Saturday 28 May 2011

Christian Love

I am just finishing a Puritan Paperback book Jeff gave me a few years ago called Christian Love by Hugh Binning. It's one of the most wonderful books I have ever read written by a very humble man. Hugh lived between 1627-53 in Glasgow and died at the tender age of twenty six. You only need to read the first few pages of this book to wonder at how God gifted him with such amazing insight into the Christian character.

Here is a little extract from his book. He is talking about how irreverant we can be in our prayers to God and how absent minded we become during our services...

'If we apprehend indeed our own quality and condition, how low, how base it is, how we cannot endure the very clear aspect of our own consciences, we cannot look on ourselves steadfastly without shame and confusion of face, at the deformed spectacle we behold: much less would we endure to have our souls opened and presented to the view of other men, even the bases of men. We would be overwhelmed with shame if they could see into our hearts! Now then, apprehend seriously what he is, How glorious in holiness! How infinite in wisdom! How the secrets of your souls are plain and open in his sight! And, I am persuaded, you will be composed to a reverent, humble, and trembling behaviour in his sight.'

Powerful stuff.

Thanks Jeff.

Enjoy your God given gift.

Sean's granny Tess gave me a framed gift once of this poem. I think it's pretty wonderful.

"Cleaning and dusting can wait till tomorrow

For babies grow up we've learned to our sorrow
So quiet down cobwebs and dust go to sleep
I'm rocking my baby and babies don't keep"

Friday 27 May 2011

Neighbour Day & Birthday!

This year my Birthday happened to be on the same day as Neighbour Day. I can't tell you how much I enjoyed pretending to the very young children that I was having a HUGE Birthday party here in the estate with Bouncy castles, face painting, clowns, music, food, magic show etc., and how they were all invited to it lol!!!!!
It's ok, I confessed all and told the truth... eventually :0)

It was a very good Neighbour Day with all of the above organised for us and more. Cluid has another four estates in Dundalk and so a bus load of them came to us to celebrate the day. We also had a friendly visit from our Garda and the Red Cross was there all day. Well done Mandy for doing a lot of the work.

As I speak Niall is in the sitting room doing 'things' and I am not allowed to go in until seven so that's one of the reasons I am blogging.

Anyway, I will update tomorrow, until then, may God continue to bless you.

Saturday 21 May 2011

The times they are a changing...

Sad times...
I found this post that I had written when Sean was 9.

Friday 28 December 2007

Ha Ha! Sean came over to me just now to give me a good night hug and kiss and he said "Oh! You smell like hamster!" (Guess who got a present of a hamster recently) I said "The cheek!" and he said "No, it's a nice smell.' High praise indeed from a 9-year-old boy! I have to either take a shower or change my hairspray!

Today he told me he doesn't want me to kiss him any more...

I'm gutted.

The Lord's footstool.

Now this is just a passing thought, but I have read in the Bible how God has the world as His footstool. Now, I don't know what the great theologians have to say about that, but I do know that I have a bean-bag foot stool and when I use it, it is close to me, it feels good, it rests my tired feet and I am very fond of it!

As you can see from the photo sometimes I use Archer as a foot stool too. I put my bare feet on him and enjoy the feel of his fur on them. I love Archer and love being close to and toughing him.

Like I said, I don't know what the great theologians have to say on the subject, and I have always thought God meant that His having the world as a foot stool was meant to humble us by showing us how teeny we are,

but I wonder....

Friday 20 May 2011

New news updates for Christians.

The Christian Institute are now not only giving us news via our email but they have now started to put their news on Utube. Check it out here..

Being crafty.

Today I made these wall banners for my friends two kids, Emily and Joshua. They have two scriptures;' Trust in the Lord with all your heart', and 'He that believes on me has everlasting life'.
Emily is a real girl's girl who likes nothing better than getting her doll colouring book and drawing outfits over the dolls form on the pages and Joshua, well Joshua's dad trains teams in rugby and football so I think he will like this.
I had fun doing it :0)

I am just sitting here working on the computer in Sean's room and I realise that other than his Bible, there is no scripture to be seen... tut tut. Will have to rectify that.

Thursday 19 May 2011

Living water.

A christian that is too busy to read the Bible and pray is just too busy...

We need to be refreshed by the Lord :0)

Oh Yes!

My neighbour's new shoes.

DO you love them or hate them?
What say ye?

I love them!!!

Wednesday 18 May 2011

Annual Youth Night in Moira.

Anne and I took our sons Seán and Conor to the youth night in Moira, N.I. on Saturday night. There were over 300 at it and it was a very good night. I think ilt is vital that Sean doesn't think that the church that I am a member of is the only Baptist Church around. It's important that he knows that although the majority of true Christian churches have memberships of around 80 persons, there are others smaller and others larger. I suspect that many of the parents who enouraged their kids to come here are of the same mind as I am.


These past few days I have been under the weather and staying at home in my dressing gown. Today I have been feeling a little better so I tried my hand at a craft/gift that I had been thinking of doing quite a while now.

