Jan Treat regularly writes of her experiences and thoughts in her walk with the Lord. This blog page is where her articles are published, with the most recent at the top, older ones below.
A Rock in the Storm
Matthew 25:13: Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the son of man is coming.
No matter where we travel, God still bids us to come. “Come to Me,” He softly speaks, “Come to Me and I will give you rest.” And many other “Comes” in His Word: “Come and dine.” (Eat at His table with Him.) “Come let us worship and bow down. Let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker, for He is our God. We are His people, He watches over His flock under His care.” (Ps. 95:6) He even invites us to come to the waters when we are thirsty and if we have no money: “Come buy and eat. Come buy wine and milk without money and without cost.” (Is. 55:1)
Until July, we are back in our beloved Georgia. We experienced God’s obvious protection on our journey back to our second home! I had introduced myself to a nice lady from Colorado Springs on the flight from DIA to Chicago. As she and I were sharing during landing, our plane was just inches from touching down, we pulled up quickly! Everyone got very quiet! We were all, even our flight attendants, looking at one another… stunned. Our pilot finally explained to us that we had nearly collided with another plane! Thank God for His obvious protection.
And, then, during the last leg of our journey, London to Tbilisi, we were ‘entertained’ with the London rugby team. About a dozen or so big guys trying to out-do each other with how much alcohol they could hold. The only way the flight attendants could get them out of the isles and to sit down was to tell them that the pilot would not land the plane until they were in their seat belts. The noise was deafening and no one knew what was going to happen next. It was really quite disturbing and we were so thankful to be safely here.
How happy we were to be welcomed back by our faithful secretary and husband with beautiful flowers and smiles, though it was after 1am and we were over an hour late. We visited the school two days and then for a week I was hit with severe PD symptoms. We are standing on His promises and today I was much improved and had a lovely morning at school. What joy to see the school running so well! We have such a great staff and over 300 wonderful students now.
Often, we are amazed and so blessed by the talents and gifts of our students. On our first day back, we were entertained by the 6th and 7th graders as they acted out Alice in Wonderland. We were delighted that they performed it out in our beautiful forest playground. They did an amazing job!
For the first time, our School of Tomorrow Georgia is sending two of our most talented and capable high school students to the annual ACE International Convention in Pennsylvania. We are excited to send these two, Rati and Tina, to represent our school at the convention and we expect it will be a life-changing time for both of them. As we cannot be there to host them, several families have graciously agreed to make the days before and after the convention memorable: The David James family, Joe Gould and Gwen Taylor from Syracuse, KS., Jim and Nana Dubler, and the Doug Treat family. We are very grateful for the willingness of these folks to help in this way.
We experienced a deadly thunder storm here in Tbilisi last weekend. It was around 10pm Saturday night when a fierce storm hit the city! The lightning was constant for over three hours with rain coming down in sheets. The storm caused a lot of flooding throughout the city with considerable mud slides. Unfortunately, five people died when their houses were flooded. The park where our school is located was badly damaged and flood waters came within 8 inches from going into our school. I’m so grateful that our school was built upon solid rocks or we might not have a school today.
Matthew 7:24-25: Therefore whoever hears these saying of Mine and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house upon the rock. And the rain descended, the floods came and the winds blew and beat on that house and it did not fall¸ for it was founded upon the rock.
Jesus says, “Come”
“Come and see. Come and hear.”
He tenderly calls us to come.
And His voice drives out every fear.
No one knows the day nor the hour.
When through the clouds He will break.
He tells us to be prepared.
For He’s coming…make no mistake.
When we see Him and look at His face.
We’ll worship with all of our hearts.
He is worthy of praise for He walks in the Truth.
And from us He will never depart.
Soft as the voice of an angel,
He speaks and all creation stands still.
Even the birds stop their singing.
Like liquid love His voice brings a thrill.
He tells us to come to His table.
If we are tired and needy, just come.
He’ll give us His peace and strength for today,
Let us go to the Father through His Son.
