Playdates with God: A Prayer for the First Day of School

It’s the first day of school here in Putnam county but my house still sleeps this morning. Our high school has a tradition of giving the freshmen the school to themselves this first morning. So the upperclassmen get to sleep in. They don’t have to report until noontime.
My boys are upperclassmen.
It’s been robbing my sleep some lately—the way they are growing and I’ve been praying more lately. This morning, my heart wouldn’t settle down so I started looking through some old pictures. I’m not sure what year this is—but they both still have some chubbiness in their cheeks.

In a couple hours, I’ll drive off to work and they’ll still be sleeping. This year, we decided they would get themselves up and make their own breakfast—give Teddy a little practice for when he heads off to college next year. (I know, I know, I spoil them; but they are my babies).
I thought it would be easier by now, this parenting thing. Turns out, getting them ready to fledge the nest is hard in a different kind of way. Knowing when to open my hand and actually doing it are two different things. So this morning, I’ve been praying scripture over my two boys. It’s the same scripture I prayed over them every night when I used to tuck them in.
Maybe you need the assurance of this blessing this morning also?

For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. (Ephesians 3:14-21)

Praying for our children all over the world this morning.

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  1. Elaina says

    You are a lifesaver my dear…truly a blessing…i can see my boys in your boys…and your voice has been whispering to my heart all morning as my frenzied soul seeks shelter in this emotional storm. I’m a few years behind you…but trust your words are recorded in my heart…a blessing from Jesus who knows I’ll need every bit of a decade to prepare to follow in your Mom footsteps. Sincerest thanks…for showing me the way…you are truly a welcome, reassuring light in this sometimes dark forest of motherhood I’m finding my way through. Thank You! XO.

  2. JosephPote says

    What a beautiful prayer passage! Thank you for sharing that this morning, Laura!
    Our youngest starts high school, today…plenty of need for prayers…

  3. says

    Thank you so much for the prayer this morning, Laura. I cried through it as I prayed it for my daughter. She went back to college yesterday morning, and I felt like I was sending her back into a war zone because of some drama circling around her. But the Lord will strengthen her; he has already. He’ll do the same for your boys. Thanks for being a faithful mama.

  4. says

    Precious prayer. This is a new chapter for us. Instead of Emily going off to school or college, she is student teaching. I loved seeing these pictures of your boys-gone-by. ~Pamela

  5. Megan Willome says

    Yep, this is a new season. My daughter has been away at boarding school for two weeks, and we take my son to college on Wednesday.

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