When the first bell rings at 7:55, the door swings open, and my seventh graders start streaming in, pulling chairs off the tables, plopping backpacks on the floor, high-fiving one another. I greet them as they come in and they chatter while I take attendance. After the Pledge of Allegiance and announcements, I glance at my plan book and launch today’s plan.

My Plan Book

My plan book sits on my desk. The different colors help me remember appointments, duties, upcoming events. Post-it notes draw attention to things not part of the regular routine I worry I may forget. I depend on that planner. And yet, I know it’s just a guide. An outline. What I think should happen on any given day. Activities and lessons I hope will inspire the young people in my charge.

My Retirement Plan Book by Debbie Putnam for The Consilium

A New Twist

This year has a new twist. I retire from 35 years of teaching on June 2. I wrote two red numbers in each square this year, counting down the days until I retire. One number represents the calendar days, the other the number of days in the classroom.

Every time I tell someone about my retirement, I get the same response: “How exciting! What will you do next?”

“I’m thrilled,” I answer, “But I don’t know exactly; we don’t have any definite plans right now.”

There won’t be a lesson plan book for retirement. My day won’t be dictated by bells and timelines. It’s one of the things I look forward to. Always a planner, right now I look forward to some blank pages.

The Real Plan

Because I know God has a plan. I want Him to write what comes next. Rather than jumping into the next chapter, I want to pause. Listen. Wait on God.

“And we know [with great confidence] that God [who is deeply concerned about us] causes all things to work together [as a plan] for good for those who love God, to those who are called according to His plan and purpose.” (Romans 8:28 AMP)

God’s plan includes lessons for me to learn.

But I can’t plan those lessons. Instead, I need to pray diligently and keep my eyes wide open in gratitude (Colossians 4:2 MSG), looking to God to work His plan in my life. If I allow myself to become mired in busyness, I may miss the good things He plans for me.

And so, yes, I’m thrilled about retiring in June. My plan right now is to trust Him. Rest. Pray. Keep my eyes wide open in gratitude. I can’t wait to see what God has planned for me in His plan book.

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I am a child of God, traveling in uncharted water, trusting God for His goodness in the storms and doldrums of life. Wife, mom, nana, daughter, teacher, and friend, I love to read, write, bake, and count gifts.

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