Retirement

It’s getting closer.  Retirement, that is.  There was a time when I thought it was a lifetime away.  Now, that lifetime is nearing the final stages and in about 5 months I will leave to go to work one more day.  I’ll greet my co-workers with a “Good morning” one last time, and before the day is done, I’ll say “Goodbye” to each one, but there will be no more, “See you tomorrow!”  I will be leaving and I won’t be back on schedule like usual. This time it will be for good. Yes, this is the end.  Or, is it?

As I contemplate  the next and final chapter of my life, I find I want to do something more than just sit home and cook and clean and take naps.  I’m thinking I can still be of use…somewhere.  So I think about volunteering in different areas.  I want to do something that makes a difference, no matter how little.  I’ve discovered that sometimes it’s the little things that really matter most.  So my mind sometimes goes on and on about the possibilities that may be available to me. I get excited about doing something I enjoy on a schedule I can more or less set for myself.  I presently get up at 2 a.m. to begin my workday, but soon, I will rediscover the bliss of a full nights sleep; at least I’m hoping.  I am looking forward to leisure, yet I don’t want to be lazy and my life uneventful.  I want to enjoy the things I haven’t been able to as much as I’d like, these last 20 years.  I’d like to enjoy family, friends, and giving back to the community.  I’m looking forward to trying new recipes, visiting kids and grandkids that don’t live close, going out for coffee (or ice cream) with hubby, taking some summer evening walks, volunteering somewhere and especially writing a bit more.  I’m not sure what it is about writing.  I’ve written poems since I was five or six.  In high school I wrote short stories that were personal, which only I read.  And as I went through the ups and downs of life, I wrote more poetry.  I have a box full of it!   I guess it was a release for me, something I needed and loved to do. I’m sure some think I’m not very good at it, but I’m not really trying to do it correctly as much as I am honestly, from the heart.  I am hoping that maybe I can connect with someone else and encourage or lift them up.  And sometimes, it’s a good feeling just to know someone else understands and cares.  I don’t have a lot of answers, and there’s so much I will never know, but right now I just want to share a bit of my life and maybe, just maybe, God can use some of it for His glory and for His purposes.

I also want to wish you all a Blessed Easter.  I hope you will embrace ‘The Lamb’ more than the bunny, and when you say your prayers, (myself included) remember to thank Jesus Christ for what He willingly did on our behalf.  He took upon Himself, our sin, on the cross, that through His death and resurrection, we can be made righteous. We just need to believe He is the Son of God, as we repent of our sin and accept His forgiveness.  You see, if you do that, then it’s never ‘over’ for you.  Even when your retirement comes, it is not over.  God has more planned.  When you die, it is still not over.  There is eternal life with our Heavenly Father, and that will go on forever!

So, Lord willing, I will retire, and I will trust Him to take me through the next chapter of my life, because whether it be down here or up yonder, my life will go on.  May He guide my every step, and may He guide yours as well.  We all have a story, “Lord, please lead each one of us, as we walk with You daily. May we continue to live for You, full filling your purposes, and knowing we are loved, every step of the way.”

 

 

About myjourneywithjesus2017

Hello! My name is Sheree, and this is just a little about myself.  I am a mom, grandma, sister, aunt, daughter, sister-in-law and wife.  I enjoy baking and am presently baking at a family restaurant in my hometown of about 11,000.  I enjoy the computer, writing, love animals, good coffee and have a sweet tooth that never dies!  I also am a homebody, and enjoy spending time with my family.  I have 6 children of my own, 3 step children, and  14 grandchildren. I am married to Joe, (my second marriage) and we both enjoy being outdoors on nice days.  He enjoys the woods, while I enjoy my small deck with a shade tree. Every once in a while one of the kids or grandkids will stop by to brighten my day.  My husband and I both are Green Bay Packer fans, and attend an awesome church with an awesome Senior Pastor and staff. I am interested in Bible Prophecy and love Christian music, my favorite band being Casting Crowns, though there are so many great songs out there, I could never name them all.  Music connects me to God in such a personal way, mostly because they express what my heart has felt so many times. Lastly, I’m not rich, beautiful or famous and those have never been my goals, but I have a heart for God, and I have so many instances where He has moved and worked in my life.  Some of those times, I hope to share with you.  I know Jesus lives, and I know I will go to heaven when I am called ‘home’.  I also know without a doubt that He loves you more than anyone else.  You were on His mind as He hung on the cross, because you were the reason He was there.  I am the reason He was there, and so is every person on earth the reason He was there.  I want people to know there is hope.  There is always hope.  The only time when hope is gone, is if  you ever find yourself totally separated from God, after your death.  I pray that never happens and you can be sure it doesn’t.  Your soul will be saved if you say the sinners prayer, and you mean every word.  If you are looking for love, forgiveness, peace and eternal life, you need to look no further than the cross on which Jesus died for you.  He was raised on  the 3rd day and He has an awesome future in store for all those who believe.  Don’t wait until it’s too late. Sinners prayer-  “Dear Lord, I come to you in repentance of my sin.  I believe you died for me, rose again and you live today.  Please cleanse my heart and help me to live for you.  Thank you for forgiving me.  I surrender my life to you, and receive you as my personal Lord and Savior.  Amen.”
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