Friday 30 November 2007

I got this list of questions from Miss Kim's blog called Garland Home and it is a test on pride...


The “Yes” section – “Yes” answers MIGHT indicate pride.

1. Do I have a will to be higher than God wants me to be?
2. Do I overvalue myself or esteem myself as better than I actually am?
3. Do I desire that others speak of me and think of me as greater than I actually am?
4. Do I restrain myself from boasting externally, but continue to boast internally?
5. Do I hold to doctrines that humble myself externally, but internally have not humbled myself?
6. Do I choose to dress in the most wealthy way possible for me?
7. Is pride the first sin I notice in another person?
8. Do I spend much time glorying in my supposed greatness?
9. If things are well with me, am I likely to feel as though everything in the world is well?
10. If things are poor with me, am I likely to feel as though everything in the world is poor?
11. Is it really important to me that people love me?
12. Do I rely on myself (in reality) more than I rely on God?
13. Do I return thanks to myself when things go well with me?
14. Do I secretly think I could do things more justly than God?
15. Do I secretly think I could have ordered things better for myself, my friends, my family, etc.?
16. Do I have a desire to “mend” God’s Word?
17. Do I sometimes think God is in some way wrong for sending so many people to hell?
18. Do I take the commands of God as light and ordinary things?
19. If I am in power, do I expect my will to be obeyed before the will of God is obeyed?
20. If I am in power, do I expect my subjects to displease God rather than displease me?
21. Am I more displeased with people who contradict my authority than I am with people who contradict God’s authority?
22. Do I enjoy being needed to the extent that I desire people to depend on me a great deal?
23. Do I want to be much feared?
24. Is it important to me to be thanked?
25. Do I feel more secure when people are beholden to me?
26. Do I secretly (or outwardly) think my reasoning ability is above all others (perhaps even God?)
27. Do I take offense when a person goes to someone else for counsel when they could have come to me?
28. Do I love people better simply because they take my advice?
29. Is it more important to me that someone take my advice than that they take the time to search the Word?
30. When I know I am in error, do I stick to it to save face, even if it might trip others up?
31. Am I driven to do and say things (or not do and say things) because of the fear of what others will say about me?
32. Do I desire to know more than God has revealed in His Word? Do I think this is due me?
33. Do I desire God’s independency for myself, and to be independent of all others, perhaps even God?
34. Do I secretly believe that all this holiness and discipline is not really necessary?
35. Do I live in such a way that it is clear I do not think frequent and fervent prayer is a necessity?
36. Am I fearless of temptations and confident of my own ability to resist them?
37. Am I convinced of the goodness of my own heart?
38. Do I find myself murmuring and complaining?
39. Do I feel ashamed to serve the Lord at times and in places where it is not esteemed?
40. When choosing between my honor among people, and serving God, do I choose my honor?
41. Do I spend more time thinking about how I come across to others, than how I come across to God?
42. Do I secretly hate the most serious and judicious Christians?
43. Am I quick to take a public position or teaching position because I believe I am worthy of it?
44. Do I ask people for information on how other people think and/or speak about me?
45. When I pray or preach, am I fishing for the love of the people who hear me?
46. Do I feel the most hurt and angered by people who confront what they believe to be my sin?
47. Am I impatient with people who confront me and others?
