One Year Later

An ending

Walking out a door

New beginnings

The future looks bright

My sequel

A gift of time

30 years of teaching

Letting go

Retirement

Each set of words above symbolizes a time of remembering and the hope of new beginnings. The chance to listen, explore, seek and ultimately find the next steps for my sequel. As I walked out the door of school one last time, I left with hope, excitement and dream-filled visions. And now one year later, I reflect on all that has passed and wonder again, what my next steps will be.

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My vision for retirement was somewhat reworked from day one by circumstances that God knew all along. Each snapshot of hope was molded into a new photo-shopped picture as God took me on a journey to learn grace, perseverance, and understanding what it means to seek less of me and more of Him. My vision quickly looked like splinters of wood that fragmented the whole into a picture with rough edges and sharp corners. I have not always shown gratitude for this journey or grace in the situations I faced. But I know that God was orchestrating the path and working hard to teach me lessons that I am still learning.

One year later I am asking if dreams are possible and if so will they come true? The answer is without a doubt “YES”.

When I struggled with frustration over feelings of missing out, God was faithful.

When I forgot over and over to extend grace to all and especially myself, God was faithful.

When the thought of one more day of doing the same thing with no glimpse of it looking different sent me into a tailspin, God was faithful.

When I chose an attitude of wanting what I wanted, when I wanted it, God was faithful.

God always chooses the perfect path for our lives, but I searched for a path based on my human desires and dreams. As I look back one year later, I need to ask myself if choosing my agenda as more important than God’s was worth the heartache of not being present for His beautiful and amazing plans???

One year later it has become clear that my ways are not God’s ways, but His plans are always good and perfect.

Take good counsel and accept correction—
that’s the way to live wisely and well.
21 We humans keep brainstorming options and plans,
but God’s purpose prevails. Proverbs 19:20-21 MSG

I am still learning the lessons of grace for all, perseverance when God has another direction He wants me to go and humility in seeking gratitude that God chose a beautiful life just for me.

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What might be clouding your vision today?

I pray you seek the truth that God is always faithful and has a beautiful life planned for each of you.

Blessings of grace along the way!

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