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Waiting…

Posted by admin in November 21st, 2011 | 5 comments 
Published in Waiting

I spend a lot of time waiting these days. Waiting for the bus. Waiting for FedEx. Waiting for OTR carpools. Waiting for water delivery. Waiting for laundry to dry. Waiting for translation. Waiting for Daryl. Waiting in line for groceries. Waiting.

Funny thing about waiting in a foreign land–it’s not like waiting for a checkup in the doctor’s office back home or teeth cleaning at my dentist’s. For those things I usually take a book, a favorite magazine and a nice cup of coffee and actually enjoy the wait. Waiting in that way is different. No real worries like, “Did I misunderstand my appointment?” “Am I sure I’m waiting in the right place?” “What’s holding things up?” “What am I missing here?”

Waiting in a foreign land is more difficult than in one’s native country. Why? Well there are two main reasons: one, if you don’t speak the language you are a deaf, illiterate mute. Secondly, you can never rest while waiting in a foreign land because you are constantly looking for cues, clues, watching others, ‘on alert’ in case an announcement is made and the crowd moves. In a foreign land you are always defining, redefining, interpreting and most […] Continue Reading…

I’m Simply Not Good Enough

Posted by admin in August 10th, 2011 | 8 comments 
Published in Lithuania, missions, obedience, teaching

We are one week from leaving for Lithuania and we still don’t have a place to live. But I keep humming the Christmas carol, “No crib for a bed…” Even the Son of God on His advent to earth didn’t have a place to live. That strikes me as so strange. It wasn’t like God didn’t know He was sending Jesus to earth during a census. That’s so odd to me. Is there a lesson in that? Probably.

I’m still struggling with certain aspects of leaving the U.S. We kept our grandsons for several days last week and I found myself crying at every funny phrase, every hysterical expression, every tender moment. How can we leave such precious ones behind? Will they forget us?

I found myself saying a bad word on Monday when I dropped something on the floor. What a mouth I have! And yet I want to use this same mouth to proclaim the Good News of Jesus to the lost. I’m such a weirdo.

We’re trying to get packed and I am fretting over what to take, what not to take, what we’ll need, what we don’t know we’ll need and over and over in my head […] Continue Reading…

Heading Back to Lithuania

Posted by admin in June 5th, 2011 | 3 comments 
Published in Blessings, Lithuania, prayer

Sorry guys. I think I promised not to use my blog for newsletters and self-promotion! Ugh. But again, I’m up against a timeline and so wanted to let everyone know how God has answered prayers and opened doors. Please forgive the format.

Abraham heard from God at Ur. God spoke to Moses on Mount Sinai. Paul had that Damascus Road experience. And Teri McCarthy? Well I heard God as I was coming out of the ladies’ room at Vilnius Pedagogical University. (Of course you did!) It was May 12, 2009. Daryl and I had just met with university officials working to place IICS professors in Vilnius, the capital city of Lithuania.

After our meeting, I went to the ladies’ room. When I came out, the bell rang dismissing classes. Suddenly I was caught in the helter-skelter of students running to and for; from one class to the next. As I stood there everything went kind of slow motion. I started hearing students’ voices clearly and distinctly. My heart started racing. I stood there for what seemed like minutes, but was actually just seconds. But something happened to me in those brief moments in that crowed hallway and I […] Continue Reading…

Am I Free or Just Loose?

Posted by admin in March 3rd, 2011 | 3 comments 
Published in freedom, obedience

Annie Dillard makes a very interesting distinction between freedom and just being loose in her book An American Childhood. Daryl is reading this book to me as part of our evening ritual. Dillard’s phrase, (used to describe her father that quit his job to travel the river), keeps rolling around in my head, “He wasn’t free so much as loose.”

So I have to ask, what’s the difference between free and loose? I think it’s a very important question. It makes me think of the Chinese legend about the Jealous Empress and the Favored Concubine.

The Empress hated the Concubine because she was the Emperor’s favorite. The Concubine was always happy and singing and she was a beautiful dancer. Every night the Emperor would ask the Concubine to dance and sing for him. She was doted on by all of the Palace because she was pleasant and kind and happy and beautiful. The Empress was beautiful too, and of excellent royal breeding, but people didn’t dote on her. So in a fit of jealousy and anger she had the Concubine kidnapped and hidden away in a prison-like fortress many days’ journey from the Capital. On occasion the Empress would […] Continue Reading…

Epaphroditus and Fibroid Tumors

Posted by admin in February 18th, 2011 | 2 comments 
Published in Blessings, faith, gratitude, missions, prayer, Uncategorized

Some things I’ll just never understand this side of heaven. A friend said to me recently, “I don’t want to go to hell over a mystery.” I know exactly what he was saying even though I believe once saved always saved. If I edited that statement and made it mine it’d go like this: “I don’t want to lose my love relationship with Abba Father and His peace that passes understanding just because I can’t figure out why He said no to something I earnestly asked Him for.” Yeah. That’s more my take on it.

