Packing the Backpack- 10 Must Haves!

Packing the Backpack- 10 Must Haves!

It’s back to school time and parents all around are scurrying to purchase school supplies to fill their kids backpacks.


We frantically search for notebooks, binders, composition books, writing utensils, pouches, calculators, scissors, glue sticks, etc., but I think we habitually leave out one thing they MUST have.

Inspiration. Our children need us to fill them with what they aren’t seeing and feeling right now. Let’s purpose to fill not only their backpacks but them with phrases, verses, and words that help guide them through the days and months ahead. Let’s give them hope and direction for each day by the words we choose to speak over them. Let’s declare victory over them and for them this school year. Give them something that speaks into them each day- declare what is not as though it were- and it will be- Amen.-


10 Inspirational Thoughts


1.“Make each day your masterpiece.” – John Wooden

Think of waking up to each new day with a plain canvas in front of you. The day is yours to create however you wish. With this kind of intention in mind you will be able to focus on your life and create each day as a masterpiece. Pretend you could take each day and hang it on the wall to admire the art.


2.“I think I can. I know I can.”

Everything that you do or don’t do comes down to confidence.

Always believe in yourself even when it’s not easy.

Actually, the BEST time to believe in yourself EVEN MORE, is when it’s NOT easy!


3. “Choose your friends with caution, plan your future with purpose, and frame your life with faith.” – Thomas S. Monson

You become like the people you spend the most time with, which can impact how you see your purpose. The foundation for your choices is your faith. Build everything that you do upon who God says you are.


4. “Being Kind is never wasted.”

How people treat you is THEIR path, how you treat people is YOURS.

Walk a path that will make you better and make you proud!


5. “It always seems impossible until it is done.” – Nelson Mandela

We once thought it would be impossible to fly in the sky or visit space and land on the moon. Many things are not impossible, solutions just haven’t been thought of yet. Those with perseverance, faith, and dedication in making the impossible possible are the ones that change the world.


6. “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” – Mahatma Gandhi

Ok, so how does this actually work? Well, if you want to see more peace and less war in the world, find more peace and less war within yourself, your family, or your community. If you want to see more health in the world, take care of your body, and be healthy yourself.


7. “Winning doesn’t always mean being first. Winning means you’re doing better than you’ve done before. ” – Bonnie Blair

The only competition you should have is with yourself. When you go to bed tonight, look back on the day you had and see if you are proud of the way you showed up in every experience. If you are not, then work on being a better version of yourself tomorrow.


8. “You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” – A.A. Milne/Christopher Robin

Trust in and know that you have more courage, strength and smarts than you think. It might be hard to see it right now, but your experiences in life will show you that it’s true. Growth does not happen if you stay in one place. Say out loud to yourself who you are!


9. “Why fit in when you were born to stand out?” -Dr. Seuss

You were not made to hide or to be invisible. Each and every one of us is born to stand out. We simply need to decide we are going to, and be brave while we do. The greatest thinkers, artists, musicians, and engineers through time sure didn’t fit in, did they?


10. “When you do the common things in life in an uncommon way, you will command the attention of the world.” – George Washington Carver

Common things done in common ways are predictable and safe. When you take something common and do it in a completely creative and new way, then others pay attention.

And my lagniappe to you.

“If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.” – Roald Dahl


This makes me smile every time I read it. Be the sunshine in the room!


May this school year be the best one yet. May your children walk the hallways with the authority of Christ and the discipline of Daniel. May they seek the wisdom of Solomon and the humility of Paul. Charge them like Moses did Joshua and Elijah did Elisha.

Keep Living Out Loud

in HIM, terry