10 Important School Prayers

As your kids head to their school, we prepare them with proper school supplies, a nice backpack, and a lunchbox to hold a nutritious meal. But are we preparing our kids spiritually for the kinds of things they may face at school? Throughout the year, consider praying for the following. – By Arabah Joy

10 Important Back To School Prayers

1. That they would be a light in the darkness at school
You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Matthew 5:14 (ESV)
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Year-End Strategic Planning

Here are 10 simple tips to guide your strategic planning for the coming year.

By David Finkel Co-author, Seven Proven Principles to Grow Your Business and Get Your Life Back’ @DavidFinkel Credit: Getty Images

Strategic planning is essentially making the tough decisions on where to invest your business’s resources … Here are ten tips to do it better.

What is your single biggest “limiting factor” inside your business? In other words, what one limitation is currently doing the most to limit the growth and success …What are 10 potential ways to push back or make your limiting factors less limiting for your business? 

Now Go back through your list of 10 “solutions” … Go through your list of 10 “solutions” and note each solution that is a “home run”.

  • Determine your “sweet spots”. More from David Finkel Going back to your above list of 10 solutions to each of your limiting factors, circle the solutions that are both a low hanging fruit and a home run. These are your “sweet spots”.
  • Clarify the business you are trying to build. Too many business owners never stop and clarify in writing …
  • Work backwards from your target.
  • If you’re not sure how to best reach your subgoals, brainstorm a long list of at least 10 potential ideas. Use the “sweet spot” technique … For the balance of the 10 solutions,  great idea and resources go here.

Thankfulness comes out of the heart.

Thanksgiving is an attitude of the heart, and when a person is unthankful, their heart is not right.

Psalm 100:4 states, “Enter into His gates with THANKSGIVING and into His courts with praise; BE YE THANKFUL UNTO HIM, AND BLESS HIS NAME.”

In Luke 17:11-19, Jesus met ten lepers who cried out for mercy and healing. He healed the ten lepers and only one of them “turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God, and fell down on his face at His feet , giving Him thanks: and he was a Samaritan. And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? But where are the nine? There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger.” By asking “But where are the nine?”, Jesus incriminates them as ingrates.

Of all the nations in our time, America should be the most thankful to God. We have been blessed beyond comprehension. One of my former Church members who moved away told of an aunt coming to America from Cuba for a visit. The aunt wept and fainted as she walked the isle of the grocery store and saw all that was freely available here in the States.

When was the last time you bowed your head and thanked God for the freedom you have? What about the luxuries you enjoy? What about the food you have? What about the comfort you enjoy? What about the freedom to get an education and the pursuit of happiness? For Christians, have you thanked God for the fact that you can freely carry a Bible and freely go to Church? These are things and privileges many people in the world do not have and cannot do in the normal course of the day. Things we take for granted are so rare in the world and yet we who are so blessed fail to be thankful to God for His goodness to us.