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The Power of Intentional Parenting

SERIES: Relationships 101

Psalm 127 NIV
1 Unless the LORD builds the house, its builders labor in vain. Unless the LORD watches over the city, the watchmen stand guard in vain.
2 In vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat– for he grants sleep to those he loves.
3 Sons are a heritage from the LORD, children a reward from him.
4 Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are sons born in one’s youth.
5 Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them. They will not be put to shame when they contend with their enemies in the gate.

Acts 2:40 KJV – And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation.

Times parents experience difficulty with their children:
1. When they bring them INTO the world
2. When they bring them UP IN the world

A child’s output is primary determined by a parent’s input.

MICHELANGELO’S ANGEL

When the parents get it WRONG, the child won’t get it RIGHT.

Intentional living is living with aims, goals and objectives:
• Desired OUTCOMES
• Detailed PLANS
• Devoted DISCIPLINE

I. The RULER of intentional parents

Parenting is simple but not easy.

• Vain WORK
• Vain WATCH
• Vain WORRY

II. The RULES of intentional parents
A. The bow must be TIGHT
B. Sharpen the ARROW
C. AIM the arrow in the right direction…MATURITY
D. RELEASE the arrow

III. The RULING KIDS of intentional parents

Teach your kids:
You gotta BE, before you can DO, and you gotta DO before you can HAVE.

When you discipline your children to do the things they NEED to do when they
NEED to do them, you are preparing them to be able to DO the things they want to DO when they want to do them.

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