Back To School Series, Children, Prayer, Speech

Back to School: On the Way to School

School has begun for most students across the world so EmpowerMoments is featuring a series entitled “Back to School”.  Read this week as our writers will share stories and learned lessons from their school-related experiences.  So, come and get on our EmpowerMoments school bus!

This I declare about the LORD: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; he is my God, and I trust him. (Psalms 91:2 NLT)

This morning I noticed my daughter was really hyper or as I call it, “on 10”!  I’m sure part of it had to do with her NaNa coming to visit this week and the sweet tea she allowed her to drink for breakfast.  Can’t trust Grandmas!  At any rate, I wanted to snatch her in the midst of her speedy transitions throughout the house, but I remembered a promise I made to God when she first started attending school.  I promised to never yell at her before she went off to school because I didn’t want her to have a bad day.  I knew that my words could speak either life or death to my daughter (see Proverbs 18:21) and I eventually took yelling out of my discipline strategy all together.

My daughter continued her morning routine of talking seventeen miles a minute (the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree) and dancing throughout the house.  I sternly redirected her towards getting dressed to avoid being late.  She was obedient and we then proceeded to our vehicle.  When I strapped her in, I told her we were going to pray all the way to school, and we did.  We thanked God and prayed about her behavior this morning and her future actions at school. As we pulled into the parking lot, we sang our school song as we do every morning and she hopped out into the arms of her teacher.  I was confident that she would have a good day!

I share this story because it is imperative that we not only send our children off to school on a good note, but help them recognize that God is a present help when they need to learn self-control. Furthermore, they need to know that God is not just at church, but He walks with them during school.  I remember getting on the bus every morning to face this girl that used to bully me all the way to school.  I hated riding the bus because she was so mean to me.  I felt so alone and contemplated telling my Mom, but I didn’t think it was that serious to tell anyone.  So, I prayed every morning that the mean girl wouldn’t try to start a fight with me.  I recall another incident in high school when I failed a try-out for the drill team captain.  That loss hurt me to my core because I wanted it so bad.  I cried for days and the only thing that allowed me to move forward was the prayers my mother shared with me during that time.  During those instances, I imitated what I saw my mother or other Christians do in times of grief and trouble.  They prayed.

Dear Daddy,

Thank You for my children.  Thank You for trusting me to be their guide here on earth.  Lord, I ask that Your Spirit cover them with Your precious blood.  Father, I pray that every encounter is used to build and enrich them.  Help them to be a leader amongst their friends and to share the love of Christ.  Lord, I pray they remain focused while in class, obedient to the rules, sensitive to those that need them, and strong when they face challenges.  Father, please protect the teachers, staff, and administration.  I pray they operate under Your anointing through order, fairness, humility, love, kindness, and intelligence.  Lord, please protect my children on the playground, at practice, and to and from school.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Ladies, I EMPOWER you to pray over the child in your life before they go to school.  Pray with them and for them.  They need to know that God is their refuge in times of confusion, fear, trouble, misbehavior, bullying, and defeat.  When they recognize that you go to the Father on their behalf, they’ll imitate you.  I refuse to accept that prayer has been removed from schools.  Teach your children to pray!  We do not know what they face every day and the burdens they carry.

What are some ways you incorporate God into your child’s school life?

Read a related EmpowerMoment:  Take Time for Them

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As a professional, Mrs. Khalilah Burton is a College Biology Instructor. She is also currently pursuing a Doctorate of Education in Higher Ed and Community College Leadership. Khalilah is passionate about her faith journey and uses this key scripture as her inspiration: “But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:31 KJV) She and her husband serve as Co-Service leaders and Co-Group leaders of SustainedLove, which supports marriage get-a-ways from Family Life. Khalilah also serves as a guest speaker and panelist for various events for women and Christian empowerment. Khalilah resides in Millbrook, Alabama with her wonderful husband Donald Burton, Jr. and their two daughters. They attend Vaughn Forest Church. Check out Khalilah’s Christian weight loss blog here.

