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Well, not necessarily my last post, but my last post for a while.

Let me explain. Tom and I retired as of May first from 12 years of full-time ministry. Before that, for 38 years, we built a life. We got married, had children, bought a house, worked, and made relationships. We were founding members of a CMA chapter and founding members of our church. We built a life.

I would have called it a purpose-driven life. Retirement raises the question, “What now?” What is our purpose now?

A series of articles, random quotes, a friend’s newsletter, and of course, a few relevant scriptures have brought me to the following conclusions.

Our life was purpose-driven, but it was also obligation-driven. People were counting on us, whether it was our children, our employer, or a friend. We met those obligations to the best of our ability.

Retirement does not have to be purpose-driven, and it is, thankfully, no longer an obligation-driven life. We set no alarms. We don’t have to be anywhere unless we have a doctor’s appointment or a haircut. We go to bed when we want, get up, and eat when we want.

Does that sound lazy? It’s not. It’s the reward for years of hard work and commitments met. It is the completion of life’s obligations. We raised our family, took care of our parents, stayed out of debt, completed the tasks we felt were our responsibility, saved a little money for retirement, and above all, we tried to finish well.

I am reminded that God created the heavens and the earth in six days, and on the seventh day, He rested. Perhaps retirement is the seventh day, the Sabbath Rest we all work toward.

For the next six weeks, I will be taking a Sabbath Rest. I know; we are just getting started! I will be spending some pre-planned time with my family, and keeping up with Kathchats during this time would be particularly difficult.

Please don’t forget about Kathchats. I will be back at my desk in late July. I will be thinking of new topics to explore and seeking God’s direction for me, and for Tom and me as we explore what it means for us to have a Season of Sabbath Rest.

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15 Comments

  1. Well, Kathie I will miss our Thursday chats and wish you a peaceful and contented sabbath. See you in July! Enjoy your visits!!

  2. I don’t always get to your post each Thursday, but I do eventually read each and every one. Each one has given me something to reflect on and to seek more on my own. Thank you for all the time you set aside to do them.
    Enjoy your family time. It is truly your sabbath. We all need to take time to rest and rejuvenate ourselves for what is to come next.

  3. Marilyn Gilberts

    Enjoy your rest! God will direct your steps.

  4. Enjoy your Sabbath rest! You’ve earned it, dear heart. I look forward to your next post ….sometime down the road. Until then, we wish you well.

  5. So happy for you! Enjoy your sabbatical! You both have earned this time without commitments to refresh your souls. Looking forward to your return. God bless you both!

  6. Paige Bartholomew

    No one deserves this break as much as you both do!

  7. Kathleen Brazier

    Dear friend,
    I always look forward to your wonderful posts each week. You always give us something new to learn and consider. With that said, I’m very happy to hear you’ll be taking time for yourself and hope you are blessed mightily during this time.
    Loving you always ❤
    Kathleen

  8. ENJOY!! ❤

  9. So good Kathy. You are worthy of rest. Enjoy!

  10. Dear Kathie, have a wonderful, blessed time of refreshing with your nearest and dearest. Thank you for all you have done and will continue to do.

  11. Thank you for your loving heart, and all the many things you did for others and the Lord…
    Retirement is not the end of the road. It is the beginning of new adventures. Enjoy your rest, and play time with family and friends. May you and Tom wake rested and renewed in the Lord’s spirt. Remember, Jesus is crazy about you!!!
    Love and prayers with hugs.🐾🐾

  12. Have a great rest enjoy some time together. It sounds wonderful and that’s why God made the Sabbath because sometimes we just need to rest and have some quality time with our family. Love you both have a great summer. 🥰

  13. So happy for you to take this rest time
    Numbers 6:24
    May the Lord bless you and protect you.

  14. Enjoy the next 6 weeks and be sure to rest some during your Sabbath rest. I’ll be watching for your next post.

  15. Parsons Christine

    Sounds like a well deserved rest! Enjoy and be blessed. ❤❤🙏🙏

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