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Success at School - Prayer

August 27, 2012
By Laura Eisenga
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Pray for your child. Praying for your child on a daily basis is like putting armor on a warrior headed for battle. Not that going to SCS is a battle (unless they play dodge ball during PE!), but there’s nothing wrong with placing some spiritual armor on your child!

In Ephesians 6:10-17 (NIV), it says, “Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled round your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”

I want to challenge you every morning to pray for your child. If you’re like me, spare time in the morning is laughable. Between getting myself ready, the kids fed and dressed and remembering all the other things we need to take with us, there is little spare time. But it doesn’t take much. Simply stop, close your eyes, and pray, “God, please place Your armor on our children today.”

The Message version says the same thing as above in a different way: “Be prepared. You’re up against far more than you can handle on your own. Take all the help you can get, every weapon God has issued, so that when it’s all over but the shouting you’ll still be on your feet. Truth, righteousness, peace, faith, and salvation are more than words. Learn how to apply them. You’ll need them throughout your life. God’s Word is an indispensable weapon. In the same way, prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare. Pray hard and long. Pray for your brothers and sisters. Keep your eyes open. Keep each other’s spirits up so that no one falls behind or drops out.”

I also want to challenge you to let your child know you pray for them daily. It’s important for our children to know God loves them and cares for them, even their daily routine at school. It may open some great discussions of why you pray, what you pray for, who else you pray for, what prayer does for us, etc. You may even start getting prayer requests! Your teenager may roll his/her eyes and groan, but even if they don’t admit it, they appreciate it.

Finally, I want to challenge you to enlist an army – an army of pray-ers. Ask your parents, grandparents, friends, and coffee barista (hey, if they know your coffee order, maybe they know your kids too!) to pray for your child. And if you'd like to join an army, there are moms that pray for our students every week in the library.

This weekend, I asked my daughter, who is starting 3 year-old preschool at SCS next week, what I could pray for her. Instead of giving me a request, she started reciting the Lord's Prayer.

The Newness of Fall

August 17, 2012
By Dean Wagenaar
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New opportunities, new beginnings, fresh starts… When I ponder new opportunities and beginnings, including the change of seasons, the latter days of August always pop to mind mainly because in the Yakima Valley the cooler nights of late August coincide with the start of a brand new school year and the anticipation of fall (my favorite season).

Almost all people (including students) anticipate and enjoy the opportunity to start anew. We love to imagine exciting opportunities and situations we may experience. A new school year is no different-some new clothes and shoes, new binders, new classes, new academic and athletic challenges, new teachers… 

We should not be surprised by this desire. God, in His infinite wisdom, recognizes our desire for newness because we live in a broken, sinful world that impacts every aspect of our lives; and yet we yearn for something much better.

Thankfully, because of God’s incredible grace, He reveals to us in His holy, infallible, and inspired Word that we can start anew if we confess and repent of our sins, put our hope for salvation in Christ Jesus, and live a life of obedience to God.  We are promised by God through the apostle Paul “to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness” Ephesians 4:23-24.

Upon these reflections we begin a brand new school year. This fall at SCHS, we welcome our students (both returning students and new students) and two new staff members, Ms. Eliya Hogan (science) and Mrs. Alaina Wright (math). We, as staff members at SCHS, ask for your prayers and support as we embark upon the adventure of a new school year.


Looking Forward to the U

August 03, 2012
By Del Dykstra

Life is always changing, and we are often forced to try new things. When we decided to start a blog for Sunnyside Christian School, I asked what I should write. The comments that came back to me were to write “whatever you want.” I now know how so many of our students feel at school when they encounter something new and do not know how to tackle the challenges ahead of them. 

In just a few weeks we are expecting about 300 kids (pre-school-12th grade) to enter our doors. I have to confess that I love summer and all the things that go with it (like many kids do), but there is nothing like the first day of school! This day is always full of emotions – excitement, nerves, joy, and sorrow for those kids who have a hard time leaving mom – but at the end of the day there is always a sense of joy with re-uniting the SCS community after summer break.

In my devotions today, I read the story of how Joshua was fighting the Amalekites, and as long as Moses held up his hands, the Israelites were winning. However, when his hands lowered, the Amalekites were winning (Exodus 17). The passage goes on to explain that Aaron and Hur came alongside Moses, and when his arms became too tired to keep his hand up, they helped him.

Today, I ask the same from you. Please help us keep our hands up so we can “win” this battle – and experience the success God has planned for us. You can help us with your prayers. We will likely never get accolades for our prayers, and it may seem like the responses to our prayers tests our patience. But we know that God is going to use our kids in amazing and unlikely ways to build His Kingdom. Partner with us; pray with us; and pray for us. 

See you in a few weeks!

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