Brendan and I are visiting in Slovakia. We stayed with a family whom we have know for ten years in Dolny Kubin . They have seven children, some are now married and others, teenagers.
When their dad was fifty years old he had a heart attack. Two of his relatives had died of a heart attack previously. He was walking in the mountains with his family when he had a strong pain in his chest. He continued on the mountain climb despite the pain.
He went to hospital as soon as he returned home. They admitted him right away and did tests. He had a massive heart attack. The doctors operated and put in a stent. But they said he had only 40 power cent usage. He was frightened that he would have another attack.
Friends and family were praying for him. He was well known and loved in his community. He and his wife worked together to help many other families.
He returned home to recover. When he went back to the doctor ￼he asked what has happened? Your heart is 100 per cent working. By the stripes of Jesus he is healed.
He had Jubilee. When one is fifty years old one can have all that has lost be restored. He now has a new beginning.
Here is a testimony about what the living God has done for a family in Slovakia.
I was invited to speak about having fourteen children and how God healed me of Cancer to children in a school in Trnava, Slovakia. The children were aged from fourteen years to eighteen years old.
It was a bit formidable at first standing before a crowd of children and their teachers. I remembered that over the years I had to interact with my own teenage boys and girls just like the audience before me.
When I told them I had fourteen children I got their attention. I went on to tell them about my family, my children just like them, praying for me to be healed of cancer. Jesus said to pray to the Father in his name and the Father would answer their prayers.
“Very truly I tell you, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. (John 16:23 NIV)
I encouraged them to help and pray for their parents just like my children did for me. I blessed the school children and gave them a copy of my book Staying Alive.
Six young people stayed behind and asked me to pray for them. One of the young ladies began to cry. She told me her mother was going into hospital the next day for an operation for Cancer. I prayed for her mother and asked the Father in Jesus name to heal her just as he had healed me.
Two months later I received an email from the young lady. She told me her mother was pregnant and the doctors could not believe it. When one has cancer and undergoes treatment one of the side effects is infertility. The doctors warned her there could be abnormality with the child. A healthy strong baby boy was born some months later.
The mother went for tests to check for cancer later. She got the all clear. The doctors were amazed. This mother is enjoying life with her new baby boy. Jesus promises to give us life and give it more abundantly.
The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. (John 10:10 KJV)
I tell this story to give Glory to God who is healing people today. Jesus, when he was on Earth healed people of all diseases. As God has comforted me and my family, he wants to do the same for others.
Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; (2 Corinthians 1:3 KJV) who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. (2 Corinthians 1:4 NIV)
People often ask why I quote the scriptures. I believe the scriptures are the inspired word of God and I repeat what God says. I give testiment to the fulfilment of what God has said. His word promises that he will answer our prayers to heal and he does. It is not in my power this lady was healed. It was through the power of the name of Jesus.
What God, the Creator of the Universe has done for me and this lady from Trnava, he can do for you.
I have good news for you today. I thank and praise God for healing me from Malignant Cancer twelve years ago. There is no other God who heals and delivers one from death. He is Almighty God. He is my heavenly Father. He cares for me. I believe in Him and His Word. The way to know God is through reading His Word and believing in His son Jesus and receiving the power of the Holy Spirit.
Today is the twelfth anniversary of being diagnosed with fourth stage bowel cancer. That day twelve years ago was Easter Monday. We had just remembered the crucifixion and death of Jesus a few days before. On Easter Sunday we heard at Church the gospel telling us that some women went to Jesus tomb and his body wasn’t there. He had risen from the dead. There is no other empty tomb in the world.
I was now facing death. Would Jesus death and resurrection have any revelance to me and save me from death. What was I to do? I read in the gospels how Jesus went about doing good and healing all those who were oppressed by the devil. He healed all people who came to him from all diseases and delivered others from demons. The common theme is that He healed all those who asked. I asked God to heal me. His mighty power moved to deliver me from death. God sent forth his word to heal me. I repented of any ways I had sinned, strife, rebellion, unforgiveness, bitterness and much more. He sent a prophecy through a friend that I would be healed 100%. My husband, family and friends began to pray for me. They had dreams, pictures and messages of hope for me. I was delivered from death. Brendan encouraged me, prayed and fought on my behalf for my healing. I would not be alive without his help. He used his authority to command Satan and all disease to go from me. Satan brings death. God’s Word says he comes to rob, steal and destroy. God answered Brendan’s prayer.
