Rise Up

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Short prayers to ponder as we approach the end of Lent.

By Sheri Wohlfert

I honestly can’t imagine being anything else besides a Catholic-school teacher. I love the fact that Jesus is always part of the lesson content. I love that Mass and Eucharistic Adoration are part of my weekly schedule, and I love that discipline and discipleship dovetail every single time.

There are grace and blessings and joy, but there are also those days when we’re stretched and challenged and disappointed. Those are the days I need the Lord’s help to rise above. As we approach Easter, it’s a great time to ask the Resurrected Jesus to help us rise up. Here are some things to ponder and pray over these last days of Lent.

  • Jesus, help me rise above the temptation to complain about working long hours without the pay and appreciation I think I deserve.
  • Jesus, help me rise above the frustration I face when others question my judgement and doubt my classroom decisions.
  • Jesus, help me rise above the desire to give up when my students are hard to motivate and I’m running low on energy and motivation myself.
  • Jesus, help me rise above my pride, my comfort, and my wish to control. Remind me that all I do is a gift for you. Help me remember that the trickier things get, the grace I receive will be equal to the surrender I offer.
  • Jesus, give us the grace to see you in the faces of our students and co-workers and flood our hearts with the desire to rise above all the things that separate us from you.


Sheri Wohlfert is a Catholic wife, mom, speaker, and teacher who writes from Michigan. She uses her sense of humor and her deep faith to help others discover the joy of being a child of God. Sheri also writes at JoyfulWords.org.

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