The Unexpected Blessing by being on Drummond Island.

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We are settling back into the routine of our life here on the island. We have posted a schedule on the wall so that we can make sure that we are capturing our time and spending it wisely. And yes, we are still having our weekly administration meeting. 🙂 So many people have questioned how beneficial it really is, but we have found it to be VERY helpful and it has prevented us from getting into many “lively conversations”. 🙂

We are sensing that the Lord has truly blessed us by bringing us to Drummond for many different reasons, the obvious is to have a place to lay our heads which He has orchestrated so richly and beautifully. But even past our superficial needs He is showing us that we needed this time to really focus on our relationship with one another and deal with things within our marriage that have been put to the side for many years, even going back to the beginning of our relationship.

We have found that marriage is truly a picture of the Gospel to the world, so more than ever, we are realizing that we need to make sure ours is solid. After all that is our main purpose now; to share the Good News with everyone, so it’s kind of important that our marriage is accurately depicting this. Thankfully we are in a place in our relationship where fierce emotions and tears can erupt out of nowhere, we are mature enough and love each other enough to be able to “hash things out” in a way that is not damaging to the other person. Believe us when we say that has not always been the case!

The Lord has definitely used our marriage to stretch us in areas we did NOT want to be flexible. He has taught us to ENDURE with each other even when we felt the other person was intolerable! We’ve always thought the word endure, meant to “put up with each other”, with a begrudging kind of attitude, but now for the first time we are learning “a more excellent way.” (1 Cor 12:31-13:1) God is “changing our mind” (metanoia) on how we conduct ourselves. This “more excellent way” is actually LOVING someone enough to PAUSE and ask the Lord to give you incite into the issue. When He gives you the wisdom then you can SPEAK LIFE into a person even when you don’t have an inkling as to what or why they are doing something.  It’s taking the time to really UNDERSTAND them even when you are hurt, by choosing to love them faithfully even when you don’t believe you have the capacity or the energy for it. Your motive is because you would rather be like Jesus than being right.

For example, there was a time in our communication where a statement like this would be said, “You never spend time with me!”(This puts the other person on the defensive) Now we are learning to speak, using words of life such as, “I would like to spend more time with you because I enjoy you. Can we make a plan on how we can do that?” Wow! What a simple principle and it may seem so “Elementary my Dear Watsonish”, but so unbelievably revolutionary to our marriage!!!  Instead of approaching things with a negative slant we are learning to operate from a positive standpoint. This “more excellent way” still deals with the matter, without sweeping it under the rug, but handles it with truth AND love and with the idea of restoring the relationship. (Eph 4:15)

This whole idea of “changing our mind” in how we operate is coinciding strangely enough with our Bible study in the book of Acts, which is another topic of discussion that we will be possibly addressing in the future.  We keep seeing throughout the Scripture, how God’s love causes people to have a “change of mind” towards Him.  We are personally experiencing a “changing of our mind” not only towards the Lord but to each other. We are no longer just intellectually assenting to what the Bible tells us, but we are trying to follow what it says and finding LOVE should always be central.

Over time He has caused us to learn to forgive and move on and not hold a record of wrong. In His sovereignty, He put us together knowing that we were pretty much opposites in the way we communicate. Historically this caused friction with little change or growth. Through the years He has taught us how to speak to one another with wisdom and understanding.  After being married for almost 23 years, we have found that if you allow the Lord to use your marriage to sanctify yourself and not fight against it, then He can transform you more and more into the image of His Son Jesus and you can truly display to the world what is an accurate depiction of who Jesus is and His bride.

Being here on Drummond Island has provided a place for us not only to minister to those around us, but for us to be ministered to by the Lord and to work things out between us that we haven’t had the time to do up till now. This is the HUGE, AND UNEXPECTED BLESSING and we are very aware that it is from the Lord. A wise pastor/friend of Scott’s said when he was praying over him that he believed that being here on Drummond Island would be a time for us and a time of refreshment. Those words have become prophetically true. We are so thankful that God is all-knowing and He knew exactly what we needed and when we needed it.

Thoughts for this week:

If you have found yourself in a place where your marriage needs help. Humble yourself before the Lord and He will exalt you. (1 Peter 5:6 and James 4:10) Whatever the issue is, the Lord can and will handle it the way only He can. Just be ready to have a “metanoia” (changing of your mind) and be willing to obey. Usually the thing the Lord asks you to do, is the harder thing. Are you willing to go that far to DO the harder thing? Ask the Lord for strength and for wisdom on how to love your spouse so that you can display the Gospel to those around you with power and genuineness.  Remember it was His LOVE that covered a multitude of your sins. Let us love the way Jesus did and love one another deeply. (1 Peter 4:8)

 

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Preaching the Gospel till there is No Place Left! Rom. 15:22-23

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Ormond Beach

Ormond Beach Daytona…. What can I say about the wonderful trip there lol!  We traveled 3 hours on a VERY hot day with no air conditioning but the devil couldn’t stop us from having fun and cracking up on the way 🙂  God did great things at Ormond beach,  we arrived on a Friday and Troy trained some leaders from the church which were going to help train the next day.  Matt was one of the new trainers, he had been saved for 7 months and had fear of training others, we encouraged him and practiced with him and then he was able to train others, he did an amazing job, Glory to God!  We both went to the beach to preach the Gospel and we were able to pray for 30 people, 1 person got saved and Matt being a new believer got on fire and trained a Pastor that we met on the beach how to share the Gospel using the 3 circles, he taught him by drawing them on the sand!!  lol.  When Matt was at work he shared the 3 circles by drawing them on a piece of drywall!  (we need to buy him a pad of paper! lol  🙂

 

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Vero Beach Training!!!

