Friday, December 31, 2010
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.