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June 2021

Have you ever received a phone call that changed the path of your career? That was my experience last month as I received a call from the head of school at Southside Christian School asking if I would pray about returning to the Early Education Principal position after being away for ten years. My reply was, “What??? That is not on my radar!” However, I did promise to pray about it and as I sought the Lord’s counsel, I knew my heavenly Father was redirecting me back to the EE program I started over 24 years ago. Over the next couple of weeks, it became very clear I was to return.

When I was a young child, my mother taught me to apply Proverbs 3: 5 – 6 to all situations in my life. 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. I quickly ran to those verses as I sought the Lord’s will on how he was directing my path in this potential career change.

Through the entire application and interview process, I felt the Lord drawing me to embrace this change. I have a perfect peace that only the Lord can give about a major life decision. My prayer was the words in Psalm 25:4-5.  Show me your ways, Lord, teach me your paths. Guide me in your truth and teach me for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.

Early educators will be in great hands as Jeannie Forrest ACSI’s Assistant Director takes the helm and the leads the amazing Early Education Team! Please visit ACSI’s early education webpage to read about some upcoming opportunities for EE leaders and plans for the 2021-22 school year.

It has been a special privilege to lead the Early Education Department at ACSI for the past ten years and to work and collaborate with early educators from the USA and around the world! As I depart from ACSI, I leave you with these questions: How are you helping young children in your program to know the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord, His strength and wonderous works that He has done (Psalm 78)? What have your children learned about Jesus and God this year? Have teachers strived to share who Jesus is with these little ones and how they fit into God’s story? May the Lord give you wisdom and strength as you serve young children and their families!


Sara Jo Dillard