Monday 31 January 2011

women missionaries

Her is a little of a post I just read about women on the mission field written by the Gospel Coalition, worth the read I think.


Complementarity should mean brothers take a lead role in making sure the women of our churches are fully prepared to be on mission. It should mean the male leaders of the church cast a special eye toward the unique needs of our sisters and take steps with the older women of the church to serve those needs with the hopes of advancing the gospel through missions. Complementarity should mean calling our sisters to come with us in the joyful, soul-saving, life-sacrificing, reward-winning purpose of reaching every nation. The challenge for more men to be at the fore is correct. But it should not diminish the role of women in the Great Commission in the process.


“Have a wretched day!” or “I hope you all cry your eyes out this week!”

More to the Point has a lot to say... Check the post out, it's a good one. Here is a taster....

What would happen to a church leader who ended his service by saying to his people, “Have a wretched day!” or “I hope you all cry your eyes out this week!”

Maybe what we need in our churches is more tears, more failure, more confession of sin, more prayers of desperation that are too deep for words.

Maybe then the lonely and the guilty and the desperate among us will see that the gospel has come not for the happy, but for the brokenhearted; not for the well, but for the sick; not for the found, but for the lost.

Day off.

Yep, Sean is back to school four days and today he is home sick.. Ah well, we are in the sitting room, he in his pj's on the sofa in front of the fire watching Pixar shorts. They are a collection of short cartoons and they are brilliant! (Sean is watching them in Russian:o)

I think he may be back to school on Wednesday.

I went outside today, firstly to sit on my swing seat in the back garden for the first time in months. It was just for a few minutes but it was lovely and put me in the mind of Spring so I got a bag and went out front to pick up some litter... a lot of litter so the place would look a bit nicer. Anyway, as I was in one of the corners admiring the work the local kids and I have done in years past, planting bushes and ivys, I noticed some daffodils appearing in the soil. I planted them last Autumn and had forgot about them. It's a nice sign that Spring in on the way and with that sunny warm weather.
When I wen't indoors the fire was well on the way in the cosy sitting room so I looked up 'National Spring Clean' on the lap top and signed up again so the local kids and I could join in and organize a big clean up of our estate this April.

Yes, I feel Spring is not too far away :0)

Thursday 27 January 2011

School

Sean this week and Sean 5 years ago...!



Well, my news this week is that Sean started school on Tuesday.

He will be starting secondary school in the Bush in September and I thought it would be a good thing for him to get used to the school environment in a small school like St Nichola's N.S. He needs to get used to the class room, teachers, lunch times, play times and of course, the dreaded home work. How does he like it? Tonight he said he can't wait till tomorrow... wonder how long that will last lol!

As for me, I am REALLY enjoying the quiet mornings.

Something unexpected about him being at school is that they have studied the Bible twice this week so far and the teacher is giving them a test tomorrow!

Thursday 13 January 2011

Tuesday 11 January 2011

Memories of December 2010

Mum and her 'tiny' piece of Christmas cake!!!
This is a Guard that came aboard our double decker bus to accept a gift and card from us.

Sean and the kids had great fun with all the snow.

Niall clearing a path outside the Church Centre.
Visitors from NI staying for lunch.
Sean finished his 'Rookie Life Guard' training for the season. Here he is using his pyjamas to help him float!
Visiting family.
Ringing in the New Year at the radio station with friends.
Lunch in TGI Fridays on our way home from our stay in Dublin.

The Phoenix Park on Christmas Day!!!
This is where our President lives. We dropped in a Christian English/Irish calendar for her.


Sean enjoying Niall's gift.

Chilling out with games and going to the movies.

More fun on our bus sight/light seeing tour. This time a fireman came on board to wish us a Happy Christmas and accept a gift and card from us.


We are still working on making up gifts for Sean to sell, raising money for his boat. He sold plenty of them what with it being Christmas and all.

Our soldiers were out in force clearing the foot paths during the worst of the cold weather.
Having fun with a neighbour.

Thursday 6 January 2011

Spring?

