I wrote this testimony two years ago. It is so good to go back and see the good things the Lord has done!
I was raised on the principle of giving 10% of my income to God. I have godly parents who instilled that in my sister and I from early childhood. Whatever we earned, we gave 10% back to God. My husband was not raised this way. I wanted to tithe, but he couldn’t see how we could afford it. So I started out with small amounts. I would put $25 in the plate. Every year I would ask him if I could put more in. As he saw the faithfulness of God, he agreed and every year we went up about $25 a paycheck, until he was convicted to tithe 10% of his income to the Lord. God was not done yet. As we continued to read God’s Word, he showed us that He wanted us to start giving our “first fruits”. This was a stretch for us! Ten percent before taxes? That was a lot of money! Especially, when we had 3 young children. But we were faithful to this and started to give. Boy, did God prove Himself faithful!
Five years ago we were about $8,000 in debt from student loans, credit cards, and a home equity loan combined. We had worked hard to pay off our vehicles, but still had this debt hanging over our heads. We were living in a 926 square foot house with three children and wanted to move. We put our house up for sale after finding (we thought) the house of our dreams. That house was lost to us because we didn’t sell our house in time. We felt the Lord telling us to take it off of the market and to focus paying off our debt. He told us He would provide for us. Even though that house was small and I was pregnant with our 4th child, I experienced a spirit of contentment like I’d never had had before. When Andrew was born, we really got serious about paying off our debt. In one year, God enabled us to pay off $20,000 of debt! Our debt had gone up because we had to purchase a vehicle that would fit all of us. Some people might ask us, “Did you stop tithing during that year, so that you could pay more toward your debt?” The answer is, “NO!” We did not stop tithing. We continued to give first fruits, and God BLESSED us!
After paying off our debt, God moved us into a 4 bedroom house that has tons of room! He doubled our space both inside and outside!
Since we started tithing our first fruits here are just a few things that God has provided for us.
A larger house
two paid off vehicles
$5,000 worth of homeschool curriculum for just $250
a brand new mattress
A trundle bed
A play structure
A nice computer desk
A miniature horse
Clothes, clothes and more clothes!
A $250 pool for $25
Unexpected checks in the mail to pay unexpected bills
These are just a few I can remember from the top of my head! Believe me, there are more!
Put your fear aside, trust God to do more than you think He can.
"Show me your way , oh Lord, teach me Your paths; guide me in Your truth and teach me for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in You all day long." -Psalm 25:4-5 My Mission for this BLOG is to bring glory to God as I share what He is teaching me as I raise my children for Him. I want to encourage mothers all around the world to hang in there! Motherhood is tough, challenging and gritty. But through Christ's strength and the support of other moms who are in the trenches, I will keep pressing towards the goal to raise Godly children. Please feel free to leave comments. It blesses me so much! You can also email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
I am a Stay-At-Home mother of six children. We LOVE having a large family. My first love, is Christ and the Words of the Bible. My passion is to teach my children about the Lord. I love to watch my children discover their own faith in God. My husband has been a firefighter for over 20 years and is now an officer. I am very proud of him. I long to be a Titus 2 woman who encourages other women to love their husbands and children and to thrive in their homes, not just survive.
The noblest calling in the world is that of a mother. True motherhood is the most beautiful of all arts, the greatest of all professions. She who can paint a masterpiece or who can write a book that will influence millions deserves the plaudits and admiration of mankind; but she who rears successfully a family of healthy, beautiful sons and daughters whose immortal souls will be exerting an influence throughout the ages long after paintings shall have faded, and books and statues shall have been destroyed, deserves the highest honor that man can give. -David O. McKay Motherhood is the one thing in all the world which most truly exemplifies the God-given virtues of creating and sacrficing. Though it carries the woman close to the brink of death, motherhood also leads her into the very realm of the fountians of life and makes her co-partner with the Creator in bestowing upon eternal spirits mortal life. -David O McKay We can't form our children on our own concepts; we must take them and love them as God gives them to us. -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Lo, children are a heritage of the Lord; and the fruit of the womb is his reward. -Psalm 127:3 The mother's heart is the child's schoolroom -Henry Ward Beecher The art of mothering is to teach the art of living to children. -Elaine Heffner People who say they sleep like babies usually don't have them. -Leo J. Burke
To be a mother is a woman's greatest vocation in life. She is a partner with God. No being has a position of such power and influence. She holds in her hands the destiny of nations, for to her comes the responsibility and opportunity of molding the nation's citizens. -Spencer W. Kimball