Prayer for first day of school

Dear God,

I have three kids and today they all went to school, the smallest one for the very first time. You already know that, though, because you’re omniscient. Now that the big yellow bus has consumed my children, I’m sitting here alone in a quiet house, trying to distract myself with work and Facebook. It’s sort of working, except for the fact that my stupid eyes keep leaking.

God, I really wish I was one of the moms skipping back from the bus stop humming “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year.” I thought when this time finally came, I would be. But I don’t feel like celebrating. There was no skipping home. I spent the whole time trying not to ugly cry in front of my neighbors, so I just kept making a weird face and sniffling.

prayer for first day of school

I need to ask you for some things for this coming school year, because while my kids are ready for it — I’m not. My husband is being sweet and supportive and keeps telling me how great everything is going to be, but I can’t help being a little sad about the fact that my babies are now big kids. I love them so much and they’re out there in the world now. I can’t protect them and I’m trying not to freak out about that.

Please God, keep them safe from the following:

  • Mean kids who might single them out.
  • Feeling all alone on the playground (once in a while is OK, but please not every day).
  • Having a teacher who doesn’t like them and makes them feel bad about themselves.
  • Any virus that causes vomiting.
  • Crazy people with guns.
  • Classmates who like to experiment with things they’re not actually ready for.
  • Bus accidents.
  • Head lice.
  • Not making it to the bathroom on time.
  • Serial sex offenders who somehow managed to evade the school district’s stringent criminal background check policies and get a job where they have access to kids.
  • Forgetting how awesome they already are and trying to be like someone else.

And please, help them to:

  • Be nice to everyone, especially those people who could use some extra niceness.
  • Remember their stuff because last year they forgot everything always.
  • Learn how to ask for help if they don’t understand something.
  • Be respectful and appreciative of their school and all the people who work there.
  • Try to pay attention and not stare at a spot on the wall for 40 minutes when they get bored.
  • Care about learning. Their teachers and their dad and I can do a lot, but we can’t make them care.
  • Tell me about their days and what’s going on, especially the boy. Based on what he told me last year, if I didn’t watch him get on the bus in the morning and get off the bus in the afternoon, I wouldn’t even know he went to school.
  • Try hard and have a good attitude. We care a lot more about that than we do about their grades.
  • Make real friends. Even if it’s only one or two. Friends who lift them up and never push them down.

That last thing? That’s a quote I stole from one of my friends. Thank you for them, by the way. They are a huge blessing and I’m grateful for them every day. They’re helping me raise these kids and they’re keeping me out of the Nervous Hospital. But you already know that.

Please keep all of our babies safe this year. Please let them feel just enough fear and embarrassment and awkwardness that it makes them funny and compassionate, but not so much that it leaves lasting scars. Please let them have some moments that are really, really awesome. When crappy things happen, help them find a lesson in it. And lastly, please don’t let them get so big this year that they no longer want to snuggle with me on the couch, because that would break my heart forever. I just need a few more years of couch snuggles and I might be able to handle high school.


Julianna W. Miner has three kids, ages 5, 9 and 11. She teaches at a college she couldn’t have gotten into because she made bad choices in high school. Her blog is Rants from Mommyland, where this post originally appeared.

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It’s that time of year where new clothes are purchased and organized  supplies are awaiting the big event; the first day of school.

Whether you or not you are sad to see the summer come to a close, a new school year is upon us all.

It’s a fresh slate and a time of new opportunities.

prayer for first day of school

As a parent of two children heading to school, I am especially sensitive of this experience and am looking for ways to ease the transition for us all.

But before I do anything else, I am committing to pray every day starting August 1st for my children’s new school year.

Will you join me for 30 days of prayer for your child and the new school year?

So get your tissues ready {or maybe I am the only one who is teary in sending the kids off to school}, and hit your knees. Let’s dedicate 30 days to pray for the new school year.

Day 1- Spiritually

Pray that your child will understand the Gospel and learn to apply biblical principles to every aspect of life.

Day 2- Relationship to the teacher

Pray that your child will develop a deep respect and appreciation for his/her teacher and will act respectful of all authority figures.

Day 3- Relationship to peers

Pray that your child will develop a close bond with his peers and that he/she will choose friends wisely.

Day 4- Wisdom

Pray that your child will develop the ability to discern right from wrong and put it into practice on a daily basis.

Day 5- Conviction

Pray that your child will be convicted by sin and be found out when he/she does wrong.

Day 6- Honesty

Pray that your child will desire to be honest, even when it’s hard or when he/she gets into trouble.

Day 7- Kindness

Pray that your child will treat others with kindness, even when it is not popular.

Day 8- Compassion

Pray that your child will be compassionate, and show the love of Jesus to those who are hurting.

Day 9- Being a servant

Pray that your child learns to be a servant and sees the beauty of being the hands and feet of Jesus.