I pray for you, reader of these words, that you experience living under the covering of His love for you.
A Lesson from the Book of John
Are you hungry today? You know what it feels like to be truly hungry for food. If you go all day without eating, it becomes very uncomfortable and almost feels like pain. It becomes all that you think about and consumes your every waking moment with thoughts and yearnings for food. God made us this way. Healthy people were made to need food every single day. Just so, God made us to need Spiritual food; not just once a week but every single day. What is He comparing spiritual food to in this passage? That’s right: He first compares spiritual food to bread and calls it the “bread of life”. Then, He says that He is the bread of life (v48).
He speaks in this passage of the manna that God fed the children of Israel while they spent forty years in the wilderness. How often did He send the manna? That’s right: every day, except the Sabbath. On Friday they were supposed to pick up enough for Saturday (the Jewish Sabbath).
In John 1:14, John tells us that “the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.” And in verse 1 of that chapter, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God.” When we read the Word of God which is the Bible we are in fact eating the Word of God which is the “bread of life.” Deuteronomy 8:3 says, “So He humbled you, allowed you to hunger and fed you with manna which you did not know nor did your fathers know that He might make you know that man shall not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that proceeds from the mouth of the Lord.” Jeremiah 15:16 says, “Your words were found, and I ate them, and Your word was to me the joy and rejoicing of my heart.”
From the first book of the Old Testament to the last book of the New Testament we find Jesus. He is so magnificent, and the more we know Him the more we love Him and trust Him. He is the Bright and Morning Star, The Lily of the Valley, He speaks of being the bread of Life and the Lamb of God that takes away the sins of the world. David asked in Psalms 116:12, “what shall I render to the Lord or what can I give Him, for all His benefits toward me?” And verse 17, “I will offer to You the sacrifice of thanksgiving and I will call upon the name of the Lord.” Oh, He is marvelous in our eyes!
He is beautiful beyond description
Too marvelous for words!
Mighty God to whom all praise is due
I stand in awe of You.
It says in Psalm 118:27, “God is the Lord and He has given us light. Bind the sacrifice with cords to the horns of the altar. You are my God, and I will praise You. You are my God and I will exalt You. Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! His mercy endures forever.”
Have you ever had a MRI or brain scan? I have had six or seven of those brain x-rays and although they are quite uncomfortable with loud noises seem to penetrate your brain and they last nearly one hour, I had been able to even go to sleep and stay quite calm. However, the last time I had one, for some reason, I could hardly stand those long minutes in that tube. It seemed like someone was trying to torture me with the intermittent horrible sounds that never seemed to quit. I felt like I was going to get sick and I so wanted to yell out, “Take me out of her, now!” But I knew that I had to go through with it and I thought of Paul and Silas in the filthy, dark prison cell and how they sang praises to God. Because of this, God sent an earthquake and their chains were loosened and dropped off and they were set free. So, I started praising God for all that He had given to me. Only then did I begin to relax and soon it was over and they rolled me out of the tube!
It was some years ago when I first heard a woman speak about her love for Jesus. As she described how deeply she loved Him, I started to weep. I hadn’t known you could know God like that and love Him more and more, even as you learned about Him and fellowshipped with Him personally. I began to hunger for a relationship like that with God. Just as if I hadn’t eaten in days, I felt desperate to know Him and receive His love for me. The neat thing about this is God loves every single person in the whole world that much!
His joy is our strength, we shall not be moved.
We can be satisfied with Jesus, His Word is our food.
He refreshes the weary, and satisfies the faint.
He sets us free from the captivity of envy or hate.
Freedom from pride, anger, self, and despair
All kinds of sin and wrong thoughts bring a snare.
But better than life are God’s love and His peace.
It’s in His presence, we will find sweet release.
When we receive daily His bountiful, vast supply,
There is food for us all that will completely satisfy.
Living Water to drink at the table we see.
The thirsty come seeking, for this water is free.
So, let’s lay aside anything that hinders and binds us
And keeps us from knowing this joy that would find us.
