My husband and I have been going through some difficult times financially since our move. I had started down a new career path, and he was finally getting back into the swing of things with his job. Then we found out we were going to have a baby. We were so excited!
Everything was going great until morning sickness or ALL DAY sickness kicked in. I was miserable and couldn’t continue to work. That has hurt us badly. We were already living paycheck to paycheck, just barely covering our bills and living on credit for other necessities.
One payday, I was sitting down figuring out the bills and noticed we had exactly enough money to pay our bills if we didn’t tithe. I became weak and decided to pay the bills without first talking to my husband. After telling him, he became upset that I wasn’t strong enough with my faith to know that God would provide for us. There was nothing I could do about it now.
For the next two weeks, I kept hearing our pastor talk about tithing out of obedience and stealing from God. It was really weighing on me. When the next payday came around, I sat in front of my computer, prayed to the Lord for forgiveness for what I had done and asked him to help bless our financial situation.
This time I tithed first. Then, I went on to pay all our bills, and I realized that we still had money left over to live on. I thought, “Wow! He heard my prayer.” That same day, I had a wonderful lady come clean my house; since I have been so sick, it hadn’t been cleaned in months.
She worked so hard all day and after she was done, I pulled out some cash to pay her and she wouldn’t accept it. She told me that this was the first time ever that she felt the Lord was telling her to do this for free. I argued with her to take the money because she had worked so hard and I couldn’t allow her to take no payment.
After all my trying to convince her to take my money, I gave in. I couldn’t go against what she was saying was God’s will for her. After all of this, I have still been praying and God has still been obviously answering my prayers. I could still go on just in the last few weeks of prayers that He has answered.
“What other nation is so great as to have their gods near them the way the LORD our God is near us whenever we pray to him?”
-Deuteronomy 4:7 (NIV)
“Lord, I thank You that I can come straight to You, Father, with my needs and worries. I’m thankful that I have learned to listen when You speak to me with Your answers. Please continue to help me with strengthening my faith and putting all my trust with . . .”