What if Conventional Money Teaching is Training us to be the 3rd Servant?
What if Conventional Money Teaching is Training us to be the 3rd Servant?
May 25, 2017
You alone are worthy. You alone are the creator and maker of all Heaven and earth. Your name is above all and in all. Your plans are good; they bring prosperity, blessings and abundance to your people that all will praise your name and all will know that you are God and you are good!
You have given me (us) so much and I am thankful for those things where I can see your hand at work in my life. I live in a beautiful part of the world and for so many years you have provided even when I was trying to do things on my own. Lord God, I know that for too long I have tried to control the circumstances of my life. Particularly as it relates to money. Somewhere along the way I have believed that I needed to work had and manage what I earned. I somewhere along the way believed that if I could learn the secrets to wealth that all my dreams would come true. Yet, I didn’t even know what my dreams really were; they became clouded by the images and ideas of people around me and what I saw and thought I ‘should’ have in order to be accepted and loved. I believed ‘if only I could be, do, have more’ then I would be happy; then I would truly live.
The result of course has been death. Death of dreams, loss of loved ones, loss of peace, joy and love; loss of money and precious time. Your word says that you will restore that which has been stolen, even when I was the one who let the enemy in to steal the treasure; treasures beyond money. Lord God, I am so sorry. My words see hollow for the enormity of the losses that have resulted in my own pride and attempts to be self-sufficient’.
You have good plans for my life as you do for everyone’s life, and I willingly chose to partner with the devil who has been trying to rob, steal and destroy those good plans for me and all your people. For as long as I can remember a nice home filled with family and friends and joyful, peaceful activities has been a desire of my heart. Your word says that you will provide these things for your people – You will provide them, not my hard work or craftiness; not the bank or my ability to access and maneuver through the maze of credit. It is you who provides each of us the ability to produce wealth including a nice home.
As we struggled to control the financial reality after the devil tried to steal my dream of impacting nations with a message of financial abundance according to your plans and purposes, your hand led us to sell our home and live in temporary accommodations. These are lovely, but they aren’t home. Lord God, I (we) believe you have led us here by your mighty hand and you will deliver us to our promised land here on earth as it will be in heaven as well. Right now I don’t see how…so I give you this dream and these desires to bring forward in a way that is peaceful, joyful and honours your name.
I / we thank you for your continued and increasing income for our daily bread and I thank you that you have unlocked the resources in our heavenly bank accounts for the purchase of the home which you are leading us to now. I thank you for the release and forgiveness of all debts; financial and relational; that nothing will hinder the completion of the purchase of the promised land you have pre-selected and prepared for us to reside and carry on the good work you have prepared for us to do.
Lord God, in the name of Jesus, I declare and decree that there is more than enough to purchase, develop and maintain the home you have for us to live in today. I claim 1 Chronicles 28:20 as you revealed to our realtor in her devotions, over our life, over this purchase and over every area of this transaction, over every square foot of this land, and over the vision for the ministry work to take place from this land. We claim blessing and honour to all who walk there today and who will walk there in the future. We thank you that your blood has cleansed and purified this land and that your ministering angels are preparing all the details for us to take possession.
In the mighty name of Jesus, we stand against any attack of the enemy; all firey darts and any negative thoughts that attempt to sabotage your good plans. We ask Holy Spirit that you fill us to overflowing with your goodness, strength and wisdom; and that it is you who brings forward all the resources needed for an efficient, profitable transaction and move. We give you all these details to care for while we willingly carry out the tasks you set before us as your Servants.
Thank you, Lord. In your mighty name, Jesus I / we pray,
“Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you until all the work for the service of the temple of the Lord is finished” (1 Chronicles 28:20).
The other day I was speaking with a client when what I thought was a small bird flew into the room. At closer inspection I realized it was the largest bumble bee I’d ever seen in my life. My client and I had been speaking about the new revenue stream she was adding to her business and how it was a little overwhelming when she considered all the details that had to be looked after in order to streamline her operations to make the whole business ‘fly’.
