Windows of Heaven

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I’ve talked before about all the differences between Brett and I, and those differences make life a lot of fun. One area where we are definitely on the same page though is with finances. We both hate debt and we both like to save. And that makes things work very well. I had to take out some student loans when I started my PhD, but I always limited myself to the subsidized loans so I could avoid interest as much as possible. The semester after we got married we used my last loan amount to pay off both our cars (they were collecting interest, the loan wasn’t yet).

And we definitely agree that tithing comes first. I’ve seen people say they can’t afford to pay tithing. I can’t afford not to. I’ve never found money in an envelope at our door the way some people have as a blessing from tithing, but I can definitely count some other blessings from it. I feel much as the mother of Joseph F. Smith did – “If I did not pay my tithing, I should expect the Lord to withhold his blessings from me. I pay my tithing, not only because it is a law of God, but because I expect a blessing by doing it” (“Faith: The Foundation of all Righteousness,” Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph F. Smith, p. 49).

Our insurance didn’t cover much of our infertility treatment, but what it did cover was a huge help. And I view that coverage as a blessing of tithing. Our savings was even able to stretch, just barely, to cover all of our out-of-pocket expenses for the labs, procedures, and tests that weren’t covered at all. And while our cars have needed repairs, and some of them bigger than we would’ve liked, they haven’t needed anything drastic and they both still run great.

Tithing taught us both how to save and budget. Having that savings account when we needed it was a blessing of tithing.

When we did our taxes this year and saw what our refund was, I almost started crying from relief. I’m currently in the middle of the grace period for my subsidized loans and I’ve been real worried we weren’t going to get them paid off before the interest kicked in. Our refund allowed this to happen:

Paid in Full

No accountant in the world could ever work out how it happens that returning 10% of our income to the Lord means we can cover all of our necessary expenses (a frivolous trip to the beach after graduation I’d wanted won’t be happening, but a paid for degree will), but it does.

I’m all about opening the windows of heaven whichever which way I can. Tithing is one window I enjoy opening.

5 shared thoughts about Windows of Heaven

  1. Brett says:

    Ahhhhhhh… sigh of relief.

    I do wonder if the envelope-at-the-doorstep meme that gets included in 75% of sacrament meeting talks on this subject does us a disservice. Sometimes the real key to those blessings is in your sentiment, “Tithing taught us both how to save and budget.” Not denying that miracles happen, of course, but if being a faithful Latter-day Saint leads me both to pay my tithing and to sit in a Priesthood session of General Conference listening to President Hinckley tell me not to live beyond my means, I’ll take whatever benefit comes from either. :brett:

  2. Denice says:

    I can’t figure the Lord’s arithmetic. I have a firm testimony of tithing. You pay tithing with faith and not with money.

  3. Nancy says:

    Thanks for the nice comment on my blog. I’ve been here several times before off of mmb. Maybe I have even commented? Anyway, I love this. Tithing is one of those things I often simply forget comes with blessings — when I imagine so many of the things that magically keep working financially are a result of tithing. Such a good reminder!

  4. Mama G says:

    Tithing blessings come from a wonderful window. 🙂

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