“And we are confident that he hears us whenever we ask for anything that pleases him. And since we know he hears us when we make our requests, we also know that he will give us what we ask for.” — 1 John 5:14-15 (NLT)

I graduated in 1975 from Rosewood High School and have been doing a little reminiscing about my days in school as I have been seeing the many pictures and comments posted on social media for children and teachers that just started year 2022-2023. Unfortunately, I was not able to attend college, but I can truly say that Ms. Smith and Ms. Flowers found my true interest that I enjoyed while I was in the last two years of school. They taught the business classes that for me included typing and using a calculator. We started out on manual typewriters and finished on electric. I would have never believed that I could learn to type and use a calculator without looking at the keyboard, but I did and was able to achieve a pretty decent typing speed. I also learned to use a calculator without looking at the keys. When I was hiring for the office at the News-Argus, I was disappointed at the number of people who applied but never took the time to properly learn how to type or use a calculator. Ms. Smith and Ms. Flowers were both such wonderful teachers, and I can honestly say I loved going to their class each week for two years. I also fondly remember taking home economics from Ms. Ball. I also took algebra and geometry and those were classes I particularly enjoyed. I can’t remember who taught algebra, but Mr. Peedin taught me geometry. I took history from Mr. Thompson and I have to say I struggled in that class. I rely heavily on someone actually teaching and not handing me a book and expecting me to learn on my own. He had a tendency to not lecture and just told us what to read. I passed but I struggled in his class. Also, Prom was so much fun, even though I was a very shy person. I wanted to be a cheerleader but that wasn’t in the cards for me. My sister Norma made it, and she was good, but I didn’t make it. I loved the Christmas door decorating contest each year because I loved Christmas so much anyway. We also had a Christmas Ball, and the girls were allowed to ask the boys to be their date for this event. Thank the Lord for so many friends that included me and my sisters from my dad’s church, Pine Forest UMC. They took in this shy non-sociable girl and made her feel welcome. My primary circle of hang-out friends at school were Brenda Grantham, Beverly Grantham and Susan Wynn. We generally hung out at school and went to the ballgames. I have to add the additional friend Jan Sasser (Holmes) that broke through the shyness and became a great friend as well.

I want to praise God for sending us to Pine Forest and Rosewood School so many years ago. I was not happy about moving the last two years of my school and thought it was a punishment but what I found is that God doesn’t make mistakes. He will put you where you need to be and sometimes years later you find out that you are still in the place you need to be.

PrayerFather Lord, grant me the grace to obey your will for my life, in the name of Jesus, amen.

Thought for the dayDo you have fond memories of your school days?

Prayer focusStudents and teachers as they begin a new school year.

Pecan Cheesecake Pie

• 1 unbaked pie crust

• 1 package cream cheese softened

• ¼ cup sugar

• 4 eggs, divided

• 1 tsp. vanilla

• 1 cup pecans chopped

• 1 cup corn syrup

• ¼ cup packed brown sugar

Beat cream cheese, sugar, one egg and vanilla until smooth. Spread evenly in pie shell, sprinkle pecans over top layer of cheese. Beat the remaining three eggs, corn syrup, and brown sugar well. Pour evenly over pecans. Bake at 425 degrees for 10 minutes, then reduce heat to 375 degrees and bake for 25-30 minutes or until set and golden. Chill, slice and enjoy. (Source: My Heavenly recipes).

Janice Sasser, of Goldsboro, is the daughter of Ruby Hicks, who wrote weekly columns for the Mount Olive Messenger for six years.

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