The bee reminded me of a story I’d heard about how bumble bees apparently aren’t supposed to be able to fly. Apparently in the 1930’s a story was circulated stating that according to the accepted theory of the day, bumblebees didn’t generate enough lift to fly. The story goes, that some scientific-type person did some calculations and claimed that it was aerodynamically impossible for bumble bees to fly. Obviously no one bothered to tell this to the bumble bee that has been happily flying around pollinating plants its whole life.
According to one website I looked at to make sure I had my bee facts straight, bees’ wings are abnormally small relative to their bodies and someone had made a faulty analogy between bumble bees and conventional aircraft. If an airplane were built the same way as a bumble bee, it would never get off the ground. But bees aren’t like airplanes, they’re like helicopters. Their wings work on the same principle as helicopter blades… A moving airfoil, whether it’s a helicopter blade or a bee wing, generates a lot more lift than a stationary one. The real challenge with bees wasn’t figuring out the aerodynamics but the mechanics: specifically, how bees can move their wings so fast-roughly 200 beats per second, which is 10 or 20 times the firing rate of the nervous system. The trick apparently is that the bee’s wing muscles don’t expand and contract so much as vibrate, like a rubber band. A nerve impulse comes along and twangs the muscle, much as you might pluck a guitar string, and it vibrates the wing up and down a few times until the next impulse comes along. (http://www.straightdope.com/columns/read/1076/is-it-aerodynamically-impossible-for-bumblebees-to-fly August 12, 2013)
The point to all the bee wing facts is that as I was discussing the financial implications of the new business model with my client, the giant bumble bee flew into our skylight and was buzzing around trying to reach for the sky. Every attempt to fly through to freedom got him no closer to his destination and was in fact just wearing him out. If I left him long enough I’m quite certain I’d have found him on the floor sometime the next day.
He was such an unusually large bee that I decided his mission could use a little help. I put my client on hold and went to retrieve a butterfly net we keep on hand for various household bug catching adventures. With one swoop, I scooped up the bee and let him outside where he could fly to freedom and carry on his worthwhile business of pollinating plants.
The bumble bee story provides a great analogy for financial situations. The first is in how the bumble bee fly’s in the first place: if you look at its physical circumstances many people could easily justify telling the bee that his situation was hopeless; that he should give up on the idea of flying and to be content crawling around the ground like other insects such as ants or spiders. Happily for the bee, it took a different approach and modified its situation so it could carry on with the work it wanted to and was supposed to do.
The second situation of getting stuck in the skylight could have been catastrophic for this bee because he was so focused on the big picture that he forgot a couple critical steps. These steps are also critical financial steps. One is that there might be more ways to reach for the sky, than there first appears. Opportunities of a lifetime come around everyday when you start to become aware of them. And just because you have been successful overcoming obstacles in the past doesn’t mean you’re always going to be better off self-sufficient. Another is that sometimes you can benefit from an outside source to provide you some direction. Too often with finance people are so afraid to share their situation with others that they become self-centered and will continue to beat their head against the ‘skylight’ thinking the next attempt will provide them with their freedom. There is a lot to be said for stopping, waiting, asking, and sharing. I was able to assist the bumble bee because he finally stopped and rested on the wall near the edge of the skylight. I saw his plight, and was happy to help him. Plus, I’m sure he was happy I came along so the situation created a win / win for both of us!
When you’re looking for financial results and finding yourself up against the same closed window all the time, perhaps the best thing is to consider the bumble bee and shift your perspective, slow down and wait for your personal version of the ‘butterfly net’.
This FREE Webinar was / is available now through The MoneyMinding Foundation. There was a huge response which really isn’t a huge surprise given the message so incase you missed it – you can access the recording here. Below is the information on the event that I promise is packed with information and isn’t just a gimmick to get you sign up for some investment or business strategy.
Waaaayyy too many people don’t even take the first step because they simply don’t believe. They don’t have faith. They just can’t see how it’s even possible, so they immediately dismiss the whole idea as a scam, or deceitful tact attempting to then swoop in with some sort ‘get rich quick’ scheme. They say things like, ‘what’s the catch?’ and assume there must be a product or business strategy going to be pitched.
UUGGHH! Yes, there is wayyy too much of that and for too many years people have got their hopes up only to be disappointed so now they’re jaded. Honestly, this is Tracy speaking from her heart here, “I have been so badly burned and disappointed myself over the years, that the saddest part of what I do is to listen to the naysayers who are looking for something different and are just too tired, stressed, or beat up to keep looking.
