• Sheila Harkins

LET'S SEE WHERE THIS PATH TAKES US!

Updated: Feb 15, 2019


In second grade, I was a new student at a new school in Mrs. Webb’s class. Sharpened pencils, lined notebooks, birthday spankings, and Mrs. Webb reading to us. I fell in love with everything about Mrs. Webb and her class. I now knew how to answer the question “what are you going to be when you grow up?”


“A second-grade teacher,” I would answer decidedly.


I never wavered from that goal.


After graduating from Samford University in Elementary Education, my dream job came true. A room full of second graders-the perfect age for hugs and learning and loving and being loved!


For three years I taught second graders, until my next dream job came along and I spent sixteen years as a stay-at-home Mom.


I loved the baby years, the toddler years, the elementary years and even the middle school years. But then something unexpected happened when my kids were teenagers. I discovered that this was the best age! Because teens are real and deep and insightful.


These were the years of sleepovers and tournaments and musicals and people in our house all the time.


Weekly, we hosted Friday Fellowship and 40–80 teens would pack into our house. It was chaotic and crazy and tiring. But it was amazing.


And life-changing.


After an unexpected encounter with God one day and a long interview process I began working as a spiritual life coordinator at a Christian international school where my children attended.


The transition was hard. Implementing new programs was hard. Figuring out what to do with weekly chapels and Friday events and retreats and small groups was hard, too.


However, the payback was pretty incredible.


Conversations.


Transformation.


Tears.


Pranks.


Restoration.


Laughter.


Grief.


Joy.


My room at school became a place of so many slices of life.


I’ve decided to try to create a little piece of that here online.


Teens (and former teens!) this is for you!


I hope it is a place where we can hear some of your stories and I can share some of the things God has taught me as I’ve worked with so many of you over the years.


Come join me (and bring your friends) and let’s see where it takes us!

LET'S BE EMAIL FRIENDS!

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