This month has been a tough month financially. January always has lots of “extra’s” for me. Vehicle registration… Cassanova’s annual shots… Fees for tax preparation… KSU Spring tuition these can easily total over $900. To add to the stress, my husband’s (bless his heart) job has not been giving him 40 hours a week. In fact he has averaged one day off a week until this week and it was two. Naturally, I begin to get worried. To put icing on the cake, our electricity bill came in from the two weeks of nonstop freezing temperatures at the tune of $192. (We had budgeted $100 in our monthly budget. For those of you who don’t do this it’s amazing!! If you want the low down on how to do this let me know, I’ll blog it! I paid off $20,000 doing this method.) My husband and I had overslept two weeks ago on a Sunday morning, so needless to say we didn’t make church. I was considering taking my tithe (which was $60 – this is important). My sister gently reminded me that it is the Lord’s money to begin with, that I need to still tithe. She also said I should remain faithful and believing that the Lord will provide my needs. (She nicely brought my own words to her to me in this instance. I always tell her God promises to provide what is needed, not necessarily what is wanted) 🙂 After thinking about it she was right. The Bible says:
Malachi 3:8 – THE MESSAGE
“Begin by being honest. Do honest people rob God? But you rob me day after day. “You ask, ‘How have we robbed you?’ “The tithe and the offering—that’s how! And now you’re under a curse —the whole lot of you—because you’re robbing me. Bring your full tithe to the Temple treasury so there will be ample provisions in my Temple. Test me in this and see if I don’t open up heaven itself to you and pour out blessings beyond your wildest dreams. For my part, I will defend you against marauders, protect your wheat fields and vegetable gardens against plunderers.” The Message of God-of-the-Angel-Armies.”
Malachi 3:10 – NEW AMERICA STANDARD VERSION
” Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, so that there may be food in My house, and test Me now in this,” says the LORD of hosts, “if I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you a blessing until it overflows.
So I gave double the next Sunday. $60 for the current week, and $60 for the previous week. My tuition for KSU was due Jan 19th. My bill was $318. When I logged on to pay it? Total due: $210. God had blessed me with saving $108 that I didn’t have to pay out!! That was money to go towards the electricity bill that had not been budgeted for. In the mail today, I randomly received a check from Well-Star (that had been sent to an address that I lived at over 1.5 years ago and been forwarded to my parents house) for $81. God had blessed me with an extra $189.
Moral of the blog? Give to God what is His and He will always take care of you in one way or another.
Luke 6:38 says, “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”
If you lean on the Lord for understand, listen and do as He commands. Otherwise, you will never truly be prepared and will fall and suffer with total loss.
46-47“Why are you so polite with me, always saying ‘Yes, sir,’ and ‘That’s right, sir,’ but never doing a thing I tell you? These words I speak to you are not mere additions to your life, homeowner improvements to your standard of living. They are foundation words, words to build a life on.48-49“If you work the words into your life, you are like a smart carpenter who dug deep and laid the foundation of his house on bedrock. When the river burst its banks and crashed against the house, nothing could shake it; it was built to last. But if you just use my words in Bible studies and don’t work them into your life, you are like a dumb carpenter who built a house but skipped the foundation. When the swollen river came crashing in, it collapsed like a house of cards. It was a total loss.”