Unlimited Income is a FREE webinar. I promise you it won’t try to sneak anything funny into the process. This program is designed to give you an introduction to the question that everyone wants to have answered, “how can I do that?”. It’s your perfect opportunity to find out more about the paradigm shift that MoneyMinding presents in personal finance, AND, what that means to you – today.
My intention is to provide valuable information that you can act on immediately if you want. I’d also like to invite you take further steps in your new money journey and this event will help you figure out where and how to begin.
Looking forward to sharing the ‘how’ with you!!
Have you ever started a project then found out you were missing a key piece of information, a required tool, or important ingredient? Typically when you set out to build something you organize your plans, set aside the time, gather your materials and with eager anticipation you begin. I’m sure we’ve all experienced that sinking feeling when you reach for something you’re sure you have, or that you know was working a minute ago – and – at the moment you’re ready to move forward – nothing. It won’t start, it’s missing, it just can’t be found.
Financially, this situation can occur in many ways, often when you’re looking for a receipt to return something to the store or at tax time. It might also show up when you’re sure you transferred money, paid a bill or sent a notice to change something in your financial portfolio, and based on your belief that that transaction had been completed, you set out to do something else only to discover that there wasn’t sufficient funds, or the bill didn’t get paid and you were charged fees, or your transaction wasn’t completed.
Whatever the situation is, the result is lost time, lost money, lost opportunity and stress. Unfortunately, these situations occur regularly and because our lives are bombarded with increasing amounts of information and ‘to do’s’ the day-to-day stress of handling even basic financial transactions can leave you overwhelmed, exhausted and intimidated to take on anything different.
Think about it: finding someone to talk to, making an appointment, completing the paperwork, filing the paperwork, getting set up to access, monitor and track the new account, strategy, or system, making sure there is proper paper and electronic bookkeeping for tax purposes, passwords, yearly accounting, perhaps record keeping for estate purposes, plus ongoing marketing information that comes in the statements and by email, and making sure you have proper security because it seems that someone, somehow will find a way to try to defraud you of your identity and your money. All this and that doesn’t include the overwhelming volume of choices to make in the first place
Let me tell you a story before you jump to conclusions that this message is just going to be another one of those pieces of information strategically designed to add to your stress, or full of empty promises.
A few weeks ago the newly launched MoneyMinding Foundation finally has its online programs ready to go live. Maybe you were one of the people who got excited about our mVillage and Project M home study program. Well, it turns out we (and about a dozen other companies) fell through a ‘corporate crack’ with 2 of the companies who were key ‘ingredients’ to our launch suddenly not supporting each other. We are a start up non-profit so didn’t have a lot of options except to find other solutions. Unfortunately those solutions don’t happen over night. This means our program launch has been more or less ‘on hold’ while we respond to your questions by email and phone and set up new systems.
All this is an important principle that has been put into practice during these past few weeks. That principle involves both thinking and doing. Actually, it’s more accurate to say it involves ‘not thinking’, and doing because of the significant connection between our thoughts and our actions which ultimately determine our outcome. This is likely not new information for anyone reading today, but perhaps the concept of ‘not thinking’ might be.
Our situation occurred after plans and strategies and resources were put in place and tested. This is different, than jumping out of the gate before preparing. Sometimes moving forward happens before all the specific plans and strategies are in place and that is part of the overall plan. Sometimes certain pieces are required and you will put a lot of time and energy and money into getting them ready before you move forward. Having a plan and rolling it out, to come up against an unexpected ‘curve ball’ is one thing. Not having a plan or strategy and jumping ahead and running into unexpected challenges is another thing. The latter situation will likely require you to go back to planning and strategizing. The former requires faith, patience and perseverance.
When you’re hit with a ‘curve ball’ in your plans, especially when you’re already cramming a lot of activity into a short period of time and you have expectations for a certain result to happen a certain way, at a certain time, your stress response is triggered by your thoughts being upset at the unexpected ‘problem’ that has to be resolved. The natural instinct is to immediately turn our thoughts towards finding a solution. When this happens it creates a distraction from all the enthusiasm, peace, hope, and enjoyment that the original plan or activity held.
