Time to introduce you to another wonderfully fabulous woman! Brianne is a middle school teacher with two precious, precious baby girls. She truly has a knack for writing - she's always posting the most truthful, uplifting, heart-checking posts on facebook. I know her words of wisdom resonate with a lot of people as they do me. I hope you will be as inspired by her interview as I am. We could all learn something from this power woman.
Name: Brianne Prater
Profession: School teacher
Most rewarding part of your job:
Teaching middle school is a very demanding profession, but I love that I’m able to influence young people, and therefore, culture as a whole. Building relationships with teenagers and meeting their unique needs is something that I feel called and privileged to do.
If you could do anything at all today, with money being no object, what would you do?
The strongest urge at the core of my being has always been to create. Whether it be art, jokes, or written word—I have a need to express through various mediums. If I could spend the day painting in a studio or writing books while sipping coffee, I would be in heaven.
Someone knocks on your door. Who would you want it to be and why?
This is the easiest question to answer. While there are dozens of famous people (both living and deceased) I would love to meet, I would give up everything to have one more hour with my Mimi, who passed away in 2014. With every life milestone, there is a deep heartache that she is not here to experience it—to cheer me on, to spoil her great grandbabies, to worry about us. Not a day goes by that I don’t think of her and wish she could be here.
If you could get a ‘do-over’ in life, what would you do differently?
Honestly, there are so many things I would do differently the second time around. The main thing is that I wish I hadn’t wasted so much time and energy trying to please or impress others when I was younger. Life is too short to be anyone but your true self. As an adult, I know that who I am—warts and all—is enough.
What is the best advice you’ve ever been given?
It’s tough to narrow it down, but my parents have given me a lifetime of wisdom about how to have a happy marriage. When they disagree, they work it out instead of letting things fester. They forgive quickly and completely. They consider one another’s feelings and go out of their way to do kind things. They set goals and work toward them as one unified being. My sister and I both have happy, healthy marriages, and I believe that is largely because our parents modeled that so well.
How do you hope your story/life inspires others?
I want people to see an authentic joy in me that comes only from my security in Christ. My children, my marriage, my life’s work are all beautiful blessings, but they cannot make me whole. They can’t heal what’s broken in my spirit. They can all be taken from me any moment. Only Christ can satisfy the deepest desires of my heart. I hope my life always demonstrates this truth to others.
What is the best thing that God has revealed to you?
The most valuable truth God has revealed to me is that He is enough, and His grace is sufficient. No matter what this world throws at me, I have everything I need. Life is going to be painful. Things are often not going to go my way. There is so much I can’t control—health, finances, safety of my children, etc. The ONLY thing in this world that is certain is the faithfulness of my God. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. His character never changes. I’ve learned that the storms come for everyone, but those only who build a firm foundation on this truth can withstand them.
“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.” –Matthew 7:24-25