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15 thoughts on “Back to School: On the Way to School”

  1. Oh how I love this EM! When I read the prayer, I put my siblings names in it as well. It was an awesome prayer! And I too for prayer in schools…our children need it!!

    1. Yes Tannika they do! I remember teaching in public school and every morning I would pray over each desk and each locker I passed. We can’t allow the government to control our worship! Thank you for reading :-).

  2. Omgggggggg, Ms. Khalilah Burton, I Reallyyyyy Needed this, thank You sooo much & I thank God for using You to deliver this….I struggle sooo much with Yelling at my daughters (age(s) 4 & 6…I even put up “No Yelling Zone” signs throughout my house & added a scripture on them…i.e.-“Be Slow to speak, slow to anger, slow to wrath”<<may not b in that order…but you catch my drift…& this morning I was fussing (not yelling)at my four year old for something she did…n e hoo, this empowermoment helped me to Realize the importance of how I should respond and react to my daughters, especially before they go to school & might I add that I just had another girl who will be 3months old in a few days. I definitely want to Stop this Bad Habit Now, I don't want to respond this way ANYMORE, IN JESUS NAME, AMEN…..GOD BLESS

    1. Crystal, I know exactly what you mean! The turning point for me was when I walked passed my oldest daughter’s room one day, she was about 2 years old, and I saw her yelling at her dolls. It was a painful display of myself. I’ve actually found that speaking sternly produces a faster more meaningful reaction than yelling. I always say, I don’t spare the rod, lol, but I think the tone of words have a much more lasting impression. We’re in this thing together, and I too have an infant, she’s about 2 weeks shy of being 3 months old. Thank you for supporting Empowermoments and don’t forget to check us out on Facebook or Twitter if you haven’t already.

  3. Nice! I think that praying with my daughter in the morning helps me as much as her. It makes me worry less to know that I have placed her in God’s hands. I can also see the growth in her prayers over the years and the curiousity she has about the things that I pray for.

  4. Wow, you really know how to get in my business. I was just praying the other night for God to help me with my patience with children that I wont be such a yeller. Every time I shout, Im instantly convicted and hear God telling me, “I dont yell at you, even when you are blatantly disobedient; I gently correct you with love.” So to help me, I am going to start by stealing your tactic of no yelling in the morning before school. Prayerfully, I will graduate to none just as you did!

    About praying, we pray each morning on our way to school. Each child has the opportunity to pray and Im so grateful how theyve learned to ask God to help them on tests that their intimidated by or how they pray for their friends. So yes, you are absolutely right, they will model us if we set the example.

    Thanks for an awesome post!

    1. Hi Kristen,

      It takes practice and God’s strength. I’m not perfect, every now and again she’ll hear a “If you don’t get in that tub….” but for the most part I felt just like you, convicted. Isn’t conviction awesome though? It let’s us know that God won’t leave us hanging. He wants us to be better. Take small steps and after a while you will say “gosh, I haven’t yelled in a while and it feels good.” Hang in there, God loves you and thank you for supporting Empowermoments.

  5. Amen! I agree that children should learn how to pray! Kudos to you for keeping your promise not to yell at your daughter before she goes to school! =)

  6. Thank you for this Moment..it reminds me of how much i yelled at my own children. I think my idea was i would scare whatever was in them out of them. but i also know i was yelling at my own circumstances. What i love the most is you are showing your child how God is right there every moment of every incident, ready for us to call on him to save and direct us, and not just on Sunday as we bow our heads in church. This makes God real to a child.

    1. I don’t remember you yelling at me…..for no reason, lol. Thank you so much for your support as I try to keep God in my child’s life as you taught me. You always said, each generation is better than the next. While I’m not so sure of that yet, I’m definitely trying…..I think. (The cat’s out of the bag Mom 🙂 )

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