Family Reunion September 2014

Family Reunion September 2014

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

"Trey Tuesday" - July 18, 2017

Lazy Days?

Experiencing the lazy days of summer yet?  Ummmm....I don't think so.  It seems like everyone is busier than ever this summer!

Kids' lives are being changed for eternity at summer camps!
Beach photos abound!
Fresh peaches and corn on the cob at road side stands!
VBS songs and themes etched in the hearts and minds of everyone!
Mission trips providing deep and priceless memories!
Softball, soccer, swimming, diving, and porch swings!
House and yard projects never ending!
Graduation, birthday, and wedding celebrations!
Sun, rain, wind, sun, and more rain!
And yet there are also injuries, doctor appointments, tests, and surgeries for many.  Trey was our Young Warrior, but there are other warriors out there who are still fighting their battles - yes, even in the summer.  Not very lazy days for them.

Let's rally together!  Embrace each other!  Share your story!  Drop your masks and offer some love!  Extend grace!  And make some time to celebrate!  :)

Today I choose to celebrate a very special icon in our family!  Trey's Great, Great Aunt Rosella - Someone who has lived every day of her life embracing, supporting, encouraging, loving, laughing, serving, giving, and playing poker until the wee hours of the morning!  Happy 97th birthday Aunt Rosella!  <3

"Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever.  Let the redeemed of the Lord tell their story—"  Psalm 107:1,2 


Tuesday, July 11, 2017

"Trey Tuesday" - July 11, 2017

Sooooo.....

I love loving people. All kinds of people!

Trey's Grandma (my mom) had outpatient surgery today. (She was phenomenal, thank God!) Spending time in the waiting room was such an exercise in observation, appreciation, and self-control. (I can't narrate a hospital visit quite like Jay Mitlo, but oh my goodness, it was soooooo interesting!)

Some people are just, "Soooooo......"  They're just comfortable being who they are!  :) 
A group of women in the waiting room was enjoying a TV show - out loud!  Laughing and giggling and commenting - having sooooooo much fun!  Another man was napping and burping.....right beside me.  Soooooo comfortable!  And then there were the unremarkable people who were soooooooo peacefully and patiently waiting.....sooooooooooo peacefully doing nothing at all.  (That was NOT me!) :)

Mom and I told Trey stories today.  Trey was, "Sooooo...."  When Trey was happy - watch out!  He was sooooooo happy!  :)  When Trey was loud, he was soooooo loud!  :) And when Trey was determined.....you got it....he was sooooooo determined!

Are you that comfortable with who God made you to be?

"For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving"  I Timothy 4:4
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Tuesday, July 4, 2017

"Trey Tuesday" - July 4, 2017

Hide and Seek

Oh, the endless games of Hide and Seek, filled with the adventure and mystery of finding the perfect spot to wait until being found by, "It."  Wasn't it great being in the hiding place that was the best?  You could crouch down in that spot for a long time before being found!  :)

How long did you wait until that exact right moment to reveal yourself?  You know, when almost everyone was found, they couldn't find you, and they were ready to give up.  What if you waited too long and they never found you?  What if one of the players quit and went home instead of being found?  How long can you hide before it's not a game anymore?

Trey was like most children.  When he was quiet you had to check on him to try and prevent (or minimize!)a disaster.  Children rarely clean their rooms or take naps in secret in order to try and surprise you!  :)

Since the very beginning of time, people have been trying to play Hide and Seek with God.
But it doesn't work.  God, the Creator and Author of life knows you and loves you so very much!  He's waiting for you to come out of hiding. 

"For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him."  John 3:17

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

"Trey Tuesday" - June 27, 2017

Biker Down

I was on my way home the other day and I noticed something unusual on the side of the road.  A motorcycle was on its side and the driver was lying right beside it.
It didn't look like a medical emergency, so I, like dozens of others, drove right on past.

Not the bikers behind me, though.  They knew their "friend" needed them. They calmly did a u-turn and drove to meet the needs of the other biker.  There was no hesitation.  No rubbernecking.  No questions asked.  Just loyalty and unity.

