Paths and Promises

Standing in front of the assembled faculty, KayTrenia Lee began to tell a story most of them would not have otherwise known.

Several years ago, Pre-K would do a Christmas program and it would always start off...“This is a true story. It really happened. A long time ago...” Today, I want to share with you a true story…


Fourteen years ago, I made a decision. Despite what my closest friends had to say about private schools, I enrolled Kayla in Grace. She started at the Children’s Center and the following year Kayla entered Kindergarten.


I remember praying, “Lord, she really needs a good foundation. If it is in Your will, please let her finish Kindergarten.” (Then her little sister came while Kayla was in Kindergarten….hence the name Faith). This became my prayer every year until Kayla entered 6th grade. Yes! It took me that long to really believe that God was working everything out. I just needed to trust Him!

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And now...Kayla is graduating!

Was it hard? Yes! A lot was sacrificed for Kayla to attend Grace but I continued to believe that one day it would be worth it. I lost friends, went without cable and other material things. We didn't go out to eat. Sometimes we fed a family of four on $25 a week. I'm pretty sure that I made every casserole in the Campbell’s Soup Cookbook! I made my own baby food. And I am glad that I love potatoes because we ate baked potatoes at lunch for almost two years.


But if I had to do it all again I would, because my sacrifices have become my testimony. I could not have prayed for a better group of teachers, coworkers, friends and family than you.


Thank you for working alongside me and teaching Kayla to think and live Biblically. Thank you for providing her the opportunities and environment to develop physically, socially, emotionally and intellectually. You have truly helped shape her into the person she is today.


I am excited and beyond blessed to say that this fall Kayla will be entering UTK on scholarships and grants. Thank you for giving her that solid foundation.


I close with a verse that both of my girls learned with Mrs. Russell in Kindergarten. To this day we sing the song that she taught them. This verse has truly gotten me through 14 years of Grace, especially those times when I could not see what God had in store for our family.


“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight.”

- Proverbs 3:5-6