We Ate Potatoes Because They Were Affordable

various potato dishes: potato chips, hashbrown...

various potato dishes: potato chips, hashbrowns, tater tots, baked potato, and mashed potatoes (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

My wife will tell you that there was a time in our life that we were having trouble keeping up with our financial responsibilities. That was primarily my fault; lawyers and expensive trucks put a big hole in our paycheck.
Then I approached her… She just shared this story today with our grandchildren.

“When your Grandpa Lupe told me that we needed to tithe 10% of our income to the church; even though I was not a believer at that time, I said well okay; I don’t know how we will keep up.

We were having trouble paying our bills at that time. We had all of the usual bills and the way I approached it was to pay our biggest ones first, house and car payments, then I would pay the utilities. The rest was left for food. We would have $20 sometimes $100. That was the time at that potatoes were inexpensive. So I would fix potatoes in various ways. We ate potatoes for months because they were affordable.

We started paying our tithes and our finances began to ease up. It seemed like our money was going farther than before. We were able to take the little bit that we got and use it to payoff one of the reachable  bills. With the extra money we had from the bill we just paid,  I used it to pay extra on the next bill. We did that until we felt that we had a good handle on our household budget.


“… Bring the whole tithe to the storehouse, that there might be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the Lord God Almighty, “and see if it will not throw open the flood gates of Heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be enough room to store it…” NIV

It was amazing to see how God worked in our finances.  At first I did not believe that tithing would work, but it made a believer out of me. Now I know that God was involved in our finances.

Grandpa Lupe was working at a Civil Service job at Fort Hauchuca. He was making close to $15 an hour back in the 80’s. That was good money. When he left this job to go full-time into the ministry our income was cut by less than half.  We learned that we could not afford not to tithe our 10% of our income to the church. We found that in tithing we were partnering up with God and God was the one that was taking care of our finances.

We have learned that over the years God cares for those that are willing to obey His Word.”

A testimony by Mary Diaz

Does God have your heart enough for you to give the tithe it at His prompting? 

Could you use the financial help right now? 

Can you trust God and be willing to try tithing in your life? 

Put your faith in God.  It works.

By Lupe Diaz – Pastor charis@theriver.com  06/04/14






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