There. A slightly premature debt-free scream :). Just did the taxes, and not only will we be DEBT FREEEEE!!!!! but we’ll have enough for 1) an emergency fund (since our old one got drained this summer in the transition to two cars), and 2) a new computer! Did I say I hate today? Never mind. When I do get it all paid off for real (we have to wait a few days for the refund to appear in our account), I’ll let you (and Dave Ramsey) know :D.
I know tithing is kind of a hot button subject in my fam :), but I’ll broaden the concept to “following God’s directions on what He wants done with His money”. I say this not to brag on ourselves, but to brag on God. This year, we’ve been led to start tithing (faithfully -we’ve done it irregularly in the past) –not as an obligation, not because someone told us to, but because it is a good concrete reminder to us that 100 percent of what we have is God’s, and that 10 percent that we give back off the top causes us (especially so with our limited income lately) to live more by faith. I can wholeheartedly claim the following verse to be true, and it would be just as true if we weren’t about to make the final payment of five years of focused struggle against debt. God is good all the time.
“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.” Luke 6:38, ESV