First, Wes gives me an allowance each month out of our personal money. This money is already tithed on as a family, so he told me I didn't have to tithe on what he gives me, which is technically true. So for the past year, I had been giving what I'd committed for my Faith Promise giving, but not tithing on my allowance (although I did tithe on whatever other money I received!). But as I've been praying about my Faith Promise commitment for this next year, I have felt more and more that I should tithe even on my allowance. So last Sunday, I tithed on my allowance for the first time since last year.
Monday morning I was checking my email and realized that I had an order in my Etsy shop. When I checked to see what had sold, the amount that I made from the sale was exactly what I had given the day before! God already gave back what I tithed on Sunday.
Then, last night Wes came downstairs and said, "Guess what I'm going to pick up tomorrow morning!" He had been on Craigslist and found a two-year-old elliptical trainer that someone was giving away because they were moving. Free. A piece of exercise equipment that originally cost $1,000, with four years of the warranty still on it. Those things move fast on Craigslist, let me tell you. And Wes is the one who called the lady first. Do you know how hard it is to be the first one to call for something like that?!! It's now set up in our home, right outside the room where I'm writing this.
I've been a member of a ladies-only gym for a couple of years now. I go there because the weather here in Vancouver is rarely pleasant for exercising outside, and as a diabetic I really do need daily exercise. But going to the gym means at least 1-1/2 hours out of my day, by the time I drive there and back and spend 30 minutes to an hour exercising, depending on what I'm doing that day. So it didn't take long for that to get old! Anyway, I'm going to the gym three times a week - if I can motivate myself to go even that often! Wes and I had discussed getting some type of exercise equipment for here at home so I could quit going to the gym (and he could exercise too), but we just couldn't bring ourselves to go out and buy something brand new. All that to say . . . we now have a way to exercise at home, so when my gym membership is up I won't have to renew it, and it didn't cost us a penny. God just keeps on giving, far more than we deserve! But He keeps His promises.
Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again. Luke 6:38