{Saturdays with Sarah} Having Faith in School.

Written by: Sarah Walker

In a few days, my daughter (our firstborn) is starting Junior Kindergarten! Of course I have mixed emotions, but I am mostly thrilled! She has been asking to go to school since she was two; she loves independence, making new friends and learning. She will no doubt thrive and flourish in this new environment, and I can’t wait to watch her!

However, her going to school brings new concerns: Who is she making friends with? What she is learning? What she is observing? For the first four years of her life, my husband and I have been her main teachers and influencers, and she has been shielded from things that we want to her protect her from. Soon, that may no longer be the case.

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For the Spirit that God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. (2 Timothy 1:7)

It could be easy to fear for her while she is out on her own, but Scripture says that God’s Spirit within us doesn’t make us fearful. Just the opposite – the Holy Spirit gives us power, love and self-discipline.

Instead of worrying about her each day, I know I will be brought to my knees in prayer with new passion and purpose.

“Prayer projects faith on God, and God on the world. Only God can move mountains, but faith and prayer move God.” (E.M. Bounds)

At the Last Supper, Jesus knows that Peter is about to deny Him three times. But instead of condemning him or judging him, Jesus says to him, “Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.” (Luke 22:31-32)

I like that Jesus prayed for Peter’s faith. He knew Peter would stumble, but He wanted Peter’s faith to remain secure even in the midst of failure, and that when he “turned back” from his failure, that he would be a source of strength to others. In Luke 18:8, Jesus asks, “When the Son of Man returns, will He find faith on the earth?” He doesn’t ask if He will find perfection; He is looking for faith.

Faith is what I need as my daughter heads off to school: faith that God will be with her, will protect her, and that He will use school to teach her and form her into who He wants her to be! Fear tries to creep in for what might happen, but faith is there to push fear back and say, “God is bigger!”

Moving into this new stage of life, I will boldly be praying for my daughter, and praying for her faith – that her faith would remain secure, and when she falls she rises up stronger than before. I pray that she stays safe from the evil one, that she develops an understanding of how important her light is, and that she will remain godly influence wherever she goes in this world!

And in all of it, I will trust that God will be faithful to hear the prayers of a praying mom, and that the God who moves mountains is more than able to take care of her each and every day!

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2 comments

  1. Well written Sarah – I always enjoy Saturday’s with you! Chris spoke of a ‘new normal’ a few weeks ago at MBC – you are coming into a season that will become a ‘new normal’ very soon. It is the way it is suppose to be. It is the way God has designed life and the ‘seasons of life’ we all enjoy. It is hard, yet exciting all at the same time. It’s a time where Kaylee will no doubt flourish and Matty too, as he has you all to himself while Kaylee is in school. Praying for you and Chris – and all of the mixed emotions that come with accepting every ‘new normal’ !! Love you …….
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