A Time For Everything/A Time To Uproot, A Time To Quit

Posted by on Oct 24, 2014 in Faith, Married Life, Mother, Seasons, Time | 46 comments

#74 final blog

 

Solomon, one of the wisest men who ever lived, said it best, “There is a time for everything and a season for every activity under the heavens – a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot.” Ecclesiastes 3:1-2

The past month has catapulted me into a season of sobering introspection. Watching my mother die challenged me deeply in unexpected ways. From how I use my time to examining my pocketbook – everything has been split open for scrutiny.

As a result, my husband and I agree it’s time for some changes. The “time to die” has beckoned us to “a time to uproot”.

Our first decision was to uproot from where we live. After four decades in the same house, we’re moving to a dramatically different community even though it’s only 10 miles away. We’ll be leaving the house we purchased when we first married to occupy the home my husband was born in. It’s actually quite exciting.

Leaving our safe, fairly static neighborhood with virtually no diversity to join a population with extreme diversity and non-stop activity should be interesting. I guess we’re doing it a little backwards – instead of moving from chaotic to quiet, we’re choosing to rev up the pace and dive into hectic.

Our new neighborhood is sweet and comfortable but the community it’s in is laden with people and with needs. We feel called to this new season and look forward to the integration.

The other significant uprooting for me is my decision to shut down my blog.

I have truly enjoyed the journey of blogging I began a little over a year ago. I’ve met amazing people and seen God do incredible things through it – but the season is changing and my keyboard will be closed for now. I hope to continue writing in other venues and plan to keep in touch with many new friends I’ve met here.

Please remember – it’s always my pleasure to pray for you – I can still be reached through the Let’s Connect tab on this website.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for being so faithful to read and communicate with me. It’s been a blast but “the time to be silent and a time to speak” is now initiated.

Parting thoughts:

Go with God. Trust him like never before. Seize opportunities to listen and care. Guard your heart against callousness, envy and judgment. Treat the weak with respect. Cherish wonder. Find Jesus in the face of a stranger. Let children be children and adults be children. Be a child yourself – his child.

With Much Love, Pat

 

 

46 Comments

  1. Wow lots of change, I will miss your posts very much. I have enjoyed reading what you have to say every week for a long time now. God bless your move!

    • You’ve been such a faithful subscriber, Rachel. I always look forward to reading what you have to say. Thanks so much! Bless you too.

  2. I know God will go with you wherever you go. He has ordered your steps and will continue to light your path. Enjoy your new seasons. I hope you’ll let us know where you will be writing 🙂

    • So far, the move is going really smoothly – it’s incredible. We’re grateful for a well lit path. Thanks for your faithful input over the past year – it made the process really fun. Take care, Sara.

  3. What, no more Fri morning words of wisdom? Cheers to you and your husband.

    • You always make me smile, John. Thanks for that!

  4. It’s true, there are seasons that come and go – the trick is to pay attention to the changes and go along with them. I hope you and your husband enjoy your new home. It is an interesting circle going back to where your husband lived as a child. I bet there’s a story wrapped into that. Bless you Pat.

    • My husband was born in the house we’re moving to. I met him when I was 15yrs old, living around the block. Yep, definitely a full circle story, but I never imagined I’d be able to live there. It’s a dream. Bless you too, Stephanie.

  5. You’ve always struck me as a bold and brave woman Pat. This sounds like a bold and brave move for the two of you. I know you’ll be a blessing to the community you’re moving to and probably be missed from the one you lived in so long. I will miss your weekly posts but understand the freedom you will add to your life by not blogging. You “go with God” too! Thanks for faithfully inspiring me.

    • Thank you Liz. We’re very excited about the new relationships the house move will bring, but I have to admit I’ll miss the online community blogging has opened for me. So many amazing people, and you’re one of them. You’ve faithfully inspired me too, Liz. Appreciate your honest heart.

  6. Ah, I’ll miss you Pat Baer. Even though I haven’t commented much, I do read every post. Be blessed in the next chapter of your life…

    • Thank you, Kristin. You be blessed in your next chapter too! Appreciate you.

