March into Personal Growth!!
Today, we welcomed the 3rd month of the year; March. The way I felt when I woke up this morning prompted me to google the number 3. In my research, I found out that the #3 is associated with joy, inspiration, and personal growth. The most obvious meaning of the #3 is the Holy Trinity--Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit. . Going even deeper, there were 3 apostles of God--John, Peter, and James; they symbolize light, love , and life. Lets not forget these important 3--body, spirit, and soul. In the bible, the #3 also means growth.
For me, March is a sign that I am about to manifest something very important in my life. I'd like to harp on personal growth. Spiritual growth. We all know that in March, the flowers start to bloom and the grass starts to get green again. Things start to grow. Whewwww! I'm excited about what's to come. Pastor Rose declared March to be the Month of the Tither. Ironically, I truly just started tithing 2 Sundays ago. Yes, I know... it's sad and honestly; I'm ashamed. I always knew what tithing was. The tithe is 10% of your income, and it should be given to God faithfully. I know the purpose of it Tithing honors the Scriptural principles of generously providing for religious leaders, giving to those in need, and laying up treasures in heaven. The reason that I wouldn't tithe is because I didn't trust God with managing my money. I would just keep telling myself that I didn't have enough money. I don't make enough money. I have bills to pay. My kids have needs. We need groceries. I mean I could just give reason after reason why I never would tithe. I would happily sow a seed. I would pray and sow on the behalf of others. I just never would tithe. But you know what's the most pathetic thing; I know people in my life that tithe regularly. I even know people that tithe extra. I've seen the blessings rain down on them because of it. My mom made sure that she had her tithes if she didn't have an offering. She would fill out her tithing envelope on Saturday night and have it ready to give on Sunday morning. This inspires me. My church accepts cash app, which is what I normally use for seeds and offerings but I may use my mom as an anchor in my personal growth. I'd rather withdraw the money from the ATM and put in the envelope like she used to do.
Full disclosure, my husband doesn't believe in a lot of this stuff. He is the most mature man that I know when it comes to handling the business of being a man, provider, and protector of our family. And I know that if any of his friends and family reads this it'll probably get back to him. The truth is, he believes in God but as far as tithing, attending church, and the bible; he just has too many opinions, questions, and doubts. 1. He believes that church is full of hypocrites and judgmental people. 2. He believes that pastors place themselves above everyone else. 3. He feels like church just wants your money and doesn't do anything helpful with it. 4. He believes that as long as you are a good person, you have just as much a chance of making it to heaven as those who attend church. And u know what?!?! I don't judge him. I love him anyway and I pray. I pray hard and I praise hard. I just want to be a spiritual inspiration for my family. I stand firm on being a "1 Corinthians 7:14" wife.
I know that this blog has been all over the place. It's because I've been thinking about tithing and the fact that my husband won't come to church with me for a while. I know that God is stretching me in all aspects of my life. My life is basically the "Serenity Prayer". God give me the Serenity to accept the things that I cannot change, courage to change the things that I can and the wisdom to know the difference. Basically, I will trust God in all areas of my life. I give my husband and children to him and I trust him with my money as well. I tithe because it's God's law and I plant seeds on my family's behalf. I'm optimistic about what the month of March is going to bring for my family. I have crazy faith that it's going to bring an unspeakable joy.
Normally, I would have a challenge for you. But this time I have some questions.
1. Do you tithe? If so, why or why not?
2. How do u feel about going to church and always leaving your spouse/significant other at home?
3. Do you speak to them about what happened at church and how it impacts your life? Or do u just keep it to yourself?
4. Knowing that going to church doesn't guarantee admission into heaven, do you always feel the constant need to go like I do?
See, I go to church... let me be clear...I go to my church; Liberty Life Church...because it's the one place where I know that I can always be myself...I'm completely free. If I show up burdened down, it will be discerned immediately. And when I say discerned, I mean to the point where I'll be told exactly what's wrong by the end of the service. My pastor is a powerful prophet of God. The ministers are connected in a way that I've never seen. The elders are the most devoted group of people and the members understand that we are all imperfect people. It's just amazing. The hours fly by and I wouldn't even notice if Khloe didn't show me the time every 45 mins. Lol! It's truly a good time. My daddy Charles didn't go to church for a long time. Mom used to get us dressed leave him home every Sunday. But then one day he just got up on his own and said that he was going to church. That is one of my many prayers for my husband. The problem is that I keep praying the same prayer. I know that tonight I'll pray about it again. The difference this time is it'll be the last time. God's got it all under control.
Anyway, I just wanted to welcome the 3rd month of 2022. Thank God for sparing me yet another month. The first month in year 40. May this one be the best one yet.