A New Chapter

“There is a time for everything. and a season for every activity under heave

a time to be born and a time to die,

a time to plant and a time to uproot,

a time to kill and a time to heal,

a time to tear down and a time to build,

a time to weep and a time to laugh,

a time to mourn and a time to dance,

a time to scatter stones, and a time to gather them,

a time to embrace and a time to refrain,

a time to search and a time to give up,

a time to keep and a time to throw away,

a time to tear and a time to mend,

a time to be silent and a time to speak,

a time to love and a time to hate,

a time for war and a time for peace.”  Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

My husband is retiring after Easter, so I’ll be entering a whole new season of my life.  If you’re a book lover, like I am, you might think of it as a new chapter.  We’ve decided we’ll keep living in the same place, but many things are uncertain.  Will we continue attending the same church?  How will we fill the extra time?  How will the reduction in our income affect our lifestyle?

I’m the kind of person who has a hard time of letting go of what I have and the life in which I’ve become comfortable.  I’m an introvert, so it takes me time to adjust to new circumstances and new people.  It isn’t easy, so if I have a choice, I’ll often prefer to stay where I am — even if it isn’t so good– because at least things are familiar.

I’ve learned, however, that moving on can be an adventure.  I wasn’t excited about becoming a Pastor’s wife and leaving my home congregation;  now I can see that I’ve grown and done some exciting things I would never have tried if I hadn’t been forced to change.  I wasn’t very happy about my own retirement — but the last eight years have been some of the most happy and fulfilling of my life.

There’s a time for everything.  Right now, it feels like a time of scattering, tearing down and uprooting.  But God has a plan, and I’m looking forward to see what He’ll do with this new chapter in my life.  It’s bound to be a good one so I’m going to keep reading!

For more about retirement see this post:

Reimagine Retirement by C.J. Cagle– Book Review

For more about the book of Ecclesiastes see:

God Moments in Ecclesiastes

A Time for Everything

 

Dancing in the Rain

dancing in the rain quote

I have this saying up on my living room wall and I was looking at it this morning and thought I’d share a bit.  I used to say “Why Me?” when things happened in my life, but someone came back to me and said “Why not you?”.  I didn’t have an answer to that.

I’ve had a lot of things happen to me.  In fact, I would think that I’ve been in the rain more than most people.  (My counselor agrees!) I’ve been a caregiver almost all my life starting when my father had a heart attack and my brother had a bad car accident and my mom and sister-in-law had to go to work to keep the family afloat.  I came home from school and took care of my niece and nephew, made dinner for everybody and put the kids to bed.  I was 15 at the time.  It goes on throughout my life.  One need after another. My father, my mother, my husband….

I look back at all that I’ve done (and struggled through) and wonder how I even made it through in one piece.  With all the changes in my life, some made within hours, I’ve learned to Dance in the Rain.  Now I know that my Lord Jesus has always been with me and He guided me through all my past changes.  As a result, I’ve grown stronger in my faith and in life in general.