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Thoughts on life by Teri McCarthy

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Spotted Goats and Insignificant Conversations

Posted by admin in April 27th, 2010 | 5 comments 
Published in faith, obedience, prayer

“I love Russia! I mean I really love everything about Russia! The food, the people, the literature—EVERYTHING!” I was my usual melodramatic self speaking through clenched teeth to an American teacher in China telling her just how much I wanted to live and work in Russia. It was an insignificant chat with my new friend […]

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Be Still, My Soul

Posted by admin in April 9th, 2010 | 6 comments 
Published in faith, Uncategorized

Anyone else need this today besides me? Be still, my soul: the Lord is on thy side; Bear patiently the cross of grief or pain; Leave to thy God to order and provide; In every change He faithful will remain. Be still, my soul: thy best, thy heav’nly Friend Thro’ thorny ways leads to a […]

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Moses and the Spiritual Gifts Inventory

Posted by admin in March 24th, 2010 | 3 comments 
Published in faith, obedience, prayer, Uncategorized

Have you ever taken one of those spiritual gifts inventories? You know the ones. You fill out the info and then it tells you what your spiritual gifts are? I think their purpose is to help followers of Christ plug into the local church. Ya think? I was wondering what would have happened if they’d […]

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We Shall Behold Him

Posted by admin in March 1st, 2010 | 1 comment 
Published in faith, Heaven

Am I crazy? Or isn’t Jesus’ returning a good thing? Isn’t it something we should be happy about? Aren’t we supposed to be talking about it? Encouraging one another with this great news and joy-filled expectation? “Jesus is coming again! Hallelujah!” I wish followers of Christ had some great greeting like the Russians do around […]

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I Am A Big, Loud, White Woman!

Posted by admin in February 16th, 2010 | 6 comments 
Published in faith, missions, teaching

I am a big, loud, white woman! I’ve been big and loud and…well…white all of my life. When I was a little girl I used to get in big trouble all the time in school as a result of sheer volume. My Mom went to check with one of my elementary school teachers to find […]

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Lilies and Sparrows and God’s Father-Heart

Posted by admin in February 11th, 2010 | 5 comments 
Published in Blessings, faith, prayer

Prayer works. Plain and simple. I like it when the answer to prayer is “yes.” Don’t like it so much when the answer is “no.” And it’s hard sometimes for me to really accept that “no” is an answer—just not the answer I want. There’s also a third answer to prayer God gives us: wait. […]

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The Social Gospel

Posted by admin in December 13th, 2009 | 3 comments 
Published in faith, obedience

My girlfriend and her husband have just taken a pregnant teen in to live with them. They have two kids, a set of parents to care for and both work fulltime jobs. Wow! I don’t know if I could do that. Ministry is messy. The young girl got pregnant while away at college. When she […]

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A Heart of Flesh

Posted by admin in November 19th, 2009 | 6 comments 
Published in faith

Hey! This is Part 2 of one of those two part thingies I do. Part 1 is A Heart of Stone. You might want to read that one first. You know…so it all makes sense. So, for reasons I couldn’t explain or understand back then, after I broke into the doc’s car I went home […]

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Redemption Can Be Found in Every Pile of Garbage

Posted by admin in November 3rd, 2009 | 8 comments 
Published in faith, missions, obedience

In 1991 the average Muscovite woman had 18 abortions in a lifetime. (The national average for women across Russia at that time was six). The procedure became so common and such an everyday occurrence that most Muscovite women ceased calling it an abortion and decided to call it douche or a cleansing. It was a […]

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Finding Holiness in the Mundane

Posted by admin in October 30th, 2009 | 6 comments 
Published in faith, obedience, prayer

I hate folding laundry. Don’t even get me started on putting up the dishes. I don’t like monotonous work like making my bed every morning, going to the grocery store, putting gasoline in the car, or even showering. (Sorry, but personal hygiene is SO monotonous; have you even seen my hair?). I’ve always struggled with […]

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