^Eto sa kin lang ha. Hubby and I are working abroad pero I have been on Sabbatical for the past 3 months. Meaning, I am not earning. So far, I send kung may nangagailangan sa bahay pero I still give tithes. Tithes kasi for me is not money for helping. It is a tangible/material testimony that I believe and trust God. It is a form of surrender in my case, kasi nag-promise ako to put God above all else and in the center of my marriage ibig sabihin I can let go of that tenth of our monthly income.
Some people say eh pano kung yung church na pinagbigyan mo will not use it properly? I even discussed with a friend before na Christian since she is a tithe-giver for over a year na (I'm Catholic by the way), she said tithe-money should be used for spreading God's word. Ako I have prayed for guidance and after, I realized I should not over-analyze the tithes that I give. If I keep on worrying where that money went, it means I have not let go control over that money and it invalidates the whole idea of tithe-giving in my case.
Additionally, saan man gamitin yung pera for tithe nung Church na pinagbigyan ko, I have faith that one way or another, in his Infinite Wisdom, God will find a way to have my money not go to waste. Some people might think it's not smart, pero sa kin, never naman requirement ng pagiging faithful ang smarts.
In case of family members needing help, I still do. Pero inuuna ko yung tithes, then I budget the rest. Swerte lang siguro kasi ako sa pamilya ko, kasi each one of us know na kung yung isa sa min meron eh hindi ka magdadalawang-salita. Pero we know how to say no too, and if we do it means wala talaga.
Naku, sorry napahaba. Some may like what I said, pero sabi ko nga this is particular to my case.