Disruptions are something I’m learning to appreciate. Today I had my schedule set up, and I was on track, headed in to the church to practice piano, to hear Jeremy’s sermon (I’m in the nursery this week, so when that happens I try to listen to his sermon earlier in the week so I can encourage him and get the sermon all at the same time). Then the phone rang and someone gave us information that put us in the car to visit someone in a matter of minutes. I thought for a second that this was going to mess up my day. But my day is God’s and HIS kingdom is more important than mine, right? So as we went to the home of one of our members as her husband was taken to the hospital in an ambulance, I had a choice: God’s priorities or mine?
As we return to our house from that call, we get another call with the news that compelled Jeremy to offer to preach on Sunday at another church that has a service later than ours. Jeremy is already preaching at 10 and 2 on Sunday. But he offers to preach still another time on Sunday, because it’s a God-given opportunity that Jeremy would never think of passing up.
I forgot to tell Elijah that we were picking him up from school early today, so I decided to make a detour (waste of time if you look at it from an earthly perspective) and stop into his school. I got to spend some really sweet time with him at lunch with his classmates, and talk with some of the lunch monitors.
Our day is only half over, and already we have had so many wide-open doors for sharing Christ, encouraging the Body and loving our neighbors. What more am I looking for? In view of heaven, I can label our day amazingly successful! When my heart is in heaven, then the glories and priorities of heaven are my mind and heart’s measuring stick. How humbling and exhilarating it is to have heaven’s tasks handed to such broken, deteriorating and sinful people as us.
Don’t think for a second, that this is just a choice to not complain about things not going according to my plan. This is, in fact, me laying down my INFERIOR schedule and plans for TODAY’S perfect, SUPERIOR ordained-before-the-foundation-of-the-world plans of Almighty God!
Oh, God, make us faithful to bring glory to YOU in all the tasks you set before us today!
Today I’m linking up with Christine Hoover, at Grace Covers Me as she launches her new book, “The Church Planting Wife” one of the most encouraging reads I have read in a long time! Check out my review on Amazon too (it’s the first one there), and pick it up to read and share with someone today!
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One thing we have enjoyed about our church is the spirit of love and joy we know when we are there. A few Sundays ago, our family was “loved” in a particularly humorous way, as we arrived at church to find this “newspaper clipping” about our family:
The body of the article reads as follows:
Louisville, Kentucky – USA TODAY learned the truth behind statements “Hard Knocks” and “Crime Doesn’t Pay.” A Louisville gang leader and his gang were tried by District Judge Peter M. Marcus for various high crimes and misdemeanors at Jefferson County Circuit Court, 600 West Jefferson Street, Louisville. Gang leader
Jeremy Caskey and his Lieutenant Adina Caskey were tried jointly along with other members of the Caskey Gang. The gang was caught red-handed based on information provided by informant Dr. Denny Burk. It appears that the Caskey Gang was involved in a variety of crimes, some of which could not be discussed in open court because of their sensitivity.
Jeremy Caskey made trips to Iraq where he photographed Special Forces groups conducting unmentionable acts during field activities. Caskey returned to the States where he led a men’s group in various nefarious activities.
The Caskey Gang lieutenant, Adina Caskey, although not directly involved in these actions, fully supported them. Caskey then used his successes in these and other activities as leverage to enter the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary where he partook in clandestine operations. It appears as if this brazen bunch used many different Christian groups as cover for their activities. Jeremy was an under cover itinerant preacher in Kentucky, Pennsylvania and South Carolina. He made missionary trips to Sikkim, India and Cordoba, Mexico and no one fully understands what he smuggled back to the states. Unsuspecting church leaders across this great nation allowed them to use their spaces for unspecified activities, among these were Kenwood Baptist Church, Waller Baptist Church, Riverdale Baptist Church and Yigo Baptist Church in Yigo, Guam.
The jury found all members of the Caskey Gang guilty on all charges. Judge Peter Marucus then sentenced the gang to 25 years to life at hard labor at the FBC Work Farm in Cameron County, Pennsylvania. Warden Richard Beck took charge of these hardened Christians on April 15, 2012 and immediately put them all to work. Jeremy will also serve as prison Chaplain. They will be paid a meager stipend for their work that can be used to support themselves. Warden Beck reports they will get increases in their allowances as productivity increases. USA TODAY will monitor this situation and report additional information as it becomes available. Please see Page A11 for additional information.
Yesterday the snow was falling thick, but the temperature was above freezing (go figure?) and I saw someone out in their short-sleeved t-shirt as I loaded my grocery bags into the car. . . bags that filled with snow in the few minutes from the store to the car.
And since when does a fleece count as a jacket?
It has been a mild winter for here (I do agree it has been very pleasant!) and so people are really taking advantage of the “balmy” weather with open-toed shoes, open jackets and rarely a hat, glove or scarf.
I guess I really look like the newbie here, decked out in every warm-weather piece of apparel I have. Don’t look at me weird, please. It’s freezing out here people. . .LITERALLY freezing! Merry, on the other hand, our thick-blooded Nebraska-born beauty goes out in her lightest coat, often un-zipped, in open-topped hot pink Sleeping Beauty shoes. At least she’s wearing socks. . .most days.
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Questions can often be the hardest and best parts of being a parent, a counselor, a friend, a pastor or pastor’s wife. Here are a few of the most recent questions asked in our house lately:
- Do you have boogies in your ears?
- How much is this going to cost? (Micah, as we rolled the full grocery cart up to the register)
- Does my daughter need to be baptized?
- Am I still a Christian if. . . ?
- How can I worship a God who allowed xyz to happen to our family?
- Will I need to be baptized?
- Are we members?
- Aren’t we already members?
- How long are you going to preach for?
- Can I take your laundry and do it for you? (Yes, someone DID ask me this question!)
- Do you take anything in your coffee? (Most common answer is “no, I drink coffee.)
In case any of you are wondering. . .at our house, it’s real life. Some questions I can’t post here (the best and funniest ones, actually!) As you can see, there have been many surprises, many joys, heartaches (mostly shared with us in others’ lives,) but the Body of Christ to share it all with.
On a sad note, the former pastor of Faith Baptist Church went to be with the Lord the day before yesterday. We grieve for his family who miss him and all those in this community who were so lovingly ministered to by him for 25 years.
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We have a website for Faith Baptist Church in Emporium, Pennsylvania!
Check it out, listen to a sermon, and praise God for HIS great grace toward us these first few weeks!
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Merry is serving Micah “tea” during a play picnic this morning and as she’s serving him, she tells him what he’s getting. “Here’s some tea, and some bread. . . and last but least. . .” I am enjoying watching them grow up, and Merry is especially fun to LISTEN to as she attempts to us grown-up terms and phrases, even making up new words to fit her situation. The other day, an outfit wouldn’t go on a doll, she brings it to me saying, “mom, can you get this on my doll, it’s all scrompoly and twisted up.”