by Drenda Keesee

Discouragement is the greatest enemy to any undertaking. “But you, take courage! Do not let your hands be weak, for your work shall be rewarded” (2 Chronicles 15:7 esv) Stay with it until you finish it.
Finish the project.
Stick with the task.
Are you listening to the voice that says…
…you’re a finisher, or are you listening to the accuser of the brethren? Your business will never be “done” or be perfect, but that’s the fun of it! You’re creating answers and solving problems, and that eventually turns into more pay and more freedom. We have had opportunities to quit in everything we’ve done. I’m so glad we didn’t.
There were many times we felt defeated, and during one such time after moving to Ohio, we almost quit our business. Nothing seemed to be paying off . Broke, frustrated, and disgusted, at one point we prayed, “God, show us what to do and confirm we are on the right path.” That very morning a package was delivered by FedEx to our front door, and in it was a teaching series called “Don’t Quit.”
God knows where you are, and He has answers for your every need. Sometimes we think we need more than we have to make it, but God always asks you to use what you have before He can give you anything else. What do you have to work with? What can you do with what you have? Success on any level, wherever you’re at, is making the most out of what you have. That’s how you measure personal success.
Excerpt From The Book “The New Vintage Family” by Drenda Keesee

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Drenda Keesee’s contagious zeal and humorous personal experiences help make her ministry of spiritual, emotional and relational wholeness one that will bless your life and spark a new fire in your spirit.

A wife of over 30 years and a mother of five children, Drenda has ministered at churches, seminars, and conferences, and through the mediums of television and radio, for more than 20 years.

Her books, The New Vintage Family, Better Than You Think, and She Gets It are available wherever books are sold. In these heartfelt books, Drenda shares her personal journey and the life lessons that have brought her to where she is today, as well as practical answers that all people need to live a joyful life.

Drenda and her husband Gary founded Faith Life Now, a ministry designed to spread the message of freedom in the areas of finances, faith, marriage and family. Faith Life Now hosts conferences worldwide, and sponsors both Fixing the Money Thing, which Drenda co-hosts with her husband Gary, and Drenda.

Through their own life experiences, the Keesees have found the principles from God’s Word to be powerful and effective. At one point, Drenda was a young, suicidal feminist with no hope of ever being “good enough” for her own standards of perfection. She never wanted the “inconvenience” of a husband or children, and she was on her own path to success. But the stress of trying to achieve perfection and perform for love left her broken and used. She had success, but it was nothing compared to the pain and loneliness it had also brought.

That’s when God got a hold of her heart. It was there—at her lowest point—that she found the One who accepted and loved her, faults and all. Since that transformation, Drenda has had a passion to reach women who find themselves where she once was.

She married Gary after attending college, and there she found herself in a personal boot camp of sorts. She says, “I cried and told God, ‘I can do anything but be a wife and mother.’” She committed to learning how to do it God’s way. Through the many years of raising their children and struggling to make ends meet, Drenda learned from their mistakes. “I didn’t know how to be a wife and mother, but God saved our marriage, taught us how to parent our children for success, showed us how to have financial success, and then irony of all ironies, He called us to ministry.” It’s truly because of these life experiences that Drenda can now share so many insightful principles for people who are now going through the same struggles.

Gary and Drenda pastor Faith Life Church at The Now Center in New Albany, Ohio and also are the CEOs of Forward Financial Group.

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