Many of us came together to pray for Baby Trey.  It's easy to love on and support a child with a huge diagnosis.  How do you do when it's an older person?  With a not-so-huge/maybe-even-annoying need?  Let's be like those bikers and be an unspoken loyal team - believers supporting one another on the journey, fueled by love, extravagant with grace and mercy, encouraging each other in prayer.

“Jesus prayed, 'My prayer is not for My disciples alone. I pray also for those who will believe in Me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as You are in Me and I am in You."  John 17:20,21

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

"Trey Tuesday" - June 20, 2017

God

Wait!  Don't scroll past!
I just want to clear things up!

We've been doing this "Trey Tuesday" for a few years now and I need to make something clear.  This hasn't been all about Trey.  It hasn't been about Jay and Rachel.  It hasn't been about me writing.

Everything we have done is to give glory and respect to God.

It's that simple.  And that important.

"all things were created through Him and for Him."  Colossians 1:16

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

"Trey Tuesday" - June 13, 2017

Your Legacy

Thank you for your faithfulness in reading and praying with us through Trey Tuesday.  Trey had no idea that his life, his story, would be used for years to tell of the love and power and glory of God.  Trey was just being the Trey that God made him to be.

What about you?  What is your legacy?  No, you don't need to amass prestige and wealth so that one day a library can be named after you.  You don't even need any money to leave a legacy.

What about you makes you undeniably YOU?

Talents?  Athletics?  Work ethic?  Extraordinary wit?  Ukelele playing?  Strength?  Honesty?  Lanky arms and legs?  Compassion?  Baking?  Letter writing?  Peace?  How are you using the gift of YOU to tell the story of our Extraordinary Creator?

"For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities--His eternal power and divine nature--have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse."  Romans 1:20

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

"Trey Tuesday" - June 6, 2017

Laughter

Go ahead!  Laugh!  Laugh hard!  Laugh until you cry!  :)

Last weekend we celebrated a high school graduation in our extended family.  This weekend we celebrate another one!  :)  Somewhere in the middle of all this, Grandma came down with symptoms resulting in a hospital stay.  How did we pass the time while we waited in the ER?

We watched videos of Trey!  :)  Oh, to see Grandma smile as we reminisced, was medicine for my soul!  Silly, sweet Trey still makes us smile and yes, laugh!  We later shared the videos with the extended family.  It was nothing short of God's grace and mercy overflowing to watch Jay and Rachel enjoy the videos...hearing Trey's voice, seeing his precious face, imagining him in their arms again.  We laughed out loud, although we cried inside.  Maybe I cried a little on the outside, too.

God provided soooooo much joy then, and yes, even now in our sweet little boy!  God's love, overflowing through family and friends, continues to bring us to tears.  Tears of grief.  Tears of joy.

Go ahead!  Enjoy the life God has given!  Laugh!  :)

"Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy. Then it was said among the nations, "The LORD has done great things for them.' The Lord has done great things for us,and we are filled with joy"  Psalm 126:2,3

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

"Trey Tuesday" - May 30, 2017

May I Have Your Attention Please?
Do you ever feel like someone is trying to get your attention?
Maybe it's a bill collector?
Or an impatient toddler?
The guy in the car behind you?
What if it's God?  What if God Himself if trying to get your attention?
Circumstances and trials intensify, combine, and collide with our well planned schedules.
The inconvenience of stress is amazing!  Most of the time we complain it away.  We work it away.  We talk it away.  Or at least we try to.  But what if God has you there on purpose....His purpose?  Is He getting your attention?
The unpredictable battle that Jay and Rachel endured while their little boy fought cancer was huge!  They never knew when a new diagnosis or symptom would come flying at them from out of nowhere.  Regardless, they always kept themselves (and us!) focused on God's plan throughout the journey.  They stood on the Truths and the Promises of God.  Rock Solid Promises of God.
Health will fail.
People will flake.
Money is fickle.
God is Forever Faithful.

