In today's TRUTH about MONEY sequel we dig deeper into my NO money story and move into my NOW money story.
If you haven't listened to Episode 250. Pause and do that first. Because sister - for the first time ever, we are going to have an open, honest, vulnerable conversation about....
The good. The bad. The biblical. The TRUTH.
In today's juicy episode I will share my thoughts on MONEY. Worldly vs. biblical and why we put so much value on money. I go into the reality of money as Christians and how we can re-frame our money stories based on what God wants for us.
I hope God blesses you with fresh perspective.
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FULL EPISODE TRANSCRIPTION:
Hey girl. Hey, what's up. I am so excited to be back and bringing you more truth. When it comes to Monday, show me the money, honey. We're going to be finishing up my no money story and going into my now money story and how I, what differences I really see in my business now that God is in charge of my finances and the God-sized dreams versus the old Steph sized dreams and how mine pale in comparison to his super excited to get into that with you. And I just wanted to invite you to check out working together. There are three ways that we can work together, SIS, and I want to see where you're at so that I can meet you right there. Step one, you don't know what you want to do. You're like helped me get glare Charities. Somebody help a sister out.
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All right, let's get to work girls. Welcome back to The Mompreneur Mastermind Show, where we choose to run insanely successful, passive income businesses that light us while consuming iced coffee Rawless and flawless, and maybe breaking it down to some gangster rap while our kids aren't looking. Did we just become best friends? Yes. Yes we did. Hey, I'm Stefanie Gass, six figure corporate exec turned top 1%. Network marketer turn podcaster. I believe when we let God light our path, we experienced true miracles. Welcome sister. Let's get pumped up for today's show.
Wrap up the no money story. Basically at this point, I had been searching and seeking 2016 at father. God, help me help myself, no money left. I was totally panicking. You guys doing all the wrong things I was making t-shirts on Amazon merch, which I made $3 a shirt in profit. So that's kind of hilarious. Also. I really stink at graphics. So that's just really funny. I was looking at getting another job. I was trying to do all the wrong things because I was focused on how do I make money when we're in a state of panic and the money isn't there. We often turn to quick and easy, get rich quick. What we used to do, what we know we could do instead of what God is calling us to do, because we don't trust him. We are only trusting money. We think that money is the answer.
And so we chase it and which is exactly what I did. And it took an entire year to get my life together, basically. After trying all these different things and still finding myself in the same position, I got out a sheet of paper and I was like, this is the moment I'm like, I'm fully, fully, fully surrendering. You guys may have heard me talk about this before. It was the infamous piece of paper writing the woman that God called me to be on a sheet of paper, changed everything. So I wrote in the paper, what he wanted me to be. And nowhere on that paper, was it like six figures or multi-millionaire, or it was like, God wanted me to be intentional with my time and amazing mama to my sweet angels, a good wife steward my home. Well, take care of my body, get my health back get rid of my anxiety.
He wanted me to not drink so much if at all he wanted me to take care of myself and then he wanted me to serve women with what I knew at the time, which was really like battling that fear mindset, taking massive action and online marketing. That's really the stuff that I really knew. So I wrote that stuff on a sheet of paper and I'm like, let's get it. And I, I re like right around that same time had this really deep transformation in my spirituality. I really had like that second baptism that like baptism in the Holy spirit where it just like deepened within me. And I began searching and seeking for deeper spiritual growth and partnering with God at a whole different capacity. And through that journey, along with being really true to the woman that I had written on the paper just day by day, every day, intentionally, what would this chick do on this piece of paper?
Like, she'd go to the gym today. She would show up on a live, even though it was messy, she would, you know, figure this stuff out. She would just start, even though it's really awkward and it wasn't clear, like it was not clear. There was no clarity of what I was doing of what I was. I didn't have a brand name. I didn't know anything, but show up and talk about online marketing business or something to do with balancing motherhood, boundaries, this type of stuff. So I started to do it and that was roughly mid 2016. And what's crazy is everything started to align. Everything started to explode for me and then in 2018. So I did that rock and roll for about a year and it was great. I was starting to grow again an audience and it felt good. It felt really, really like aligned with who God wanted me to be.
I had really great boundaries and I know that God was really carefully, carefully orchestrating the breakthrough, right? The success breakthrough, because I wouldn't have been able to handle it in 2017. I was still healing from a lot of the network, marketing trauma, no shade to network marketing, you know, but just the industry has a lot that they put on you and the idols that I had broken down and just, I had a lot of inner work to do before I could experience the financial fruits that I know he has in store for all of you. And he had in store for me. So I, I was kind of just spinning my wheels a bit. I was always on social. I was trying to figure out, am I YouTube? Or am I a blogger? Like, what am I doing? And I kept praying over it and asking God to reveal to me the thing, like, what is the thing?
