There’s something special about the first day of school. Kids of all ages with new backpacks full of virgin crayons, notebooks, and pencils. Self-conscious students in squeaky new shoes with nary a scuff mark and well-thought-out outfits for a cool first impression. Teachers with Welcome Back bulletin boards and brand-new class rosters full of young minds.
I come to You as a mom to ask for Your blessing on this new school year.
Bless all the children with focus, friendships, and fun.
Help Aly to consider her school work as an act of worship. “Whatever [they] do in word or deed, [I pray they do] all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father” (Colossians 3:17 NASB). May she forget past mistakes and press on toward the goal of honoring You (Philippians 3:13-14). As she go throughout her days, may her words and her thoughts be pleasing in Your sight (Psalm 19:14).
You’ve blessed her with loyal friends who bring out the best in her. I pray You will foster her existing friendships and bring new ones into her life. Give her friends who will spur her on to love You and serve You with all their hearts. (Hebrews 10:24) Give my daughter memories with friends and family that will make her laugh out loud for years to come. Use Aly to point others to a relationship with You. May they take up their cross and follow You, even down those school hallways (Matthew 16:24).
Bless Aly with confidence and consistent, caring leadership.
Bless her teachers with a peaceful, productive, and positive school year.
Teachers surely don’t choose the profession for the money. They want to make an impact on young lives and, in turn, this world. They want to help their students grow in knowledge, responsibility, and character. Help them, Lord, to keep the main thing in focus at all times. It’s so easy to get distracted by paperwork and state tests. Help them to never reduce their students to a test score or a letter grade. Help them to treat their students in the same manner they’d want our own children to be treated (Matthew 7:12).
I’m hopeful, Lord. Hopeful for a beautiful school year for us all. Walk with us, moment-by-moment, and my hope will be fully realized.