It’s 9:30am and I just got home dropping off my kids for their first day of school.
There has been lots of excitement leading up to this day. While we all love summer, my kids are so excited to be back hanging with their friends everyday.
I admit that I too am excited for them to be back at school. The summer novelty of more freedom, less structure, and more play time wore off some time ago.
And yet with every excitement comes worry, anxiety, and fear.
Last night we re-established our family meetings, our time to gather on Sunday night to talk about the upcoming week. During our meeting, we asked the kids what they were worried about for this school year?
Will, our oldest, is transitioning into middle school. As a 6th grader, he gets to rotate classes, have his own computer, and have more freedom during the school day.
While there is excitement in the “new,” he worries about finding his classes and the amount of homework he will have. “Mom, will I be able to get it all done?” As his mom, I worry about the freedom he will have with his laptop. Temptation is strong as a middle schooler and all too often this temptation gets the best of this young man. “Will he have enough self-control to say ‘no’ when temptation arises?
Anna, our middle child is going into 4th grade. She is our “need-to-know-every-detail-possible” girl. She is our observer and worrier. She worries about the expectations of 4th grade, especially when it comes to reading and math, subjects that simply do not come easy to her. “Mom, what if I can’t read very fast? “Mom what will the new intervention specialist be like?” As her mom, I worry about her anxiety. At what point, will her anxiety take over, leaving her paralyzed? When this happens, what will I do to help her get through?
And then we have our little “bean,” our Lily. She started Kindergarten today. Another big transition. Although she has been at the same school as her brothers and sisters for a few years, there is something surreal watching your last walk through those wide doors as she turns around to give one last wave. My heart soars and melts at the same time. “Will she make friends?” “Will school come easily to her?” “Will she get lice?” (Don’t ask… its a fear from when Anna was in Kindergarten!).
With every excitement, there comes worry, anxiety, and fear.
Turning to God’s Word
Each day, we have a choice in how to respond to those fears and worries. We can either let them paralyze us or we can learn to turn them over to God.
Of course, this is SO hard to do.
It requires letting go, a skill few of us have mastered.
And yet, when we let go, you find peace – true peace.
So mama’ bears, what do you say? Are you ready to let go and let God take control of your worries and fears?
When we say ‘yes’ to God, we also say ‘yes’ to our kids as we role model how to let go of worries and uncertainties.
Below are 10 bible verses that speak truth in our days and help us ease whatever fears we are holding on to for this school year.
Printing these verses and keeping them in a central location allows you to pray throughout the day as you learn to release control and let God perform His miracles. You can teach your kids to do the same as you weave these truths into dinner and bedtime prayers.
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10
“When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.” Psalm 56:3
“Peace is what I leave with you; it is my own peace that I give you. I do not give it as the world does. Do not be worried and upset; do not be afraid.” John 14:27
“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matthew 6:34
“Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall.” Psalm 55:22
“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6
“God is our refuge and strength, an ever present help in trouble.” Psalm 46:1
“Jesus told him, ‘Don’t be afraid; just believe.” Mark 5:36
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9
“When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought joy to my soul.” Psalm 94:19
“Do not anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7
Learning to trust is hard. But, the peace you breathe when you do is so worth it!
Praying you through this school year,