This diversion away from the excitement will unfortunately create a pattern of thought that determines a pattern of behaviour and ultimately the results we experience. The original positive experience has now been turned into a problem solving process where we are taken out of the good while you work to regain control of the situation. The problem with problem solving like this is that ultimately you are constantly thinking while under stress which means that the solutions you come up with will be influenced by your need to remove the stress and regain control, not necessarily to achieve the original outcome.
Back to my story: our situation had obvious financial consequences in terms of time and money. The immediate response is to ‘solve the problem fast’. However, that thought process led to a full array of possibilities each with a variety of consequences and outcomes. This in turn led to overwhelm, which led to a state best described as analysis paralysis. I’m sure you know what I mean: too many options, not enough time, big consequences of making a “wrong” choice.
The answer ultimately is to STOP, breathe, pray, write, and wait, yet keep moving. The ultimate solution is to do what you can, when you can, with what you can – essentially to stop thinking, yet keep doing. Because the process of pushing through and searching endlessly for a ‘quick fix’ to get you back on track to get the results means you’re reinforcing thought patterns that ultimately are not conducive to experiencing those results we’re all looking for – financial or otherwise.
With all this actually still going on in the life of The MoneyMinding Foundation, I thought it valuable to share the situation with you. This is a real life situation that will show up in one way or another for all of us that can easily send us into a downward spiral of stress and keep us stuck if we don’t STOP the cycle of trying to control all the circumstances instead of staying calm and staying the course.
Nobody likes to talk about money except financial professionals who do it for a living. Even then they will talk with their clients about their money, and they’ll discuss the markets and different money strategies, but they will rarely discuss their own finances.
Money is a extremely personal and intimidating subject regardless of whether you have millions or minimums. Because of this everyone is left to make up their own rules through trial and error and ad hoc learning. (or maybe this is why it’s so intimidating, but that’s a chicken and egg story to explore later).
The ‘shoulds’ and ‘should nots’ about how to manage money are adopted over time and become our beliefs from which we make our money decisions. But are these beliefs really serving us? The problem is that once you have a belief about money you will hold onto it and are unlikely to question that underlying belief. This means that you’ll make your financial decisions in line with your core beliefs – which have been adopted over time by ad hoc learning and trial and error – and may or may not be serving you.
A great example of this is the commonly expressed idea that all you have to do is ‘live within your means’. Or said another way, ‘all you have to do is ‘spend less than you earn’. But a subtle shift in perspective will accomplish the same thing in a way that actually increases your capacity with money, rather than reinforcing fear, scarcity and dependency. This shift is ‘all you have to do is earn more than you spend’.
It’s only when you are faced with a significant financial situation that you’re likely even be open to new ideas that challenge your beliefs. But, given the current economic climate it seems that people who have been intimidated to ask questions or to look at alternative views to solve their money issues are going to have to shift their beliefs quickly if they’re going to be able to navigate the changes on the horizon.
As we start the New Year, here are a two key financial areas that will challenge the conventional view of money. These concepts are necessary to help create a paradigm shift in your thinking which will ultimately affect your plans and your results:
1. Debt. ‘Get out of debt’ teaching will sabotage our society; plus reinforce scarcity, inferiority and guilt. The reason anyone wants to get out of debt is to use their money more effectively and ultimately so they have more money to spend and invest to create more wealth which creates more income which gives them more money to spend and so on and so on.
The goal is to have money to spend. And spending money fuels the economy which is good for everyone. This doesn’t mean that everyone should keep their unproductive debt or spend frivolously. It means that to do a complete debt evaluation and create a debt management system, you have to develop a strategy to manage the current situation, then create income to fuel your lifestyle, and finally find out how to use this powerful tool called credit effectively to enhance your wealth.
Re-write ‘get out of debt’ and substitute it with ‘earn more income to support my lifestyle’.
2. Retirement. The concept of retirement is almost impossible today. The idea of working then not working and living off your pension and your savings has only appeared to have worked for one generation throughout history: the generation immediately following World War II. It is virtually impossible to save enough to support your pre-working lifestyle in today’s economy. And even if you do manage to do it, you will spend your working life wondering if you’ve saved enough and if you’re getting a good enough return on your money. Then when you stop work you’ll be concerned with not losing what you have, or not having enough so that anyway you look at it, the concept of retirement in the conventional view is going to cause you to have financial stress.
