This week in Iowa and in other states across our nation, many students are beginning their first week of school. I know that for many parents, a lot of anxiety comes with the beginning of a school year. Our minds are filled with questions such as, “Will my child learn enough this year?” “Will they be influenced in good or bad ways?” “Will they be successful during this year of school?” “Will they learn the right things?” These questions and anxious thoughts seem to be involved in parents of public and private school students and of home school kids. In other words, none of us parents are immune from worrying about our children’s education.
We live in a culture that is constantly debating what children should and shouldn’t learn and when they should learn all these things. We are consumed with statistics about achievement and school environments, teachers and curriculum. While information is good, sometimes I feel that it can add to parents’ worries.
This year, I am trying to take these anxious thoughts and worries to the Lord, the one who knows my children and me, cares for us, and knows exactly what is best for our family. He can see through all of the school options and statistics and methods to know what is perfect for each one of my kids. And even better yet, he cares! He truly loves each of my kids!
After all, he says in I Peter 5:7, “Cast all your cares upon him because he cares for me.”
I thought I would share my prayer for my children with you in hopes that it would encourage you.
Lord, I give this school year to you. I pray that each of my children will learn exactly what is right for them to learn. Help them to master new skills and increase in their love of learning. Prepare them for what you have for them in their futures. Protect them from what is harmful to them and expose them to good things only. I pray that they will have good attitudes and a willingness to work hard. I pray that they will show respect and obedience. Please give our family peace during this school year. Thank you for loving them, protecting them, and caring for them.
A few other verses that really give me comfort in parenting are these:
Psalm 94:19 When my anxious thoughts multiply within me, your consolations delight my soul.
Isaiah 54:13 All your children shall be taught by the Lord, and great shall be the peace of your children.
I hope that this school year is your best one yet!