Lent: Guarding Time | The Parenting Passageway

Lent has begun for millions of Christians around the world. I arrived at my place of worship on Ash Wednesday to remember that I am insignificant in many ways; dust returning to dust. However, the impact that I can make while I am here can be as mighty as I dream it to be. The hopes, the dreams, the fears, the doubts – all of humanity wrapped up inside me.

In order to make the really needful things happen, I have had to learn to guard my time. I think sometimes when we hear this idea of guarding time, we think this means we can’t waste time and therefore we have to be busy every second of every day.

In this season of life, I have learned the opposite.

I need the rest.
I need the relaxation.
I need the fun.

I need the time in spiritual endeavors.

I need and crave the time with my husband and our children to just be together (not always working around the farm).

I need the time to take care of my physical body.

Then I can work and treat patients, then I can take care of the horses and animals, then I can help others, then I can homeschool.

But guarding time is important. The average person spends over 2 hours a day on social media. All that little checking in throughout the day adds up!

So, this Lenten season, I am challenging you to do the smallest spring cleaning ever as you examine your time. What would you change, and what would help you the most in the area of time?

Pursuing with you,


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