This post may not apply to you tonight. But it’s heavy on my heart.
Tomorrow many children all across my town, and my state, will be taking their state assessments. And although I don’t have children of my own, I have gobs that have passed through my classroom doors in the past. I also have one very special student on my mind tonight, my niece Ashy.
Even though it’s “just” a test, for many it causes stress and worry. The students have been working hard all year preparing and the tests are often long and laborious, taking several hours to complete.
Ashy and I have been spending the last several days tutoring for the math test. Tomorrow is the big day. I called her a little while back to wish her luck, and to tell her I’ll be praying for her throughout the day tomorrow.
I do believe my anxiety is greater than hers.
I believe in prayer. I believe it holds great power. Jesus himself intercedes for us to the Father. I believe in praying scriptures. Jesus himself quoted scripture when tempted by Satan.
I compiled a few scriptures that I will lift up on behalf of my niece tomorrow while she is figuring circumference, finding common denominators, and choosing which expression can be used to solve the problems. Perhaps it may be helpful for others as well.
Scriptures for peace: 1 Corinthians 14:33a For God is not the author of confusion but of peace.
Isaiah 50:7 For the Lord God will help me, therefore shall I not be confounded.
Dear Lord, grant her peace of mind. Clear any confusion she may have during the test. Make her mind free of hinderances. Keep her focus where it needs to be and free the room from distractions that may interfere with her thinking.
For confidence: Romans 8:37 In all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.
Father God, in you, help Ashy to be more than a conqueror.
For Anxiety: Philippians 4:6-7 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Dear God, take away any anxiety or fear she may have while taking the test. Lord, give her peace from You in her heart and her mind.
For Stamina: Matthew 11:28 Come to me all those who labor and are heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.
Dear Lord, when Ashy gets tired, grant her rest and renew her so that she may finish strong.
For Success: Phillipians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
Dear Jesus, strengthen Ashy. Grant her success with her tests. Remind her, Lord, that she can do all things through You.
For myself: Matthew 6:34 Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
Thank you Lord for your word and that You hear us when we pray.
Will be praying for Ash and others. A lot of anxious kids at this time. I am not for the tests.
Thanks AB…..love you!
I needed this more than your niece. God has a way of doing things like that; getting you the stuff you need. Let us know how she fares.
I read your blog posts the last couple of days. I am so sorry you down. Please look up. Saying a prayer that you find refreshing soon.
Amen and Amen. Sending all my prayers to Ashy and to all the students participating and God bless you for being the amazing mentor that you are! We will be anxiously awaiting her results! Until next time … Donna H.
Thanks so much Donna.
Thank you for your post. I just sent Alli off to do her math test along with Ashlynn. Thank you so much for your scriptures. I will be praying them all day today. This is Alli’s only subject that she struggles with. Once we are past this life is good again! I will lift Ashlynn up also! Thank you for this post. We needed it.
I prayed for Alli too.
This would be a good blog for Jody to read. She gets really stressed when taking tests.
A good post that should be visited on a daily basis. The scriptures are nice reminders to help us get through the day. I pray Ashy does good today.
Thank you for your prayers.
The test was 56 pages long! That is riduculous!!!!!! And, unbeleivable, too! Ash is in 6th grade and is already learning Algebra…..for Pete’s sake! What’s wrong with this picture? Plenty, I say! I prayed for her, too, all day. She said she thinks she got commended……she said she thinks she only missed two! She had plenty of confidence when she left for school. I’m sure she did great!!!!!!!!!