There’s something in the air. It’s the wonderful, yet confusing, combination of sharpened pencils, new backpacks, sack lunches, tears, and the sound of moms enjoying their first quiet cup of coffee since June.

Back-to-school time harnesses a confusing mess of emotions. This year, I will drop off my too-cool-for-school preteen and my 5-year-old baby who is, according to everyone else, ready for Kindergarten. I am a mix of squeals and sobs, certain that I will drop him off and exit the school doing sobbing cartwheels.

If you’re a parent of school-aged children, there’s no doubt your transition this fall will be filled with similar moments.  If you don’t have kids at home anymore, I’m told that’s when things get really busy! Plus, as we add in our marriages, jobs, extracurricular commitments, and the occasional surprise, the calendar will fill up quickly as the year progresses.

In order to keep our focus during this year, Uncomfortable Grace Ministries is kicking off Five Minutes of Grace, a weekly moment where we can collectively spend time together in prayer every Friday. Here’s how it works:

  • Designate. Set aside 5 minutes every Friday to pray. It can be over your morning cup of coffee, during your commute, or while you’re folding laundry.
  • Focus. Each month will have a theme to concentrate our prayers, although you are welcome to spend your 5 minutes praying for something different if that is what’s on your heart.
  • Share. Let the Uncomfortable Grace community about how God is moving and answering your prayers!

Each month will focus on a different theme. For the month of September, we’ll be praying for someone in a school setting who does not live in our home. (If you’re like me, I pray for my kids multiple times a day, so this 5 minute time will be set aside for other people who don’t have someone in their corner.) Your 5 minutes can be spent praying for:

  • Your child’s friend
  • A teacher
  • An administrator
  • A bus driver
  • A cross walk attendant
  • Classroom, recess, and lunch helpers
  • School board members
  • The neighborhood kids who walk in front of your home on the way to school
  • The school district in which you live
  • Anyone else God has laid on your heart!

Hebrews 4:16 tells us to “…approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” Will you join me for Five Minutes of Grace? It kicks off Friday, September 2 and I’d love to hear how God is working in your life.