A Go(o)d Approach to School Supplies

Recently, I was at Wal-Mart, walking down the school supply list, on the hunt for a three-ring binder when my memory was triggered to trapper keepers. Back in the late 80s and early 90s, trapper keepers were the bomb. I still remember having this rainbow one in elementary school and feeling super proud. I was ready to take on the world.
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That’s what getting all your supplies, and getting them with some style, can do. There’s something about having secured everything on the supply list, with pencils sharpened, and fresh markers with all of the right caps, that feels satisfying. Notebooks with nothing written in them yet suggest a world of possibilities for imagination and learning. As a mom, making sure my kids have a full set of supplies feels like they are primed to succeed this year.

But after spending all this time and energy trying to get my kids prepared with the appropriate supplies, I started to realize that I was only half-way thinking about how to get them ready.  It dawned on me to ask what spiritual supplies they need. Far more than ruled vs. blank index cards, what will prepare them for a good year is the condition of their heart and character.

So a big part of what I want to do in getting my kids ready is asking for God to supply them with what they need. It’s not just getting them physical supplies to succeed in the 4th grade, 2nd grade, and kindergarten classrooms, but praying that God will supply them with what they need to be molded more into the man/woman he wants them to be. Here are some possibilities that came to my mind (it will vary of course from kid to kid):

  • Growing in integrity – specifically telling the truth
  • Gentleness in how they speak to one another
  • Respect for authority
  • Conviction to walk away from bad situations
  • Growing in the ability to control their temper
  • Ability to say sorry
  • Ability to know when to say sorry (without being prompted)

With this in mind, I set up an index card for each of my kids with a few areas that I would like to ask God to grow them in. I have them handy so that I can be prompted to pray, hopefully, when I see them. Let me assure you this is far from a Pinterest project:

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 I have no idea if this will work or if I will persevere with this throughout the year. I do believe though that it will rightly orient me to remembering that God is the ultimate supplier of my kids, not me. And because of this truth,  I won’t regret trying.

One Comment

  1. Lauren said:

    You always speak straight to my heart and desires for my children. Thank you, friend.

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