A Video to Get Your Kids Excited about Operation Christmas Child

(Inside: Teach your kids to give with a grateful heart.)  My son handed me the worn Target ad, its edges crinkled from fingers paging through it. Giant, uneven circles enclosed shiny transformers, expensive video games, and the epic Star Wars Millennium Falcon Lego set. I squeezed his shoulders, “Looks like you put a lot of time Read More

Teach Your Kids to Give Using the Once-a-Month Strategy (Conclusion)

(Inside: Teach your kids to give from the heart using the once-a-month strategy.)   I didn’t want our family’s Once-a-Month journey of daily showing God’s love in tangible ways to be the parents’ journey – I wanted my kids to be ALL IN too.    This month, we encouraged our kids to listen to their Read More

Teach Your Kids to Give Using the Once-a-Month Strategy (August)

(Inside: How to teach your kids to give from the heart using the once-a-month giving strategy.)  I didn’t want to give this month. Our leaky bathroom stole all our money and now giving is dead to me. This once-a-month journey to better share God’s love by giving and serving others more – dumb idea.  (If Read More

Teach Your Kids to Give Using the Once-a-Month Strategy (July)

(Inside: How to teach your kids to give from the heart using the once-a-month giving strategy.)    This month my friend was running a half-marathon and to raise money to provide clean water for people in Africa. Her kids and mine are friends, so when I told my boys what their friend’s mom was doing we were totally in for contributing and praying for her. She Read More

Teach Your Kids to Give Using the Once-a-Month Strategy (June)

(Inside: How to teach your kids to give from the heart using the once-a-month giving strategy.   This month of giving made me shake my head and laugh.    It reminded me of my 3-year-old’s last birthday.  We’d put thought and effort into buying him nice new toys and then as an afterthought, I also picked Read More

Teach Your Kids to Give Using the Once-a-Month Strategy (May)

“If our church body disappeared instantly, would our community notice?”    The pastor’s question caught in my throat.   He continued, “As a church, do we pay attention to God’s calling of giving and serving those in the community around us?  Does our church reflect God’s love and provision in our community?  Do we just talk the Read More

Teach Your Kids to Give Using the Once-a-Month Strategy (April)

“Stuff” sucks us all in, doesn’t it?   Yes, kids, you do need one more lego set to add to the one million you already have. And I think those new pair of shoes are calling my name… (Then all the complaining when it’s time to pick up…but no, we’ don’t have too much stuff…) Read More

Teach Your Kids to Give Using the Once-a-Month Strategy (March)

(Inside: How to teach your kids to give from the heart.)   Our family has been working on sharing Jesus’ love by giving and serving more.  If you want to read the start of our journey and why we decided to do this, click here.   I had in my head what I wanted to Read More

Teach Your Kids to Give Using the Once-a-Month Strategy (February)

Every time I walk into work, every day I’m met with Gandhi’s words: “Be the change you want to see in the world.” As a family, that is what we are working on – but, we are more specifically trying to be the change that we want to see in ourselves. We are striving to better follow Read More

Teach Your Kids to Give Using the Once-a-Month Strategy (January)

(Inside: Teach your kids to give from the heart using the once-a-month strategy.) I kept hearing about Feed My Starving Children.  It seems like everyone around here has helped pack food – except us. My neighbor knows our family is on a “giving and serving more” journey, so when her church decided to sign up for a Read More

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