How have you been? I've recovered from being sick. The antibiotics that I have been taking have really worked their magic and the sinus infection is G-O-N-E.
The photo I posted above was one that I took a few days ago when I was out at Asilomar State Beach and it reminded me of how God can still the storm-tossed waves of our lives.
So I've been working on a financial plan of getting out of student loan debt and then I got thrown a curve ball the other day. I'm still working on saving up a $1000 emergency fund when an unexpected expense for the dentist came up. I have to save up money for an xray before I can continue in my orthodontic/braces treatment.
So sometimes when things like this happen, other wants get put on hold....again...and that might be the situation here. I'm not sure yet.
One thing I have decided to do is tithe 10% of my gross paycheck. I started doing that last week and I'm going to continue to do that with each paycheck. It's just something that I felt like God had been laying on my heart for awhile. It's all His money anyway and I just manage it...and I'm simply giving back what belongs to Him first.
I think it will look different for everyone and I firmly believe that we can also tithe with our time and talents when money is really tight.
I've noticed a couple of things: 1) somehow my budget is working out and everything is getting covered, even inspite of me tithing 10% off the top of each paycheck 2) You can never outgive God.
I know that the money I give will be put to good use for people in need.
That's just where I am at right now. I got paid today and haven't given every dollar a name yet, other than to budget for my tithe.
The Christmas holiday season at work is still crazy, but once I can get past Monday, it will be smooth sailing ;) :) I'm so looking forward to Monday.
That's the news from the ocean shores of California today.
Love and hugs, Heather :)