As the new school year approaches, we can’t help but think about all of the students, teachers, and families who are heading back into the academic “routine” this fall. Whether you are going back to a traditional school setting, homeschooling, or some mixture of the two, it may feel like the schedule you are used to relying on has been flipped upside down over the last 2 years. As humans, we can become very dependent on a set routine. We find comfort in knowing that we can expect certain things at certain times with no surprises. Unfortunately, it feels as though we are now living in a world where we don’t know what to expect next. The uncertainty of this can take its toll on us.

Child or adult, the world can feel like a scary place right now. Even so, we know who we ultimately place our trust in. God is always in control and He has never lost control. If you or your child are struggling with the thought of going “back to school”, here are 3 things you can do today to encourage your household:

1. Pray together {Phil. 4:6}

This is something that we can never do too much! Take some time to pray with your family about the upcoming year and all it holds. Ask God’s blessing on every effort and His protection on each individual. He cares about everything we face and He loves to be invited into our lives!

2. Memory verses {Psalm 119:11}

Keeping God’s word at the forefront of our minds allows us to have something to anchor to in the chaos. Whether you pick a verse to recite with your kids at the breakfast table every morning, slip an encouraging scripture into their lunch boxes, or tape a Biblical reminder to your bathroom mirror, these verses can be the encouragement you and your family need in the middle of a busy day.

3. Create an atmosphere in your home {Isaiah 26:3}

We can help dismiss fear by creating as much peace as possible in the one place we can control: our own homes. This might look like putting on some calming gospel music during the day or making an effort to sit down as a family for dinner during the week. Think about the things that encourage a peaceful atmosphere in your home and make an effort to work towards them each day.

Our prayers are with each and every one of you as you enter into this new school year. Stay encouraged in Him and remember that He is with you in every season of life!