Setting our Freshmen up for Success

Posted by on Aug 9, 2019 in Parenting | 9 Comments
Setting our Freshmen up for Success

For four years, I’ve posted a blog every August to connect prayer warriors with incoming high school and college freshmen. When I started, I had two children who had already experienced their freshman years in high school, but the transition to college was something still unknown to us.

Today as I write, both my children have navigated the last of their freshman years. In some ways, I’m greatly relieved. In other ways, it’s a reminder of how time marches on. Either way, however, I’m more convinced than ever of the need for prayer warriors to cover this season of entry for both high school and college students.

As many of you can relate, my children are as different as night and day. The colleges they selected reflect their unique strengths and preferences. I’ve had children in both a public high school and a private high school… a small school and big school. Be assured that, regardless of the personality of your child or the size of the educational institution, human nature is the same. And more importantly, God’s power is the same.

It’s in these first two months of school that students are most vulnerable to compromise in order to have a sense of belonging. Way too often, I’ve seen the enemy use fear or insecurity to drive students to make decisions in those early days they ordinarily would never have made. Let’s cover our students with prayer and ask God to a) orchestrate the birth of new God-centered friendships, and b) protect them from all the ways the enemy tries to attack the values and faith we’ve spent so many years trying to nurture in our sons and daughters.

Do you have a freshman in high school or college who you’d like to be covered in prayer for the first two months of school? If so, I’d like to encourage you to comment below with their name and school. 

Likewise, if you’d be willing to commit to pray for one or two students between August 20 and October 20, please comment below and let me know your availability.

(When I posted this blog last year, I ended up with some technical issues on my website that meant some people with students to be prayed for never got matched up with prayer warriors, and vice versa. I’m praying technology will be on our side this year!)

The attacks of the enemy on college campuses are more palpable than I could’ve ever imagined. As you pray for these students, I encourage you to also pray for revival on the college campuses across this country.

Please share with anyone you know who has a high school or college freshman and let’s get on our knees. Prayer works!


9 Comments

  1. Ann C
    August 9, 2019

    I will commit to pray and please pray for my son who will be a freshman at MIssissippi State University. His name is Andrew C.

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  2. Jill Morgan
    August 10, 2019

    I would love to pray for a freshman and I would cherish prayers for my college freshman Seth. He is going to UT Knoxville on Friday. Thanks! Miss and love you Karin!

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  3. Kate Phifer
    August 10, 2019

    I would like to pray for my daughter Grace Alexander she will be going to St. Agnes in Memphis. I would also like to put Maye Edwards on the list also she will be attending the same school!
    Thanks you ❤️

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  4. Stephanie
    August 10, 2019

    Hey Karin! I’d love prayer for Elijah as he starts his freshman year at Rhodes. Also, for his best friend Davis Smith, at Belmont College. Thank you! Miss you!

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  5. Pam Tyler
    August 11, 2019

    I know this is a difficult transition so I’d love to pray for two freshmen. Also, my niece, Heather, is a freshman at Mississippi State and prayers would really be appreciated for her:)

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  6. Amy Salerno Hale
    August 13, 2019

    I can be a prayer warrior for Freshman!

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  7. Brent Henderson
    August 13, 2019

    Hi Karin,
    Brent will be starting UT Martin, August 30. You may remember Brent was struggling with his faith after I got cancer. Well he still is, and now he’s in the National Guard. The people he meets there plus the people he will meet in college might be more than he will be able to fight off.

    Thank you for these blessings. Sandra and I know prayer works!
    Greg Henderson

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    • karinconlee
      August 17, 2019

      I will be praying for Brent, Elijah, Davis, and Heather. Thank you for giving me the privilege of pairing them with someone who will call out on their behalf these next 2 months. I am in the process of assigning them right now.

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  8. Deborah Nash
    August 17, 2019

    Count me in for prayer partner and please pray for Richard Nash jr. and Chelsi Spencer both starting junior year at Union University in Jackson, TN
    Thank you

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