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September 10, 2013, 10:49 AM

Growing Champions Part II

Parenting is one of the most challenging, humbling, rewarding endeavors you or I could ever under-take.  Raising godly kids who love the Lord and are serving Him takes a lot of work, grace & strength from the Lord. Over the next several weeks, I’ll be sharing nuggets on how you and I can lean into our kids & grow champions by parenting on purpose.

1. Be intentional & consistent  

" Oh, my dear children! I feel as if I’m going through labor pains for you again, and they will continue until Christ is fully developed in your lives."  (Gal. 4:19, NLT)

Spiritually growth & maturity is a process… a life-long process. Paul likens it to giving birth.There are joys, excitement when they baby kicks, but there also nights when you can't sleep, when the demands & responsibilities become inconvenient & uncomfortable. When we think about our families we must remember that creating a God-honoring family environment requires an intentional, consistent, sustained effort on our part. We're not tinkering, we're transforming & life transformation takes time.

Practically, speaking:

  • Pray
    • Ask God for guidance regarding the topics you want to lead your family through, the timing of when to address these areas, & the resources you might want to use.  There are many resources available on line at Focus on the Family,, and other ministry sites.
    • Pray for receptive hearts and minds, an ability to seize “teachable moments,” and God’s wisdom.  Remember, He wants you to disciple your kids and He WILL help you.
  • Plan
    • We want growth to be a matter of choice, not something we leave to chance.  Planning is simply us intentionally scheduling or creating opportunities to grow just as a teacher plans educational experiences for his/her students. This may be as simple as praying with your kids at night, a weekly devotional time, or serving together as a family at church or in the community.
    • It can be a formal or informal time.  Remember, one size does not fit all.  What works for one family might not be best for your situation.  Keep in mind today’s schedules and do what works best for your family.  If you aim for nothing you will hit it every time.
    • Make the time enjoyable, not dreadful and have age appropriate expectations.  Keep in mind attention spans and the needs of your children at the different stages of life.
  • Persist
    • It takes time to establish new habits (21 days to be precise).  Once you have made a decision to start, be prepared for setbacks and challenges along the way.  This is just life.  Don’t quit.  Work around it.

God promises us in Psalm 1:2-3 (NLT):

“But they delight in the law of the Lord, meditating on it day and night. They are like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season. Their leaves never wither, and they prosper in all they do.”

God is growing something good in our homes…champions.

Dr. Chris Royael

November 30, 1999, 12:00 AM

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