Vero Beach was amazing!! We trained Pastors that will be traveling to Mexico on July 28th, 2016, we will be joining them and teaching leaders and Pastors from different churches.  We met a man named Tom, it was his first time training, initially he was very “shy” but after practicing and training he overcame the fear and was able to share what he learned boldly with out people.
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My son Izaiah practicing the 3 circles 🙂

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Jensen Beach training!!

Jensen Beach was my first time giving a training, what a blessing it was! We trained approximately 80 people and I was able to train a Spanish speaking member one on one. The Pastors of the church began disciplining and training the church members using our teaching method and now they go evangelizing every Wednesday, this is new to the church they never went evangelizing before, Glory to God!!!

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Little Is Much When God Is In It- Hymn by Kittie L. Suffield 1924

Hymn: Little Is Much When God Is In It

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VS 1:In the harvest field now ripened
There’s a work for all to do;
Hark! the voice of God is calling
To the harvest calling you.

Refrain:
Little is much when God is in it!
Labor not for wealth or fame.
There’s a crown—and you can win it,
If you go in Jesus’ Name.

VS 2: In the mad rush of the broad way,
In the hurry and the strife,
Tell of Jesus’ love and mercy,
Give to them the Word of Life.

VS 3: Does the place you’re called to labor
Seem too small and little known?
It is great if God is in it,
And He’ll not forget His own.

VS 4: Are you laid aside from service,
Body worn from toil and care?
You can still be in the battle,
In the sacred place of prayer.

VS 5: When the conflict here is ended
And our race on earth is run,
He will say, if we are faithful,
“Welcome home, My child—well done!”

 

This was a hymn that was sung at a local church on Drummond Island that we had never heard before, but the words really spoke to us, especially because of the season in life that we are in. Isn’t it amazing that this woman’s words of encouragement to the believer still rings on almost a century later?

Which verse of this hymn do you identify with? Is the Lord calling you to go into the harvest? Are you listening and obeying to that call? Have you been caught up in the cares of this life or are you telling people throughout your busy day of the Hope that is in you? (1 Peter 3:15) Maybe you feel discouraged because you don’t see God using you in mighty and glorious ways? Zechariah 4:10 reminds us, “ Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord REJOICES to see the work begin.” Think of that! The Lord is glad over small beginnings. It doesn’t matter if anyone knows what work you are doing for the Him, because He does! Or maybe you have been serving the Lord a long time and you are tired and worn out, but remember, as it says in Hebrews 6:10, “God is not unjust; He will not forget your work and the love you have shown Him as you have helped His people and continue to help them.”

Thoughts for this week:

No matter what point you are in your walk with the Lord, He is the source. Without Him we can do nothing in our own strength and if we try to operate in our own power, we will find ourselves “Body worn from toil and care.” Believer, fix your eyes on Jesus and run your race that the Lord has put before you, with endurance and love for the One who is waiting at the finish line!  Christian can you see Him cheering you on? Can you picture Him with His arms stretched out to you? How wonderful that day will be when Jesus will say to us ‘if we are faithful, “Welcome Home, My child- well done!” That is the ultimate goal for the Casteels to run victoriously and help as many people along the way to Jesus!  We pray that this is your hearts cry as well.

Remember the story of the boy with the 5 loaves and 2 fish. What little he had, he allowed Jesus to use it for His glory and to make His name famous. A little is much when God is in it!!!

 

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Love Scott and Kim

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It’s the Little Things in Life!

So since being on the island we have been taking in all the “little things” of life. For instance, the perfect weather of 75 for the high and 59-60 for the low. We definitely feel sorry for our Florida       fr-amily. 🙂 Being able to see the stars vividly at night because of zero air pollution is amazing and it doesn’t get dark till 10:30 pm! We’ve had to get used to that one for sure, but that has definitely given us more time to do things!  Seeing a mama osprey hovering over her nest of babies. Picking wild strawberries randomly growing along the driveway and eating them in yogurt. Eating at restaurants together and meeting the locals. Meeting new brothers and sisters in Christ and having a Bible study in pure freedom without any fear of persecution. And the list goes on and on.

We are trying not to miss these “little things” and being very thankful to God for them. What in your life are the “little things” that the Lord has rained blessing on you? Have you thanked Him recently? Remember to live out Ephesians 5:20 “always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

 

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Cute little authentic Mexican restaurant called “Esther’s”   What a great place to have a Bible study!

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This was a very eclectic place to eat. It had a little bit of everything! It had a Deli, ice cream, all kinds of snacks, trinkets, model train paraphernalia, a walk-in cooler with all kinds of different drinks etc… You name it! They had it! We got to meet with some locals and ended up finding out that everyone was from Ohio! It was like a mini family reunion! 🙂

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Something that we might have missed while we were zooming past

on our motorcycle, but these were the BIGGEST dandelions we have ever seen!

Kim took a pic with one just to get a perspective of how big it really was. 🙂

 

Whenever we see dandelions it reminds us of our beloved niece Christina because she always lived for the moment! You literally never knew what she was gonna do next! Sometimes that was bad and sometimes that was good. 🙂  “Life Is Not Measured By the Number of Breaths We Take, But By the Moments That Take Our Breath Away.” This quote is such a great reminder that we need to make every moment special, whether big or small, and live life to it’s fullest for the glory of God!

 

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We love you and are so thankful for your prayers and support. Let us know how we can be a blessing to you.

Love Scott and Kim

Preaching the Gospel till there is No Place Left! Rom. 15:22-23

 

 

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