The scripture reference for this Millionaire Faith is Proverbs 13:22 (NRSV) “The good leave an inheritance to their children’s children, but the sinner’s wealth is laid up for the righteous. “ The goal of Millionaire Faith is to bring you along on my entrepreneurial journey to do just that, leave an inheritance for my children’s children. I hope that you will join me on this wealth journey. I pray that you are encouraged by my courage to tell my testimony, and that you will be empowered to share your own.
So, since you know the purpose of the blog now, let me introduce myself. I’m Dr. Sylvia Jones, Christian, wife, mother, eye doctor, and business owner just to name few. I accepted Christ at a very young age, so I really don’t remember a time when I didn’t know Him. I have been blessed to experience a life long love story with the Father. God gave me the idea for this blog about 2-3 years ago and I was finally inspired to post my first blog today on my 15-year wedding anniversary! If 15 years of a happy marriage is not a testimony of God’s Faithfulness, I don’t know what is.
I grew up in a dysfunctional home to say the least. Alcoholism, infidelity, and poverty were my examples and I questioned whether a good marriage was possible. So today I find it fitting to tell you about the extraordinary favor God has placed on my life through marriage!
Although I feared marriage, I also deeply desired it. I didn’t know if anyone would want to marry me and I was afraid that the guy who wanted to marry me would be unattractive and boring. I had been in relationships that hadn’t worked out and I was frustrated. I remember being in the living room of my small college apartment having a somewhat heated conversation with God about his rules. I thought that not having sex before marriage was outdated, impossible, and an unfair request.
I protested, “I would never find anybody like that, that may have worked 2000 years ago but that’s not working now. I want to be a good Christian and follow all these rules but I don’t know if this is realistic.” His reply was simple “Just try and see, what you are doing isn’t working, is it?” I pause. “Well no it isn’t, but I don’t know if this is going to work either, and if it does how long is this going to take?” At some point I humbled myself and remembered I was talking to the creator of the universe. I said “well you are God and what I’ve been doing hasn’t been working, so I surrender to your will.” That day I went into a covenant with God that I would not have sex again until I was married, and He promised to bless that marriage and give me more that I could ask or dream of. I accepted the covenant and hoped I had not just signed up for a lifetime of celibacy.
I began to pray for a husband. I also started to pray for this unknown person. I prayed for his health, his finances, his relationship with the Father. I prayed against any addictions or an abusive spirit. I prayed for him daily. I prayed that God would get me ready. I also prayed that I would recognize him when he arrived. I wish I could say I was so full of faith, but I really didn’t know if God would send anyone at all. I guess I had mustard seed faith.
Fast forward a month or two. In walks Demetrius Jones. He is tall, handsome, smart, and funny. He really seems to like me! So now I must break the news to him about the covenant I entered with God, and I fully expect him to run for the hills. But he didn’t run, he proposed to me 6 months from the time we met, and we were married a year after that. I kept my covenant with God and He has been faithful. As I type this, tears steam down my face, as I think about the grace God has shown me for 15 years. The opportunity to spend my whole life loving this wonderful man. What I thought was impossible, He made possible. What I thought was just a fairy tale, He made reality.
This is just a little of what Millionaire Faith is all about. Every week I will blog about the goodness of the Lord, as my husband and I venture to raise 3 daughters, grow 4 companies, and try our best to follow God’s instructions. I pray that our love affair with Christ will inspire you to start or develop your own.
Til we meet again, may God’s grace find you daily.
Dr. Sylvia Jones