My Story of Tithing

I’m a Pastors’ kid, which means I know about tithing. I grew up around church a lot, and my parents taught me from a young age to give 10% of everything that was given to me back to God.

In college, it became more difficult to trust God with my finances. I didn’t have a job and didn’t have much to give, and didn’t prioritize stewarding my finances for God’s kingdom. I finally got a job, but it was still very easy to ignore tithing. I allowed bills and life to get in the way, and kept telling myself “this just isn’t going to work right now.” Working multiple jobs, attending school full time and doing an internship was too much. I was overwhelmed.

I remember going home to visit my family one weekend. My mom took the offering that Sunday at church. She talked about how much God has done for us, and that in return He deserves our absolute best, which is why we give the first 10% of all we have to Him.

It wasn’t easy, but I began to tithe on each paycheck I received. After two months of tithing faithfully, I received a raise at work and was able to drop a job, which took a huge load off of my shoulders. Later, I was offered a position at River Valley and it has been an incredible place to be!

God is faithful. You don’t have to be afraid to put your trust in Him, because He created everything that you have. It’s all His anyway!

I’ve realized that God isn’t taking away from what I have, He’s actually taking my burdens away.

1 Peter 5:7 says to give all of our worries and cares to God because he cares about us. He’s helping me to realize that this life was meant to be lived in freedom, and that freedom in finances or in any area of life is found in Him alone.

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