Are You Constantly Connected To The Source?

Walking in God’s Favor: I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord. Plans to prosper you and not harm you; plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)

Great Communication Begins With Connection

Daily communion with God in prayer is the source of power and purpose in the Level 4 Steward’s life. In Him we move, live, and having our being. The challenge for Level 4 Stewardship is the ability to stay connected when you can have, do, and be anything you desire.

We agree with Barack Obama, the first African-American U.S. President and former community organizer when he says “Focusing your life solely on making a buck shows a certain poverty of ambition. It asks too little of yourself. Because it’s only when you hitch your wagon to something larger than yourself that you realize your true potential.”

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The Most Important Things In Life Are The Connections You Make With Others

Level 4 Stewards have more opportunities than ever. It has taken Black Americans  in the United States 400 years of prayer, courage, and sacrifice to get us where we are today. Staying connected to God gives the  Level 4 Steward a vision that will positively impact many lives and make the world a better place to live.

Level 4 Stewards understand the importance of time and managing your time wisely. Staying connected to God in prayer is always the first priority in Level 4 Stewardship. A Level 4 Steward is aware that the choices you make today will impact future generations, so staying connected to the Source is critical to the success of your life’s mission.

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Love Is A Spiritual Connection 

The Level 4 Steward’s thought process is to allow God lordship over your will, dreams and ambition. God’s blessings in the lives of the Level 4 Stewards will be a blessing in the lives of  others as well. God empowers the lives of Level 4 Stewards so they are an example of His love, joy, peace, long-suffering, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control.

Connectivity to God is the source of all blessings and love. Connectivity to people is how those blessings of love flow from the Source into the lives of others.  Level 4 Stewards understand the spiritual process of connectivity.

Prayer of blessings: Lord, help me stay connected to You.

Michael J. Vance is the co-host of the Better Husband Father Man Podcast  a hub for all things parenting, marriage, and self improvement. He is also the president of the AIIA 2020 Convention & Trade Show, and financial & benefit risk manager for Hundley Batts & Associates Insurance Agency    Ardella Vance is  a gifted educator and  a Master Guide in the Pathfinder Club, a global organization empowered to teach life and leadership skills to young people.  The Vance’s have been married well over 30 years and share their lives with four adult children and ten grandchildren. They currently reside in Huntsville,  Alabama and blog from their financial workbook ” The Stewardship of Wealth.

What’s On Your Reading Lists?

Walking In God’s Favor: Do not be shaped by this world; instead be changed within by a new way of thinking. Then you will be able to decide what God wants for you; you will know what is good and pleasing to him and what is perfect. Romans 12:2 NCV

Be Humble, Be Teachable, and Always Keep Learning.

We are so happy  and honored that our  grand-daughter was given the opportunity to represent Oakwood University/AL and to participate as one of the 8 student spotlights during  Facebook’s Virtual Graduation

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Those Who Keep Learning, Will Keep Raising In Life 

Ardella and I have posted the wisdom and insights we have learned from our journey of becoming the best  version of ourselves  in 2020.   Our Stewardshipofwealth.com Team is committed to playing a significant role in encouraging you to grow in areas of  your life that need confirmation and clarity.

Here are some suggested reading to empower you in that process of becoming a better steward of your wealth and the best version of yourself.

1. Go Do Your Something – Lamont Dupree

2. Spend Well,  Live Rich – Michelle Singletary

3.  Wealth – It’s in Your Worship Not Your Works – Roland J. Hill

4.  Breaking Free from Financial Slavery – Deforest B. Soaries Jr.

5. Total Money Makeover – Dave Ramsey

6. The Dream Giver – Bruce Wilkinson

7. 80 Proven Ways to Become a Millionaire – Paul  S. Damazo

8. Everyday Millionaire – Chris Hogan

9. Debt Free  Degree – Anthony O’Neil

10. 12 Week Year – Brian Moran

11.  Power to get Wealth: No Money Required – Keith Douglas

12.  40 Days to a Prosperous Soul – Thomas Weeks III

Prayer of Blessing:  Lord, we thank You for the freedom to growth.

