Scattered Seeds

Daily Devotion – He Makes the Bitter Sweet

Do you have questions about the upcoming Bible study? Scroll down to the bottom of this post for a little more information, or email me at and I’ll be happy to help you!

Today’s Scattered Seeds

I remember the first time I stepped through the doors of Carriage House Lane. It was my kind of beautiful. Everything from the smell of cinnamon apple pie to the country-styled decor felt like home.

I came in with a few hand-made quilts hoping the woman might sell them for me and I left with a part-time job. It was part of our deal–she would sell my quilts on consignment, and I would help her out one day a week.

The thing about working at Carriage House Lane is that it never felt like a job. I loved every minute I spent helping out customers, unpacking crafts, and hanging up quilts.

It makes a difference when you love what you’re doing, doesn’t it? It makes a difference when your heart and your hands are in sync.

So it is with our Christian life. Loving righteousness takes our walk of faith a step further. Goodness flows from the heart, not just from the hands. It’s the difference between serving God and loving the God that we serve.

But, what hope do we have for a bitter heart?

Looking to Exodus chapter 15, we see the Israelites travelling in the wilderness when they happened upon a well of bitter water at Marah. We can only imagine how horribly bitter it must have been if they went three days without water and still couldn’t drink it.

So what does God do? He tells Moses to cast a tree into the water, and when Moses does–the water is made sweet.

Do you see the analogy there? Do you see what makes the bitter sweet? The tree on which our Savior hung–the cross. There’s transforming power in the message of the cross, and when that cross takes center stage in the heart of man, it makes the bitter sweet.

Charles Spurgeon writes, “The cross in the heart is the purifier of the soul; it purges and it cleanses the chambers of the mind. Christian! keep thy heart pure, “for out of it are the issues of life.”

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Tilling the Soil

Read the story of the bitter well made sweet in Exodus 15:22-27.

Planting Hope

Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life. (Proverbs 4:23, KJV)

4 Days Until our Bible Study…


Q. How does an online Bible study work?

A. During the 7 weeks of the study, I post on the blog on Tuesdays and Fridays. On Tuesdays, I offer one chapter of the Bible study each week as well as the questions for the week. If you’ve picked up a study guide at Amazon then you don’t need to print them off and wait week-to-week. 

On Fridays, I share my thoughts on the study which I call a recap of the week. I also share answers to the questions (you have those in the back of the study guide). On Fridays, I also offer some kind of free printable to the readers.

Q. Do we need to sign up?

A. I don’t require sign ups. However, I suggest that you subscribe to the blog so that you don’t miss a post.

Q. If I purchased a study guide, do I need anything else?

A. You don’t need anything else for the study on Tuesdays, but you will want to come to come back to the blog on Fridays for the recap of the week and a free printable.

Q. What if I can’t afford a study guide? Is there a free version?

A. For those who can’t afford to purchase a study guide, I will be providing a chapter each Tuesday that you can print off. It will have everything you need, but won’t be identical to the purchased journal.

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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

  • Michelle Waters

    Excited for the new Bible study on the Full Armor of God.
    Appreciate the FAQ about the study. Can you include a link to the Friday Blog?

    Thanks for all you are doing for The Kingdom! Your ministry is a Blessing to so many, and I a grateful to be one of them!

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