The Caskey Family

I’m Not on Guam Anymore!
February 12, 2012, 6:03 pm
Filed under: Adina, Faith Baptist Emporium, Merry, Ministry

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.

Emporium, Pennsylvania or BUST!
December 21, 2011, 7:58 pm
Filed under: Faith Baptist Emporium, family news, Ministry

The waiting is over!! We are so thankful for your prayers for us in the search process! After spending about four days in Emporium, PA, Jeremy was unanimously voted on and called to this small, sweet Southern Baptist congregation in the rural mountains of north-central Pennsylvania.

This evening, Jeremy accepted the call to pastor Faith Baptist Church in Emporium, PA. The town population is about 2500 total and about 47% claim Catholicism as their religion. Though it is a call to pastor, we feel that this is a precious opportunity for us to be missionaries also.

As with any move, there will be adjustments for our family and lots of hard work, so your continued prayers are appreciated. To God be the glory!

Pictures coming soon. . .

Strangest Conversation Yet
November 20, 2011, 8:54 pm
Filed under: Ministry

Today Jeremy had the funniest conversation with a leader in a church that is currently without a pastor:

Leader: “So, you will be preaching next Sunday morning.”
Jeremy: “Uh. . .I’m not available next Sunday, I’m sorry?” (This church is over 9 hours away. . .can you hear the thoughts going through Jeremy’s head, WHAT? Did I forget to tell him that I couldn’t preach this week? None of my professors told me what to do when this happens!)
Leader: “Oh, I mean you will be preaching from a CD player for our Sunday morning sermon.”

Whew! This is a first for us. So many surprises along this road. A wide range of different possible outcomes. But I’m so very thankful that I serve a God who KNOWS and is PREPARING the exact ministry HE desires for Jeremy and our family. God has been faithful to show Himself as a God who hears our prayers and provides more than what we need.

Jeremy has prayerfully and selectively put his resume at churches that seem like they would be a good fit for us and us for them. God, in HIS PERFECT timing will give us what we need, and a body of believers what they need also (though in the words of Frank Cone, they probably “deserve a better pastor than me.”) This has been so humbling for us. How blessed we are that we get to do this!

If you go to a church that currently has a pastor who preaches God’s word to you every week, PRAISE GOD, and tell your pastor that you are thankful for their family and their ministry to you and your family day and week in and out. Many churches even here in America are without a pastor this holiday season. Pray for them! Pray that God would bless them with godly leadership.

And pray for your current pastor and his family. They are a precious gift.

If you think of praying for us, please pray that we would continue to trust God and NOT put our hope in the process or an outcome, or even in our efforts to do and say all the right things. Please pray for Jeremy to have stamina, discernment, wisdom and encouraging words for the leaders in churches seeking pastors.

We wait with excitement, hope and joy knowing that God will glorify Himself. . .it’ll be fun to see HOW!

So I Don’t Have to Have Answers?
November 5, 2011, 4:42 am
Filed under: Ministry

It surprises me how embracing and enjoying my smallness and unimportance in the grand scheme of the universe and God’s plan can bring me such hope (see the last blog).

Scripture took this idea a step further for me today, as it assured me that I don’t always have to have an explanation. or all the answers. And it’s 100% okay for me to say, “I don’t know.” Because, really, that’s the truth, and praise God, HE does know!!

Do not be quick with your mouth,
do not be hasty in your heart
to utter anything before God.
God is in heaven
and you are on earth,
so let your words be few.

Ecclesiastes 5:2

What’s at Stake
November 4, 2011, 10:04 am
Filed under: Ministry, Uncategorized

As I talked to a dear friend the other day about the process of waiting and looking, being under the microscope and answering lots of questions from churches, she said one the of the most profound and comforting things I have heard in a while. It’s not like it’s anything new, but it was said in a fresh way. She said:

“Adina, you have to remember that God has a lot more at stake in this process than you and Jeremy do. He is the King and you are His servants!”

