Lighting the Fire Within...
"Education is not the filling of the pail, but the lighting of a fire." W. B. Yeats
Today is the first day of school for my children and they are more excited than I am. Typically, I am never excited for summer vacation to end. I enjoy having my children around the house, although they drastically increase our electric, water, and grocery bill. Yet, they were ready to return and for us we are experiencing another first.
Our daughter is a junior this year in high school, and our baby boy is a freshman. This is his first year in high school and for the first time where they were on the same levels, they are not attending the same school. She's no longer there to watch over her baby brother as he embarks upon another of his 'firsts' as she was in elementary and middle schools.
My husband and I gathered our children together last night and prayed over them. We have been discussing all summer long the changes we would like to see enacted in their academic careers this year. We understand for them to be successful we have to prepare them for success. We must provide every resource they need to succeed, which includes equipping them with the most essential tool of all...prayer.
We want them to be comfortable in being the light in a darkened room, shining their lights brightly that the Lord Almighty would be glorified. Therefore, we discuss and address any concerns they have, and we try as often as possible to lead by example. We trust the Lord to fill them with a fresh anointing each new day and that they will walk in the light of His glory both in and out of school.
The academics, extracurricular, and other agendas will all fall into place. For not only do we constantly strive to light a fire underneath them for their education, but for their spiritual walk as well. For we know that when we delight in the Lord, He will give us the desires of our heart. Psalm 37:4
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