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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Should I Tithe While Getting Out of Debt?

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If you haven't yet, make sure you read the Pre-show, to know where I'm coming from.   Again as I said in that post, I will give you some food for thought in these posts, but I won't attempt to answer this question for you.  I will just be giving you my experience.

There isn't any money!

When we were first married, we barely made any money.  Every penny we made was needed just for necessities.  There was no money for tithing when we did the budget.  The thought was that when we made more money and could afford it, we'd tithe.

When we finally started making more money, we tithed for a month or two.  Our lifestyle changed along with that money and we needed every penny again.  So we stopped tithing.  This pattern continued for the next 8 years of marriage.

Convicted!

Finally about 4 years ago, God convicted us.  No matter what, we needed to tithe first and then pay everything else.  We weren't supposed to pay our tithe from what was left after the bills.  I was under the impression that God would bless us if we tithed faithfully.  He did, just not how I imagined it.

Four months after we started faithfully tithing that our world fell apart.  Our income was drastically cut.  However, we held firm and continued tithing.  We started the Total Money Makeover that same fall.  There were many months that mathematically we shouldn't have been able to pay for everything, but we did.  We never missed a payment, in fact we even paid off little bits of debt.

God is Faithful!
 
Our income still fluctuates and there are periods of time that look bleak, but God has been faithful through it all.  I know one day we will be blessed beyond measure for being faithful, but we're still waiting for the beyond measure, although impatiently, on my part, at times;)

Throughout all this I've learned a valuable lesson.  Money is an area that is really hard for me to give up.  By giving up my first 10% to God, I'm showing God, He is in charge of me and my life.

I'm really good with math and I love playing with the numbers, but God plays with them too!  He makes a math nerd like me shake my head.  Especially on a bad month, when the end of the month comes and we've had enough!  Or that there's a little left in the checking account that wasn't supposed to be there!  I go through all the numbers and can't find an explanation, beyond GOD!

When we tithe, we are putting God first.  To give it away to someone else, before giving to ourselves.  Jesus was even more selfless than that.  He even gave his life to us, so that we could live.  The reason God asks us to tithe, isn't because He needs our money.  He wants us to tithe because He wants us to be givers like Jesus.  When we become givers our personality changes and we become a little less selfish.  That's the reason God asks us to tithe.  For our good!

Tithing even through rough spots Works For MeThis post is linked to 30 Minute Blog Challenge and Frugal Friday.

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11 comments:

Stephanie - My Frugal Lifestyle said...

Thanks for the link up! Hope you have a wonderful week :)

Angela said...

So not only at church this month have I been feeling led to really set tithing as a priority, but now here too! Thanks for your perspective, because I think we always say, When times are better. But it's about my heart, serving my God! Now if I can get my hubby on board.

Visiting from Steady Mom

Lori @ Couponomic Stimulus Package said...

Angela, I hope you can come to a decision you are both comfortable with. Remember God will love you NO MATTER WHAT!

I love what you said about it being "about my heart, serving my God!" That sums it up so nicely.

busy mom said...

Awesome and praise to the Lord Jesus!

Jamie @ I Am A Money Magnet said...

I whole heartedly agree with your post. God is faithful! Tithing has been a priority in our budget since my husband and I have been married. I am AMAZED at how God has met our needs and how much we've been able to save. Sure, we could have newer cars or a bigger house if weren't tithing 10% of our income, but when I really stop to think about it we are incredibly blessed to have the cars we have and a roof over our head! Besides, none of those things will matter in the end anyway!! I like knowing that I'm investing my money in more eternal things. :)

Lori @ Couponomic Stimulus Package said...

busy mom & Jamie, Thanks so much for your kind words! Jamie, your words are so very true, we are very blessed! I have heard Dave Ramsey say that if you can't learn to live on 90% of your income you can't learn to live on 100% either!

Tina said...

I agree! My view of money changed drastically and so did our finances after we listened to this sermon from Mark Driscoll-
http://www.marshillchurch.org/media/proverbs/tithes-and-offerings
It was not only convicting, but really helped us understand the biblical view of money and tithing.
Look forward to reading more of your blog!

Jelli Bean said...

I completely agree that tithing should happen whether it´s comfortable, or really painful. My husband and I don´t have much income, but since I´ve been a teen I have tithed. God comes through, and rewards faithfulness in often the most surprising ways. Generosity is always rewarded.

Grace Wheeler said...

Great post and thanks for letting me know about your link up here!

Kimberly said...

We also pay a tithe on our income, no matter what. I have always been amazed at the multitude of blessings that have been poured out upon us for doing so. The promise of Malachi has come to us in ways we couldn't have imagined: "Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it" - Malachi 3:10

shopannies said...

I enjoyed reading your post and even if we give a small amount it is still tithing our part I always remember the story of the tithing of the widow

 
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