God’s Hands Hold My Future: Retirement Adventure


At 2:00 p.m. Pacific Daylight Saving Time, the next phase of my life begins. I turn in my classroom keys and close the door for the last time. I won’t return in the fall because I’m retiring. What does the future hold? I don’t know exactly.

Much of the mundane tasks of life remain constant. Planning and preparing meals. Never-ending laundry (really, even for two people, why does that hamper fill up so quickly?). Trying to keep our home neat and tidy. But the stress of juggling that with lesson plans, grading papers, and touching the lives of seventh graders won’t be there anymore.

The Future Adventure

For my entire life, I lived in Southern California. Never more than an hour from downtown Los Angeles or Disneyland. More importantly, never more than 2 hours from family. But my husband, Van, and I bought a home in Prescott Valley, Arizona. A new state. New neighbors. A new church. An introvert by nature, I must rely on God to make new friends and find new ministries. To find my niche in this new place.

Our daughter and grandchildren will be six to eight hours away. Tears spill when I think of that, but the fewer must-dos of retirement bring hope of plenty of visits.

The Future Belongs to God

As Van and I talked and prayed about leaving the familiar and comfortable and stepping out into a new adventure, I prayed. That won’t stop as we get to know what God has in store for us in this new place. Specifically, I pray Proverbs 16:9 The heart of a man plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps.


My future, just like my past and present, belong to God. Through every life change, He carried me through. He never changes, always loves. I look forward to new adventures, directed by Him, as I step forward into retirement.

I’m linking today with Five Minute Friday. Join me there to read what others have to say about today’s prompt, Future.



Author: Debbie Putman

I am a child of God, seeking to trust Him in every joy and sorrow. Sharing my walk is my husband, Van. God blessed me with two beautiful daughters and three delightful grandchildren. I teach seventh grade English and History, love to read and bake cookies, watch the birds in my backyard, and the ocean.

7 thoughts on “God’s Hands Hold My Future: Retirement Adventure”

  1. Debbie, I wish you and Van all the best as you embark on this new journey in life! I’ll be praying for you both.

  2. Debbie, OH MY – this is incredibly relative for me today. I won’t retire until 2020 but we are already thinking about leaving our 29+ year homestead and venturing out. In fact this week we are taking three days to play Joshua and Caleb and spy out coastal South Carolina! Please be sure to write about your transition I’m so interested in following it. Mary Geisen, do you know her? A faith blogger, left the classroom two years ago and has blogged a lot about that. It’s definitely a life transition. Blessings to you and yours.

    1. How fun, Susan! You’ll have more time to plan than we did. I didn’t decide to retire until Christmastime, and we didn’t decide to definitely move to Arizona until May. I do know Mary Geisen, and she is on my retirement reading list. I’m definitely hoping to write more about my transition from work to retirement and from California to Arizona. There will be lots of adjusting to do.

  3. It is a big change when you retire–but it is mostly good! I have been retired for a couple of years now and love the time I have available for family. And more time for reading and writing. I pray God will lead you to relationships in Arizona.

    1. Thank you, Carol. I’m fortunate that my sister-in-love and brother-in-love will live only a mile away from us. We always have good times with them.

Thank you for joining me on my journey with God in uncharted water. Please let me know how He is working in your life.