Oh how I remember the first day of school. The night before I was be so nervous and couldn't hardly sleep. Would I get a good teacher and know anyone in my class? Would I be teased by others kids or even the teacher? Yes, I experienced a 4th grade teacher that laughed at me in front of the class. I couldn't spell either come or could, I can't remember that word. The class laughed as the teacher pointed it out. Her name was Ms Miller but in my little head, she became Ms Miller the killer to my life. That is a harsh statement for a kid like me, but she picked on me several times in the classroom. At least this didn't happen the first day of school. After that year, I was always afraid of teachers. I am 63 years old and I still remember her words.
Kids take on words and you might not know it. I remember my daughter telling me words she was told by a principal at a school and I didn't realize the depth of that. Words are so important and they can go deep within a heart. I have watched adults at school drag kids into school late. Then yelling at them or telling them it's all their fault. Kids should go to school with a happy heart. Having a good breakfast and peace with in their home. Not every child experiences a happy home life.
THE BIBLE SAYS:
Proverbs 22:6 New King James Version (NKJV)
Train up a child in the way he should go,
And when he is old he will not depart from it.
Not everybody goes to church or believes in God. The Bible speaks of training up a child. I love that we can teach kids to be confident in who they are. Speak life words over them which brings up their confidence. My granddaughters know they are smart and can raise their hands to answer questions at school. If they don't know the answer, they ask. They are taught that God gives them peace and nothing to be afraid of in going on the first day of school. They actually are excited and might feel a little nervous but ready for their new season of school. Looking forward to seeing friends and teachers they love.
Even as adults, I hear stories of nerves about going to the first day of work or whatever you must face that is first. Each of us are so different and experiences different things in life. Those experiences change us from the inside. Nobody always see's our nerves or wonder of a new day. I have often appeared to be so strong and inside shaking. I had to tell myself that God is able to keep me calm and able to help me through my first whatever. Sometimes it's not even a first, but a second or third. There are somethings I just don't like do, but I must. Calling up that stronger Sparkie and knowing I can do this.
I also want us to pray for teachers today. They face a new classroom and many parents who have attitudes of positive but negative. I have volunteered in my granddaughters classrooms to see what a teacher really goes through. Maybe the class has 25 kids, but that's a lot of adults connected to each child. Personalities can come into conflict or peace. We can't forget the office staff, the principal or secretaries of a school. Each person can be an example to your child or to a child at school. I know this too well.
I think it's time to stop writing and start praying for kids in school today and everyday. I am sitting at home writing this and the bus just drove by my house with kids. It is only 7am in the morning and kids must stand in line outside to wait on the bus. School days start early and some must travel a long way to school. So let us pray for bus drivers as they deal with kids too. Happy workers makes happier kids I'm sure. I'm also praying for those kids were are bullies and need to stop.
My prayers continue for the readers of my blog, your families and fiends. Purpose this a good day. Even if you don't have children or know any children in school, please pray. Your prayers makes a difference and I know it. Thank you!