It was one year ago that that I stood at the threshold of a whole, new way of life. A total change in all I had known, done, hoped for, and trusted in. It was not without tears, questions, and uncertainties that I decided to declare, “Time to refire” (not retire); it had become my theme and it surged from the deepest part of my soul.
We gathered together with family and friends and celebrated the past, all the while looking forward to an exciting, unknown and new future. It was such a wonderful time, surrounded by so many who had walked with me through seasons and times in my life. I was and am so blessed to be influenced by people of such quality and character.
Be careful what you declare. Be careful what you wish for. Your words are powerful and creative! Oh boy, have I been reminded of that truth through this past year.
Little did I know or understand what was to unfold as far as His plan for my “refirement”. All I knew was it was time to refire and not lay down and become a retired couch potato.
Within a week of that festive celebration, I was hired to work part-time in my favorite boutique AT THE HARBOR, which is my favorite place in Orange County. The whole story is remarkable and I still shake my head at how it worked out so perfectly – me.
Then, around the first of the year, prompted by a desire to write and encourage people, I began my website and blog underdebrasplam.com. It has been such a rewarding opportunity for sharing and teaching and I am so absolutely grateful to you for your following and support.
A few months into my new job, it was time for a new church too. Through a series of events and a miracle with my husband we eventually felt directed to a church in San Juan Capistrano.
After a few weeks attending there together, we knew it was the place for us to become involved. We loved what was happening there and wanted to be a part of it.
Dennis and the Pastor began a beautiful relationship of mutual respect and together we have had the joy of conversations, meetings, prayer and planning in church matters and ministry. We have been so happy and fulfilled to help and serve where needed.
In fact, I never dreamed of becoming involved again in music, praise and worship; but Someone higher than I had other plans. All those years of training and experience were not to be lost, or stored away, because it was TIME TO REFIRE!
As you know, last month we moved, only 8 miles from where we were, but again, it was a move towards refirement. We know it is all about refirement and doing what we are s’pose to be doing, sharing it here in this place.
We meet weekly with different groups and are in some ways more busy now than we have been in a long time.
I have certainly refired!
One year ago, I faced a very uncertain and unclear future.
Today, I celebrate the hundreds of open doors, untold opportunities, joyous encounters, new possibilities, fresh energy and insight that has been mine this past year.
It is with pregnant expectancy that I peer into the next year as well, because I am convinced it is still TIME TO REFIRE.
Oh, and I am proud to say that the report on retirement is A+.
Cheers to you.
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I am so happy that you are happy Debbie 💕 You are a STRONG women with so much to share with others! Proud to know you
It’s so amazing to see where you and Dennis have been led. So thankful that you were willing and wanting to answer the call.
What a glorious retirement! There is life after our normal, day to day work comes to an end.
Thank you Debi for the little reminder that the future is awaiting us to serve and love others just like Jesus. Life begins in retirement!