A New Road To Travel

 The past few months I have found out just what I am made of.  I am made from the same strength and determination as that of my mother. Through my mother, God taught me how to take that step of faith into the unknown as I move ahead into a new life.

This past summer I decided to take time off from my busy schedule and let go of some of my commitments.  It gave me enough time to reflect in solitude as I learn to find my way in this new world I find myself in. It was a time spent remembering and thanking God for my life with Tom.  It was also a time for me to sit back and take inventory of my life and figure out the future. God has set me down a new road, and I will admit it is a road I never wanted to travel, nor is it a road any of us want to travel.  But travel it I will as I choose to follow God down this unfamiliar, rocky road.

My mother traveled down rocky roads most of her life.  Raised in Germany at a time when all she knew was war and destruction. It was through her strength and that of her parents that they would rebuild their lives.  It was my mother’s strength that saw her through my father’s alcoholism and through the death of my brother who died in an accident only 2 months after my father died suddenly of a heart attack.

The old saying “life goes on” is so true.  Life does go on along with our responsibilities. I feel as if I am ready to step out in faith in what the next chapter of my life holds.  And as I move forward I will always have God walking with me on this rocky road offering me hope for a future, the support of Tom to encourage me and a long line of courageous women to give me strength.
 
This next week I will gather the strength I inherited from my mother and step out in faith as I move ahead to what God has planned for me.  Last spring I was nominated to serve on the Presbyterian Women of the Synod of the Trinity board as their historian.  Tom as always was supportive and encouraged me to pray for God’s direction when I was first elected last spring.  It is with mixed feelings that I begin my term next week.  Honored to serve with such Godly and caring women but sad that I will start a new adventure in serving God without Tom.
 
Now that my path is set I will be spending the next few weeks getting organized and setting my priorities  as I find my way. I will face my new challenge with the grace of God as I put one foot in of the other and begin again.  Until I set my feet firmly on solid ground I may not be blogging much but I will be reading your articles which have become nightly visits from friends as I enjoy my evening cup of tea.
 
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83 thoughts on “A New Road To Travel

      1. With God’s strength we are doing fine. Bad and good days. God has indeed kept His promise and never left us for one moment, as I look back I don’t know how I got through those first weeks if it were not for my faith.

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  1. I can only imagine having to build a new life without my husband … It’ is daunting to even think about… I so hope you find your new endeavor to be what you need to help you …. It sounds ‘like you’ if that makes any sense… like it will be good! Take care and do try and keep in touch at least once in awhile even a short note… Diane

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  2. Patty, I hear both strength and wisdom in your words. Tom would be so proud of you. Thank you for your honesty that will encourage others along and through their rocky road journeys. Blessings upon your historian position and your walk with the Lord.

    Hugs ~ Wendy

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  3. Patty – Draw strength from the poem “Footprints” and know that he will carry you through the worst of times. Sometimes it’s very hard to see, but know that He is beside you, in front of you and behind you. With Him, you will manage just fine. I speak from experience.

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  4. Behind you all the way, Patty. Blessings and continued strength to you on your journey. We never know when The Lord may return. Tom will find you ready and serving – what a blessing to witness your resolve.

    Big hugs to you!

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  5. Blessings to you dear Patty. May God reward you exceedingly abundantly as you take each step. I will continue to pray for you as you journey this new path. I am so thankful that you know God and have him to lean on.
    Debra

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  6. Dear Patty, I’m sorry, I have not been blogging much this year and somehow missed the news that you lost your beloved husband. God will bless your courage and may you find comfort in His love. You are in my prayers. Blessings, Vivian

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  7. I can’t even imagine what it’s been like for you. I think that you were wise to take some time to reflect. When the time feels right, ‘m looking forward to hearing more about your new role as the historian. It sounds really interesting. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

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    1. Thank you Denise for your encouraging words. I draw my strength from God and from all of you – I may not have commented much these past months but I have been reading and am thankful for the hope and encouragement through everyone’s writing.

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  8. good post….I can relate as my wife, being from Germany, has the same determination that her WWII Mother had….and she has been reminding me that we need to simplify our lives here in our small town, so God can use us as he will…..may God enable you and use you for his good purposes in this position!

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  9. Patty – I haven’t a doubt that you’ll be able to carry forward in your new appointment. Your strong sense of history, your moral integrity and your love of God will definitely show you each step of the way.

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  10. Patty, you have been in my heart and on my mind, and this post inspires me as you share your strong and courageous spirit with the world. I love this line: “This next week I will gather the strength I inherited from my mother and step out in faith as I move ahead to what God has planned for me.” They are lucky to have you as a historian and I believe that you have Tom’s supportive energy with you always. Bless your heart. With love, Gina

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  11. Oh Patty, how I marvel at your sweet, positive attitude even with all you have been through! I am so grateful that you are now blogging again. I’ve missed you and you remain in my prayers.

    You are indeed made of tough inner fortitude as a military wife and the more I read of your background, I see we are truly sisters in Christ from strong mothers. You are a blessing to your children. Life offers no guarantees as we have both discovered and your strong characteristics are showing your children that they indeed can continue on no matter what life throws at them because God is there to cradle you all in His hands. (So many here on Earth love you too!)

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  12. How inspiring, goodness this made me sit up and take note. When the chips are down eh? Very well done in your fortitude, in recognising your strength and not last but most of all, well done in your walk in faith, He who gives us so much to be thankful for even in the dark times.

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    1. Amen – one thing I have learned through all of this is that God does indeed keep His promises. It was not the answer I wanted but He held on tight to me and I am so thankful that God did not let go.

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  13. Patty, you are a testament of the strength and comfort God gives to navigate life’s “new roads.” As your mom taught you and Tom encouraged you, now you’re a teacher and encourager to others. I am looking forward to being taught and encouraged by your posts.

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  14. What a marvelous, brave post. You’re setting the example for many of us as you follow in the footsteps of your mother’s courage and fortitude. Well done, Patty. I am happy to hear you’re stepping out into the next adventure…thanks for sharing. It’s good to hear from you! -Lori

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Lori, God has blessed me with so many things, and these past few weeks He has been good in getting me settled into a new routine, so much to do though and so little time! 😉 It feels good to be busy even when I feel overwhelmed, does that make any sense?

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