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4 Critical Back-to-School Prayers for Our Kids

 

A new school year is right around the corner for our family, and we are potentially facing some big changes.

Like you, I want my kids to transition well into a new school year. I want my kids to love learning, to excel in their endeavors, and have an enjoyable year. I want my kids to like their teacher and get along well with other kids. I want them to have ease and safety and be A-okay.

I really do want my kids to have an easy life — so much so, that sometimes I forget the importance of allowing my kids to experience natural consequences, the growth that comes through facing life’s struggles, and the satisfaction of success after failure.

The protective Mama in me wants to control my children’s circumstances and grant them a trouble-free year, but far more than that, I desire God’s plans for my children, even if that means unexpected circumstances, unwanted struggles, and new experiences.

I don’t want to control or manipulate, demand or impose. I might think I know what is best for my children, but God is the One who sees their hearts and knows their feelings. He is the One who understands them better than they do themselves and loves them more deeply than I ever can. Hehas a plan, and He knows what He is doing.

God has a plan for my children — for their good and His glory, and I want to join God in the work HE is doing in my children’s hearts and lives.

Here are 4 critical areas of prayer for our children as they head back to school this fall.

{Parents, if you’re up for the challenge, come join me on my Instagram or Facebook page where the community has committed to praying for our kids every day through the month of September.}

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Do you worry about what your children encounter when they are at school, about the choices they make and the friends they have? May this year be defined by how we go before our children in prayer; advocating for them before the throne of God each and ever day! Start here with four critical prayers for back to school.

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Are your words a gift to your family?

By Patrick Schwenk

 

For most men, words don’t come easy.

We’ve all heard or read the statistics; women use more words than men. Men are more than comfortable watching a game, sitting shoulder to shoulder, grunting, cheering, and occasionally offering a fist-bump. Not exactly meaningful or sophisticated, but we still call it communication.

Words matter.
One of the things we learn at the very beginning of the Bible is that God speaks. He not only uses words, he is the author of words. Unlike us, in our fallen and sinful state, when God speaks, he does so in a truly creative, powerful, instructive, and redemptive way.

In Genesis chapter 1, we see the phrase “And God said,” nine times. God doesn’t just speak at his creation; he speaks into and over his creation.

Light bursts forth from darkness.

Beauty springs up out of the chaos.

Order emerges from disorder.

Out of the nothingness, God’s words create life.

But as we read on in the biblical narrative (Genesis 3), we learn that God is not the only one who speaks. There is what Paul Tripp calls a “war of words” going on in the Garden. Satan uses words too. But unlike God, his words bring death, pain, deception, separation, and ultimately the loss of Para
dise.

How true it is that “the tongue can bring death or life” (Proverbs 18:21)?!

I have sinned with my words, but I’ve also sinned by withholding my words. Sometimes it’s not what we say, but rather what we don’t say. Feelings of appreciation, approval, and encouragement can be left unspoken.

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Words can bring death or life- how do you use yours? What you say matters! Are you ready to speak life, encouragement and hope into the lives of your family?

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5 Tips For Praying With Your Kids

By Chrystal Hurst

Do you pray with your children? It might feel strange if you haven't already begun, but times of prayer with our kids can easily become a part of your daily routine. Not only that- it bonds you and teaches your children how to approach God. These 5 tips will get you started!

Praying with your children is an important activity that families should prioritize but when many of us struggle to pray consistently on our own, teaching our children to pray may sometimes seem a bit of a daunting task.

But it doesn’t have to be!

Praying with your children can be a very simple habit to begin, if you haven’t already, and it can also be a time for you as a parent to show them a variety of ways that they can talk to God about.

The beauty of talking to God is that there isn’t one right way to do it!  Prayer is simply open and honest communication with God.  We should teach our children that God loves to hear from them and wants to be intimately included in every details of their lives.  As we teach our children about prayer and pray with them we can show them a variety of waya in which they can approach the thrown of their heavenly Father about what concerns them.

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