How am I supposed to serve these women? And what am I supposed to be doing to serve them? And he spoke to me in a dream in 2018 and it said, start a podcast. And so once I did that and not to go too deep into my story, cause I really want to get back to money, but I need to walk you through the what's like what happened once I sat down behind that crackly old Amazon mic, 20 bucks pulled it out, plugged it in. I'm like hi, let's do this. You know, it didn't really know what I was going to talk about, but I was really partnered with Holy spirit in the podcast. And I just allowed that to start to work through me. And I started to I'd let go of what I wanted for my business. So in 2018, that was really that moment where, because I trusted God to give me an answer.
And I waited for that answer. Sometimes the answers don't come quickly. They come in perfect timing. God was, you know, I think that he rewards us when we're obedient. And so I here, here's what I did. Number one, I asked God what he wanted for my business. This is what changed it. Wasn't Stephanie, what do you want for your business stuff? How do you make the most money right now? How do you go get a job again? It was, what does God want me to do in my business? I took it to him. And then number two, I surrendered the answer, surrendered. It, it was like, whatever comes back, I'm here for it. And I will let you know that that happens a little bit more easily when you have nothing to lose. So in 2016, 2017, you know, I didn't have anything to lose.
The business had already crumbled beneath me. I was 60 pounds overweight and newborn trying to show up on a live feeling really self-conscious having anxiety attacks, like I was a mess. And so at that point it was almost like anything God would have said to me, I'm like, I'm here for it. Like just give me some semblance of direction and let me begin to walk in it. So I completely surrendered my path, which was number two. And then number three, I started, I just started, I didn't know the house. I didn't know what to say. I didn't know what made sense, nothing made sense. I didn't know how it would make money. That's the biggest piece of what I want to say right now, as we get into my now money story, I did not know how it was going to make money. How was this podcast going to make me any money?
I had no clue. All I know is that God asked me to do it. And he asked me to serve women in online business to teach them, to empower them, to coach them, to mentor them, to show them there was this way that they could do this while still being authentic to motherhood, still being there for their kids, still having boundaries in their lives. And I was still walking it. So it was kind of hard like, well, God, you know, I'm still figuring it out. Like I'm still, I'm still figuring out this social media idolatry. Like I'm still showing up everywhere. I still don't have any, I'm not even making that great of money yet. And it was like, daughter go. And so I started and what happened from 2018 to now? 2021? Let me see. 18, 19, 20. That's like three years plus some. Okay.
It's really hard to put into words. God just blessed my purpose beyond, beyond my mental capacity. I can't explain to you, it almost feels my, my friend asked the other day, like, what does it feel like to be sitting at that level of success and have that size of a podcast and have as many women as you serve and have 35 recurring clients and have these passive courses that are 50% of your revenue? Like, what does it actually feel like when you make it? You know, and it's so funny because from her perspective, you know, like I've made it, but you have to remember that your woman is always two steps behind you. And so I told her the absolute truth and the truth is it's not even mine. Like none of this is me. I didn't do any of this. Like I showed up for it and I was obedient to it and I opened my mouth and I did the hard work and I strategized, but all of the directions came from God, all of the inspiration, all the ideas, like everything comes from him.
And when I would get that, I would just like, okay, like let's do it. And I didn't always know how it was going to work out. And I fumbled my way forward. And sometimes it was me instead of God. And those products didn't really work, but I tried my best and I showed up for it. And I continued to try to hear from him the path that he wanted. And when I did that and I showed up for it and I was super obedient and I gave my all, and I didn't look up, I didn't allow the world to tell me what was right or wrong. I didn't allow myself to change who I was because somebody else was showing up differently. I decided to not get distracted from the woman on the paper. I decided to commit to one thing for a full year.
I said, I will podcast for one full year and then I'll look up. And what happened is beyond my humanly belief, I can't believe it like God has we have, Oh my goodness paid off 80 something thousand in debt in the past 12 months. We're doing really incredible things for my church. We are typing, we're taking trips that we've always wanted to take. He's allowing me to, he's sending me the clients. Like they are handpicked by God for me. And he sends them directly to me. And the second we got on that call, I'm like, I know that they were hand picked and it's so beautiful to be able to serve these women with something that I've just already walked. It's like, how on earth is this my job? You know? And I feel like I'm an outsider watching a movie, like what is actually happening now?
