My husband and I are firm believers in tithing – giving 10% of our gross income to our church. In fact, we get pretty excited about it. We look forward to increasing our tithe each year. And after reading The Blessed Life by Robert Morris, we look and pray for opportunities to give above our tithe to others in need. It’s just flat out fun to us Bealls. Call us crazy. Several years back our finances were pretty tough. Tough might not be an accurate word to use to define our financial stability, or instability at the time. However, no matter how difficult times have gotten, we’ve always tithed. We know that withholding our tithe from God is basically robbing him and telling Him we didn’t trust Him. (See Malachi 3:8). So, one July morning in 2002 at church I wrote out our tithe check for the month. I held the check in my hand and just stared at it as the bucket made it’s way toward our aisle. Chris held my hand and I simply prayed, “God, this amount of money could buy us groceries for most of the month. But, it’s yours and I want you to know that we trust you.” I went about the rest of the day not giving any thought to the prayer I prayed. The next day it was raining but I needed to run an errand. I left our house and ended up going down a different street – not the one I typically drive down. As I was driving, I noticed something in the road that looked an awful lot like money. And as surely as I passed it, I realized that it was. I heard a voice in my mind say, “Turn around.” Reluctantly, I did. I approached the wad of money and carefully bent down to pick it up. It was soaking wet, but it was still money. I looked all around me just expecting someone to say, “Hey, I just dropped that.” Nothing. I got in my car, drove back home and walked through the door with a lump of wet bills in my hands. The look on my husband’s face was priceless. (I think he thought I robbed someone.) With stunned looks on our faces, we counted $520 in cold, hard cash…nearly two times the amount of the tithe check I’d written the day before. Coincidence? Whatever. My God’s big and He can do anything He wants to. And if He wants to show his baby girl, that would be me, that he can provide in the middle of a street on a rainy, Monday afternoon, then by golly, I think He will. Malachi 3:10 is the only place in the Bible where God actually tells His people to test Him. He says, “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the LORD Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it.” The floodgates opened for our family that rainy, July afternoon. What’s holding them back from opening up to you?