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For all of God's promises have been fulfilled in Christ with a resounding "Yes!" And through Christ, our "Amen" (which means "Yes") ascends to God for His glory."  2 Corinthians 1:20

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

"Trey Tuesday" - May 23, 2017

Hockey and Football - Man's Excuse

Experts have determined that there are 5 Love Languages.  Words of Affirmation, Receiving Gifts, and Quality Time are a few of them.  Physical Touch is another.  
The first few sound wonderful to many!  Accolades and presents!  Sounds good to me!  :)

Physical Touch in social circles makes us squirm.  Hand shakes are OK, but don't linger.  High fives work, but please just touch and go.  What about a hug!?!?  A  long lost friend hug is OK.  Even a joy induced hug.  Anything more than that might not be for you.  But....a hug is soooooooooo good for you!  :)

Watch any football player!  Tackles are merely hugs in disguise!  Most guys keep their distance until they play football - or definitely hockey - and then it is hugs all around!

This life is hard.  
Ask Jay and Rachel.
Or Joe and Bella.
Or Manchester, England.
Or those battling addiction.
Or fear.
Or financial stress.
Or managing a child with special needs.
Or job loss.

Offer a hug.  Receive a hug.  No, a hug won't make the problems go away, but it may offer a brief moment of distraction, comfort, and a reassurance of love.

"Be devoted to one another in love."  Romans 12:10

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

"Trey Tuesday" - May 16, 2017

Trey Mitlo:  Young Warrior

warrior: a person who fights in battles and is known for having
courage and skill

Trey was called our "Young Warrior" from Day One of his diagnosis of neuroblastoma, but God created Trey to be a warrior long before that fateful day.  Trey was not your typical child.  He loved going to the doctor!  His nurses were his friends!  He giggled while in the hospital!  He never ever, not for one second, knew that he was sick.  He fought his battle with great courage and skill.  Yet....sometimes his warrior-hood spilled over....over on to his sweet Grandma, "No, Grandma.  Don't sit by me.  You sit over there!"  Never with intent to harm or disrespect, but always with intent to...well....boss us around and show us who was the Warrior!  :)  Trey was a warrior, through and through.

What about you?  How has God carefully crafted you?  What are your strengths?  Can they also be seen as your weaknesses?  Consider how you can use those strengths to live a life worthy of the calling you have received.  (Ephesians 4:1)

"For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them."  Ephesians 2:10

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

"Trey Tuesday" - May 9, 2017

I Love My Toothbrush!

What a sweet way to start my day - with its gentle bristles and the minty fresh toothpaste. Throughout the day I revisit it and it takes good care of me. But sometimes after a bowl of popcorn or an order of ribs, a gentle encounter with my toothbrush isn't enough to fix my problem.  I have to work a little harder. I may even have to call in some reinforcing floss!  But, oh, what a relief it is when I am set free!

Trey was a sweetheart!  :) Aaaaaand Trey was a stinker!  :)  God used Jay and Rachel to help Trey learn and grow every day of his life....most of the times with a gentle "brushing."  But even Trey needed to be corrected, and be told that he shouldn't sigh out loud while a General in the Army was speaking!  (And they told Trey that riiiiiiiiiiight after we all stopped giggling!)  :)

You know, my toothbrush reminds me of a teeny tiny portion of the strength of God in my life. You see, God refreshes me in the morning, He encourages me throughout my day. Sometimes/often! God needs to get firm with me!  He digs in a little deeper, getting in the tight areas....but once He has worked the sinful attitudes and habits out of me, I am set free!
Isn't it time for you to "brush your teeth!?!?"  :)

"Answer me when I call, O God of my righteousness! You have given me relief when I was in distress. Be gracious to me and hear my prayer!"  Psalm 4:1

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

"Trey Tuesday" - May 2, 2017

Hopeless?

Unemployment?
Divorce?
Bankruptcy?
Heartache?
Fear?
Depression?
Addiction?

Many scenarios in our lives seem hopeless.  Dead end.  No way out.  From our human perspective, yes indeed, things seem hopeless.  But how can we gain hope?  How can we turn our circumstances around and experience the hope-filled, confident life that God promises?

