I never dreamed I’d be a writer–that I’d write a book when I could hardly read the ones that I had. I failed grade 12 English, and my idea of a great book was the comic book Bible. Oh and Archie comics, I loved those too.
I enjoyed magazines because the pictures spoke a thousand words I couldn’t read. Well, perhaps I could read them, but not very well, and so the bite-sized blocks of text were best suited to my style.
I wasn’t anywhere near the level of expertise that I needed to be at when I stepped into this ministry. But God was, and He was leading me.
The thing is that God doesn’t need us to accomplish His will, He’s fully capable of doing that on His own. What He wants is the opportunity to work through His people. He desires fellowship with us, therefore He calls us to be His hands and His feet. Not by our strength alone, but by His mighty Spirit that works through us.
Consider the life of Moses who lacked confidence.
David who was merely a boy facing a giant.
Paul who said, “And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling.”
And Peter, who failed Jesus by denying him three times.
God didn’t choose these men because they were equipped for His mission, He chose them because He desired to use them for His honor and glory.
It’s not our ability He desires, it’s our obedience, and so we’re often led to places we’d never dream of stepping into.
The important thing is that we’re walking in faith and in truth. We’re casting off anything that might stand in the way of our calling: our fear, our sin, our insecurities, and selfish desires, as we follow His lead.
It is not my ability, but my response to God’s ability that counts. – Corrie Ten Boom
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Tilling the Soil
Read Exodus 3-4:17. Take note of God’s words in chapter 4:11-12.
Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen. (Hebrews 13:20-21, 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 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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