48. Is it very difficult to specifically confess my sins to another person? Do I tend to generalize my sin when confessing to another?
49. If I am not given a dominion in the church, am I tempted to separate from it?
50. Do I sometimes aggravate the imperfections of other Christians in order to make myself look/feel better about my own walk?
51. Do I feel most comfortable practicing disciplines that prove my control over the flesh, and look down on others for not being able to practice such disciplines?
52. Am I quick to complain against those in authority over me?
53. Do I sometimes aggravate the imperfections of those in authority over me in order to justify my refusal to submit to their authority as God has ordered?
54. Do my thoughts center on myself for much of the day?
55. When I look at the work of my superiors, am I tempted to think first how I could have done it better?
56. Do I feel fit to contradict even the ablest teacher and/or preacher?
57. Do I deride people who have spent years studying God’s Word because I secretly don’t want to put the work in to do that?
58. Do I think of the sin of others before I lament my own sin(s)?
59. Am I more ready to teach my masters than to learn from them?
60. Is it hard to please me because I have very high expectations of what is due me from men and from God?
61. Am I drawn to people who openly flatter me?
62. When someone forgets to notice me, am I greatly offended?
63. Do I think much over every wrong done to me, and over every wrong said of me?
64. Is it hard for me to forget wrongs done to me, even if the person asks and is given forgiveness?
65. Am I troubled and hurt when the good that I have done is forgotten by others?
66. Do I keep a register of the good I do, whether it be great or small?
67. Do I imagine that I am as much at the center of other people’s thoughts as I am of my own?
68. Do I think much over what I said, how I looked, how something was received, etc.?
69. When I am given power, do I tend to domineer and look down upon those I rule?
70. When someone contradicts me in my speech, (whether they are right or wrong) does it make me extremely angry?
71. Am I turbulent (not at peace) when I clearly share my will, and then my will is not granted?
72. Have I been known to stir up strife among believers?
73. Am I an open or a secret boaster?
74. Is my biggest fear to be unknown? Would I rather be dead than be unknown?
75. Do I love honorable names and titles, and do I want them for myself?
76. If I do not think over highly of myself, do I think over lowly of myself?
77. When I must confront, do I do it in such a way as to be most concerned that the person I am confronting still likes me afterward, or am I more concerned about what God thinks?
78. Am I more desirous to speak than to hear?
79. Do I feel others have need of my instruction, and therefore feel it necessary to talk much?
80. Would I rather starve than ask for food from another Christian?
81. Am I nervous when another wants to help me for fear I will be beholden to him/her?
82. Do I feel a need to be as well dressed as my superiors?
83. Am I quick to feel ashamed if my apparel looks less worthy than others in my same station?
84. When I am wronged, do I look for great submission and sorrow before I forgive?
85. Am I prone to revenge?
86. Do I have a strong desire for there to be an honorable memorial of my name when I am dead?
87. Do I sometimes torment myself as I attempt to set my mind on the thoughts of other men as they pertain to me? (Am I tormented when I should be sleeping, at peace, etc.?)
88. Do I feel some duties are beneath me, or that there are some acts of service I just could never do?
89. Do I refuse to teach or speak in public for fear of not being received as brilliant?
90. Do I refuse to teach or speak in public for fear of embarrassing myself?
91. Do I utilize dysfunctional methods of controlling what others think of me and say about me?

