Are you financially frustrated? Honestly, I must admit that I have lived this way most of my life. When I got married, my husband had a decent job and I was trying to finish up college. I had our future planned out, so I thought.
Very shortly after we were married, I found out that I was pregnant and had to put college on hold and get a full-time job. My husband and I were making it financially, but we were definitely living from paycheck to paycheck.
After my son was born, my husband got laid off and had a hard time finding a decent job. Eventually, we had to move in with my parents and stayed with them for a year before we could get back on our feet.
During my stay with my parents, I had to put aside my pride and face the fact that my husband and I needed financial help. We applied for government aid and received WIC for my son. We also had to file bankruptcy. This was a tough time during our marriage, and I often experienced feelings of hopelessness and failure.
Eventually, my husband got a better job, and we were able to move out of my parents’ house. We continued to work hard, but we were still living from pay check to pay check. Before long, we got caught up again focusing on our wants rather than our needs. Soon our credit cards were nearly maxed out again, and we were sinking farther and farther in debt.
Fast forward 15 years. I went back to college and became a teacher. Although my income increased, my husband and I continued to stay in debt. Then, the unexpected happened. My husband was no longer able to work due to numerous back problems. Because of our poor financial planning, our finances took a big hit. Feelings of hopelessness and failure returned.
My husband has been disable for the last 5 years so I am the sole provider of my family. My husband and I are STILL in debt, and sometimes I feel like we will never be debt free. It seems like I get one step ahead of our debt and then something happens that puts us two steps behind. Financially frustrated seems to be my mantra.
Although, my story may not be exactly like yours. I bet there are many of you that are living financially frustrated. You may be looking for ways to save money, get out of debt, and get ahead financially. You may also be searching for hope or some guidance to help you tackle your financial situation.
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More Than Just Making It by Erin Odom is a book of hope for all of us that are living financially frustrated. I was honored to be part of Erin’s launch team for this book, and learned so much about myself after reading it.
Erin shares about her family’s financial struggles and how God always provided. She shares of how her pride was shattered when she had to apply for government assistance to help feed her family. However, Erin also shares how God used this experience to teach her humility and truly how to trust in Him to meet her family’s every need.
“It is humbling to admit when we are in need, but it can also bring us closer to God and help us recognize and praise His provision in our lives.” – Erin Odom
Erin’s book also contains valuable information on how to curb spending, build a budget, meal plan, creating more income, and so much more. However, the following quote impacted me the most:
“It’s easy to trust God when you feel like your needs are met; it’s a different story when you have to trust Him to meet every single need.” – Erin Odom
As Erin shares in More than Just Making It, sometimes we forget that God is the provider of all our needs. So we must remember that He has provided what we need so far and trust that He will continue to do so.
Regardless of our financial situation, we should also remember to praise God with a grateful heart.
“For gratitude stills discontentment.” – Erin Odom
I highly recommend Erin Odom’s book, More Than Just Making It, and I am so grateful that I had the opportunity to read it. Her book taught me that there is financial hope for my family. This hope lies in surrendering my life to God’s plan, praying for wisdom and guidance in all areas of my family’s finances, and most importantly, recognizing and praising Him for all that He has provided already.
More Than Just Making It is a story of hope and inspiration for anyone who is financially frustrated, but is also a story of how God will never leave us or forsake us. He is with us in our times of plenty and our times of need.
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” – Philippians 4:6
Get your copy of Erin Odom’s book, More Than Just Making It, today!