Friendship with God – My daughter was quite the couch-cuddler when she lived at home. I don’t think I could remember a day when she wasn’t snuggled up beside me or attached at the hip. We did everything together from watching TV to shopping for our favorite shoes.
The day she moved out I was cut to the core. I had grown so used to having her close. So used to hearing her voice. So used to seeing her face. I can’t tell you how lonely I felt, but I do know that I did a lot of crying that winter. I had empty nest syndrome and I had it bad.
In that season of darkness, I started to pray, “God, I need a best friend… Lord, I’m feeling alone… Lord, I need this… Lord, I need that…”
I thought I knew what I needed to fill that space in my heart, but the thing is, I didn’t. I didn’t need another best friend, and I didn’t need stuff. What I really needed that year was time alone with the Lord.
Sometimes it takes a season of darkness to see that. Sometimes it takes a little alone time to discover we’re never alone. And sometimes it takes losing a friend to discover the closest friend that we have.
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A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother. (Proverbs 18:24, 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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