Anytime I’m working on a new book, a new Bible study, a new idea for Time-Warp Wife, or even just an article like this one, I get the same little voice telling me that I can’t.
“You couldn’t possibly know what to write,” it says. “There are so many better blogs out there… You failed grade 12 English… You’re getting old and your ideas aren’t so relevant anymore…”
Here’s the weird thing about accusations–a lot of them are true. I am getting old, and there are a lot of other blogs out there. I failed grade 12 English, and when it comes to spelling and grammar, I’m not so great. But true or not, accusations should never stop me from doing God’s work.
As I’m sitting here tuning out the voice, I’m reminded of something I read in the Bible today. In Ezra Chapter 4, we see the Israelites building the temple of God, and the enemy trying to stop them. This time, however, their adversary is a little more sly than he’s been in the past. This time the enemy offers to help them.
“We worship the same God,” they said. “And we’ve been sacrificing to Him for years.”
When the Israelites refused to work with them, they went to the king with their accusations hoping to have the work stopped. What’s interesting to note about this story is that the accusations were true, just as they often are, and sadly the men stopped building the temple.
Yes, we are sinners, and yes we have failed just like every other believer that’s gone on before us. But here’s the thing about God: where sin abounds, His grace abounds all the more!
All this to say, don’t let Satan stop you from doing the work you are called to do. Don’t let your past dictate your future. Don’t let insecurity cause you to doubt the power of God working in you and through you.
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And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death. (Revelation 12:10-11, 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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