Fresh reams of paper, spiral-bound notebooks, and packages of pencils with full, perfect erasers have replaced the bottles of sunscreen, pool toys, and beach towels on store shelves.
Our beloved summer is drawing to a close.
Our bookshelves have been purged of last year's materials, making way for supplies prepared for the new year. Most of our curriculum planning is complete. We've assessed weak areas in our kids' academics and have come up with strategies to tackle them. We might even have our school calendars in place.
It's certainly a busy time of year, isn't it?
But let's not let the busy-ness keep us from taking time with God in prayer on behalf of our homeschools.
Let's not be like Martha, “worried and troubled about many things,” and forgetting the one needful thing (Luke 10:38-42).
The thing that takes our perspective off the busy-ness and onto the One who called us to this task in the first place.
The one needful thing for our schools.
The one needful thing for our kids.
The one needful thing for us.
Will you take some time with Him today? Perhaps the verses that follow will serve as a helpful catalyst for your prayers.
1.)Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established. (Proverbs 16:3)
2.)Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make straight your paths. (Proverbs 3:5-6)
3.)Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain. (I Corinthians 15:58)
4.)Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men. (Colossians 3:23)
5.)For wisdom will come into your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul. (Proverbs 2:10)
6.)But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere. (James 3:18)
7.)By wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established; by knowledge the rooms are filled with all precious and pleasant riches. (Proverbs 24:3-4)
8.)Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. (Romans 12:2)
9.)For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. (2 Peter 1:5-7)
10.)May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. (Romans 15:5-6)
11.)He who calls you is faithful; He will surely do it. (I Thessalonians 5:24)
12.)All your children shall be taught by the Lord, and great shall be the peace of your children. (Isaiah 54:13)
Are there other Scripture passages that come to mind as you pray for your homeschool? I would welcome your biblical encouragement if you have a moment to share below.