Michael J. Vance is the co-host of the Better Husband Father Man Podcast  a hub for all things parenting, marriage, and self improvement. The president of the AIIA 2020 Convention & Trade Show  and financial & benefit risk manager for Hundley Batts & Associates Insurance Agency    Ardella Vance is  a gifted educator and  a Master Guide in the Pathfinders Club a global organization empowered to teach life and leadership skills to young people.  The Vance’s have been married well over 30 years and share their lives with four adult children and ten grandchildren. They currently reside in Huntsville, Alabama and blog weekly from their financial workbook ” The Stewardship of Wealth.

Are You A Generous Giver?

Walking in God’s Favor: But since you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in the love we have kindled in you —see that you also excel in this grace of giving. II Corinthians 8:7 NIV

Hope Is being The Light, When Surrounded by Darkness

During these unprecedented times of COVID-19 many people are looking for hope. For many living rooms have become offices or class rooms. You can become a positive ray of hope by giving your time, encouragement and wisdom to others.

Among my family of orgin (Michael), our sister Vonseal’s life illuminated a spirit of hope. If you had big dreams or goals, she would become your biggest cheerleader. Even when others gave up on you, Vonseal continued to pour love, encouragement, and wisdom into you. She was a giver of hope.

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April 21, 1954 – October 13, 2015

I can personally say, having Vonseal as a sibling was a tremendous blessing in my life. She supported and encouraged me (a young punk kid) to graduate high school and become the first person in our family to earn a college degree.

She was a tremendous blessing to our family, to a community of friends, and the world is a better place because she passed through it. Vonseal was a generous giver of her time,  and she was a generous giver of her love and hope to her family and friends.

When You Give Hope, Anything Is Possible

In our book  “Stewardship of Wealth” we describe Level 4 Stewards as generous givers. They are generous in giving of their time, they are generous in sharing of their talents, and they are generous in giving of their financial resources. Many of you have people in your lives or know someone who embodies the spirit of giving hope.

Ardella and I can personally acknowledge, whatever we give generously and cheerfully to God, He multiplies it back to us in so many ways. Jesus said in Luke 6:38 “Give and it will be given to you. A measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap”. We are passionate about sharing our Financial Peace journey with meaningful others.

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Give More To The World, Than The World Gives To You

Level 4 stewards are not only gracious givers, they are motivated out of their love for God and for people. The heart of the faithful steward says, “All that I have is Yours, Lord.” When you choose to give because of your love for God, He pours His favor all over your life. If you are seeking God’s favor all over your life, begin giving generously from a place of love.

As faithful stewards, you are examples all day, everyday, no excuses of God’s sustainable love for you. God loves you so much, He generously gave up His Son. His Son, Jesus Christ, loves you so much, He generously gave up His life. What are you willing to generously give up to make a difference in the lives of others and the world?

Prayer of Blessing: Lord empower us with Your spirit of giving.

Michael J. Vance is the co-host of the Better Husband Father Man Podcast  a hub for all things parenting, marriage, and self improvement. The president of the AIIA 2020 Convention & Trade Show  and financial & benefit risk manager for Hundley Batts & Associates Insurance Agency    Ardella Vance is  a gifted educator and  a Master Guide in the Pathfinders Club a global organization empowered to teach life and leadership skills to young people.  The Vance’s have been married well over 30 years and share their lives with four adult children and ten grandchildren. They currently reside in Huntsville, Alabama and blog weekly from their financial workbook ” The Stewardship of Wealth.

Is Giving In Your Spiritual DNA?

Walking In God’s Favor: Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full—pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back. Luke 6:38 NLT

The Soul That Gives Gathers

Why does it feel so good deep down inside when you give? The Word of God says it is better to give than to receive. Giving is optional. You choose to give or not to give. When you choose to give, it touches the very essence of your soul and pleases God.

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Level 4 stewards give wisely of their time, talents or spiritual gifts and their financial resources so that their choices will honor God.  They are so connected to the Source, that they have learned to set boundaries that helps them grow spiritually.

A Person’s True Wealth Is the Goodness They Give In The World

Is it possible to give too much time and energy pursuing material riches? Jesus the CEO of the universe tells the story of a business man who was prospering financially.

