A Blessing & A Prayer

This morning was not the smoothest of mornings.  We were running just a *tad* bit late for church and when we got there, both boys were switched to new classrooms in Sunday school.  Neither of my boys were expecting the change…nor were we…so let’s just say they had a hard time adjusting!  After we dropped them off with their new teachers, we walked toward the sanctuary and I prayed for their little hearts.  And I prayed that God would open my ears to something I NEEDED to hear during the service.  It never fails to amaze me that God ALWAYS provides what we ask of Him.

Most of the kids at todays service had their backpacks in tow for today’s “Blessing of the Backpacks”.  It was precious.  It made me think about how my oldest will be bringing his backpack to church for his own blessing in just a few short years…but let’s not rush things ;)  Not too long after the backpacks were blessed, our pastor had all the teachers stand up.  He prayed for us and said some unbelievably encouraging, inspiring things…just as I prayed I’d hear something I needed to hear, God answered my prayer with his words and this blessing… 

A Teacher’s Prayer

O Lord, Grant me your strength, so I will have COURAGE in every situation;

Grant me your love, so I will NEVER GIVE UP on anybody;

Grant me your wisdom, so I will SHOW others the path to success;

Grant me your mercy; so I will FORGIVE those who have hurt me;

Grant me your peace, so I will FIND THE BEST in everybody;

Grant me your hope, so I will NEVER GIVE UP;

Grant me your joy, so I will be THANKFUL for all my blessings;

And grant me your grace, so you will ALWAYS be at my side.  Amen.

~David Bennett

I do believe that we are CALLED by God to teach. Lord knows we’re not in it for the money.  I think I can speak for the majority of us out there when I say that teaching is truly our passion.  That can only be a gift from the Lord and I totally needed the reminder this morning.  I pray that I can glorify His name by being the teacher that I was called to be.  We owe it to God…and to our babies…to answer this calling to the best of our abilities.

SO…as I get my mind ready for the first day tomorrow, I just wanted to let y’all know that I’m praying for you, too!!  I’m praying for each of us to use our gift…our teaching talents…to inspire, motivate, and encourage our babies to LEARN….not just the first few energy-filled weeks, but for the entire year!! And in turn, I know we’ll all inspire each other to become better educators with every lesson we teach.

I hope you have a most blessed school year!!! 

48 comments:

  1. What a wonderful story.

    Happy First Day Cara!

    ❤Jodi from...
    ★★The Clutter-Free Classroom★★
    Helping Teachers Get Organized

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  2. Thanks so much for sharing! I really needed this today. May we all behave in a manner that will glorify His name. We have an awesome responsibility as teachers, caretakers and mentors. Praying you all have a great year!

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  3. What a sweet prayer. Have a wonderful first day tomorrow!

    Morgan
    FantasticFirst

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  4. Have a SUPER day! Your kiddos are so lucky to have such an amazing teacher!! I can't wait to gain more inspiration from you as we go along this new year :-)

    ~Laura
    www.firstgradeFUNdamentals.blogspot.com

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  5. Thanks! I needed this too. How awesome!

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  6. Have a fantastic first day!!!!

    Jodi
    fun-in-first.blogspot.com

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  7. Thanks for this... it's just what I needed this afternoon (I left my jump drive at school yesterday with all my first day/week lesson plans from the previous years and have NOTHING here at home!)

    On a side note: we had a sweet church here where I'm at pray for all the schools in our district. They went to all the campuses and did a prayer walk praying for relationships to be made and safety for the kids among other things.

    Have a great first week back!

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  8. Right on!!!! This is a fabulous post! Totally appropriate for the day I've had too! We have all been blessed with a talent for teaching, and I think it's so important to remember that it was a gift and not something entirely built on our own merits. God is GREAT, and sometimes I am so humbled by everything He has given me, even if sometimes I don't deserve that kind of mercy and grace. I feel so blessed every day that I get to walk into a classroom full of kiddos, and I get the opportunity to make an impact on their little hearts and minds. Deanna is so right! We have a huge responsibility to our students and to each other. I'm so happy that we get to share and collaborate with one another! Hope you have a great year! {By the way my word verification phrase is "truth". Appropriate? I think so.}

    Amanda
    http://www.oneextradegree.blogspot.com

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  9. Thank you for this great inspirational post! I love the Teacher's Prayer. Very sweet. I hope you have a wonderful first week!

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  11. That comment made my day too! Although we never know why things happen but they do in fact happen for a reason and God reminds us of that!! I often have my "Oh" moment months, even years later! Enjoy for first week back! My daughter loves Preschool!! Wish she didn't have her backpack yet...sniff!

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  14. Reposting...sorry, I was distracted and kept messing up!

    Thanks Cara, blessings are always the best gift. These words touch on so many important aspects of creating a caring and productive atmosphere for learning and working!

    I know that I am thankful for the opportunity to teach and for the inspiration I have found through our wonderful community of blogging teachers.

    Blessings on your first day, and all year!

    Primary Practice

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  15. Thanks for sharing this beautiful prayer Cara! I agree with every word you said in this post. It is an awesome responsibility and one that we can only tackle with His grace and strength. Have a blessed school year!