Day 10- Humility

Pray that your child learns to be humble and not to brag about his/her success.

Day 11- Desire to learn

Pray that your child will develop a love of learning and desire to be a life-long learner.

Day 12- Strongest subject

Pray that your child will be challenged in his/her strongest subject and will be pushed out of his/her comfort zone.

Day 13- Weakest subject

Pray that your child will make progress and tremendous growth in an area of weakness.

Day 14- Confident learner

Pray that your child will be confident in his/her abilities as a student.

Day 15- Learning issues exposed

Pray that any learning issues or suspected weakness will be brought to light.

prayer for first day of school

Day 16- Emotional growth

Pray that your child will mature in emotional stability and be comforted as their faith deepens in understanding.

Day 17- Sensitivity

Pray that your child will have a tender spirit and be will to help those in need.

Day 18- Evangelical spirit

Pray that your child will be excited to share the message of Jesus, no matter the cost.

Day 19- Become a good listener

Pray that God will open the ears of your child to hear the teacher and an open heart to listen to others.

Day 20- Self-control

Pray that your child will learn self-control and have the discipline to use it in even the toughest of situations.

Day 21- Think before speaking

Pray that your child will learn to guard their tongue and to think about words before speaking aloud.

Day 22- Guarded mind

Pray that your child will have a guarded mind and thoughts of the Lord will be planted, and not be easily uprooted.

Day 23- Softened heart

Pray that your child has a softened heart towards the gospel and will hear the good news with open ears.

Day 24- Quick to forgive

Pray that your child will be quick to extend grace when a wrong has been done to him/her.

Day 25- Slow to anger

Pray that your child will have a long fuse and not anger easily.

Day 26- Joy

Pray that your child will experience the joy of the Lord and not look for happiness in the things of the world.

Day 27- Strength

Pray that your child will have the strength to do what is right and do grow in physical strength as well.

Day 28- Safety

Pray that your child will be safe in sports, and on the playground.

Day 29- Protection

Pray that God will protect your child from harm’s way.

Day 30- Balance

Pray that your child will learn to balance responsibilities in school, home, and life with God’s help and strength.

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Number of found texts: 10

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” (Nelson Mandela)

We wish you good teachers, new friends and lots of success in school. May the world open his door of knowledge to you!

Congratulations to your enrolment!

© myGratulations

“You can never be overdressed or overeducated.” (Oscar Wilde)

Learn a lot and have lots of fun at school!

We wish you all the best!

© myGratulations

“Give a bowl of rice to a man and you will feed him for a day.
Teach him how to grow his own rice and you will save his life”

I wish you to learn not for the school, but for life.

Have lots of success and enjoy your school life!

© myGratulations

“The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet.” (Aristotle)

The school life may be difficult, but there you will learn amazing things about the earth, about the nature and technical evolution, you will read interesting books and will discover a new world.

Congratulations to your enrolment!

© myGratulations


“Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere.” (Chinese Proverb)

I wish you to learn each day interesting things and to enjoy your school life.

Happy first day of school!

© myGratulations

“Education is the movement from darkness to light.” (Allan Bloom)

In school you will learn a lot of great things and discover a new world for you. We wish you to ride the crest of a wave and all the best for the future. Congratulations!

© myGratulations

“You learn something every day if you pay attention.” (Ray LeBlond)

I wish you to be inspired by the school, to explore things with curiosity and the eyes wide open, to listen attentively and then you will discover a whole new world!

Be successful and have a lot fun at school!

© myGratulations

“Learn as much as you can while you are young, since life becomes too busy later.” (Dana Stewart Scott)

For starting school we wish you great teachers, new friends and a lot of success! Congratulations!

© myGratulations

“The mediocre teacher tells.
The good teacher explains.
The superior teacher demonstrates.
The great teacher inspires.”
(William Arthur Ward)

I wish you to have great teachers, the possibility to be inspired by the school and to learn a lot of interesting things.

Congratulation to your enrolment!

© myGratulations

“Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.” (Aristotle)

Have a lot of success on your way and enjoy the school life!

With best wishes for starting school!

© myGratulations

The first day at school is an important step in the life

The enrolment is a very important event for everyone. This day marks the transition from childhood to adulthood. In school we learn to add, to read and write, but also important things about the world.

The school opens the door of knowledge and builds the foundation for the future. The first day at school is a special day and therefore it is celebrated in school and at home. The headmaster welcomes the pupils and made usually a speech about the school life. The parents and relatives congratulate the pupil and give him various gifts.

A gift for starting school

The enrolment is a special event which occurs only once in a lifetime, so it is usual to congratulate the kids who are starting school wishing them all the best and much of success in school, but also to offer them gifts to mark this occasion.

Usually we make gifts like school supplies: pens, pencils and crayons in a pencil case, teaching aids and books in a bag, a funny lunch box or a toy. But also a greeting card for the first day at school, beautiful words and sweats are nice gifts for starting school.

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