I came to BCF when I was attending Celebrate Recovery in 2005. I fell in love with the people and became a member. I dove in and started serving in the cookie ministry, Celebrate Recovery, painting murals and planting plants. I am a single Mom of three boys and one girl. I just finished earning a bachelor’s degree in psychology at the age of 55 and am in the process of becoming a Licensed Drug Counselor. I celebrate 14 years of victory over drug addiction.
“For God loves a person who gives cheerfully. And God will generously provide
all you need. Then you will always have everything you need, and plenty left over
to share with others.” - 2 Corinthians 9:7 (New Living Translation)
When I first read about the Macedonians, I identified with them. They were poor, and I am poor. They were generous in their giving even though they were poor. They had faith that God would provide for them. They stepped out in faith and tithed and it was returned to them and then some.
I put this to the test in 2011 and started tithing and included an extra $1 offering to the Build Our Home fund. It was a scary thing to do when I needed shoes for my son and was never able to fill up my gas tank. I often relied on help with my rent from my Mom and barely got other bills paid. I ignored the fear that tempted to swell in my heart, and instead sealed my money in the envelope with a smile and a happy heart.
One day after I gave my tithe of about $60.00, financial miracles started happening. One of my neighbors paid me an extra $10.00 for a cake that I made for them. I received an extra $147.00 in my snap benefits. A family member I had not heard from in months sent me $70.00, and when I tried to pay my Dad $40.00 that I owed him, he told me to keep it.
I made a list of my income for the month and found that I had $277.00 of unexpected income! My tithe for the previous month was $60.00. That’s over four times the amount that I gave. I was able to fill up my gas tank for the first time in months. I had honored God by tithing and He was pleased. “Honor the Lord with your wealth.” (Proverbs 3:9, NLT) He proved to me that He would provide ALL my needs. “And God will generously provide all you need.” (2 Corinthians 9:8, NLT) I continue to tithe and regularly receive what I consider to be financial miracles. No amount is too small, “For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.” (2 Corinthians 9:7, NLT)
This Christmas we may be tempted to hold tight to every penny, but if we trust God for our needs, he will surely provide for our every need. I’m grateful for this decision God led me to make. I give God the glory, and am thankful to be part of reaching our community for Him through my tithe.