybe, just maybe, for that brief moment, you may think like Trey and his colorful nose....and find joy! :)
Tuesday, April 19, 2016
1,000 Words are Worth a Picture?
If a picture is worth a thousand words, are a thousand words worth a picture?
It has been almost 18 months since we last saw Trey. We still have photos to remind us of his silly, sweet, and sometimes sassy self. These photos are worth a thousand thoughts, emotions and words!
But let's look at life a different way. A thousand words....the many words we say and the way we treat others, leave a lasting impression. When we move neighborhoods, switch jobs or graduate, or even leave the house or office for the day, we leave behind a picture.
What picture did your life paint today?
"Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God."
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Typically my posts are about our sweet Trey. Today I would like to highlight Jay and Rachel and their journey as Trey's parents.
Rest - ahhhhh what a refreshing concept, invoking images of a vacation to Cancun, a dreamy nap, or a peaceful walk in the summertime. Not exactly the picture of surviving the loss of your son to cancer. But I can see Rest all over Jay and Rachel:
Remain - Jesus said, "Remain in Me...No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine." John 15:4
Endure - "If we endure, we will also reign with Him." 2 Timothy 2:12
Surrender - "Father, if You are willing, remove this cup from Me. Nevertheless, not My will, but Yours, be done." Luke 22:42
Tell - "Carry each other's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ." Galatians 6:2
Thank you, God, for showing us that it is possible to R.E.S.T. in the face of trauma, trial and every heartache!
Tuesday, April 5, 2016
Are you a brand snob? Let's check!
iPhone or Droid?
Starbucks or Dunkin?
Qtips or store brand?
It seems like the advertising and marketing worlds have learned exactly how to brand something, so much so that we don't even actively process what we are thinking about when we see certain images!
Take the pineapple.
My mom (Trey's sweet Grandma) just told me that Trey used to love when she bought a fresh pineapple. He would beg and plead with her to cut (and serve!) the pineapple, regardless of the degree of ripeness. My mom bought a pineapple yesterday. She said that (more!) memories of Trey are now flooding her kitchen as she awaits the (appropriate!) day of cutting. Images of Trey seem more vivid, simply because of that silly piece of fruit!
My walk through the produce aisle will never be the same.....
"Thus says The Lord: 'I will not forget you!
See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands"