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.
An update from Jan
After an enjoyable, yet long voyage across "the pond" a week ago today, we arrived safely at 3 AM at the Tbilisi airport. Three of our dear staff were there to meet us with flowers and beautiful smiles. We are back at our previous flat and it is quite comfortable for us. You may remember that it is just blocks away from our school. We have the air conditioner that some of you blessed us with last summer, a brand new self-defrosting fridge, and a brand new QUEEN size bed. Thank you God and landlord, too.
It has been a stressful and yet fruitful week of adjustment, mostly because of the full days before we made the long journey here. There was the big move from Shiloh House to Dusty's "cozy castle", the Mark IV Harvest "Show and Tell" event, with the packing and moving and packing and flying and packing and storing... well, you get my point. In the midst of our move, I sent my manuscript to hopefully be published into a book soon.
We loved the way God poured out His Spirit upon us at the Fort Collins Hilton where many of you attended our "See what God did event". We were encouraged along with many of you as we listened to the testimonials of our students, teachers, and parents as they took us back in time to the start of The School of Tomorrow Georgia. For me, the highlight of the evening was when Zoë Bennett read the words our beloved Director Nino sent to us. Truly, Zoë got Nino's heart and it was so powerful and filled with love.
I brought a new friend for Charlie, my dog puppet. He is Reeta's monkey and his name is Jonathan. Can you guess the Bible story I tell through them? I end the time with a prayer that each of the students and teachers learn how to be loyal and good friends and how we are given a great example in Jesus with Lazurus, Martha and Mary. I'm planning to bring out the story of Jesus bringing Lazarus out of the tomb with a lesson on faith. Last Wednesday, I shared with four classes. Nino interpreted with the younger classes with simultaneous interpreting. I had forgotten how fun this is and we truly become like one person as we talk to the students together.
There is no doubt but that we are again on the front lines and the enemy is trying to keep us from being effective while we are here. Please continue to remember us in prayer.
Did you hear the great news?! Yes! We have two new beautiful granddaughters. David and Heka are adopting Lilia and Nitolia, Heka's nieces. I just sent them "Welcomes to the Treat Family!"
(Nitolia is top left, and Lilia is top right.)
God has shown us that it is your support which keeps us coming here and we appreciate each one of you more than you can know! A dear friend shared with me a wonderful blessed lesson that she was teaching her Sunday-school class on "Stand". It has so blessed me. When I wonder if I'm being obedient and truly making a difference in the lives of our staff and students. When my body doesn't act like it should... I get on the edge of wanting to give up, I am remembering her words.
The Lord mercifully gave me the following verses from Daniel to "spur me on to good works" and I close with these powerful verses found in Daniel 10:11, 12: And he said to me, "O Daniel, man greatly beloved, understand the words that I speak to you and stand upright for I have now been sent to you." While he was speaking this word to me, I stood trembling. Then he said to me, "Do not fear, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart to understand and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard and I have come because of your words."
Back in Georgia
We arrived safely and on time. Thank you for your prayers. Much love to all.
The following are messages I received in the last few days. No time to write now. We'll be on line soon.
Following The Shepherd
Following the Shepherd, knowing His peace every day.
This is what He says to us while we listen, learn and obey,
"Why do you doubt Me and tremble when My love never grows dim?
How can you fear when you know Me as your Healer, Savior and Friend?"
"'I'll never leave you", this promise you’ve found.
So, lay it all down, take up your crown.
Follow Me now and know that I’m here.
Taking all your hurts, your questions and fears."
"Put your focus on Me and My Word all the time.
There will be rest in your body, your soul and your mind.
I’ll fight your battles if you have people pray.
You’ll do mighty exploits and anointed in all that you say."
"Be strengthened with might in the inner man.
Filled with the knowledge that I am the great I am.
Rooted and grounded in My deep love for you.
Go forth without fear and just do what I do."
April 13, 2011
A Conversation with God
me: "Here we are in our "tryst room" one last time, Lord Jesus. It's early but time with you is always well spent and I am 'right on time.' Tell me please Lord, 'What is time?'"
God: Time is what separates kingdom living from earthly living.
me: Can we live in the kingdom-living-place while down here?
God: It is your choice. You choose love instead of hate; peace instead of storms; faith instead of fear...you choose.
me: Why would anyone want to live in hate, storms and fear?
God: They are driven by time.
me: How does this happen?
God: Time is a tyrant and most people let it control their days instead of letting Me control their lives. If you let Me, I will free you from the tyranny of time.
me: I do want to be free, Lord.
God: Make an acrostic of the word 'free'.
F - Focus. Focus on Me and upon My Word.
R - Rest. Trust in Me with all your heart...
E - Enter. Move out and follow Me.
E - Emulate. Emulate is not like the word 'copy'. Copy means to' look like' while emulate means to 'BE like.'
me: So the person who is free from the tyranny of time emulates You, Lord Jesus, while living in Your truth and light and resting in Your promises?
