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I never really thought about money until I was 13 years old. It was around this time when my parents decided to “take a break” and money got tight. The moment that’s permanently etched into my memory, and that changed my life forever, is when I looked through the blinds and caught a glimpse of my mom crying because she couldn’t pay a bill.
I wanted to punch the wall.
I wanted to cry.
I wanted to do something!
I felt so much like a burden that I seriously contemplated running away just so she wouldn’t have to buy me food.
I knew that if I never wanted to see my mom crying over a bill again, I had to find a way to make money.
This determination stuck with me. At 15 years old, I had a job, and in my 20s, I made six figures. Before reaching age 30, I acquired real estate and stocks worth more than $1 million. Needless to say, my mom would no longer have to stress over money.
“In retrospect, I know, because we were faithful to God in our finances, He sustained us through the most difficult trial either of us have ever faced. It was something neither of us could prepare for. ”
The True Test
As the money continued to grow, an immeasurably valued event occurred in my life.
I discovered God for myself.
As my relationship with God improved, I started building a relationship with Tabitha, a girl who I met in 7th grade.
Not only did we both have dreams of building wealth, we also agreed that we wanted to do so in a way that’s favorable to God.
This meant we put giving first, saving and investing second, we avoided debt, and everything else came after that.
In retrospect, I know, because we were faithful to God in our finances, He sustained us through the most difficult trial either of us have ever faced. It was something neither of us could prepare for.
And it would change our lives forever.
Why I created Financialseeds.net
Tabitha and I eventually married. When she was seven months pregnant, with our first child, she fell out and was unconscious in our living room. After seeing her get strapped down to a hospital bed, and get a tube stuck into her skull to drain fluid from her brain, we were told that she had a brain tumor and had to undergo emergency surgery.
After almost two months in the hospital, we could finally go home. My daughter was a few weeks old and my wife was in a wheelchair, wearing an eye-patch.
It was painful to see my wife struggling to get back to where she was before the tumor. To make matters worse, we found out she was denied for disability! This meant her $75,000 salary was gone!
Instead of allowing stress over money to tear us apart, we continued to be good stewards over whatever God blessed us with. We continued to put giving first and investing second. And for two years my wife was able to stay home, recover, and build a bond with our daughter.
During this time, not only were we able to stay current on all bills and avoid debt, we were able to buy a new house and acquire a new rental property. On top of that, we were able to travel.
How were we able to do it? All I can say is, with God all things are possible.
I know the same Bible-based financial principles that worked for Tabitha and I — will work for you. That’s why I created Financialseeds.net.
Today, I’m a licensed financial advisor that’s focused on giving you a Bible-based approach to financial freedom.
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