By: Dawn Cranston, Elementary Principal
I recently ran into the mom of a student I had in my very first kindergarten class. While we were catching up, she mentioned that Elizabeth is now 31. I still can’t believe it! Those sweet little students are all grown up and probably have kindergarten students of their own now. I’ve met with a lot of parents through the years and every parent I’ve met wants the best for their child. They want to meet all their needs and help them reach their full potential. Any parent with more than one child will tell you that if you figure out exactly how to do that for the first child, you can’t just repeat the process for your next kid. Every child is different and what they need is different as well. Once you figure out just what those needs are for each of your children, they grow and move into a new phase of life and you have to figure it all out all over again.
I learned a long time ago that it was impossible to be a perfect parent, but I could be a praying parent. Parents’ prayers for their children are powerful and effective, yielding fruit both now and for eternity.
While prayer is not a magic formula that guarantees all our wishes for our children will come true, prayer is the way that we surrender our hearts, minds, and actions to the vision that God has for our kids. Even more than the good plans and ideas I have for my kids, I want God to accomplish His purpose in and through them.
I encourage you, as we begin this New Year, to commit to praying for your children. They are never too young or too old to benefit from our prayers. I would love to have you join the book club that I will be leading on Mondays at 8 a.m. Our first meeting will be Monday, January 17. We will read through Stormie Omartian’s The Power of a Praying Parent. Mrs. Robin will also continue to lead our Mom’s In Prayer group on Wednesday mornings at 8 a.m. Hope to see you there!