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Back to School!

I have friends who are starting back to school today! Some are starting back as educators, some as students, some are home educated, some are in public school, some are excited, and some aren’t. As a former student, home educator, and high school teacher, I’m well aware that you’re entering a challenging season and today I’m praying for you!

School can suck the spiritual life right out of you, but for a believer, it can also be an opportunity to thrive. No matter whether you’re still affected by the school year, here are a few things that may help you stay on track:

Thriving through the school year:

  • Watch for opportunities to pray for those around you. 

You may not even be involved in the school scene anymore, but as you’re on the highway and see a school bus, pray for the students, teachers, and administrators at that particular school. If you’re a student or a teacher, pray as you walk down the hall, as a friend shares with you a problem, as you start each class period. If you’re doing school at home, incorporate prayer periods through the day, set a timer if you need to, in order to take a “Selah.” (I have a post on that tomorrow.)

  • Take the Word with you. 

Moms, read a devotional or chapter from Scripture over breakfast (and please don’t skip this meal with your children!). Let your students know how you’re praying for them. If you’re a home educator, keep the Scripture passage you’re focusing on, written on the blackboard or in the main area where you’re teaching. Listen to their requests with an openness to understand what is going on in their hearts and minds.

  • Take Jesus with you. 

Be bold in your witness. Encourage your children to freely share the good things God is doing in their lives, but set that example for them by being open and transparent with others about your relationship with God. If you are daily experiencing Him at work, talking about it will be the natural overflow.

  • Reach out to serve. 

Look for opportunities to reach out to those around you. Whether you’re in the public school setting, or at home, there are daily opportunities to serve others. Ask the Holy Spirit to open your eyes to those opportunities and give you ways to meet those needs.

I want to take a pause on the blog today to pray for you.

Father, thank you for creating us with the capacity to learn. Thank you for the joy that comes from learning, because all truth ultimately takes us back to You. Thank you for my friends who are serving as educators today, some at home, some in the public schools system at every level. Give them open eyes and ears to be used by You today, to be transparent in their love for You, to be kind and wise, to serve as they follow You, to be aware of Your mission for them this day.

Father, protect the students from fear of their peers and the hunger for the praise of their classmates. Provide opportunities for them to share about you in a way that is appealing and to demonstrate true love that validates your reality. Give courage to the fainthearted, a spirit of discernment to the immature, a hunger for your Word and a love for you that is unrivaled.

Father, bring an outpouring of Your Spirit on the students and teachers, that we might see our nation impacted for Your glory!

May Your glory fill the earth!

[box]I will give thanks to You, O Lord, among the peoples;
I will sing praises to You among the nations.

For Your lovingkindness is great to the heavens
And Your truth to the clouds.

Be exalted above the heavens, O God;
Let Your glory be above all the earth. (Psalm 57:9–11)[/box]

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2 Comments

  • Vivian Etherington

    Thank you, Kim! You said it right that school can suck the spiritual life right out of you! Anything that demands so much of my attention and emotional energy can! For me, the key is consistently getting up early so the Lord can fill me up before I pour out all day. I love your suggestions here that help keep the Lord before me throughout the day. And thank you for praying! We are in week 2 of school over here already for my 2 youngest–who are now 7th and 9th graders!

  • Kimberly Wagner

    Wow, Viv, week 2 already! Praying that you’ll be able to have that early morning time with the Lord each day and He will prepare your heart for all that day holds! Have a great day today!! 🙂