God: Yes, one who wants to worship God on earth knows he can trust Me, so he rests in Me and follows Me. Living in the bondage of time does not allow for real meditation with Me Real kingdom living is being free of the tyranny of time.
me: Thank you, Lord. Help me never to forget this lesson.
Some of my favorite quotes and Treat News
God is God. He knows what he is doing. When you can't trace his hand, trust his heart.
- Max Lucado
At every thought of you who are our friends, we thank God for your love and interest in our ministry to the precious Georgians. You cannot know how you encourage and bless us. Your lives shine forth with the love of God to the nations and we are so privileged and blessed to take your love to Georgia and wherever He sends us. From our hearts, we thank you and pray for God’s richest blessings to be yours.
Children are the hands by which we take hold of heaven.
- Henry Beacher
In early spring, our oldest son, David, Heka and boys plan to move back to China to continue their work there. They are excited about the way the Lord is leading them. The Little Lights homes are full and the children are doing well. We have two precious little lights that we sponsor. It is such a wonderful privilege and responsibility to pray for and support these precious girls.
The School of Tomorrow/Georgia is still on winter break but should begin second semester this coming week. Before the break we were getting at least weekly reports from our administration of many good things happening within our students and staff alike. We are grateful for our capable staff and to be able to communicate closely with them while we are here in America. I communicate with many of our former and present students through Facebook. I also, “talk” to some of our staff through this media. It is wonderful to stay close to these, our beloved Georgian family.
My new word for this year is “YIELD”! This word is so packed with Truth. To be honest, it scares me. It certainly doesn’t mean being passive or lazy. To me it means, after study and prayer… doing everything I know that I should do about any given situation… I ultimately lay it all at HIS feet and rest in His peace… knowing that He will lead and guide me in ALL my ways. (Proverbs 3:5,6) To me the word “yield” means to keep my eyes on Jesus and He will keep me in perfect peace. (Isaiah 26:3) It also means to remember that He is the Potter and I am the clay. (Isaiah 64:8) I encourage you to pick a word for this year, as well.
The person who knows how to laugh at himself will never cease to be amused.
- Shirley MacLaine
I (Jan) am feeling stronger after my brain surgery which was a year ago last October. Thank you so much for your prayers. Before the surgery, I was losing weight and had gotten very thin. Since my surgery, I have gained to a much more normal weight. I’m so thankful for the good days and praise God for His constant care over us. We do plan to travel back over to Georgia in a few months. We, along with our son, Daniel and his family are hoping to sell our home and move into wherever God leads soon so that we can be free to go forth. They are also feeling that they are to be free to go forth for Him-as He leads.
My journal ramblings:
“Rest now. Drink deeply at My well. It is a Fountain of Living Water.” Again I say, “Drink deeply and be satisfied at My refreshing, restoring, healing waters.”
Are you weary and in pain?
You shall not lack hope ever again.
Remember to drink from these waters each day.
Sit at My feet and My will obey.
“Take up your cross”… What does that mean?
It means you must keep moving through good days and lean.
So sing My praise…a new song I give.
There’s joy in the morning and a new life to live.
Your life will become sweeter as the days go by.
For My love for you heals and is your constant supply.
Praise Me in good times and in the bad.
My Word is true and It makes your heart glad.
Rejoice with the angels and with all in heaven.
Together we’ll walk through two-thousand and eleven.
Speaking of our Lord leading us, I have written a book and now am working on getting all the material together for publishing. I plan to title it, “Following the Shepherd”.
This may be my book’s introduction:
I wrote this book to preserve the true stories of my life that presumably the readers might gain insight and become confident followers of our beloved Shepherd, Jesus Christ.
I began the book with my portrayal of the small, but powerful nation of Georgia. Along with this description, I have added my depiction of the Mark IV Harvest ministry as it is today while we continue to minister to the precious children of Georgia.
We have come a long way from having six attendance centers throughout the city of Tbilisi to having one building for all twelve grades. To God be the glory. Great things He has done! With grateful hearts we give Him all the praise!
Hundreds of people have helped bring about the School of Tomorrow/Georgia and we are very appreciative to all that have given to Mark IV Harvest.
‘Thank you for giving to the Lord;’ we will sing this phrase throughout eternity.
Oh, that You would rend the heavens! That You would come down that the mountains might shake at Your presence… that the nations may tremble at Your presence… for since the beginning of the world men have not heard nor perceived by the ear; nor has the eye seen any God besides You who acts for the one who waits for Him. But now, O Lord, You are our Father; we are the clay and You - our potter and all we are the work of Your hand. (Isaiah 64:1,3,4,8)
Little John the Baptist
Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And who ever welcomes a little child like this in my name welcomes me. (Matthew 18:4-5)
Johnny's Mother looked out the window and noticed him "playing church" with their cat. He had the cat sitting quietly and he was preaching to it. She smiled and went about her work. A while later she heard loud meowing and hissing and ran back to the open window to see Johnny baptizing the cat in a tub of water.