God’s grace satisfies and will set us all free.
Jesus paid for our sin when He died on the Tree.
And His joy comes to all who have made Him their Lord.
Let’s worship and praise Him, He is Christ our adored!
Recently, I find the news depressing and I wonder if we are losing our freedoms and I begin to worry. After listening to one of the candidates for the presidency of our great country speak about his values and his faith, hope has been renewed. If we all pray diligently and work together in love, our liberties can be saved. Faith replaces fear and I rejoice!
Lover of My Soul.
"If you are seeking after God, you may be sure of this:
God is seeking you much more. He is the Lover and
You are His beloved. He has promised Himself to you."
John of the Cross
"You are in the Beloved... therefore infinitely
dear to the Father, unspeakably precious to Him.
You are never, not for one second, alone."
Some glad morning when my life in heaven has just begun.
I'll join the heavenly chorus and sing like I've never ever sung.
I'll look into my Savior's face and see the love in His eyes.
Yes, I’ll rejoice in Him and know peaceful rest there in Paradise.
On earth He’s good and gives His children so much.
I pray I won’t fail Him for I live for His touch.
Jesus is my hope for today and tomorrow.
Even in death we shall have hope with the sorrow.
But today He is calling me to get ready to fight
For a battle between light and dark is just out of sight.
I hear the low rumble of war coming near.
He says He's prepared us and we are not to have fear.
Now He is speaking not only to you and to me.
But all of the people must be warned; may they see.
"I'll make your hands to be strong and your feet to be sure.
You'll be able to fight through the night; you'll endure.”
His Kingdom on earth is coming; indeed is already here.
He gives us sight to see heavenly things when they appear.
I’ll not fear the enemy, but instead I’ll rejoice.
I’m on the victory side for I made the right choice.
He says, "You won't fail Me, so just keep on givin' and livin'...
Until you enter the place I'm preparin', it's called heaven."
Some folks can’t believe in what they don’t see.
But through faith comes salvation and the way to be free.
Paradise comes through believing in Jesus, God’s son.
It will be our new home when the victory here has been won.
As we keep His commands, we live deeply and surely in Him and He lives in us. And this is how we experience His deep and abiding presence in us: by the Spirit He gave us. (I John 3:24 MSG)
A bit of news:
Our assignment to take light to the nations through education is still very real and alive in our hearts. The 14th verse of Psalm 48 says, "that you may tell it to the generation following. For this is God, our God forever and ever. He will be our guide even to death." Celebrate with us our 20-year anniversary! It was on February 17th 1992, we landed in beautiful Georgia and on March 15th we had the first day of The School of Tomorrow Georgia. "I will make Your name to be remembered to all generations. Therefore the people will praise You forever and ever.'' (Ps.45:17)
We receive communication regularly from the school staff in Georgia. They are having a very good year from all reports. They had some special programs at Christmas time which everyone seemed to enjoy. Two of our high school students will be attending the ACE International Convention in May. This is an experience that will change their lives. Our students are having contests in many areas, such as music, speech, Scripture memory, crafts, sewing, poetry, etc. The two that have the most first places will be eligible to represent our school. We plan to be in Georgia at that time. A faithful servant and our long-time friend, a principle of a Christian school in Kansas, has graciously offered to sponsor our two students along with his own students. He will watch out for them at the convention and even on some tours of the beautiful USA.
We were able to send a new laminator to our school this winter. You may remember, we laminated hundreds of our school work-books, called PACES, years ago. That project saved us well over a million dollars. We need to laminate new ones now. We have hired three Georgian women to laminate them right at the school.
A heads-up: This summer, our wonderful Mark IV Harvest board is planning a benefit concert featuring the talented Phil Keaggy. We had hoped to have a Ginny Owens concert in February, but we just didn't have the time to make it happen. We are grateful and excited to have this popular sought-after group come to Fort Collins to help us build a much-needed gymnasium for our school. The ministry of education in Georgia is requiring all schools, public and private, to provide this by the fall of 2013. We hope to regain some of the cost by renting it out.
