Like most of my retired friends, I’m busier than ever now that I’m wrapping up my last semester at the university. Most of us in our younger years looked forward to our “golden years,” of sitting back and doing nothing. When I tried to retire once before, I found myself in the pit of a depression that took doctor’s visits and medication to climb out of. It is with great trepidation that I attempt to retire again. This time it will be different. I live a very busy life with demands like blogging, checking e-mails, keeping up with family, making things. I have just finished Halloween baskets (think Easter baskets) to sell in order to help finance my Advanced Writing students’ Literacy Projects. Of course each Halloween basket has a paperback, children’s Halloween book.

The following popped up in the morning devotional I follow, and I wish to share it with you:

“To describe Jesus as a man in demand is an understatement.  He mentored his disciples, cast out demons, taught in synagogues, and visited followers’ homes. Imagine His to-do list! Everyone wanted Jesus’ time and attention, but He knew when to say no.He knew where to focus and He stayed on task. What enabled Him to do so? He spent time in His Father’s presence alone, praying. We don’t know what He said, but perhaps He asked the Father to direct Him. Jesus had twenty-four hours in each day, just like we do, and He completed His life’s purpose in three years.  Obviously He did something right, and we can learn from Him.”

This made me stop and think of how many times I had thought of a possible solution on my own, made plans and asked The Lord to bless them after the fact. If we go to our Father first, asking for guidance, we will accomplish more than we ever dreamed we could, and maybe even accomplish God’s purpose for our lives.


Author: Rae Longest

This year marks my fiftieth year in AAUW (American Association of University Women). The Alvin chapter was begun in 1947, and as a new, green teacher to Alvin Independent School District, I joined in 1968. In the 80's we began a book group to share our love of reading, books,and fellowship with other women and girls who loved the same. We resurrected the group on-line in September of 2015. Eventually Powerful Women Readers folded as an on-line book club, but I kept the title and turned it into a blog. (See "Introduction,"first blog). This is my first experience at blogging or publishing anything and is becomes more fun with each blog posted. I have just completed 30 years of teaching as an adjunct at The University of Houston Clear Lake. This is after three years at Alvin Community College and an almost-twenty year career as a classroom teacher with Alvin Independent School District, adding up to a total of teaching 50 years in all. Reading and writing are "in my blood" just like teaching is. I hope you enjoy the blog.


    1. I am already volunteering two days a week here in Alvin and plan to tutor in Jan., so no resting. At least I won’t have that 40 min. One way trip in Houston traffic twice every Wednesday.


  1. Best of luck with your retirement second time around, Rae. I think you’ve now got plenty to be occupying yourself so that finding yourself feeling depressed and undervalued isn’t going to happen! I have such respect for all that you have achieved during your ‘retirement’ and your tireless efforts to fight the evil that is illiteracy. Take carex

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  2. I love this post Rae. First, congratulations on your second retirement. If you were not ready the first time, that is why it didn’t click. I see God’s hand there, he knew there were a lot of students needing your guidance. I love the idea of the Hallowe’en baskets. What an awesome idea. Good Luck on your future pathway, I know with His help, you will make it this time.

    Thanks for posting that part of your morning devotional. I need to hear that message often. The expression of Stop to Smell the Roses should be changed to Stop and Talk to God for me. I get myself in too deep sometimes because I do not ask if this is his purpose for me. A great reminder for me and others, thanks again.

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