Reflections on the First Day of School

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It’s just me, my computer, my water bottle and the Olympics this morning. It’s quiet for the first time in three months. The dogs are taking some well-deserved naps. I’m catching up on some neglected tasks.

It’s the first day of school here, and for the first time since the end of May, I’m looking at a calendar filled with days without my kids. I have lots of projects to work on, a house that really needs a good cleaning and work that needs to be done. But right now, for this moment, I find myself doing a bit of reflection.

This morning, I sent an eighth grader and a high school sophomore off for their first day of school. The morning was a whirlwind. Hair to be done, lunches to be made, advice to be given. But now, in these first quiet moments in months, I realize that I only have five more first days of school.

I am incredibly proud of the young women my girls are becoming, but we have left childhood behind in this house. For the first time, I sent two teenagers to school. My child who would only wear graphic T-shirts and comfy shorts has graduated to a skirt and vest. My daughter who has never liked change faced her first day of school with confidence and a smile.

So much has changed since that first day of kindergarten 10 years ago. And as we face the few years we have left with our girls, I find I treasure the time I have with them more. Don’t get me wrong, there were days this summer that I pulled out the calendar and counted the days until school started. But, mostly, this year, I found myself enjoying the days of summer without the distraction of school or sports. And, so, I find myself a bit sad to see school start this year.

As I reflect on our summer and this first day of school, though, I wanted to share this: Whether it’s your first first day of school or your last, take a long look at your kids and savor who they are in this moment. Because who they are in this moment may be part of who they are in the future, but they will never be this particular person again.

Whether you’re in an easy season with your kids or a difficult one, take a moment today to thank God for who they are today. Identify the traits that your kids have that are positive and thank God for each one.

And, dear mommas, savor this moment here at the beginning of the school year. Because these moments fly by, and as excited as we are to see our kids becoming who God wants them to be, we can’t recapture the moments once they’re gone.

A First Day of School Prayer

I woke up this morning as the mom of a fourth grader and a sixth grader. It seems like only yesterday that I walked my older daughter through the doors of her elementary school for the first time. Today, I’ll drop her off at middle school.

I wasn’t planning to write this post as part of my The Best School Year Ever series, but as I lay awake at 4:30 this morning, praying for my girls, I felt compelled to add this one in, to share with you my first day of school prayer for my girls. I’ll be printing this off and laying it at the breakfast table for them to read, so they know their mom is praying for them today. I encourage you to write your own prayer for your kids and share it with them.

May God keep both your bodies and your hearts safe.

May He help you to know the right thing to do in every situation, and may you choose to do it.

May He give you courage to be strong in tough situations.

May He make you be friends who are willing to lay down your own desires to meet the needs of a friend.

May He help you be kind to others, and let others be kind to you.

May He help you  remember to pray in sticky situations.

May He help you to watch your words. Let your words build others up and not tear them down.

May you always know that you are God’s masterpiece, no matter what anyone else says.

Help me to make home a refuge for them, a place where they can rest and be comforted after a hard day.

May He help you be respectful of others, both adults and other children.

May He help you open your minds to learning, but help you remember to compare everything you are taught against God’s word.

May He help you to grow this year in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and man.

Help me to be the parent that they need. Let me hold onto my patience and look to You for wisdom before opening my mouth.

Let this year be filled with joy and unexpected gifts.

This is my first day of school prayer for my girls. I’m praying that this truly is their best school year ever. Won’t you join me?

Linking up today with Women Living Well , A Wise Woman Builds Her Home and Word Filled Wednesday.