Daily Devotion – Disappointments Offer Us an Opportunity to Grow
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Today’s Scattered Seeds
I’ll never forget that email I got. It was an inquiry from an agent whose client was interested in co-authoring a book with me. I gave the agent a call, and after she told me her client’s name, I had no idea who she was. That is until my kids filled me in later that afternoon. Apparently, she’s a major pop star with a big hit on the radio. I knew the song well, but the artist’s name I wasn’t all that familiar with until I started Googling.
To this day I have no idea why she was interested in writing with me, or how she even knew who I was, but nevertheless, I was over the moon with excitement about this. Plans were moving along, until one day they weren’t.
One silent week led to another, and soon I accepted the disappointing fact that somewhere along the way they had changed their mind.
We all have those days, don’t we? When expectations are crushed and our plans come crashing down. It’s hard to find the silver lining on those dark and cloudy days, but even so, there’s beauty in the clouds.
Disappointments offer us an opportunity to grow, a chance to lean on God, and possibilities that open the door to something better. They offer us a chance to empty ourselves as we allow God to pour Himself in.
With Jesus, even in our darkest moments, the best remains and the very best is yet to be. – Corrie Ten Boom
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Tilling the Soil
Read 1 Samuel 30:1-8, where we read about David and his men arriving at Ziklag. When they discover that the Amalekites had attacked and taken everyone captive including their wives, they were devastated. As you read, notice how David deals with disappointment, and how it differs from the other men.
Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. (Proverbs 3:5-6, 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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