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Waiting for your lucky break in finances? Try this instead

Early in their marriage, the Fulbrights were counting their pennies and unable to afford furniture. But Brent’s mother taught him a valuable life lesson early on that took them from having only $20 in their pocket to owning a 2400-acre cattle ... Read Transcript


NARRATOR: Brent and Brenda Fulbright

live in the Pacific Northwest where they have what many

call the good life.

They own and operate a successful construction company

and they recently bought a 2,400 acre cattle ranch.

A lot of people will look at it

and say, oh, they just get all the lucky breaks.

They always are in the right place at the right time.

And I don't believe that.

NARRATOR: The truth is, Brent has always had it easy,

nor has his family always gotten the lucky breaks.

When the Fulbrights were first married,

they were counting their pennies, eating ramen noodles,

and unable to afford furniture.

Brent says that changed because of his desire

to help others around him.

Whenever he saw a need, he would give.

I was holding on tighter, thinking, we can't do this.

NARRATOR: Brent's mother had taught

him the value of giving, especially during financially

difficult times.

Brent took that lesson to heart.

And one day when he only had $20 left for gas for the month,

he gave $10 to a stranger whose tank was completely empty.

I went home and told Brenda and I'm even thinking,

how am I going to get to work?

Within a couple of days we got an insurance refund check

for like $160 that we had no idea was coming.

It was a blessing for giving that lady $10

and by doing that, I had plenty of gas money

to make it to work.

NARRATOR: From then on, Brenda was

convinced giving was the right thing to do.

Both Brent and Brenda started looking for more opportunities

to give and soon became CBN partners.

Watching "The 700 Club" and seeing all the good

that they do, I just wanted to be a small part of that.

I couldn't go out there and do it myself,

but I sure could help with money.

Everything that we have belongs to God anyway.

NARRATOR: The Fulbrights continued to give

and along the way they saw their business take off

and their income increase.

Then came a test of their faith.

We had the four jobs that didn't go right.

You know, it's like every corner we turned we ran into a wall.

And then we had one big job that was horrible.

NARRATOR: The Fulbrights got to the edge of their business

credit line.

They had no way to pay their overhead

and faced the possibility of losing

their company, their home, their ranch, and everything else

they owned.

We were shaken to the core but, you know,

we didn't waver in our faith.

That's when God put on my heart

that we needed to do the wells, when it was really tough.

And I thought, now?

So we did it and here we are, you know, this year it's just,

boom.

You go out and help other people

and you get rewarded for it.

NARRATOR: Today, Brent and Brenda have five huge contracts

and they're looking forward to a comfortable retirement

on their cattle ranch.

The Fulbrights challenge others going through financial trouble

to give freely and with expectation, like they do.

God says to test him in that.

He's always there to take care of you.

When you're struggling and you need something,

that's probably when you need to look at giving more.

It makes God happy.

He likes that.

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