Make the Time with Your Kids Count | 6/26/2019 | Website
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When we think about stewardship, we tend to focus on certain areas more than others. If you’ve been around church for long, you’ve probably heard a sermon describing how everything you have—including your money, your time, and your talents—is a gift God gives that you need to manage well.

But for those of us who are parents, there’s something even more important we must steward well: our relationship with our children.

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God gives us a brief window to train our children and prepare them to make a difference in the world. Yes, if you’re a parent, you’ll help guide them for the rest of your life, but you have a unique opportunity to influence their lives during their childhood and adolescence.

Every parent has four main responsibilities to their kids as they guide them:

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Prepare your kids to face all seasons of life.

Protect your kids in storms.

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Play with your kids for fun.

Point your kids to God.

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If you’re a parent, nothing you’ll do in this life will be more important than fulfilling these responsibilities to your kids. But how do you do that in a way that will bring out the very best in your children?

You do it by following God’s five foundations of parenting.

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1. You accept their uniqueness. Proverbs 22:6 may be one of the most misapplied verses in the whole Bible: “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it” (ESV). First, note that this isn’t a promise that comes true every time; it’s a proverb—a generally true statement that has exceptions. But there’s a key phrase in it. Parents need to train children “in the way [they] should go.” When you do that, you’re taking into account that each child is unique. Each is in a unique stage of life....
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