Every year since my older son started kindergarten I've written a start of school year prayer. Last year that prayer was a little different because I was not only mom, but also teacher. This year begins year two of homeschooling. And, as always, this start of the school year prayer is essential.
I pray for peace and patience to not yell at my kids when they push every single one of my buttons. I pray for lightheartedness to not take our days and lessons too seriously and to laugh and enjoy the time we spend together. I pray for the wisdom to guide them to where they need to be and how they need to be taught in order to truly learn. I pray for the fortitude to be mom and teacher and wife and attorney.
I pray for the boys that their minds will be opened and receptive to the lessons I strive to teach. I pray that they will be patient with me, with each other and with themselves as we continue through this still new, uncharted territory. I pray they will be happy and positive and confident in their studies.
I pray for my parents as they once again take on the task of teaching our children once a week. I know this time is so precious and important for the boys. I pray that they will be filled with love and grace and knowledge during this days with their grandparents.
I pray for all the teachers and students who have already or will be starting this school year. I pray for peace and confidence and patience and open minds and hearts throughout all the schools in our nation.
I'm so thankful to have the resources to make this choice to homeschool our kids. I'm thrilled to be able teach through travel and experience and have so many opportunities to go out into our community and beyond to learn first-hand lessons. I pray that we may be a blessing and a beacon of Your love and peace to all those we come in contact with throughout the year. I come to you, Lord, with a grateful and hopeful heart.