As much as I have been avoiding it, the reality is that school starts back a week from today for my girls. We have had such a wonderful summer that I am very sad to see it coming to an end (although we plan to have a great week this week, balancing fun activites with one or two more lazy days at home!)
One of the best (and sometimes most challenging 🙂 parts of these school-free days is having my children with me almost constantly. Now that they will be venturing off to school again, I lose some of that “control” of knowing exactly what they are doing at any given moment.
While I pray for our daughters all the time, having them away from me for a certain number of hours each day causes me to realize anew how much I must entrust them to God. Though I may not with them at all times, He is always with them.
This week I thought I would do a brief series on some of the things I pray for our girls. One of the first of those prayers is for their safety and protection. For me, that includes two different areas.
- Physical safety. Proverbs 21:31b says “….safety is of the Lord.” From tripping over someone’s book bag to falling off the monkey bars, there are many opportunities each day for them to injure themselves. Who knows what incident could occur during the school day that might put them in some type of danger? I also include their health in this prayer, thanking God for our current good health as well as asking for continued strength and wellness. Illness passes among children so quickly in the confines of a schoolroom and we have been blessed in catching nothing but minor sicknesses thus far.
- Protection from evil and wrong influences. Psalm 121:7 states, “The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil; He shall preserve thy soul.” Even though our girls attend a Christian school, I am not naive enough to think that they will only encounter positive influences and encouraging words during their day. My prayer is that God will protect them from those temptations to sin and from any person who would lead them astray or destroy their innocence.
Do you have specific things that you pray for your children? Please share with us in the comments section. Tomorrow I’ll post a couple of other ideas along these lines. This post is linked to Make Your Home Sing Monday and Making a Happy Home Monday.