I will say that I'm not tied to any of this. I keep, I keep financial prosperity. If you want to call it that or favor at an arm's length money, actual money and financial wealth at an arms length, because I know that that is not mine anyway. So I'm going to steward it as best I can. I'm going to get out of debt with it. I'm going to serve others with it. And I'm going to know that it's God's to do what he wants with it. So that is a big money mindset shift that this this year, this last year really brought me was when you go next level in your finances, not to get cocky, not to get arrogant, not to hoard that money, not to get super tied to that money, not to let your old or no money story creep back in because that's when that money will hurt you, right?
When you idolize it, when you think that it equals worth, when you think that it equals status or reputation, or when you use it for, for like purposes that are not for the kingdom. And I think you can, you and God get to decide what that money is for. Like how we're going to travel with it. Yes. We're going to Disney world this year and it's going to be amazing. And we are buying my husband, the shop that he's wanted for 10 years. And so sure we are buying things that are material, but at the same time, we are giving like a lot. We are paying debt. We are being mindful of this money and we are stewarding it well. And I think the difference between what old Stephanie would have done and new Stefanie would have done is the old Stefanie. I would have used that money as a success crutch.
I would have used it as a flaunting mechanism to get more business. And now I will. I talk about it to a degree to you guys, but the purpose of me talking about it to you is to show you to truly show you that when you stop doing all the things and you stop chasing the overnight success and you start partnering with Jesus Christ and Holy spirit and the vision that God has for your business, because your purpose, your calling, it can become your actual work here on earth, your business, you can get paid for the things that you are passionate about. And I'm also here to show you. And God is just using me as an example to show you guys that favor is not just financial favor is slowing down in a business so that he can provide, you don't need to work for the money you need to show up for the purpose.
You need to show up for the good works that he is asking you to do, and let him provide through that to trust that whatever that number is that he provides is exactly, exactly right. It's exactly right. It's always right. God's plans are 100% of the time, bigger and better than mine. And I'll tell you something else. Me too, chasing overnight. Success, me trying and trying and spinning my wheels and getting distracted and going, Oh, it's Instagram. It's real. It's Facebook. It's YouTube. It's blogging. Oh, it's Tik TOK. It's Twitter like me doing that for years and years and years, and years and years took longer. My overnight success, right? That I was shooting for it that took longer because I continued to start over and get distracted and get defeated and feel the comparison and, and beat myself up. But then start over again, took so much longer than the what, three years, two years, if we're being honest, two years that it took God to rework my business into something.
Gods sized use my, the skills, the strengths, the calling that I have to fine, tune them all and use them for his good. And when he used them for his, and I just showed up for it, with everything that I had, but keeping my boundaries in place, keeping my, my mindset and my mother had in my marriage a priority over my business, not falling victim to the lies of the industry, not falling victim to the world who told me that success equals validation or worthiness, but saying, no, God equals success and validation and favor and fruitfulness. He says, if he says, I deserve this income, because he asked me to create this product. Okay, I'm so here for that, that there's no shame in that there's no judgment or condemnation in getting rewarded for your obedience for stepping into your purpose and your calling. And this is not prosperity.
I'm not here telling you that when you step into the purpose, you're going to make half a million dollars or be a millionaire. I am telling you though, that good works and obedience is always rewarded. Now, how will your rewards come? I don't know, sister, I don't know my rewards, my rewards. They came in patient parenting. My rewards came in a healthy body, freedom from anxiety. See God crushed that crushed that stronghold in my life in a stronger marriage. It came in more open communication with my spouse. It came with God, sent friendships, mentors, and coaches who he handpicked for me to grow. We to train me, to help me to guide me. It showed up in a home that feels heavenly in a way that feels like the most beautiful, incredible, surreal place to work every single day. It shows up in financial prosperity.
And it's so cool to know that this time I did it God's way. And this time by me leaning into what God was asking me to do, he showed up in such a capacity that there was no doubt whose hand it was, who created the success. And I will say that my ego, my plans, they all had to die. Poor God's plans could be born because I was blocking it for way too long. I was blocking what he had in store for me. Now it's fine because we all grow and learn. But the sooner I would have laid down the worries and the stress and the focus on figuring it all out on overnight success, that when I would have stopped looking up at all of the different hundreds of ways that you could do this and make money and, and just lay down the madness and picked up one method and stayed, committed, and true in the direction that God had asked me to go.
