What Do You See Outside YOUR Open Window Today?

What Do You See Outside YOUR Open Window Today?
Remember: "When God closes a door, He always opens a window!" You never know what might be out there waiting for you!

Friday, October 30, 2015

Okay, Folks! I Did It!

You are probably scratching your head and wondering, "what now?"

"Did she climb a tall mountain?

Run a race?

Win the Lottery?" (no picture to describe how amazing THAT would be!)

Well, no, nothing quite that exciting or exhausting or amazing...but I did something that I've been wanting to do for a LONG time...probably for about 65 years or something like that!  I finally took the plunge and gave my notice that I am actually going to.....drum roll, drum roll...
I expect to be doing a LOT more of THIS in the near future...
Taking lots of pictures...and smiling a lot more!!!

Now, just please say a prayer for me to survive the next few weeks as I train someone to take my place and clean out my five and a half years worth of stuff from my office. (Click HERE for more about these pictures)

 (Actually, I can't wait to bring this tea set home...I just have to find the right spot for it...and have a tea party as soon as I can!)

Another of my office "treasures" that I will have to find a home for here at home.

I'll probably be leaving this lovely picture behind...maybe...unless I see that my successor
doesn't fully appreciate it the way I do...
Psalm 33:1-3
"Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous!
For praise from the upright is beautiful.
Praise the Lord with the harp;
Make melody to Him with an instrument of ten strings.
Sing to Him a new song;
Play skillfully with a shout of joy."

 Pray that I will leave on a positive note, and that God will be with me as I embark on this new adventure in my life. I know that the Lord has been with me throughout these past years (and I am most thankful for His Presence in my life both then and now)...and all the years prior...so why should I doubt that He will be with me when I take this big step and leap into the great "unknown" of retirement?

I do have concerns...mostly financial issues...I don't have a big cushy pension to fall back on...I don't even have a small one...so the government better not mess with my Social Security and Medicare...or I'll be in a real pickle.

But my God is bigger than any government or any retirement plan.  He has sustained me thus far in life, and I have no reason to fear that He will ever change His mind about that.

"Even to your old age, I am He, 
and even to gray hairs I will carry you!
I have made, and I will bear;
Even I will carry, and will deliver you."
Isaiah 46:4

Actually, I am excited about the new adventures that are waiting to be discovered.  I may not have a lot of money or big plans, but God has promised to give me good things...

"For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord,
Thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope..."
(Jeremiah 29:11)

He also reminds me of this... 
"Do not remember the former things,
Nor consider the things of old.
Behold, I will do a new thing,
Now it shall spring forth;
Shall you not know it?
I will even make a road in the wilderness

and rivers in the desert."

Isaiah 43:18-19

So.....Ready, Set,  Here I Go!

Wanna come along?
Get ready for the great adventure!
I can't wait to see where God will lead me in the very near future!!!
Stay tuned, folks! This is not THE END...This is just the beginning!


  1. Oh my goodness! This is a super BIG deal!! Yay Pamela, I so so happy for you!

    1. Thank you Susie!! This IS a super BIG deal!!! Not sure how soon I can swing that trip to TX, but at least I'll be FREE to do so whenever the Lord provided the MEANS to do so! Happy Happy Joy Joy!!

  2. Oh my goodness! This is a super BIG deal!! Yay Pamela, I so so happy for you!

  3. Hallelujah! So excited for you, and I will be praying for this transition time: as you train a new person at your (former) job and then train yourself to a new season.

    1. Thank you Carolyn! I do appreciate the prayers for this transition. I will need them. As far as "training for the new season"...I know there will be some adjustments...hubby and I will be home together ALL the time for the first time in 46 years...so that could be interesting fodder for a new series of blogs in itself! LOL! PRAY!!! :)

  4. So happy for you! I can't wait to see what new experiences await you and John. Enjoy!

    1. Thank you Becky. I don't expect any BIG events right away...just adjusting to being home together all the time...that will be challenging in itself! LOL. Maybe we'll take a trip to Ohio some day. I keep hoping to go SOMEWHERE! :)

  5. Good for you!!!! I have no doubt that you will meet every challenge head on and conquer them all! God is on your side!!!

    1. Whew! I sure hope so! yes, I KNOW He is...and that He will be with me no matter what challenges lie ahead. Thank you for that vote of confidence! Hope to see you all soon!!!

  6. Hi Pam! What a big step, and one that will hold wonders for you I just know it! You're ready, so the time is now. Taking all those photos, sleeping late, all the time to pray and praise...sounds wonderful!!

  7. Hi Pam, I am so glad to hear you are retiring! I know you will love being able to have time to do more things for yourself and others!! You have such a wonderful gift of hospitality and concern for others, I know God has special plans for you! How exciting!
    Hugs, Nancy

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