The road of good intentions that I mentioned last year had some potholes along the way. Goodness! A year has passed already. The time raced by at lightening speed.

2017 morphed into 2018 in a blink of an eye. The trip was a bumpy ride. But Grace guided me over or around each pothole.

My brother continues to take the lead with caring for our mother. We had to place her in Assisted Living this past. He’s doing a good job of  keeping me informed  and seeking my guidance when any major decisions need attention. He’s realized just how difficult caregiving for our mom was for me and admits he didn’t realize the amount of stress it is.

It was a difficult decision for me to make when I transitioned from a ministry of being the office and financial manager at a church with 1200+ members, back into a corporate business environment.

I’ve always considered myself as being a good team player with all of my previous employers, the CPA firm was no exception. The firm afforded me the opportunity to experience and learn different aspects of the corporate financial arena. Some experiences were good, some not so good, and some very challenging.

A health scare, (Two mild stress related heart attacks in one week. Yikes!) Caused me to eliminate as many risk factors as possible from my life that throws my body into unhealthy reactions. The firm was gracious to allow me to transition from a full-time finance position to a part-time position as support personnel for all of the departments.  Then recently, after dealing with irate clients & situations out my control, my body decided to go into another unhealthy stressed state. I didn’t have to take a ride with screaming sirens this time though.

So, after many conversations, my husband and I have come to an agreement that I will go into full-time retirement; What ever that means. I will embark on a new journey. One that will allow for a slower pace and opportunities to develop new interests and areas of ministry, and hopefully, one with fewer stressors.

I will look back on my employment history with fond memories of the relationships God has given me opportunities to develop, and satisfaction knowing that I was able to touch someone’s life for Him in a positive way.

This scripture comes to mind as I meditate on this new beginning…

Acts 20:24 But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.

 

I look forward to attempts at writing again. I hear Grace saying, “I know you hear me. But you are you listening?” Yes, Lord. Yes.

I  came across this prayer and thought it appropriate for this season of life, and any journey we embark on. I hope you will make it your prayer too.

Heavenly Father, as we reach cross-roads of our lives, there are many unknown opportunities awaiting. Guide us along the path that You would have us to go. 

Thank You that Your word is a lamp to our feet and a light to our path and as we step out into the unknown. I pray that You continue to guard and guide the way that I take – and thank You that You have scheduled every day of my life, including the unknowns in this retirement. 

Lord, this is a wonderful new beginning for me. Help me to seize every opportunity that arises and to explore the skills and gifts that You have given me, so that they may be used to glorify Your name. 

I trust You to be with me in sickness and in health, in poverty and in wealth and pray that I will submit day by day to the leading of Your Spirit and simply rest in Your love, knowing that You are my light and my life, my way and my end in Jesus name I pray.

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