New School Year
By Kimberly Chastain
on where you live school will be starting this
month or next month. A new school year is usually
exciting and scary at the same time. Most children
won’t admit it, but they are ready to get
back to school and see their friends. As much as
I love not having a rigid schedule in the summer,
I do miss the structure of the school year. We
get up later in the summer and go to bed later
you think of a new School Year what are your first
thoughts? Back to school shopping for clothes and
school supplies. A big transition from elementary
to middle school, or to high school, even college.
A new teacher who you heard is strict or not strict
enough? There can often be lots of anxiety with
a new school year for parents as well as children.
I offer a few suggestions for your back to school
list? Remember whose children they are. Yes they
are our children, but they are God’s children.
He cares about them and loves them more than we
ever could. Pray for your children. Pray for their
academics, choice of friends, study habits, and
wisdom to make Godly choices. Pray for their teachers.
If their teachers are not Christians, pray that
God can use you to be an example to their teachers.
Pray for the administrators in your child’s
school. Pray for the safety of your child and all
the children at their school. Pray that your children
will see a Godly example in you, with how you handle
school difficulties or problems with your children.
Begin praying with other mothers for their children
as well. We don’t have to carry the burden
alone. Above all remember God is in control. I
often have a difficult time remembering that principle.
closing, God is a mighty God and he cares about
our concerns. I often pray on the way to taking
my children to school. I pray when my children
are having difficulties with friends. God cares
about everything in our lives and He truly cares
about our children. My mother is a prayer warrior
for my children and myself. May we all become prayer
warriors for our children. Take your problems to
Him and leave them there.
About the Author
Kimberly M. Chastain, MS, LMFT is the Christian Working Mom Coach and a Licensed
Marriage and Family Therapist who specializes in helping Christian women make
the most of their lives. She is the author of the on-line course, “I
Can’t Say No” and Pearls of Encouragement for Christian Working
Moms, a free e-book. If you suffer from “I Can’t Say ‘No” Syndrome,
visit Kimberly’s site today for the details on an exciting email course
that’s sure to set you free! http://www.christianworkingmom.com/online.htm.
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