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  • Writer's pictureJoni

Back to School

Once Upon a Time

you had your very first day of school.


buying the school supplies~

the new pencils, crayons, rulers, notebooks,

all fresh and new?

This was my favorite time of the school year.

I loved experiencing it again with my now grown up kids,

when I shopped with them.

The best part was

when you got home from the store

and looked at all of your purchases.

Starting new...

and then school starts.

What brought you great pleasure

now takes on a whole new role~

the notebooks become homework,

the pencil tips become dull,

the crayons crack,~

the once new becomes old,

losing the excitement experienced on the purchasing day.

Fix the broken crayon with a piece of tape,

Sharpen the pencils down to a stub

The notebooks, forever marked.

Isn't this so true of


A new day comes upon us

Great aspirations,

Great intentions

and then our notebook of


gets "marked" up~

by others,

the unexpected,

or by our own choices.

We may not have the power to bring those school supplies

back to their original condition

after the first day of school


we do have a power available to us to give us a fresh new start in


no matter how marked up it may be

because of

the power found in our

Lord and Savior.




turns the




"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!"

2 Corinthians 5:17

He is able to turn our wailing into dancing, turn our tears into joy. Psalm 30:11

He gives a fresh start,

no matter what.

He can turn that broken crayon into a fresh new Crayola.

He can take the ripped pages of the notebook

and mend them.

He can sharpen any dull point that we bring to Him.

Always available

No matter what


all that we have to do is

Come to Him Matthew 11:28.

He takes it all upon Himself~

our sins

our mistakes

our hurts

our anger

our bitterness~

all of it.

Whatever we bring to Him

He fixes with

His forgiveness

because of

His love.

Sharpen your pencils

Smell the crayons

Get out your book bag and lunch pail

'Cause we are going back to school

Going back to the basics


the Christian faith.

So come on,

let’s leave the preschool finger painting exercises on Christ

and get on with the grand work of art.

Grow up in Christ. (Hebrews 6:1a The Message)

and join the journey


September 5


Put into practice

Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me

so that

the God of peace will be with you.

Philippians 4:9

What are your thoughts & prayers?

Join the conversation below.

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