When Jay and Rachel received Trey's cancer diagnosis that dreadful Christmas Eve, everything seemed hopeless.  They were desperate for answers.  Little did they know the tremendous journey of faith, love, and yes heartache, that awaited them.

Today's Bible verse walks us through an interesting progression taking us from suffering to.....hope!  "we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. "  Romans 5:3,4 

Hope begins with suffering.  Never suffering alone, but in community.  Beside others.  With God's power.

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And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because He has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with His love."  Romans 5:5

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

"Trey Tuesday" - April 25, 2017

Gifts!  :)

Trey's Grandma's birthday is tomorrow!  :)  And in honor of her special day, our family celebrated by having a Talent Show for Grandma.  What a joy it was to watch everyone pour out their love in various forms.  Each person offered their time and talent in order to show Grandma just how much they love her.
 Some told jokes.
Some did tricks.
Some sang.
Some danced.
Each one gave the gift of a perfect expression from him/her to Grandma.

God has given you a gift to share in order to reflect His creation in you.
Is it the gift of laughter?
The gift of giving?
The gift of tenderness?
Listening?
Speaking?
Building?
Design?
Music?
Don't hide your gifts - give them away to someone today!  :)

"As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace"  I Peter 4:10

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

"Trey Tuesday" - April 18, 2017

Mental Snapshots

Looking out the window this week provides a breathtaking postcard image of spring time in full bloom!  The pink and white tree blossoms accented by the clear blue skies are quite the contrast to the gray/brown views we saw just last week!  Take a mental snapshot today in order to savor this wonderful season longer - even on rainy days!

Precious newborn babies and cozy toddler hugs seem priceless....while the children are sleeping!  Take a mental snapshot in the quiet times to carry you through while the children are awake!  :)

Late night texts and confidential talks may be a lifeline close friends share....occasionally or probably rarely.  Take a mental snapshot of the sweet togetherness to encourage you when you are apart.

Memories of Trey are oh, so precious.  I cling to the mental snapshots probably more than actual photos.  Trey's voice, his squeeze, his love....

Easter Sunday was a wonderful celebration of God's HUGE gift of love for each one of us.  We rejoiced in His Victory over death!  But then Monday comes...and bills...and car repairs...and sicknesses...and life rolls right along.  Where is our mental snapshot of Easter?  How can we press on?  A Bible verse, a devotional, a calendar, a prayer, a song, a sermon, a friend....God's Hand is everywhere reaching out to support you and remind you of His Gift of Love.  Look for Him!  :)

"This is how God's love was revealed among us: God sent His one and only Son into the world, so that we might live through Him."  I John 4:9

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

"Trey Tuesday" - April 11, 2017

Passion

Yes! Passion!  Like a love story!
The greatest love story ever!

Holy Week, also called Passion Week, is the week before Easter, beginning with Palm Sunday.  The days unfold the most intimate love story ever told - and lived - and died!  A true story of God loving you so much that He would sacrifice His One and Only Son for your sake, to satisfy your deepest, aching need for love, significance, worth, and satisfaction.

Trey lived and loved with great passion!  Passionate right up in your face! :) And we wouldn't have had it any other way!

What are you passionate about?  These last few days before Easter, please make some time, even just a few seconds right now, and consider the overwhelming, sacrificial love God has for you. Yes, you!

"God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us."  Romans 5:8

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

"Trey Tuesday" - April 4, 2017

Support Can Be Beautiful

Your friend sends you a text at that exact right moment.
A coworker offers you an extra hand when you have nothing left to give.
Aaron and Hur supported Moses' arms when he couldn't go on.  (Exodus 17:12)
Everyone appreciates the gift of support.

As Jay and Rachel traveled the journey with Trey, they were (and still are!) supported by Team Mitlo One!  What a blessing to still see friends wearing their bracelets!  How sweet to see people hug Joe and Bella extra hard sometimes!  And how very precious when friends still shed tears when we remember Trey.

