We know their teachers, we know where their classes are located, we have delivered the school supplies, purchased new clothes, new shoes, and even decorated lockers but are they really ready? Ready to conquer the world…to be set-apart. Are their hearts strong but yet soft, their minds sharp, and their inner self-confident? 1 Peter 3:4 “Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight”
My daughter will be attending middle school! Wow, I remember the middle school years. How do you teach them to focus on the inside? To have a quiet gentle Spirit that is pleasing to God. You talk about it! You read it and explain to them that only God has control of their teachers, friends, schools, classrooms, and studies, and He cares! We have taught our daughter to pray and not worry, to trust in the Lord with all her heart. Philippians 4:6 “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.” I think it’s important to not worry but it’s also important to thank Him for all He has done! For He has done SO much!
We are teaching our children to pray and to pray often, and to know that when they pray He listens. He bends down and listens (Psalm 116:2, Isaiah 37:17, Psalm 86, Psalm 31:2). How comforting is it to know that our God cares so much he bends down and listens.
Hoping they grow in the Truth and understand the importance of reading it. Psalm 119:127 “Truly, I love your commands more than gold, even the finest gold. Each of your commandments is right that is why I hate every false way.” I pray that my children would be aware of false teaching and know the Truth in their hearts. I pray that they would be sharp as the Lord has promised! Psalm 119:169 “O Lord, listen to my cry; give me the discerning mind you promised.”
I pray for protection! Protection of the people who will hurt them, protection of mean words, and mean actions, and when they are around the meanness I pray that they would stick to the Truth and the commands. Psalm 119:114 “You are my refuge and my shield; your word is my source of hope. Get out of my life, you evil-minded people, for I intend to obey the commands of my God.” I pray that my children will be confident in who they are and who God created them to be. I pray that they wouldn’t have any quarrels, jealousy, anger, gossip, or slander that would destroy friendships or hurt their sweet Spirit. 2 Corinthians 12:20 “For I fear that perhaps when I come I may find you not as I wish, and that you may find me not as you wish—that perhaps there may be quarreling, jealousy, anger, hostility, slander, gossip, conceit, and disorder.”
Thankful for forgiveness, knowing that our children aren’t perfect and they are going to make mistakes. I pray that when mistakes are made that they would be open and honest coming to us and sharing their thoughts, hurts, and emotions. Ephesians 1:7 “In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace.” Thankful for Grace!
Father, I pray for my sweet children that they would be ready for school spiritually! They would be ready to stand up against gossip, and jealousy. That they would have a sweet gentle Spirit, but strong, bold, and courageous heart! I pray that their armor (Eph. 6:10) would be on and they would defeat the bad! I ask that you help me be the mom that they need. A mom that is loving, and supportive, but also a mom that challenges them to become better! Better in all areas! ~Amen