Aug 28

Q&A: “God comes first, but then?”

2012 at 3:30 pm   |   by Carolyn Mahaney Filed under Biblical Womanhood | Time Management | Q&A

Angela writes:

I have read your posts about distractions on the Internet. You were talking about priorities. And we all know how important it is to set priorities in our lives. The gospel and God should come first, then your husband and then your children, you said. But as I am not married yet, how should my priorities list look like? Of course, God comes first, but then?

A couple of years ago we did an extended series called “Best Deals” based on 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. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. (Ephesians 5:15-17 ESV)

Sometimes, as a single it is easy to feel like your time is your own. No one is banging on your bathroom door and the laundry pile doesn’t explode overnight. So why does it matter if I waste a little time online? you may wonder. But when viewed in terms of God’s kingdom, how we use our time always matters.

God’s calling for you as a single woman without kids is no less urgent or strategic than for a woman with children. We are all to walk carefully and wisely, “making the best use of our time because the days are evil.

Our series kicked off with a look at God’s plan for the different seasons of our lives (part one, two, three), taken from our book, Shopping for Time. Then we suggested seven “best deals” for single women, all to be lived out in the context of the local church:

Pursue Undivided Devotion

Become a Theologian

Help the Men

Choose Friends Carefully

Nurture Children

Prepare To be a Wife and Mother

Be Devoted to Good Works

You can also download these posts in PDF format.

Thank you for your question and may God give the desire of your heart to find the “best deals” for His glory!