Back to School

First day of school…a day full of anticipation, anxiety, excitement, etc.

I love Mondays, New Year’s Day and the first day of school because they each represent a fresh start. An opportunity for me to do better…
You see…I have a growth mindset. I absolutely believe that if I keep trying at something I WILL get better and each new week, month and year is another opportunity to prove it.

So as I said goodbye to my children this morning I encouraged them to do their very best…to leave it all on the table…and let’s make this the best year yet!

Back to School Prayer
We thank you for the fragrance of a new box of crayons, Lord,
The rainbow in each perfect row;
Thank you for each bundle of snowy white notebook paper,
Awaiting fresh possibilities.
May they remind us that you make all things new and bless us with abundance.
Thank you for this ruler; for every eraser that tops every pencil.
May they help us remember to measure our blessings,
But never your boundless love for us;
To allow for the making of mistakes as a normal part of human learning.
As we lay out our new clothes for these first days of school,
Help us remember to put on Christ each day, too,
And to “clothe the naked” as He asked us.
But mostly, God, help us remember that Jesus is always our best and most devoted teacher That we never outgrow all his lessons on how you want us to live and to love.
By HomeFaitheditor Mary Lynn Hendrickson

Godspeed – DM+

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Donna Matthews is a blog writer at the DJRanch where she strives to remain authentic while not taking herself too seriously. She is also the creator of Slay The Chaos (, where she writes about productivity and organization. She is a member of The Writers Guild and Write Space in Houston and is currently writing her first book.