dawson kids is on a mission to help equip children and families to be confident in Christ. i am hoping this new category on dWELL will serve as a venue of encouragement and education for families and kid min leaders. i am excited to share with you a post from my dear friend, nancy youree duggin.
Years ago I was introduced to the five (5) Ps for successful living: Prior Planning Prevents Poor Performance. A short time later, I developed my own five (5) Ps for successful and joyful living in Christ: Prayer, Practice, Perseverance, Patience, and Praise.
The beginning of a new school year provides the perfect opportunity to implement and focus on the 5 P’s of a life well lived in Jesus Christ. As the parent you will want/need to take the lead, with your elementary age children, in understanding and practicing each of the Ps.
Prayer: “Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” I Thessalonians 5:16-18
- Begin and end each day with prayer.
- Pray for your teacher(s) by name. If they are not a believer, be mindful of praying for their salvation.
- Pray for classmates—especially classmates who may not be kind to others.
- Pray for godly friends.
- Pray for wisdom concerning right and wrong—for a heart that longs to do right according to God’s Truth.
- Pray for a growing desire to be pleasing in God’s eyes and NOT the eyes of the world. “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men.” Colossians 3:23
Practice: “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.” Matthew 7:12
- telling the truth at all times.
- giving your best effort in all things, at all times.
- kindness to others.
- a joyful attitude from morning till evening.
- good work and study habits.
Perseverance: “And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.” Galatians 6:9
- Don’t give up if you aren’t successful the first time you attempt a new task or learning.
- Don’t give up because someone is better at a sport or academic subject.
- Never give up on yourself—God NEVER will!
Patience: ”Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for Him” Psalm 37:7
- Practice patience with those you love.
- Be patient with yourself
- Be patient when things don’t go your way or when you don’t get something you want.
Praise: “Praise the Lord. Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
his love endures forever.” Psalm 106:1
- Make time to intentionally praise God for who He is.
- You are all knowing, all powerful, all loving (Psalm 147:5).
- You are caring, compassionate (Psalm 145:9), and changeless (Hebrews 1:12).
- You are the Holy One (Isaiah 12:6, Lord Almighty (Psalm 46:7).
- and You are my Lord and Savior (2 Peter 3:18), if your child is a believer.
Guiding your child in seeing how God is at work around him/her will cause them to focus on who they were created to be and to develop the ability to see themselves as their Creator sees them.
Take time to assist your child in setting some goals around the 5 Ps. Revisit your goals weekly, asking God to give you success in each area.
Blessings in Him throughout the 2013-14 school year!
Nancy Youree Duggin taught public school for 24 years and served on a city school board for four years. She also is a mother to two and grandmother to three with one on the way. This October she will celebrate 40 years of marriage. Even with her plate full with family and training teachers, she spends countless hours encouraging and mentoring young moms.
Awesome encouragement….way to spur others on!! Sometimes we know the right thing to do but it is hard to organize our thoughts and make a plan, so this outline seems like such an awesome tool to really start the schoolyear out with our eyes fixed on Christ and who He has created each of us to be :).