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September 18, 2015, 4:49 PM

Growing Champions - Be Intentional & Consistent


#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.

§  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 to growth to be a matter of choice, not something we leave to chance.  Planning is simply scheduling or creating opportunities to grow.  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.

·         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 it 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

Shaping hearts and minds,

Dr. Chris

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