As someone who didn’t come to know Christ until adulthood, one of the things I struggled with for several years was that of giving of my financial resources.  I rationalized that I was giving of a LOT of my time, and after all, time IS money. Right?
As I began my family we went through some pretty signification financial ups and downs.  When we learned that our third child was on the way while my husband had been out of work for almost 2 years we really didn’t know how we could pull off feeding another mouth.  Yet this was the same time in which  was CONSTANTLY being convicted to start faithfully giving.  This seemed a little insane when put in black and white, as our household budget already showed that we should be in the red each month.  But together, my husband and I decided that this is what we needed to do.  We by no means tithe, but we give an amount we chose, and we give it regularly.  Some weeks I had no clue where we will get enough money for everything from, would be have enough for diapers?  But week by week, we made it through with a roof over our head, gas to warm our house, food to fill our bellies and diapers to cover the little one’s tush!
I don’t know why I was ever surprised by this fact.  It is all over the Bible that if we give to God what is really his, we will have more than enough to meet our needs.2 Corinthians 9:8 says: “And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work.”
As we began to fully and deeply understand and trust in this idea, we began to feel the need to begin instilling these principals in our children.  Having grown up in the church, our boys already enjoyed giving.  They regularly reminded us that they needed some money to put into their offering at Sunday School.  But what we need to teach them was how to set aside part of what THEY had to give back.  For this purpose, we began giving them an allowance.  First they must earn the allowance by doing age appropriate tasks around the house to help out.  And then they are expected to give 10% and also save 10% (as in long term savings not saving to buy a new video game).  I went out and bought one of several different kids banks that has a separate compartment  for each of these categories.  And I must say that it can still be a struggle to get them to plunk down their quarters into the giving or saving slots.  But as time goes by it becomes simply what IS and little thought is put into it.  It is my hope that as they grow will be able to help them to continue to set aside a part of what they have FIRST before they make any other plans so that they too will be blessed with more than enough for all their needs. Proverbs 3:9,10 reads: “Honour the Lord with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase: so shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst with new wine.”

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