It’s time to go back to school! This time of year is a time of transition and can be nerve-wracking. Here are some Bible promises to help you (and your kids) face it!
This week, schools are starting. My social feeds have blown up with photos of kids with backpacks, and my stomach gets knotted up each time I see one.
Because for the first time, my kids will be among those venturing out into the world of ringing bells, lunch tables, hallways, and the unknown.
And I am every bit as nervous as they are.
- Will they adjust well?
- Are they prepared?
- Will they make good friends?
- Do they know enough?
- Did we do enough?
- Are they ready for this?
- Am I?
These questions float through my mind almost incessantly, punctuated by the words of Philippians 4:
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, present your requests to God, with thanksgiving, and the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” (Verses 6-7)
It will guard theirs, too.
Because if there’s one thing I know, it’s this: when I take them to school and leave them there, they will not be alone. I may not go with them, but Christ does.
He never leaves or forsakes any of us, including our kids.
And, just like he will enable me to drop my kids at their classroom doors, he will enable them to navigate the hallways of their school and the relationships they’ll make there.
After all, Philippians 4:13 promises, “I can do all things through him who gives me strength.”
I can. They can. And, you can, too.
Maybe you need that reminder today. Perhaps you need to pass it on to your kids, too.
More Bible Promises for Back to School
- “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9)
- “The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid.” (Psalm 118:6)
- “What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all – how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?” (Romans 8:31-32)
- “But you, Lord, are a shield around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head high.” (Psalm 3:3)
- “Those who know your name trust in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you.” (Psalm 9:10)
- “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” (Ephesians 2:10)
- “Yet I am always with you; you hold me by my right hand. You guide me with your counsel…” (Psalm 73:23-24)
- “‘Because he loves me,’ says the Lord, ‘I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. He will call on me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him.'” (Psalm 91:14-15)
- “Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.” (Proverbs 16:3)
- “Every word of God is flawless; he is a shield for those who take refuge in him.” (Proverbs 30:5)
- “We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in ever good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light.” (Colossians 1:9-12)
This week, join me in praying for students, teachers, administrators and parents as they start a new school year. Please pray for my family as we transition from homeschooling to a more traditional school setting this year. I really appreciate it! Leave a comment and share a verse that is encouraging you or that you are praying for your kids this year!