All his time and energies were preoccupied with how to manage his overflow. Can you imagine having so much wealth that you, your children,  your grandchildren, your great grandchildren and your great great grandchildren could not spend it all in a lifetime?

Jesus calls this business man a fool because he did not recognize his soul was bankrupt and his spiritual life was in debt. This obviously successful entrepreneur was blinded by his addiction for more and more wealth.

Your Giving Should Inspire Others To Give

We believe Bill Gates, Oprah Winfrey and Warren Buffet all recognize that stewardship is a matter of the soul. Where you spend you time, share your talents or spiritual gifts  and give your financial support tells the world what is important to you.

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We personally believe that God blesses you so that you can be a blessing to others. We want to encourage you to make giving a part of your spiritual DNA today. You will be amazed at what God will grow in your life when you sow into the lives of meaningful  others. It’s a matter of the soul.

Prayer of Blessing: Lord we thank You for the spirit of giving.

Michael J. Vance is the co-host of the Better Husband Father Man Podcast  a hub for all things parenting, marriage, and self improvement. The president of the AIIA 2020 Convention & Trade Show  and financial & benefit risk manager for Hundley Batts & Associates Insurance Agency    Ardella Vance is  a gifted educator and  a Master Guide in the Pathfinders Club a global organization empowered to teach life and leadership skills to young people.  The Vance’s have been married well over 30 years and share their lives with four adult children and ten grandchildren. They currently reside in Huntsville, Alabama and blog weekly from their financial workbook ” The Stewardship of Wealth.

Do You Give From Your Heart?

Walking In God’s Favor: Each of you should give whatever you have decided. You shouldn’t be sorry that you gave or feel forced to give, since God loves a cheerful giver. 2 Corinthians 9:7 GW

The Heart That Gives Gains

Why would God say He loves a cheerful giver? Giving is an emotional experience that involves the heart.  The word of God says that where your treasures are, that’s where your heart will be also. You must make giving a part of your day to day Christian experience. Here’s how to start.

  • Pray…Ask for God’s power to change your heart. David asked  God for a clean heart. Only God has the ability to change hearts. God can transform your thinking if you give Him permission.
  • Seek…Discover God’s wisdom in His Word. Turn off the TV,  iPad, cell phone and unplug. Get into a regular Bible study group. How can you walk in God’s wisdom if you rarely read His divine road map?
  • Fellowship…Rub shoulders with people who are generous givers of their time, talents, treasure (money) & temple(body) in honor of God. Hang around people who live a stewardship lifestyle and are great examples of faithfulness.
  • Share…Tell your experience to others of how God has blessed your faithfulness. Many times you do not realize God is all you need, until God is all you got.

Real Giving Happens When You Give From The Heart

People can give more when they are not in bondage to debt and credit cards.  It is difficult to give cheerfully to the Kingdom when you have overextended yourself financially. Learn to say “No” to the person in the mirror and “Yes” to the Giver & Creator of life.BHFM 2020

Give Thanks With A Grateful Heart

You are invited to download our 2020 SOW Newsletter at our Stewardshipofwealth.com website. In our 2020 newsletter you will find links to several resources to inspire you to become a better steward of your wealth. Like us on Facebook and following our blog. We are truly thankful for you and the 3,927 others who follow our Stewardshipofwealth.com blog. We Pray that God continues to bless you and your family greatly.

Prayer of Blessing: Lord, teach us to give from our heart.

Michael J. Vance is the co-host of the Better Husband Father Man Podcast a hub for all things; parenting, marriage, and self-improvement. He is a financial & benefit risk manager with Hundley Batts & Associates Insurance Agency  and president of  Alabama Independent Insurance Agents .  Ardella Vance volunteers her time, talents, and financial resources to causes she is passionate about. She is a gifted educator and a Master Guide in the Pathfinder Club, a global organization empowered to teach life and leadership skills to young people. The Vances have been married well over 3 decades and share their lives with four adult children and ten exceptional grandchildren. They currently reside in Huntsville, Alabama and blog from their workbook “Stewardship of Wealth”.

Do You Put People Before Possessions?

Walking in God’s favor: Wealth is worthless in the day of wrath, but righteousness delivers from death. Proverbs 11:4 (NIV)

Do not let anyone change who you are to become what they need

We Christians in America have become so materialistic in our thinking. You have probably heard someone say, ” The one who dies with the most toys wins” or “The one with the gold makes the rules.”

