How Sobriety Lead me to Faith and Financial Freedom

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Hello everyone! I was given the opportunity to share my story with the readers of Bible Money Matters. It’s an awesome website run by an impressive young man, Peter Anderson. Their tagline is: Give more. Save more. Live more.

If you haven’t checked out their site yet, I highly recommend that you do as there is a lot of valuable content there.

Anyway, I wanted to make sure you had a chance to read my guest post for Bible Money Matters, so here it is…

How Sobriety Lead me to Faith and Financial Freedom

It was a hot August evening in 2016 and I was praying feverishly. My house was in foreclosure and my attorney was going to court the next day to ask for a waiver of deficiency.

I had come so far and yet, here I was…another loss.

As I prayed the Lord took me to Deuteronomy:

At the end of every 7 years, you shall grant a release of debts. – Deuteronomy 15:1

What a Difference 7 Years Can Make

I asked God, why me? Why does this scripture apply to me now? The Lord put it on my heart to think about where I was 7 years prior.

So, I calculated it out and immediately fell to my knees sobbing.

It was 7 years to the month when God delivered me from an abusive relationship and drug addiction. Heck, it might have even been 7 years to the date.

When you get out of such wreckages, you don’t always note the date.


My attorney went to court the next day and the bank bought the house back. Additionally, they waived the deficiency. I again cried and was overwhelmed at His grace and mercy. Up to this point, I had been making an effort to pay off my debt, but I was completely underwater on this house. I moved out a year prior and pursued a short sale for a couple of reasons:

  1. Some major things broke
  2. It was no longer a safe neighborhood for a single woman

Once the foreclosure was completed I knew it was time to turn up the heat and repay the remainder of my debt. God showed me favor and I needed to do my part.

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9 thoughts on “How Sobriety Lead me to Faith and Financial Freedom”

  1. Deanna .

    That is such an amazing post. We are not perfect in any way, as long as we keep our faith we have God to help us through our challenges. Life is a struggle, and we have to be grateful for our time we have hear today. I struggle with anxiety and worry, everyday I try to get a little better at putting those worries past me and on to God. Its a process that takes time and patience for me.

    Thanks for the post

    1. Great comment! Thank you very much. Yes, it’s definitely not about being perfect but rather getting better every day. God gets all the glory in my victories.

  2. Deanna, this is so inspirational. Thank you so much for sharing. I love the authenticity in your writing.
    It is really fun to find other Christians pursing Financial Independence!

    1. Hello Katie, it is nice to meet you! Thank you for your kind words. I do tend to tell it all – the good, the bad, the ugly, and the redemption. Moreover, I do it while I’m going through it. I’ll be honest at times I feel vulnerable & foolish for sharing so much. However, then I’m reminded that these are the kinds of stories that have helped me along the way. It is fun to find other Christians pursuing FI! I’d love to hear more about your story…

      1. Yes! I definitely understand. I just wrote an article on the mistakes I have made so far as a new real estate investor. It takes courage to be vulnerable and admit your faults. But it is so cool to see how Jesus can turn things around and teach us lessons through it all!

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