When Jesus takes the wheel, He takes us on a journey through rough terrain and barren land. He leads us to and through the heart of a storm before He safely drives us out.
Why? Because one will never be complete without the trying of our faith. And so, we experience sickness and death, poverty and sorrow and pain.
As gold refined in a fire, so is the trying of our faith.
Charles Spurgeon once said, “Whenever God means to make a man great, He always breaks him in pieces first.”
We see this throughout scripture as men and women are brought down to their knees before they are lifted back up. Joseph is sold into slavery by his brothers. David is relentlessly chased down by King Saul, and then later betrayed by his son. Moses is led through the desert of testing for 40 years. Paul is beaten, tortured, imprisoned, and blind, all for the sake of the gospel.
At the center of each one of their lives, there’s one thing that stands out more than anything else. One thing sets them apart from the others. One thing shines bright: it’s the simple fact that they lived in obedience to their faith.
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Tilling the Soil
Read Hebrews 11 today, where you’ll see faith in action as holy men and women of God left everything behind to follow Him.
In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. (1 Peter 1:6-7, NIV)
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Join us at the kitchen table this week for our second podcast, “Jamaican Me Crazy.”
Darlene offers encouragement to parents of young children, Nathaniel reminds us what date night is really all about, and Michael gives insight into the true meaning of love and the power it has to change lives.
Darlene Schacht and her husband Michael live in Manitoba Canada where the summers are beautiful and the winters are cold. Together they’ve come to learn that relationships aren’t always easy, but that marriage, the way God intended it to be, is a treasure worth fighting for.
She began her publishing journey about twelve years ago when she pioneered one of the first online magazines for Christian women, known at the time as “Christian Women Online Magazine.” After three years, Darlene left CWO to blog as a solo author at Time-Warp Wife Ministries.
It was also during this transition that she worked alongside actress Candace Cameron Bure to write the NYT Best-Selling book, Reshaping it All: Motivation for Spiritual and Physical Fitness. Reshaping it All was the winner of both the 2011 USA Best Book Awards and the 2012 Christian Reading Retailers Choice Awards.
Author of more than 15 books, Darlene continues to write and to minister to her readers through her blog at TimeWarpWife.com.
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