I have this tendency to hit the ground running when a problem presents itself. It’s definitely gotten worse since becoming a mom. I’m SO programmed to solve ALL the problems that I rarely take the time to pray before I jump into action.
That’s a mom’s job, right? To take care of everything, on her own, as soon as possible, because no one else will do it if she doesn’t?
I see this list of back-to-school tasks and everything in me wants to start checking things off ASAP. Because that’s what a mom does. GET STUFF DONE. I immediately make lists and plans, run to Google or Pinterest the first chance I get, figure it all out and solve all the problems all by myself, all on my own strength.
If we follow Christ’s example, then we can do nothing by ourselves. (John 5:19,30)
I prefer not to ask God for help until I’ve done all that I possibly can on my own. I mean, why would I “bother God” with trivial prayers like asking for help preparing my family and home for another school year? Shouldn’t my prayers be reserved for more spiritual things or more important needs? For people that are starving or dying? Most definitely NOT for things that are my responsibility, right? If it’s my job, I should just get about doing it and only bug God if I’m too stupid or too weak to not handle it on my own. That’s not the picture of prayer God paints in the Bible, but for some reason, that how I operate most of the time.
That’s why I’m starting THIS back-to-school season with preparation AND PRAYER.
I’ve come to the painful realization that my prayerlessness in these areas says a LOT about what I believe about God. I have put God in a box where He only deals with “big stuff,” and I’m responsible for handling everything else on my own. The problem with this is, I can handle NOTHING on my own. I am a fallen and weak human with too many failings to count, more than I will ever even know. My sinfulness and shortcomings are not compartmentalized, impacting only a small section of my life. My imperfections impact EVERYTHING I do, yes, even shopping and meal planning and organizing my home.
Let’s join together in prayer, sisters! And prepare yourself to see God move. CLICK HERE to register for my Back-to-school LIKE A BOSS e-mail series and receive exclusive access to weekly emails equipping you in everything from shopping to meal planning to decluttering to launching our kids into the school year.
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I need to pray as I SHOP for my people.
God can make our dollars stretch. He can give us clarity of mind and wisdom in decision making. He can bring deals to our attention, connect us with money saving resources, and put practical financial help in our path. Most importantly, He can grow gratitude in us for whatever we are given.
I need to pray as I FEED my people.
God can make a meager amount of food feed the masses. He can lighten our load and make stressful, daily tasks, like lunch box prep and meal planning, miraculously palatable. He can come alongside and show us the joy and privilege of cooking and serving when our natural inclination is to grumble and complain about this overwhelming responsibility.
I need to pray as I MANAGE my people.
God can help me prioritize my time and organize my space. He can pull the scales away from my eyes to show me what stuff needs to stay and what clutter needs to go. He can work on my hoarding heart and give me a more generous and trusting spirit. He can use this horrible homemaker to create a peaceful, welcoming home base.
I need to pray as I SEND my people.
God can go with my children when I cannot. He can work in the hearts of their teachers and classmates. He can bring revival to their schools. He can use my kids to further His kingdom even in first grade.
He can transform me through this process of mothering and shopping and feeding and managing and sending, if I pray ABOUT all of it and THROUGH all of it.
Praying and preparing for back-to-school is so much more than just asking God to protect our kids or give them a nice teacher or help them to make friends. Praying our way into the school year is about trusting in Him over ourselves and our abilities. It’s about laying our tasks and worries at his feet, no matter how small, and humbly recognizing we can do nothing without our Father. Sister, He can do so much more than we could ever imagine or do on our own.
Are you curious how back-to-school shopping would go if God was in charge? How far your dollars might miraculously stretch? Do you wonder if He could ever help you to master meal planning or finally get your home and schedule under control through His supernatural power? Are you ready to witness what miracles He has in store in your kids and at their school this year?
If you are looking for a way to seamlessly integrate prayer into your everyday tasks, I have just the tool for you: The Well-Planned Prayer Planner!
It’s not JUST a prayer journal, and it’s not JUST a life planner. It’s both, but in the most thoughtful, practical, and inspiring ways. This planner came out of a collaboration between the people at Well-Planned Gal and Moms in Prayer International to merge the everyday needs of busy women with all the practical help and encouragement you need to live a life saturated with prayer.
Each month you have an article written by someone associated with Moms In Prayer equipping you to pray more effectively and more deeply. Each week there is room for not only your daily planning, but also your prayer requests, plus, MORE words of encouragement to strengthen your prayer life. There are sheets to walk you through the 4 Steps of Prayer developed by Moms In Prayer International, as well as pages to fill your practical needs like writing out shopping lists or planning out your Christmas gifts and holiday logistics. This planner is so incredibly useful, inspirational, and just plain gorgeous, and I’m thrilled to be giving one away!
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