Wednesday, August 27, 2008

First Day of School

I am completely and unabashedly stealing Michelle Miller's blog post for the first day of school. It's entirely appropriate, speaks to my heart, and hopefully to yours.

A Mother's Prayer:

"I prayed for this I give him to the Lord." 1 Samuel 1:27-28

"Lord, help me to give my children the best - not of things, but of myself, cherishing them on good days and bad, theirs and mine. Teach me to accept them for who they are, not just for what they do; to listen to what they say, if only so they'll listen to me; to encourage their goals, not mine. Let me give them a home where respect and integrity are the cornerstones, and there's enough happiness to raise the roof. May I give them the courage to be true to themselves; the independence to take care of themselves, and the faith to believe in You. May I discipline them without demeaning them, demand good manners without forgetting my own, and let them know they have limitless love no matter what they do. Let me feed them properly, clothe them adequately, and have enough to give them small allowances - not for the work they do, but the pleasure they bring. Let me be moderate in all these things, so that the joy of getting will help them discover the joy of giving. See that their responsibilities are real but not burdensome, that my expectations are high, but not overwhelming, and that my praise is thoughtful and given when it is due. Help me to teach them that excellence is work's real reward. And when it comes - let me revel in each honor, however small, without once pretending that it is mine - my children are glories enough. Above all, let me ground them so well, in Your truth that I can let them go. In Jesus' name, Amen."

Chance and Colton, I'm so proud of you. I hope you have had a fabulous
first day today. God bless your teachers - they'll need it!

1 comment:

Miller Family said...

Aah Heather, I feel so honored. i am glad it spoke to your heart! Everytime I read that prayer, I do tear up. I love the picture of your boys. Especially love the arm around big bro. Very sweet. I am about to post Ty's first day of school so check in later. Michelle