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My last day of work was Saturday, May 4th. I thought it would be more emotional. It was bittersweet saying good-bye to the Sisters that I have grown to love and some of my co-workers, but honestly I have had a love-hate (mostly hate) relationship with the job for the 8 years I worked there. I was surprised that I felt nothing. There was no anxiety. There was no doubt. There was only a looking ahead to the future. I am assuming that the lack of emotion means that the time is right for me to launch into a new adventure.

On Friday, my co-workers had a carry in for me and surprised me with some going away gifts. The gift I will treasure the most is a coffee cup that says, “She believed she could so she did.” It inspires me every time I read it! She believed she could. Do I believe that I can accomplish my dreams, my God given purpose in Georgia? Yes, I do believe. Although, I can’t do it alone. It is only as I partner with God am I able to accomplish all that I set out to do. It is not in my power alone that I can do anything. Matthew 19:26 tells us that with God ALL things are possible. That is what I hang onto. In God’s power She Believed She Could So She Did.

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A year ago Kiowa was stationed in Georgia and we talked about me moving from Indiana to live with her. I visited her for a few days and loved the area. I hesitated at the time because military life can be unpredictable and I wasn’t sure how I would fit into that. So, I put it out of my mind. In the meantime, my job was getting more stressful and my anxiety climbs for months before Winter makes it’s ugly appearance. Kiowa visited for Christmas and after hearing my sob story about work and the Winter she told me that I need to come live with her in Georgia. I said yes, but still I hesitated. During a particularly harsh winter, I made up my mind that this would be my last Winter in Indiana. I would no longer go to work when it was -9 degrees. I would no longer break my door handles when they froze up and wouldn’t open. I just couldn’t do it anymore.

I gave Kiowa my answer: YES! I would move to Georgia. I prayed and prayed and decided to trust in God. After all, He is the one in control of ALL things. I gave notice to my job on March 5th. My last day will be May 5th. Yes, I gave 2 months notice. I have been there for 8 years and decided to give them plenty of time to find someone to replace me. As soon as I gave my notice, I felt a peace that surpasses ALL understanding. I felt a peace that can come only from God.

I will be volunteering at a non profit that serves single moms and looking for a way to pay the few expenses I do have and help my daughter out with household expenses. I will plug into a local church. I also want to start a training program to become a certified Biblical lay counselor. I will go and get involved in the community and see how God works. I have not worried as much about not having a job or health insurance. The key is for me to go and get involved in the community and allow God to work in my situation. It has been a bit strange since I am a natural worrier with an anxiety disorder.

The last few days have been a struggle with my mind. I lost my focus and did start to worry. My thoughts started to spiral out of control and I wasn’t sure about the non-profit or a church or finding some sort of income. Satan rears his ugly little peace stealing head and tried to steal my focus and peace. He is the author of confusion and keeping me confused about my purpose in moving to Georgia assures that he wins. I WILL NOT ALLOW THAT TO HAPPEN SATAN! It is a struggle to stay focused. It is a struggle to trust some days. I surround myself with life giving Christian songs and scripture. I pray for focus and peace.

My last day at work is May 5th and I drive to Georgia on May 13th or 14th. I will pack up my few must haves in my SUV and drive the 11 hours to my new home. Kiowa is supposed to arrive at some point to drive back with me. Talon graduates high school May 8th and Cree graduates from Indiana State University on May 11th. I have three weeks left in Indiana. I will leave behind four kids and four grand kids. I will also leave behind the Sisters that I am sure will make me cry before my last day. Change often involves sacrifice. I am blessed to have kids that have given their blessing and want what is best for me, even if that means giving me the freedom to move 11 hours away from them. I am excited to start a new chapter! I am also getting a bit nervous. It is getting real. I spent 22 years in So. California where I was born and raised and have lived in Indiana for just under 27 years now. So, it is time to shake things up a bit and see what the next 20- something years bring me.

Isaiah 43:18-20

18 “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. 19 See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.

 

 

 

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