Transitions: (Part 13…Established Steps)

Scripture references;

The Mystery of Time

 1 There is an occasion for everything,
and a time for every activity under heaven:

2 a time to give birth and a time to die;
a time to plant and a time to uproot; [a]

3 a time to kill and a time to heal;
a time to tear down and a time to build;

4 a time to weep and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn and a time to dance;

5 a time to throw stones and a time to gather stones;
a time to embrace and a time to avoid embracing;

6 a time to search and a time to count as lost;
a time to keep and a time to throw away;

7 a time to tear and a time to sew;
a time to be silent and a time to speak;

8 a time to love and a time to hate;
a time for war and a time for peace.

9 What does the worker gain from his struggles? 10 I have seen the task that God has given people to keep them occupied. 11 He has made everything appropriate [b] in its time. He has also put eternity in their hearts,[c] but man cannot discover the work God has done from beginning to end. 12 I know that there is nothing better for them than to rejoice and enjoy the [d] good life. 13 It is also the gift of God whenever anyone eats, drinks, and enjoys all his efforts. 14 I know that all God does will last forever; there is no adding to it or taking from it. God works so that people will be in awe of Him. 15 Whatever is, has already been, and whatever will be, already is. God repeats what has passed. [e]Ecclesiastes 3:1-15 HCSB

 5Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.

 6In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

 7Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.

 8It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones. Proverbs 3:5-8 KJV

6Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever. Psalm 23:6 KJV


1The plans of the heart belong to man,
   but the answer of the tongue is from the LORD.
2 All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes,
   but the LORD weighs the spirit.
3 Commit your work to the LORD,
   and your plans will be established. Proverbs 16:1-3 ESV
9 The heart of man plans his way,
   but the LORD establishes his steps. Proverbs 16:9 ESV

Boasting About Tomorrow

 13Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit”— 14yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. 15Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.” 16As it is, you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. 17 So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin. James4: 13:-17 ESV


It has been awhile since I have updated my readers on my life. A lot has happened over the past 6 months. I have been blogging for over a year now and if you click on the link titled “Transitions” in the left margin of this page you can read about all of the changes that have taken place in my family’s lives over the past 1 1/2 years. By the end of last year my son had finished graduate school, and my husband had finished his first semester back in college after about 17 years. By spring of this year my son had begun his new career not far from St. Louis, Missouri (a 7 or 8 hour drive from where we live), and my daughter had finished her high school homeschool courses and was accepted for admission this fall to the university where her father is attending here in our town. Then after some persuasion from my family (mostly my son) I decided to enroll, as well. We all have made our plans.

I don’t know what the future holds. Over the past few years I have found that I make few plans more than a week in advance, and here I am making a plan for the next four years. I am a little nervous as time passes, because it means a drastic change for me. I am trying to remember to just say “Lord willing” and to remember that all I have to do is trust the Lord and acknowledge Him in my ways and He will direct my path, which is a good thing because like King David said, “The Lord is my shepherd.”, and “Surely goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life:  and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”. That doesn’t mean I won’t suffer and fail at times…it just means that He has promised to never leave me or forsake me no matter what situation I face.

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  1. Debbie said,

    June 23, 2011 at 2:20 am

    When you put it like this, Theresa . . .wow! There HAS been so much change and in such a short time! I’m like you (used to be!) . . .have trouble making those long term plans or anything much into the future. I’m so excited and smiling and happy for you, my friend. 🙂 I’d be scared for you, because I would be terrified if it was me going, but that isn’t very helpful, so will skip that one. ha! And how special that your hubby and daughter will be there too. A family affair. A family that prays together and goes to college together. I love it!
    God bless you, wonderful woman of the Word, as you follow Him into new territory this fall and get to see His faithfulness and goodness displayed day by day!
    love you and am praying for you!

  2. June 23, 2011 at 2:30 am

    Thank you so much, Deb. Love you, too. 🙂


  3. Ann said,

    June 23, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    Thanks for sharing, Theresa

    Praying He will order your steps as you take on this next chapter. Some time ago I was taught that none of our experiences are without cause. He has a plan and a purpose for everything we go through. He can use our circumstances to the glory of His name. I pray that He will line up circumstances concerning you for your benefit and for His glory.

