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5 Prayers For Our Children

There are more than 5 ways to pray for our children and grandchildren!

How can we pray for them as they go back to school?

Teachers are stressed…I know because I was one!

Parents are thrilled…I know because I am one!

Do we forget how stressful school can be for our loved ones?

This is the third blog post dedicated to all children and teachers who are

GOING BACK TO SCHOOL

I cannot take credit for creating the 5 P’s, as you can tell if you clicked on the above link. Prayers for PEACE, PROTECTION, PURITY, PASSION, AND PERSPECTIVE are so applicable to children and adults.

That is why I researched scripture to find Bible verses that align with these five prayer requests.

Peace 

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” John 14:27 NIV

Protection

“But the Lord is faithful, and He will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one.” Thessalonians 3:3 NIV

Purity

“Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me.” Psalm 51:10 NIV

Passion

“But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded.” 2 Chronicles 15;7 NIV

Perspective

“So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” 2 Corinthinians 4:18 NIV

How can we apply these verses?

  • We can pray these very words for the children we love.
  • We can read these scriptures to them and let them know specifically why we are praying for them.
  • We can ask them what the words peace, protection, purity, passion, and perspective mean to them.

I hope these scriptures and prayers comfort and bless you!

If so, please share this post with your loved ones and friends and encourage them to sign up to receive newsletters and updates!

 

Please feel free to leave any special prayer requests you might have in the Comments section below. Or, if you prefer, you can email me at karyn@openyourtreasures.com.

Ten Worries Children Have About Going Back To School

What worries do children of all ages have in common when it is time to go back to school?

How can parents and grandparents comfort them, prepare them, and pray for them?

Having just retired from teaching for thirty years in grades K-8 and having children and four grandchildren of my own (grades K, 2, 4, 6), I know that the first day of school can be stressful and worrisome for children and parents.

As adults, we sometimes forget the doubts and fears we had about starting school or moving on to the next grade.

My goal is to bring those doubts and fears to the forefront and give tips and strategies for making sure our children/grandchildren feel comforted and understood.

Children and teens can be anxious about:

  • Which teachers will I get, and will they be mean or nice?
  • Will I miss my parents?
  • Will they be there when I get home?
  • Will any of my friends be in my classes, and will I fit in?
  • What if I am not listening and the teacher calls on me?
  • Will the students laugh at me?
  • Who will I sit with at lunch?
  • If I have a locker with a combination, will I forget it or not be able to open it?
  • Will I get lost trying to find my classes and be late?
  • What if I don’t understand the homework?

How Can Parents and Grandparents Help?

  1. Set A Routine:

At least one week before school starts, make every effort to have regular and nutritious meals for the family. Eat together, and share how each member of the family feels about the start of school.

Start a regular bedtime and wake up at the right time each morning.

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This information comes from:

https://sleepfoundation.org/excessivesleepiness/content/how-much-sleep-do-babies-and-kids-need 

2. Encourage your child to share their feelings, worries, and fears.

At a time and in a place that is distraction free, so your child knows they have your full attention, ask them what worries or concerns they have about starting school.

Assure them that what they are feeling is okay and normal and that there is nothing wrong with them.

Instead of reassuring them with, “Don’t worry, everything will be okay,” or “I’m sure those things will not happen,”come up with a plan of attack to solve, “What is the worst that can happen?

Example: Role play

What if you…?

What could you do to solve the problem?

Let’s think of a couple of ways you could handle the situation!

End on a positive note:

What are two exciting things about school starting?

3. Pray  for them and with them:

Click on this link to see an infographic by Rebecca Barlow Jordan

  • Peace
  • Protection
  • Purity
  • Passion
  • Perspective

Stay Tuned!

In the next blog, I will share Bible verses that you can pray for your child…


PLEASE LEAVE YOUR COMMENTS!

Did you like this blog post? If so,  please let me know in the comment section and share this blog post with anyone you know who has school-aged children.

What is your greatest frustration with helping your child to be successful in school? Let me know in the comments. I will address your questions in future blogs.

What do you want to know that you haven’t been able to find information about? If I don’t know the answers, I will research and find them!

 

 

 

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