Raising kids to have godly values about money is tough. Not only are parents battling an extremely materialistic society, but godly principles about money require a delicate balance.
For example, everything we have belongs to God and is a blessing from Him. (James 1:17) We also need to take good care of our blessings and give generously back to God through helping others and direct donations to God’s work. (II Corinthians 9:7) We need to work hard in our jobs. (Colossians 3:23) We shouldn’t be obsessed with money, especially to the point where it replaces God. (I Timothy 6:10) And on and on.
It seems like a lot to teach a kid who is just learning to tell the difference between a dime and a quarter! Yet, if your children don’t learn how to be good stewards of their money, they will suffer a lot of negative, real life consequences. Poor money management will also tempt them to reject giving money to God or to serve others, but to keep it for themselves and what they want instead.
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If you have ever moved somewhere you weren’t really excited to live, you understand how sad and lonely it can make you feel. Any move – no matter excited you may be about it – can be full of challenges. If you are a Christian, you may find yourself questioning why God is asking you to live in this place instead of where life was more settled or in a place where you just know you would have been happier.
The new book Love Where You Live by Shauna Pilgreen challenges readers to look at where they are living. She argues God places us where we live, because He has good works He has planned for us to do in that location. Rather than viewing your current home as a trial that must be endured, she tries to encourage you to look at it more as a challenging adventure with God.
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Most Christian parents probably know they should be teaching their kids about God and what He wants from them and for them. The best way to do that is from the Bible – the collection of what God wants us to know. We have made the Bible such an intimidating book though, many parents truly believe they aren’t qualified to teach the Bible to their children.
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Have you ever made what you thought was a simple choice – only to find out later your decision touched your life in more ways than you realized it would? That’s a problem many people have with making consistently wise, godly choices – they only consider the immediate results of that one decision. Teaching your children a decision can have a ripple effect that goes far beyond what they imagined is an essential lesson – especially for children being raised in Christian homes.
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Full confession. I was scarred by someone giving me a copy of His Needs, Her Needs to read right before my wedding! As a result, I tend to be a bit cynical when it comes to marriage books. They are often too theoretical for the average person, or seem to assume your marriage is just in need of a few tiny tweaks.
The problem is many marriages were built on ignorance more than anything. A handful of people were blessed to grow up in homes where their parents had strong, healthy Christian marriages. Everyone else may have a rough idea of what not to do, but that doesn’t mean their choices are any more godly or healthy.
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