The “No” section – “No” answers MIGHT indicate pride.

1. Does the glory of God cause me to be aware of my vileness?
2. Does God’s greatness cause me to want to glorify Him?
3. Do I value God beyond whether or not he makes me happy?
4. Do I prefer God’s desires before my own?
5. Do I love God more than I love myself?
6. Is God my chief end?
7. Do I care more that the Lord approve of and love me than that others approve of and love me?
8. Does it bother me when I believe someone loves me more than they love the Lord?
9. When I thank God, does it come from my heart? (have I ever cried giving thanks at meals?)
10. Am I aware of the narrowness and the darkness of my soul in it’s own ability to figure things out?
11. Do I consider myself unfit to censure God?
12. Have I ever trembled at God’s Word?
13. If I am in power, do I encourage my subjects to inquire of God before obeying my commands?
14. Do I delight in people who are more afraid of displeasing God than they are of displeasing me?
15. If I have been used of God to do something noteworthy, am I most concerned that onlookers praise God?
16. Do I make it a habit of being a secret giver each day? And in so doing, am I being careful to be secret?
17. When people ascribe to me that which I know is above and beyond my due, do I correct them?
18. Am I content that good is done, even when I have not had the doing of it?
19. Am I content with my degree or station in life, even if it be low?
20. Is it easy for me to see the greatness of my sin?
21. Do I really believe I deserved hell before I received Christ as Lord and Savior?
22. Do I really believe others (those without Christ), deserve hell as God says?
23. Do I have a constant sense of how close I came to hell, and how much I need a Savior?
24. Am I aware of the wickedness of my own heart?
25. Is prayer like breath to me?
26. When I receive an affliction, am I patient in it?
27. When the affliction is not removed, am I quiet in it?
28. Is my biggest concern whether or not God is pleased with me, no matter what the response of others is?
29. Do I spend any time in humble confession, lamentation for sin, and earnest prayer for grace and pardon?
30. When someone comes to confront me, is my first thought that this might be true?
31. When someone confronts me, is my first response to go humbly to the Lord and ask Him about what was said and whether or not it is true?
32. When I am not noticed in the church, or when I am not given any kind of dominion or leadership, even in areas I am gifted in, am I content to continue doing good there?
33. Do I believe it is easier to obey than to govern?
34. Do I willingly pay honor and tribute to those in authority over me because I pity them in all their busyness and inability to have much quiet moments with the Savior?
35. Do I think the best of someone until the worst is proven?
36. Am I likely to find something worth my time and energy in every person I meet each day?
37. Do I forget to think about myself because I am so consumed with thinking on the Lord and how I might better care for His children?
38. Am I well acquainted with how much I do not know?
39. Am I comfortable sharing my true weaknesses with anyone who will listen, because when I am weak, Christ is strong?
40. Am I comfortable admitting the limitations of my own brain?
41. Am I comfortable in admitting the many difficulties in every controversy?
42. Am I careful to let another man praise me, and not my own mouth?
43. Do I emotionally grieve over divisions among Christians?
44. Do I wait to confront men until I have evidence to prove it and a call to meddle with them?
45. Do I love a plain reprover, even if he/she also reproves me?
46. Am I more ready to believe that I am faulty than that I am innocent?
47. Am I heartily thankful for a just and necessary reproof?
48. Am I committed to loving every person in my life, even when they disappoint me and/or wrong me?
49. Am I willing to be thought a fool by every person in my life, if it be most to the glory of God?
50. Do I consider it a blessing to be rejected by others because of Jesus?
51. Do I truly grieve when others reject Christ in me?
52. Do I feel blessed when the Lord gives me the lowest task, or the meanest duty or the filthiest job?
53. Am I committed to loving and serving and following Christ, even if His plan for me includes me being totally embarrassed in front of a large group of people?
54. Will I still follow Christ if following Him means being rejected by those I esteem most?
55. Am I willing to be a disappointment in a person’s life who has depended on me more than they have depended on God?

Sunday 25 November 2007

Club Penguin

All sizes

Out son, Sean is allowed on Club Penguin a couple of times a week and likes it. If your children also visit this site perhaps you should read this.

Saturday 24 November 2007

Recipe

I notice that some women tend to post their favourite recipe. I am not a great cook but I have made up this meal for when I have more that a few people over for dinner...

I fry mince and put it on a bowl; then I fry mushrooms and do the same, then cherry tomatoes, then sweet corn, then onion, then tinned potatoes, red kidney beans, then I fry up some nuts, then I chop up and fry some fresh herbs from my garden (sounds very grand but you should see my garden!) and after frying any leftovers from the fridge. Eventually I put it all back into the wok and I mix in a pot or two of Dolmio sun-dried tomato stir-in, mix it all up, add salt and pepper and serve it on Old El Paso Flour Tortillas...voila!!!

We are having an American family over for dinner after the Church service tomorrow and so I am going out to the kitchen now to cook this up for us all. Hope they like it!

Monday 19 November 2007

I have had a discussion with a sister from our Church about debs dances. My son is nine and her daughter is also nine and , please God, if they finish school at 18 they will have the opportunity to attend the Debs ball.... As there are not too many Christians in this part of the country, or sadly any other part, my sister is hoping that Sean will be able to bring her daughter to the Debs.