The things in this world are temporal, but the things of God are eternal.  I believe Jesus Christ is returning for a people – not possessions. So, what are you doing to build intimate relationships with those you love? How are you investing your financial resources to better your relationship with God and meaningful others?

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Communication is what makes relationships strong

When you develop intimate relationships, you do it one-to-one. Your attention is focused on one person. Their needs become your priority. Dr David and Teresa Ferguson, co-authors of Intimate Encounters says, “Intimate relationships takes time and communications.”

Ardella and I will be going on a much needed Caribbean Cruise in the next few days. For me the best part of the 5-day cruise is the six-hour drive to Mobile, Alabama to embark on the Carnival Fantasy Cruise Ship. No children, no grandchildren, we forget about  our work, our ministries, our bills, we turn off our smart phones and we take time  to focus our attention on each other.

This includes sharing one’s feelings, putting one another first, sympathetic listening, and caring for one another. Sharing your heart with family and having meaningful relationships with others is what life is truly about. Life is meant to be shared. Sharing the love of  God with those we care about is priority for the Level 4 Steward.A MJV

Great satisfaction comes from sharing with others.

There is nothing like the power of your own life story. Everyone has a story to tell.  How are you being blessed today? Sharing your life experiences with others encourages them and gives them hope.  Tell others how you have overcome life’s struggles; how your faith brings stability in your life; how living by biblical principles gives you the wisdom to look around the corner to prepare for the storms of life. And finally tell others of your spiritual discovery for your life’s work.

You are invited to join us next month February 8th at 5PM on Oakwood University WJOU Radio Station Ardella and I will have the wonderful opportunity to share our hearts. Over the years we have been blessed to mentor hundreds of young families in their finances. We will openly shared the wisdom we have learned in Financial Peace University.

Prayer of blessing: Lord help me to value relationships and intentionally share my story.

Michael J. Vance is the co-host of the podcast Better Husband Father Man hub for all things; parenting, marriage, and self-improvement. He is a financial & benefit risk manager with Hundley Batts & Associates Insurance Agency  and president of the  Alabama Independent Insurance Agents Association  Ardella Vance volunteers her time, talents, and financial resources to causes she is passionate about. She is a gifted educator and a Master Guide in the International Pathfinder Club a global organization empowered to teach life and leadership skills to young people. The Vances have been married well over 3 decades and share their lives with four adult children and ten exceptional grandchildren. They currently reside in Huntsville, Alabama and blog from their workbook “Stewardship of Wealth”.

A leader lives with people to know their problems. A leader lives with God in order to solve them. John Maxwell

Walking in God’s favor: No prolonged infancies among us, please. We’ll not tolerate babes in the woods, small children who are an easy mark for impostors. God wants us to grow up, to know the whole truth and tell it in love—like Christ in everything. We take our lead from Christ, who is the source of everything we do. He keeps us in step with each other. His very breath and blood flow through us, nourishing us so that we will grow up healthy in God, robust in love. Ephesians 4:15-16 Message Bible

Words may lie, but action will always tell the truth

The truth is, we all have areas in our lives that we need to grow in. Your area of growth is probably different from my area of growth. We must truthfully acknowledge our area of weakness and face it.

 

My truth is I waste  far too much time watching TV, surfing the internet and on social media.  After reading Rick Warren’s book “The Purpose Drive Life ” I was motivated to initiate 3 immediate changes in my life.

1. I  would begin to limit the amount of television, internet and social media I consumed.

2. I would spend the best time of my day in prayer, read my bible and something positive.

3. I would release my spiritual side and invest time growing my inner man.

Live a life that feels good on the inside, not just one that looks good on the outside

My purpose was to seek the highest potential for my life. It has made an incredible difference. After making these 3 seemingly small changes I have been motivated to write this blog and self-published several books with Ardella. Our purpose is to share the goodness of God in our lives with family, friends and meaningful others.  I now choose to invest my time and develop my talents wisely.