Daryl and I love Lithuania. I can’t explain loving a piece of land. We love the people too, even though we don’t know each and every one of the three million there personally. But I can definitely say I love the ones we met. I love teaching and my students carried me away into one of the sweetest dreams I’ve ever known. But…and in my life there are some pretty big buts…

My body started going through a process that every woman in the world can relate to in one way or another. I thought my process was pretty well complete and I was on the […] Continue Reading…

They Shall Be Comforted (Rerun)

Posted by admin in December 27th, 2010 | 5 comments 
Published in Uncategorized

On December 11, 2010, my Dad went to be with the Lord. His time of death is estimated at 6:35 AM (CST) on that Saturday morning, the exact moment that my and Daryl’s airplane was lifting off from the Palanga Airport in Lithuania heading back to the States to see him. He was 77 years old.

I am rerunning this blog post from February of this year in honor of my Dad. But with an important postscript: My Dad made things right with his family before he died. He found peace, love and forgiveness. My sister said his face changed, his spirit sweetened and his words of affirmation were like honey poured forth. He and my Mom experienced true healing in their marriage those final weeks of his life. His last day on earth he couldn’t take his eyes off of her and could only mouth the words, “I love you” to her. We thank God for Dad’s life, his healing and now his perfect renewal. Daryl said that when my Dad looked upon Heaven he said, “Finally, a city that’s built right!” Amen to that.

Mourning isn’t just about loss of life. We can also mourn the loss […] Continue Reading…

Loving Lithuania: A Newsletter

Posted by admin in October 30th, 2010 | 2 comments 
Published in Uncategorized

Serving in Klaipeda, Lithuania, with LCC International University

Daryl and I have been in Klaipeda for nine weeks now. (Daryl’s time is a little less because he travels back and forth to the U.S. occasionally, but for the most part, he’s here).

Three things we’ve noticed about Lithuania in our short time here:
1. Lithuanians are kind to strange foreigners. We’ve had elderly grandmothers point out the better bargain at the grocery store, even though we couldn’t understand a word being said, we’ve had women take us by the hand and point out a cheaper, equally-as-good brand. That is a very nice thing.
2. Human beings can live without cars! Yes, it is possible to exist, thrive and even be happy without a motor vehicle of your very own. Klaipeda has a very good public transportation system that is affordable, runs on time and gets us anywhere we need to go. Thank You Lord for that!
3. Lithuanians are resilient. Weather doesn’t stop them; oppressive regimes don’t stop them and tough economic times don’t stop them. Young and old alike are out riding bikes, going fishing, taking their children on walks in the park…life goes forward as it has for centuries. Klaipeda (population 187,000) […] Continue Reading…

Don’t Miss A Thing!

Posted by admin in October 24th, 2010 | 5 comments 
Published in faith, obedience

We just finished our eighth week in Klaipeda, Lithuania, and we love it more each day. Someone asked me what I miss most of our lives in the U.S. Things? No, not “things”. I don’t miss movies or TV or restaurants or shopping malls or having a car. I don’t miss our house or the dry cleaners or the grocery stores or even Starbucks. I don’t miss any “thing.” I do, however miss people. I miss my Mom and Dad. My Dad has been very sick since we’ve been here. He was in the hospital for three weeks battling pneumonia. Now he’s back at the VA center in Norman, Oklahoma, because he still needs ‘round the clock medical care. His prognosis doesn’t look too good, but he’s a survivor and he’s always done things on his own terms. It’s been tough though being so far away from him and wondering every single day, “Is this his last?”

I miss my sister who has always taken care of all of us and continues to do so. Cindy is made of some very strong stuff. If she was a metal she would be platinum: breathtakingly beautiful, one of the rarest elements on […] Continue Reading…

Gentle Whispers and Unvisited Tombs

Posted by admin in September 18th, 2010 | 3 comments 
Published in faith, obedience

“The growing good of the world is partly dependent on unhistoric acts; and that things are not so ill with you and me as they might have been is half owing to the number who lived faithfully a hidden life, and rest in unvisited tombs” (George Eliot, 1861, Middlemarch).

I hope and pray that I can be found faithful in an ordinary life expressing God’s goodness and mercy in ordinary ways. A young Corrie ten Boom once heard an evangelist from India preach about all the miracles that were occurring on the subcontinent. After his preaching Corrie went up to him and exclaimed, “How I wish I could see such miracles. What faith you must have!”

The Indian preacher kindly smiled at the young Corrie and said, “In truth your faith must be greater. Jesus said blessed are they that have not seen and yet believe” (John 20:29). Blessed are those who faithfully follow Jesus without a lot of hoopla and fanfare but quietly walk in obedience to Him and serve Him faithfully, gladly and quietly. I think it takes more faith to walk consistently like that than to see the dead raised back to life. Once you’ve seen the big […] Continue Reading…

Java Jive and Other Bad Habits to Break

Posted by admin in September 4th, 2010 | 8 comments 
Published in faith, prayer

Wow. Crossing an ocean didn’t make me better! That’s a shock! Somehow I thought if I could get overseas just once more then I’d become a better follower of Jesus. But the truth of the matter is I still struggle with the same ol’ same ol’.

For example, prayer. Why is it so hard to pray? It takes discipline, which I sadly lack. It takes concentration, which I sadly lack. It takes selflessness, which, yes, I sadly lack.

Another example of my stupid struggling is I’m still assuming the worst of people. Why do I do that?!? Why am I not inclined to always assume the best? Paul tells me to! Scripture makes it clear, “Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse…Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies” (Phil. 4:8-9). I want to be a part of God’s most excellent harmonies—not sure exactly what that means, but I want it. It sounds, well, most excellent!

Please know […] Continue Reading…

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