I just finished the book Shopping for Time by the lovely girltalk crew (Carolyn Maheney and her three daughters are an AMAZING resource on all things related to biblical womanhood. I highly recommend them!)
I’ve heard a lot about this book and it was just as fabulous as thought it would be. It is based on Ephesians 5:15-16 ’Be very careful, then, how you live – not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.’ It’s a super short (under 100 pages) reminder on how to use our time to glorify God. Often, we women have endless to-do lists and constantly feel overwhelmed with 1,000 things to do and no time to do it. It’s wild actually. You can talk to someone who is a high school student or in college, a single woman working or a stay at home mom. It’s so easy to feel constantly busy and that our time is just slipping away from us.
This book does not give time management tips, but instead stresses the importance of taking time to create our priorities and plan for our lives to fit them. The title comes from the thought that women can spend a ton of time before we go shopping. We make lists, price check online and compare to find the best deals to use our money wisely. But we spend so much less time planning to spend our time well! And so, the most important things we can do is sit at the feet of Jesus, relying on His grace and with that, moving forward to act and do what we can to glorify God with our days.
This book was a fantastic reminder that God has us where he wants us. A great quote they share is that “Only God gets his to-do list done each day.” How freeing!! And so, we can seek to honor Jesus in our day and remember that our merit is not based on our clean house, our work projects being completed or our kids being potty trained but solely on Jesus and what He has done for us.