God is ruling the Kingdom and all of eternity, Jeremy and I are caring for 5 people and, in comparison to God and His Kingdom. . .well, there’s really no comparison!

Waiting CAN be Fun!
October 25, 2011, 6:40 pm
Filed under: family news, Ministry, Seminary

I remember time crawling by when I was a youngster. Now I smile when my children think that 60 days ’til their birthday is an eternity, or that waiting a few hours until their friend is available to play is pure torture.

Just like I smile over my children, I think God must be smiling over our family as we learn patience in a new way these days. Over the course of one day, we get asked many times what our plans are after seminary, or if we have heard anything final from any of the churches we have explored ministry opportunities with. I’m glad people ask. It means that they are concerned for us, and are interested in God’s work in our family.

However, we still wait.

I have been convicted over the last few weeks to wait with joy, to revel in the process, be faithful in the tasks God has given us now, and to not take something (even in my mind) that God has not given us yet. We fight against pride and presumption – which is easy to do at times when we are tempted to predict an outcome of this process.

It hit me the other day that even after Jeremy takes a ministry position (if God so chooses to bless us with one) I will need to do some of the same things I’m struggling to do faithfully now. I might as well learn in these days to do more faithfully the “little” things I have been assigned now. . .like cleaning my house, decluttering, purposefully spending time with friends, sharing Jesus more boldly, reading my Bible, praying fervently and constantly. . .the list goes on.

Funny how the solution I’m finding to my own struggle to wait is the same solution I give my children when they struggle to wait a few hours for a playdate: do something!

So I’m off – to meditate on Romans 8, declutter a closet, pack a few boxes and wrap some birthday gifts for Micah who turns three in a few days. I guess waiting CAN be fun!

Preserve My Life. . .
October 1, 2011, 7:33 am
Filed under: Discipleship, family news, Friends, grief, Jeremy, Ministry, Seminary

“Teach me O LORD, to follow your decrees; then I will keep them to the end. Give me understanding, and I will keep your law and obey it with all my heart. Direct me in the path of your commands, for there I find delight. Turn my heart toward your statutes and not toward selfish gain. Turn my eyes away from worthless things; preserve my life according to your word.” Psalm 119:33-37

This morning I wake up to sad news. One of the most godly men I have ever known in my life has been diagnosed with brain cancer. This man and his wife ministered to my family spiritually at times when others didn’t know how to. They loved us, taught deep truths, prayed for us and did the hard things God calls some church leaders to do.

In a nutshell, “Uncle Neil,” as us children called him, buried my mother, baptized my brother, married Jeremy and me, and took a hard (but necessary) stand of church discipline with one family member. Some of my earliest discipleship as a believer came from his wife as she was my prayer partner, and from him as our family’s pastor when I most needed solid Biblical teaching.

The longer I am a Christian, and the more I spend time with God in His word and with the Church, the more I realize that “preserve my life” means more than “God, keep me alive.” This last verse (37) is one of Jeremy’s favorites, and I find it fitting as I reflect on the impact a very godly man has had on our family. Though I beg God to “preserve his life” now that I know he has cancer, God HAS ALREADY preserved His life according to HIS word. Uncle Neil is not perfect (I’m sure his wife or son could give examples) but God has preserved Him spiritually and given him a long ministry not just to our family but to many others. And though his body may not last as long as we would really like, the effect of his life and faithful obedience even in the hard things will be serving the Kingdom far beyond what he can see.

I can’t help but find this a bit poignant as we set out in ministry. We didn’t expect to be here. But God expected it. He planned it. And in HIS great mercy, He has given us godly men like Neil, and Frank, Chris, Jim and so many others who have discipled us and been tools in the hand of Almighty God to shape us into instruments for HIS glory. We are thankful. And humbled. May we be found faithful, and may God see fit to also preserve US according to His word.

Contentment Examination – Part 3: Something to DO!

