Back to School Prayers

The time has come. The school supplies are bought. The summer is officially over. Going back to school always brings so many mixed emotions to parents, students and teachers. There’s excitement, dread, worry and joy all mixed in there together. You’ve got parents who can’t wait to send their kids back to school, and then parents who a dreading dropping off their babies at kindergarten. I know my oldest who’s going into third grade is so excited to see all of his friends, but he’s already expressed his concerns multiple times about failing the state assessments at the end of the school year. But, no matter how we all feel about school starting, the time has come. Now our job as parents is to do all we can to ensure our kids have a successful school year, and one of the best ways to do this is to pray for our students. There are so many scriptures in the Bible that apply to praying for our kids at school, but below you will find six scriptures and prayers to go along with them. I hope this gives you a foundation to build upon as we all pray for this year.

 

Joshua 1:9 NLT

This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.

Lord, I thank you for going with my child wherever he goes. Help him to be strong and courageous throughout this school year. Give him the confidence to be fearless about his academic success.

 

Philippians 4:6 NLT

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.

I refuse to worry about this school year! I put my complete trust in the Lord, and I believe that my child will not be full of worry about this year either.

 

Proverbs 19:20 AMPC

 Hear counsel, receive instruction, and accept correction, that you may be wise in the time to come.

Heavenly Father, I thank you, for the amazing teacher you have blessed my child with this year. Help him to receive instruction from his teacher and openly accept any correction needed. I am so grateful for all of the wisdom that my student will gain this year.

 

Romans 15:13 NLT

I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.

Thank you, Lord, for filling my child with complete joy and peace throughout this school year. We put our hope in You for the best school year yet, full of joy, learning and success.

 

Proverbs 18:24 NKJV

A man who has friends must himself be friendly, But there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.

Father God let my student be a light on their campus who’s friendly to all and spreads Your joy. Help him to make the right friends who guide him down your perfect path for his life and who will stick closer than a brother.

Kendra Scott Gives Back Party!
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Hello Friends!

Pregnancy Prayers is hosting a Kendra Scott gives back party and book signing to benefit Embrace Grace, and YOU’re invited!

On February 7th from 5:30 - 7:30 Kendra Scott at Clearfork will donate 20% of sales to Embrace Grace!

Who is Embrace Grace?

 
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Embrace Grace, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization formed for the purpose of providing emotional, practical and spiritual support for single, young women and their families who find themselves in an unintended pregnancy. The primary goal of Embrace Grace is to empower churches across the nation to be a safe and non-judging place for the girls to run to when they find out they are pregnant, instead of the last place they are welcomed because of shame and guilt. You can check out their website at embracegrace.com.

How to shop…

  • You can come by Kendra Scott at the Shops at Clearfork on during the party hours to shop and get your signed copy of the Pregnancy Prayers book.

  • Or, if you’re out of town or just want to shop at home, it’s easy! During the scheduled party hours, go to kendrascott.com to find the jewelry you want, then call the Clearfork Kendra Scott at (682) 316-2261 to place your order over the phone. You will need to call on February 7th between the hours of 5:30-7:30 and let them know you are shopping with Pregnancy Prayers or Embrace Grace. Then 20% of your order will go to Embrace Grace!

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How to help spread the word!

Be sure to let your friends and family know about this awesome opportunity to help Embrace Grace and Pregnancy Prayers! This is a great time to come and purchase Valentine’s Day gifts for your loved one, or yourself! Be sure to save the picture below and share to your social media pages!

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Why I became an expert Googler

Let me start off and just be real honest for a minute… I love to write, but I have tried to avoid writing a blog FOR YEARS! If I had a dollar for every time someone suggested that I write a blog, well I would probably only have like twenty dollars. BUT I knew they were right, so the idea seemed to just resound in my mind.

 

So, here I am, trying to write a blog. Which leads me to how I figure out most things I don’t know how to do… Google. I tell people all the time I am an expert Googler. I read more how to blogs and articles than I should probably admit to.

 

You see, this all began when I was teaching middle school. I truly adopted the “work smarter, not harder” philosophy of Googling. If I needed a new spreadsheet to analyze data or questions and activities to go with our latest topic, why would I make one entirely from scratch when I could find one already made and tweak it to be my own? Hmm, maybe that’s plagiarism… but to me, trying to balance being a wife, mother and teacher, it didn’t make sense not to take all the help I could get.

 
This is us, the real Sims Family. Not the polished family Christmas card version. This is after days of baseball playoffs when Cooper’s team won the championship! Notice the hat I have on, I was not about to wash my hair to sit and sweat all day, and Scarlett has on rain-boots, but it wasn’t raining…

This is us, the real Sims Family. Not the polished family Christmas card version. This is after days of baseball playoffs when Cooper’s team won the championship! Notice the hat I have on, I was not about to wash my hair to sit and sweat all day, and Scarlett has on rain-boots, but it wasn’t raining…

 

When I had my first baby and needed to learn how to breastfeed and be a mom, you better believe I Googled and read everything I could get my hands on. I love to find unexpected tidbits of information and knowledge that I can use and share with others.

That’s our little Coop when he was born, all 9lbs 2oz of him.

That’s our little Coop when he was born, all 9lbs 2oz of him.

Googling (I realize I have used versions of this term several times and it’s probably not even a real word) even showed me how to write this blog. I currently have a list pulled up on my screen of 57 1st blog post ideas that I perused until I got some kind of spark to start my writing. (thank you iwannabeablogger.com)

 

This leads me to my point. I’m supposed to make some kind of point, right?

 

When I was pregnant the second time around, I went Googling trying to find a book or app to show me how to pray for my baby’s development each week. I was quite surprised to find there wasn’t already something out there that could direct me in praying through each step of my pregnancy.

 
This is me SOOOOOO pregnant with Scarlett. I still had a month to go at this point…. Yikes!

This is me SOOOOOO pregnant with Scarlett. I still had a month to go at this point…. Yikes!

 

That’s when God, and I say God because I certainly didn’t have time in the natural to do anything else, gave me the idea to write an app that would give new moms, and myself, the weekly developments, a weekly scripture and prayers for each day of pregnancy.

 

I set the goal to write the prayers as I was walking through my own pregnancy. If I couldn’t find the prayers already written, then I would just have to write them myself. I honestly didn’t know when I started this if I would actually see the app through or not. How in the world would I have time to do that with a newborn, a four year old and a full time teaching job???

 
This is a screen shot from the app.

This is a screen shot from the app.

 

But, I actually, and kind of shockingly, did push through and saw the app to completion. Then, of course, as soon as the app was up and running, I felt like it needed a companion. The app needed a workbook to go with it. Your one stop shop pregnancy book.

 

So then, you guessed it, I went back to Googling to try and figure out how to write a book.

 
The finished book! YAY!

The finished book! YAY!

 

I guess the actual point I’m trying to make here is, don’t let your lack of knowledge stop you from doing something you feel called to do. I completely understand feeling like you are supposed to accomplish a daunting task and you have no clue where to begin. BUT, I highly encourage you to take it one step at a time. Start researching what you want to do. If it’s too intimidating to read an entire book about it, start with a blog or a short article online. Before you know it, you’ll have all the information you need to get the job done.

 

You can do it! You can accomplish what you set out to do!

 

Get out there and get your Google on! LOL I swear I am not being paid as a spokesperson for Google.

Meet the Author

Ashley Sims will be at the Southwest Believer's Convention in downtown Fort Worth for a book signing!

When: Tuesday the 31st & Thursday the 2nd
Where: Fort Worth Convention Center 4:00pm

 
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Courtney Copeland