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It’s easy to spend less time prepping as the season goes on, even though we know how critical prayer and preparation are for sharing a great lesson. If you tend to be like me, and associate planning with panic and procrastination, try these tips to help you skip the stress:

Save the date: Put planning on your schedule and honor it as you would any other appointment.

Keep it consistent: Blocking off the same time(s) each week makes planning a habit instead of a headache.

Meditate on the message: This story is for us, too! When I’m most tempted to rush through planning time, it’s the first page in the leader’s guide that slows me down. Soaking up the leader's devotional and spending time in prayer will get you excited about the story and its meaning for kids’ lives and your life, too!

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