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Today’s Scattered Seeds
One of the most beautiful friendships recorded in history was that of David and Jonathan. 1 Samuel chapter 18 tells us that that the soul of Jonathan was knit with the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul. (v. 1)
Jonathan had every reason to dislike David. He was heir to a throne that was given to David. He knew that David would be wearing a crown that could have been his. David was getting all of the attention he wasn’t. But rather than be jealous or fearful, demanding or proud, Jonathan stepped aside to serve David as his lord and his king.
As a symbol of their covenant. Jonathan stripped himself of everything to become a servant to him.
He stripped himself of the robe that was upon him, and gave it to David, and his garments, even to his sword, and to his bow, and to his girdle. (v. 4)
In the same chapter, just a few verses on, we see a contrast as jealousy enters the heart of Saul. A little jealousy set him on a dark path of envy and hate that changed the course of his life. In the very next chapter, in fact, Saul seeking to kill David.
It goes to show you the difference that a little leaven can make, doesn’t it? In the same way that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump, a little jealousy becomes a lot.
And so we must be cautious with our attitudes and generous with love. Looking for the good in others. Hoping for the best. Patient with their shortcomings. Trusting God will do the rest.
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Tilling the Soil
Read 1 Samuel 18:1-9 where we see the contrast between Jonathan and Saul.
A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump. (Galatians 5:9, KJV)
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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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