I now know the reality of the power of Jesus name and his death and shedding of his blood on the cross. Isaiah 53 says He was bruised for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquity and by His stripes we are healed. In Jesus name I am healed. Demons, disease and cancer bow before the name of Jesus. I am covered by the blood of Jesus. My sins are forgiven. You too can be forgiven and healed by Jesus today if you ask him.
I seek to obey God. God promises to bless us when we obey him. In the last twelve years, three more of our children have married and sixteen grandchildren have been born. I am not living my life for myself. I know how I live will affect my children and my children’s children.
I have traveled with my husband Brendan to many nations working with him and telling my story of God’s power to heal. Greece, Canada, India, Slovakia, England, Iceland, Israel and Scotland are some of the nations I have travelled. I did not have any operations. I remain free of cancer . I have had check ups done and I’m still clear of cancer. I am Staying Alive. Praise God.
My husband wrote a book for me Staying Alive about my healing. It is available if you type in Amazon.com. Then type in Brendan Mc Cauley. Books are available there. It is available on Kindle. If you would like a copy press paperback beside Staying Alive. Thank you for reading my post today.
Back in July 2021 I got a phone call from a Slovakia lady who is married to an Irish man and lives in Southern Ireland. She heard about my healing book Staying Alive translated in Slovakian. Her friend back home read it. This friend asked my daughter in law for my contact number.
The book Staying Alive tells of my journey to being healed from fourth stage cancer through faith in Jesus. I believe Jesus heals today. When Jesus was on earth He healed all diseases and cast out demons. He told his followers to do the same.
This lady asked me to pray for her son of fifteen months, who was born with a hole in his heart. He didn’t sleep well and suffered from fits. She was weary and in distress. I prayed for her son over the phone that he would be healed in Jesus name. I promised to send her a copy of my book Staying Alive.
In my book she read about my daughters doing a twenty one day partial fast for me. She started a twenty one day fast for her son’s healing after reading my book.
Two months on I got a text from her. She took her son to an appointment with her doctor. He had recommended that her son would need an operation on his heart to repair it.
The doctor examined the child. To his surprise he saw that the hole in the child’s heart was gone and his heart was working normally. The mum and dad are overjoyed. Their child will not need an operation.
Here is a copy of her text,
Hi last Friday Patrick had check-up his heart and we have great news: a Hole in his heart is close and is working perfectly.Patrick dosn’t need a surgery.God is amazing and the best our FATHER!ALLELUJAThanks a million for your prayers and have a good day.
This is a testimony of the power of Jesus to heal today.
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One of today’s reading at Church was from Proverbs 31.
“A perfect wife who can find her? She is far beyond the price of pearls. Advantage and not hurt she brings him all the days of her life.”
One is sure to wonder who one’s son will marry. In India it is the tradition to have arranged marriages for sons. The mother of the son gets to arrange a suitable wife. I’m thankful we don’t have that tradition here and I’m sure my sons are thankful too. I was reassured and comforted by a the scripture that says I will give your sons understanding wives.
Fathers can give their sons an inheritance of houses and wealth, but only the Lord can give an understanding wife. Proverbs 19 v 14
This word doesn’t say what religion she will be, what nationality she will be, what family she comes from, if she is a good cook, or what kind of a job she has. There are no conditions, only that she is an understanding wife, chosen by God.
Five of my eight sons are married. Tamara is from Italy, Marta from Slovakia, Rachel from Ireland, Morven from Scotland and Simone from Canada. My boys moved beyond the parish. These are the days that Daniel spoke about. Knowledge and travel will increase. My children have got to avail of both. Thanks to Ryanair and Airtransit they have flown to Europe and Canada to find wives.
I came across these two photos on my phone today. I am encouraged that’s these ladies are enjoying wearing necklaces I made. They inspired me to write this blog.
It was my daughter in law, Simone’s birthday this week. Isaac and his family live in Canada. When Hannah visited them recently she gave Simone a necklace that I made. She was delighted with it. A little bit of Ireland.
