In the past 7 years we have received, among other things:
a week long vacation on beachfront property for for our family of 10
$9,000 tax free
a brand new Prius
At first we thought we were lucky. We realize now there is no such thing as luck. The reason we received is because... we tithe. Happily. Cheerfully. With full understanding that God cannot be outdone in generosity and we will somehow get all that we gave back. We know it! When we first started tithing, (which is giving the first fruits or the first 10% of the money we earn or receive) we were stingy and gave out of obligation. I monitored every dime and would bother the priest with questions like,"does this count for tithing?" He would gently tell me that is up to us to decide and then started to diplomatically suggest maybe I could try praying about it! (duh) As we prayed we realized it didn't make sense for us to claim our trust in God and yet not to trust Him with our money. We began to test the boundaries of tithing, by giving and then watching what happens, and we were NEVER disappointed. Each time we tithe, we got the tithe back. Not always in the time we wanted but always more than we expected. Not one exception. Ever. When we first started giving to our church, we figured we just sacrificed our summer vacation..then we WON a vacation! And the more we gave the more places cash started to come from..like one time my husband got a letter stating he had been overcharged for contacts for the past 15 years so claim the money we paid. What? We decided to keep the kids in Catholic schools and knew what the costs were going to be..and all of sudden I get a certified letter from an attorney in New York..the letter stated a distant relative just died (that we never heard of or even knew existed) and because we are the closest living relatives we are entitled to the inheritance...so sign here and get the money. So many examples! When our cars were starting to need more repairs than gas we won a BRAND NEW car! We give our money to the church now with complete and total trust. This whole change in our dependence on God has not only benefited us financially, but spiritually and emotionally. We feel we are doing the right thing...and you know what? That is a good feeling! So part with your money...you will be happy you did!