Not quite, but today my neighbours children were playing with their new toys in their front garden in a Wendy house! Although it was a bit cold, the sun was shining and there was no breeze so it felt like their was a tough of Spring in the air, which was nice after all the freezing and snowy weather we have has recently.
The grass in my front garden was looking a bit worse for wear after Sean playing in the snow there for a couple of weeks so I took it's life into my hands and mowed it! I know, I have probably killed it but I couldn't face looking at it until the Spring.
It's not only the garden that got an early Spring cleaning, my hallway got a 'once over' too. How I used to envy Jean her wooden, varnished doors and skirting boards. Mine are all painted white and it doesn't take long before they look scruffy after giving them a good scrub. However, today they look just great, (with Sean's help) not that anybody notices :0)

Other news? Well, I got two letters. One from America and one from Australia and both included photos! One from Mary Moore who is Down Under with her daughter who had her first baby and one from Heather. Great hearing from you Heather and I hope to reply soon with some stamps for your boy.
Also, I was given six cans of Root Beer! All the way from the USA. One for tonight, (little Christmas) one for Valentines/Niall's birthday, one for my birthday, Sean's birthday, our anniversary and that leaves me one for Christmas mmmmmmmmmmmmmm......................!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Hope you all had a good day.

Monday 3 January 2011

Hello :0)

Well, I almost forgot how to blog it's been so long.

It's been a while since I have been here but for no other reason other than I was just too busy. I have to prioritise when that happens and this had to go for a while. Nothing major has been going on here in the MacCarthaigh household. Nothing super brilliant or nothing awful either.

I have just been visiting a few blogs, catching up with Internet friends and what they have been doing and I suppose it got me thinking about coming back. I enjoy doing this, being encouraged and stimulated to get on with the hum drum of what normal life can be now and again. I definitely benefit from your blogs and have found these past few years that it is a part of my life that I enjoy and need. So, although I haven't been blogging myself, I have been visiting you guys sometimes and, well, it's good to be back:0)

I suppose the beginning of the year is as good a time as any to jump back in, so let me let you know what I am thinking about for 2011.

Every winter, just before the new year our family usually have a good long talk about the previous year and it's blessings. We remember all the times God helped us and consider how we got on with our promises that we made to God, the ones we make each year. Last year we promised, that with His help, we would support a particular ministry throughout the year. Well with God's help we did it and you know what? It feels good to look back and feel that we did something right. All too often we get things wrong.

I am looking forwards to doing what our family will work towards this year. I think for us, it is much better than resolving to cut out something or eat less etc. Because it is for the Lord and His people, it stirs us on to do better and it keeps us going when we lag a bit and feel like giving up.

As for myself, I look back over 2010 and feel I did ok with Niall, with Sean and with my Church. Spiritually it was an amazingly tough year, very trying but I grew a lot and it was worth every bit of it. I think I have matured spiritually but, I have to say that as every Christian knows, there is no end to learning and maturing in this lifetime so I suspect and hope that there will be plenty of opportunities to live the scripture that says 'Count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.' James 1:2. I love this scripture and I know in my heart that the times that I grow the most and become more like Jesus is when my sin is challenged and I am made to give it up. I say made because they are my pets and my flesh love them. Sometimes they have to be wrenched from me!

Our Church is praying over and seeking guidance and God's will about an idea that was put to them a few months ago. We will be having our AGM sometime this month and hopefuly we will know whether we should open up a Christian book stall here in an indoor market in town or not. I am very excited about the idea and hope that it will go ahead. If so, I hope to be involved in working in it on a volentary basis a couple of days a week.

With regards to Sean's project, saving up for a sailing boat, we have saved up €735 since last January. We have a long way to go but I think we have done ok considering. He took €500 and bought a kayak, and his plan is to use it during the next few years and when the time comes to buy the boat he can sell the kayak and add it to the final figure. My sister has sold lots of gifts in her cafe that we made over the winter, especially over the Christmas period and this has helped us very much. Our next idea is a sponsored swim. Sean hopes friends and relatives will sponsor him to tread water in the local pool for over an hour on Valentine's Day. He has, in the past already done it for an hour and hopes he can break his record, so there will be lots of practicing going on over the next few weeks. He is doing well with his swimming and has just completed his bronze Rookie Lifeguard course. Next will be his silver that starts next Thursday.

Niall is still unemployed and doing really well with his computer courses with FAS. He has completer and passed his ECDL which has 7 modules, then he took and passed two MOS (Microsoft Office Specialist). He is currently working on two more specialist modules, Outlook, PowerPoint and a separate course, Business Communications. He would like to do at least two Microsoft Expert modules in the hopes of becoming a Microsoft Master.
I recon all this proves that yes, you can teach an old dog new tricks!!!!!! He is working extremely hard and doing very well. I am proud of him and during all this he is being an extremely good example to Sean... and me.

Well, that's enough for now. May the Lord bless you indeed this coming year and take you through whatever He brings your way.

If your saved, keep talking to Him and read your Bible, that's how He talks to you.

If you're not, talk to God, ask Him to reveal Himself to you and read the Bible, that's how He will answer you!