Now that school starts again
From God’s Word: “But as for me and my family, we will serve the Lord,” Joshua 24:15.
The last days of summer always make me a little sad. And it is not for climatic reasons, it is not that the arrival of winter makes me sad because in reality, where I live, winter is almost an atmospheric phenomenon and not a season.
No, what happens is that my children go back to school and we are running out of slow days, without having to run from one place to another, without pressure. We are ending the days of late breakfasts and lunches together. Life returns to the routine of the school year.
Yes, it’s true, now I may not have so many interruptions while writing or working, but I still miss them. I don’t know if the same thing happens to you.
The reality is that life is like that, a cycle, and we always have to enjoy each stage. And so today, when we are about to start school again, I want to share with you some ideas, and also biblical passages that we can hold on to now that our children are back in school.
We are not omnipresent, we cannot be in the same place as our children all the time, but God can. “And rest assured this: that I am with you always, until the end of time”, Matthew 28:20
We cannot control everything that happens around them when they are away from home, but we can trust God to keep them. “All who fear the Lord, trust in the Lord! He is your helper and your shield ”, Psalm 115: 11.
Maybe you wanted to do “home schooling” or have them attend a Christian school but for one reason or another you can’t, don’t feel guilty. The school may instruct, but we as moms can and must teach biblical values, sow the word in their hearts. “You must commit with your whole being to fulfill each of these mandates that I give you today. Repeat them to your children over and over again. Talk about them in your conversations when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you lie down and when you get up ”, Deuteronomy 6: 6-7.
Helping our children grow and mature implies that we help them to be responsible and this begins when they are young, with their homework. Don’t do it for them. Give them your support. That will teach them responsibility.
Let’s not forget that loving our children cannot be conditional on their academic excellence. It’s challenging at times because we want them to be successful and we are saddened when everything doesn’t go our way, but let’s not let this become the thermostat of our love for them. “Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and stands firm in all circumstances”, 1 Corinthians 13: 7.
Consider how many extracurricular activities she will add to her schedule. A problem with this generation is that we are ending their childhood too quickly. They need time to play, to rest, to share with the family.
Make dining together a priority. It seems insignificant but it has already been shown that families who dine together enjoy more open and better communication.
Let’s make time to pray with and for them. Let us also pray for their schools, their teachers and teachers, their classmates. If all God-fearing mothers make an alliance in praying like this, I assure you that we will see a change in the school environment. “The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and brings wonderful results,” James 5: 16b.
Each school year is presented with new challenges, new opportunities. You and I can only see what happens in the minute we are living, but God already knows what will happen every day of this new year, let’s trust him and look for his direction. As mothers, we often find ourselves at a crossroads and are not sure which way to go. I go back to one of my favorite words: wisdom. Let us ask God for wisdom and he will give it to us. We do not have to face this battle alone, Jesus promises us his help and companionship. “For I can do all things through Christ, who gives me strength”, Philippians 4:13.
My dear reader, let us decide to love our children and help them fly, just as God does us. Let us decide to put every detail in your hands. Let us decide in our hearts that more than anything we will seek to be a family that pleases God and honors him. Let’s decide together: “But as for me and my family, we will serve the Lord,” Joshua 24:15.
(Originally posted on wendybello.com )
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