Scattered Seeds

Daily Devotion – How to Find Joy in the Midst of a Trial

Have you ever heard the term, “I know this stuff backwards and forwards?” When I hear that phrase, I’m reminded of my dad who read the Bible from Genesis to Revelation, from Revelation to Genesis, and then he’d start again… 

I guess that’s why I’m not surprised that he was a man of great faith. 365 days of the year he found a reason to smile, and a thousand reasons to praise God. 

Barely five-feet tall, he was small, but he held on to God and stood firm in his faith. I always say he taught me how to live, but more importantly, he taught me how to find joy in the midst of a trial. With joyful hope and incomparable peace, he walked through the last years of his life. Barely 86 pounds with hands held high in adoration to God his life was a constant reminder of what it means to stand firm in your faith. And that it is indeed possible to find peace in a storm.

So how do we do that? How is it possible to find joy and peace when our lives are turned upside down? By holding fast to our hope of salvation.

How could we possibly get through the pain of suffering and the agony of loss without the hope of something beyond the scope of this world?

Jesus says, “I’ve gone to prepare a place for you…”  Those are the words I hold on to. Those are the words that remind me that this world isn’t my home. This is the hope that I cling to when everything else is slipping away.

This is how I find joy in the midst of my trials.

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Tilling the Soil

Read 1 Peter 1:3-12 where Peter reminds us of our living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Planting Hope

Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you?” (John 14:1-2, NIV)

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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

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