Sunday, May 10, 2009

A Word About Casey...

Hello, old friends! It's been a while, hasn't it? Sorry 'bout that. It's been kinda crazy around here, but this week should be good; I think I'll have some time to catch up.

A couple things I've been wanting to write about, but tonight there's just time enough to talk about...my sweet husband.

Casey graduated seminary on Saturday! Yea! I am so proud of him. I'm proud of him for working so hard and pushing through 6 years of classes and papers and projects. I know that it was so tiresome for him at times (and me too, honestly) but I can see a difference in him and in his ministry. He knows the Word. He speaks with wisdom and authority. And it is not calloused knowledge, but love-soaked Truth. It was worth it...and it will be worth it again, if/when he decides to go back. ;)

But it's not just because we have a new piece of paper to hang on the wall that I feel so proud of him. I feel proud of him for the man he has become. Several weeks ago, the Lord really opened my eyes and allowed me to see not just Casey, who I've known for 13 years and wake up to every morning, but a man that God is using, a man that God is blessing with wisdom, a man that has been entrusted with the Word of God and has been given the courage and faith to share it.

It happened the weekend I traveled with him to a D'Now and it was the first time I had been to an event in quite a while. The theme was The Naked Truth...Casey spoke on Biblical masculinity, femininity and issues regarding sexuality and purity. That weekend I saw my husband empower boys to be men. I saw my husband give young girls a vision for a husband that is worth waiting for. I saw my husband invite these students to a purposeful, intentional, God-centered life where much is expected of them, yes, even as teenagers!, but where the pleasure is anything but empty or fleeting. I saw the Lord use Casey to breathe life into these students.

That weekend the wind was knocked out of me. What grace has been given to me! How foolish I am for taking it for granted! I could not stop thanking God for my husband. He didn't just give me a husband that has crafty words, but He gave me a man who daily strives to obey Christ in the way he leads his family. He does. He is not perfect. He makes mistakes, but it is the great pleasure of my life to serve and follow Christ under his leadership. I am so humbled by God's generosity to me.

I've always known that I was married to a wonderful man, but like I said, I was sort of taking that for granted, but thankfully God reminded me of His kindness to me and I've been dying to share this ever since.

To you, Casey...
You are a blessing to me and to Braelyn.
I respect you more and more everyday.
Congratulations on graduating!
I love you.

4 comments:

Steph said...

Steph,

You are too sweet. Thank you for being such an amazing wife and mother. Thank you for helping me, even with tough words that I needed to hear at times that were crucial for us. I am grateful to you and Braelyn for your love and support, and I pray that God will continue to allow us to experience the joy of serving Him, wherever He may lead.

Your love in Christ,
Casey

Abba's Girl said...

It is an honour to watch the Lord use the 2 of you in ministry. I remember when you accepted Christ as your Savior...it's been nice for the Lord to weave our lives together at various intervals...wow, Brenham watch out - the Holy Spirit is going to fall in a big way...

Love, Mrs Annette

Brandi said...

Steph,
this is beautiful. i'm so glad to be your friend. we love you guys.

Alicia said...

My brother is awesome! :) ...and whoever took that photo has some skills! ;)

Alicia