As I write this, there are four days left in this year and in this decade. I cannot speak for anyone else but I never imagined at the beginning of this decade I would be here.
I was in my mid-40’s with a child in high school and my eldest had just barely given me the title of Nana, still a treasured title. I was happily enjoying life as a wife, mom and friend to several close couples. My older brother Allen and my dad had passed away but we had eventually moved forward by creating new memories.
And then life came to a screeching halt, written in other posts during the 12 month span when my other brother Phil died, three months later my husband of 30 years said he wanted a divorce that I never saw coming, ending with the death of my mother.
I took a very long break from nearly everything. Some friendships went on pause as I tried to inhale. I moved…a lot. Friends were beyond generous to provide respite as I allowed the Lord to have 100% of my time. No internet or cable, I had to drive twenty minutes to make a phone call with clear reception many days. I took up hobbies that resembled the days of Laura Ingalls Wilder…reading, teaching myself how to play the ukulele, and learning how to paint with watercolors.
I met God in a new, unfiltered way with no one and nothing between us unless I allowed it. It was a sacred time.
I knew one day my sabbatical was over and it was time to return to giving back. The last commandment from Jesus was to go and make disciples. It was time to pick up my mat and move again.
I am now looking back at the past decade and I am thankful. I am thankful the Lord has been a constant in my life since my teen years and has been patient beyond words with me. I am thankful for the time I did have with my parents and siblings. I am extremely grateful He blessed me with a twin sister who is still by my side. I am beyond thankful for my wonderful children and grandchildren who bring me immeasurable joy. I am thankful for the opportunity to have experienced marriage, something not granted to everyone, and that I can look back and be proud of the committed wife I was.
I am thankful for the many life lessons I have learned from this decade. Because of these I can walk strong into the next decade, full-on for God. I am ready and expectant for a great decade ahead because I have been able to end this decade well.
How about you? Is there anything you can finish so that your next decade begins strong with the Lord?
Thank you to everyone for your patience while I took time from writing in my blog. I pray for God’s blessings to pour out on you as you follow wholeheartedly after Him!