School starts today. Thank you, thank you (sincere holy whisper). We both know that momma’s bag ‘o summer tricks is plum empty and hiding in the bathroom while my children argue upstairs is not going to work much longer.
We’ve got brand new school supplies tucked neatly into clean backpacks. The kids each have squeaky new tennis shoes and their first day of school clothes picked out, except for my son who doesn’t care, but you know that already. Thank you for providing every bit of it.
We’ve spent the last couple of days getting ready. And ready or not, it’s time.
There are some jitters, wondering about getting the locker open on the first try, making new friends and who to sit by at lunch. And that’s just me. I know my kids are nervous too. You know I got a little emotional this week as I stepped into their world, walking the halls they will everyday. I have some worries, a few fears because I don’t like the cultural “norms” in our world – many aren’t normal at all in our family. I am proud of the Godly choices my kids have made but with every new school year, they take a step further away from me and that’s hard for every momma.
But you urge us not to worry. So, instead I’m praying this over them today:
I pray you will be near them when I can’t be.
I pray if they don’t feel your presence, they will seek you and discover you’re right there with them.
I pray you will surround them with peace and comfort in every new situation.
I pray when they are pressured, you will help them stand.
I pray they find one good friend, a brother or sister in Christ because it’s hard to stand alone.
I pray that 6 AM won’t come as early this year.
I pray when they fail, they will forgive themselves and try again.
I pray you will give the school nurse an extra supply of patience and bandaids for my second grader.
I pray my kids will befriend those that are new, lonely or both.
I pray they will not sit next the child who has to throw up in the class trashcan.
I pray they will be a blessing to their teacher and not a curse.
I pray you will bless them with Godly teachers as you have in the past.
I pray they will have fun. But not too much, if you know what I mean.
I pray they will let their light shine, quietly or loudly, but in their own way.
I pray homework will be light and not become Home. Work.
I pray that you will help me to trust their choices, let them go even when it’s hard, and pull them close when they need me to the most.
I pray above all, God, that you would use their challenges, disappointments and victories to draw them closer to you this school year.
Thank you for every gift.