My thoughts on the subject thus far is no... but I have to work it through.

This is the tail end of a post from a blog called "A Place Of Quiet Rest" I like what this lady has to say and I hope you do too.....


I find in my own life that I don't need to 'sample' what the world has to offer in order to know that it isn't for me. I am fairly aware of what is good for me and what isn't. I find enough sinful habits in my own flesh without developing a taste for the habits of the world! I daily struggle with wrong thinking, self-centered living, careless words and a lack of passion for the things of God. And that's the short list. I don't need to know what the world is into to know that it isn't going to help me become the woman of God I desire to be. I do know where I need to be 'sampling' - in fact feasting - daily, and that is in God's Word.


Matthew 10:16 says, "Behold I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves; therefore be shrewd as serpents, and innocent as doves."




I will not bury my head in the sand. I will not be afraid of the world, but I will not knowingly be pursuing it's fading pleasures or finding my entertainment in things that I know will suck me in to wrong thinking. I will try to learn to be relevant and informed, but I will strive also to live a life that is distinctively different - and that includes passing up what the world has to offer, and developing my taste for the wonderful goodness of God. I will keep on seeking internal devotion in a world of continual commotion! I want to be the kind of Christian who is known for what I stand for and not just for what I stand against. I long to have the reputation of a woman who fears the Lord and who exhibits love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness and self-control. I've got much yet to learn!

Psalm 34:8

Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good;

Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!

Book



Here is a book I am currently reading called "Remote Control." by Carl Kerby. Carl works for Answers in Genesis and he lives in Kentucky. It is a very, very light read about how the entertainment community influences our society. He talks about how evolution is in movies, TV shows and books. Again, very light stuff but maybe something our children should check out. A good book to stimulate conversations with them!

I got this book, along with others, and also some DVD's for Sean at the recent conference held in our Church Centre. The guest speaker was Dr Monty White from AIG. It was a great morning and I am glad I went and VERY glad I took Sean along!

One week ago












Well, things have settled down a little since the funeral. Somebody in the Church had the idea to buy a gift for our brother Mick. Mick is originally from England but has lived in Northern Ireland for years now. He developed ME and was so bad that he used to lie in bed wile his mother fed him and gave him drink through a straw because he was so weak that he couldn't lift a cup. Because of this he thought of ending his life many times but thankfully wasn't physically able to carry it through. He turned to God in the end and gave his life to Jesus. Since then he has had a very slow recovery and six years ago when I first met him he was attending Church services once every three weeks. Now he gets every Sunday morning, Sunday evening and to the mid week prayer meeting and song practice.

Anyway, many years ago he used to be interested in photography, having his own dark room, and so the idea the Church member had was for us to have a whip around and buy him a really good digital camera. Everybody has been so generous, so much so that there is enough for a tripod and extra card!

We gave him the camera and last night, when we took our tea break during the Bible study, Mick used his new camera to take pictures of a little celebration we had for our sister Katie's birthday! He is now the official Church photographer!!!

Above is a photo of a model Noah's Ark that Mike made himself. It has lots of tiny figures and we have it displayed in out Church centre. It is beautifully made.

If you want to read Mike's life story click here and Katie's story is here... enjoy!

Two weeks ago


On Monday evening we had our women's Bible study in my home. Marie talked to us about the role we have in the Church as women. Not as wives, not as sisters, not as mothers but what we should be doing as a group. We discussed different ways we can be a help to the members of the body. We talked about cooking for the members who find it difficult, through bad health, to cook for themselves and mentioned our brother Pete as an example.

Pete's story is a long one; His mum and dad were from Ireland but had moved to the US years ago. Pete was born there and when the parents moved back to Ireland, he stayed in the US and married. He got saved and was on fire for the Lord, but unfortunately, his wife didn't and she divorced him. He had a thriving business in the US, something to do with horses but because he loved his family so much, he turned down the opportunity to expand the business and decided to return home to tell his mum and family about the Saviour.

