Non-Coincidental Blessings
Nancy Alcorn | January, 05, 2015 | by Nancy Alcorn 0 Comments

I started being obedient to God in the area of giving when I was a college student, and I’m just amazed at how my needs were met. I would write that first check to God, knowing I wasn’t going to have enough to live on that first month. But I would still go ahead and write that first check, and do you know, somehow I would always end up having enough? Sometimes it was just enough. But I would always end up having enough.

Listen, the nature of the cross lives within us, and the nature of God is to be a giver. So if you or I develop anything in us that wants to tithe for the wrong reason, then we are already in trouble. Our motive should be to give because we want to be obedient to what God has told us to do and to be able to be a blessing to others. The by-product of giving with the right heart and the right motive is that your needs will be met, and God will supply enough for you to be able to meet the needs of others.

While I was in college full time, I was also working 40 hours a week for the Tennessee Department of Correction in a juvenile delinquency girls correctional facility. I started out there as a summer intern. I had made up my mind that I wasn’t going to just do what’s expected, but I was going to go above and beyond. And I can tell you if you go above and beyond, God will bless you. I was diligent in the job, and diligence led to blessing. They offered me a full-time position, paying me as if I was already out of school, and allowed me to work in that role as I was finishing my degree.

I would go to school every morning from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. in Murfreesboro, TN. Then I would get in my car and drive an hour to Tullahoma, TN. I would work at least eight or nine hours. Then I would drive back to Murfreesboro, and I would study after I got home. There were a few times that I would literally get off work and stay up all night studying for exams, then go take the exams, and go to work again. I remember times that I would have to roll the window down in my car and let the cold wind hit me in the face to keep me from falling asleep.

A year into that, I got a letter one day from Middle Tennessee State University saying they had been informed by the state of Tennessee that anyone who was working in their field of major while they’re going to school can have a full scholarship from the department they work for. From that point on I didn’t have to pay tuition for school. It was paid for by the state of Tennessee because I was going after my degree in criminal justice while working for the Department of Corrections.

When I got this news, the first connect in my heart was that God was blessing me because I started tithing. I knew that this was from God and not just coincidence. You might say, “Well it would have happened anyway.” I don’t think so.

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