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Want to make the most of your school mornings? Enter the book giveaway by today’s blogging guest, Julie Sanders, author of the brand new devotional book “The ABC’s of Praying for Students.”

School mornings are back! Scrolling through the all the “First Day of School Pictures” on Facebook, questions popped into my mind like a surprise quiz. When did taking these pictures become a thing? Definitely sometime after I was a student. And why does school have to start so early in the morning? Kudos to the moms sitting on the curb in the dark with their cups of coffee, waiting for the bus.

Busy school mornings require us to make the most of those first moments of the day. We must decide what matters most and establish priorities for our mornings.

Keep First Things First to Prepare for Your Day

The way we use our mornings will make a difference in our day and in the school year. But, why do mornings matter so much? Here are a few reasons straight from God’s Word:

  • Laying our requests before God in the morning gives us the day to expect His answer (Psalm 5:3).
  • Mornings bring a new opportunity for joy during times of sadness (Psalm 30:5).
  • Starting the morning with reminders of God’s love helps us yield the day to His leadership (Psalm 143:8).
  • When we ask for God’s strength in the morning, we are strengthened for the day in times of distress (Isaiah 33:2).
  • Experiencing God’s love in the morning fosters joy and gladness all our days (Psalm 90:14).

When we begin our day bathed in God’s truth and presence, the following days and years reap the benefit. Oh course, every moment of our day matters, but a strong start impacts the rest of our day. When we align ourselves with Christ in the morning, we can face whatever might come.

If the homeschool schedule starts to fall apart. If the school office calls about a sick child. If our tearful child encountered a bully. If the drudgery of the day chip away at our peacefulness. If bedtime can’t come soon enough. Starting the day God’s way prepares us for all this and more.

Give Your School Mornings to God

Don’t let the day sweep us away like an early school bus. Instead, let’s plan to make early prayer and praise a part of our morning routine. Otherwise, the day can drain us. We know each day will bring its own trouble, so we can’t afford to avoid the value of the morning.

“It is good to praise the Lord and make music to your name, O Most High, proclaiming your love in the morning and your faithfulness at night” (Psalm 92:1-2).

Tomorrow will begin with a morning. It’s an opportunity to start well in God’s presence. If we just went back to school, we need to do more than start our student’s day well.  We need to start our own day well. Time in His word and in prayer fills us with His truth, compassion, joy, strength, and guidance for the day.

When we give God the first moments of our day, we open ourselves to all He longs to give us all day long.

A Few good Scriptures to Begin your School Mornings

Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days. Psalm 90:14

Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life. Psalm 143:8

Lord, be gracious to us; we long for you. Be our strength every morning, our salvation in time of distress. Isaiah 33:2

This post is a giveaway! To enter for a chance to win a copy of Julie Sanders book “The ABC’s of Praying for Students” tell us in the comments one thing you prioritize each morning. Drawing will be held Friday, August 30th at noon.

A little about Julie and “The ABC’s of Praying for Students”

Julie Sanders has been teaching students of all ages for thirty years. She now works with Live Global to develop indigenous ministry leaders. She loves Back to School season mornings and how they prompt us to pray. Julie is the author of The ABCs of Praying for Students, available at Christen Price Studio. The ABCs of Praying for Students includes 26 biblical devotions arranged alphabetically. The book includes practical ideas for applying God’s truth and Table Talk starters to get your students talking about godly character. The most powerful thing we can do for our students ABCs of Prayingwill never be found on a school supply list. The ABCs of Praying for Students will help you engage what your child’s education needs most. The great power of your prayers at work.

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