Scattered Seeds

Daily Devotion – It Only Takes a Spark to Get a Fire Going

I got something pretty today. I’m easy to please when it comes to pretty things, and this new range hood is just that. It makes me look and feel like a real cook even when I’m just opening a can.

Before the installer got to work on our kitchen, my husband threw down a few bed sheets over the stove and counter top to catch the dust. The installer set up a ladder in front of the oven and got to work.

You know how it is, they work, they run to the truck for a tool, they come back… Well on one of his trips back into the house I heard the word “fire.” Here’s the thing about our new stove–if you happen to lean on it you might turn it on. And that’s exactly what happened. The element was on, his measuring tape was melting, and our sheet was on fire. Thankfully we caught it in time, as we all know how quickly a fire can spread.

As I got to thinking about that today I was reminded of the power of a little spark. Just as one spark can set a forest on fire, so our testimony can ignite faith in the heart of another.

There’s an old camp song we used to sing in the 70s called “Pass it On.” I haven’t thought about that song for years, but today it’s been on my heart. Here’s one of the verses from it…

I wish for you my friend  
This happiness that I’ve found  
You can depend on Him  
It matters not where you’re bound  
I’ll shout it from the mountain top  
I want my world to know  
The Lord of love has come to me  
I want to pass it on

Kurt Kaiser

With that said, don’t underestimate the power of a spoken word, the influence of love, or the impact of a living testimony. After all, it only takes a spark to get a fire going.

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Use opportunities to share your faith even if in only small ways.

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Like a snow-cooled drink at harvest time is a trustworthy messenger to the one who sends him; he refreshes the spirit of his master. (Proverbs 25:13, 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