Real moms praying for real teachers

If the sand is running through the hour glass of your summer, it’s likely a teacher is in your future. For children in traditional style classrooms or co-op groups, another adult will direct most of their school days. In the days of the one room schoolhouse, everyone knew the teacher, but in modern times, few parents have a close relationship with the educator who will invest so much in their child’s growth academically and otherwise.

How to pray for your child's new teacherReal moms want to know, “Who is this stranger who will imprint herself (or himself) on the life of my child? Does this real person have kids of her own, a teaching degree, a discerning spirit, a kind heart, a gentle tongue, a good library?” Secretly, you might wonder, “Can she be influenced by your signature baked goods, the best manners of your child, your name on volunteer sign ups, or gifts of Kleenex and hand sanitizer?”

Moms want the best for their children, so what’s the best way for a real mom to influence a real teacher? Pray with insight.

Just like we can’t wait to get our hands on those school supply lists, moms need to know insider information about how to pray for the people we call “teacher.”  Every teacher is a real person with a real life full of real concerns and needs. Pray for the real person, like this: (let’s just choose a female for the sake of simplicity)

How to pray for the new teacher in your child’s life

  1. Pray for the teacher as she looks at her summer to do list; she might not’ve had a vacation or success in taking care of needs.
  2. Pray for the teacher as she needs to be refreshed and healthy; her summer may’ve included loss, grief, disappointment, or trial.
  3. Pray for the teacher as she has concerns about how her relationships will change with the school year starting: daycare, marriage, family, needy children.
  4. Pray for the teacher as she gets her classroom ready; she may have to move rooms, may not have supplies yet, or might have issues to address.
  5. Pray for the teacher as she attends staff development and meetings; she may have requirements to meet or assignments to finish.
  6. Pray for the teacher as she re-connects with fellow staff & faculty; some working relationships might be challenging.
  7. Pray for the teacher as she sorts through curriculum; a change in grade level, publisher, or requirements can be difficult.
  8. Pray for the teacher as she begins to do her planning; teachers have so much to pack in, and the unexpected will enter in.
  9. Pray for the teacher as she receives information about her students; she needs openness, insight, wisdom, and compassion.
  10. Pray for the teacher as she meets a whole new group of parents; parent relationships are crucial to the success of students & teachers.

Every teacher is a real person who goes to the grocery store, does laundry, has dinner with friends, cries, hurts, and worries. She needs the Kleenex and the hand sanitizer, but most of all, she needs your prayers.

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Julie Sanders

Julie Sanders and her husband just relocated from the land of sweet tea to the Inland Northwest. The mom of two college students, Julie loves mentoring women around the world, bringing justice to the vulnerable, and teaching God’s truths for life. Julie was blessed when seasoned moms walked the marriage and motherhood journey with her and is grateful “grace abounded much more” (Rom. 5:20) than her failures. She is passionate about fighting human trafficking and is the author of Expectant: 40 Devotions for New and Expectant Moms. Join Julie at Come Have a Peace, on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest, and don't miss Marriage Mondays. She invites you to contact her about speaking at your women's event or mommy meeting. www.juliesanders.org
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