Thoughts on life by Teri McCarthy


It’s More Than a Journey

Posted by admin in August 19th, 2010 | 1 comment 
Published in faith, missions, obedience

There is a time in all of our lives, no matter how old or young we are, that we need to stop and evaluate things—do a sort of assessment of where we are and why we are doing what we are doing. Friends said to me once they always felt kind of guilty when hanging around missionaries. Like they themselves weren’t doing enough for the Kingdom. I think “doing enough for the Kingdom” isn’t really the point. I think the point is whatever we’re doing we do out of obedience. A guy in an accounting firm in Chicago is not any less called than the brave missionary couple who boards the plane for Africa with three small kids. And the missionary couple can actually be disobedient if God hasn’t called them to Africa, but they are going out of guilt, piety, or a wrong sense of duty.

Our journey with God in Christ Jesus isn’t about formulas, checklists, dos and don’ts. Our journey with God in Christ Jesus is about a relationship that calls us into holy obedience where we say to our Savior, “Yes Lord, to anything You ask!” For some of us that might mean getting […] Continue Reading…

The McCarthys’ Newsletter

Posted by admin in August 13th, 2010 | 1 comment 
Published in faith, missions, obedience, teaching

Okay guys! Please forgive me in advance for using the blog for a newsletter. Daryl was in the hospital for five days! He’s never been in the hospital in his life! (Yes, birth, but that’s all). We’ve lost two weeks of prep time getting him well. He still has a little infection and is on a heavy-duty antibiotic. We need your prayers. Our VISAs came. Praise God. We’re getting packed. Praise God. IICS has hired a new EVP. Praise God. But I have 13,000 readers on this blog and I need to let folks know the details of our transition and what it all will look like. I hope you’ll forgive me! I will keep blogging while we’re overseas. Blessings and thanks. We need your prayers! Teri

Dear Family and Friends:

The McCarthys are moving to Klaipeda, Lithuania, on August 26! After years of recruiting and deploying Christian professors to teach in universities abroad, we finally get to go! And we are very excited.

This summer Teri taught a class at Lithuania International University (formerly Lithuania Christian College, www.lcc.lt ) and she fell in love with the place. When the university offered her a fulltime position as the English […] Continue Reading…

Lithuania is the Place to Be (Green Acres)

Posted by admin in July 21st, 2010 | 8 comments 
Published in Uncategorized

We leave in five weeks. FIVE WEEKS! Penkias savaites! (Uh…that’s Lithuanian for five weeks.) Honestly, I can’t believe it. We’re heading to Klaipeda. Klaipeda of all places. Klaipeda, Lithuania. We leave August 26th. I’m so excited and I can’t wait to get in the classroom and meet my students and get into the culture and learn new things. But, and this is a pretty big but, there’s a whole lot to do before August 26th. Please be praying for Daryl and me. We want to sell our house, but don’t have enough time to get everything clean, cleared and fixed before we go. We need to raise some mula, but need to go ahead and start classes before the cash arrives. (Is this faith?) There are doctors’ appointments (Lithuania needs to see a clean bill of health before we join their socialized medical system). There are dinners and lunches with good friends to say good bye. There’s outfitting to do ‘cause Klaipeda’s got some very cold winters and I haven’t owned a winter coat for years! We have checklists and details and mail holds and paper cancelations and so much stuff zooming through our heads that I actually fear […] Continue Reading…

Obedience Doesn’t Always Require Sacrifice

Posted by admin in July 13th, 2010 | 7 comments 
Published in faith, missions, obedience, teaching

Every single day of my life I’ve had to make decisions. We all have. When I was a kid my Mom would ask, “What do you want for breakfast?” That’s decision making 101. When I got older my teachers in school would ask, “Do you want to pass or fail this class?” That’s decision making on a little higher level. Truthfully though, the older one gets it seems the harder the decisions. Of course that’s not the case for all people. Some kids are forced to make decisions way too complicated for them. And the converse can also be true—adults choose to make decisions that are too simplistic, perhaps too easy.

Well, recently Daryl and I had to make a decision and for us it is a pretty big decision. You see I went to teach in Lithuania this summer. Big mistake. Huge mistake! I fell in love with the place. Head-over-heels in love and the university where I was teaching offered me a full-time, long-term job.

For fifteen years I have lived in these United States full-time, long-term. Life is very convenient here. Need something? Get in the car and drive to the store and buy it. Too hot? […] Continue Reading…

Angels Watchin’ Over Me!

Posted by admin in June 24th, 2010 | 3 comments 
Published in missions, prayer

Anyone remember that old Amy Grant song from the ‘80s? “Angels watchin’ over me every step I taaaakkee. Angels watchin’ over me every move I maaaake.”

