Scattered Seeds

Daily Devotion – The Lord Giveth and the Lord Taketh Away

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For 25 years, my husband ran his own company, and yet, it wasn’t really his. Of one thing he was sure; he was merely an employee of the One that was in charge. God was our CEO, both at work and at home.

Perhaps that’s what made it easier when we had to close the doors. We weren’t the ones making the decisions, we weren’t the ones who called the shots.

It’s when you have a tight grip on this world that it’s hard to let go. But when you stand back to remind yourself that everything comes from Him and everything returns to Him, you loosen your fingers just a bit.

We all know the story of Job, his trials, and how he lost all that he had. Satan was wrong in his assumptions of Job when he set out to test him. But, would Satan be wrong if he tested you? If you should lose the things you love most, will you still have your faith? Are you ready to let go and let God?

“The Lord gave,” Job said, “and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord!”

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Tilling the Soil

Read Job Chapters 1-2.

Planting Hope

And said, Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord. (Job 1:21, 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