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6 Smart Ways to Save Money This Christmas

Feeling a bit pinched for cash this season? I’ve got you covered. All six of these methods have been personally tried by me and have helped give me more peace of mind about my holiday spending.

Can a Stay-at-Home Mom Have a Say in the Budget?

A clear call from the Lord to leave corporate America to be at home with my girls left me feeling unsure about how to engage in our family's budget. Would I completely lose all financial freedom now that I didn't have income-producing work?

4 Budget-Friendly Summer Activities for the Family

As parents, we can become defeated because of what we can’t offer, but consider what you can offer your children. The gift of time is priceless in comparison to an expensive outing. Enjoy each other as summer winds down!

How to Avoid the Most Common Fights about Money

Whatever the situation is in your home, finances bring a unique set of challenges. We have to know how to avoid the common things that drag us into financial disagreements that cause discord in our marriages.

3 Easy Ways to Encourage Generosity in Your Kids

“Mine.” I didn’t have to teach my children this word. It entered their vocabulary and their hearts on its own. And I didn’t have to teach my children to be selfish. Their tight-fisted nature was already there. As a parent, you’ve likely had an identical experience.We serve an incredibly generous God. In the well-referenced verse, John 3:16, we read “For God loved the world in this way: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life (CSB).” This act showcases the unfathomable generosity of our God.As believers, we want to see this generosity reflected in the lives of our children because we know Proverbs 22:6—"Start a youth out on his way; even when he grows old he will not depart from it (CSB).” But how do we do this? The goal often seems daunting and complex, one more item on our parenting “to-do” list.Encouraging generosity in your kids doesn’t need to be daunting and complex. Sometimes, it is a simple as pointing out the demonstrations of generosity occurring right in front of you, talking about them, and then connecting them to the generosity of our God. These demonstrations of generosity can come from you, those around you, or even your children. So here are three easy ways to encourage generosity in your kids:
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Biblical Economics & Finance: The Bible On Money & Saving

While money comes with inherent temptations and dangers, it’s also an area in which we can demonstrate our trust in God and do much good in the world. For this to happen, it helps to have a clear biblical view of money, wealth creation, and economics; this view, in turn, frames and prompts us toward sound, principle-based decisions that are sensible, knowledgeable and not hasty.

What True Prospering Looks Like

Seek with a heart desperate for things, plans, future more than a house, money, shopping spree, shiny car, dream job, Pinterest perfect family...seek with a heart flat out desperate for Jesus Himself.

Budgeting Is about Having More

If you’re not crazy about the idea of using a budget, you’re not alone. Many people think of a budget as something you go on like a diet.

8 Ways to Trust God When Money Is Tight

Wouldn’t it be nice if having a relationship with God meant never having to worry or stress about money again?Actually, that’s possible. But not because God fills our bank account with money when we surrender our lives to Him. Like with every aspect of our lives, God wants a relationship with us in which we are dependent on Him, and trusting Him with all that we have. He wants us to keep Himas our God, not what we have or what we’d like to have.My husband and I have lived on a small church pastor’s salary for nearly 30 years – including a few years in which my husband supported our family on a couple of minimum-wage paying jobs. I can honestly tell you that God has alwaysprovided everything we have needed and so much of what we’ve wanted.Based on three decades of seeing God come through for my family financially, here are “10 Ways to Trust God When Money is Tight.”Photo courtesy:©Getty/urbazon

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