They say that there’s no point in crying over spilled milk, but what about spilled paint on a good carpet? Maybe one tear or two?

That’s the kind of week we’re having. On Wednesday a can of paint was tipped over on the hardwood floors and on Thursday it was tipped over onto our wall-to-wall carpet. I’m not talking about a little paint either, I’m talking about a giant sploosh of wet paint.

Within minutes Michael and I had soaking wet towels and a paint scraper in hand. We started cleaning by scraping up as much as we could, and then came the water. With one wet towel after another, we eventually cleaned it all up. It’s amazing what water can do, isn’t it?

Because of its ability to dissolve more substances than any other liquid on earth, water is commonly known as the “universal solvent.” (I remember that from my first day of Chemistry class). We use it to wash everything from our cars to our bodies, we use it to travel, for agriculture, hydroelectric power, and of course eating and drinking. We couldn’t possibly live in a world without water.

So it is with the filth-purging, cleansing power of living water. The Water we hunger and thirst for. Water that sanctifies us by the washing of the Word. Rivers of water that flow from within. Water that cleanses even the toughest of stains that have marred the human soul. The Water we need to survive.

“The guilty sinner, and such are we all by nature, however foul he may be, has but to stoop down at the river of eternal grace and wash, and he shall be clean. This stream can take out spots which nothing else can remove.” – Charles Spurgeon

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Tilling the Soil

Read the story of ‘The Woman at the Well” found in John 4:1-26.

Planting Hope

Whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life. (John 4:14, 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