When you speak of angels, folks can get a bit edgy. Either your too New Agey or a freaky charismatic to most people. Billy Graham did a lot for the subject when he wrote about angels a few years back. Anyone read his book? Angels: God’s Secret Agents (1994). Secret agents—I just got a vision of 007 with wings. But I divert…

Fresh out of college I headed to the US Center for World Mission (USCWM) in Pasadena, California, to get a hold of some missionary training so I could go to China. I wasn’t going to be able to go back home to Kansas before I left for China, so when I packed for California, I packed for overseas too. In other words—I had a whole lotta stuff! Too much stuff. Way too much. But I was young and inexperienced and extremely ignorant. I’m so thrilled that God isn’t looking for the brightest or the best or the smartest or the most talented or people that have it all together! If He did look […] Continue Reading…

Jim Cook

Posted by admin in June 21st, 2010 | 5 comments 
Published in prayer, Uncategorized, War

I hate war. I know! I just did a blog on not saying hate, but I do HATE war. (See my post “The War Less Traveled” October 14 and 15, 2008). I mean who doesn’t? Right? Warmongers—I guess they don’t hate war.

Afghanistan. When I was there in 2003 I felt that the US had done the right thing to free the Afghan people from the Taliban. But it got weird. It got messy. There was hope in the hearts and minds of the Afghan people in 2003, but in 2006 not so much. The conditions had really deteriorated in three years and I knew then that the US hadn’t hit hard enough, fast enough and thoroughly enough. Conditions in 2006 were dangerous and most of the people I met didn’t hold out any hope at all— not for their personal futures, or for the future of their country. I love Afghanistan so this harsh reality hit hard.

On June 17th I flew from my comfy little home in Lenexa, Kansas, and headed to Lithuania. My layover was in Atlanta, Georgia. The good old Atlanta airport ain’t the worst place in the world to have a layover. It’s fairly clean as […] Continue Reading…

Words, Words, Words!

Posted by admin in June 10th, 2010 | 6 comments 
Published in obedience, prayer, Uncategorized

Words. Can’t live with ‘em; can’t live without ‘em. Okay. I guess that’s not entirely true. We can live with ‘em…some of them. Not all of them. I’m thinking a lot about words right now ‘cause I’m preparing to teach a class on linguistic theory and well, there’s a whole lotta stuff about words in linguistic theory. Smile. Chuckle. (I crack myself up).

The tongue. Can’t live with it. Can’t live without it. I think you know where I’m going with this. All this linguistics stuff I’m grappling with says that language comes from two sources: language of the brain and language of the mind. But can there also be a language of the heart?

The Bible says that the eyes are the window to the soul (Matthew 6:22, The Message). If that’s true, then I believe the tongue is the window to the heart. “The heart is deceitful above all things…Who can understand it?” (Jeremiah 17:9). Understand it? No. See its ugliness? Yes. That’s where the tongue comes in: For whatever is in your heart determines what you say (Matthew 12:34, NLT). Maaaan. I wish that verse wasn’t in the Bible.

Words are a lot like toothpaste. Once they are […] Continue Reading…

The Good Shepherd

Posted by admin in May 31st, 2010 | 1 comment 
Published in faith, Heaven, prayer

Psalm 23
A Psalm of David.
“THE LORD is my Shepherd [to feed, guide, and shield me], I will not lack.

He makes me lie down in [fresh, tender] green pastures; He leads me beside the still and restful waters.

He refreshes and restores my life (my very self); He leads me in the paths of righteousness [uprightness and right standing with Him—not for my earning it, but] for His name’s sake.

Yes, though I walk through the [deep, sunless] valley of the shadow of death, I will fear or dread no evil, for You are with me; Your rod [to protect] and Your staff [to guide], they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my [brimming] cup runs over.

Surely (or only) goodness, mercy, and unfailing love will follow me all the days of my life, and through the length of my days the House of the Lord [and His presence] will be my dwelling place.”
I’ve been fearful a lot lately. Fearful of […] Continue Reading…

A Shattered Vase and Other Broken Stuff

Posted by admin in May 13th, 2010 | 3 comments 
Published in Uncategorized

I hate it when things break! Especially stuff I can’t fix! After my Grandma died my Mom gave me a box of her things. I went through it and found a lovely delicate bud vase—clear crystal with little vine etchings. Really nice and it was special to me. It was important because it came from my Grandma, but also because of its age and beauty. I decided to use it one day against my better judgment and I put a perfect yellow rose bud in it. I’d look at it throughout the day and admired the rose, the vase and then thought fondly of my Grandma. The thing must have been at least eighty years old, if not older.

One night Big D was helping me fix dinner and when he reached over to turn the water off I heard the crash. I didn’t even need to look around; I knew what it was. I heard the shattering of glass and the sick sound of water dripping off the cabinet. I hate it when things break! Especially irreparable, irreplaceable things. Daryl felt badly. But I still haven’t gotten over it. Isn’t that one of the symptoms of OCD?

We […] Continue Reading…

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 Melody. Melody was teaching in the northeast city of Changchun where I had first taught nearly five years earlier. I’d come back just for the summer and I was teaching a conversational English course for the university’s English faculty. Melody had come to China for a year to teach with a Christian organization. We met on campus my first day back and were thrilled to find fellow followers of Jesus. I was leaving at the end of the summer, but Melody had decided to stay an additional year. We parted promising to stay in touch, but never actually doing it.

I felt called to Russia, but every long-term door I had tried just wouldn’t open. Finally, I realized that in order to live and work in Russia, specifically Moscow, I would need a master’s degree. I enrolled at the University of Oklahoma, but the cost […] Continue Reading…

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