Prayer for School Stress

Dealing with Stress at the End of the School Year

Happy Spring Mamas!

Here in Minnesota, spring can be glorious one day, inviting us to dig out our shorts and t-shirts, and the next day we’re back in winter coats.

Malachi 3:6 says, “I the LORD do not change.”

Here on earth, we’re always changing. We are hot or cold, calm or moody, tired or energized – especially at the end of the school year. This is the time when I fully lean into the Lord’s steadfast love, patience and perseverance.

With the warmer weather and beckoning of summer break, kids are ready to get outside. They can be restless, easily distracted, and have a hard time listening well or doing their best on school work. The problem is, there’s so much to get done including exams, spring musicals, standardized testing, final projects, papers, and athletic commitments.

And if we’re being honest, us moms are ready for a break too, right? Who’s ready for a break from making school lunches, 10 pm away-game pick-ups, and calling out spelling words?

Encouragement & prayers to help you finish this school year strong

1. Don’t give up meeting with your Moms in Prayer group or spending time alone with God. Hebrews 10:25 isn’t just for church attendance, but I encourage you to pray it over yourself and the women in your Moms in Prayer groups.

May we not give up meeting together as some are in the habit of doing, but encourage one another—and all the more as we see the Day approaching. From Hebrews 10:25

Your Moms in Prayer group is a safe place to land each week to pour out your concerns to the Lord. Fellow moms will come alongside you to go to battle for your children.

Spending time alone with God will encourage you and help you persevere in your motherhood journey.

2. Work At It with Heart. Colossians 3:23-24 helps me to have joy as I fold one more load of laundry and plan another week of meals. Plug in your name into this verse. Then put your child’s name into this verse to help them finish class assignments, do their best at sports, and even to help them get along with friends and siblings.

Prayer for you:
Whatever I do, may I work at it with all my heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, receiving an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ I am serving. From Colossians 3:23-24

Prayer for your child:
Whatever __________ does, may he/she work at it with all his/her heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, receiving an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ he/she is serving. From Colossians 3:23-24

3. What Sin is Entangling? Is your child having an attitude at home, indulging in immature behavior at school, or not wanting to get up in the morning or turn in assignments on time? Name that sin as you pray Hebrews 12:1-2 over your child and ask God to help him or her run the race with perseverance to the end of the school year.

Therefore, since __________ is surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, may he/she throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And may __________ run with perseverance the race marked out for him/her, fixing his/her eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. From Hebrews 12:1-2a

4. Feeling Anxious or Overwhelmed? The end of the school year has many exciting traditions like field day, field trips, and prom. It also includes a lot of responsibilities like memorizing long scripts for the school musical and fitting in extra study time for the SAT and ACT, in addition to heavy homework loads.

Pray for your child to experience godly joy amidst both the fun and the stress.

When anxiety is great within __________, may Your consolation bring him/her joy. From Psalm 94:19

5. Pray that your child will seek God. While it’s important and effective to pray for your child to experience peace in the peaks and valleys at the end of the school year, also pray that your child seeks God for strength and experiences sweet refuge in him.

May __________ call out to the Lord, ‘You are my Father, my God, the Rock my Savior.’ From Psalm 89:26

LORD, we praise you; for great is your love, reaching to the heavens; your faithfulness reaches to the skies. Thank you for bringing us through another school year. I pray for godly strength, perseverance, and joy each day as we make our way to summer break. May each mom be blessed by you, LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth (Psalm 115:15).

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When moms feel overwhelmedLori Bittenbender became involved with Moms in Prayer in 2010 while living in Texas. She currently leads two Moms in Prayer groups for the two schools where her children attend and is a Regional Coordinator in Southern Minnesota. She has been married to her college sweetheart since 1999. They stay busy with their two teen daughters and middle-school-aged son.

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  1. Moms in prayer is the best thing which happened to me. This brings joy and comfort when we pray..

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      Gilbertha, Thank you for your comment and thank you for praying for children and schools in your area! God bless you.

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