Scattered Seeds,  ups and downs

Daily Devotion – Even Keeled Through the Ups and the Downs

Daily Devotion - Even Keeled Through the Ups and the Downs

As the weather warms up and the flowers wake up from their slumber, I’m reminded of bonfires, barbecues, beaches, and bowls of fresh fruit. I’m reminded of days spent with family in the warm summer sun eating cotton candy and ice-cold lemonade. I’m reminded of countless hours we spent outdoors with the kids.

There’s an amusement park not far from here that’s on our to-do list this year, if conditions allow it of course. We used to take our kids, and now we’re planning on taking the grandkids.

I love the ebb and flow of the classic melody. Children laughing, music playing, gears moving, and of course the rumbling sound of the roller coaster.

As I got to thinking about that today, I was reminded how life is like that roller coaster some days–we have our ups and we our downs. But even when we think that life isn’t going the way that we hoped it would be, we can rest assured that God will lift us back up.

When the Bible talks about the woman in Proverbs 31, it tells us that she laughs without fear of the future. I see a woman who is confident in the Lord she serves, and His ability to care for her needs. I see a woman who’s even-keeled through the ups and the downs, knowing that obstacles offer her an opportunity to grow stronger in faith.. I see a woman who has placed her future in His capable hands. Hands that are able to mold and to shape us. Hands that are wisely directing our steps.

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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 FitnessReshaping 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

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You are loved by an almighty God,

Darlene Schacht
The Time-Warp Wife

One Comment

  • Cheryl

    This is so perfect! God is in control! He knows the number of hairs on our head. He directs our steps and leads us in the right paths. So grateful for you and your teachings!!