An Invitation: "Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you'll recover your life. I'll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me - watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won't lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you'll learn to live freely and lightly," (Matt. 11:28 MSG)
My word for today is "spontaneity". Means willing, simple, unsophisticated, authentic. Antonyms: cultured, refined, worldly. Isn't that a life-filled word?
Are we being greedy when we say, "More, Lord Jesus, I want more?" Meditating on these things I wrote:
Glory to Your Holy name
You are forever and always the same.
All the angels in heaven
Worship our Lord twenty-four/seven.
Spontaneously living in joy.
Singing a new song for all to enjoy.
His love for every person on earth.
Needing to know of their great worth.
Filling me up with more of Your Spirit
That I will have love enough and to live it.
All of the hurts and the pain I lay down
For where there is Jesus I know peace will abound
More of You, Jesus, I want to know
More of Your love and goodness show.
Anoint me with more love than I can contain.
I'll splash over to all, the healthy and the lame.
Someone sent me "twenty tips for better living in the new year." I liked it so much I taped it up on my desk so that I could read it every day.
Here it is for your enjoyment:
Here are twenty tips for better living in the New Year (shamelessly copied from Daily Encounter!)
- Rise and pray every day: "Again today, dear God, I commit and trust my life and way to you. I'm available. Please use me to be 'as Jesus' to every life I touch."
- Don't sweat the small stuff.
- Remember these simple sentences: "I was wrong." "I am sorry." "Please forgive me." "Thank you." Say them whenever needed and say "I love you" often — whether needed or not.
- Come apart and rest a while before you come apart — stress is a killer.
- Remember, "Nothing changes if nothing changes."
- Don't nurse grudges: "Failing to forgive is like drinking poison and waiting for the other person to die."
- Carpe diem. Seize the day. "Opportunity comes to pass — not to pause."
- Quit the blame-game — "choice, not chance, determines destiny."
- Control your thinking or your thinking will control you. "What the mind dwells on the body acts on."
- Invest your life in a worthwhile cause by having a noble purpose for which to live—one that is bigger than yourself—one that will help make your world a better place in which to live.
- Be a positive realist. You will always see what you are looking for: "Two men look out the same prison bars. One sees mud, the other stars."
- The greatest abilities are availability, dependability, and responsibility."
- "There is no pillow as soft as a clear conscience."
- "Smooth seas never make skillful sailors."
- When God is silent. "I believe in the sun even when it isn't shining. I believe in love even when I am alone. I believe in God even when he is silent."
- Cry when needed. "Every unshed tear is a prism through which all of life's hurts are distorted."
- Laugh a lot. It's still the best medicine.
- Remember, "The bumps are what we climb on."
- Fear not. At least 95 percent of the things we fear never happen. Trust God for the other five percent.
- Have faith and put God first with your time, talents, and tithe (money).
The following stories I shared with each of our 14 classrooms during our time there in the fall.
Story: “Someone in This House.”
"There is someone in this house."
A few years ago on a crisp fall night in Tbilisi, these were the words I spoke. What happened after I spoke them may make your hair stand on end. Mine did and I couldn’t move after I said them! It is amazing my heart kept beating! Let’s back up a bit and let me catch you up on where we were and what was happening to us.
It was around 5 a.m. and still dark for it was late October. Earl and I were sleeping soundly when I heard glass breaking. At first I thought I was dreaming and then I thought, “Oh no! The beautiful chandelier in the living room has fallen and is broken on the wooden floor!"
I woke Earl and whispered, "Did you hear glass breaking?"
He whispered back, "Yes, I think I did!"
Then, we heard another sound and saw a flash of light like that of a match being lit. The sound was a chair moving on the kitchen floor. That is when I whispered these fearful words, “There is someone in this house!” I froze in fear!
Earl, on the other hand, sprang to his feet; hands in fists were all he had for protection and he ran out into the hall with a loud “HEY!”
Some scuffling and then… it was perfectly quiet!
