I have just one more story to share! I'm a little hesitant to share it, but a few weeks ago I was looking for stories like this because I desperately needed the encouragement. Thankfully I found some! So I'm only sharing my story to encourage you and to prove that God is real and that He does indeed keep His promises.
In my last story I shared how the month of March was very stressful financially. Well, in the thick of this I learned to tithe!
Before then I had just left that up to my husband as he manages the majority of our money. (I just manage the money that I use--like groceries, clothes etc.)
Do you ever have the fear that if you give something away you won't have enough left for yourself?
I definitely had this fear, and God convicted me about it. But to start giving away 10 percent when we were so tight? It seemed a bit ridiculous!
But after our tightest week, I decided to start putting aside ten percent of all money that came into my (household) bank account. I will add that I was already having less put into this account so that we had more to put into The Little Haven. So you can understand my doubts and fears. I made this decision with much fear and trembling and after a few weeks of thinking and praying about it!
I wrote these three verses in my journal and decided to put them to the test.
Proverbs 3:9-10 Honour the LORD with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase:
So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine.
Malachi 3:10 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.
Luke 6:38 Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.
The Biblical principle is not "Give and you will run out." It's Give and it will be given unto you!" There are many stories in the Bible that prove this truth. And yet I still have trouble believing it sometimes.
As I shared in my last story, God provided amazingly the money we needed for the building.
A few days ago, I went to check the mail and I found a fat envelope from an anonymous person. When I opened it, out fell $500 worth of gift vouchers. $300 worth was for Countdown, the supermarket I shop from!
Wow! I actually cried! Those Countdown vouchers had huge significance for me. It was God's confirmation that his promises and principles are true!
Those vouchers were more than triple what I had tithed!