I dropped both my girls off at middle school this morning for their first full day of school. I'm having a little trouble wrapping my head around the fact that I have a sixth-grader and an eighth-grader. I love the fact that they are growing up into beautiful, compassionate young ladies, but I'd be lying if I didn't say that I miss the little girls they once were.
As they head off to school this year, here's what I'm praying for them.
A First Day of School Prayer
My precious children,
You're growing up so quickly. I look at you standing there proud and tall in your carefully chosen first-day-of-school outfit, and I see the little girls that just yesterday I dropped off at kindergarten for the first time. Now, we're starting and finishing middle school. I love you both so much and can't wait to see what God has in store for you. Here's what I'm praying for you this year.
That your locker would open on the first try.
That you would find and foster true friendships.
That you would be yourself.
That you would always know that you are never alone and God is walking the hallways with you.
That you would learn new things and have new adventures.
That you would make wise choices based on the things God thinks are important, not the things your friends think are important.
That you would laugh often.
That you would have teachers who inspire you to work harder and dream bigger.
That you would love others and show kindness and compassion to everyone you meet.
That you would encourage those around you.
That you would find a subject that sparks the imagination and challenges you.
That you would be a light in the darkness of this imperfect world.
That you would never be afraid to stand up for what's right.
That you would be a champion of those who are weaker than you.
That you would live fully and enjoy the abundant life that God promises you.
That no matter how tough the day, how harsh the words, that you would know you are loved.