Yesterday morning I watched my sweet girl walking up the sidewalk towards the double doors that sit just by the school’s cafeteria. Ready to tackle another day… her backpack rested on her shoulders, her bright yellow lemon lunchbox nestled in her left hand with her violin in her right.
For some reason, this familiar sight took my breath away.
Maybe it’s because she has grown so much this past year, now taller than me, looking way more like a young lady than my little girl.
Maybe it’s knowing that life as a middle schooler is complicated and awkward, that there are struggles beyond those doors that I’ll never fully understand.
Maybe it’s being aware that each day she is faced with decisions that are hard, but ones that allow her true character to shine brightly.
Maybe it was my heart swelling up inside thinking about how God can take a brave and strong 7th grade girl and use her to reflect His love to others every day.
My heart felt a little pang.
On my way home, much like every other day, I did the only thing I can do – the BEST thing I can do.
I had a conversation with the Lord, praying for my brown haired, brown-eyed girl who walked through those double doors again.
Here are the things I uttered, for both her (and my boys), things that I will continue to pray, as we navigate through another school year.
CONFIDENCE || Romans 12:2
CHARACTER || Colossians 3:12-14
BOLDNESS || Ephesians 6:19, 1 Timothy 4:12
FEAR || Deuteronomy 31:6, Psalm 118:6-7
PEACE || Philippians 4:6-7
FRIENDS || 1 Corinthians 15:33, Proverbs 27:17
I put together a PRINTABLE if you would like to have a hard copy to remind you to pray these passages over your kiddos too. (There are two designs to chose from.)
One half of the paper has the prayer points and Scripture references and the other half can be cut off as an encouraging note for your child.
Stick it under their pillow, in a lunchbox, in their backpack or tape it to their bathroom mirror, as a reminder that you are thinking of and praying for them!