Morven, who is married to Patrick lives in Scotland. I’m happy too she is wearing the green sea glass necklace I made.
I’m thankful for all my daughters in law that God has chosen for my sons. They are under the shadow of the Lord’s wings and are covered by the Blood of Jesus. They are and will be the mothers of some of our grandchildren.
Brendan and I were taking a walk in the forest of Budmerice Castle this morning. The castle grounds are open for the use of the people of the village for cycling or walks. Festivals are held in the grounds at different times of the year. Young and old gather to meet and view the stalls of food and crafts.
All was quiet this morning except for the tapping of a woodpecker. It is harvest time. Plum, Chestnut, Walnut, Apple, Oak trees are casting their fruit. It was drizzling with rain softening the ground after the dryness of summer. Every time we come to Slovakia the weather turns out to be suitable for us, just like back in Ireland, not too hot or cold with a bit of rain.
We came to a clearing in the forest. In the centre of the meadow was an oak tree which spread its branches on every side. It is a tall, healthy, strong and sturdy tree. It is the representation of something that God wants each one of us to become. Such a tree provides shade from the heat of summer for people, animals or birds. The birds build their nests in the branches to rear their young. I can imagine young children climbing up on it spreading boughs, or boys competing to get to the top branches. My grandchildren call this “Our climbing tree.” They spend many a summer’s afternoon there until they get tired.
Psalm 1 talks about a man who is like a tree. “He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper” (Psalms 1:3).
The tree I saw today is healthy because it has been planted in a good area to receive the proper nourishment it needs to withstand the adverse conditions it may encounter during its life. Such a tree is hundreds of years old. It is in a broad meadow where it’s leaves get direct sunlight to nourish its leaves. It receives heavy falls of snow in the winter. The branches are able to withstand the weight of snow. This snow melts in the spring and waters the roots spread underground. The roots go deep into the ground and extend as wide underground as the branches do overhead.
For a man to flourish like a tree he needs to let the water of life nourish his soul. This water is the Holy Spirit and the word of God is nourishment. We must remain close to God and Jesus Christ, the source of this nourishment in order to maintain a constant flow of the Holy Spirit day and night. “He who believes in Me as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water” (John 7:38). And in 2 Corinthians 4:16 it says, “Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day.”
Sara Joye said “Grandma, I want to buy a Princess cup for my teacher.”
“What is a Princess cup?”
“You know, like your cups, Grandma.”
She pointed to some china cups with flowered patterns in my cupboard. ”
“Do you not have these in Slovakia.”
“No grandma, only in your house.”
“Would you like to get a special patterned cup and saucer for your teacher? I understand now.”
“Yes, I just love Princess cups”.
She held a china cup in her hands close to her heart as if it was the most beautiful, tender thing in the world.
I enjoy collecting jugs and china plates with flowers and gold trim on them. I display them on my dressers in the kitchen. Forty years ago a China Tea Set was a “must have” item for a bride. It would be kept in a safe place and only brought out for tea with special visitors or at Christmas or Easter. My husband bought me a china tea set. Its design was called “Angela.” Sadly I didn’t keep it safe. I liked to use it often.
I was reminded of words from the poem The Old Woman of the Roads by Patraic Colum.
O, to have a little house!
To own the hearth and stool and all!
The heaped up sods against the fire,
The pile of turf against the wall!
To have a clock with weights and chains
And pendulum swinging up and down!
A dresser filled with shining delph,
Speckled and white and blue and brown!
I could be busy all the day
Clearing and sweeping hearth and floor,
And fixing on their shelf again
My white and blue and speckled store!
I could be quiet there at night
Beside the fire and by myself,
Sure of a bed and loth to leave
The ticking clock and the shining delph!
Och! but I’m weary of mist and dark,
And roads where there’s never a house nor bush,
And tired I am of bog and road,
And the crying wind and the lonesome hush!
And I am praying to God on high,
And I am praying Him night and day,
For a little house – a house of my own
Out of the wind’s and the rain’s way.
I had often dreamed of having a dresser to display pottery, fine china, glasses or gifts, high up out of little children’s reach. In my new home I have two dressers. Items I collected over the years are now on display. Chinese patterned plates, I received as a twenty fifth anniversary present, wine glasses, china plates, gifts from my children and family photos. My dream has come true. My collection is being added as I pick up a bargain from a car boot sale or craft market. Now my grandchildren admire my collection. To their eyes it is treasure. I must be a Princess, instead of a poor wanderer as the poem depicts.