Phone calls
Flowers
Jokes
Ice Cream
Hugs
Time
Energy
Prayers
Love

The old commercial from Playtex was close, but it fell short: Support IS Beautiful!

"We know what real love is because Jesus gave up His life for us. So we also ought to give up our lives for our brothers and sisters."  I John 3:16

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

"Trey Tuesday" - March 28, 2017

A Friend Knows

A raised eyebrow, a fist bump, or a favorite emoji - without words much can be communicated between good friends.  Try and send your boss or distant relative the same kind of text you send your close friend - it just doesn't work well....

Here's another list:  Butter dance, Young Warrior, and Trey Tuesday - familiar terms because of the time we spend together in prayer.  I just met a friend of Team Mitlo One on Sunday!  :)  We hugged and chatted as friends because of the journey we have traveled together on behalf of Trey.  Through good times and bad, a relationship deepens and grows over time.  There are no shortcuts.

How is your walk with God?  Are you so familiar with Him that you notice His gesture, His  inspiration, the work of His Hand?  Do you spend time with Him?  Can you hear His voice?  Do you know what He is thinking before you even read His Word?  Do you have hurt feelings when someone doesn't speak kindly of Him?  Friends spend time together, and then joys and sorrows are more easily shared.  Jesus is ready and waiting.....

"there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother."  Proverbs 18:24

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

"Trey Tuesday" - March 21, 2017

Na-Na-Na-Na-Na!

You can't catch me!  Can you hear it!?  Can you hear the playground taunting!?
Oh, does that sing-songy chant bring back the memories of countless games of Tag!  Or Hide and Seek!

Adult life isn't that much fun.  We battle the taunts and jeers of enemies and thieves trying to steal our joy, our peace, our patience, and our goals.  Sometimes we just want to hang out safely on base!  :)

The other night I couldn't sleep.  I couldn't stop thinking and worrying and worrying and thinking.  I'm a worrier.  And a thinker.  Bad combination at 2:00a.m.  I finally cried out to God,  "Turn your ear to listen to me; rescue me quickly. Be my rock of protection, a fortress where I will be safe." Psalm 31:2  I wanted to crawl up under God's Mighty protection!  And then....I remembered Trey....I imagined him nestled in the nooks and crannies of God's protection, like a HUGE game of Hide and Seek.  Despite the chaos in and around him, Trey was hidden safely in God's rock solid arms.  "But the LORD is my fortress; my God is the mighty rock where I hide."  Psalm 94:22

As you settle in to bed tonight, or face the day tomorrow, I'll be praying for you:  "God, be my friend's rock of safety where he/she can always hide."
from Psalm 71:3

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

"Trey Tuesday" - March 14, 2017

Same Difference

Fat chance.  No chance.  Slim chance.
They all mean the same thing!?!?!?  Yes, a play on words, but also, sometimes opposites get along.

To "bite your tongue" should mean that you're quiet...unless you...bite your tongue - Ouch!  To "be in the clear" is a relief....orrrrr it leaves you feeling vulnerable!  Trey was such a happy little boy....until he wasn't quite so happy!  :)

Life is filled with idioms and idiosyncrasies, uncertainties and quick changes.
God, however, is not.  
"Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever."  Hebrews 13:8

You can count on it!  :)

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

"Trey Tuesday" - March 7, 2017

Easter Spoiler Alert

Here we are, just one week in to Lent, a time of reflection and repentance.  We focus on the sacrificial life and death of Jesus, which redeems our sinful lives.  But does that mean we have to walk around in a cloud of darkness for 40 days?  Or can we already celebrate Easter - the new life and hope that Jesus provides?

Joy!  Unspeakable joy!  Great joy!  Jesus died so that we may live...today!  :)

There are lots of tragedies and heart aches and trials all around us.  This life can be very messy and hard sometimes.  But there are also a lot of small nuisances and hiccups that get in our way.  They distract us.  Annoy us.  Confuse our focus.

Trey lived a life of joy.  Focused joy.  He never knew he had cancer.  He never knew he was sick.  He never knew how heart broken his loved ones were every time he had to go for treatments or procedures.  He just loved his family and friends.