The real plan is to become financially independent so you have enough income to support your lifestyle, whatever that might be. This may or may not come from savings and in all likelihood is best to come from several different sources.
Re-write ‘retirement’ as ‘financial independence’ and start learning about ways to earn sustainable income outside of your job.
The biggest challenge you will find is that the commonly accepted language and strategies will all revolve around these 2 primary, seemingly sound, financial activities. Financial professionals are trained to help their clients make investment and lending decisions and their products and services are primarily debt and investment products that are not about helping create sustainable income for life. They can help you with income products once you have some money, but the fuel for your entire financial plan as well as for your life requires you to be able to create income that will fuel your lifestyle without you having to work 40+ hours a week until you die. When you can take this approach your discussions with your financial advisors will open possibilities for different products and services and strategies where flexibility is important and rate of return is less important.
This means, that you will be a minority, but statistically speaking the minority is the group that ultimately has the wealth J Happy Writing!
PS – There’s a ‘makeover’ underway at MoneyMinding. Make sure you subscribe at www.moneyminding.com to get the new ‘Triumph Over Money’ report, and the be the first to hear about the MoneyMinding Makeover with mVillage special for only $10/month, or $100 a year!
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.Jeremiah 29:11 NIV
When it comes to money, I am convinced that the majority of people today would likely interpret this verse for themselves as, ‘…plans to hopefully prosper me financially, not to cause me to suffer financially, plans to hopefully give me a brighter future.’
Of course, I could be totally wrong, but if the percentage of people I talk to on a daily basis about some aspect of money is any indication, then I would be inclined to say we have an epidemic of financially worried people carrying a virus of doubt and fear into the majority of their everyday financial decisions.
If the Lord ‘declares’ that He has plans to give us a hope and a future, then any sort of financial doubt means we are fretting needlessly. This leads to guilt, and self-condemnation, which in turn creates a downward spiral of low confidence and ultimately a self-sabotage of more lack. Certainly this isn’t the life the Lord has planned for His people.
Obviously if breaking this paradigm was as easy as saying, ‘just believe’ then any positive thinking, self-help book would have the answer and anyone who’s read one would be rich and successful!
But what is prosperity anyway? It’s not dollars and cents, and it’s not something we do on our own.
To apply the prosperity mentioned in Jeremiah 29:11 to money in real life today, you have to start by recognizing whenever you are trying to control some aspect of money in your life: spending, saving, giving, insuring, borrowing, paying, earning, judging others, working, comparing, wishing,…(or not). Then whenever you catch yourself in some aspect of financial doubt, lack, or judgement, simply thank the Lord or all He has provided and praise Him for knowing the plans He has for your life. Do this for a day, then a week, then a month, and keep going…you are building confidence which is the foundation to help you learn and apply additional practical strategies to your ongoing real life financial decisions!
If you’d like to join me and others to explore God, Money and Real Life, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 250-592-0457 for more information. Or make sure you read The Death by Money Report available at www.deathbymoney.com for additional information on the paradigm shift required to make immediate and lasting positive financial changes to your life!
Money has a way of stirring up a hurricane in our lives. Whether something happens from a an unexpected event or whether it’s a decision that needs to be made about buying, borrowing, or investing, on a day-to-day basis, money affects EVERY area of our life.
Navigating the real-life challenges and day-to-day money decisions in your life requires a certain amount of knowledge, skill and confidence depending on the situation. Applying all three of these areas at the right time and in the right way is a process and also requires faith. It’s all these things working together that can create the calm in the midst of some of the biggest financial storms.
Money isn’t just technical know how. Whether we like it or not, throughout the ages money has power and is a very emotional, controversial subject. Bringing God, Money and Real Life together is equally as controversial and emotional but also provides a foundation for God’s blessings for powerful results beyond what we could potentially ask or imagine on our own.
Beginning Friday, September 7th from noon 1:00 pacific time for 4 weeks during the season of transition from the relaxing, bright sunshine of summer, to the cooler, busier days of fall, I invite you to join me on a journey through the storm to discover and apply God’s wisdom to real-life money decision making today.
