I didn’t quite! I graduated in May of 2005 with my BA degree in Business Management. It was a new beginning for all of us. My brother Baz, who lives on the west coast had been talking to me and asking that I consider moving to California for a fresh start. I had visited with him a couple of times since my divorce and I felt a belonging there. I felt alive and inspired. So after my girls became adults, we talked about my making the move. I was hesitant because my parents, aunts and uncles, more importantly my two girls would still be in Florida. California was a long ways away! But my girls knew I needed to make the change. I needed to build a life for myself now. So on a step of faith and with everyones blessings, I made the move to California June of 2007 with no job to go to, no friends and knowing only my brother. Was I scared? You bet I was! But God gave me Proverbs 3:5-6, "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not unto your own understanding: In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths."
God did direct my path! God gave me from June 2007 to October 2007 to work on me. I had never had any time for myself and I had let myself go physically, mentally and spiritually. My brother is my best friend and with his guidance, words of wisdom and constant encouragement, I was able to physically get back in shape, mentally focus my attentions on who God had made me to be and spiritually develop my relationship with Christ in a way that made me realize my strength comes from Him and not of myself. I went from 189 pounds to 126pounds over the course of 1 year. I found a job, new friends and more importantly I realized I was 48, single and lost the dead weight of my old life! I decided I would no longer walk with regret or fear.
To date…at the age of 51, I am in the best shape of my life! I am confident in who God has made me to be. I will be running my first marathon in September. He has gifted me with the best family, two beautiful daughters, one son-in-law and my first grand-baby girl Amelia Elizabeth Ann. And the added bonus…a loving man to share my life with!
So when you think your life is destined to remain in the "dugout of devastation"...remember your next hit may just be a homerun to your "life’s restoration!" Don’t give up and don’t give in… expect to WIN in this game of LIFE!