As all of you in blog world know- Spencer lost his job back at the beginning of January and we've been a single-income household ever since (we're completing 2 months of living this way). It's been challenging, frustrating, embarrassing, and emotional. We've learned where we can cut back and we've learned things we can do ourselves.
We have prayed (a lot), we've shared our burden with others (thanks small group), and we've continued to rely on God. Several years back Spencer and I were attending Calvary Christian Church and the pastor did a series on tithing. I distinctly remember him interviewing a guy that was about my age now. This guy talked about how early in his marriage he had lost his job. He and his wife made a commitment to continue to tithe even when they weren't sure if they'd actually be able to pay all of their bills. He referenced Micah 3:10 which says: 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.
Ever since then I've done all I could to tithe. So when Spencer lost his job, we continued to tithe. And there have been times that we weren't sure how we were going to pay our bills. And specific people have been gracious to provide for us.
This last week we were blessed beyond belief by a series of different events. First of all we received a tax refund check. Get this- it wasn't from the 2010 tax year, it was from the 2009 tax year. Apparently we'd overpaid them by a significant chunk of change and we're just now getting reimbursed for it. Spencer also has a STRONG lead on a job offered by a gentleman from church. We're in the process of selling some things we've had in our garage FOREVER, and my family was so kind to send some gift cards for us to use for Valentine's day so we were able to treat ourselves to a date.
I suppose not everyone would view this the same way I do, but I can't help but to see God's fingerprints all over this. I truly believe that these blessings are a testimony to tithing even in difficult times. I believe God has honored us by following his command to tithe.
Praising God for many blessings this week!