The Caskey Family


Survivor Women
May 7, 2010, 1:57 am
Filed under: family news

There have been many days in the last 14 or so years since my mom died that I have cried out in grief to my God and begged for His mercy on the lives of her children (myself included).

I do not question God’s goodness, because I know that I am short-sighted and VERY human and HE is GOD alone.  Other people have looked at my life, and my family’s life and asked me how it makes sense.  How does a woman survive every form of abuse, unemployment, other tragedies and still say she believes in a loving God?

She survives because her heart knows and loves the God who created her – the God who knows best what she needs, and she trusts Him to give it. (Psalm 139) If for a season (even an entire earthly lifetime) that means heartache and grief, even physical pain, she accepts it.  I accept it with a heart of faith in a God who makes no mistakes.

So tonight, I write this blog as a tribute to a survivor women who I have a special respect for recently as she reaches a height of success that even she thought was impossible a few years ago.  My little sister Risa is one of the most beautiful women I know, and she is more radiant to me because of the valleys I have seen her walk through, and the beauty that has spilled out of her in the process.

She graduates from high school very soon, and heads to college.  She has received academic and artistic honors, she looks like my mother, and she is one of the most fun women to be around.  She laughs easily and has a heart that no one would imagine has been through what it has been through.  She is evidence of grace.  Which is appropriate, you see, our mother and father hoped that would mark her, and gave her that as a middle name.

So, here’s to you, Risa Grace, may you grow in grace  and may this be the beginning of some of the sweetest days of your life. . .may you grow to love Jesus more and more as your days go by!