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Level 4 Stewards are willing to do whatever it takes reach their highest potential. Are you willing to do your part. Yes you have an extremely important role in your spiritual discovery.  You are called for a moment like this in time. You are given unique gifts to develop over your lifetime and you have an assignment or  purpose that you have the potential to fulfill.

Prayer of blessing: Lord teach us to the live and speak the truth in love.

Michael J. Vance is the co-host of the podcast Better Husband Father Man hub for all things; parenting, marriage, and self-improvement. He is a financial & benefit risk manager with Hundley Batts & Associates Insurance Agency  and president of the  Alabama Independent Insurance Agents Association  Ardella Vance volunteers her time, talents, and financial resources to causes she is passionate about. She is a gifted educator and a Master Guide in the International Pathfinder Club a global organization empowered to teach life and leadership skills to young people. The Vances have been married well over 3 decades and share their lives with four adult children and ten exceptional grandchildren. They currently reside in Huntsville, Alabama and blog from their workbook “Stewardship of Wealth”.

If you represent God, you should represent Him in a positive way and not in a way that causes people to question God or His ways. G. E. Patterson

What You See Is What You Get

I enjoy listening to 70′s R&B music. One of my favorite R&B groups, The Dramatics, performed one of their many hit songs entitled; What You See is What You Get. We believe through the power of the Holy Spirit you must be committed to being a person of integrity. You must become a “What You See Is What You Get” person.

I heard one spiritual leader Pastor Benjamin Jones say “Your career ends when you die, but your character goes on for eternity”. Gods truly wants to develop your character. He sent his son Jesus Christ to be your earthly example.

It Takes Everything

Level 4  stewards are people of integrity. They follow through with what they say they’re going to do. Level 4  stewards are people whose word is their bond. Level 4  stewards are good examples and good leaders. They are an extremely positive witness to those who are in their circle of influence.

How you spend and relate to money has more to say about your character than anything else. Have you ever spent money you don’t have, for something you don’t need,  to impress people you don’t know? Many times money will reveal our inner selves; our true hearts.

Honest Hearts Produces Honest Actions

You are either a faithful steward or a unfaithful steward; a good example or a poor example. There is no in between. I clearly remember speaking at a Community of Faith Empowerment Session for a church on the topic of stewardship. When I completed my presentation I sat down next to Ardella and whispered “How did I do Honey?

Ardella looked dead into my eyes and asked, “Why are you talking about something you are not doing yourself?” Ouch! Yeah that hurts, but I made up my mind that day not to stand in front of people and talk about something I was not practicing in my own life. That I would be a husband, father, grandfather and business man of integrity.

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When Jesus Christ returned to heaven to be with his father, he sent you a Comforter to empower you to overcome selfishness, lust, greed, deceitfulness, and covetousness so you can walk in His love, freedom, and favor. You can become a person of integrity.

Prayer of Blessing: Lord help us to live authentically.

 

Michael J. Vance is the co-host of the podcast Better Husband Father Man hub for all things; parenting, marriage, and self-improvement. He is a financial & benefit risk manager with Hundley Batts & Associates Insurance Agency  and president of the  Alabama Independent Insurance Agents Association  Ardella Vance volunteers her time, talents, and financial resources to causes she is passionate about. She is a gifted educator and a Master Guide in the International Pathfinder Club a global organization empowered to teach life and leadership skills to young people. The Vances have been married well over 3 decades and share their lives with four adult children and ten exceptional grandchildren. They currently reside in Huntsville, Alabama and blog from their workbook “Stewardship of Wealth”.

Without forgiveness, there’s no future. Desmond Tutu

Walking in God’s Favor: Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths. Proverbs 3:5-6 KJV

Trust Takes Years to Build, Seconds to Destroy, and Forever to Repair

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In our society people will take advantage of  your trust. They will scheme, swindle and fraudulently go after your wealth. People like Bernard Madoff, who perpetrated over a 50 billion dollar Ponzi scheme have made money their God. They have no problem ripping you off, if it puts money into their pockets. They knowingly take advantage of their influence, power, and wealth.

Mistakes Are Forgivable If One Has the Courage to Admit Them

Level 4 Stewards practice the spiritual principle of forgiveness.  They have personally experienced the transformational power of forgiveness in their own lives and extend that kind of forgiveness to others.  When someone takes advantage of you, your faith can restore your loss in many ways.

