About once a year I try to take a day all by myself and go through Shopping for Time: How to Do It All and NOT Be Overwhelmed by Carolyn Mahaney and her daughters. It’s work to figure out what to do with small children but it’s completely worth it. I end up blessing my family so much by the fruit of this time. I usually review the whole book but focus on the third and fourth chapters: “Sit and Plan” and “Consider People” in my day away.

There aren’t many books I come back to this regularly. Why this one?

1. The priorities they point me to come straight from God’s Word. 

They remind me what God values. There are no formulas  And because the priorities in this book come straight from Scripture, the apply no matter what season of life you’re in.

2. It’s both circumspect and focused.

They encourage you to pray and look through almost every area of your life imaginable, but then to narrow your goals to the two or three most pressing items. They don’t let you leave with 25 things that you’re going to do differently.

3. The message of the book is steeped in God’s grace.

They point us to the One our lives are about and throw us back on Jesus for the grace to live for Him.

4. They help with “re-entry.”

You know the tendency. You have great time alone and you’re going to do 25 things completely differently when you return only to find the minute you walk in the door one of your children pukes all over and all you great intentions go out the window. They prepare you for that.

Wednesday is my day! Eric’s mom is coming to help with the girls and I’m headed off to a corner in the library.


2 Responses to Four Reasons You Should Read “Shopping for Time” by Carolyn Mahaney

  1. Susan says:

    Hi! I just stumbled across your blog and am enjoying what I’m reading. I am a 55 yr old mama of 8 kids ages 9-33 (with 1 precious 2 yr old granddaugher)! First, how awesome that you are taking the time to encourage young moms in their highest calling. May the Lord continue to bless your efforts. Secondly, in regard to the book Shopping For Time, I enjoyed reading most of it, however, I felt that the 5 a.m. club has the potential to put unnecessary pressure on weary worn mamas (young or old) who just need to sleep when their kids are and that the Lord doesn’t care what time of day you spend with Him, just that you do! All is grace,

    • Melissa says:

      Thanks so much for your encouragement, Susan! And welcome to my little blog. I am definitely not up at 5 AM these days! Afternoon nap time tends to be my best time with Him lately. It was helpful for me to go back to the chapter and see their heart in it: prioritizing our time with the Lord and asking what time best serves our families. And, like you said, these answers are different for each of us!

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