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Poverty can cause brain issues in kids.

Posted on 9/2/2019 by Greg Yoder

A recent study by researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis suggests if you’re poor, your children are more likely to suffer from depression and not do as well in school. The report says the stress of being poor is the cause, creating real brain connectivity issues. Does that mean poor families are out of luck? Absolutely not! If you find yourself in this situation, there’s always hope. Train your kids in the Lord. That will foster an environment to promote wholeness despite the poverty. It’ll shield them from the stresses of life because of your strength found in Jesus. Scripture speaks to this. James 1:5 says, “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously” (ESV). 

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Suggested Reading: James 1:5

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