Actress Maureen O’ Hara described me well. She said Irish women are strong, determined and “only on their knees before God.” Without those traits and my relationship with Jesus, I never would have survived the impossible challenges awaiting Clareann Curran.
Born in 1947 to a very Irish mother who was not thrilled to have a fifth child at age 41, I was on my own in the pursuit of love and happiness. At age 5 reality hit when I saw some awful things in the cemetery of my Boston back yard. After selling water at the grave sites of Italian families for a nickel a bucket, I’d see them throw dirt on their loved ones and walk away weeping and wailing.
I determined then that Heaven was the only place of happiness, and Hell was not where I was going. Thus at age 5, I made it my ambition to go to Heaven where my very Catholic mother said there was perfect happiness. Only a call of God can give that noble goal to a pre-
At age 23 when I found myself with 5 little girls, as a Catholic, my church said birth control was a mortal sin. This meant I would not avoid the fires of hell after all! So I told the confessional priest, “I NEED birth control. I have 5 children 6 and under .” He told me, “ Trust the Blessed Mother.” I thought, “This is crazy. She’s not going to pay my bills.”
I am grateful for my Catholic background which spoke of Jesus, but I was desperate for truth and some things made no sense to me. Is Heaven real? What if one of my 5 children died? At my neglect? I’d never survive.
The Bible did not change like my church, and Billy Graham was preaching The Best Seller of All Time. He made Heaven and Hell more real, and since Abe Lincoln and George Washington loved the Book, I would seek a Bible Study. In 2 days I found one.
They said if I asked Jesus into my heart, I’d be saved. I saw John 10:9 where Jesus said, "I am the door; if anyone enters through Me, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.” And Romans 10:9 “That if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved.” Seriously? That’s it? My search was over. That night I repented of my sins and asked Jesus to take over my life. I can honestly say, that every day for 44 years I have felt the Presence and Peace of Jesus. I observed how the Christians who walked the talk succeeded. I knew if I played by the rules, the thousands of promises in the Bible would be mine. And I concur with Joshua 21:45 “Not one of the good promises which the LORD had made to the house of Israel failed; all came to pass.”
When I gave God my talents and taught my girls to sing, Seventh Heaven was born. Since then I've written some 2,000 songs and bought a home recording studio. Both Lisa and Sarah are accomplished musicians and writers with beautiful voices, and Kim, Paula, Amy and Katie have blood harmonies that will send you to the Heavens. We moved from MA, to CA, to PA, to VA, studio and all, and recorded several of our musical CDs that are heard around the world.
All but Sarah and Tina have chosen to remain home. The others haven’t found “Mr. Right” nor a Church that feeds them any better than our Home Church of 37 years. These wonderful ladies have the same Irish, independent personalities as their mom, but because we are in submission to Jesus and His Word, we find Truth and Unity unmatched anywhere.
When my parents left me behind after moving to Cape Cod, I became pregnant at age 16. The marriage seemed destined to fail, but I was determined to make it work. After 17 years, somehow I still believed that Jesus would fix the problem with my unhappy husband. For the first time in my life I felt unconditional love from my little girls, and I was not going to subject them to the pain of divorce.
But at age 33 with 7 girls, it was over. “I’m just not cut out to be a father” he said, and walked out. Soon after, the dreaded news came that there was another woman.
The Bible says, "I hate divorce", and for good reason. It is a tragedy that hurts everyone, especially children. Being raised Catholic I was against divorce, but despite all my prayers and hard work, I had failed. To keep me from crying, a friend set me up with her boyfriend’s roommate. “Mom,“ Kim advised, “Go out with that guy Phil.” Then God revealed to me this exception to divorce from the Sermon on the Mount. Matt.5:32 “I say to you that everyone who divorces his wife, except for the cause of unchastity…” I saw a curtain go down on 17 years, and I knew was free.
My Savior showed me great mercy when I met this handsome bachelor 2 weeks after I was left alone with 7 children. Phil, without prior marriage or children, said on our first date, “I think I’m meant by God to pick up where one man left off.” I had never known love like this! Phil and I were married on Valentine’s Day 35 years ago, and this love grows greater with each passing year. All glory to Jesus!
In 1995 Phil adopted all 7 girls. Then in 2007 God blessed us with our 8th daughter, a Special Needs infant from Virginia Foster Care. Born at 1 lb. 10 oz. and diagnosed with 17 medical issues, God has done miracles to heal her terrible introduction into this world. The day Clare was born, Kim got a job as Case Manager at the same hospital. At 6 months old we took her from the NICU. It's unlikely Clare would be alive today had we not adopted her. At age 10 she's smart, healthy and a beautiful child. It is indeed a great blessing from God to still hear a little girl call me Mama at 70 years old.
Sarah, the 2nd youngest, has lived in Romania for 15 years. While this initially broke my heart, God has worked it together for good for us to do missionary work there in 14 visits. She is President of Firm Foundations Romania, a charitable work for the needy. In May we visit again, now with Tina who is married and living in PA. It is a joy to reach out to the needy in Brasov as shown throughout this website.
HOPE FOR ALL
I have opened up my life to share the Gospel of Jesus that I may give Him glory for all the mercy and love He’s shown to me. In these trying times, may you too know the blessings of His salvation and the joyous Hope of Heaven when..."God shall wipe away every tear from their eyes, there will no longer be any death.. mourning, or crying, or pain...And He who sits on the throne said... “Write, for these words are faithful and true.” Rev. 21 Come Lord Jesus!
Ring of Kerry, Ireland
Above: Walking in Jerusalem Arnold Zenker TV Show 1973
Tina and husband John Singing in Romanian Hospital
“But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” 2 Cor.15:57
Clare age 10 at Ruth Graham’s grave
Home: Mother’s Day 2017 Thank you for visiting! Come again soon.
Valentine’s Day 1982
“But as for me, the nearness of God is my good; I have made the Lord God my refuge, that I may tell of all Thy works.” Psalm 73
Sarah gave me the surprise of my life by showing up in my kitchen for Mother’s Day 2017
We call our home “Double Blessing” and have given it to God for His glory to welcome whomever He calls.
God said in Daniel 2:21 " He removes kings and establishes kings.” We are very happy He appointed Donald Trump to help restore the Judeo-
Freedom Plaza DC 2017
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“Therefore we do not lose heart,
but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day.” 2 Cor. 4:16
“You are our letter, written in our hearts, known and read by all men;
… a letter of Christ, cared for by us…” Love you Girls! Mom 2 Cor. 3:2
Music and Vocals by Clareann Berchtold
Roxi and Beca from Romania and friends enjoy our pool
Best place for Homemade dinners? Our kitchen! Sarah brings Andreea from Romania, Tina brings her friend Lori
of the Lord
is your strength.”