Thursday, April 28, 2011

New Home, New Life

Lots of changes since my last post. It's been a while, and I'm feeling rusty, but here goes.

On December 23 of last year I found out that I could have an early retirement package from work. In the first week of January, we bought a house in another town, 45 minutes away. Then about two weeks after that, we sold our house. On February 24th we moved to our new house. On March 31st I officially retired from my job of nearly 20 years. Whew! Just writing it all out leaves me feeling overwhelmed!

Too many changes? Yes, perhaps. But I am convinced that it was all in God's plan and timing. For quite a while, my hubbie and I have been dreaming of that place in the country. And I have been dreaming of being able to retire. Neither of these things seemed to be in the realm of the possible for a few years yet, but then God doesn't look at the possible, or statistics, or any other perameter that we tend to dwell on and make life decisions on. He just goes ahead and does things His way, whenever He wants to. Even as all these events were unfolding, I knew that all I had to do was trust Him and hold on for the ride. And now that most of the dust has settled, I am still trusting him for whatever comes next.

Yes it has been too many changes all at once, at least according to the "experts". And I did expect some low times to come after all the exitement had passed. And come they did. Leaving work was heart wrenching. I didn't expect it to be so difficult. I had to grieve for what I was leaving behind, even in the face of new found freedom and exiting new possibilities. You know the old saying, you don't know what you had until you've lost it. But still, I know this sad time will pass, and I will stop looking behind and start looking ahead. God knows what the future holds, for each one of us. Nothing is certain, no matter what plans we make. He holds every second, and His will for our lives is always perfect. So we keep looking to Him.

But as for me, I trust in You, O LORD,
I say "You are my God."
My times are in Your hand;
(Psalm 31:14-15a)


mercygraceword said...

A treat to see you'd posted!

See you soon,


Anonymous said...

"And now that most of the dust has settled"

I thought it was "snow" on the ground.

Maureen said...

Thanks for the chuckle, "Barb". :o)

At Heart Level said...

So glad you're back. What exciting news. We've missed you and look forward to hearing more!
blessings, Michele

covnitkepr1 said...

Looks peaceful and in the country.
I’ve been following and enjoying your blog for a while now and would like to invite you to visit and perhaps follow me back. Sorry I took so long for the invitation.