She called out, "Johnny, stop that! The cat is afraid of water!"
Johnny looked up at her and said, "He should have thought about that before he joined my church."
The Internet is an amazing blessing. One day Earl was working on our genealogies and he typed in my paternal grandmother’s name. To his surprise a short poem/note written in her handwriting came up. He copied it and it is one of my treasured keepsakes. I would scan it and paste it here but it is too faded so I’ll type it here:
April 10, 1902
Dear Friend Ethel..
May florets of love around thee be twined;
And the sunshine of peace shed its joys o’er thy mind.
Your Friend, Addie May Cole
A quote from an email-forward some one sent me:
'I shall pass this way but once. Therefore, any good that I can do or any kindness that I can show, let me do it now, for I shall not pass this way again.'
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider Him… so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. (Heb. 12: 1,2)
May God bless you and yours as you journey through this year of 2011!
Serving Him with joy ~ Jan
A Grateful Heart In 2011
My New Year’s resolution is to have a more grateful heart in 2011. When I am tempted to despair and fear, I am determined to quickly change those negative thoughts to ones of gratitude. Life is full of disappointments and failures, but we can take those hurtful things and look for how we can grow and become stronger through them, instead of wallowing in self-pity and asking the “Why” questions. Life is too short to spend any time at all in such negative, time-robbing thinking. I want to turn from thinking about what I have to battle to enjoying the process of figuring out how to face my battles with praise.
It is said that without pain there is no gain. Certainly, it is true that if our lives are full of everything being perfect and comfortable, we would not become strong emotionally, physically, or spiritually. Today, I am grateful for each good thing that comes into my life. The “good thing” might just be an hour playing with one of our grandchildren, a walk with Earl or meeting a friend or family member for coffee.
Gratitude needs to become an “attitude”. This means that we place a new value on the things that are truly important in my life. Gratitude often requires an adjustment in priorities. I must decide to ask myself, “What am I most grateful for today?”
As we shift our focus from what we don’t have to what we do have and we focus on the things and people for which we are deeply grateful the more we will experience a positive and uplifting cycle of thinking. Gratitude thinking creates an increased level of alertness for what might be. People that are appreciative enjoy a greater enthusiasm for life. That enthusiasm generates an abundance of determination and helps us have more energy. I believe that grateful people have a deep abiding feeling of joy. As we remember that the Bible says that the joy of the Lord gives us strength, let us be a joyful people. It also says in Romans chapter 12 and verse 12, “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction and faithful in prayer.” So no matter what battles we face in this life, I know that we can experience a sense of abiding purpose and fulfillment if we truly learn the art of living a life of gratitude.
I’m willing to try. Won’t you consider joining me? Remember… "The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to him in song." (Psalm 28:7) With an attitude of gratitude we will make a difference in 2011 in our families, our work, our play, and our world. We give thanks to the Lord for He is good… all the time.
I Can't Say No to Jesus
I can't say no to Jesus.
Not when He's my Master and Lord.
His Spirit within makes it clear,
It would hurt Him, my King and adored.
To hurt Him with my disobedience,
Would cause the angels to cry.
Oh, I won't say no to Jesus,
For it's on Him I humbly rely.
Jesus, You give me such peace,
And the world can't take it away.
You obeyed the Father completely,
That I might know Him today.
My heart sings songs of pure worship.
The joy of heaven is mine.
I want all to know You and love You.
No treasures on earth are so fine.
Agreeing with Your Words, dear Jesus,
That by Your stripes I am healed.
I proclaim Your Truth to the nations,
I know that in heaven it's sealed.
A new year You've given to serve You.
I'll serve You and those that you send.
May two-thousand eleven, dear Jesus,
Be filled with great fruit for me and my friends.
The Seeds that we've planted are ready,
They'll bring forth a harvest this year.
Yes, the fields are white, get the sickle.
There's work to do, we'll not fear.
You spoke and gave me a promise,
I'd have strength and health for my days.
Just stay close beside me as I follow,
I’ll go forth in sweet joyful praise.
An Early Morning Tryst With Him!
I will praise You, O Lord among the peoples.
I will sing to You among the nations
For Your mercy reaches unto the heavens.
And Your truth unto the clouds.
Be exalted, O God, above the heavens.
Let Your glory be above all the earth! (Psalm 57:9-11)
ANSWER ME THIS!
When I don't seem to care
What do you do, My daughter?
I keep on trusting for I know Your Word is true.
When all you feel is pain and shame
Whatever do you do?
I must stand on the Truth and on Jesus? name.
When it seems no one cares and
You are all alone.
Just stop, listen and wait; know He is there, even when He seems like a stone.
When you feel old and worthless
And have lost all your youth.
I ask You to come and give me grace, love and Truth.
When you feel others judge you
And no one knows your heart.
I just wait for His healing touch and choose the very best part.
Do not be wise in your own eyes;
Fear the Lord and depart from evil.
It will be health to your flesh.
And strength to your bones. (Proverbs 3:7)