For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11.
This verse has always been one of my favorite verses and now I am leaning on these words from God more than ever as a new season of my life is beginning. I look back over so many years of my life, so many good times, and I know that this will just be another great chapter. As always a new season brings apprehension and uncertainty. As I sit at this juncture and look back at the past chapters and how God has worked then I know that he will walk with me once again through this time. “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” Psalm 119:105.
Walking back through God’s plan for my life
I guess my adult story begins with meeting my husband. God placed a great man in my life. As I continue to walk through life with him, I pray that I am the mate that he always wanted because I am more than thankful and blessed to have him. Our story began in May of 1989. “Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.” Genesis 2:24. When we reflect on this time in our life now, we wonder how we made it. Sometimes being young makes you more resilient. Although we struggled as a young couple, we endured and entered that next phase of our life in November of 1991 when our first daughter came into our lives, and again in November of 1994 with the birth of our second daughter.
November 1991 and 1994 our family grew and changed me so that I was no longer just a wife but a mother. God blessed us with two beautiful daughters who to this day we are so proud of. They are now strong independent woman. “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 2:6. Learning to be parents as a young married couple is both challenging and rewarding. We learned many years later the reward was they left our home while we were still young enough to enjoy life and each other. Life continued to change as they grew up, entered school, played sports, danced, etc. While they were still young, I took the steps to receive my Masters in Library and Information Studies. Leaving the classroom for the school library was a big step but one that has made my career a special place. I have loved my job.
Next Phase for Everyone
Sometimes their busy lives consumed ours and as they entered high school, my husband and I realized we needed to find each other again. No regrets on our children and our time with them, but we needed to reconnect. This became easier as they were older and heading toward high school graduation. During this time we added Harley to our lives, a new puppy. Our daughters had lived on a farm with dogs and horses, but never experienced a puppy. We all fell in love fast!
Each transition in losing a child from the home was bittersweet, but we reveled in watching them soar on God’s wings. “But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31. High school graduation came for them both and off to college they went. Both in different directions to different types of schools.
We began enjoying the life as empty nesters and learning to enjoy each other again. This chapter of our lives was watching our daughters grow into adults and soar while reconnecting with each other and enjoying life to the fullest! College graduations came and went.
Our oldest daughter married and entered graduate school while working full time. Our youngest entered graduate school working full time and Mom and Dad are just not as needed in their lives anymore.
Now, here I stand again at a major life change and a new chapter to write. But as I wrote these few memories and dug out these pictures, I was able to revisit so many memories from horses to motorcycles, Myrtle Beach to the Caribbean trips, and all those special memories from Christmas to soccer tournaments and golf state qualifications. We have had so much fun. Then the memories of my career. Remember above I spoke of entering the school library and becoming a school librarian. This career is deeply planted in my soul. I love the kids, literacy, research, and the learning that happens in a school library, but it is time for me to write another chapter of my life. I am ready to hand over these reigns and enjoy day to day life with my husband.
I am planning retirement….
Yes, I am excited about the future, but torn with the deep love of my job. I didn’t know it would be this hard to let go, so I lean on my verse again. For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11. I know that God has plans for my future and has already written these chapters. I trust in him as I walk this new path. I trust in him as I venture into the unknown. I trust in him to show me his glory and that I might have opportunities on this new adventure to share his love and grace with others.
Challenge: God knows the plans he has for you. Walk in his Word.