Instead of the direction that I thought would make the most money, I would have gotten here so much faster. And it would have felt this level of peacefulness so much sooner. And just sitting in that peacefulness in your life is everything I want to read you. Two verses. One is Luke one 45. Blessed is she who has believed that believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her. Blessed is she, do you know another word for blessed is favor, right? So you would be, you are highly favored. Is she blessed? Is she who has believed, believed his trust and faith that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her. And throughout scripture, we see promises that God is trying to work through us, trying to work in us, trying to further us, trying to guide us, trying to mentor us, trying to keep us safe, trying to provide for us.
And if we just believe have faith and trust, we will in turn, be blessed and favored. So beautiful. And then this one, for those of you maybe thinking, I don't know, like, could this really be true? Could this really be for me? Could this really be everything that Stephanie is saying, how do I let go? How do I surrender? How do I step into this? I want to bring you Proverbs 13, 12, hope deferred makes the heart sick. But desire fulfilled is a tree of life. Hope deferred makes the heart sick. If your life feels troubled, hard strained, full of anxiety you're having mental health issues. You're feeling struggles, hardships the money isn't there. And it's all just, you just feel like you're sitting in a pile of broken pieces. I encourage you to open your heart and open your mouth and begin to pray to God.
The savior of all saviors, the light, the way, the way maker, the answer to all of your prayers. The great I am. The only one who can show you the way and ask him to place that desire his desire inside of your heart so that you can begin to take action on it because desire fulfilled your desire. Partnered with God's plans for your life is a tree of life, a tree of life. And the tree of life is where everything, everything good begins to prosper. Your roots begin to grow into a beautiful garden, a blossoming garden with beautiful branches with the sun and living water surrounding you. And you become a tree of life. You, your good works, your impact your life. Imagine just for a minute, if you felt like you were constantly sitting in a space of peace, fulfillment, and favor, whatever that favor might be, that God has in store for you, whether it be changes in your heart, changes in your mindset, your family, your health, your finances.
I promise you, his plans are better than yours. So I'm going to leave you guys there. And I just want to give you just a quick tips to walk away with, for my now money story. What did that, what did I do? Quick recap. Number one, I had to surrender my way. My plans for God's plans. Number two, I had to ask God what he wanted for my business. I had to invite him in. I had to pray over it. Number three, I had to wait and trust. I had to wait and trust for an answer. I didn't hear it immediately, but I still number four showed up in messy action. I still started to move my feet. I still started to speak, started to show up, even though I wasn't sure. And number five, I didn't look up. I stopped looking at what everyone else was doing and only did what God was calling me to do.
And then number six, I stewarded the success and the favor. Well, as well as I could, by inviting God in to help me grow, manage, and discern how to handle that, that success or that provision. And then number seven, I stayed super obedient, super obedient to any and everything that Holy spirit was prompting me to say, prompting me to do. I was willing. I was willing to just show up for God instead of myself. So those, those are the seven things that I would encourage you to inventory in your own money story and your own life. And maybe begin to take action on. And yeah, I know, I know, I know it's hard, but if you can just trust in him, then you will, you will find the way. And when you find the way you find the light, when you find the light, you live in just a different level of peacefulness and it's great.
It's so fun. I can't even, I can't even explain it. It's so cool. So I want that for you guys. So that's why I thought I would share this with you. And I hope that it resonated. I hope that something hit you from these two episodes, Mondays and today's. And I pray that if something did impact your heart, that you would take 30 seconds to come share it with me. You guys have no idea how special it is to me. When I get a voice memo from you or a quick note in Instagram or through email saying that something changed for you because of this show. And it just brings me such joy, and I would be so grateful and I totally want to meet you. So that would be such a blessing in my life. Let me pray over you and I'll let you guys go and get to your weekend, father, God, I pray over all of these incredible, incredible, incredible women that you have led to my community.
I pray that you give me the discernment, the heart, the focus, the inspiration, and the confidence to continue leading them, to have God centered businesses, to show up for you and what you have in their, and then to steward it well and bring it to the world so that they can create kingdom impact. I pray that you paved the way for them, open the doors for them, pour through them, whatever their calling and purpose work is and allow them to begin to show up in that with God sized confidence, with focus and with heart, because they can lean on you knowing that you will give them the words. You will give them the mindset. You will give them the belief to show up for it, with everything that they aren't, but everything that you are because you are all that we need. I have faith. I have trust. And we are so, so here for your plans, God, over our plans. Thank you. We love you father in Jesus. Amen. It's your life. Moms saw your mama real quick. Before you go. If you found value in today's podcast and you learn something new, take a screenshot for me, post it up in your Instagram stories and be sure to tag me because together we can empower, educate and shift the way that mom is looking at life. Because sister, friend, we actually can have it all let's claim it.
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