90 Day Dare

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"...we have really been experiencing the opening of the floodgates!"

At the time you issued the 90 Day Dare, Ashley and I were regularly giving to the church through the automatic bank debit system. The amount we were giving was an estimated 10 percent of our income. I say estimated because I was working one part time job at a regular pay rate, and a second job with a base rate plus tips. Neither job had the exact same number of hours, making my income fluctuate from week to week. The amount of our auto-debit tithe was ten percent of an average of a few months. When the 90 Day Dare was issued, Ashley and I discussed it on the drive home from church and had come to the same conclusion. We knew we needed to diligently track all of our income, and write an extra check every pay period to bring us to a true ten percent. 

As part of our accepting the 90 Day Dare, we started tracking our finances more closely and tithing properly. Shortly thereafter, we started to witness the blessings promised in the scriptures. We received a check from our OB office for over payment on prenatal office visits. Less than a week later, we used all but $90 of that money to pay for emergency repairs on our car. 

A recruiter for Florida Hospital, who had (seemingly) randomly connected with me on LinkedIn a couple of weeks before, posted an ultrasound position at the Wesley Chapel location. I put in my application and was called by the recruiter a few days later to set up an interview. The interview went well, but I left unsure of whether or not I had a chance at the job. Within an hour of leaving the interview, I received a text message from the head of radiology asking if I could come back for a second interview. I left the second interview with an informal job offer. I received a phone call and a formal offer a few days later. 

During the hiring process at Florida Hospital, I attended the Christmas party for the urology department at USF (where I was already working in ultrasound). Another ultrasound tech, that I was talking to at the party, told me that Tampa General Hospital was always looking for sonographers. She told me that I could always get some hours here if I ever applied. To be realistic, I am not in the market for a third job, but the blessing was in knowing that I might have even more opportunities in my field than I ever thought. 

Needless to say, we have really been experiencing the opening of the floodgates! As a result of our diligence and proper tithing, we now have to reevaluate our income and increase our giving accordingly. 

-The Wheats

"...Obedience one small step at a time."

I should share that business was down in the last 6 months and since increasing my tithing, I have had 3 new listings, two current listings go to contract, and several new prospective buyers (two that resurfaced, and three new ones). That's a lot of new business! It's really amazing! 

We increased our tithing in December, today an unexpected check came in the mail. It's double what we increased our tithing! God is good...obedience one small step at a time.

After listening to message decided to tithe 10 % of my salary “reluctantly”. In January of this year the fruits of my tithing started to appear. First I received a pay raise after 4 years of not getting one. Then in February of this year I received a letter from my town tax office stating they had a check from escrow they had been holding since 2009 and a week later I received a check amounting to $2,000 that I never knew anything about. Then I received $6,000 back in Federal Tax refund after the previous year I had to pay them. Oh and it gets better; April my Boss calls me in his office and presented me with a Merit award certificate for outstanding work and a bonus check for $850.00. Crazy!! But blessed indeed, since my first 90 day offering an unexpected check for overpayment of a loan for $160 showed up in the mail the next day.

-A Cypress Point member

"... the blessings rain down on us."

Gods Blessings & greetings to you & our church. We tithe and I can testify every year the Blessings rain down on us. Even since accepting the tithe challenge our family has been blessed with good tidings. First we received an escrow check. Next the IRS notified us that we needed to pay thousands in back taxes we miscalculated. After we sent in the necessary documents they realized it was only hundreds of dollars. To top it all off we all have been assigned extra hours on our jobs. God is so good. Amen. Thank you Pastor Dean. 

- A Cypress Point member