  7. I’m sure going to miss this… You’re in my heart and on my mind. Bless you as you move… Love you, Pat.

    • Thank you for faithfully supporting me through this whole blogging journey, Leah – and for guest blogging for me. Keep writing friend and finish that book 🙂 Love you too.

  8. Solomon is wise and you are too. I’m glad I got to know you a little bit through your words here. You will be missed but I know you are following your heart (like always).

    Blessings,
    Julia

    • I am following my heart Julia, thanks for your kind words. Stay close to God!

  9. So glad for you-so sad for me. I have been discipled and inspired by reading your posts. What an exciting new season of adventure for you. I know God is going to give you alot more to write about. I hope you will tell us where we can find it. Abundant blessings. Hugs from me…Donna

    • And hugs back to you, sweet friend. I really appreciate your encouragement – it means so much to me! Come down and walk the cliffs, we can catch up. xoxo

      • I am off on Fridays. Would love a walk and talk sometime.

        • Fridays are perfect. Give me a week or two, we’ll definitely set up a date!

  10. I can’t wait to see what God has in store for you in this next chapter! He will continue to use you in a mighty way, I’m sure. As you prepare for the move, I hope you embrace this opportunity to purge — it’s so therapeutic! It’s introspective to look back, but it’s way more exhilarating to look forward!! God has your best waiting for you.

    • Thank you so much Jerryne. We are LOVING the purge – it’s more than therapeutic! Our kids will SO appreciate this move someday – you can’t believe some of the “stuff” we’re chucking.

      I’m claiming your beautiful words, “God has your best waiting for you.” Love it! Bless you, friend.

  11. Thank you for sharing your lovely heart with us all Pat. 🙂 Your post brought tears to my eyes. I’m going to share it on FB. 🙂 Even though I’ve only been reading your blog for a short time, I’ve been very blessed by it. I’ll be praying for your move! (btw, I might have told you that I found you after dear Diane Garaway passed on, we all used to attend church together in Aptos, CA. We would still be attending there if we could but we made a big move out of state a little over a year ago. This was after living in CA. all of our lives. One year later, I can honestly say that it was God’s perfect timing just as I’m sure it is for you and your husband as well.) 😉 May God bless you and your family always! xo

    • Yes, I remember you telling me we shared friendship with Diane Garaway. Just recently I was talking to one of her daughters about our crazy connection. You’ve been a tremendous source of encouragement on several levels. Thank you for that Tana, and for your kind words. Blessings to you!!

  12. Wow Pat! I passed the house you are moving into the other day and had such a warm feeling. John spent some time in that very house and it brings back so many memories! I will miss your sharing so sweetly and openly with all of us. It seems like each time you opened your heart and let us get a peek our hearts were revealed too. I have made some major decisions as well since mom passed June 10th. I’m going to Thailand to do missionary work again. Life is short even though we live until we are 90 like mom did. Many blessings on this decision. I am excited for you. I believe you two belong in this house. What a heritage for your children and grandchildren! Blessings on your move!!!!

    • Double Wow, Jeannie – back to Thailand, I can’t believe it. We definitely need to catch up! We should be fully moved in by the end of the month, let’s plan on a lunch date and a walk. You are so right, life is shorter than we think. Today is the day to listen to the Holy Spirit. Every day matters.

      Thank you for faithfully engaging here on my blog. You’ve been insightful and encouraging and I’m proud to call you friend.

  13. Dearest Pat, my deepest condolences and sympathy to you and your family! (((((HUGS)))))
    I haven’t been keeping up much with anything. I had another operation to replace my hip in mid September. It’s related to the acromegaly.
    Aw, I’ll miss reading your thought provoking posts! You are such an inspiration to me.
    Thank you for the prayers and encouragement this past year. It was a true blessing and the Lord Jesus used you mightily!
    Blessings to you and your husband as you venture into a new season of life!
    In Christ,
    Cynthia

    • Oh Cynthia, I’m deeply touched by your comment. I was just thinking about the beautiful picture of your daughter that I’ve been hoarding to use on just the right post. You both hold a special place in my heart. We’ll keep in touch through facebook though and I will continue to pray for you. Praying for peace and healing…

  14. Pat, you shine His light well. I will miss you in cyberspace and am grateful our paths crossed. Praying for peace and joy in the transition and look forward to reading your words again. Would love to hear from you from time to time so check in when you can. I’ll do the same. Many blessings.

