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Kids and Money: The Power of Giving
September 9, 2011

We get asked a lot how we manage money matters with our kids. One of the most important things is that we teach our kids to tithe on the money they've earned helping out with our business. That comes off the top. You give God the first 10 percent, and then after that you have to be really wise about how you're going to spend your money.

Because our church is not a building in itself (we meet in homes), we don't have the overhead that other churches might have with the expenses of having a congregation that pays for the building and the lighting and the electrical, and so on and so forth.

So sometimes our fellowship will take up an offering for missionaries or give to the needs of a widow or someone else who is need of help. But sometimes the children will set aside that 10 percent and then pray about where God wants them to give it, and they may anonymously give money to someone or some place they know has a need, or they may put it together with some of the other kids or with our family and we may give it as a love offering to a family. It may be through our church, or it could be something God lays on our heart, a need that we've seen somewhere.

And often it's anonymously given. We usually will share with the children when God lays something on my heart or my husband's Jim Bob's heart, or the children will come to us individually and say, "I've really been praying about this. What do you think if I give money to this need?" 

It's about realizing it all belongs to Him anyway, and he just wants us to honor and obey, and so there's a joy in being able to give back. God says in his Word, it is more blessed to give than to receive. And when you get the joy of giving there is that feeling of knowing that you've done what you really believe God wants you to do.

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