For the past four and a half years we have been a one-income family so that I could stay at home with our kiddos. During this time, God has continued to provide through all of the ups and downs and seasons of need and abundance.
A little over two years ago, Ruben and I stepped out in faith and committed to giving above our tithe. It wasn’t a huge amount in respect to some people, I’m sure. However, it would be a stretch for us. But we knew God would continue to be faithful.
We were believing Him at His Word when He says in Malachi 3:10, “’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 there will not be room enough to store it.’” Though we were already tithing, we wanted to be obedient in what we sensed God calling us to do.
However, about six months had passed, and we had yet to give what we said we would. It wasn’t on purpose, but we weren’t being diligent in our commitment. After church one day, we both felt convicted that we needed to follow through. So we sat at the back of the church, holding hands and praying about how we should move forward.
If we gave all that we had committed to up to that point, it would basically be the entire amount of money we had in our bank account. Well, we would have had about fifteen dollars left until the next time we got paid.
“Maybe we should just give half of it now, and then half of it after payday,” we contemplated to each other.
Then we sat a little longer, both listening in the quietness of the sanctuary as people had already shuffled out.
“I don’t know. I feel like we should just trust God and give it all right now,” I said.
“Yeah?” Ruben replied. “I was thinking the same thing.”
I punched in the amount into my phone, and before hitting send, we prayed, “Okay, Lord, we are trusting You. We want to be obedient. Forgive us for taking this long. But we know You are the One who supplies our every need. You are Jehovah Jireh.”
From that moment until the following week, we only had fifteen dollars in our account. I logged into the online banking app the day we were supposed get paid. (By we, I mean Ruben. But we’re married…so it’s “we” hehe).
“Babe! Look at this!” I squealed in excitement. “Ah! God is so faithful!”
“What? What is it?” he asked.
“You got extra money in this pay check!”
“Yes! And it’s nearly the exact amount of what we gave last week!” I explained.
It instantly brought tears to my eyes to watch God work right in front of us. Out of all of the paychecks that could have been a little more than usual, it was this one. And not just a random amount, but almost to the dollar the amount of what we trusted God with!
We continued to give each month what we had committed to giving for two years. In that time, we received two different checks in the mail that were completely unexpected. Both at the exact time we really needed the money.
God is so faithful. It is such a beautiful thing to participate in what He is doing and then to watch Him be GOD in our lives. To watch Him come through, time and time again. To watch Him not only bless us but to use us to also bless others.