Where is your focus?  On our Redeemer Who has already defeated the enemy?  On our Savior Who forgives and forgets our sins and faults?  On our Heavenly Father Who loves you so very much?  On our Joy giving Lord and Savior?

"The women ran quickly from the tomb. They were very frightened but also filled with great joy"  Matthew 28:8

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

"Trey Tuesday" - February 28, 2017

Comfort Extraordinaire!

Visiting Trey's gravesite has been on my heart, but I hadn't made it there....yet.  I hadn't reallllly wanted to go see where my precious little nephew's body was laid to rest. Who would want to intentionally inflict that pain?

Well, my dad's funeral was today.  Enduring a tsunami of emotions, and surrounded by many family (and family/friends), we approached Poppi's gravesite....which was.....right next to Trey's!  And right then, not alone, but together, many of us saw Trey's headstone for the very first time. 

God took what could have been an emotionally devastating encounter and transformed it into the most amazing bond of comfort......experienced together. ❤️Tears for Poppi mixed with tears for Trey across the expanse of generations present. Even those who tried to endure it alone were swept in to loving arms. 

Thank you, God, for living these verses out loud in our lives for us this week!

"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, Who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God." 2 Corinthians 1:3,4

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

"Trey Tuesday" - February 21, 2017

Bold!

Digging in to a bag of Doritos, you are fully committed.  You know you are willing to assume the cost of the relationship.  Orange fingers....Orange lips....Unquenchable thirst.  Mere inconveniences compared to the overwhelming bold flavor!

Trey lived like that...strawberry containers....spray butter....loud TV shows....squatter's rights on the couch...and love out loud!  :)  A wake of minor messes compared to the spunk and joy our Young Warrior shared!

What's your story?  Where is God calling you to be bold?  No regrets?  Living out loud?  What conversation do you need to have with someone?  What opportunity do you need to embrace?  What truth do you need to obey from God?  He can do ANYTHING!  In His strength, be bold!

"Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should."  Ephesians 6:19-20

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

"Trey Tuesday" - February 14, 2017

Four-Letter Words

You know, it's easy to think of some bad 4-letter words.  Ask any young child who has big ears around some undisciplined talkers!  But how many good 4-letter words quickly come to mind?

It's Valentine's Day....L-O-V-E quickly comes to mind.  And L-I-K-E.  H-U-G-S.
K-I-S-S.  We miss out on c-a-n-d-y and f-l-o-w-e-r-s, though.

You know, we have a choice about the things we think, say, and do.  Dwell on the bad?  Or search out the good?  "Trey Tuesday" was created to refocus our attention each week as Trey went through a lot of really bad stuff.  Through prayer we have turned our focus to God - and that is someOne very, very good!  :)

So.....try it!  How many good 4-letter words can you name?  (without the help of Google or Scrabble sites!) :)

"Let us choose what is right; let us know among ourselves what is good."
Job 34:4

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

"Trey Tuesday" - February 7, 2017

Oh, look!  A butterfly!  :)

We could all use a distraction about now.  Politics, Super Bowl, taxes....the hum drum of winter is taking its toll.  Our (eastern) side of the state is bracing for its first snowstorm this winter!  The predictions on the news, Facebook, and over the coffeepots (at yes, Wawa) are refreshing!  :)

But when the snow melts and life returns to "normal", how/where can we find relief?  What can keep us reminded of which end is up?  God speaks absolute, unchanging Truth to each one of us every second of every day through His Words, the Bible.

You don't need to be a preacher like Jay to understand the Bible.  Find an app that delivers a verse a day.  Memorize one line this year.  Sing a little tune from Psalms.  Read a familiar chapter or book.  Or, as Rachel so beautifully does, artistically illustrate a verse on a chalkboard!  :)  Young children like Trey can recite complicated verses.  Adults can learn, too!  :)

"As the rain and the snow come down from heaven,
and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish,
so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater,
so is My Word that goes out from my mouth.
It will not return to Me empty,
but will accomplish what I desire
and achieve the purpose for which I sent it."  Isaiah 55:10-11



Tuesday, January 31, 2017

"Trey Tuesday" - January 31, 2017

Piping Hot French Fries

That's mine - what's yours?  What is your unexpected pleasure?  You know, that simple little something that unexpectedly brings a smile to your face and makes you say, "Wow!"?

