{Review} More Than Just Making It

“The LORD sends poverty and wealth; he humbles and he exalts. He raises the poor from the dust and lifts the needy from the ash heap; he seats them with princes and has them inherit a throne of honor. “For the foundations of the earth are the LORD’s; on them he has set the world.”‭‭1 Samuel‬ ‭2:7-8‬ ‭NIV‬‬
Even though I grew up in an upper class family (thanks to my dad building a business form the ground up when I was a teenager), I never realized that’s what we were due to my parent’s frugalness. We never had name brand clothes, items, or food. As a teen, that was a bit frustrating! For college, I went I went to a Christian college that was ridiculously cheap, and barely spent anything there (besides the overpriced books!). After college, I felt called to work in ministry and got a job as a church secretary. They made me an elementary teacher after awhile (because an 98% introvert with anxiety having to use a phone and interact with adults is a bad combo.) and was making $500 A MONTH to live as a single woman. Yes. That including rent, utilities, food, etc.) After a couple of years of this, I felt the strain of this and got my first loan–from my parents–just so I could afford to move to my new job a state away. (My mom, being a “frugal” one, made me pay her back…) I repeated the same process as being a secretary at first (didn’t I learn the first time?!), then becoming a preschool teacher–my true calling. The pay was much better considering, but I found myself working 50 hours a week just to make ends meet. This didn’t even include parent/teacher conferences, grading, lesson planning, concerts, etc, that was without pay. (I did this for about 7 years before I burnt out.) During this time, social media became big, and I started to see how others were living and how “successful” they were. That’s when the jealousy and the discontentment started to slide in. Just a bit. Around that time, too, my best friend at the time was making a ton of money working for the government near D.C., and stared to feel distain for my lack of spendable finds. She wanted to go in all these trips, eat sushi every single weekend, etc. with me, and I just couldn’t afford to. She did pay my way a few times, but she started to really resent it. She couldn’t understand my situation at all. I felt so ashamed. Fast forward to a year when I met my husband and fell in love with him at first sight. We quickly got married (because why wait?), and fell into another area of not having much money. He owns his own business that doesn’t get steady pay. (He also works on movies, but the movie industry has pretty much dried up in our area.) By this time, I haven gotten so good at saving! Meal planning, not shopping (good thing I hate shopping!), getting used free clothes, buying used cloth diapers, get Medicaid, etc. However, living this way puts a silent strain on things. Just once, I’d like to buy something for me. Just once, I’d like to go on vacation that doesn’t involve seeing family. Just once, I’d love to shower every day instead of every other day to save on oil. I’d love to buy a house.

In comes Erin Odom’s book “More Than Just Making It”. * Here’s a book and a person that TOTALLY gets what I’m going through! I’m usually a fan of fiction books, but this one is amazing! It touched on so many personal levels that I felt like the author was a kindred spirit! She talks about so many personal stories that one wouldn’t even share with their personal friends. If you have ever been right on money, this is a book for you. She even gives ideas on how to save money in a creative way! I highly recommend this to anyone who doesn’t feel any hope with their financial situation. There is light at the end of the tunnel.

I felt like someone FINALLY got what we were going through. Like we weren’t alone in this world of rich people who didn’t have financial burdens. She also gives LOTS suggestions on how to be ok with what you’re making, and how to get out of this financial frustrating situation.

(Now, one may not get out of a financial situation if it isn’t God’s will. I firmly believe that God, sometimes, uses situations like this to make our faith stronger and/or to show others that nothing is impossible with God.)

Also, it’s easy to fall into creating the perfect social media life. Perfect, well dressed kids. Amazing selfies with your newest, fashionable clothes and shoes. Artistic shots of your high end meal at that restaurant. Perfect large, well-lit house that was cleaned by a maid. Fabulous, picturesque, exotic vacations, all posted on the newest iPhone or Mac computer. But, this isn’t a reality for a majority of the world.

I truly believe that most of those that are struggling with money have faith in God more than someone who’s rich. (I realize that there are exceptions to this.) It’s easy, with money, to just get things without praying about it. When you have disposable money, your carburetor goes, without thinking, you either get it fixed or buy a new car. When you’re sipping and you see a cute top or child’s dress, you buy it without thinking. When you feel stressed, you plan a vacation, no guilt. When the new iPhone comes out with added perks, you are first in line, even if your old one works perfectly. However, when you love paycheck to paycheck, or worse, this just isn’t an option. Your car dies, you have to either go without a car, take form your emergency fund, or use a credit card. You use your phone until it dies. You go without clothes you love, and you just don’t go on vacation. This struggling with money have learned how strong their faith in God is. They pray to God to help with finances or items needed instead of mindlessly using money without asking God. This is the way it should be, whether you have no money are are the richest person in the world. Ask God if your purchase is what He wants. Have faith no matter what.

If you are interested in preordering this book, go to More Than Just Making It and you will receive over $200 of free goodies if you preorder! The free goodies are listed on Erin’s fabulous website.
*The publishers provided an advanced readers copy of this book for reviewing purposes. All opinions are my own.

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2 Comments on “{Review} More Than Just Making It

  1. I loooved reading this! i used to be upset with god when we went through times where funds seemed scarce. It took me to increase my faith and see it from his point of view, and not mine! And you use cloth diapers?? Fellow Cloth momma right here 🙂

    • Yay cloth diaper mama! We loved doing it! It was way less smelly and not much more work than disposables. Thanks for writing! You need to check out the book-it’s amazing! Goes on sale on Sept 5.

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