Happy Friday! I made it through my first week back and work!
(that’s a huge accomplishment for me considering I’ve been out for 6 weeks)
“Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the LORD Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it.” – Malachi 3:10
My hubby came and surprised me with a lunch date today which really made my day soar! He is blessed to be out frolicking around today and decided to spend some of his time with me! ♥♥♥
We conversed on how blessed we are to have jobs, have income and checked in with each other on our goals, targets and entrepreneurial focus/plan. We will always remember what we have overcome.
Today we had to discuss bills, assess our financial metrics/goals and go over budgets. Yeay, fun……says NO ONE ever! LOL But its something I really look forward to and feel is rewarding because there was a time we didn’t do our finances together. We didn’t work together on our money. Lesson learned. So for me, its another victory in our marriage and our life that we have overcome.
I have a confession to make, we are not the perfect in our finances..BUT we are smart enough to seek council of those wiser than us for advice, planning and guidance.
Even though I predominantly handle the management and execution of our finances we absolutely work together to make decisions and set goals and plans for our money. We do not have separate accounts, we do not have “hidden” money or credit cards. We are open, honest and transparent about all of our finances and we are as one in all accords.
About a year ago we invested our time and money into taking Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University. My oh my how this 1 class changed our marriage, our finances and our financial minds! What an amazing class and a wealth of knowledge to consume! I highly recommend it to everyone!
Not only in the bible but in this class the obedience of tithing is taught. The meaning of tithing is illustrated and the importance/sincerity of tithing is defined.
“Honor the LORD with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops.” – Proverbs 3:9
We haven’t always been tithers and we haven’t always been consistent in our tithing. We’ve had financial struggles, made horrible financial decisions, experienced multiple job loss, house sales/purchase, leases, family, borrowing, lending, debt, things in our names, credit issues, you name it we have gone through it financially. And although I have always known that tithing is purposed and required I managed our money by what I thought was priority at the time, and I just couldn’t quite comprehend how giving 10% of our money to God could help us when we were barely making it, struggling or trying to get caught up. But, one thing we always reflected on was the fact that God has always provided for us; God has always blessed us during the times of consistent tithing in our lives and things were always better.
I’ve been working since I was 14, head down and climbing the ladder. Worked the entire time while earning my degree and have carried on my father’s hard working character with crazy ambition and drive. I come from a single parent household with additional siblings and have truly learned the value of hard work. My husband and I have differences in our upbringings and families but one common thing we have through finances is the obedience of tithing. You reap what you sow. Literally.
“The LORD sends poverty and wealth; he humbles and he exalts.” – 1 Samuel 2:7
We tithe, we tithe consistently. We give our first fruits, our 10% to God. We have learned our lesson. God has humbled us. We have lost everything, began rebuilding and lost everything again. We have taken control of our finances and our decisions and we are learning to make the right choices. So, when “bill time” comes up there is never a question that the first line item is our tithes. Its the first thing we automatically pay through our church’s app and send that ACH right on through to God. Sometimes we look at the figure and we think “wow, God is good, he provides for us so that we are able to give back.” We are in the best financial mindset than we have ever been before.
Blessings upon blessing upon blessings continue to pour into our home in our financial bucket. No, we aren’t millionaires and we don’t own a yacht. Not yet. But we are able to tithe, to pay our bills, to put money towards becoming debt free and to live like we choose to. In the beginning of 2015 God saw fit for Ryan and I to be pushed into new career opportunities at the same exact time! Whheeewww! I was nerve wracked for all of 2.5 seconds but then I remembered God’s promises and his previous works in our lives and I knew that everything would be okay. We haven’t missed tithing even during our storms or our struggles. We always make sure to give God what is his. This isn’t our money, this is God’s money, this is his job. We are just here to steward what he has given us.
“Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” – Hebrews 13:5
I could fill a gigantic book with all the financial blessings God has given us and I know that although we are still learning to have the financial wisdom needed we know that it all begins with honoring God and bringing the first to him. We know we may have struggles at some point and time again in our lives but we are sowing the seeds we need to reap the harvest when its time. We are making the financial decisions now that will provide us with blessings in the future.
We know that God has called that we are the head and not the tail, we are to have blessed lives and not struggle. God doesn’t tell us to be broke and without. He wants us to have exceedingly and abundantly more than we can ever imagine. But we cannot love money more than we love him.
“For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.” – 1 Timothy 6:10
Thank God for ACH and technology that way I don’t have to mail a check! And, I’m still secretly dreaming of owning a small Caribbean island to retire on!