The Caskey Family

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!