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  16. I love the prayer... thank you so much for sharing!

    Jenn
    Life of a Kinder Teacher

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  17. Sweet, calming, timely. . .thank you.

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  18. Beautiful....I'm printing your post, to share with my fellow teachers at devotions tomorrow.

    Have an amazing day, in all the best of ways!
    ReadWriteSing

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  19. This is so beautiful I cried. I needed this tonight. My first day of school is tomorrow too! I'll be praying for all the teachers and students going to school tomorrow. I'll also be sharing this prayer with my school family. Thank you!

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  20. girl you are just to darn cute! i love this poem and i needed it.

    god bless you all tomorrow!

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  21. I absolutely, whole heartily agree with ya sister! I truly believe that teaching is a ministry that I am passionate about. It's not my "job" or even my "career", but my calling! Thanks for the reminder!

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  22. Cara,
    You knew what we needed to hear, didn't you? Your entry today was absolutely perfect. Thanks bunches!

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  23. Last week was my first week of school. Not only was it very stressful as usual, but I was sick with a severe sinus infection. Thank you for sharing, you have no idea how much I needed to hear this....:)

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  24. Thank you so much for posting this! It is always so important to remember our calling. Praying for you too!

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  25. Yes, I needed this as well. I love that prayer. I'm gonna print it and put it in the cover of my binder. :)Blessings on you and your school year, too!

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  26. Thank you so much,Cara! What a beautiful way to start the year. We sure can't do our work without His help and grace.
    Have a great first day!

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  27. This was really so, so lovely. You are such a sweet girl and you're raising your precious boys right!

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  28. Blessings and prayers to you and your kiddos tomorrow! God uses us in such powerful ways as teachers. Stop by my blog and see the poem I posted about the kind of room we all need to strive to create for our little blessings.
    http://heathersfirstgradeheart.blogspot.com/

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  29. Love that blessing the backpacks! Too cute! And what a honor to be sharing in that event! Sounds very inspiring! Happy 1st day to you tomorrow! Hope it is AMAZING!
    Cyndy
    Counting with Coffee

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  30. Thanks so much for the words of encouragement Cara!!! I am sure you will be "inspiring, motivating, and encouraging" your firsties. I wanted to also thank you for inspiring, motivating, and encouraging all of us (especially me!)!!!

    Happy Back to School! :)

    Tanya
    www.lewislearninglibrary.blogspot.com

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  31. I usually just lurk and don't comment, but HAD to thank you for this. I needed it more than ever today. THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!

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  32. I needed to read this tonight, thanks for sharing! Hope your first day is great!!

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  33. Thank you for your heart for God and teaching in His service. You are wonderful!!!

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  34. That was awesome! Thanks for the note! Keep it up! Praying that you have a blessed year!

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  35. love this! Encouraging someone by every word! Love this blog! :)

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  36. Hi! I really love your blog. I can tell that you are an awesome teacher! I graduated a year ago and I'm still in search of a teaching job, but I totally agree with you post about receiving a call to be a teacher, so I'll never give up! Thanks for sharing all of your creative and awesome ideas and for inspiring other teachers with your love for teaching!

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  37. Happy First Day to you! Here is hoping you see God's love in each smiling little face!!

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  38. Beautiful. Just beautiful.

    Blessings to you on your first day and throughout the year.

    ~Mrs. Beck

    mrsbecksgotclass.blogspot.com

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  39. Cara,

    Thank you so much for sharing this! It really puts it all into perspective! Happy first day of school!

    Blessings to you & your students!

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  40. Amen.

    Mandy
    http://aspecialkindofclass.blogspot.com

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  41. Wow Mrs. Carroll, that is just what I needed to hear. Thank you so much for sharing. You and your wonderful blog always amaze and inspire me. Thank you for being such a fantastic inspiration for me and for so many others. I wish you a blessed school year as well.

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  42. Cara- I had quite a day to day and your post just made it all better. Thanks sweet friend! Michelle
    Fabulousinfirst.blogspot.com

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  43. This has been encouraging to me completely! I agree 100 percent that we have been CALLED by God to teach these little ones. Great to know that other teachers out there all over the country share the same faith and calling :) Thanks, Cara! :)

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  44. Thank you. Made me cry! Isn't it amazing to think how God uses each of us! I am humbled to know that He chose me to be these particular children's teacher. You really made my day. I hope your first few days are great. I am on day 10 and it's starting to get a little less chaotic.

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  45. Thanks so much for this Cara! I haven't been on your page in a few days because I have been SOOO busy with beginning of the year...anyways, had a rough first day with kiddos today- wild group, very low...and I missed my babies at home terribly. Your post made me feel so much better and realize how much the babes at school need me! Thanks for your inspiration :)

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  46. Thank you, thank, you! I needed to see this prayer as I embark on another school year. I'm copying it and e-mailing it to my work e-mail so it's the first thing I see when I get in my classroom tomorrow!

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  47. I happened to stumble upon this old post just now, and REALLY needed to hear it today. Thank you! :)

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