Scattered Seeds

Daily Devotion – Long-Suffering Goes a Long Way

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A couple of years ago my kids were attending a day camp at a church nearby. One of the neighbors and I got together to car pool. It worked out great for me since our kids were best friends at the time.

The night before the camp started she asked, “Do you think we should invite Riddy?” (Okay… I changed her name here so Riddy won’t freak out if she reads this!)

“Riddy?!” I replied, trying to sound as polite as I possibly could. “She’s so misbehaved, I don’t know if it’s the best idea.” The truth was I had been hiding out from this kid for most of the summer, having her in my car was about the last thing I wanted to do.

That’s when my friend’s wisdom changed the course of my actions. “Yes, Riddy. You never know–she might start going to church.”

And so, the next day Riddy was sitting in the back of my car poking and teasing my kids while I kept my cool. That was several years ago, but you know what? Her family still attends to this day.

Whether we know it or not, long-suffering goes a long way in advancing the kingdom. Sure people might be difficult and demanding, but aren’t they the ones that need Christ the most? My brother in law used to say that church isn’t a hotel for saints, it’s a hospital for sinners.

I mean, we all need Christ just the same, but if we’re catering to the saints at the expense of the sinners we’re missing the point of our worship and a chance to draw others to Christ.

With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love (Ephesians 4:2, KJV)

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Tilling the Soil

Forbear with others this week. Make an effort to be patient and kind as you practice long-suffering love.

Planting Hope

With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love (Ephesians 4:2, 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 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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