If you are a mom, and depending on where you live, you’ve likely been getting ready to send someone back to school this past week. You’ve been buying supplies, checking on whether the long pants still fit growing legs, and calming anxious nerves. Today I’ve got a article running on Roo Mag about dealing with those back-to-school emotions … and not the ones my children are feeling. Rather the ones I’m experiencing.
If you are visiting from there, welcome. If not, I hope you’ll hop over there and read what I had to say about sending my son Dylan to college last year. (Click here to visit Roo Mag) Then come back for more about a back-to-school series I’m starting.
And that’s what I wanted to tell you all about. You see, I know how hard the first few days of school are. Even though my children are all teenagers, I can remember being a young mom and getting Joshua (my first born) ready for school. Joshua was so excited. I wasn’t really quite so excited. Questions and concerns consumed me. One big worry was that Josh wore a patch over a weak eye. And he would have to wear it to school. What would the other kids say? Would they make fun of him?
Thankfully God had gone before us and in that little kindergarten classroom were twin brothers who both wore glasses and who both would be patched during school hours. God was already answering my prayers.
That was just the start of how I would worry over my children. But that’s actually a different story, and one I wrote an entire book about called “When Your Child is Hurting.” I’m sorry to say the publisher is no longer printing new copies, but it is still available used or in a digital format. You can read more about it here.
Anyway, I digress. My heart hurts for all of you mamas who will be dropping someone (little or big) off at school, fighting back tears, and coming home for a good cry. And I wanted to do something for you (and me). So beginning August 27 (I know my article says the 20th, but I had to postpone it for P31 reasons), I’ll be doing a 10-day series for those back-to-school blues.
Each day I’ll post a word of encouragement from me, a Word of encouragement from God and a practical back-to-school tip to help ease the chaos. It will be short and hopefully helpful.
You are welcome to stop back on August 27th, or sign up today to receive my blog posts by entering your email address in the box on the right sidebar. I completely understand if you sign up for just those 10 days and then unsubscribe. I just want to you to have a place to visit when you feel sad.
Before I end, I’d like to pray for you.
Heavenly Father, You alone know the emotions that bounce around inside me at the start of school. Sometimes I can’t even identify them. It’s hard to let my children grow up, and the start of school brings to the surface so many fears and doubts. Help me to turn to You with my emotions. Help me to identify those areas in me that are rooted in fear. I desire to parent my children with healthy love and I need Your help to do so. Bring peace and comfort to my sisters who are feeling sad today. Fill all of us with Your joy. In Jesus name, Amen.
Thank you for joining me today. I hope you’ll return many times.
In His love,
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