Living on less is hard since it never seems like we have enough. This is how our normal pay cycle goes. We are paycheck to paycheck people and sometimes the paycheck falls on a certain day to where if I paid everything that was due, we wouldn’t have enough to buy groceries and get through to the next pay period.
Well this happened to us a few weeks ago. We are discipline tithers and I realized that I was telling God that the money we had left just wasn’t enough. Luke 6:38 says: Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you. So instead, I went ahead and paid all of the bills and I set out on a journey to put my finances to the test with God.
After everything was paid we had $209.76 left for 2 weeks. That may seem like enough but our gas tanks were empty and both my husband and I needed gas. We needed a full tank of gas and we need it to last us 2 weeks until our next payday. A full tank for both vehicles costed us $139.99 expected to last about 10 days. That left us with $69.77 to buy groceries to feed our family of 6. Living on less than $70.00 for two weeks, just didn’t seem possible. Yet I know that God knows our finances and that we tithe every week but I continue to tell him what he’s left me with is not enough.
So I prayed about it and decided I was going to fully submit to God and let him show me.
Matthew 6:26 says Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? This is a verse that constantly pops in my head when I doubt that God will provide.
“OK God, show me what you’ve got!” and wouldn’t you know it, when our two weeks were up and we had $55.08 left and we still had a few gallons of gas left.
Now if you are calculating what I just said, you’re probably calculating that we only spent $14.69 on food for those two weeks. We actually spent more.
In part 2, I’ll share with you the events that happened and what I believe to be God’s blessings for living on less.
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