Stop and Savor

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I wanted to wrap up the Book Club we began months ago on “Shopping for Time” by Carolyn Mahaney.   I hope you enjoyed following along with me. The three greatest lessons I learned from these ladies were:

#3. Live intentionally in each season of life by knowing each season.
First, I need to be aware of what is going on in life instead of just letting life happen to me. I should be alert to the seasons of each family remember under my care-their joys and needs. Sometimes I feel as if I’m just trying to get through the day, or just trying to get to naptime or bedtime.

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Making the Right Friends? Who to Love & Who to Lose.

friends-775356_1920Isn’t it ironic? We can have 1,000 Facebook friends or Instagram followers, yet people are lonely as ever! In fact, depression is on the current list of top internet searches. With the advent of social media, it seems like having real friendships has become even harder. While our relationship with God and then family comes first, there is the huge friend category – especially if you are single. Continue reading

Teaching Kindness and Manners: My Personal Improvement Project

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Book Club Check In
Chapter 4: Sit and Plan

Last week I wrote a summary on what I thought was the most useful chapter in our book Shopping for Time by Carolyn Mahaney.  In it was a list of evaluation questions you can ask yourself to judge how well you are doing in the main categories of life. Here’s a quick review: Continue reading

2 Simple Steps to Increase Your Fruitfulness

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Chapter 4: The Third Tip – Sit and Plan

Are you being fruitful in your current season?
I’ve been experiencing a strange phenomenon – although my days seem long and slow, especially the afternoon hours between 2-7 pm, time is whipping by faster than I’ve ever known.  Change is slow but constant.  For some reason, the seasons creep up on me and before I realize it, I’m in the middle of a new season. Continue reading

10 Ways to Get More Out of Your Bible Reading

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Read With Me Book Club: Shopping For Time by Carolyn Mahaney
Chapter 3: Check-In

One of my favorite things to study are ways to meditate on God’s Word. I’ve gathered a couple of resources on the topic and wanted to share a few tips I’ve learned. I remember one of my Biblical Counseling professors, Dr. John Street, telling us the Proverbs were like hard candy. You let them roll around in your mouth, slowly letting the flavor and sugar dissolve till it’s gone. Continue reading

Sitting at Jesus’ Feet

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Read With Me Book Club: Shopping For Time by Carolyn Mahaney
Chapter 3 -The Second Tip: Sit Still

When it comes to time, the “pearl of shopping-for-time wisdom” or bargain of bargains is sitting at the feet of Jesus and listening to His wisdom. Carolyn writes, “The key to becoming a  successful shopper of time is to make our first priority that of seeking God through his Word and prayer. No extra hour of sleep, no “urgent” task we must complete, no service we can do for others is half as good a bargain as this one.”  It’s often the urgent tasks that distract us from the prize of Jesus and leave us troubled about the day’s tasks ahead. Continue reading

Maximize Your Mornings

Read With Me Book Club: Shopping for Time, Carolyn Mahaney
Check In Chapter 2: Tip 1 Rise Early

I want to share one of my favorite resources for utilizing early morning hours.  It’s an ebook called Maximize Your Mornings by Kat at Inspired to Action. Three and a half years ago when my daughter, baby number two, just started to sleep through the night, I got ambitious, and started getting up super early to have a devotional time, exercise, and plan my day.  I am NOT a runner, nor am I athletically inclined, but I ended up accomplishing all three regularly, AND ended up running my first race 6 months later – pregnant!  It’s amazing what you can do when you make some goals.  Then baby number three was born (3 kids in 3 years), and I fell back into survival mode as a way of life. Continue reading

Are You Starving Your Heart?

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Chapter 2 of Shopping for Time

The First Tip – Rise Early
“We all want to be consistent to meet with God. And yet it can seem impossible to find a slot in the schedule that we can maintain. So instead we often continue for long periods of time – weeks and even months – convinced there is no alternative … one busy season invariable gives way to a busier one. The spiritual disciplines gather more dust at the back of our priorities shelf. Our souls wither and our faith grows dim,” writes Carolyn Mahaney. Sound familiar? I think most of us resonate with this at some point in our life. Continue reading

4 Top Time Wasters: Book Club Check In

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Four of the biggest time wasters are lack of priorities, failure to plan, procrastination, and interruptions. Without direction and focus, our productivity takes a dive. Procrastination I learned, is really another name for laziness in the Bible. The biggest distraction that interrupts our day is probably social media. How do we manage these aspects of our lives? Good question. Continue reading

Are You Making the Best Use of Your Time?

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Welcome to the first book club meeting. We are reading Shopping for Time by Carolyn Mahaney and her daughters.  We will be discussing a chapter every other Monday, starting today. If you are joining us for the first time, you can read the introduction to Read With Me: “Shopping for Time” here.

This week in Chapter 1, “Shopping for Time”, the ladies made a brilliant analogy between how we spend our time and shopping. We bargain hunters use the same strategies to find deals that we should be applying to managing our time. They gave us principles from Ephesians 5:15-16, “Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time because the days are evil.”  Let’s break this down. Continue reading