How much would you give to have your child covered in prayer?

Posted by on Aug 8, 2017 in Parenting | 19 Comments
How much would you give to have your child covered in prayer?

I’m back.

My laptop and I enjoyed a vacation from each other, but I’m excited after a 2-month sabbatical with my family to be back at life and resuming my blog. I’m looking forward to sharing some of the experiences and lessons the Lord taught me from our summer… however, just like you, the summer has gone so fast and now I find myself staring at a new season.

As I dragged my body in an attempt to run around the block yesterday morning (if you saw me, you know I use that term loosely), it wasn’t the empty streets of the last few days that greeted me. Instead, the entrance to our cove was peppered with extra cars holding extra-anxious children with covertly nervous parents. Within minutes, the majority of the school doors in our city would be opening for the start of a new year.

I still remember the first-day jitters when I was in school. I remember the upset tummies of my own children. Oh, the ups and downs of change! There’s nothing like clean, crisp clothes, new backpacks and sneakers, labeled school supplies, and the joy of getting everyone out the door on time.

As with the last 2 years, I can’t help but call us to pray. Every year has its challenges, but the freshman year of both high school and college are known to be 2 of the most trajectory-impacting years our children will face. I’ve never called for this when I actually had a freshman in my home… until this year. I must confess, the burden is as real as ever as I join the company of so many other moms who have gently pushed their child out of the nest and into a dorm room.

So, would you consider lending your knees to a child who isn’t your own? If you know of a freshman, would you reach out to the mom and commit to praying for her son or daughter for the next 8 weeks? I can truly think of nothing I want more than to know that my son has made his transition to college and is thriving spiritually, emotionally, relationally, academically, physically, and mentally. Knowing someone else is interceding for your child is a precious gift you can give.

If you don’t know a freshman and you’d be willing to pray, would you let me know? Do you have a freshman you need covered? Let me know that, too!

What can you pray for when it comes to high school and college freshmen? Here are a few ideas…

  • For the student to remember their value comes from the Lord and not from the approval of others (Proverbs 1:7).
  • For the student to find friends who will make them better and encourage them in their faith journey (1 Timothy 2:22).
  • For the Lord to protect each student from loneliness or isolation (Joshua 1:9).
  • For the student to be at peace and not anxious about all that is ahead (Philippians 4:6-7).
  • For protection from the evil one and any ploys he has to discourage or distract the student from God’s best (Ephesians 6:10-11, James 4:7).
  • For the student to spend time with the Lord and seek Him for wisdom in all things (Psalm 119:9).
  • For God to give favor to the parent-child relationships during these seasons of change (Proverbs 1:8-9, Ephesians 6:1-3).
  • For God to expose any unhealthy choices quickly… and not allow sin to go hidden.

Whether you’re a mom or not, I encourage you to join us in praying for the next generation. Within the first 2 months, students will generally either find healthy friendships or they’ll compromise in order to fit in. Let’s do our part in the heavenly realms to protect these precious students, our sons and our daughters.

P.S. I keep toying with the idea of getting any new college moms in the Memphis area together for coffee. If you have any interest, let me know.

 


19 Comments

  1. Misty
    August 8, 2017

    Thank you for your perspective. I’m driving my son to college as I type this. I couldn’t sleep last night, I prayed for him and his friends most if the night. I would love to join a college mom I. It’s yet group if you start one.

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    • karinconlee
      August 11, 2017

      Hey Misty! Praying for you and your son. I am working on a coffee to get any college moms together. Love to have you join our Experiencing God study that begins next week. It will be women of all ages but we can definitely put college moms together.

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  2. Melisa
    August 8, 2017

    As a mom who just went through College Freshman year last Fall, I would be happy to intercede on behalf of a freshman AND their mom! Pretty sure I would NOT have made it if not for the ones interceding on behalf of me, my heart, and our son!
    I’m still not too far removed from the feelings and everything that goes with it this year as he returns for his Sophomore year, but I will say I am a little better prepared for everything this year! So MUCH NEW all at once and ever so bittersweet! I’m not really sure that I have a ton of wisdom to share, but I certainly know how to pray and felt the prayers of many last year during this emotional season!

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    • karinconlee
      August 11, 2017

      Fantastic! I would love to have you pray for a freshman. I’m continuing to receive names and will get back with you early next week with the specific name. And you will definitely know what to pray for! Grateful for all of your faithfulness to pray!

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  3. Gena Cummings
    August 8, 2017

    There are a group of moms that started out as a Moms in Prayer group when their kids were in high school who still get together at the Schaffer Chapel in Germantown every Wed. Morning at 9:30 to pray for their college and beyond you d adults! Sweet hours of prayer!

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    • karinconlee
      August 11, 2017

      That is awesome… and so needed!

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  4. Gayle Scott
    August 8, 2017

    Loved this and would be happy to cover someone elses teenager in prayer.

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    • karinconlee
      August 11, 2017

      Awesome! I’m continuing to receive names this week and will get you one early next week. Thank you so much!

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  5. Jill
    August 8, 2017

    Karin, I would love for you to provide me with a name for a new freshman in college. College kids have always been a passion of mine. Sending a card once a week/ month can do wonders for these kids who are away from home for the first time and feeling a little lonely. Who doesn’t love to get fun mail?!?! It has brought me much more joy than it ever could have to them! Thanks for always thinking of these moms and their babies. P.S. Missed you!

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    • karinconlee
      August 11, 2017

      Love it! I will definitely get you the name of a freshman. You are right… A little love in the mail can go a long way. I’m continuing to collect names this week and will get them assigned early next week.

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  6. Laura Fay
    August 8, 2017

    Spot on with the prayers and verses! I will pray these over my college junior and your college freshman!

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    • karinconlee
      August 11, 2017

      Thank you!!!

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  7. ChaToya hayden
    August 10, 2017

    Karin:
    I would love for us to lift up Aarin Strother in prayer in addition to the class of 2017 at SGIS… I’m sharing the link

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    • karinconlee
      August 11, 2017

      Of course!!! I will definitely pray for Aarin, Chase and the SGIS class of 2017. Do you happen to have a list of the class of 2017… and even better one with their college decision?

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  8. Stacie Bray
    August 10, 2017

    Thank you Karin for writing this. I never thought sending one off to college was going to be so hard and such an emotional roller coaster. It’s comforting to know that I’m not the only one having a hard time letting a huge piece of my heart go off to Ft Worth Texas and start a new chapter in his life. I definitely will be praying for all the freshmen starting college these next few weeks 💜💜

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    • karinconlee
      August 11, 2017

      You are so right… a roller coaster of emotions! I will be praying for Ryan! When does he move in?

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  9. Lauren Flowers
    August 11, 2017

    I would love to join and cover any students in prayer! Also, my sister Haley is starting her freshman year of college. Without even being a mom yet, it has me in all sorts of emotions :)

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  10. Stephenie
    August 11, 2017

    Karin
    I love this idea and while mine will be a sophomore in high school I see so many sending theirs off to college. I would love to pray over someone’s freshmen as they start the next chapter!

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  11. Karen
    August 14, 2017

    I love this article. Would you please pray for my daughter Beth as she moves into her residence hall this week? She will be a college freshman at Huntingdon College. I am praying for others too. Many Blessings, Karen

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