    • Oh, you haven’t heard the last of me my dear Lisha. I’ll be perusing by your blog often and plan to keep a close watch on you as God moves you forward in your writing career. You’re a special friend – I know I’ll be hugging your neck somewhere, sometime. Stay close to Jesus, friend. Appreciate you very much.

  15. Wow! One week gone from small group and look at everything I missed! So glad I will still get to hear from your heart on a semi-regular basis! You bless me and I will be praying for you two as you embark on a new season of life. You inspire! Love you both.

    • I hate to tell you, I’m as surprised as you are Arlene. This has been the fastest decision and smoothest transition we’ve ever made. Hope to see you on Sunday. Appreciate you so much, friend.

  16. Wow! Lots of changes! I hear peace in your words about this transition-so glad for that. I will miss your insightful, wise, encouraging posts. I say with deep sincerity that I would not be where I am today had it not been for your prayers and encouragement. Praying God’s greatest blessings on you, friend!

    • It’s such a privilege to know you and pray for you, Michelle. I can’t wait to hold your book in my hand when it’s completed. The trick will be getting that autograph – not an impossibility though! Bless you, friend. Let’s stay in touch.

  17. I have enjoyed you sharing your insights into life and what the Lord is teaching you! I wish you the best and many happy memories in your new home. And whatever you choose to do next, I know you will be great at it!

    • Forever a cheerleader – thank you, Toni. I appreciate your friendship very much.

  18. God’s grace and blessings upon you and your family, Pat.

    May the road rise up to meet you.
    May the wind always be at your back.
    May the sun shine warm upon your face,
    and rains fall soft upon your fields.
    And until we meet again,
    May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

    • I receive every single one of these words, June. Thank you so much. I look forward to reading more from you in the coming days. Blessings to you friend.

  19. This is bittersweet. Sweet for you and bitter for me! I have absolutely loved every word I have ever read of yours and will truly miss the “connection” I always feel when I read something of yours. Thank you so much for sharing your life and wisdom and words from God with us this past year through your blog and posts. Will be praying for you and your husband during this season of change, love you!

    • Thank you so much Jennifer. It’s actually harder to walk away from then I anticipated. I even had a blog topic come to me this morning – but still, I am confident it’s the right thing for me to do. Relationships are everything to me. Some of the connections I’ve made through this cyber channel I don’t think I would have formed any other way. Hopefully they will remain.

      Fortunately, I have a good chance of bumping into you and your beautiful family right in my new front yard. I really look forward to that! Bless you for taking time to write. I cherish you and your kind words, friend.

  20. Pat, I am thankful for the past months of enjoying your wonderful blog! How delightful it will be for you to be able to stop, regroup, rethink, remove, rebound and all without any knowledge of what is ahead of you, but with the secure knowledge that The Lord has always been with you every step of the way and will continue to be there!
    Thank you for sharing your thoughts, your love and compassion and your inspiration with so many over the past year. May the Lord guide your steps, protect your heart and always make HIS presence known to you. This journey called LIFE is full of surprises; may your surprises come in all different ways and may you see the Hand of God is evident in every blessing and surprise.

    • Once again, your wise words hit the nail on the head for me, Linda. Your accurate analysis in this sentence is so true. I will be able to, “… stop, regroup, rethink, remove, rebound and all without any knowledge of what is ahead of you.” Amen to that.

      Thank you for faithfully reading and commenting. You made my blogging experience fun and inspirational for me. I will never forget it Linda. Many blessings to you!!

  21. Sad about this….. fare thee well Pat Baer. I will miss your words.

    • Thank you, Janet. Let’s be sure to connect on facebook!

  22. Bravo Pat! The Lord is always ‘doing a new thing’ and it is exciting to move with Him into the unknown and unexpected and wild things he insists on doing in His Kingdom way!! excited for you!

    • You so get it, always, Nancy Stack! Just one of the many reasons I love you.

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