Although he was shy and wouldn't have given his testimony in a Church meeting, he couldn't be stopped when it came to talking to people one to one. As far as I know, he and a vet was with a horse and they both ended up injured. Pete was head butted by a horse about nine years ago and has been very, very ill since then. He has been in and out of hospital but there was no hope given to him of any sort of recovery.

The day after the women's meeting Pete's sister found him in bed, with his hand under his cheek and the duvet pulled up under his chin. He had gone to be with the Lord.

His family, (some had been saved) were, and are in shock over Pete's death. I was upset when I heard the news and Sean said' "mum, don't cry, Pete's in heaven. He can see God now. Peter and Grace are moving back to America and Pete has moved to Heaven."

We had the funeral on Friday. Stephen did a wonderful job. Even though we put out lots of extra seats, the Church building was full. with people standing at the back, in the hall and out the front. At the graveside one of his friends, an evangelist, preached the Gospel in that Catholic graveyard for over five minuets in front of the grave diggers and other non believers.

He has a brother, Brian that is not saved. He is taking it all so badly. Two days after the funeral, on the Sunday evening, Stephen and his wife Marie heard a loud noise and went outside to find a woman was involved in a hit and run outside their home. This woman was Brian's girlfriend's best friend. They are both in deep mourning. They can both see the huge difference between the wakes and funerals of both these people. There is a great sense of peace surrounding Pete's death but none surrounding the other lady's.

Some of Pete's relatives who never put their foot in a Church building before Pete's death have been coming to the Sunday services since his death... God is continuing to use him, praise the Lord...

Three weeks ago

We are continuing to attend the discipling Bible study that is on most Sunday evenings at the Church centre. It's a tough study and very challenging but very worthwhile. There is a fair bit of homework to do but you get the chance to go through a LOT of scripture and so I am learning. We take turns minding the children, so this week I stayed home and looked after them here! We watched a movie and eventually the boys headed upstairs to play with Sean. They all ended up taking turns sliding down the stairs... It's the simple stuff that gets them in the end!!!

A couple of times this month my neighbour Becky invited us to go to the Bally Mac to collect conkers and fallen apples, and then we headed off to Ravensdale forest for a nature walk. It's just beautiful this time of the year and my very favourite places to be in the Autumn.

On one of the outings Niall came along with us and took Sean's archery set and Rhys's paint gun and the boys had a good time!







It's just too easy to miss this beautiful time of the year.I really have to make the effort not to miss it because it can go by so quickly.








Church members and missionary's Jeff and Jean are moving back to the States. We are all sad about this for different reasons and I think I will do a separate post about this later on. They have two children that my son Sean has been close to since he was three. So as a parting gift we decided to get the children from the Church and the children from this estate that has had contact with Peter and Grace through the Bible Club and the Drama Club, and put together a scrap book that they can take back home to the States with them.


Horses for courses! This week we also had early morning and late night visitors in the form of horses! The local travelling community have horses in a near by field and because children have broken the fence of the field where the horses were so they could get in to ride their quads, the ponies got loose and decided to try out the sweet tasting grass on out green!! It was a beautiful and strange sight that a lot of the children and parents came out of their homes to have a look...

Four weeks ago




These past four weeks have turned out to be a time of great fellowship and sadness.

The Lowery family came to visit from Mississippi with two of their three children. Clark preached Monday through to Friday at our Church building for a series of special meetings about the Beatitudes. Some old friends and some new faces turned up and the preaching left us convicted, stirred up and in tears! (no harm)

The girls, Ellen and Sarah tried their hands at the local Ice Rink and really took to it, and I caught Ellen's mum showing her a bucket of coal! After that, I just had to light her a fire to let her experience it!

Monday 5 November 2007

Hallowen

Here is a post on a blog I found today. Although I don't agree with everything that the writer says about Halloween, it is pretty close. Check it out...