Micah is starting kindergarten next month. I’m not old enough to be here. Well, I am. Obviously. But I really don’t feel like it.
He had his preschool graduation and kindergarten orientation a couple of months ago, and we got a lot of lists. What should your kindergartener know by the first day of school? What can you do to prepare your child? What school supplies do you need to bring?
I love these kinds of lists as much as the next person. I preferred school supply shopping to school clothes shopping as an elementary schooler. This. Is. My. Jam.
I started thinking though, what kinds of things can I, as a parent, prepare my kid for that aren’t on these lists? And how can I prepare my own heart for the fact that he will be away for thirty hours a week?
I decided that as a parent, the best thing I can do for my baby is to pray for him. These verses are heavy on my heart as he prepares for kindergarten. Each one of these values and verses are important for both of us as he gets ready to enter the next phase of life, and I hope they can serve value to you as well.
God is our refuge and strength,
an ever-present help in trouble.
The one who gets wisdom loves life;
the one who cherishes understanding will soon prosper.
I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.
Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.
Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary.
When I think of perseverance, I definitely mean working hard at school, and sports, and activities when things are tough. I think grit and fortitude are so important for kids to learn. Even more than these things though, I hope he can persevere in his faith, and in doing what is right, even if it is not the cool thing that everyone else is doing.
As a parent, I can get so wrapped up in making sure my kid is well-dressed, well-liked and well-adjusted (whatever that even means..) all while losing sight of what is really important. At the end of his life, it will not matter how many goals he scored on his AYSO team. What will matter, is his character and the status of his salvation.
It’s so easy to focus on the day to day with our children, and forget about the long term, bigger picture. I hope that these verses will be an encouragement to both Micah and myself as the school year continues. And also for you.
Do you have a kid starting school this year? What are you worried about? Drop a comment down below so we can lift each other up in prayer this year!