The program includes 4 live and recorded Teleseminar lessons and weekly homework so that by the end of September you will have fresh new insights about integrating God’s word and real-life money knowledge for earning, managing and maintaining wealth today. The objective is to discover and apply the learning so that by the end of the month you will have new knowledge, new skills, and an action plan for you to incorporate this information into your own life.
Plus, if you’re a financial professional or counsellor who works with people and their money, you will have new tools, strategies and resources to help others navigate turbulent money situations.
If you register and pay in full before the end of day Friday, August 31st you will also receive access to the full original MoneyMinding Makeover course valued at $250. This program has produced worldwide testimonials because it provides simple, sequential steps of short information pages, followed by the exercises, templates, questionaires and specifics needed to implement the information into your life. It is timeless, generic, powerful information that is not and has not been taught in school or by mainstreem financial educators!
If you’re not sure you can make all the sessions live, that’s ok. You’ll have access to all the recordings and materials and an opportunity to interact and ask questions with the group regardless. And if you still have questions or are not sure if this is the right program for you, call me directly at 250-592-0457 pacific time.
PS – There is so much unsettling financial news today. Now we also have hurricane Isaac occupying the news and adding to the unsettling financial news. Thousands of years ago, Abraham trusted God with a very unsettling situation and acted in faith with preparing to sacrifice his son, Isaac. No doubt there was great turmoil throughout this interaction before God stepped in and provided the sacrificial lamb instead of Isaac. Today I pray for the families affected by hurricane Isaac and I pray that there is no financial hurricane causing turmoil in your life, or if there is, that you are able to weather the storm and find the peace that surpasses understanding in the eye of the storm.
I’d like to invite you to join me in September for and exploration of God, Money and Real Life. If the bible has so much to say about how to manage our money and there seems to be such a growing volume of people offering financial education, why do the studies also show that there is also a growing number of people struggling financially?
Whatever the reason, there is no doubt that money, and in particular God and Money together, are:
I invite you to join me on a 4 week journey beginning Friday, September 7th at noon pacific to discover and apply some of God’s foundational principles of money as it relates to real life today. The objective isn’t just more knowledge. The objective is application, which means getting results. And I promise you that with God’s blessing, it has the potential to provide the missing link between His living word about money, and your own life situation.
What qualifies me to teach about God, Money and Real Life? For over 20 years I’ve been working in financial services; over 15 years ago God gave me insights to a missing link between financial information and the real-life application of that information; and his purpose for my life to share this information has taken me on a journey that sometimes feels like Joseph’s journey during the period of time from the pit to Pharaoh’s Palace: a persevering spirit guided by the Lord.
Here’s how it works:
1. Register today by either:
a) ordering online here, or
b) making a donation here, or
c) contacting me directly to make arrangements
2. Before the program begins on September 7th, I will send you online access. Depending on the total number of registered, we will either meet for our weekly sessions by phone, or by online video access.
3. Each week we’ll meet as a group for the lessons and discussion, and each week I’ll provide you with follow up materials and ‘homework’.
4. If you aren’t able to make a session, or if you’re away, that’s ok, because all the weekly sessions and follow up materials will be archived and available online. The online access will also include an opportunity for you to share thoughts ideas and questions and to communicate with others in the program if you chose.
Hope you can make it and looking forward to sharing more with you.
PS – If you’re just not sure, then please visit www.deathbymoney.com to order your copy of my new book, The Death by Money Report, to get the background information and to find out why this message so important today!
God says “But forget all that was in the past — it is nothing compared to what I am going to do.
For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.” Isaiah 43:18,19
Because, “The blessing of the Lord makes a person rich, and he adds no sorrow with it.” Proverbs 10:22
In 1997 while still practicing as a top investment advisor for one of Canada’s largest investment firms, I began developing the concepts that have formed the basis of the MoneyMinding programs and materials. In 1999, God revealed himself in a dramatic way by sending an angel to our 3 year old daughter. In 2001, both my husband and I accepted Christ as our Lord and Saviour and He has lead us on an amazing journey with some real-life challenges ever since.
