Hey mom and dad, you are sending your kid to school (or you are the school yourself) right? Here's what you need to know:
• You're loved - yes. It is about you. God loves you and He wants you to know that. You can't give what you don't have, so God wants you to feel incredibly loved today as you love on your little ones.
• Someone gets where you are - believe it or not, people, throughout the ages, except for Adam and Eve... Okay, let me finish my thought here :) People have done what you are doing. Find comfort in the fact that God created community for us to share and not to stand alone. So your little one is not back to school because you decided not to do preschool? There's someone out there who can relate. You also may be sending your 9th child to your kitchen table for the last year of high school. Rock on super mom and know that every emotion you are feeling is accounted for and every feeling is valid. We need community for so many reasons so don't stand alone.
• God is in control of the unknown - and He is the only one who knows how to do deal with the unknown. A lot of us are afraid of the unknown and that makes us human. God is not afraid of it (or of anything else for that matter) because He is in control. If fear is paralyzing you, get in touch with God through the Bible, prayer and a faithful friend. God knows what you are going through and He cares. He wants to give you His peace and assurance. Don't let fear paralyze you, get a hold of God.
• Enjoy today - I'm not sure if my kids will remember their every "first day of ...." event. What I now for sure is that their spirits will sense my inner peace or inner turmoil. Even though I might be nervous, excited and the array of feelings that accompany this day, I will remember to enjoy today. Today is a gift from God. I might not be able to check myself into a SPA for 8 hours but you know what, I can smile! I can take a deep breath and be thankful for the gift of motherhood. I can reminisce on the wonderful summer we just had. I can enjoy today and as I enjoy it, I rejoice in this day God has give me.
I know some of you sent your kids to school already and we're just late to the party. If your kid(s) is(are) starting school today, remember that you need to be congratulated. My goodness, you kept them alive for another summer! You made that entire summer plan (or lack thereof) happen. That's a huge deal and I wish we could put that our my resume!
The eternal truth you must remember is that God loves you, someone on earth understands, God's in control of the unknown and you must enjoy the gift of today. Have a great "first day of...!"