this whole month i've been stressed about this tuition thing. things seemed so discouraging all month long. until this week. why am i ever ever anxious when i have this promise?
God is definitely reminding us that He loves us and desires to take care of us. i've been working more hours at the coffee shop since the new store has opened, so that's been a temporary blessing. bryan finally got a job! he is going to be working at the fareway meat counter. we found a great deal on a moped which will make it possible for bryan to get to work. (although, extra vehicle expenses are no fun either...) a dear friend connected me to an opportunity in which i will make an extra $300 for three days of work in may. praise Him!
God also continues to teach us generosity, we wrote a few more checks this past month to summer missions trips. i want you to know that i don't say this to impress you or feel good about myself, believe me, i wouldn't say it all if i didn't want to encourage you in this way. this has been something God has been teaching me a lot about lately, and i want to take this moment to share with you. also, check out this message from our old church. super convicting.
my friend, mikki, who is in our amazing connection group shared the best perspective on tithing i've ever heard. she and her soon-to-be husband are both dental students and thus living off of student loans for the time-being. but she said something like this: whenever we tithe, we're technically paying 7% interest or whatever it is on that loan money. but who's to say that God's work isn't worth 7% interest?
that hit me hard! what an awesome way to think about giving to the Lord's work. so i want to say, before i update you, that if we have to take out student loans because we gave too much of our money away this past month, bring it on.
with that said, here's our update for april:
tuition for 2011-2012 school year: $9,654.00
savings at the end of april: $1,300.00
percentage saved: 13.46%
percentage left to save: 86.54%
i was not expecting to really put any extra in the bank, so i'm encouraged!