    Maybe there is someone who will be attending school with you who does not yet know Him. Or perhaps there is a Christian there who will need another iron for sharpening. His timing is perfection – He will walk you through the next steps and beyond.

    I have also experienced massive change in the last year and some. My blog was started as a result of an unpleasant life experience but through it, He has connected me with some of the most wonderful people!! Thank you for being one of those 🙂

    We will also have major changes in our home this fall. Our family will have to deal with the changes as they come but we have decided to trust Him. Income, personal time, church / community involvement and family matters will be adjusted based on this new venture. I have to trust Him to keep us in the palm of His hands and keep our hearts together when we’re apart. It’s a big, frightening new change but as our pastor says “God’s asks are always greater than our ability”. I will continue to pray for you.

    @ Deb … encouraging as always! 🙂

    Blessings to you and yours.

    • June 23, 2011 at 12:35 pm

      Thank you so much. Please pray for my son. He called last night and is not doing well…tremendous stress, and recent hardships.


  4. Heather said,

    June 23, 2011 at 3:06 pm


    It does sound as though you’ve made a lot of adjustments over the past year! The idea of stepping out in faith is frightening, at times. You and your family have been in my prayers.

    The Proverbs 16:1-3 and James references are two passages that have been on my own heart a lot, lately. As a “tight-rope-walker” Christian, I often hesitate to do anything at all out of fear that it will be the wrong thing. Being able to make a decision and then, as you said, have the attitude of “Lord willing” can relieve so much pressure!

    My husband speaks of his mom and her faith. She will ask for wisdom in a moment of confusion or fear and then trust that the next thing that comes to her mind will be the Lord’s word of direction…which she intends to obey. I want to be more like her in that she does not question whether God hears and will answer her plea for help.

    • June 23, 2011 at 3:24 pm

      “My husband speaks of his mom and her faith. She will ask for wisdom in a moment of confusion or fear and then trust that the next thing that comes to her mind will be the Lord’s word of direction…which she intends to obey. I want to be more like her in that she does not question whether God hears and will answer her plea for help.”

      Heather, this sentiment is the sentiment of a woman who delights in the Lord. It is also a pleasing desire. He has promised that if we ask anything according to His will we will have our petition granted…because He keeps His promises.

      Thank you so much for the prayer, and please continue, especially for my son…he is facing many hard things, and is alone. All of his friends and family are here in Arkansas.

  5. Linda said,

    June 24, 2011 at 2:50 am

    The good thing about school is that you only have to do it one day at a time. You come from a family of scholars… accomplishments to be so proud of and encouragement for you!

    Thanks for the update. I can’t believe your husband is already through his first year! Are you still reading for him?

    I will join our friends and pray for your son…

    • June 24, 2011 at 2:59 am

      Thank you Linda for both the kind words and the prayer.

      No I haven’t had to read for him this past semester. He got things set up where he didn’t need me. In fact I only had to read to him the first part of the first semester. I forget what changed. I know that there was one class that he dropped…my mind is going blank on me…sorry.

      I was just over at your blog re-reading some of your recent posts and also that new one about that little girl who was murdered. I haven’t commented yet, because I just don’t know what to say…so many awful things going on in the world…so sad.


  6. bendedspoon said,

    July 7, 2011 at 11:12 am

    I am so excited for you Theresa! This is a blessed opportunity for you to learn and grow; share and help others grow.God’s love surrounds you and your family. You are all weaving a wonderful story, by His grace 🙂

    • July 7, 2011 at 3:42 pm

      I am excited, too! I have selected my major. It is “Early Childhood Education (grades pre -K-4th grade). My favorite age group would probably be ages 6-9 years old. It is possible that my future will hold something different, but that is where my interest is at the moment. 🙂


  7. September 17, 2013 at 6:14 am

    […] got  started getting worse, so he had to quit school. You can read about all of those things here, and here: […]

  8. March 25, 2014 at 7:52 pm

    Reblogged this on Moore to Ponder and commented:

    All of my posts with “Transitions” in the title share a little about me and my family. I thought I would re-blog them, so my readers would have the opportunity to get to know me a little better and follow along on the journey I have been on since February of 2010.

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