Good morning and Happy New Year!
Welcome to the “31 Days of Praying 4 Your Homeschool” prayer challenge!
The challenge is pretty self-explanatory, but what the title doesn’t tell you is that the remainder of these devotionals will be shared solely via email. So…what that means is that to get them, to be challenged and encouraged, and yes, transformed by them, you need to let me know you want to continue receiving them!
But of course, before you do that, please take a minute to read the entirety of Day 1…and then decide for yourself!
How does the Prayer Challenge work?
The entire 31 days is divided into 5 week-long themes:
- Week One – Praise and Revival
- Week Two – Seeking Wisdom
- Week Three – Praying for Our Homeschools
- Week Four – Praying for Our Family
- Week Five (well, there are only 3 days, but still…) – Praying for Ourselves
Each day you’ll receive a short email with the prayer topic of the day, a Scripture verse, lovely graphic, and journal/discussion thought. I know you’re busy, so it won’t be a long, involved note, just enough to focus your heart, renew your mind, and keep your eyes on the prize.
Week 1 – The theme for this week is Praise and Revival.
As a foundation for this study, we’ll begin by focusing on how great God is, and ask Him to forgive our sins and renew our hearts.
Day 1 – Concept – We were created to praise God.
Scripture – Psalm 66:16-20
Come and hear, all you who fear God;
let me tell you what he has done for me.
17 I cried out to him with my mouth;
his praise was on my tongue.
18 If I had cherished sin in my heart,
the Lord would not have listened;
19 but God has surely listened
and has heard my prayer.
20 Praise be to God,
who has not rejected my prayer or withheld his love from me!
“Ugh…” It’s 5 am and the alarm just went off. Even though it was set to a musical tone, well…it is STILL an alarm.
We’ve been homeschooling for a loooong time, and the day we “go back to school” after a long holiday is never easy. That’s even with homeschooling year ‘round; I try to avoid extra-long breaks, because, as I said, the day we “go back…”
It’s the same thing when we first start the school year. Tons of fun (for me, at any rate) in the preparation, but not-so-much in the day-to-day implementation.
But I have discovered that it is exactly those times when I need to praise Him.
Not that God needs me to tell Him how wonderful He is, of course. But in His wisdom and mercy, He knows that I need to tell him that!
Prayer changes things – and most of all, it changes me!
Father God, as we start a new season of homeschooling, I just want to thank You for Your mercy and goodness. Day by day I’m just blown away by Your kindness and faithfulness. Help me today, Lord, to dwell on the ways you’ve shown Yourself in my life: the prayers You’ve answered, the rough times You’ve walked me through, the faithfulness You’ve shown even when I haven’t been faithful. Help me to feel your presence today, God; You know me best, and what it “takes” for me to know that You are with me. Help me to walk with my eyes and heart open – waiting on You and waiting for You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
May I encourage you to do just one more thing? Find your own journal (or start a new one right now!) and write few lines of your own to wrap up your time here:
- copy the Scripture above, or
- write out your own prayer to the Lord, or
- comment on a thought or inspiration that occurred to you, or
- share what YOU’re praising Him for this morning, or
- all of the above!
There – you did it! First work day of the New Year; first day of quality quiet time in The Word and with your Savior! I’m so excited to anticipate the changes that you and I will experience over the next 30 days. May your heart and life and homeschool find renewal and transformation as you continue to spend time with Him.
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