Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Spiritual One

I'm not usually the type that would post something like this on my blog, I'm not sure why either. Anyway, this is the kind of story that you would read about in a magazine. Most likely The Ensign, or something similar.



So David and I decided awhile ago that we would follow the counsel to pay our tithing. Tithing is in the Bible, it's everywhere. I was going to delve into some stuff I would pretend to know but instead I'll just use my own words. However, I will have you know that I did some extensive research on the topic of tithing and I can prove to you that it is a commandment of the Lord. Go ahead, fight with me. If you know me though, I don't do something just because I'm told. I HAVE to figure it out for myself. Tithing is one of the few commandments I haven't struggled with understanding. It's simple. God gives us everything. He has asked that we give only 10 percent back to Him. It makes sense. To each his or her own. If you are rich, you give 10 percent, if you are poor, you give 10 percent. I've been the recepient of the blessings of other peoples tithing which I think is why I have such a testimony.

I remember when I was younger and my mom was working 2 or 3 jobs to support my sisters and I and we got food from the storehouse of the church. I think that actually comes from fast offerings. Anyway, if it wasn't for that, we would probably have starved. That may be a little dramatic but it is such a blessing to be a part of something so wonderful.

David and I have struggled these last few months to keep up on paying our tithing. It wasn't that we didn't want to give, it was really a matter of forgetfulness. So by the end of the month, we were out of money. Literally. We had a yard sale and decided that all the money we made would go to tithing. We desperately needed that money (I think we had less than $20 in our bank account). On Sunday we stuffed our $98.00 cash into an envelope and handed it in. It was a relief to give back, but kind of a stress because we didn't know how we would get through.

The next Tuesday I was cleaning up the house, specifically around the computer desk. Guess what I stumbled upon? A hundred dollar bill. I know right? Stumbled upon a hundred dollar bill you say? Yes. That's what I said. I couldn't believe it and neither could David. Some would call this luck, or something similar but I call it a gift from God. That hundred dollar bill kept our bank account above zero (barely) until we were able to get paid again. How thankful I am. Really. I don't think it was coincidence at all. Maybe on another day, in another week, sure. But at that moment, I knew we had been blessed.

Things like this have happened to me before. I think that is why the law of tithing is so easy for me. I have seen the blessings of it and I am grateful for that. Anyway, this is more of a serious post but I haven't been able to stop thinking about it.

That's all for now.

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