Saturday, August 13, 2016

Back to School Time

Every year this week always seems to be one of varying emotions.  It is the last week of summer, just before the first day of school.  Part of me wants to hold on to summer with its slower pace, long evenings, easy mornings while another part looks forward to structure, routine, regular bedtimes and yes, a bit more freedom for mom!

But, ready or not, summer is ending and a new school year is here.  Our family has one student left who is in high school.  As we count down his school days with the end being within a couple years, he is growing up, learning to drive, craving freedom as most teenagers do, and working on finding his own way in life.

We're getting prepared for a new school year.  School supplies are purchased, he is excited to try an additional sport this year - golf, so equipment is ready for that.  Plans to instill good study habits and a routine to allow time to work on being and doing the best we can are in place.

The best beginning for the school year and for his life come in the form of a mother's prayers.  Now is the perfect time to begin a routine praying Scriptural based prayers over our children and/or grandchildren.  This is something our children never outgrow. The older our children get, the more they need our prayers as they face important decisions, form lifelong character and face temptations.  Here are five areas (one can be prayed daily) and examples that will get us into a great habit of prayer.

  • Purity: I pray for purity both for my kids and for their future spouses. Their spouses are out there somewhere, growing up as children right now, and what happens in their lives will greatly affect the life of my children down the road.
  • Relationships: Above all, I pray that my kids will develop strong relationships with the Lord. I also pray for healthy relationships with their siblings, with friends, and with my husband and I as their parents.
  • Protection: The world is a dangerous place in many ways. I pray for physical, spiritual and emotional protection for each child.
  • Personal weaknesses: Every child has their own struggles, whether it’s lying, angry outbursts, disrespect, or any number of other issues. I pray that God will shape their character and turn their weaknesses to strengths.
  • Thanksgiving: Each child also has unique strengths that are God’s gift to our family. For some it’s charm, for others leadership ability or a sense of humour. I thank God for these special qualities and ask Him to continue to develop these characteristics in our children.
Are you ready to jump in and begin a great new school year?

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