Sharing Our Faith
Sharing our stories and faith with one another is an important part of our community. Whether it is in a big or small group, a public or private setting, both students and teachers value the authentic relationships that are forged when joys and trials are shared with each other. Students and teachers reflect on the impact of God and His Word on their lives.
Amelia, 8th grade Student
She is clothed with strength and dignity, she laughs without fear of the future.
This verse is important to me because I have a tendency to point out my flaws. However, this verse is saying that not just girls, but boys too, are clothed with strength and dignity. I also stress about tests or practices but this verse is talking about laughing WITHOUT FEAR of the future which means not worrying about tomorrow. I have learned over time to pray to God whenever I am stressed.
Amanda Heidemann, 5th Grade math teacher
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6 I can vividly remember being a young teen, visiting several doctors a month, and being poked and prodded so we could figure out why I wasn’t feeling well. After nearly six months of doctor appointments I was diagnosed with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis. I was told I could be in a wheelchair and not able to brush my hair by the time I got to college if we did not attack the illness in a timely manner. I was tired, I had stopped playing sports, and I had a lousy attitude. I did not know what my future entailed, I was scared, and I began to question my faith.
I always thought God should have blessed my older brother with JRA, because after all, he was older and tougher than me. Then, I wondered, “why does God allow nice people to go through so much pain?” These are all normal questions when we question our faith.
It took nearly twenty years for me to truly understand that God had the perfect plan for my journey. I was blessed with a great team of doctors that took charge to make sure I was going to have the best quality of life possible. I began treatment immediately, and had to learn how to give myself weekly shots. I learned my limits, who my true friends were, and that my family is my biggest support club. Once I graduated high school, and went off to college, I realized God really was in control of my life. I later graduated from college without skipping a beat. I never needed a wheelchair and I could even brush my own hair.
Several years after graduating college I was doing all of the things I was scared I wouldn’t be able to do. I was teaching, traveling, and living a great life. I almost forgot I still had Rheumatoid Arthritis. Then it dawned on me, I needed to thank God for the amazing life he has provided for me. My life is not perfect, but it’s perfect for me.
When I realized something was missing in my life, I prayed about it. God called me to volunteer with the Arthritis Foundation so I could share my journey with the world. I am now blessed to work with children as young as three years olds, that suffer from arthritis. This December, I am honored to be the adult honoree and share my story with the City of Sugar Land at the Arthritis Foundation’s Jingle Bell Run. When I look back to where my journey started, I never thought I would be able to do what I’m doing today. I’m living proof that with a positive attitude and faith, anything is possible!