Buile mo Chroí

Buile mo Chroí
(The Beat of my Heart)

An gcloiseann tú bualadh mo chroí,
Buille mo chroí, greadadh mo chroí,
An gcloiseann tú greadadh mo chroí?

Are you hearing the beat of my heart,
The bang of my heart, the scrape of my heart,
Are you hearing the scrape of my heart?

This was my prayer thae past few days, Lord , An gcloiseann tú bualadh mo chroí.  I have had a tough couple of weeks, I have come to realize the meaning of Matthew 7:15  “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. {ESV}. When a church is on task, on mission, on the right path, you still have those that wish to throw the whole thing into a tail spin. It had me down but not out 🙂 As I listened to John Spillane & Louis De Paor rip it on Buile mo Chroi’ it echoed my prayer, Lord do you hear me, he does and I figured it out, stay the course. HE is greater than anything that will try to derail HIS plan.

Naysayers be darned 🙂 ( family friendly blog) . I may be thought of as a fool, but I am a fool for Him and I will not let wolves take me or the flock out. The Lord has put me in a position to shepherd for a season, this is His season, however long it may be, I will just press on and not be distracted. Neither East or West will knock me off mission. My prayer this week will be Be Thou My Vision

Be Thou my Vision, O Lord of my heart;
Naught be all else to me, save that Thou art.
Thou my best Thought, by day or by night,
Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light.

Be Thou my Wisdom, and Thou my true Word;
I ever with Thee and Thou with me, Lord;
Thou my great Father, I Thy true son;
Thou in me dwelling, and I with Thee one.

Be Thou my battle Shield, Sword for the fight;
Be Thou my Dignity, Thou my Delight;
Thou my soul’s Shelter, Thou my high Tower:
Raise Thou me heavenward, O Power of my power.

Riches I heed not, nor man’s empty praise,
Thou mine Inheritance, now and always:
Thou and Thou only, first in my heart,
High King of Heaven, my Treasure Thou art.

High King of Heaven, my victory won,
May I reach Heaven’s joys, O bright Heaven’s Sun!
Heart of my own heart, whatever befall,
Still be my Vision, O Ruler of all.

síocháin

Tone

 

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World food shortage or a free T.V Coupon

OK, I know I have mentioned this before , but I can not tell you how crazy it makes me.This story about a world food shortage, set against this story about Uncle Sam tinkling away another 1.5 Billion on a coupon for a T.V upgrade, it just makes me sick.

I am sure the feeding the poor is a complex issue, greater than my simple mind can figure out, but I am as equally sure the 1.5 billion would be better spent on the needy, not the T.V deprived

Jut a thought

Tone

What a Blessed Man I Am

As I am wrapping up my Sunday night, I am thinking of how very proud I am of my kids, now mind you “kids” is a stretch since they range from 29-26 and 16. I can not even begin to say how very proud I am of all three. Meg, is finding her way through life, she held me spellbound in conversations about Psalms and how they are prayers of the heart. Jr is holding his own, working hard, paying his bills and still telling me he loves me, I get a lump in my throat as I think about it. But what got me to write this tonight is kid number three, today he did his first communion meditation, he nailed it, unscripted and from the heart. He held me spellbound on every word. He was able to thread together three passages of scripture into a cohesive , coherent message and just nailed it. POWERFUL for a “kid” of 16.

Tonight I went into his room to see if he was ready for dinner, he was passed out, I know the feeling after preparing all week to bring a message to ALCC, he did the same and was just flat out spent 🙂

As I looked at his sleeping body, It occurred to me that I could not ask for any more in life. To my friends at ALCC that am privileged to “shepherd” for this season of life, to my new found friends at H2H ministries, I am just one BLESSED dude. I have a LLLove of my Life that is the best thing that ever happened, I have a church family that is second to none, I have an over-pouring of grace that is sufficient to carry me through. What more could I ask for !!

So in closing, the reason for the picture above, it reminded me of all the footprints in my life, the ones that were next to mine as I plodded through the last fifty years, for so many of those years I had a ton of footprints next to mine, as I listened to Conor do that meditation today, I realised he will soon be moving on, a couple more years and he is off to college…… then it will be a one less set of footprints in the sand….

Cherish the time…………………….

I love you Con Man…………………. Da

Muslims now outnumber Catholics

Interesting read 

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Last month Qatar’s first new Catholic church for 1,400 years is set to open on 15 March after the state’s minority Catholic community agreed to strict conditions about the nature of the building.

 

“Saudi Arabia, the site of Islam’s two holiest cities, Mecca and Medina, and which currently forbids Christian worship, is reportedly considering allowing the opening of a Catholic church on Saudi soil as part of negotiations for the establishment of diplomatic relations.”

with numbers like 1.13 billion and 1.10 billion I would think the church planting movement has reason to keep on pressing on. I remember reading THIS great post a few years ago, it is what really got me looking toward planting churches and supporting those that do as well. It is not  should not be a closed good ol’l boy network, some think it is, The planters i know get it, they love to support other ministries, even ones right down the road. Guys like Southwest Church Planting really understand how important it is.

Anyway, just a thank you to Bob Hyatt for his motivation to a guy he has never met

Tone

Why I love Google & Gmail

You gotta love the guys at Google, as alway on the cutting edge of technology. Just check out what they are up to this April 1st 2008. Here are some of their other milestones

Tone

Gmail
Welcome to Gmail

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New! Gmail Custom TimeTM

Ever wish you could go back in time and send that crucial email that could have changed everything — if only it hadn’t slipped your mind? Gmail can now help you with those missed deadlines, missed birthdays and missed opportunities.

Pre-date your messages
You tell us what time you would have wanted your email sent, and we’ll take care of the rest. Need an email to arrive 6 hours ago? No problem.

Mark as read or unread
Take sending emails to the past one step further. We let you make emails look like they’ve been read all along.

Make them count
Use your custom time stamped messages wisely — each Gmail user gets ten per year.

Worry less
Forget your finance reports. Forget your anniversary. We’ll make it look like you remembered.

Learn more about Gmail Custom Time »