There’s a song that we used to sing back in the day, and maybe you know it too. It goes like this,
“It only takes a spark to get a fire going, and soon all those around will warm up to it’s glowing…”
My sister Bonnie and I used to sing that song all the time on road trips. We’d be in the back seat of the car belting out church tunes, with that one at the top of the list.
I’ve held on to those lyrics over the years as a constant reminder in the power of one. All it takes is one person willing to be used by the Lord, to make big things happen.
One man building an ark.
One shepherd boy slaying a giant.
One man willing to speak to the Pharaoh.
One woman hiding the spies.
One man who believed in God’s promise.
One woman willing to speak to the king on behalf of her people.
Opening my Bible to Ezra chapter 10, I see one man praying, confessing, weeping and throwing himself down before the house of God. One spark, that got a fire going.
The Bible tells us that while Ezra was praying, a large crowd gathered around him and wept bitterly.
What simply started with one man and one prayer, turned into one of the greatest revivals in history as person after person turned away from their sin, and turned their lives toward God.
And so my friend. Don’t underestimate the power of one. One willing servant ready to be used. One powerful God behind her.
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While Ezra was praying and confessing, weeping and throwing himself down before the house of God, a large crowd of Israelites—men, women and children—gathered around him. They too wept bitterly. (Ezra 10:1, NIV)
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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 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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