I started blogging five years ago. Unscheduled, unwanted changes caused me to feel lost and unsure. My oldest daughter passed away four years before my first blog post, and I struggled with grief. The team I worked with and I was never on the same page. It seemed I had plunged into uncharted water with no plan, compass, or direction. Several people encouraged me to start blogging and share my thoughts, feelings and the lessons God taught me. Writing helped me see and trust God’s hand in those difficult years.
A Year of Changes
A year ago, Van and I moved from California to Prescott Valley, Arizona. Two months prior to our move, I retired from thirty-five years of teaching. Hands open, we wanted to receive whatever God planned for us. I prayed for God to direct our steps (Proverbs 16:9).
I expected to ease into our new life and community. But God had other plans for us. This year has been a whirlwind of meeting new people, making friends, and serving in a variety of ways. Van and I both lead separate Bible studies. We host and lead a Life Group in our home. Once a month, I serve as a chaplain in our local hospital. Van uses his handyman skills to help people in our church and community.
Our community hosts many concerts at the town square, and we pack a picnic, round up a few friends, and enjoy the music. We bought a kayak so we can spend time at one of the three local lakes, reveling in God’s creation.
I love every minute.
And I feel that God brought me out of uncharted water for this season and tied my boat securely to a dock. There will always be challenges and lessons to learn, but now no matter what comes my way, I am better prepared to step off of the dock and into His boat, wherever, whenever, however, God tells me to. I don’t need a plan, compass, or direction; God will take me wherever He wants me to be.
Changes to Uncharted Water
In this new season, I am going to take a long-term break from blogging. I don’t know if or when I’ll return to regular posts. There may be a random post once in a while, but I won’t be posting on a regular basis.
Thank you to each of you who have read my words. I am especially grateful to those of you who took the time to write encouraging comments. I appreciate you more than words can say.
For those times when you feel plunged, unprepared into uncharted water, remember always God’s promise in Isaiah 43:2-3:
When you go through deep waters,
I will be with you.
When you go through rivers of difficulty,
you will not drown.
When you walk through the fire of oppression,
you will not be burned up;
the flames will not consume you.
For I am the Lord your God,
the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.
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