This journey has so far included some of life’s biggest stressors: a tax re-assessment and bankruptcy, a sudden close family member death, close family member cancer, another close family member messy divorce with kids involved, multiple moves, and a seemingly endless list of every day challenges with bills, cars, kids, family, etc. etc.
In 2005, we had an initial exciting financial revival after a few rough years, with a new home and successful business launch only to be met with challenges that grew out of trusting some people who had their own agenda including attempting securities fraud with my company, MoneyMinding.
There comes a point in life when you know that the Lord has plans for your life, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future’ (Jeremiah 29:11) and that His grace is (and always has been) sufficient (2 Corinthians 12:9) to provide the courage to glorify Him through my life. (Philippians 1:20)
The intersection of knowledge and faith came together to save my / our life in 2011. The Holy Spirit spoke loud and clear that I was not to continue with the consultant’s plan to provide funding for the company in the public market the way he had been setting it up. Everyone on the team was encouraging me to continue because the process had taken over a year longer than expected and money was scarce at best, and stress levels were off the chart. The overall theme was to ‘get the money’ and get missing information later. The process was halted and the team perceived that I had sabotaged everyone’s financial windfall. In reality several months later, I did get the answers to the questions that had been mounting. The funding ‘scheme’ was confirmed to be illegal and I was being set up to be responsible for the illegal activity.
Thank you Lord, for intervening when knowledge left questions and man was misleading me.
My husband, daughter and I were left with no money, minimal income, a mountain of debt, an entire mountain range of corporate administrative clean up, and no expertise or resources to carry on and re-build. Yet the Lord has been faithful and has provided strength, money, people, encouragement and wisdom to maintain our bills, home, credit, marriage, and our health.
Surviving a devastating financial upheaval takes courage, it takes wisdom, and it takes God’s love to hold you through the long days of hard work and tough decisions. Sometimes its only because He’s there that getting out of bed in the morning is even possible.
My prayer is that you do not have to experience a major financial stress anywhere close to this. Unfortunately, as I have written about in my new book, The Death by Money Report, the reality is that most people will experience some sort of financial uncertainty and struggle during their lifetime. It could be from job loss, health issues, death, divorce, business failure, investment loss, accumulated debt, or a seeming inability to earn enough money to live the life you once hoped to be able to live.
Seven years after starting the company and marketing the information corporately, the Holy Spirit is prompting me to share the biblical principles that have combined with my technical expertise to help others navigate the world of personal finance today. He is indeed doing a ‘new thing’ (Isaiah 43:18,19) and there is ‘no sorrow’ or ‘painful toil’ for it (Proverbs 10:22). The principles have always been the foundation of the MoneyMinding programs; however, I have only recently started sharing with the body of Christ, the biblical integration.
Beginning September 7th, at noon Pacific, I invite you to join me for a 4 week journey: God, Money, and Real Life. I’ll share principles, strategies and action plans you can put into practice to experience the Holy Spirit’s power working in your finances and your life today. God says, He can do ‘immeasurably more than we can ask or imagine’ (Ephesians 3:20). I encourage you to join me to experience fresh insights from His living word and from the voice of experience, and expertise. My desire is that you will be able to apply these concepts to your own situation to realize results you didn’t before think were possible!
The program is $99 for the four, 1 hour live and recorded audio sessions plus ‘homework’. But, in keeping with God’s principles for prosperity, you can also make donations of any amount that will fit with your current situation. If you aren’t able to attend the live sessions, that’s ok too, they will be recorded and you can still participate on your own time, including being able to ask questions and share your results.
When your order and / or donation has been received you will receive information within 24 – 48 hours with further details and welcome instructions!
I’m looking forward to sharing more with you and to experiencing the Lord’s work in and through all of us as we journey forward together!
PS – This program is the first of many ‘new things’ as I also prepare to share the creative financial planning strategies and support from my long time friend and greatly admired financial advisor, Dan Loney (www.loneyfinancial.com). He and I have discussed co-authoring a book on debt for almost 10 years now; I have come close to working with him several times in the past; and look forward to helping him expand his biblical program on financial management called, The Joseph Principle. I will be continuing to support the portfolio of MoneyMinding content, programs, resources and materials including mVillage membership with live mentorship. These are central resources for you to get personal and anonymous information and support and where new information is made available to members 24/7.