On Saturday Aaron, Marta and their children went to shop locally. Portaferry is a small village. I wondered would Sara Joye find any Princess cups. Her Mum prayed. “Dear Lord please let someone bring Princess cups to the Charity shop today.”
They set off. Some time later they called me to give them a lift home. It was cold and raining. But the children’s spirits were not dampened. Instead there was great excitement. Princess cups were purchased at a bargain price. It happened just as Marta had prayed. In an Antique store or Fine China shop these goods would be costly. The prized purchases were carefully wrapped to keep them safe on the journey back to Slovakia.
Sara Joye’s teacher in Slovakia will receive a Princess cup from Ireland.
I am in Slovakia today. I had bread and honey for breakfast.
The harvest is gathered from the plum, grape, apricot and apple trees. Some trees are already pruned. Overstretched branches are loped off and dressed with white paint to protect from disease. Winter will begin soon. The fruitful trees can rest.
I glimpsed rich, red colours on the fence between my son’s garden and his neighbour. I ventured outside to take a closer look. Lovely apples were growing on a tree trained to grow sideways. They sparkled in the afternoon sunshine. The nutritious cluster outnumbered the leaves left on the branches. Healthful fruit left untouched. No excited child’s hand to grab them. No careful gardener to proudly harvest and share his fruit.
Perhaps the neighbour is too old or frail. Maybe no grandchildren squealing with joy as they chase each other between the fruitful boughs. When I enter my son’s hallway there is a sweet smell. Boxes of red apples are piled high, the harvest from his garden. A bag is filled each time he visits relatives or friends.
My son Aaron moved with his family to Slovakia. He has inherited a house he didn’t build and a garden he didn’t tend.
You made their children as numerous as the stars in the sky, and you brought them into the land. Their children went in and took possession of the land. They captured fortified cities and fertile land; they took possession of houses filled with all kinds of good things, wells already dug, vineyards, olive groves and fruit trees in abundance. They ate to the full and were well-nourished; they reveled in your great goodness. (Nehemiah 9:23-25 NIV)
So I have come down to bring them up out of that land into a good and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey. (Exodus 3:8 NIV)
God is faithful to keep his promises. When I first read the story in the bible that God wanted his people to enter the promised land I believed it. He promised them plenty of bread, honey, fruit and houses. Now my children are inheriting their promised land.
Brendan and I have returned to Ireland after a very blessed trip to Slovakia. We got to see Aaron and his family. Our grandchildren wanted plenty of cuddles from Granddad and Granny.
We had oppportunity to minister to many, including men and women diagnosed with terminal cancer. Praise Almighty God for his touch.
Thank you for praying for us. Those who stay at home share with those who go.
We had a pleasant journey home from Dublin airport on Aircoach. The trees along the motorway to Newry looked glorious in their autumn leaves. Thanks to family who welcomed us back.
I took a walk out this morning to get some fresh air. It is good to be back along the seashore. A Baby Seal was born nearby three weeks ago. It is still there. The mother was swimming nearby, keeping watch. I had researched to find that the mother has to feed the young one until it is six weeks. The baby is lying sleeping in the rocks. This pair have become an attraction to the people who go for walks along this road. No one is disturbing them.
Every time I go for a walk I see something new in nature. Today I saw something very special.
“He leads me beside still waters to restore my soul.”
Psalm 121 v 7
The Lord will keep you from all harm.
The Lord will shield your going out and your coming in from now on for evermore.
On the Ryanair flight to Bratislava, I read this comforting Word from this Psalm.
The Lord, God Almighty who lives on high over all the earth, promises to keep me safe from I leave home till I return.
I left home at 4am and travelled by car and Aircoach to Dublin airport. The flight to Bratislava seems to always be fully booked. There are plenty of prams waiting to be loaded in the hold of the plane as we board.
Brendan and I were warmly welcomed by Marta. We will rest till the grandchildren fly in from school looking for their Irish Grand dad and Granny.
I will rest knowing the security of my Heavenly Father watching over us. The adventure in Slovakia begins.