A few years ago I was given this gift by a woman from the Travis Avenue Church in Texas while she was over here helping us out with a Summer Bible Club in my estate. I just love it. I keep it in the downstairs loo and I regularly dip into it to read the many scripture cards.

I also received this gift from Janet. It too is a box with scripture in it. She made it herself by typing out the scriptures and then laminating them.

So, I joined the two ideas together and spent the afternoon copying the scriptures from the first 'Daily Bread' box onto pages, laminating them and cutting them up.

Then I just made holes in them and joined batches of them together with ribbon and some beads I happened to have on hand.
On some of them I remembered to put a personalised note before the first scripture.

And then I wrapped up all 15 of them; all ready to give out as gifts to my sisters and brothers in the church.

I kept the Our Daily Bread box of Scriptures to hand in the downstairs loo for a while now and I have to say that over the years God has really encouraged me as I took moments out of my day and picked up one of these cards and read it. It may seem like an odd place to keep them but hey, if it works, it works!

Saturday 14 May 2011

Rookie Life Guard.

Well, Sean finally finished his Rookie Life Guard course along with his class mates. There was a bit of a big deal made out of it for the kids sake, with Paddy Clarke's photographers taking the photos (which were eventually published in the Argus. I think this is vital for the grannies to have show off lol :0) and the certificates and badges were handed out. Sean asked me to sew them onto his swim bag.

We finally got the sailling boat!

There was lots of activity these past few weeks while we tried to collect the last of the money Sean needed to buy his sailing boat. He finally had his Easter Monday swim where he raised money for treading water for two hours. Friends and family arrived to support him while Aura played his favourite music and encouraged him over the loud speaker. We had laminated posters to hold up and encourage him every half hour or so and some of the spectators read him a few jokes to pass the time.

Full marks to Niall for joining him in the pool.

A very kind young man from a garden centre gave Sean hundreds of ceramic flower pots to sell to raise money for his boat so we made quite a few euros selling most of them at the very keen price of €1 each. They sold like hot potatoes!
We had a couple of sails along the beach front in Blackrock.
And this was 'the last' yard sale, phew!
Home at last with the boat.
Some of his school friends and some others came along to the launch last Saturday to encourage him. Some family members came too as it was a bit sentimental seeing as my dad launched some of his boats here as did one of my brothers, so Sean is the third generation to keep up with the family tradition.
There is a small wheel on the front which is helpful.
Yea!!!!!!!!! After almost 16 months raising €1,500 he finally did it!
Many thanks to family, church family, friends, neighbours and everybody else who have supported Sean. May God bless you for your kindness.
Hello there, I thought I would give you an update on what Sean is getting up to these days. He started school in the end of January and thank God he is doing very well, with his academic studies and also with regards to mixing with other children.
Both Sean and I have been mad busy wrapping up his small business that he has been working on since Jan 2010 for earning money to buy himself a sailing boat and I am glad to say that he earned over €1,500 and he is now the proud owner of his first sailing boat!
Another big thing is that he bought his own dog. It's a Collie cross, a mix between a Collie and a Terrier. He is lovely, small, hardly barks at all and is a real soccer dog!
Anyway, here are a few photos of his news... :0)This was a bit of fun. I got €100 from the Resident's Association, bought 48 ceramic pots, soil and flowers and spent a couple of hours going potty with the local kids! A nice gift from the children to the residents I think.

Niall and I took Sean to the Baptist Church in Moyra for the Big Night Out... Great fun as usual! We are looking forwards to going back to Moyra for a teenage night out with Anne and Connor tonight while Niall, Ruairi and John are going to the Morning Star for a quiz night Niall has organised.
Sean at the Animal Sanctuary picking his new pup, Archer.
This little girl from South Africa has become Sean's shadow while Sean, in turn, has become this young man's shadow :0) Pierre is a French student visiting our Church while studying here in DKiT.
Chasity and Daniel organized some of us to re-plant the hanging baskets that Marie's dad had planted last year. It was sad looking at them sitting there all dead and scruffy what with Marie's dad dying last year and I think it was a lovely thing for them to do. I am sure Marie appreciated it when she came back home from her hols in the US.
Marie is still faithfully teaching Sean and the other kids at the Sunday School.

Tuesday 10 May 2011

A Song.

I just found this song Collin's Complete Mission Praise and I thought I would share it with you...

Teach me Thy way O Lord by Benjamin Mnsell Ramsey (1848-1923)

1. Teach me Thy way, O Lord, teach me Thy way!
Thy guiding grace afford, teach me Thy way!
Help me to walk aright, more by faith, less by sight;
Lead me with heav'nly light, teach me Thy way!

2. When I am sad at heart, teach me Thy way!
When earthly joys depart, teach me Thy way!
In hours of loneliness,
in times of dire distress,
In failure or success,teach me Thy way!

3. When doubts and fears arise, teach me Thy way!
When storms o'erspread the skies, teach me Thy way!
Shine through the cloud and rain, through sorrow,
toil and pain; Make Thou my pathway plain, teach me Thy way!

4. Long as my life shall last, teach me Thy way!
Where'er my lot be cast, teach me Thy way!
Until the race is run, until the journey's done,
Until the crown is won, teach me Thy way!