In my last blog I talked about something I treasure with all my heart—my Bible! And I said I was going to talk about my other treasures in the next blog. Well, this is it! I treasure teachers and students. I want to devote to them something that’s a great treasure.
The last few years, precisely since 2008, I have been giving my life, so to speak for teachers and students. Most days I spend 12 to 13 hours working on lessons and stories for them, and I love every hour of it. But lately I’ve been feeling the need of a vacation. Even if you do what you love the most, a vacation can be of order! Looking forward to a break when Dad’s 95th birthday comes along!
These are my most treasured students. If you’re a reader of my blog you know them, and you can see how they’ve grown. David is now in seventh grade, Lana is in sixth grade (left), Brianna is in fifth grade (right), and our princess Sarah is already in second grade. I look at them and see how life is running away from me.
I have my grandchildren in school, and my daughter is also in school. God has blessed her with work at the same school where the kids study. Last year she worked aiding an autistic boy. This year she helps different children who are struggling with schoolwork. I’m so proud of her!
Then there are all the teachers and student, mostly in the Latin American world, that I have the privilege to serve. Every day I am more amazed at how God has led me to do this work. It would be very boring if I didn’t have the illustrations to go with the lessons. My assistant Cristina is in Peru and our artist Absalom is in Costa Rica. I also have my faithful helper Ximena in Bolivia. And for the stories translated to English I thank my friend Nancy in Alabama. It wouldn’t be fair if I didn’t mention my Dad, who has been typing for me ever since I got started.
These helpers are such treasures. As I pray for teachers and students, they are there at the top.
For those in the Northern Hemisphere this time of the year represents the start of a new school year. My encouragement for prayer is good for anytime.
Two times before I have published hearts for prayer focused on students. I have updated my information to include teachers. I’m now giving you a big heart to print and put in a prominent place as a reminder to pray for teachers and students. Each day of the week you pray for one certain area, and on Sunday you wrap up everything and pray for the heart.
Heart to print: Heart to pray for teachers and students
The verses from Proverbs 3:5-7 I’ve chosen can be turned into a prayer. You can personalize them to your situation.
I pray that my grandchildren’s teachers will trust in the Lord with all their heart, and not lean on their own understanding. May they acknowledge God in all their ways, and He will make straight their paths. I pray that my grandchildren’s teachers be not wise in their own eyes; may they fear the Lord, and turn away from evil.
I pray for my grandchildren. May they trust in the Lord with all their heart, and not lean on their own understanding. May they acknowledge God in all their ways; then He will make straight their paths. I pray that my grandchildren will not be wise in their own eyes, but that they will fear the Lord, and turn away from evil.
When I came up with a heart that reminds us of the different areas to pray for, I made it thinking about my grandchildren and other students, but we can pray the same for the teachers. We need to really stand in the gap for the teachers. The students are such great part of the day under the influence of their teachers. Let’s pray for more godly teachers in our land. If God is calling you to be a teacher, be a teacher!
I’ve made a card where you can put the names of the teachers and students you want to pray for. There are 4 on a page so you can share.
Cards for prayer to print: Praying for kids 4 cards
This is what to pray for the students:
Protection for their mind — that they will think on things that are true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, and praiseworthy.
Protection for their eyes — that they keep their eyes fixed on Jesus, not on all the unworthy things that call for their attention.
Protection for their tongue — that the words they speak be pleasing to God. “Set a guard over [their] mouth, O LORD; keep watch over the door of [their] lips” (Psalm 141:3).
Protection for their ears — they don’t listen to gossip and idle talk but learn to listen to God’s voice to make the right choices.
Protection for their hands — that they use their hands to faithfully do their work and to show kindness to others.
Protection for their feet — that they keep their feet from every evil path and obey God’s word.
Protection for their heart — that above all else, they guard their heart, “for it is the wellspring of life” (Proverbs 4:23).
“Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” Psalm 139:23,24
TO PRINT: prayer for school children
You don’t have any children or grandchildren to pray for? Pray for the boys and girls in your town who nobody prays for! For the longest time I’ve had a burden for those children. Maybe there are also teachers who nobody prays for. God knows their names!
You don’t pray? This would be a good day to start.
What is my second greatest treasure? It has to be prayer.