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Today’s Scattered Seeds
I once worked with a woman who moved in a rough and tough kind way. She rarely smiled and when she spoke it was intimidating somehow. I guess I really didn’t know the woman behind the tousled red hair, with the lumberjack look, but then again I was shy back in the day and a little afraid to step out.
That is, until one day when she plunked a Christmas gift down on my desk.
“Merry Christmas,” she said, as she quickly walked by.
My first thought was, why? I didn’t even know this person and she took the time to buy me a gift? My second thought was that I need to get to know her better than I did.
Within a couple of months, she was one of my favorite people in the office. Yeah, she was a little rough and tough around the edges, but that’s what I liked most about her. She was spunky and wise and got to the point. I really missed her when I left that job and often wondered what it was exactly that held me back in the first place. Was it fear? Was it intimidation? Or was it just plain laziness on my part when I should have reached out?
As I got to thinking about her today I wondered how many people are separated from God for the very same reasons. They don’t know the kindness of God. They don’t know the compassionate grace of our God. They don’t truly know Who God is because they haven’t met God in a personal way.
If you’re someone Who feels separated from God–perhaps all you know of Him is what you’ve seen and heard from others–then I encourage you to step out in faith, open your heart, and start building a friendship with Him.
The Bible says, “Taste and see that the Lord is good.” But how can one see if they’re not willing to taste?
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Tilling the Soil
Ask yourself today how you can get to know God better? Maybe for you it’s starting a regular Bible reading time, maybe it’s getting into prayer more often, or maybe it’s journaling between you and Him. Whatever it is, allow God to lead and let Him draw you close.
Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him. (Psalm 34:8, NIV)
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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The Time-Warp Wife