I thought, “They killed him and they will be coming in here any second! I waited, paralyzed! Hardly able to breathe and more frightened than I had ever been in my entire life! I truly thought that we would both die that day!
Then, I heard the sweetest sound ever: “Jan Honey, come out here!”
Earl was calling to me. He was alive! I ran to him and looked out the open window where our polite “cat burglar” had jumped. I say “polite” because as he ran to jump out of the window, he repeated over and over, “Bodishe! Bodishe! Bodishe!", which is of course, “I’m sorry! I’m sorry! I’m sorry!”
We thanked God for His protection and that we only were left with a broken window from this harrowing experience.
Another Story: "Another Visitor"
Now, as to what happened the last time we were in Tbilisi, Georgia. It was again in October and around five o'clock in the morning when I felt, or did I see?... light upon my face.
I knew that it was true again: “There is Someone in this house!” However, although these words were my first thoughts and I felt certain that there was someone shining a light on me, this time there was no real fear for I felt, no I knew that the Someone who was calling me to come meet with Him was Jesus Christ.
In the Bible (Matthew 11:28) Jesus said, "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest."
I firmly believe that Jesus is calling us all to come to Him. He says to us, “Yes! I want to live in your house. Your body-house, your soul, your family-house, your school-house and I am waiting for you to invite Me in. I will never leave you and I will never forsake you! Do not fear My coming to your house for I only want what is best for you. I came to give you life, to show you 'The Way' and to teach you the truth. If you will only open the door and let Me come in, I will bring you joy and peace like you have never known. My love for You is so deep you can only begin to know it completely."
Yes! The thief comes to kill, steal and destroy, but Jesus comes to give us an abundant life, full of hope, peace, and contentment. There is great joy in having Him in your house, your heart - always! I pray that you will say with me, "There is Someone in my house today and always. Not only in me, but in my family, my school, my country, and my world."
The fiery furnace
The Bible also tells the story of the three Hebrew young men that would not back down and worship King Nebuchadnezzar who was the king of Babylon, even though they knew that their refusal to worship him instead of their God would cause them to be thrown into a fiery pit. When the king looked into the fire he said, "Weren't there three men that we tied up and threw into the fire? Look! I see four men walking around in the fire, unbound and unharmed and the fourth looks like a son of the gods." And when he called them to come out, not even a smell of smoke was upon them.
There was Someone in the fire with them and His name is Jesus.
I love what they said when the king told them that they must worship him or be thrown into a blazing furnace: "If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to save us from it, and He will rescue us from your hand, O king. BUT even if He does not, we want you to know, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship your image of gold."
These young men were very brave and wise. They had a deep faith in their God. And, yes, there was someone in the fire with them. The same Someone who is here with us today.
P.S. One of our younger students raised his hand after I left their classroom. He asked the teacher, "Did anyone tell our school director that Jesus is in our school?"
(Daniel 3 and John 10 NKJV)
A Christmas Prayer
I awoke at midnight and couldn’t sleep.
The Master was calling…His love is so deep.
The words… they were coming…I must write them down.
It sounds like a whirlwind of love notes going around and around.
For the Baby became a man.
Bringing fulfillment to God’s plan.
The words are like music, but more like a prayer.
A song to sing with the angels as they worship Him there.
The King of Kings born in a lowly manger our hearts do sing
To remember the Christ Child was born for salvation to bring.
Holy! Holy! Holy! All the heavens are filled with Your glory.
And all the earth tells Your awesome love story.
No one need fear the coming days.
When You speak we are filled with praise.
Yes… the Baby became a man.
Bringing fulfillment to God’s incredible plan.
You obeyed Your Father as a little child.
…and when He looked at You, He always smiled.
For the Baby became a man.
Bringing fulfillment to God’s plan.
Be exalted high and lifted up
For the Child became the man
who drank the bitter cup.
Oh, come. Let us worship Him, our Adored!
Christ the baby Jesus is Christ Jesus our Savior and Lord.