At least for me, I have found so much of contentment to be about my heart. (See Part I and Part 2) However, in the end, God does call me to action in many instances, to battle contentment practically. If my perspective is in view of heaven and Christ and HIS work in and around me, I find the other stuff comes more easily. And when I’m thinking God’s thoughts, things tend to spiral more upward than the other direction.

Now for the nitty-gritty questions:

Am I. . .

12. Spending time daily with God? (and continuing to pray)
(Psalm 1)

13. Doing what I can?
Ephesians 5:15
I’m talking practical here! Are you getting enough sleep, eating well, drinking enough water, are you seeking godly wisdom in working out the problem, if there is one, are you gathering regularly to worship God with other believers? If someone has offered suggestions or a solution, have you at least TRIED it?

14. Serving others selflessly and striving to become a better wife, mother, woman, etc?
1 Cor. 7:4-5, 34b 1 Cor. 7, Eph 5:10

15. Saying “no” to bitterness and resentment?
Ephesians 4:26-27, 31
If you are playing an event or situation over and over in your mind, or hoping something bad would happen to someone or in a certain circumstance, it is likely that you have let bitterness take root.

16. Exercising patience?
James 5:7-8, Psalm 37
Waiting is hard. Beg God for patience and start ACTING patient, even if you don’t feel it!

Please share other questions you ask yourself, or suggestions for battling contentment. . .these are only the musings of ONE woman wanting to walk in contentment with her God! May God grant us grace, discipline, and a heart of submission to the work HE is doing in us!

Together for the Gospel 2010 Recap
April 20, 2010, 4:34 pm
Filed under: Adina, Jeremy, Ministry, Seminary | Tags: , , ,

This past week Jeremy and I were able to attend a conference about the Gospel.  There were amazing speakers and great encouragement.

You can hear any of the speakers here at the T4G Website Resource link

We loved getting all the books. . .we have an extra set, so if you are hankering for a particular title, we may have an extra to give away. . .drop us a comment and if it hasn’t been given away and you promise to read it, we would be happy to oblige!

T4G 2010 BooksT4G 2010 Books

Happy New Year!! Book Recommendations
January 4, 2010, 1:20 pm
Filed under: family news, Ministry, Pictures, Seminary

What a great year of blessing the Lord gave us in 2009!  We got to spend it as a family (daddy home from Iraq) and our children have matured and there seems to be a light at the end of the toddler tunnel.  God brought us to Louisville, Jeremy started seminary, and we believe we may be hearing a call from the Lord to do International missionwork, either here in the US or overseas.  God has blessed us with many friends and godly influences who are passionately seeking to serve the Lord.

We continue to have many opportunities to share Jesus with people from other cultures and countries who speak very little English here in Louisville.  Just in the past few days, Jeremy spent time in several homes, just visiting sometimes, and other times helping out in practical ways such as in helping with job applications and resumes.  He continues to teach a translated Bible study at our church through the book of John.

We had a group of international friends over for a Guam fiesta (funny how they scarfed up that fare so much quicker than the normal American fare we usually serve them!!) and I (Adina) got to attend an all-women New Year’s Eve party where another seminary student friend of mine and I met and got to spend time with ladies from all parts of Iraq, Pakistan, and Nepal.  We are constantly in awe of how God is bridging barriers and giving us blatant opportunities to physically and verbally share the Good News of the cross with our friends.  We are humbled and more burdened for those who have never heard the Gospel as time goes by.

We update pictures of times with our international friends on this Facebook photo album, you can check back to it periodically:

One tool that has changed our perspective this year has been reading (as a couple) “Operation World” which is a devotional-style encyclopedia of countries of the world and a synopsis of the progress of the gospel in each.  It has really stunned us how spiritually impoverished the majority of the world is.

If I had to recommend only two books this year, it would be “Operation World” and “Humility” by Andrew Murray, a slim easy read that changed my perspective this year.

Praying God’s greatest blessings overwhelm your family and hearts this new year, for HIS glory alone!