Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Thankful Thursday - May 27


Lynn over at Spiritually Unequal Marriage is hosting again this week. She's asked us to post about obedience, and boy, do I have an obedience post for you!

We've been struggling with the whole tithing issue for a while because of so many different factors, but mostly because of all of the medical bills we've come up against as well as high gas prices, high food prices, and low sales (hubby is on commission) for the winter months. It all puts a strain on finances and you have to wonder where to cut.

A few weeks ago our Bible study group delved into the tithing topic. My husband and I both came away determined that we would not cheat God - that is what the Bible says we do when we do not give back a portion of what He gives us. That portion is the first 10th of our income.

We've kept to our resolve - or is it God's resolve? Either way, we're being blessed. I've had more writing assignments these past two weeks than normal and better than average sales for my husband.

This week I'm thankful for:

  • The rain that has been coming down since yesterday. We were at extreme fire danger. My garden was not doing well. God is good.
  • People have been donating to the Mombasa mission trip and it's nothing short of amazing. We're confident that God is doing it all because in it all, He's receiving glory.
  • I'm always thankful for this - that old van keeps running. We're praying for a better car but until we get it, we're glad for what we have.
  • Friends - what would we do without them? I have so many good friends scattered everywhere that I feel rich and blessed.
  • I'm thankful for this - Thankful Thursdays and the opportunity to share my faith and joy with others.

12 comments:

Rocks said...

hi Rita! God really bless those who obey HIM :) Happy Thankful Thursday!

Mum-me said...

Tithing can be hard when there are so many other bills. You're lucky your husband agrees with you on the issue of giving to God.

Lynn said...

Hi Rita,

Wow, your words absolutely honor Jesus. I want to be like you when I grow up.

You faithfulness under such financial hardship is inspiring. Especially for me as my husband has been out of work now for five months.

Rita, thank you my friend. Have a blessed TT. Hugs.

SunshineofAutumnQuilts said...

Very inspiring words/thoughts today. Thank you. May our heavenly Father overflow your family cup of much blessing to come.

Tabitha in Bliss said...

Very uplifting words!

purplemoose said...

Once I figured out that God will take care of me, even if I tithe, . . . I've never considered not tithing. It has been an amazing thing for me. I have heard SO many amazing, miraculous stories of people who decided to tithe and didn't have enough money to last the month, and were blessed and cared for anyway! So, I'm glad for your blessings too!re

Mariposa said...

Nice post! You are surely blessed by God.
Happy TT!

Angela said...

I connected with you with the tithing. It's been very difficult lately, especially with Randy's unemployment checks not finished. Especially with my income also cut in half. I remember the week that his unemployment checks stopped, that Sunday I gave to the Lord (which wasn't mine anyway, right?, it's ALL His), and I thought,,'some would think I'm nuts, we have barely any money and I'm giving it away? God though does the supernatural, the miraculous,,)

thanks for sharing,,and encouraging me to give give give....

Denise said...

Fantastic thankful post.

Auntie Q said...

It's amazing how God works when we obey Him. And when we don't. :) Our God is an awesome God!

Debbie said...

I think this is my first visit to your blog and I'm glad I stopped by. You have such a thankful heart and I love that you give God all the glory.

hip chick said...

What a beautiful and inspiring thankful Thursday post.