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Recovering From Financial Disaster

This year marks the golden wedding anniversary for high school sweethearts Bob and Christy.

“In 50 years we've had a lot of good days, without a doubt, no question about it. God has been so faithful to us,” said Bob,

When the couple married back in the late sixties, Bob worked in sales.

“I worked for a national company and-and was making really, really good money,” said Bob.

“We had a nice house, we went on skiing trips, we'd downhill, we went on vacations, you know, ate at any restaurant, I went into any store that I wanted to buy something, I could buy it,” said Christy.

But after a few years Bob was asked to take a pay-cut. He eventually left and took another sales job where he was paid solely on commission. This time, sales didn’t come as easily.

“Our kids were young at the time and trying to, you know, keep up all – with all the payments, mortgage payments, etc. etc., it was just got to the point where had to file uh bankruptcy, uh which was the most humiliating thing I've ever done in my life,” said Bob.

“It was humbling, it was a pressure I didn't know – you know, Bob would come home and say, 'We can't buy groceries this week, we're just going to have to get buy.' I would want to do something or somebody'd ask us to go out for dinner, and Bob says, 'We can't go out for dinner, we don't have the money.' And so I'd have to make some excuse of why we couldn’t go,” said Christy.

Christy and Bob were Christians but because of all of the bills, they didn’t think they could afford to tithe.

“It was probably a lack of trust when it really comes down to that because uh I-I just couldn't understand how that could work, how that could happen.  And so the tithing principle, trust is a huge part of it.  Where he says ‘trust me in this.’ That wasn't coming through to me,” said Bob.

The couple took extra jobs to try and make ends meet. but it wasn’t enough.

“I can tell you on and on and on about how stressful it was.  My wife can attest to that.  We were in a pressure cooker basically for 30 years,” said Bob.

Then one night at church, bob heard a message on tithing that changed his thinking.

“Christ changed my understanding of money because the revelation came through that it's all his.  I just try to be a good steward of it and I want to, therefore, give him the first fruits of-of what he's blessed me with.”

Bob paid his tithe on his next check.

“That Friday I was so excited to sit in front of my computer, because I get paid electronically, the money was there, the first 10% went to my local church, and I had a joy in my heart to say "There it is!  It's gone. And it's been that way every day, every pay period since,” said Bob.

As soon as he paid his tithe, bob saw an uptick in his sales. And as his income began to increase… so did his giving.

“So then 2015, I turn around, I had my biggest year ever; 2016 bigger than 2015. I told God, I said, "For all the new business that you open the doors for me, I'm going to give 50% of the first orders commissions to-to you the Lord,” said Bob.

The couple saw even more increase in their finances as they continued to give. Eventually, they were able to pay off all of their bills.

“From 2010 and 2017 my income grew by 25.6%. PU 03:40:37 I made almost $10,000 more in 2017 than I did 2016, which was my biggest year ever,” said Bob.

Bob and Christy became CBN partners in 2002 and recently increased their giving to the 2500 Club level.

“I give to CBN because I feel it's the best ministry in the world for all the things that they do, the lives that they touch, all aspects of the ministry, it's unbelievable,” said Bob.

“It's a ministry that's good soil, good ground, so you know that it's going to produce. It's not just one-one area, but they touch lots of areas in people's lives and around the world,” said Christy.

Today they are looking forward to more years of happiness.

“To me it's part of the whole principle of putting God first.  He wants to take care of every aspect of your life, your health, your marriage, your relationships, your finances, everything,” said Bob.

“Each year we've given more in our tithes and in our offerings. And it's just fun to see the hand of God move on your behalf.  You're faithful to him, he's faithful to you. It just – it works,” said Christy.

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