Are you a sunset person?  Or a close parking spot person?  Does a great coupon make you smile?  Or does staying awake for the beginning AND the end of a movie give you a feeling of accomplishment?  What about a pair of matching socks?!?  :)

There is a lot of stuff going on in our world - both globally and personally.  There are a lot of hurting people everywhere we go.  Trey always left a trail of smiles and giggles wherever he went.  He laughed.  He smiled.  He talked.  He shared.  Trey and his new found friend both walked away feeling a little better!  :)

So, go ahead.  Chase down some joy this week.  Notice an unexpected pleasure.  Capture a moment.  Eat dessert first! :)

"You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace"  Isaiah 55:12

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

"Trey Tuesday" - January 24, 2017

Everything!

"Do everything in love."  I Corinthians 16:14

Allow me to help you unpack this Scripture a little bit.  I'm not well versed in Greek or Hebrew, but I think I can do it some justice:

Do everything - this means all that we do!  :)
Love - appreciation, allegiance, kindness, respect, tenderness, fondness, charity, devoted, care for, adore, include, tolerate, accept, like, enjoy, relish, sacrifice.....

Any questions?

"Three things will last forever--faith, hope, and love--and the greatest of these is love."
I Corinthians 13:!3

p.s.  Happy Birthday to my daughter, Natalie - Trey's first and best and most favorite girlfriend ever!  <3

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

"Trey Tuesday" - January 17, 2017

Nothing
That's it this week....nothing!

"nothing is impossible with God."  Luke 1:37

Don't give up.
Don't give in.
Yes, it's worth the fight.
Yes, it's worth doing it right.
With God, allllllllllll things are possible!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

"Trey Tuesday" - January 10, 2017

Taste Testing

There's nothing like a family trip to Costco/Sam's Club when the sample servers are out.  It's like a buffet while you shop!  :)  A nibble of pizza, a sip of yogurt smoothie, a scoop of mac and cheese, all rounded out with a micro cup of coffee and one fourth of a cookie!  :)  Not too much to push you over the edge, or ruin your dinner, but juuuuuuuuuuuuuuuust enough to make you slow down as you pass the endcaps.  The marketing industry knows how to leave you asking for more.

God encourages the Costco/Sam's Club method:
"Taste and see that the Lord is good."  Psalm 34:8
You don't have to "buy" the wholesale sized package of God at first.....just take a taste.  Listen to a sermon.  Read a verse of the Bible.  Ask the question you always wondered.  Sing along with that childhood song.  You will soon learn that God IS good!  You will realize how much He loves you!  You will experience a life filled to overflowing!

Trey often sampled from the frig while the door hung open for a looooooooooooong time!  :)  He wanted to weigh all his options, choose carefully among his favorites, and then invest in what he knew was good.  God wants the same for you.  Go ahead, "Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in Him."  Psalm 34:8

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

"Trey Tuesday" - January 3, 2017

Happy? New Year

I think I've said it over one hundred times already this year:  Happy New Year

Have you ever stopped to think about what we are really saying?  "Gee, I hope everything goes your way this year and the whole world, your family, your coworkers, the drive through coffee people, and the new president all keep you happy this year?!?!!?"  Wow!  I don't think that is a plausible greeting!  It's probably not very appropriate either!  :)

How about, "Joyous New Year?"
May this year find your heart filled with joy, despite your circumstances.
May you choose joy instead of gut reactions.
May Jesus give you His joy as you shine His Light and Power in your life at work.
May you find joy as you let God be the decision maker in your home.
May the love and joy of generosity overwhelm your unbalanced finances.
And may you experience joy as you lean on the Rock Solid Truths of God's Word.

Joyous New Year to you and yours!  <3

"the joy of the LORD is your Strength.”  Nehemiah 8:10