The Christian Broadcasting Network

Browse Videos

Share Email

From Dreaming to Living the Dream

Both recovering from past divorces, Al and Mary worried how to make their finances work. They dreamed of living in a beautiful neighborhood – but couldn’t possibly afford it. See what happened to turn their dream into a paid in full reality. Read Transcript

- [Narrator] Al and Mary Chickremember taking long walks

around this scenic neighborhoodin the Pacific Northwest,

after they were first married.

- We would decide thatit was time to exercise,

and take off, and come up to this area.

- We always kind of dreamed about one day

this would be a great placeto live, up here on the hill.

- [Narrator] But theydidn't have the money.

Prior divorces had left eachof them in financial trouble.

- It was a few bucks in thebank and a pickup truck,

and that's just about allthat I owned to my name.

I had just started this new business,

and so I was living basicallypaycheck to paycheck.

- Going through a divorce,

and not really having a lot to divide,

and bills to pay, was scary.

I was asking God how Iwas gonna make this work,

and I think He clearlyspoke to me, and said,

"you need to give andI will care for you,".

And amazingly, through God's grace,

I was able to pay every bill.

I think it is God'sresponse to my faithfulness.

- [Narrator] When she met and married Al,

he was already giving,

he learned about it from the 700 club.

- I remember about thebenefits of tithing,

and that you can't out give God,

and so I kind of tested it.

- [Narrator] Even duringdownturns in the economy,

the couple obeyed God's call to give.

One place they gave to, was CBN.

- I just always feel confident

that the money that I give there,

is going to a great cause,

and that it's actuallymeeting needs for little kids,

and helping them out andthose are the stories

that still get to me today.

- [Narrator] They say faithful giving took

Al's medical supplies businessfrom a two man operation

to a 50 person sales team.

- God has opened up theseopportunities for us,

and that's one of the waysI think He does give back.

You know, we test Him,we give a little bit,

and the benefits are incredible.

- [Narrator] Now Al and Mary don't just

walk around that beautiful neighborhood.

They live there, in a homethat's completely paid off.

- Things have never lookedbetter, financially.

- Ask God, you know, straightout, as a 700 club member,

and see if God doesn't bless you

and bring opportunities to you,

that allow you to give alot more in the future.


Related Podcasts | Do You Know Jesus? | Privacy Notice | Prayer Requests | Support CBN | Contact Us | Feedback
© 2012 Christian Broadcasting Network