Sunday, August 25, 2013

Back to school August 2013

David was attending a middle school event last year and he sent me a text that read,.. "I feel like an anthropologist studying the preteens in their habitat."  Yes sir.  

School has snuck up on us again. Way too fast.  And it's not the rush and the busy business of it all.  For me, it's the separation all over again each year.  As I send my boys to different classrooms, different teachers, different friends and influences.  And this year I send Christopher to an entirely different school.  Middle School.  Where he will see and hear and learn things that I have worked for years to keep him from knowing.  But the school days are the days of testing the people I have raised.  The young men that they are becoming.  What kind of men will they be?

I hope the kind of men that won't settle.  Won't settle for second best in friends, and especially  in themselves.

Praying a heartfelt prayer for the boys, their friends, and their new friends to be.  For the teachers who protect and care for them each day.  For those pivotal moments of each day when a choice needs to be made for right or wrong.  For their hearts to be open to good, and their minds to be closed to bad.  Praying a strong will for the times when the weekend just isn't close enough and mom and dad can't fix their problems.  Praying for safety, peace and confidence as they travel independently each day. And praying for their safe return each afternoon.  Praying for a love filled home to come home to, and a simple slowness when the days go too fast with a packed schedule.  Praying for time - together time, to be still, to listen, and to enjoy being a family. 

I'm certainly not a scripture expert -  or even claim to know all that much.  I was the girl in Sunday School filing my nails or .... whatever.... but I caught a few words here and there.  Enough for my  mind and heart to latch onto for later use.  So with this.... may this be a prayer for all our back to school kids this week.... 

  May the peace of God that passes all understanding guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus so you may go from here with confidence and joy,to serve the Lord. Philippians 4:7,8

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