In this episode, I interview Emily G. Stroud.
Emily G. Stroud currently lives in Fort Worth, Texas with her husband and two children. She also owns and manages a boutique investment firm called Stroud Financial Management. She has been a Financial Advisor for a little over 17 years. Emily counsels people on how to handle their wealth, manage risk, and ensure a nice tidy retirement. Emily does her best to beat the odds of the stock market. She helps her clients plan and mitigate each possible financial scenario that can arise in their lives. Most importantly, Emily wants her clients, and now her readers, to thrive financially, emotionally, and spiritually.
Emily shares the story of God calling her to share her story at IF:Gathering 2015 and then receiving a book contract at She Speaks 2015 for Faithful Finance. Emily then shares her heart and desires for individuals to manage their money with biblical principles.
If you truly believe I’m real, you need to live out your faith in a more visual way.
I learned I’m totally and 100% dependent on God and not my own strength so that was part of the process too. So all the different seasons that I have gone through I truly believe prepared me for such a time as this.
How you steward your money is much more of a heart issue than a monetary issue.
Money is a tool to be used wisely.
If you are obedient to God’s plan you will be blessed and you will be able to bless others and that’s the most important thing to realize.
I’m not preaching a prosperity gospel. However, there are so many practical tools that are for financial planning that are in the Bible and God does have a best practice to manage your money. He does want it to be a positive thing in your life.
He really does control everything and we’re just managing it while we are here.
Look at it like a faith issue rather than an issue causes fear.
God doesn’t need your money. He’s got this under control, but he wants is a relationship with you and he wants you to be obedient. Part of being obedient is actually taking a step of faith and using your money to tithe and to bless others.
You cannot afford not to tithe. If you are faithful in a little God will allow you to be faithful in much, but if you are not faithful in the little bit that you have now, why in the world would he entrust you with more? Take a small step with the faith of a mustard seed and say with my next paycheck I’m going to take 10% off the top and tithe.
Expect God to show up.
If you’re already tithing, but you’re not being challenged, giving over and above a 10% tithe would be called sacrificial giving, take the next step.
People that are running really successful non-profit ministries need your money more than your time. Pray about who you can support.
When you change your perspective about your money a lot of things change in your life as well.
Money can be a root of evil. That doesn’t mean that money is a root of all evil. Money is a tool and God can use it so abundantly. Do not think of money as a negative thing.
Some of the richest people I know in my life are the most generous people I’ve met.
There are kings and priests in God’s kingdom. Kings are the people who work and create wealth and they provide the monetary resources to support priests. And a priest is the executive director for World Vision, all the different people running non-profit ministries. What they need is money to further their kingdom causes so if we see our roles in the body of Christ, we could radically change the world.
There’s a whole world of need out there and the more we can build resources and give it away, you know what’s going to happen, you’re going to make more money and you’re going to give it away and it’s going to build more.
I promise you can not outgive God.
In an ideal world, we would not have debt.
I do not consider a mortgage bad debt, but it has to be done in a wise manner.
Credit card is the #1 bad debt.
If at all possible, don’t have car debt because it will never be worth more than the day you buy it.
If you’re start seeing the tithe as a non-negotiable, then God will bless it.
If you don’t have a goal, then you don’t have a direction and you don’t know where you’re going.
For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. 1 Timothy 6:10
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