Today you get the privilege of hearing from Casey. I get to credit Casey with helping lead me from life as a single woman to life as a wife and mother. I will forever be thankful that I have had her around during these years to give me tips and seriously tell it to me straight and I hope to always cling to her wisdom.
Hi! My name is Casey Eige and I’m super excited that Laci asked me to guest post! You see, I follow a TON of blogs and have a secret crush on those of you that can come up with witty sayings over and over again to keep your readers hooked! It’s pretty dang awesome! Me? I always come up with something witty afterwards and repeat it in the mirror when I’m getting ready for the day and not even realizing it until my 10 year old comes in and asks why am I talking to myself…..yeah, that’s happened.
Soooo, Since November is here, I of course wanted to write about THANKFULNESS! Yes, that overused word we get numb to on Thanksgiving because that’s what you do during Thanksgiving. You buy little clippy candle things and clip them to your fancy “I only use these on special occasions” china and make everyone go around the table and say what they are thankful for. Everyone smiles, maybe sheds a tear then gets back to what Thanksgiving is really about, THE FOOD! We did our deed of talking about being thankful for the year and our heart feels good for a bit and we live the rest of the year stressful without really giving a thought to thankfulness again until we are in Hobby Lobby in July and they start putting up the super cute glitter pumpkins we told ourselves we’d get next year OR until change/sickness/tragedy happens. Usually, it’s tough to see the goodness of God and be thankful until you’ve come OUT of that change/sickness/tragedy.
You see, I’m thankful for a God who can bring goodness out of change/sickness/tragedy. I’m thankful He doesn’t just leave us there but proves true the verse in Romans 8:28 “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. My family is living proof of this verse. Just when we think that God has forgotten us, He shows up in a HUGE way. From providing financially, to healings, to an amazing job, He’s there! Of course in my experience, God hardly shows up the way you expect Him to. He’s awesome like that. He’s FULL of surprises and I think He loves to see His kids surprised by His faithfulness.
Within the last 2 years we’ve had some pretty crazy things happen in our family. Six years ago we planted a church in Uptown Charlotte. We LOVED this church. It was full of young people excited for Jesus in the heart of chaos. We were doing Jesus work and I loved it. However, when we least expected it, God told us to step down. Let me just say, I was NOT thankful. I questioned God. But we obeyed and spent 6 months floundering, wondering where is the world is God taking us. My husband Ben and I cried a lot those 6 months. BUT I dug into Jesus more than I ever had before. It was awesome. It was raw. It was real. I was THANKFUL. During those 6 months, we saw Gods provision. His surprises! It was so good. We eventually were offered a job in Colorado. Amazing. Everything we had prayed for in a ministry position is here. We are super close to the mountains, I get to stay at home with the kids, Ben is full time, AND we have an awesome church on top of that. WHOO HOO!
Two weeks after we moved in we found a rabid bat just flying around the house having a good ol’ time. Yes, I said RABID!!! My daughter thought it was a bird until I looked a little closer and the sucker was HAIRY! WHAT?? I knew bats flying around during the day, was NOT a good sign. So I called our trusty animal control chick and she scooped him up in a coffee can (no lie) and went on her marry way. She ended up testing it for rabies, and it came back positive. Sooo, since it had been in the house with us for God knows how long and could’ve bitten us in the night without us knowing (who knew) my husband and I had to go in for rabies shots. We didn’t have insurance at the time, it was supposed to kick in a couple days later, so our first round of rabies shots were $12,000. Yeah. Next next 2 rounds were under insurance so that helped. But by the end of this craziness, the total bill came out to be $37,000. Pocket change. We were freaking out only a bit. But God had a plan. YES! He was faithful and I was thankful. By someone knowing someone high up in the hospital, the hospital ended up forgiving all but $500 of our bill! AMAZING!
This past June I was diagnosed with Thyroid cancer. Another awesome. I was scared, thinking all the worst things that could go wrong and looking to the internet for answers. DON’T DO THAT! It will scare the hoobity out of you and you’ll be ready to plan your funeral. I had a TON of people praying. All over the world actually. I was pretty awesome to see God’s kids come together and know you have family that has your back even if you don’t know them personally. I ended up having 2 surgeries; both went awesome. There was a little pain but nothing extreme. I had radioactive iodine, again, not bad. The side effects that could’ve been there, weren’t. Working out medication afterwards, hasn’t been the nightmare I heard it could be. I am so thankful. To look back on the craziness of the past 2 years and to see God’s faithfulness has been awesome.
Seek out those crazy times in life. Look for God’s hand. He was there. He is there. He says “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. If you do this, you will experience God’s peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus” Philippians 4:6-7. Be THANKFUL for his hand on your life this November. For what you can see He has done for you and what you can’t see.
So right now? I’m on the couch, day 3, of icing my back that I have NO IDEA how I hurt but I can barely walk. We have a Harvest Festival tonight, I’m in charge of the photo booth, a guest speaker that Ben and I are supposed to take out to eat tomorrow and I teach in our kids church on Sunday. WHAT? How the heck am I going to do it all? I won’t. But I’m thankful that others can and God’s got this!