A Scripture for this School Year

So I just read a great blog by the wonderful Lysa T.  If you have kids headed off to school this year, you should read it too. Here is the link: http://lysaterkeurst.com/2014/08/before-they-go-to-school-have-this-conversation/?utm_source=feedblitz&utm_medium=FeedBlitzEmail&utm_campaign=0&utm_content=303165

Anyway… I wanted to share with you the scripture that I will be praying for my kids this school year. And yes, my “kids” include my firstborn, Andrew, as well as all the other “kids” that have come in my life, our foster kids past and present, youth group kids, etc.

Galatians 1:10 says “Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.”

Dear God, I pray that You will dwell in the hearts of my kids this year. And that Your presence would be so evident that You are the only person they are trying to please. Help my kids to not fall into the people-pleasing trap. Because when that happens, they are no longer striving to be Your servant. Also, God, please help me, their mom, to strive for Your approval only. In Jesus Name, Amen.

What verse are you praying for your kiddos this year??

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Eavesdropping Momma

Eavesdropping is wrong.  I think we can all agree with that.  However, sometimes it does a Mommy’s heart good to eavesdrop… I mean, listen in, on a conversation between Daddy and Son when they think Mommy is busy. 

 Here is a conversation one Mommy may have overheard this morning:

                                         Daddy:            You need to get your teeth brushed. 

                                         Son:                 Dad, I am waiting on mom to get my mouthwash ready.

                                         Daddy:            Well, if you don’t get started….

(interrupting Daddy) Son:               Oh, Mommy already got it ready.

                                         Daddy:            We have the best Mommy.

                                         Son:                 Oh, yeah, she’s the greatest!!

Even though mornings are never perfect at the Jones house, I am still trying to teach my son– to love him in unique ways and to give him tiny blessings and examples of ways to love others.  

I don’t know that all children need help getting their mouthwash ready, but how can you intentionally show love your child this week?

Andrew’s lessons on how to make good choices

Yesterday held both a sad and a proud moment for me as a momma all rolled into one situation.  My husband posted these words last night after “the situation”… and since I think he did such a wonderful job, I do not need to reinvent this wheel…

Today was a major milestone in the Jones’ home.  Andrew got in trouble at school and had his color changed from green to yellow – which is definitely not a first.  But this time, he and a friend conspired to “fix” it by coloring green over the yellow he’d earned.  He came home from school, showed his mom and had her completely convinced it was supposed to be green.  He talked to me and just as easily convinced me that it was a great day in the 1st grade.

Fast forward through the evening to bedtime…  He was praying and he said a curious prayer, “Dear Jesus, please let me sleep good and please let school be better tomorrow.  Amen.”  He covered his tracks with a story about all the people at his table getting in trouble, we sang a song and tucked him in.

He hadn’t been in bed 3 minutes when he ran downstairs and began tearfully telling us that he couldn’t sleep because he was “having bad dreams” about school and his tummy hurt because he knew he’d lied to us.  He poured out the whole story to us, exposing the entire conspiracy and begged us to forgive him.

It was the kind of moment that breaks a parent’s heart and confirms that parenting actually works all at the same time.  Of course we forgave him, but not until we had a talk about doing the right thing even when it’s scary.  There will still be consequences and he’ll still have to ‘fess up with his teacher tomorrow but he’ll be doing it with a clean conscience and that’s a victory.

This is my prayer for my son, not that he’s perfect all the time, but that he chooses to do what’s right, even when it’s hard.

And by the way, that’s also the prayer of your church for YOU.

(You can catch my husband’s blog all the time at www.adamjonesblog.com.)

So last night I discovered that parenting is not always easy– however, it is an important role that God has called me to.  And I am thankful that Andrew decided to make the right choice even after making the wrong one.