With the school year gearing up to begin on Friday, I can’t help but think back over the past two years I spent in the classroom. Legally, I can’t go into details. But I can say that those two years were filled with daily hardships. Every morning I knew I was walking into a spiritual battle. And every morning I had to be fully equipped in prayer and be rooted in Scripture as I walked into a tough situation. I know without a doubt that the Lord had me there for a purpose. Even while I was in it, I knew that the Lord picked me out for that job. Most people would have walked away, but I knew I had to be a light before the students and hope that they would see how I reacted to situations and eventually glorify my Father in heaven. Not a day went by that I didn’t cry out to the Lord for His help, His Spirit, His strength in my weaknesses. I had a little wooden plaque on my desk with Nehemiah 8:10 on it, “The joy of the Lord is my strength.” And at certain moments I would sit down and read it over and over and over. The simple prayer “Jesus, I need you” constantly rose from my heart.
Sarah loves Jesus and her family and is passionate about addressing the urgent spiritual and physical needs around the world. She is the wife of Spencer and mama of Katherine and Claire, and they live in Nashville, TN. She runs a photography business with her husband and writes in order to offer encouragement and invite others to choose grace, joy, and gratitude in the adventure and the mundane. She loves traveling and reading; she will choose unsweet tea over sweet and bootcut jeans over skinny; and she is all sorts of awkward with small talk but thrives with deep conversations.