Back to School


Summer began, and we were blessed to just let go and relax. As summer ends, we have to prepare for what is ahead, and that includes getting our backpacks in order.

As you prepare for school, or as adults prepare to get back into the regular schedule, the way we prepare and what we put into our backpacks prepares us for what we will face.

As you make your way through this day, take time now to make sure you have what you need to live out your calling.


By contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against such things.

Galatians 5:22-23


Cars and computers. When they work, life is great. But when they don’t, life is unbearable! We get used to our comforts and conveniences, and when they don’t do what we expect, we can be overwhelmed and become paralyzed. Problems happen, and they bring with them impatience that carries over into other areas of our lives, affecting our relationships with others and God.

One of the fruits of the Spirit is patience, because when we are patient, we are in control; we are more understanding and more open to God’s will rather than focused on ourselves. When we live patiently, we live wholly.

Patience is always in short supply, so pack some extra in your daily backpack. Pay attention to your emotions today, and when you are impatient, pray this simple prayer: “Jesus, help.” Then listen and follow.

Tim Tate


Jesus help. Amen.


God has provided all that you need today.
Go with God’s provision, protection, and blessing.
Take what you have and share it,
Then look for God’s love at work
Within and around you.