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They are standing there like sentinels announcing the beginning of a new school year. “They” are the displays
smartly posted at each entrance of the Wal Mart, attracting the planners and the organized to pick up their child’s
school supply list. All the while, children are hoping a time warp would appear so that they could prolong summer
for a few more weeks. Alas, there will be no vortex appearing in which time would stop or slow down. The school
year is just around the corner.

I would like to make a couple of suggestions to parents on preparing your children and family for the onslaught of
school routines, sports schedules, and homework assignments:
1. HAVE A PRAYERFUL  PERSPECTIVE. This may seem like a no-brainer, but let’s think about this. Scripture
says, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let
your requests be known to God.” (Philippians 4:6) That means that prayer is the remedy for anxiety. It
does not mean that prayer keeps things from happening that can create anxiety. Johnny will still struggle in
math and Susie will still struggle with that little boy on the playground. What prayer will do is change your
perspective, so:

• Be faithful to pray always (1 Thessalonians 5:17) – To pray always means I maintain a spiritual
position so that I am tuned into the mind and heart of God. No circumstance overtakes me.
When I am praying always, I am poised to respond with faith and hope and not fear and anxiety.

• Be specific in your prayer requests (James 4:2) – We do not have, because, we do not ask. Write
out your prayers for your children. Be specific. Dream big.

2. HAVE A BIBLICAL EXPECTATION. The Biblical expectation of our lives is that our faith, what we believe,
will inform how we love and interact with others. Paul says, that the only thing that matters is, “…faith
expressing itself in love.” (Galatians 5:6) That means that parents must be great examples of:

• Knowing what you believe. The best teachers are those who are committed to a certain truth. We
believe that Christ has come into the world as the fulfillment of God’s eternal plan and that He
died on the cross in our place. He rose again, and promises to come again so that we can be
where He is.

• Loving others well. Next to loving God there is no more important command than this one. Loving
others is not an option for Christians it is the expectation of heaven and the evidence of Christ
living in us.

It is never too soon or too late to start.
Bro. David