Scattered Seeds

Daily Devotion – Practicing a Little Patience

Home Economics was a bit of a challenge for me, but not in the way that you’d think. I didn’t struggle with sewing as much as I struggled with the idea of making a simple potholder or a bag. I came into the class with high hopes of designing new clothes. I wanted jeans, jackets, and dresses, but instead, we learned the basics, which meant that we started with straight lines and simple squares.

Like anything else in life, I had to prepare for the complicated projects by practicing the simples ones first. In other words, I had to learn patience to hone in on my skill.

Patience doesn’t come easy, but it’s a virtue that can and should be exercised daily. In fact, there’s a constant call to patience in every one of our lives.

It’s holding back anger when someone is getting on your nerves.
It’s being kind when we disagree with our spouse.
It’s waiting for a bus that we just missed.
It’s burning your eggs and starting over again.
It’s grabbing a book when the internet is down.
It’s waiting for a friend who’s stuck in traffic.

All without complaint.

Practicing a little patience prepares us for the bigger things in life. And I assure you, there will be bigger things. Situations that call us to exercise patience and find joy when joy is hard to find. Difficult days that bring us down to our knees in prayer and supplication as we wait upon the Lord. Days when the weight is heavy and the road ahead is long.

Practicing a little patience will help prepare us for those days.

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Tilling the Soil

Choose your response to stress and difficult situations wisely by exercising patience this week. Notice the many times you’re called to exercise patience in a day, and remember that each time you do you’re growing in virtue and strength.

Planting Hope

Be not hasty in thy spirit to be angry: for anger resteth in the bosom of fools. (Ecclesiastes 7:9, 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

One Comment

  • Judi Estes


    As is the way with most of your devotionals, this one was timely. Id like to think I manage my temper and patience just fine! (LOL) But its the small things that betray my need for God’s help.
    Thank you for your work and your honesty, we need it in today’s world.

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