Forgiveness Does Not Change the Past, But it Does Enlarge the Future

Forgiveness is not a option for the Level 4 Steward. They extend grace to others, learn from the experience and move on with their life’s mission. You can only experience this kind of forgiveness when you are connected to the Source of forgiveness. We will close this post with a quote from Billy Graham  ” Man has two great spiritual needs. One is for forgiveness. The other is for goodness.”

Prayer of Blessings: Lord teach us to forgive.

Michael J. Vance is the co-host of the podcast Better Husband Father Man hub for all things; parenting, marriage, and self-improvement. He is a financial & benefit risk manager with Hundley Batts & Associates Insurance Agency  and the president of the  Alabama Independent Insurance Agents Association. Ardella Vance volunteers her time, talents, and financial resources to causes she is passionate about. She is a gifted educator and a Master Guide in the International Pathfinder Club;a global organization empowered to teach life and leadership skills to young people. The Vances have been married well over 3 decades and share their lives with four adult children and ten exceptional grandchildren. They currently reside in Huntsville, Alabama and blog from their workbook “Stewardship of Wealth”.

 

Credit buying is much like being drunk. The buzz happens immediately and give you a lift. The hangover comes the day after. Joyce Brothers

Walking in God’s favor: The rich rule over the poor and the borrower is slave to the lender. Provider 22:7  NIV

Early to bed and early to rise, makes one healthy, wealthy and wise. 

We have personally experience family and friends who have become really excited about opportunities that has enlightened their minds to the unlimited earning potential we enjoy here in America. We enjoy walking along side those individuals  who have a plan, passion, and a purpose for becoming wealthy.  We can be in the middle of a recession and they will continue to seek creative ways to realize their financial dreams.

Deciding to become a better steward of your wealth takes wisdom, diligence and prayer. If you seek the spiritual power that God gives to get wealth, you are going to have to think differently and make choices that will move you toward your financial destiny.

Get debt-free first, that’s what frees up your income so you can win. 

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You will be surprised to discover the profile of those who accumulate financial prosperity in America. According to Thomas J. Stanley & Williams D. Danko authors of the The Millionaire Next Door who researched Americans that have a net worth of a $1 million, or more.

Their findings are interesting. Usually the person is an entrepreneur, who has lived in the same city all their adult life. The own either a service company, small factory or chain of stores. They remain in a lifetime relationship and have married once. They live next door to people with a fraction of their wealth. They earned their money on they own and 80%  are first generation rich.

Here are seven common traits found in people who successfully create wealth: ( Adapted from the The Millionaire Next Door)

1. The live well below their means.

2. They balance and integrated their time, energy and money efficiently in ways that create wealth.

3. The believe that financial independence in more important that displaying high social status.

4. Their parents did not give them their wealth.

5. Their adult children are economically self-sufficient.

6. They are good at finding and targeting marketing opportunities.

7. They chose the right occupation

Freedom from debt is worth more than any amount you can earn.FPU Class

Jesse Jackson says in book It’s About Money, ” Income without wealth, is just flash without cash.” Always remember  income is based on your paycheck and wealth is based on your assets. (what you own)

In closing I leave you with the words of King Solomon the riches man who ever lived on the planet. “Do not wear yourself out trying to get rich. Be wise enough to know when to quit. In the blink of an eye wealth disappears, for it will sprout wings and fly away like an eagle. ” Proverbs 23:4,5 (NLT)

Prayer of Blessings: Lord help us to become better stewards of our wealth.

Michael J. Vance is the co-host of the podcast Better Husband Father Man hub for all things; parenting, marriage, and self-improvement. He is a financial & benefit risk manager with Hundley Batts & Associates Insurance Agency  and the president of the  Alabama Independent Insurance Agents Association  Ardella Vance volunteers her time, talents, and financial resources to causes she is passionate about. She is a gifted educator and a Master Guide in the International Pathfinder Club a global organization empowered to teach life and leadership skills to young people. The Vances have been married well over 3 decades and share their lives with four adult children and ten exceptional grandchildren. They currently reside in Huntsville, Alabama and blog from their workbook “Stewardship of Wealth”.