Mornings are hard. People oversleep. We have great intentions of choosing clothes and packing lunches the night before, but real life happens, and we wake up in a pickle. Out of juice boxes, no clean socks, can't find the homework assignment, lunch account is empty. The clothes that fit perfectly last week are every sort of wrong today. Pull out the box of our favorite breakfast cereal only to find it's EMPTY, again! I mean, I could go on ALL. DAY. LONG. with the struggles.
And then from the backseat of the van, Carly...
"Dear God, Thank you so much for this day. Thank you for our healthy bodies. Thank you for our Home. Our food. Our clothes. Our car. Our school. Our teachers. Amen."
Lilly gives her short and sweet version of the same. She's like her dad, a gal of few words.
And me. "Thank you so much for these beautiful girls. For their healthy bodies. And big brains. Our home. Our van. All these teachers that are waiting for them today. Thank you for the food in their bellies and in their lunch boxes. "
Sometimes I'll have to add things like, "God please forgive me for acting like such a jerk this morning or sometimes I'll even throw out for acting like such a "jackass" or "cotton headed ninny muggins" because it makes my girls laugh so hard, which I LOVE and I am SO hopeful that God has a good sense of humor! God, please forgive my potty mouth!
Sometimes we'll pray for a specific test or events happening that day. We also pray for specific people and their teachers, principal, counselor, etc.
And I usually add things like, "God help them to shine their light. Help them to be kind and generous and helpful. Let them be slow to anger and quick to forgive. Let them show gratitude to their teachers and friends today."
All in all, we have a super duper fast drive to school. Like 3-5 minutes. We always talk about the day and usually listen to a little music to get them revved up, so our prayer time is really short. But it's my favorite time of the day.
We aren't morning people. It's often a lot of "Hurry! Hurry! Hurry! Come on PEOPLE!!!!" going down at our house. I love the minute out of the day that we regroup and take a deep breath and remember to be SO THANKFUL for all that we have and where we are going. To ask for forgiveness when needed. To show them that we put a high value on the teachers that I am entrusting them with.
Right after Sandy Hook, I begged Mike to let me homeschool and not even for a second would he consider it. That man refuses to live in fear, where I can be consumed by it. That was 6 years ago. I decided on that day that from then on, I'd have to find a good, healthy, way to part with them in the mornings. Prayer was easily the right choice for us.
I hope that when they are grown, wherever they are going, or whatever they are doing, that they will have fond memories of our prayer time together. I pray that they will keep this tradition their entire lives! To always take a minute to appreciate what is ahead, where they are, and what they are leaving behind.
Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?
Jesus replied: "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: "Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and Prophets hang on these two commandments."
*******If my understanding is correct, we show God love with gratitude. Thankfulness for everything that we have. I know that nothing makes me feel more loved than when my kids give me a big "Thank You Mommy!" for whatever they are thankful for.
I'd love to write more about this another day.....