NEW BEGINNINGS

Oneta 84

THE PARTY’S OVER! And I’m back to normal—good enough for me. I’ll try not to take advantage of my “eighties” excuses. I worried that my huff, bluff, and fluff which included the “ranting about me” might be more than I could get by with!

I’M LIKE MEDICINE, EASIER TO SWALLOW IN A SMALL PILL: A couple of people suggested that I write a book. Don’t think so. I do wish I had done so after my school teaching years. I was full of delightful “kiddie” stories then; I’m shocked at how few of them I remember.

I think some of my retired teacher friends will agree that there is a “grief” stage which follows that particular paradigm of a world of love of teaching and of students. I saw a picture of Glenda and a former student on this FB, it was like getting punched in the belly. Good or bad? I don’t know; I know I have pictures of a few hundred students whose names I can’t remember but whose pictures I can’t destroy.

Once upon a time, I was walking the Sunday School hall where I was Christian Education Director, as I passed the rooms I had a dream/vision/image of walking the hall in heaven, peering in and seeing students. With joy I recognized some.  But it was strange that that was a sign to me that my time at that church was over.   I was awake; I knew it was a sign by the Holy Ghost that I was to move on.  My sorrow came at having to turn loose and my joy came in moving on.  So I moved on.  “From glory to glory.”  

I guess that is the conflict of saints who turn loose this earthly garment and put on the new.  “O grave, where is thy victory; oh death, where is thy sting.”

About oneta hayes

ABOUT ME Hello. To various folks I am Neat’nee, Mom, Grandma Neta, Gramma, Aunt Neta, Aunt Noni, Aunt Neno, and Aunt Neto (lots of varieties from little nieces and nephews). To some I’m more like “Didn’t you used to be my teacher?” or “Don’t I know you from someplace?” To you, perhaps, I am a Fellow Blogger. Not “fellow” like a male or a guy, but “fellow” like a companion or an adventurer. I would choose to be Grandma Blogger, and have you pull up a chair, my website before you, while I tell you of some days of yore. I have experienced life much differently than most of you. It was and is a good life. I hope to share nuggets of appreciation for those who have gone before me and those who come after me. By necessity you are among those who come after me and I will tell you of those who came before. Once upon a time in a little house on a prairie - oops, change that lest I commit plagiarism - and change that “house on the prairie” to “dugout on the prairie.” So my story begins...
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7 Responses to NEW BEGINNINGS

  1. floridaborne says:

    Going through adversity and achievement aren’t the price we pay for living. Those are the experiences that give us opportunities to help those who are, or will be, going through the same thing.

    As an example: When my husband was dying, we went to every specialist except for OB/GYN (for obvious reasons). When I started working at a job to help find supports for people who had developmental disabilities, the knowledge of what each of those specialties did was what helped so many people find the doctors who could help them find answers.

    • oneta hayes says:

      Oh, that is such a beautiful testimony of how the Lord really works in our lives. I’m so glad you have recognized it as such, and shared the story with me.

    • oneta hayes says:

      Ugg. I answered once than I blew it somehow. Anyway this story you tell of you experience is such a beautiful example of God leading one and how we often do not recognize what has happened to draw us to the place he wants us. I’m so glad you recognized how he worked all things for good, and that you shared the story with me.

  2. I have the hardest time letting go and letting something bigger and better come. With the Lord, it’s always bigger and better, it’s always an upgrade, a promotion, but sometimes we forget that. 🙂

    • oneta hayes says:

      That has been true in my life. But I still have trouble turning off even though experience as well as God’s word gives assurance that better is waiting. I think not moving on when the time is right results in hard feelings, bitterness, jealously and such like are the result of being out of God’s will. Then he has to make life less comfortable in the nest you are in. The beautiful eagle analogy. I’m sure you have heard it.

  3. Faye says:

    PROFOUND and so very, very TRUE. We are not in this life what this life here on earth has made us. We are MORE. More than a mother, a grandmother, more than a teacher, a grand educator or scientist when we have a relationship with the CREATOR of the Universe we are His Child! Our destiny here is to be ‘changed into His Image’ to be fit to face ETERNITY in His Presence in His Kingdom. (I still have the boxes of photos of the children from .RI Teacher days and ‘other’ memories of past life) BUT………..although I am not yet 80 one day at a time and one step at a time I am learning the truth of this Life in the Spirit of God Life. It is ongoing it is ever changing and evolving. We will soar like the eagle with Him all the days of our life if we ‘surrender’ what would force us to be tethered to the earth. Have a brilliant New Season of life with His Grace surrounding you. You are loved!

    • oneta hayes says:

      How sweet. “wear the world as a loose garment” said by St. Francis of Assisi. And our “garment” can be changed according to the role we are playing in various seasons of life. We don’t hold onto the old – cast it aside and put on the new,

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