Drawn from My Archives
I was speaking to a friend the other day who was struggling with this quickly changing world.
“It doesn’t make sense.” She said. “Why would God bring me this far, and then take it all away?”
“Could it be,” I asked her, “that God has brought you through this for such a time as this?”
Could it be that the real reason you are where you are today is because God has a purpose for this journey? Could it be that everything we thought was best for us was merely God’s way of unfolding His plan?
I’m reminded of Esther, a young Jewish girl who won the adoration of a King. Her journey led her to the throne as Queen of Persia, but that’s not where it ended for her. God had placed her in the kingdom for a purpose which led to the salvation of the Jews.
Note the words of her uncle Mordecai. “And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?”
Remember that wherever God has called you to be, whether it is in a position of employment, unemployment, royalty, or poverty you have an opportunity to be of service to God.
A problem arises when we’re too self-centered to be Christ-centered. Any time we’re too caught up in what we’re gaining or fearful of what we’re losing, we’re missing an opportunity for God to work in us and through us as only He can.
“To miss a kingdom assignment because we’ve become too caught up in our personal kingdom is one of the greatest tragedies we could ever face.” Dr. Tony Evans
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Read Esther chapter 4 to gain a deeper understanding of her story and her conviction to lay down her life for the lives of her people.
And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ. – Colossians 3:23-24
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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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