What We’re Learning: THIN GREEN LINE – June 2020 There is a thin green line between our hearts and our money. One of the five marks of a disciple at Hope is giving generously to God who gave us everything. When we give money, whether to a person in need, an organization, or the local…

Holly Crawshaw Thanks to Covid-19, most of us have been spending more time at home than ever before. I’m a mom to three girls, and if your house is anything like mine has been lately, you’ve also added “Professional Referee” to the top of your parent-job description. My girls will fight over anything. Whose popsicle…

Reggie Joiner This is going to sound strange, but I do wonder sometimes if God got it backwards when it comes to parenting. I’m not really questioning God’s wisdom, so don’t respond with a super-spiritual answer to correct my logic, just let me think out loud for a few minutes. Why did I start out…

*The following is excerpted from an online article posted on PsychCentral. While financial education stresses the importance of earning and saving, new research shows that one of the most valuable lessons parents can teach their children about money is how to appropriately give it away. Led by University of Arizona researcher Ashley LeBaron, the study…

Posted by Jon Acuff | Restaurants are one of the greatest places to teach your kids honesty. Amusement parks are good, too. A movie theater will work in a pinch as well. How? What do those three things have in common? Age restrictions. Restaurant menus, amusement parks, and movie theaters are all places that will…

  *The following is excerpted from an online article posted on Reuters.   Injuries to a critical ligament in the knee are becoming more common in children and teens, researchers warn.   Injuries to the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) “are a significant public health issue” that put youngsters at risk for developing future health problems,…

My husband and I both work full time in ministry. We are the proud parents of two teenagers. Often, as a family, we are pulled in different directions. Sports, jobs, theatre practice, music lessons, church events, and so on. We get caught up in all we have to do; all of the people that need…

  *The following is excerpted from an online article posted on CNBC.   Piggy banks might be on the endangered species list, yet your kids still need to learn about money. They’re handling a lot of it.   Kids ages 4 to 14 received an average $454 in allowance over the course of 2017, in…

  I remember the moment I became a mother.   It was early Sunday morning. Still dark outside. My brain was groggy. Exhausted. A million things were running through my head but the loudest was “SLEEP.” I had to wait just a little longer until I could wrap myself back up in my warm bed….

Posted by Jon Acuff | Blog, Widen The Circle | 6 | I like to think I am a brave parent, right up until the moment I actually have to be brave. I talk a good game, know most of the buzz words and occasionally act like I have a few things figured out. All…

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