Scattered Seeds

Daily Devotion – Start Living Wisely and Well

Credit cards are sneaky, aren’t they? I learned that the hard way when I got sucked in by them a few decades ago. The total snuck up and bit me faster than I ever imagined it would.

And then there were the “Don’t Pay a Cent” events in the 80s. Do you remember those? Michael and I were the biggest fans of that promo. We could get an entire living room set, including some must-have lamps, and didn’t have to pay a single penny until the next year, when of course we’d be swimming in cash. We walked into the store like two billionaires living it up in Vegas and walked out further in debt than a young couple should be.

The real pain came with the bill. That’s when reality set in. We had dug ourselves a pit that would take years to climb out of, and so it was time to put that aside and start living wisely and well.

As I got to thinking about that today, I was reminded of sin, how much it all costs, and how sad it is that many are drawn away by that temporal high of the pleasures of sin. In a way it’s similar. You might not pay today, but do not be deceived, for all sin has a price.

The Bible declares that there can be pleasure in sin. We know this from our own experience. But the Bible also says that sin’s pleasure is only for a season (Hebrews 11:25). Then it’s over, leaving us bitter, and finally destroying us. A day of reckoning always comes. The Bible says, “Be sure your sin will find you out” (Numbers 32:23). – Billy Graham

Sin has the potential to destroy lives, leave us destitute, and tear families apart. It steals our joy and robs us of peace. It leaves us feeling uneasy, empty, alone…

Choose this day who you will serve. Are you foolish enough to choose the pleasures of sin, or will you put that aside and start living wisely and well?

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Tilling the Soil

Hop on over to Desiring God today where we see John Piper expounding on today’s verses found in Hebrews 25:24-26. Click here.

Planting Hope

By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter; Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season; esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward. (Hebrews 25:24-26, 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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