Giving and Tithing (when you don't make a dime!)
How do you tithe, when you don't make any money?
Let me back up...I have always been raised a tither. I have seen my parents and family blessed our entire lives, because of my parent's faithful decision to tithe-no matter the income. Once I started my teaching job I realized that being "raised" a tither doesn't make you one. But, I chose to take God's command to heart and do it for my own reasons. I got paid-I paid 10% back to the church. Pretty easy.
Jump ahead to now. I have been a stay-at-home mama for a year and a half. Except for the short time I made money running my Etsy shop I have been without income. Of course we pay tithe on Brett's income and have seen unexpected blessing upon blessing because of it! However, continuing to be a giver was something that remained on my heart. And I didn't feel like I could give as easily, without my 10% check to write. I began to ask God for ways to give.
Over time God has creatively answered that prayer. Can I just say it feels so good to give back to my heavenly Father, when I have been give so much?
As I'm learning to listen to God daily on this subject...here's what I've heard.
- The huge giveaway you won on someone else's blog recently? Give some of the items away and spread some joy to someone else.
- Your big house? Use it for welcoming others in, not to hide away from the world.
- Your hobbies and time? Use them to serve others, not just yourself.
- Your listening ear? Be generous in helping others with struggles you've already overcome.
the list continues! Daily God is filling my "Giving Tank" with new ideas.!
What are some of your own??