Monday, August 26th –Rest
The start of a new year is exhausting. Every year, I have a cold by the end of the first month: this year was no exception. Between the germy essays and the physical and emotional energy spent on start up, I have battled a cold all week. Pray for teachers to settle into a routine which provides adequate time for sleep, mental relaxation, and times of emotional refreshment.
“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28
Tuesday, August 27th –Healthy Home Life
I cannot count the number of teacher friends who leave work to go home to difficult circumstances. Disease, financial hardships, caring for aging parents or young infants, single parents, estranged relationships are just a few things that make like hard. Pray that teachers will have homes which offer fulfilling relationships, rejuvenation, and a place of refuge.
“My people will abide in a peaceful habitation, in secure dwellings, and in quiet resting places.” Isaiah 32:18
Wednesday, August 28th – Gratitude
Complaining parents, complaining students, complaining coworkers – do you see a common theme? Schools seem to be a breeding ground for negativity. Pray that teachers will have an attitude of thankfulness seeing their job as a gift from Godl
“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.” James 1:17
Thursday, August 29th – Blessing Others
In the day and age of having to watch everyaction and document all things, this verse is a life saver. There are no limits to loving others, showing kindness, being good, faithful, and gentle, promoting peace, and exhibiting self-control. I love this!! Praying for teachers to abound in these qualities which there is no law against.
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.” Galatians 5:22 – 23
Friday, August 30th – Perseverance
Making it through the first month of school is a milestone, but it’s really only the beginning. Pray for teachers to be committed and bring their best throughout the school year.
“Better is the end of a thing than its beginning” Ecclesiastes 7:8
this has been a great idea Susan!!! and yes, I am praying! sorry about the cold. bummer…. alice
Thanks, Alice! I’m feeling better – at least until the next set of germy essays come in.
This was very helpful and practical – neither of which is surprising, coming from you 🙂