| from Dr. Kathy Koch |

Dr. Kathy Says…

The consistency of the ocean waves lapping the shore is comforting. They come and go, come and go, and keep coming and going.

And, in the same way, another school year is upon us. They, too, come and go. I’m glad because fresh starts offer freedom.

Many of us prayed more than ever before for teachers and students the past 18 months. Let’s keep praying!

I have the utmost respect for teachers, administrators, and all support staff who do an excellent job. I can’t imagine how much they’ve all had to learn to keep teaching our children well.

Yes, I wrote “our children.” I pray – sincerely! – that you invest in the children in your community by praying. They may not be yours in the traditional sense but they can use your support. Their todays and tomorrows matter. And, one of the best ways to support them is to support their educators by praying. (Of course, this includes homeschool parents.)

How can we pray? I’ll make some suggestions, and you may want to listen to our 3-week arc of podcasts about praying (July 17, August 3, and August 10) for more ideas. Perhaps the best way to honor the educators and staff you know is to ask them how you can pray for them.

I would suggest praying for:

  • energy, stamina, and good rest at night so they’re refreshed,
  • quick minds to learn all they need to,
  • encouragement as they see students’ progress – that they will celebrate small gains,
  • compassion as they, their colleagues, and students get back to the rhythm of schooling,
  • unity among staff, and
  • peace at home because their family matters.

Praying and personalizing Scripture is another way to support teachers and students. (Please do this for yourself if you’re a homeschooler.) Here’s an example using Psalm 1:

“Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night.”

[God, help teachers and students reject wicked thinking. I pray they delight in Your ways and value Your Word.]

He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers. The wicked are not so, but are like chaff that the wind drives away. “

[God, I pray that teachers’ and students’ hard work results in fruit that lasts. Help them see the good work they’re doing. Motivate students to learn well so they can use what they learn. May all the teachers do prosper and last.]

Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous;  for the Lord knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.”

[God, thank You that You honor righteous people and their efforts. Thank You that wicked people and their ways will not last. Help all teachers and all those who influence students know the difference between right and wrong. Help them and students choose right!]

Let’s keep praying!

Dr. Kathy Koch (“cook”), is the founder and president of Celebrate Kids, Inc., based in Fort Worth, Texas. She has influenced thousands of parents, teachers, and children in 30 countries through keynote messages, seminars, chapels, banquet talks, and other events. She is a regular speaker for Care Net, Summit Ministries, and Axis. She also speaks for other organizations, churches, schools, and pregnancy resource centers. In addition, she hosts Celebrate Kids conferences through their Ignite the Family conference division. She is also a popular guest on Focus on the Family radio, she was featured in Kirk Cameron’s movie, Connect, and she has written and published five books with Moody Publishers, including Five to Thrive, Start with the Heart, Screens and Teens, 8 Great Smarts, and No More Perfect Kids (with Jill Savage). Dr. Kathy earned a Ph.D. in reading and educational psychology from Purdue University.