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What Christian Happenings Would You Like to See More of in the River Region?









 
Wednesday, 05 October 2016 12:09

Katrina Johnson, Ed.S Director of Special Education, Montgomery Public Schools

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RRJ:  Even though you were exposed to Christ as a young child, late in high school God began speaking into your heart that He wanted a deeper relationship with you.  How did that happen and how did you respond?

 

Katrina:  I grew up in a very ritual-based church, also attending that church’s school from kindergarten through 9th grade. I practiced those rituals “religiously”, but felt God was calling me in a different direction. So, the summer after I graduated from high school, I was baptized and began attending a new church. It was then that I felt I could truly be expressive with my faith. As I studied the Bible, I realized Christ and the unwavering word of God was all that mattered. I had a relationship and not a religion!

 

RRJ:  How did your new, deeper “relationship” change the way you lived?

 

Katrina:  My new, deeper relationship with God caused me to examine how I responded to life’s situations every day. I began and ended my day with prayer, praise and worship. Although I don’t profess to be perfect, God’s word is perfect and He is always willing to forgive my transgressions. I have stumbled a lot in my walk, but I remind myself that a righteous man falls seven times, and rises again.

 

RRJ:  When we first talked you spoke about having a “Why” for your life.  I know you have many “Why’s”, but one is serving special needs families in Montgomery County as the Montgomery Public Schools Director of Special Education.  This was a calling you felt from a young age.  How does your faith in Christ intersect with this “why”?

 

Katrina:  I have always had a desire to help people. I initially thought I would pursue a field in physical therapy, but instead I received a B.S. in Recreational Therapy. From there I received a M.Ed. in Special Education, and I sincerely believe I have found my calling. Working with special needs students has been a humbling and rewarding experience. I believe in my current position, I have a duty and responsibility to affect positive changes in their lives. Whenever I feel overwhelmed in my administrative duties, I go visit a special needs class and interact with those students. These interactions remind me of my “why”. I am so grateful to have such an awesome opportunity to pour into the lives of these children in a way that, hopefully, makes their lives better. I am honored to serve them. The Bible reminds us that whatsoever we do to the least of His people, we do unto Christ Himself.

 

RRJ:  Your work reveals that real life isn’t always easy and comfortable.  Everyone goes through trials and heartbrokenness on some level.  How has your faith led you through trials and what affect did they have on your faith?

 

Katrina:  Life has not always been easy. I have experienced heartache and disappointment in many instances throughout my life. Most recently, after 18 years of marriage, I found myself divorced. Although it was a devastating life event, through my faith, I have endured and in many ways have become stronger. Initially, I was angry...at myself, my ex-husband, maybe even at God. But I realized that all things work together for the good of those who love the Lord and are called according to His purpose. I began to open my heart to forgiveness. It was a process, but throughout this journey, my faith has increased and I believe I am a better person because of this experience. I can use my testimony to help other women realize there is an abundant life waiting for them after divorce. Healing is a process and it takes time, but it returns if we just have faith.

 

RRJ:  What’s a verse or passage that God has used to encourage you to rely on Him?

 

 

Katrina:  There are many Bible verses that encourage me; however, the one I constantly recite is Psalms 138:8, “The LORD will perfect that which concerneth me: thy mercy, O LORD, endureth for ever: forsake not the works of thine own hands.

 

RRJ:  Besides meditating on God’s Word and prayer what other Christian resources have you found to be crucial for living out your faith 24/7?

 

Katrina:  Fellowshipping with other believers of Christ has been a vital piece in living out my faith. Sharing the word of God with others and encouraging each other through life’s trials blesses me. I also believe in attending Christian support groups. One group that really helped me as I initially struggled during my divorce was the Divorce Care group at Frazer Memorial UMC. It was very therapeutic, yet encouraging, to share my story and learn from others. Praying for each other weekly was very uplifting. God’s word is very powerful and I am so grateful to have had positive people in my life to remind me of that.

 

RRJ:  For Christians who struggle to live their faith beyond the church walls, what encouragement would you give them?

 

Katrina:  Standing on the word of God and His promises is the best advice I could give anyone. Pray without ceasing and just know that the effectual fervent prayers of the righteous avails much.

 

Katrina was born and raised in Montgomery. She graduated Sidney Lanier in 1991, ASU in 1995 with a BS in Therapeutic Recreation, and Auburn University Montgomery in 2009 with an Ed.S. in Instructional Leadership and Administration. She has been employed with MPS for 17 years. Katrina is the mother of two teenage sons, Corey (19) and Nickolas (14).

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