It’s that time again. Time to be thinking about the new school year.
Even though we homeschool year round, we officially “start” the next year September 1. That means I intentionally focus a part of my prayer time in August to praying over the new school year.
My technique each year is to make a new list over my concerns for the upcoming year. Before finalizing it though, I review my list from last year to see if it my new list needs any tweeking.
I also like to look at my prayer areas from the previous year and try to realize areas in which I’ve grown. (That’s what this site is all about–growth–right?) I am happy to look back at my heart and realize areas that concerned me last year really don’t any more. He’s working on me Friends! Praise God!
After this reflection, I make a formal list. If I’ve got my list done ahead of time, I have a week to pray over each area. If you look at last year’s list, you’ll notice I only had one day praying over each area.
Some years the Farmer joins me in focused prayer. Other years he just addresses them on his own.
Here are the five areas of focus I’ve decided to devote myself to this year. One a week in August.
To have a godly rather than worldly school heart
I myself attended formal education and did not grow up in a Christian home. I therefore have ingrained in me all the things school “should be.” I can get caught up thinking, Are we behind? Should we start doing tests this year? Am I doing enough subjects?
Believe me, if you have worldly views of school, I get it.
I need to remind myself on the days where our bible time (the first part of the day) runs into math time. I would much rather be peaceful about the decision to spend a couple of hours on bible time and maybe fit the math in elsewhere.
When something comes up, I need to be at peace with rolling with the punches and handling the situation just the same as if Jesus was physically standing with me–because I know He’s with me even when I can’t see Him. Why do I act as if He isn’t sometimes?
Yeah. I think we’re all perfectly aware of what’s going on in the world. I don’t need to hash it out. Our religious liberties are under attack.
I’m praying we will be able to keep as much freedom as possible.
I’m praying that when we do loose more liberties, the Holy Spirit will guide me in creative ways.
And I’m praying that as my children grow up in this environment, they see it happening. I mean really see it. The way the children of Egypt did when they wandered in the desert.
There are just subjects that are weaker for each child. I’m praying for my patience as I guide them. And I’m praying for their patience (and that they would ask for patience). And I’m praying that as they are able to ask the Lord for patience and get through things, that, again, they would see the Lord bringing them through.
Anyone who homeschools understands that a learning heart or a rebellious-I-don’t-want-to-heart can make or break a day. Or a week. Or month. You get it.
I’m praying that their hearts would desire to learn and be hungry for knowledge. And I pray that since the Lord knows what each of their little hearts needs to be motivated, that He teach me how to teach and motivate them as well.
And I’m praying for my heart to desire to rehash the materials they are going over. I want my heart to be learning as well.
As farmers, the weather and our animals dictate everything we do. This is not the very rigid, very structured life I grew up knowing.
As Christians, recognizing that someone has a need (even within our own walls), is paramount to moving and being His hands and His feet.
We must be able to drop work when needed. And we must be able to pick up those school books again when the situation resolves–even if that means longer hours and/or more days.
And my heart must be so open that I purpose to make it look easy and never inconvenient–because they will pick up my frustrations–and learn them–ouch.
Lord, make my heart flexible and joyful in the spontaneous.
Do you pray over your new school year? Whether you homeschool, public school, or you yourself are attending college–what are your areas of focus this year?