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Phase- Present

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Bottomline: Kids need consistently present adults to engage with them because it shows them that you love them.

Parents have about 936 weeks from birth to high school graduation....

“Children are a gift from the Lord” -

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Parents have about 936 weeks from birth to high school graduation....

Kids at every phase need adults who will show up predictably and consistently, over time.

-Kirsten Ivy

Being present with a kid gives them a picture of a Heavenly Father who is present and interested in them.

Psalm 16:11 NIV
You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.
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Exodus 33:14–15 NIV
The Lord replied, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” Then Moses said to him, “If your Presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here.

God doesn’t use perfect people, He uses present people.

John 1:14 NIV
The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

Being present with a kid gives them a picture of a Heavenly Father who is present and interested in them.

God doesn’t use perfect people, He uses present people.

Mark 10:13–16 NIV
People were bringing little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them, but the disciples rebuked them. When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” And he took the children in his arms, placed his hands on them and blessed them.
Matthew 19:13–15 NIV
Then people brought little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them and pray for them. But the disciples rebuked them. Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” When he had placed his hands on them, he went on from there.
In preschool, kids need you to show up so they know you.
In elementary years, kids need you to show up so they know you know them.
In middle school, kids need you to show up so they know you know them now.
In high school, kids need you to show up so they know you will be there when they need you.

God doesn’t use perfect people, He uses people willing to be present.

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